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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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CBU Research - Cy McLean

On our Cape Breton University research column we learn about a musician from Whitney Pier who had a significant influence in music and social activism in Canada. Wade Pfaff wrote an essay on the life and legacy of Cy McLean.

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Open Hearth Park

From Canada's worst toxic waste site to a vast expanse of green space in Sydney. Reporter Holly Conners visits Open Hearth Park as part of our Summer series exploring parks around the Maritimes.

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Caribbean Festival 2016

Contrary to rumours... Whitney Pier's Caribbean Festival WILL BE held this year, the annual event sponsored by St. Philip's African Orthodox Church takes place August 1st. Rev. Phyllis Marsh describes the plans for the cultural celebration.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:25]

Coal Mining Documentary

Reporter Molly Woodgate introduces us to Junie Boudreau who is shooting a documentary called "In My Blood", its about the coal mining industry on the Island. And hear from Hughie MacArthur, a former coal miner, who shares his story.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:04:43]

Clifford Paul - Ghana Trip

An exchange among indigenous peoples. Clifford Paul of the Unimaki Institute of Natural Resources in Eskasoni is back in Cape Breton after an educational trip to Ghana in Africa, he tells us about the adventure and cultural exchange.

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Jim St. Clair - Trefoil

A little yellow flower is making its presence felt in a big way in Cape Breton this summer. On his weekly column, "Then and Now", Jim St. Clair has a primer on the ubiquitous plant known as trefoil, and how it is returning to its wild roots.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:04:48]

Lighthouses Update

Efforts to save two of Cape Breton's iconic lighthouses got a boost from a National Trust for Canada competition last summer. Reporter George Mortimer updates what's happened at Gabarus and Low Point since winning thousands in prize money.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:31]

Odd Jobs - Savoy Theatre's Head Tech

Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan goes backstage for our "Odd Jobs" series and meets Dave Bailey, the head technician at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, who takes care of everything from the lights and the sound to the seats and the sets.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:24]

CBU Research - Rebecca Hutt-LeFort

On our CBU summer research column, find out how old photos prompted some great storytelling. Rebecca Hutt-LeFort, a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Community Studies program, is involved in the project.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:12]

Baby Box Project

An idea in its infancy... We meet a Sydney couple hoping to help new parents by equipping them with baby boxes containing necessities for a newborn. Erin and James Forsey of Sydney are promoting the project in the area.

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Burlesque Performer Angela LaMuse

The art of Burlesque... Meet a Cape Breton woman who went away to study, and became a success professionally - performing burlesque. Angela LaMuse, originally from Ottawa Brook, near Iona, has returned home to share her show.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:33]

Steelworkers Memorial

Reporter George Mortimer asked Carol Lee Boutilier, Marketing Coordinator and web designer with Nova Scotia Lands, which manages Open Hearth Park in Sydney, about a small parkette there dedicated to steelworkers who died on the job.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:05:21]

Ignite The Maritimes

David Howe is a Nova Scotian entrepreneur who is highlighting and celebrating successful business start-ups in the Maritimes, including a Cape Breton example, with a documentary series of 10 mini docs of start-up success stories from the region.

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Open Hearth Park Amphitheatre Update

Reporter George Mortimer gets an update on improvements to the amphitheatre at Open Hearth Park in Sydney from Donnie Burke, he is the Executive Director of Projects with Nova Scotia Lands which manages the site.

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Jim St. Clair - Higgins

What's in a name? Well, on Then and Now with Jim St. Clair, Jim introduces us to the historical members of a large and diverse family group as we explore the origin of the surname Higgins.

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Odd Jobs - Truck Driving Instructor

We hit the road on our "Odd Jobs" summer series... Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan climbs into the cab of an 18 wheeler to chat with a truck driving instructor. Allan MacPhee owns and operates Breton Commercial Truck Training in Sydney.

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Mi'kmaq Radio Rookies

You're "On The Air"... Young people in Eskasoni First Nation get the chance to tell their stories using a radio app called StoryCorps. Reporter Molly Woodgate has the story of a project called Mi'kmaq Radio Rookies.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:23]

CBU Research - Brittany MacDonald

Find out how some applied research at Cape Breton University is helping Port Hawkesbury Paper. Brittany MacDonald is a chemical engineer and instructor in the chemistry department at CBU, she's working on the sludge project.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:03]

Secret Summer Bucket List

If you have a bucket list of things you want to do over the Summer, we have a few "secret" things to add to it thanks to avid hiker and adventure seeker Steven Rolls. For things to do off the beaten path, checkout the Secret Summer Bucket List.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:08:58]

Forestry Innovation Hub

Turning over a new leaf and branching out in forestry... We ask Lloyd Hines, the Minister of Natural Resources, about Nova Scotia's new forestry innovation hub. The hub will help develop new ways to use and market forest products from NS.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:22]

Nourish Nova Scotia

Earlier, we heard about a movement to give ALL Canadian school kids at least one healthy meal a day. Today, why Nova Scotia is already 90 per cent there. Margot Riebe-Butt is the executive director of Nourish Nova Scotia.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:44]

Bells of Baddeck and Anti-poverty

Find out how United Way Cape Breton and The Bells of Baddeck show are teaming up to fight child poverty. Lorna MacDonald, creator of the Bells of Baddeck, and Lynn McCarron, Executive Director of United Way, explain the fundraising project.

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ACAP Bat Survey Update

ACAP Cape Breton has been keeping an eye on the bat population and it's not looking good, little brown bats are in big trouble on the Island. We get an update on the bat survey project from Sarah Penny, project co-ordinator with ACAP in Sydney.

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Jim St. Clair - MacDonald Family Connections

On Then and Now, Jim St. Clair traces one Cape Breton family's story that's garnered interest as far afield as Australia and North Dakota. Hear about the miller, his son, a boatload of cattle and a tale of family betrayal on Whycocomagh Bay.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:21]

Odd Jobs - Sculptor Perry MacKinnon

Our summer series "Odd Jobs" has Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan speaking with people in CB who have rather odd occupations. We launch our 3rd annual Odd Jobs series with a visit to geologist turned stone carver and sculptor Perry MacKinnon.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:53]

Richmond County Councilor Steve Sampson

After 25 years, he's hanging up his hat... Former Warden of Richmond County and long time councilor Steve Sampson says he'll leave municipal politics in October after a particularly challenging year.

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The Seawall Trail Update

The Seawall Trail Society is ready to start planning the route for a multi-day hiking trail it hopes to cut through remote northern Cape Breton. We get an update on the Seawall Trail project from Dave Williams, a member of the volunteer board.

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New Venture Capital Fund

Economic development is everybody's business... The Province of Nova Scotia is launching a new private sector run venture capital fund. We get the details from the provincial Minister of Business, Mark Furey.

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Membertou's Youngest Band Councilor

She beat a drug and alcohol addiction... She was named Citizen of the Year... Now, she holds a seat on community government. And, she's still under 30. We speak with Membertou's youngest band councilor, Gail Christmas.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:18]

Jim St. Clair - "Big Teacher" John McEachen

He's described as a big guy, strong as steel, who traveled to work on an ice boat in the winter. He was the first person hired under the Indian Act to teach in a reserve school in Nova Scotia. Meet the "Big Teacher" of Waycobah, John McEachen.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:07]

Back In Fort Mac - Verna Murphy

Cape Bretoner Verna Murphy has finally returned home to Fort McMurray after she and her family were evacuated during the wildfires. Find out what she found when she got home Sunday night.

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Strathlorne Tree Nursery

Turning over a new leaf... Seedlings are at the root of the business at the Strathlorne Tree Nursery but we find out about other ideas for economic growth at the facility near Inverness. Jonathan Kierstead is the Director of Forestry for DNR.

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Correctional Centre Inmate Death Review

A review into the death of an inmate at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre found policies and procedure were not followed. We asked Sean Kelly, Director of Correctional Services with the Department of Justice, about the review.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:03]

Good Food Review

Mathew Georghiou, founder and CEO of goCapeBreton.com, is the man behind a new open access online food review called the "Good Food Review". He tells us what he's looking for when it comes to good eating on our Island.

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Antigonish Community Energy Co-op

A ray of hope in rays of sunshine... Things are heating up for the Antigonish Community Energy Co-op, the group has completed it's first bulk buy of solar panels for members. To learn more, we've contacted David Morgan, President of the Co-op.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:35]

Workplace Mental Health

Managing mental health in the workplace... Kevin Kelloway, originally from New Waterford, is the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology at St. Mary's University in Halifax. He discusses mental health needs on the job.

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St. Mary's Polish Church Re-opens

Resurrected from the ashes... the newly rebuilt St. Mary's Polish Church in Whitney Pier opens this weekend. After a fire burned down their sanctuary, members of Cape Breton's Polish community kept the flame of hope alive and rebuilt.

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Issue Panel 0623

Whoa, Canada... Should we change the lyrics to our anthem. And is religion a force for good or evil in our world? Two of the topics we'll tackle on the Issue Panel with 3 interesting, informative and opinionated Cape Bretoners.

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Eskasoni and SPCA

Reining in cats and dogs... Eskasoni First Nation and the Nova Scotia SPCA are teaming up to bring the stray animal population under control. Constable Jo-Anne Landsburg is the Chief Provincial Inspector for the SPCA in Nova Scotia.

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Mabou Development Association Update

The Mabou and District Community Development Association needs to recruit more volunteers. So it held a special meeting on the matter. We check back with David Greenwell, chair of the Mabou and District Development Association, for an update.

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Jim St. Clair - Cape Breton Trolleys

Community historian Jim St. Clair is right on track, as he looks back at the history of streetcars in Cape Breton, on his weekly column - "Then and Now".

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:05]

2016 Leadership Award - Julian Marshall

Meet another of Cape Breton's up and coming leaders, we introduce you to this year's recipient of our CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award, a young man from Membertou, Sydney Academy student Julian Marshall.

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AFN Meeting - Morley Googoo

An historic meeting in Ottawa... Nova Scotia's first nations chiefs met with Nova Scotia's MPs, we find out what happened from the Assembly of First Nations' Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland - Morley Googoo of Waycobah.

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Nova Scotia's Civil Forfeiture Act

Legislature reporter Jean Laroche looks into the Civil Forfeiture Act to see if the law really is doing what it set out to do. It gave Nova Scotia the right to use the civil courts to go after the assets of people the police believed to be criminals.

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Mabou Development Association

The Mabou and District Community Development Association faces an uncertain future due to a lack of volunteers. It needs people to step up to fill vacant seats on the executive and the sub-committees. David Greenwell is the chair of the association.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:26]

Pop-Up Museum Cheticamp

You can pop into a pop-up museum about WWI in Cheticamp on Saturday. Greg Kennedy, a professor and scientific director of the Institut d'etudes Acadiennes at the Universite de Moncton, gives us a preview of the travelling exhibit.

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Mars Rover Competition / Protocase

Protocase President Steve Lilley describes the company's involvement in an international university event in Utah where they were a sponsor and supplier for the competition to design and build Mars Rovers.

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Nurse Practitioners

As health care officials search desperately for a way to ease the doctor shortage in Cape Breton, nurse practitioners are frantically waving their hands... "we can help". We re-visit the role nurse practitioners can play, Carolyn Mitchell co-chairs the N

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[mp3 file: runs 00:10:31]

Injured CB Eagle

A Cape Breton eagle becomes a lame duck, but is now on the mend at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Brookfield, near Truro, after being shot. Hear from LJ MacLean of Sydney who found and helped the eagle in Middle River.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:08:33]

Un-Real Estate

Roger Sanford with the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors says many houses in Nova Scotia are now selling for less than their assessment value. Reporter Joan Weeks asks why.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:58]

Human Trafficking

A call for change... a Nova Scotia woman shares a recording from her late daughter's cell phone and says it shows why police need to do more to help victims of human trafficking. Reporter Angela MacIvor has the story.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:53]

Inverness County Happenings Website

A healthy dose of information... The Central Inverness Community Health Board launches a new website to let people know about events and services in the area. Board member Michelle Greenwell describes the project.

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Jim St. Clair - Babe Ruth

On "Then and Now"... community historian Jim St. Clair recalls the Cape Bretoner who influenced the most legendary ball player of all time, Babe Ruth.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:06:38]

NextGen 2016 Forum

New thoughts on the old problem of out migration. We get a preview of the NextGen 2016 Forum taking place in Cape Breton, where young leaders will gather to discuss ways to attract more of their kind. Adam Young and Erin Gallagher are board members.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:22]

Health Minister on Dr. Shortage Meeting

Hear how communication over healthcare reform broke down the last year. And, after Sunday's meeting in Cape Breton concerning Doctor shortages and a call for a public inquiry into healthcare. Leo Glavine, the NS Minister of Health, responds.

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Species At Risk Reaction

Since Nova Scotia's Auditor General says the Province needs to act quickly, we ask Lloyd Hines, the provincial Department of Natural Resources Minister, what he thinks of the AG's criticisms and recommendations for species at risk.

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Dr. Shortage Meeting

Hundreds turned out to discuss the current doctor shortage and the welfare of healthcare on our Island. Hear from 3 doctors who spoke during the special forum on the shortage of family doctors and specialists in Cape Breton.

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Halifax Doctors Forum

A look at why doctors would rather work in hospitals than in private practice in Nova Scotia, we have another excerpt from last weeks forum organized by CBC Halifax, panelists discussed the future of family medicine in our province.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:42]

The North Sydney Pain Clinic

A Northside doctor is considering retiring, prompting his chronic pain patients to mobilize to keep the clinic and his treatment options going. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spoke to patient Laurie Peters, and Greg Boone of the NS Health Authority.

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Issue Panel 0609

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on The Issue Panel. Today, the panelists are: Madonna Doucette, Nicole LaFosse and Jenn Power.

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AG Report 0609

Species At Risk. Hospitals At Risk. Michael Pickup, Nova Scotia's Auditor General discusses his latest report, touching on the topic of closing hosptials and ERs, and what the Department of Natural Resources should be doing to protect animals.

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Fort Mac Red Cross Volunteer

Helping Fort Mac Get Back... We check in with a Cape Bretoner who's volunteering in Fort McMurray helping residents return and rebuild their community, and get back to their regular routine. Stephen Read of Marion Bridge describes his job there.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:34]

Jim St. Clair - Sydney Harbour

Waiting for Westmount's Ship to Come In... On "Then and Now", our community historian Jim St. Clair sails back in time to the 1860s to bring us the story of a controversy over who would operate the ferry across Sydney Harbour.

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FCM Winnipeg - Pam Berman

CBC NS Municipal reporter Pam Berman went to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Winnipeg to follow-up her investigation into why so many Nova Scotian communities and councillors think it's great to attend the national conference.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:08:16]

An Accessible Playground

A group in Cantley Village wants to build the island's first universally inclusive playground, so children in wheelchairs, moms with strollers, and grandparents with mobility issues can share in the fun at an accessible playground.

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A Community Conversation

"Changing Our Story" is the name of a community conversation happening in Sydney Mines to examine the challenges facing youth and young families on the Northside, and attempt to rally a community effort to push for change.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:10:17]

Inverness Cottage Workshop Moving

The Inverness Cottage Workshop is getting ready to move to a new home thanks to 1.2 million from Chase the Ace in Inverness... Reporter George Mortimer takes a tour of the workshop's new digs with the Executive Director, Cindy O'Neil.

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New NSGEU President

In fighting form... We catch up with the new President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, Cape Bretoner Jason MacLean, originally of Whitney Pier, is ready to take over Joan Jessome's battle with the McNeil government.

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Victoria Co. Artist in Residence

Baddeck is a hub for tourists and boaters on Cape Breton. This summer it'll be a hub for artists, too. A gift shop on Baddeck's main drag will be converted into studio and gallery space for Victoria County's new Artist in Residence Program.

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Cape Breton Doctor Shortage Pt 2

An update on the health care front, Reporter Joan Weeks is back with another chapter in the doctor shortage story, this time with a focus on specialists, and the concerns about who's leaving.

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Sydney Mines Rehab Centre

There are concerns on the Northside that Cape Breton's only continuing care and rehab centre located in Sydney Mines will close now that its doctor is retiring, but the NS Health Authority offers assurances that it will maintain service.

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Nova Scotia Child Care Changes

More spaces for more families... Karen Casey, the Nova Scotia Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, explains the government's plan to make affordable child care more accessible for more families in the province.

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Keltic Lodge Reno # 2

Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan continues our tour of the extensive 4.5 million dollar renovations at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish with a stop at Ceilidh Hall, the new executive suites, and The Purple Thistle dining room.

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Keltic Lodge Reno # 1

A new window on the tourism season... or several new windows, some paint and major upgrades. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan learns about the 4.5 million dollar renovation project at the iconic Keltic Lodge in Ingonish.

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Golf Cruise Ship

Hear about a special cruise ship full of avid and affluent golfers that will be coming to Cape Breton this Fall. Because our Island is blessed with world class golf courses, people the world over have been clamouring to play here.

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Jim St. Clair - Torquil

Not Exactly A Household Name... Though it is a well known one if you ride the Englishtown Ferry. Our community historian Jim St. Clair examines the origin of the name, "Torquil", on his weekly column, Then and Now.

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Airport Fire Station

After relying on the Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire Department for 2 decades, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney now has a fire station and trucks of its own to respond to emergencies. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith has the story.

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The Art Of Medicine

The Cape Breton Cancer Centre has turned to the arts - including creative writing and film - to help us better understand what it's like to live with an illness and sufferers cope. We meet 3 people involved in this intriguing exhibit.

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Cape Breton Doctor Shortage

Cape Breton needs an injection of full-time GPs, STAT! Reporter Joan Weeks looks into our Island's doctor-to-patient ration, and the on-going need to attract more physicians, since many doctors are considering retirement soon.

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Spirituality and Palliative Care

Spiritual care at the end of life. We get a preview of a talk entitled "Spiritually Transformative Experiences at End-of-Life" by Rev. David Maginley, he's an interfaith spiritual councilor and chaplain with the NS Health Authority.

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Lyme Disease in Nova Scotia

Tick Talk... Black-legged ticks are on the rise and so is concern about lyme disease, and how to treat it. We speak with Dr. Todd Hatchette, one of the leading experts on the subject in Nova Scotia.

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Pareidolia - Weldon Bona

Do you see what I see? A Cape Breton artist hopes not. Graphic designer and artist Weldon Bona explains his new exhibit - "Pareidolia" - where he wants you to see what you want in his collection of ten large pen and ink drawings.

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Young New Waterford Runners

The Doctors' Nova Scotia Annual Youth Run, set for June 04th in Sydney, has students at various schools running during their recess. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee met some students and teachers from St. Agnes Elementary in New Waterford.

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Jim St. Clair - Gaelic Words We Use

On any given day it's common to use a french phrase or a foreign word... with that in mind -- and Gaelic Awareness Month very much on his mind -- historian Jim St. Clair takes a look at some of the words we commonly use that have Gaelic origins.

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Our Summer Forecast

Summer kicks off in a couple of weeks, but for some, it unofficially starts over the Victoria Day weekend. We ask everybody's favourite forecaster, Environment Canada's senior climatologist Dave Phillips, what kind of Summer we can expect.

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The Company Store Cafe

Next weekend, the Cape Breton Miners' Museum in Glace Bay opens its doors again for another season, and will be opening a cafe in the Company Store, too. Mary Pat Mombourquette, Executive Director of the Museum, met Reporter George Mortimer there.

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Fort McMurray Update 0520

Back to the Mac... For many residents of Fort McMurray the only certainty is uncertainty. We phone Cape Bretoner Verna Murphy for an update on Fort McMurray, Verna is now staying in Edmonton as she considers her family's future.

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2016 Honour Roll - Caylum Poirier

We introduce another young, up and coming Cape Breton student who's making a difference and showing leadership in their school and community. Today, meet Caylum Poirier of Cape Breton Highlands Academy, one of our 5 2016 inductees.

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2016 Honour Roll - Victoria Chapman

Throughout Cape Breton's history there have been good leaders, great leaders, and even a handful of outstanding ones. The Honour Roll is a way of identifying the next generation of leaders. Another inductee is Victoria Chapman of Riverview High.

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Jim St. Clair - Queen Victoria

Well, there's a day named in her honour, and she was Queen when Canada became a country. So how much do you remember about Queen Victoria? Community historian Jim St. Clair tells us a little about the life of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

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2016 Honour Roll - Cullen MacInnis

Meet Cullen MacInnis of Mabou, he's a Grade 12 student at Dalbrae Academy and one of our five inductees to this year's Information Morning Honour Roll - our annual search for exceptional young people.

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Aboriginal Children's Hurt and Healing Initiative

Learn how a research project uses art to help health care professionals understand how aboriginal children express pain. Margot Latimer is a principal project researcher, and John R. Sylliboy is community research project co-ordinator.

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2016 Honour Roll - Rohit Kochhar

The Honour Roll is our annual search for exceptional junior and senior highschool students who show leadership in their school and community. Sydney Academy student Rohit Kochhar is the second of five inductees to the 2016 Honour Roll.

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Victoria Co. Bridge Options

The NS Department of Transportation presented Victoria County council with bridge options to replace the ferries at Englishtown and Grand Narrows. Paul LaFleche is Deputy Transportation Minister, and Bruce Morrison is Victoria County Warden.

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2016 Honour Roll - Connor Poirier

The Information Morning Honour Roll is our search for junior and senior highschool students who show leadership in their schools and communities. The first of our inductees is Connor Poirier - a Grade 11 student at Riverview Rural High.

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Fort McMurray Benefit Concert

Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee offers a taste of the "Givin' Back To The Mac" fundraising concert at Centre 200 -- over 5300 attended the event and over a quarter of a million dollars was raised for the folks evacuated from Fort McMurray.

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The Transit Panel

Hop aboard... Some regular riders of the bus in CBRM say the transit system is spinning its wheels and suggest improvements to the system. Our panelists sharing their opinions on the service are Elizabeth Beaton, Peter Steele and Sharon Atha.

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Honour Roll 2016

The Information Morning Honour Roll is our search for exceptional junior and senior highschool students in Cape Breton who are showing leadership in their schools and communities. Today, we reveal the latest Honour Roll inductees.

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CBU Wind Farm

A favourable wind is blowing at Cape Breton University when it comes to green energy. The university will officially open its 'wind farm' Saturday, we get details on the plan for a more sustainable future from CBU President David Wheeler.

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Sydney Academy Threat

Police were back at Sydney Academy following another potential weapons threat. The school declared a "Hold and Secure" status -- while police investigated. We hear reaction from a Grade 12 student, and a school board official.

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Human Rights Wagmatcook

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has recommended further investigation following a housing complaint in Wagmatcook First Nation. We hear more from the 2 parties involved.

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Jim St. Clair - Pollett's Cove

Dating, mating and long term relating to the land of Pollett's Cove. Community historian Jim St. Clair brings us a unique Cape Breton love story on today's edition of "Then and Now".

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Teddies for Fort McMurray

Many people are looking for ways to send warm wishes and comfort to the residents of Fort McMurray displaced by wildfires. The children at Sydney's Health Park Early Learning Centre are doing their part to help... with stuffed animals.

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Victoria Standard SOLD

Jim Morrow finally gets to wipe the ink from his fingers as he hands over the reigns of his bi-weekly - The Victoria Standard. Jim discusses his decision to retire from the paper biz, and we meet the new owner / publisher, Andrew Brooks.

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Hospice Residence

The Hospice Palliative Care Society of CB County is getting help from Membertou and the BCA Group to build a new Hospice Residence. Aurelle Landry, Executive Director for the Society, and Nancy Dingwall, co-chair of the Board, explain.

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Chase The Ace Sydney Winner

Kathy MacPherson of Sydney is the woman who finally found the Ace in the deck at the huge Chase The Ace lottery at the Ashby Legion. She won the Jackpot of over 2.9 million dollars. MacPherson spoke with reporters following her big win.

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Nature Trust of Nova Scotia

We learn about a new designation for the Bird Islands from the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Bob McDonald is Chair of the Nova Scotia Bird Society's Sanctuary Trust, and Bonnie Sutherland is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

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Leadership Skills Course

Follow my lead... We find out how the CB Partnership is offering business leaders and employees in Cape Breton a free leadership course to build skills. Mike Kelly teaches the course, and Natasha Hillier took the course last year.

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Verna Murphy Update

We update the serious situation involving Mabou's Verna Murphy, and the evacuation efforts around Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta. This morning, we re-connect with Verna to hear how the last 24 hours have gone for her and her family.

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Fort McMurray - Verna Murphy and Jenn Ward

Many of the people who had to flee Fort McMurray headed North, to work camps that are now housing evacuees. We contact two displaced residents, Verna Murphy and her family find it chaotic this morning, and Jenn Ward has many concerns.

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Issue Panel 0505

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week. Today, on the Issue Panel, Rev. Nick Phillips, Michele Stephens and Mike Kelloway.

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Firefighter Matt Sidney

Yesterday, we heard from Brianna Sidney who's originally from Sydney and lives in Fort McMurray. She was worried about her husband Matt, a firefighter with an oil sands company, enlisted to battle the blaze. Good news... they've been reunited.

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Voices from Fort McMurray

Residents of Fort McMurray were stunned as massive wildfires jumped the highway, and started burning through communities. The entire city was put under an evacuation order, and tens of thousands were forced to flee. Hear what they encountered.

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Community Transportation Update

We get an update on the Community Transportation Working Group. Their goal is to improve public transportation in the CBRM. Eric Leviten-Reid is with New Dawn, and he's coordinating the project.

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CBVRSB Heritage Fair

You never know what will catch a child's interest. From endangered polar bears to Oak Island gold, painted eggs, and paintings of Sable Island horses. We check out some projects at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board's Heritage Fair.

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Electoral Systems - Mark Coffin # 5

Today, we wrap up our lessons in democratic reform... Executive Director Mark Coffin of The Springtide Collective asks us to wrap our heads around the "single transferable vote" model of casting a ballot.

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Chronicle Herald Strike

The Chronicle Herald strike is now in its 14th week, and the workers' union says management is doing nothing to bring the dispute to an end. Martin O'Hanlon is the president of the CWA, the Communications Workers of America, Canada.

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Electoral Systems - Mark Coffin # 4

We continue our discussion about mixing it up here in Nova Scotia when it comes to how we vote for our political representatives. The Executive Director of The Springtide Collective, Mark Coffin, examines the "mixed-member proportional" model.

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Fire Follow-up - Environment Dept.

The auto salvage yard at the centre of the big fire near Point Edward this week had attracted attention from the Department of Environment. Terry MacPherson, District Manager with the Department in Sydney, explains those issues, and environmental concern

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Electoral Systems - Mark Coffin # 3

We continue to work our way through The Springtide Collective's proposed list of alternate voting systems for Nova Scotia. In Part 3, Mark Coffin, Executive Director of The Springtide Collective, looks at Proportional Representation.

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Scrapyard Fire

Reporter George Mortimer describes the scene of a scrapyard fire off the Sydport Access Road, last night. CBRM Fire Services Deputy Chief Chris March said fire fighters from 9 departments battled the huge fire where 300 to 500 cars were burning.

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