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November 2012 Archives

Lower Churchill Loan Agreement

Nova Scotia Premiere Darrell Dexter

Posted by Robert Doublett

Early today a historic loan agreement was signed between Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Government of Canda.

This agreement significantly decreases the cost of the Lower Churchill Project. Which is of course a project intended to bring us cleaner energy and more stable prices for power.

This agreement is supposed to save about one-hundred million dollars for Nova Scotia tax payers. we spoke to Nova Scotia Premiere Darrell Dexter about the deal.

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the Robert J. Morgan Grant

Catherine Arseneau

Posted by Robert Doublett

The late Dr. Bob Morgan dedicated much of his life to Cape Breton, teh heritage and the university.

CBU is going to make and announcement about a gift from Dr Morgan.

The Beaton Institute is going to establish an endowment to fund the Robert J. Morgan Grant.

They will make this announcement officially make this announcement tomorrow (Thursday, November 28th).

To talk about his legacy we have Catherine Arseneau in studio, she is the Manager of the Beaton Institute. A position Bob Morgan held for many many years.

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Feed Nova Scotia

Dianne Swinemar

Posted by Robert Doublett

In our previous post we talked about some of the more powerful solutions to meeting the challenge of hunger in our communities.

Feed Nova Scotia feeds thousands of nova Scotians every year, sending food and support out to towns and communities all across the province weekly.

Dianne Swinemar in the executive director.

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Broughton: A Return to Cape Breton's Ghost Town

Eleanor Anderson

Posted by Robert Doublett

Coming up on Thursday (November 29th) a new book from Eleanor Anderson will be releasing her new book which should be very intriguing to people who like to hike, and people who like to find things. Exploring foundations, families, and where the road used to go.

We're talking about Broughton, Cape Breton's Ghost Town, and Eleanor stopped by the studio to talk with us about her new book.

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Shaping Our Future in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Mayor Cecil Clarke

Posted by Robert Doublett

This evening Mayor Cecil Clarke is presenting to CBRM Council a document called "Shaping Our Future in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality".

It looks at a number of areas including youth, immigration, and infrastructure. The document presents short, medium and long term goals.  

Mayor Clarke joined us to tell us more about the future of CBRM.

"Shaping Our Future in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality". is available online here.

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The Hunger Count

Catherine Schmidt

Posted by Robert Doublett

Depending on the months, Feed Nova Scotia might find itself helping 30 thousand Nova Scotians all across the province with their daily nutritional requirements.

They do this through partnerships with local food banks.

We will talk about how Feed Nova Scotia stabilizes the Food Bank system in this province, but for a look at the national picture.

We have reached Catherine Schmidt, the Executive Director of Food Banks Canada.

This organization gathers an annual hunger count and makes public the most current figures and recommendations for solving the problem nation wide.

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The Hunger Count

Catherine Schmidt

Posted by Robert Doublett

Depending on the months, Feed Nova Scotia might find itself helping 30 thousand Nova Scotians all across the province with their daily nutritional requirements.

They do this through partnerships with local food banks.

We will talk about how Feed Nova Scotia stabilizes the Food Bank system in this province,  but for a look at the national picture.

We have reached Catherine Schmidt, the Executive Director of Food Banks Canada.

This organization gathers an annual hunger count and makes public the most current figures and recommendations for solving the problem nation wide.

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CBRM Bravery Award

The Hines Family

Posted by Robert Doublett

Fourteen year-old Johnathan Hines was awarded a certificate of  bravery at a CBRM Council meeting last night for rescuing his little brother. 

To find out more about the story behind the award, Stan Kennedy met with the family earlier today in Sydney.

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Cruel and Unusual

Steve MacDougall

Posted by Robert Doublett

Cruel and Unusual is the name of the new CD from Cape Bretoner, Steven MacDougall.

Steve dropped into studio to tell us all about the new album.

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TeleFilm's Success Index

Michael Melski

Posted by Robert Doublett

TeleFilm Canada helps filmmakers make movies by giving them funding.

In the last decade or so, Cape Breton in particular and the east coast of Canada in general has been very good and getting to access to those dollars to create films like Rhonda's Party, made by Cape Bretoner's Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald

But we might see the last of that kind of film made here..or anywhere in Canada for that matter.

TeleFilm has changed the way it funds..and some producers thing it favours the big boys in Toronto

The problem is the agency's new Success Index.

Michael Melski is an award-winning director and producer.

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This ship has sailed.......again.

Premier Darrell Dexter & Abe Shah

Posted by Robert Doublett

The on-again, off-again relationship between the Bennington Group and the MV Miner salvage operation appears to be off again -- for good.

Bennington's Chief Operation Officer Abe Shah says he's walking away from the project.

CBC reporter Holly Conners reached him on his cell phone this afternoon in Halifax.

For the province's reaction, CBC Halifax reporter Jean LaRoche spoke with Premier Darrell Dexter in the Legislature.

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Premier Darrell Dexter audio (runs 5:12)

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Steel Chef Cape Breton

Chefs Jared Wolf and Adam White

Posted by Robert Doublett

A small group of patrons will enjoy a feast tonight at a Sydney restaurant.

The 8 successful bidders will judge a food competition.

It was a prize at a YMCA auction to raise money for children's programs.

Chefs Jared Wolf and Adam White were busy preparing food in the kitchen when Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith dropped by earlier today.

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Women In The Church

Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn

Posted by Robert Doublett

As you may have heard by now the Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish says he thinks women should be involved in the church, and women should be involved in at least two of the lay ministries that are open to men right now.

He was speaking in Rome, it was a gathering of many Bishops from around the world.

Bishop Dunn joined us in studio to share the story.

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Another Stop Work Order

Abe Shah

Posted by Robert Doublett

Bennington Group says no other demolition in Cape Breton is being held to the same standard as his company.

Abe Shaw is CEO of Bennington Group... the company trying to salvage the MV Miner.

The bulk carrier has been aground on Scaterie Island for more than a year now. Efforts to salvage it have been hampered by delays.

Shaw is accusing the provincial government of telling the media one thing... and his company another.

He says they have once again been told not to start work on the salvage. Joan Weeks reached Shaw this morning.

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SPCA Resignation

Mary Holland-Grist

Posted by Robert Doublett

The manager of the local SPCA has decided to leave the organization.

Mary Holland-Grist took over in the middle of a court battle between the former Cape Breton Humane Society and the provincial SPCA. She's been on the job just over six months. .

Holland-Grist says her resignation has nothing to do with the dispute... or how the organization is run.

She spoke with CBC's Joan Weeks about the challenges of running an animal shelter in Cape Breton.

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Unsolved Murders - Reward Offered

CBRM Police Chief Peter MacIsaac

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Cape Breton Regional Police have three unsolved murders on their hands.
Two of the murders go back to 2006.

The remains of Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon were found in 2008... but police say she diasappeared and was killed in June 2006. She was 21-years-old.

War veteran, Harold "Buster" Slaunwhite was killed in his Dominion home in 2006.

And, most recently, the remains of 21-year-old Laura Jessome were found in the Mira River last May.

Today, Police Chief Peter MacIsaac asked to meet with local reporters.

He revealed some of the information police have uncovered in their investigations.

And....once again.... the police are asking anyone with information to step forward.

Here is Chief Peter macIsaac speaking with reporters earlier today.

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Remembering Dave Harley

John Aylward

Posted by Robert Doublett

Cape Breton humourist Dave Harley, best known for his role as General John Cabot Trail of the Cape Breton Liberation Army, has died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Harley brought his offbeat show to the stage as well as the screen and airwaves, entertaining radio and television audiences in a career spanning more than 25 years.

In the 1980's, Harley called for the separation of Cape Breton island from the rest of Nova Scotia. His rallying cry was "down with the causeway," referring to the only physical connection between the island and the mainland.

He performed with CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce, has been featured on CBC Radio's Madly Off In All Directions, appeared at the Halifax Comedy Festival, and took the stage of many convention centres, banquet halls and taverns in the Maritimes.

Harley was from Sydney Mines, where he had lived in recent years. He was in his early 60's.

John Aylward was long time friends with Dave and joined us to share memories just after his passing.



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Farming Software

Chris Van Den Heuval

Posted by Robert Doublett

A dairy farmer in Port Hood is planning to launch a software package in the new year for milk-producers.

Chris Van Den Heuval says many people in the dairy industry use the latest technology in their barns.

But he says that's not the case when it comes to analyzing costs and efficiencies.

And as he tells CBC reporter Hal Higgins, that's where his software comes into the picture.

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International Baccalaureate program update.

Sydney Academy Students

Posted by Robert Doublett

Reports of its death.... have been greatly exaggerated:

Cape Breton's only International Baccalaureate program is alive and well - and looking for ways to expand.

The IB program offers advanced high school courses, that can lead to a diploma recognized in more than 150 countries.

13 high schools across Nova Scotia offer IB courses, including Sydney Academy.

Last year, the Cape Breton Victoria school board debated cancelling the program - but reinstated it, after a huge public outcry.

The CBC's Wendy Martin stopped by Sydney Academy this morning to talk to two students about what the program means to them.

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