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Vital Signs

CBU Pres. David Wheeler, David Alderson, and Dr. Mary Doyle

Vital Signs is a new study that contains some sobering numbers about the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

It was done by a group called the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia and their 40 page report looks at a variety of sectors across the CBRM.

It finds rapid population loss, high unemployment, high rates of poverty and lower than average life expectancy, but the news isn't all bad.

Serious crime rates here are comparatively low, and most residents say they are satisfied with their lives. The report shows, there are big challenges in creating jobs, and combatting poverty.

The report was launched today at Cape Breton University and was followed by a panel discussion. We have some excerpts from that panel for you now.

You'll hear the voices of CBU president, David Wheeler - David Alderson, a scientist at CBU, and Mary Doyle, a family doctor.

Listen audio (runs 5:56)