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Cape Breton: Info. Morning


Cape Breton: Info. Morning

Information Morning Cape Breton helps listeners better understand and explore the challenges in our island's future, remember their past and celebrate their neighbours' accomplishments.

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Port Hood Refugee Family

Welcome to Cape Breton... Lifeline Syria Inverness County welcomed its first family of refugees to Port Hood over the weekend, we contact Joe Morris, co-chair of the sponsorship group, to learn more.

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Education Action Plan Update

The Nova Scotia Department of Education is giving itself top marks for initiatives in the first year of the Action Plan for Education. We speak with the Minister of Education, Karen Casey, about the one year report card.

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Comhla Cruinn - Resident

After concerns of safety for both staff and residents was raised by the NSGEU, Reporter Gary Mansfield returned to the Comhla Cruinn Youth Centre to ask one resident for reaction since the story came to light. *Both voices have been altered.

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Comhla Cruinn Youth Centre

Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Joan Jessome speaks out for its workers over safety concerns at the Comhla Cruinn Youth Centre in Sydney, and we hear from two of the residents of that facility.

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Northside Family of Schools

Now it's up to the school board... The last of the public meetings on the future of schools in the CBRM was held in Sydney Mines. Judy Whelan, chair of the school options committee for the Northside Family of Schools, outlines recommendations.

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Glace Bay Family of Schools

Hear from the Chair of the School Options Committee for the Glace Bay Family of Schools, as well as from proponents for 2 schools that could close: MacDonald Elementary in Dominion and Tompkins Elementary in Reserve.

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Cape Breton Escape Room

Riddle me this... Rob Calabrese, one of the master-minds behind the new Escape Room in Sydney, shares details of the mysterious room where you have to solve a puzzle with friends or co-workers to get out. (runs 6:50 Feb. 01, 2016)

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Cape Breton Vascular Surgeon

Reporter Joan Weeks has the story of Dr. Ronen Jhirad, a Sydney surgeon who believes he's a victim of a type of bullying, and now can't operate at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital because his privileges won't be renewed.

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School Options Meetings

Reading, Writing and Reorganization. Following last night's two meetings, we find out which schools might close as a result of recommendations from the school options committees for the Sydney, and Riverview families of schools. (runs 13:48)

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Health Department Cuts

Effective April 1st, Nova Scotia's Health Department will change... We ask Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia's Minister of Health, what's being cut and why as part of departmental restructuring that promises more money for front line care.

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New Waterford School Options

Chris Hillier is the chair of the School Options Committee for the New Waterford family of schools, and he outlines what happened at last night's presentation regarding their Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board facilities.

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Visually Impaired Ski Racer

At the top of her game on the top of the mountain... Meet Brenda MacDonald, a visually impaired ski racer from Granville Ferry in the Annapolis Valley, and her Cape Breton coach and guide, Jonathan MacDonald. (runs 8:46 Jan. 25, 2016)

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Rita Joe Song Project

Recently, some students from Eskasoni performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the Rita Joe Song project, showcasing songs and poetry inspired by the words of poet Rita Joe. They share their experience. (runs 14:23 Jan. 22, 2016)

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No Baby Unhugged

Hospitals are warming to the idea of hugging babies for their health. We find out how the Cape Breton Regional Hospital is recruiting volunteers. Mickey Daye is Manager of Maternal Child Services at the Regional Hospital. (runs 7:23 Jan. 21, 2016)

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Jim St. Clair - Colleges

Have you heard of the College of East Bay? On "Then and Now", Jim St. Clair looks at the colleges that have moved around and changed name in Cape Breton. (runs 8:13 January 20, 2016)

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Passing School Buses

Motorists passing school buses, despite flashing lights, continues to be a problem for police in the CBRM. And the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has been trying to solve the problem that endangers students. (runs 7:54 Jan. 20, 2016)

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Refugees In School

We get the ABC's from the Strait Regional School Board and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board on what schools in 3 CB communities are doing to prepare for the imminent arrival of school aged, Syrian refugees. (runs 10:14 Jan. 20, 2016)

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Refugee Sponsorship

Waiting with open arms, Port Hood and Marion Bridge are getting ready to welcome Syrian refugees any day now. Stephen Read is a member of the Marion Bridge group, and Joe Morris is the co-chair of the Port Hood group. (runs 8:17 Jan. 19, 2016)

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French Pre-School

Bienvenue. Parlez-vous français? The French school board is reaching out to the community of New Waterford to gauge interest in a pre-primary program. Marcel Lefort is Cape Breton board member for the CSAP. (runs 6:13 Jan. 18, 2016)

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Teachers Negotiations

Nova Scotia teachers and the Province are set to resume negotiations. Brian Forbes, a former president of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, reflects on an open letter he and others have sent to the Premier. (runs 9:33 Jan. 15, 2016)

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Syrian Refugees - Northside

Sponsors are getting ready for refugees arrival. We speak with Elizabeth Cusack, a member of the Rotary Club of North Sydney, about preparations to welcome a Syrian family of ten on the Northside. (runs 9:35 Jan. 14, 2016)

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Guatemala Mission

A surgical team from Cape Breton will travel to Guatemala next month to perform operations and treat people in desperate need of help. Dr. Rex Dunn is one of the organizers of the mission and a member of the surgical team. (runs 10:52 Jan. 12, 2016)

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Port Development Analysis

In the wake of our conversation about the status of the Melford Terminal with Richie Mann, we reach out to one industry analyst in New York City for his assessment on port development in Nova Scotia. (runs 10:48 Jan. 12, 2016)

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Melford Terminal Update

As those involved in Port development continue to envision what could be for Sydney, we shift our gaze to Guysborough to see where plans stand for the Melford Terminal on the Strait of Canso. Richie Mann is the VP of Marketing. (runs 13:56 Jan. 11, 2016)

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Syrian Refugee Update

Over 6000 refugees have arrived in Canada so far and soon Syrian refugees will be on this side of the Causeway. Lifeline Syria CB finally has some firm numbers, organizer Amanda McDougall shares the news. (runs 10:39 Jan. 08, 2016)

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Mabou Water

Mabou's water system is at 95 per cent capacity and the municipality is having to turn down requests for hook-up. Betty Ann MacQuarrie is the councilor for Mabou and the deputy warden for Inverness County Council. (runs 9:52 Jan. 07, 2016)

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Start-Up Funding

Innovacorp's SPARK competition has helped finance a number of Cape Breton start-ups. So how are they doing when it comes to selecting businesses run by women? Reporter Joan Weeks looked into the numbers. (runs 9:57 Jan. 07, 2016)

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Nova Scotia's Protected Spaces

Nova Scotia reaches its goal of protecting more than 12 per cent of its land as parks and protected spaces. Peter Labor is the Director of Protected Areas and Wetlands for Nova Scotia's Department of Environment. (runs 10:15 Jan. 05, 2016)

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YearEnder - Dr. David Wheeler

Every year we do year-end interviews to take stock with some of the decision makers who influence the public dialogue. Our guest today is Dr. David Wheeler, the President of Cape Breton University. (runs 18:20 Jan. 05, 2016)

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YearEnder - Police Chief Peter MacIsaac

This time of year, we convene a roster of people for our Year End interviews. These are people who influence public dialogue and public debate. Today, it's the chief of the CB Regional Police Service Peter MacIsaac. (runs 15:42 Jan. 04, 2016)

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Legal Aspects of Bill 148

The battle between the Liberals and public service workers has produced a lot of commentary. Professor Bruce Archibald, an expert in labour law, teaches law at Dalhousie University, describes the legal aspects of Bill 148. (runs 11:46 Dec. 18, 2015)

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Bechtel - Rex Gundle - Pt. 2

In part two of our interview with Rex Gundle, a senior port and marine project manager with Bechtel, we ask him why he feels there's a strong business case for the Port of Sydney. (runs 7:53 Dec. 18, 2015)

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Bechtel - Rex Gundle - Pt. 1

Bechtel is an international construction and engineering company contracted to help make the business case for the Port of Sydney. Rex Gundle is a senior port and marine project manager involved in the project. (runs 8:50 Dec. 17, 2015)

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Highlands Moose Hunt

We speak with Derek Quann, Resource Conservation Manager for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, about their "Hyperabundant Moose Management Plan" that saw more than 3 dozen moose killed over 13 days. (runs 7:36 Dec. 16, 2015)

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Public Services Sustainability Act

Following the NS government's announcement to enforce a wage package on public sector unions, labour negotiations are at a boiling point. Professor Larry Haiven is with the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University. (runs 9:22 Dec. 15, 2015)

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Whitney Pier Youth Club Expansion

A major expansion project that started in the Spring, has everyone eager to see the building finished. Chester Borden is the club's executive director. Reporter Holly Conners met up with him to get an update. (runs 6:33 Dec. 14, 2015)

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Parenting Journey - Nadine Bernard

Parenting Journey is a new culturally specific parenting program for aboriginal families in need in Cape Breton. Nadine Bernard is program facilitator and family support worker with the Native Council of NS. (runs 13:00 Dec. 11, 2015)

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Dr. Art McDonald - Nobel Week

The Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Institute is Dr. Art McDonald. He's in Stockholm to officially receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. We talk to him about the Nobel Prize whirlwind that has enveloped his life. (runs 13:25 Dec. 10, 2015)

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Harbour Development - Albert Barbusci

Harbouring hope for a container terminal... Albert Barbusci, one of the partners in Harbor-Port Development Partners, explains a proposal from a Chinese company for future development of the Port of Sydney. (runs 7:46 Dec. 09, 2015)

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Jim St. Clair - History of Marine Atlantic

The Trans Canada link to The Rock... on "Then and Now" with Jim St. Clair. Jim takes us to North Sydney to stand in the shadow of the ships... to discuss a little of the history of Marine Atlantic. (runs 6:13 Dec. 09, 2015)

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Islam Open House

An Open House to Open Minds... The local Ahmadiyya Muslim community is hosting an open house in Sydney to educate people about Islam. We get a preview from Umran Bhatti, an Imam for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. (runs 7:51 Dec. 08, 2015)

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CBU Research - Stephanie Gilbert

In our CBU research column, meet Stephanie Gilbert, an assistant professor in the Shannon School of Business, who's looking into what motivates leaders and why that matters when it comes to how they lead. (runs 7:44 Dec. 07, 2015)

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SAERC Schools Review

Declining enrollment plus large schools equals difficult decisions. We ask Ford Rice, Superintendent of the Strait Regional School Board, about the future of SAERC and its feeders schools. (runs 9:24 Dec. 07, 2015)

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Education Minister Vote Reaction

After teachers voted down a contract offer from the province this week, Nova Scotia's Education Minister Karen Casey joins us to talk about what happens next between teachers and her Liberal government's negotiations. (runs 8:00 Dec. 04, 2015)

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Teachers Vote Reaction

Former NSTU president Brian Forbes and teacher Paul Wozney talk about this week's stand-off between the province and teachers. Teachers voted against the tentative deal, although their union recommended acceptance. (runs 13:18 Dec. 04, 2015)

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Skateboarding Exhibit

A new photo-exhibit highlighting the skateboarding culture in Cape Breton is on display at the CB Centre for Craft and Design. Harry Doyle, an avid skateboarder, spent one year collecting the 200 images for "28/38". (runs 7:49 Dec. 04, 2015)

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Jim St. Clair - Census of 1871

Now that the long-form Census is coming back, historian Jim St. Clair reflects on the importance of such a document - like how the first Census in Canada tells people like him now about life then in Cape Breton in 1871. (runs 9:22 Dec. 02, 2015)

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NSTU Vote - Graham Steele

Political analyst Graham Steele looks at the politics behind the province's unexpected deal with the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, teachers vote on it today - the deal could have an impact on labour relations overall. (runs 11:01 Dec. 13, 2015)

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My Definition - Mental Health Campaign

A poster and social media campaign to raise awareness about mental health has been launched by students and staff at CBU. Alyssa MacDonald is an academic success coach, and student Mark Vickers shared his story. (runs 10:03 Nov. 30, 2015)

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Caring Canadian Award

Kendra Gould, a 17 year-old student of Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, has been presented with the 2015 Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. She was nominated by her principal Newell Johnson. (runs 7:15 Nov. 27, 2015)

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Bring Back Pond Hockey

Taking a shot at putting the fun back in hockey. Hear about a program called "Bring Back Pond Hockey", organizer Andrew MacDonald gives us the skinny on some games of shinny planned for the Baddeck Rink this Winter. (runs 6:46 Nov. 26, 2015)

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Cape Breton Sea Salt

She... sells... sea... salt... We meet Crystal MacKinnon, owner of "Cape Breton Naturals", who harvests sea salt off Bay St. Lawrence, and we learn how she turned seawater into a growing business. (runs 7:52 Nov. 25, 2015)

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Christmas Book Suggestions

For the bookworm on your Christmas list, we have a guide to great reads from Atlantic Canada this season. Carolyn Guy, Executive Director of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, has some suggestions. (runs 7:31 Nov. 25, 2015)

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NEW St. Peter's Canal Bridge

Audrey Buchanan, the Asset Manager for the Cape Breton Field Unit, for Parks Canada, reveals details of the new two lane swing bridge planned to replace the one lane bridge that now spans the St. Peter's Canal. (runs 6:28 Nov. 24, 2015)

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Cape Breton REN

We ask the CEO's of Business Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Partnership to explain their respective roles within the new Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network. (runs 11:56 Nov. 23, 2015)

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Rail Line Optimism

A press release launches a boxcar full of optimism about rail in CB, but it's all riding on a container terminal. Barry Sheehy of Harbor-Port Development Partners, and Fr. Greg MacLeod of the Scotia Rail Development Society. (runs 16:38 Nov. 20, 2015)

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​CB Regional Enterprise Network

The new Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network or CB REN is up and running. Brad MacDonald is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the CB REN, he explains what its priorities are for economic development. (runs 9:32 Nov. 19, 2015)​

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Black Box Challenge

Some CB chefs are teaming up with the Cape Breton Food Hub for a "black box" cooking challenge, to raise awareness about eating local. Matt Fukala, manager of Flavor on the Water, explains the culinary campaign. (runs 7:38 Nov. 18, 2015)

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Coyote Pelt Incentive

Nova Scotia's coyote pelt incentive is no more. Reporter Phlis McGregor has been looking into what's been learned from that 5 year program, and asks has it worked to stop aggressive coyote behaviour. (runs 10:00 Nov. 18, 2015)

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Nova Scotian in Paris

Jennifer Bakody grew up in Dartmouth but has lived all over with her husband and 2 and a half year old daughter. She is a freelance journalist who's worked for the UN, BBC, CNN, and now at Radio France. (runs 10:45 Nov. 16, 2015)

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Immigration Target - Lee Cohen

Its an ambitious goal but the Federal government is sticking with its commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by New Years Eve. We ask Halifax immigration lawyer Lee Cohen if it's reasonable and doable. (runs 9:10 Nov. 13, 2015)

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Breakfast Biographies - Dave Dingwall - Pt.2

We write the final chapter in "The Breakfast Biographies", wrapping up our series with Part 2 of our feature interview with former Federal Cabinet Minister and Liberal MP, David C. Dingwall. (runs 17:52 Nov. 12, 2015)

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Nova Scotia's Electricity Plan

The NS government unveiled an Electricity Plan that will help to stabilize power rates, and make Nova Scotia Power more accountable. The Energy Minister is Michel Samson, he explains their plan. (runs 8:23 Nov. 10, 2015)

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