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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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Why do we feel so bad about feeling good?

If most drug users take substances because it feels good, why is pleasure left out of policy conversations?

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Music and Indigenous youth

Meet Indigenous youth who are finding deeper meaning in music — and finding their voices along the way.

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A family of four examines their sleep habits, vying for the spare bedroom.

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Why the Google 'manifesto' misses the point

Critics argue the Google "manifesto" debating a woman's biological abilities is another example of discrimination in the workplace.

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Gabarus Film - Only 78

Celebrating the spirit of Gabarus on the big screen... Jawad Mir is a documentary maker from Toronto, he has created a film that provides an overview of important milestones from 2011 to today in Gabarus. He spoke with CBC Reporter Hal Higgins.

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Cape Breton County Exhibition

Reporter Jennifer Ludlow visited the Ex on the Northside... and heard from a woman who's been showing horses for most of her life. Laurie Dawn Reginato shares her passion of showing horses with her daughters, including eight-year-old Bella.

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People and Places - Neville Park

People and Places is our weekly look at the Cape Bretoners for whom buildings and public spaces are named on the Island. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan and historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls head to Whitney Pier to talk about Carl Neville.

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The Tele-Medicine Option

A Glace Bay pharmacist wants Nova Scotia to emulate a Newfoundland practice in order to deal with opioid addiction. Pharmacist Jody Pilling believes using a Tele-Medicine model in rural areas would give quicker access to withdrawal maintenance.

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Cuff on Lingan Golf Course

As Cape Breton's world-class golf courses continue to attract world-wide attention, our sports guy Charlie Cuff looks at how one of the Island's older, storied courses is keeping up with the times. Today, he takes a swing out to the Lingan Golf Course.

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Marconi Museum at Table Head

With visitor numbers up, Reporter George Mortimer takes a tour of the Marconi Museum at Table Head in Glace Bay. The site is dedicated to the work of Guglielmo Marconi, who sent the first wireless message from North America to Europe in 1902.

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Atlantic Burn Camp 2017

Reporter George Mortimer goes to New Campbellton, near the base of Kelly's Mountain, to meet 2 participants taking part in this year's Atlantic Burn Camp -- including a burn victim who was a camper and is now a counsellor.

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Jim St. Clair - Burke Surname in CB

Community historian Jim St. Clair and guest host David Burke play the Name Game as they talk about how and why many surnames have changed their spellings in Cape Breton over the years, as they look back at the origin of the Burkes.

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Odd Jobs - Doula

Our summer series... "Odd Jobs" has Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan meeting people who have unusual ways of making a living, and love what they do. In this edition, Amber Tapley tells us about the life and work of a Doula.

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Indian Beach Update

Construction to revamp a popular Cape Breton beach started last month. Reporter George Mortimer gets an update from Allan Clarke, CBRM Manager of Parks, Grounds and Buildings, on what's been done and what's left to do at Indian Beach in North Sydney.

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Gordie Gosse - HPV Study

Former Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Gordie Gosse talks about his fight with oropharyngeal cancer... after a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows the disease--that affects the head and neck and is related to HPV--is on the rise.

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Plants to Plates Summer Program

Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee tells us about the "Plants to Plates" program in Glace Bay, its aimed at teaching children ages 8-12 about the many aspects of food, from growing to cooking. The Glace Bay Food Bank sponsors this summer program.

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New Reward Offered

The family of Kenny MacNeil of Upper Leitches Creek are offering a reward of 10 thousand dolllars for information that would help in finding the missing man, he disappeared on August 27th in 2014. John MacNeil is Kenny's brother.

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Joel MacLean Memorial Dog Park

Reporter George Mortimer has the story about the life and legacy of the late Joel MacLean--for whom the dog park in Open Hearth Park is now named. Gerry McCarron is Park Manager and was a close friend of MacLean, he explains the dedication.

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Changes In Attitude

As Pride Week in the CBRM draws to a close, we'll have a provocative discussion about what it means to be a member of the LGBTQ community in Cape Breton today... and how attitudes in and towards the community have changed over the years.

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Star Wars Pt.2 - Roger Christian

In Part 2 of our chat with Star Wars set decorator Roger Christian -- he'll illuminate the wonder behind the making of the lightsaber and what he sees as the film's lasting impacts... among other behind-the-scene tales from that Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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People and Places - Passchendaele

Community historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls and Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan have been visiting iconic places and landmarks around Cape Breton this Summer for our series "People & Places", today, we learn about Passchendaele.

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C3 Expedition Experience

Hear about a life-changing adventure with 70 other people on an icebreaker in Canada's Arctic... Jessie Jawanda of South Bar was a Youth Ambassador on the Canada 150 C3 Expedition ice breaker that is currently circumnavigating Canada's North.

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Star Wars Pt.1 - Roger Christian

We have Part 1 of our feature interview with creative set decorator Roger Christian about his adventures 40 years ago cobbling together the then unique, and now iconic items, for what would become one of the most famous movies of all time... Star Wars.

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Jim St. Clair - Black House at Highland Village

Cape Breton has some of the best tourist attractions in the province. Top on the list is the Highland Village Museum in Iona. Community historian Jim St. Clair and Allison Devereaux visited the site to learn and talk about the Village's "Black House".

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Odd Jobs - Archaeologist

Our "Odd Jobs" summer series has Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan digging around for interesting and unusual occupations on our Island, today, she talks to Archaeologist Rebecca Dunham about what she does each day at the Fortress of Louisbourg.

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Grandmother Moon Ceremony

Mi'kmaq elder Mary-Louise Bernard, former chief of Wagmatcook and currently, a Parks Canada interpreter, talks about her children's book "Sweet Water Maiden: The Legend of Maple Syrup", and tells us about the "Grandmother Moon" ceremonies.

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Tall Ships - Sydney

The Age of Sail has returned... At least for this weekend in 3 ports in Cape Breton. We heard about the ships in St. Peter's and Louisbourg. Today, we hear what vessels will be on display in Sydney. Allan Billard describes them for us.

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Donkin Mine Safety Concerns

Provincial inspectors with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour have compiled a long list of safety concerns at the Donkin Coal Mine, operated by Kameron Collieries. Reporter Frances Willick shares what she has learned of those violations.

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Harry Potter Wizarding Fair

Holy Hogwarts! Fans of the boy wizard will love how the Old Sydney Society has transformed St. Patrick's Church in Sydney into a Harry Potter Wizarding Fair... Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee grabs her quidditch broom and flies into the excitment.

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Tall Ships - St. Peters

This weekend, we see the arrival of the Tall Ships in Cape Breton. With those vessels in mind, Allan Billard, author of the book "Port of Call: Tall Ships Visit the Maritimes", describes the schooners that you can see and board in St. Peter's.

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People and Places - Rose Schwartz Park

Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan and historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls visit a park in New Waterford, they share the story of Rose Schwartz in this week's edition of our summer series, Cape Breton People and Places.

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Dr. Stan Kutcher - Press Conference

Hear some of Wednesday's press conference on the youth mental health recommendations from Dr. Stan Kutcher. And from the Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey, and Zack Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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Tall Ships - Louisbourg

Rendez-vous 2017... has six tall ships sailing into Louisbourg harbour on Friday morning. Allan Billard, author of the new book, "Port of Call: Tall Ships Visit The Maritimes", takes a closer look at the six vessels docking there.

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The Endangered Right Whale

As many as 10 of the endangered right whales have been found dead this year... so how can the species be saved? Moira Brown, a senior scientist working with a team from the New England Aquarium, tells us what can be done to prevent future deaths.

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Jim St. Clair - Washabuck Place Names

On "Then and Now" with community historian Jim St. Clair, we venture along the shores of Washabuck. If you've ever had questions about the place names around the Washabuck peninsula in Victoria County, Jim may have some answers for you.

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Odd Jobs - Tattoo Artist

In our series "Odd Jobs", Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan talks with people in interesting occupations about what they do and why they do it. Today, meet a man who draws on his creativity and talent, Kenny Head is a tattoo artist in Sydney.

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Doctor Exit Interviews

As doctors leave Cape Breton, exit interviews are an ideal way to find out how to improve our health care system and retain doctors. Joanne MacKinnon is recruitment lead with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Kevin Orrell is an orthopedic surgeon.

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Cheticamp River Restoration Update

Rooted in the community. Discover how school children and local volunteers pitched in to plant a thousand new trees on the banks of the Cheticamp River. Reporter George Mortimer spoke to Jillian Baker, Project Manager for the restoration project.

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Green Crab Research

Seaside samples... Nicholas Hathaway is a researcher from Smith College in Massachusetts, he is in Cape Breton to catch and study green crabs. He's examining how behaviours of different crabs affect the invasive nature of the species.

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NEW Parks Canada Campground

Reporter George Mortimer visits the site of a new 2 million dollar Parks Canada campground under construction on the Cabot Trail near Cheticamp. Kelly Deveaux, Visitor Experience Manager with Cape Breton Highlands National Park, describes the project.

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People and Places - Louisbourg

Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan and community historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls have been visiting iconic places and landmarks in CB on our summer series "People and Places", telling the story of the people behind the place name. Today, Louisbourg.

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Fortress Louisbourg Archeology

The University of New Brunswick and the Fortress of Louisbourg are teaming up to preserve artifacts and teach the next generation of archeologists at the same time. Reporter George Mortimer discovers their outdoor classroom and unique field experience.

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NSHA Governance - Dr. Bob Martel

An unhealthy form of governance. The Nova Scotia Health Authority has no health care providers on its board. Hear why a group of doctors (Nova Scotia Health Care Solutions) think that's a bad idea. Dr. Bob Martel is a palliative care physician in Arichat.

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Under the Rainbow Umbrella Conversations

"The talk" has changed since we were kids... Madonna Doucette of the Youth Project offers advice and some direction on how to start and discuss difficult and uncomfortable issues around sexuality and gender variance with your children.

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Jim St. Clair - Devereaux in CB

Community historian Jim St. Clair plays the name game on "Then and Now"... tracing the family roots of Information Morning guest host Allison Devereaux. Jim looks at the history of the Devereaux surname in Cape Breton.

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Hitchhiking Sailor

The idea of hitchhiking usually brings to mind the idea of the open road. But one traveler in CB got here by hitchhiking, on private sailboats. From Portugal to the Caribbean to Baddeck, Emilie Piriou of Megeve, France is seeing the world port to port.

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Inverness Beach Boardwalk

The sands of time are not being kind to the boardwalk at the Inverness Beach. Reporter George Mortimer asks Rob Burbach, President of the Inverness Development Association, what needs to be done and how people are pushing to improve accessibility.

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Odd Jobs - Child Life Specialist

On our "Odd Jobs" column, meet a woman who tries to take away some of the pain and fear for children in hospital. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan speaks with Tracy Warren-Salt, a child life specialist at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney.

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In The Field - Bring Back The Boreal

Seeing the forest with new trees. Reporter Holly Conners travels to the CB Highlands National Park for an update on the "Bring Back The Boreal" project in our summer series "In The Field". Clayton D'Orsay is a Parks Canada Resource Conservation Officer.

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Cancer EI Study

Bereft of benefits... A new Cape Breton based study hopes to find out what life is like for cancer patients whose EI sick benefits run out after 15 weeks. Tom MacNeil is a Medical Social Worker with the Cape Breton Cancer Centre at the Regional Hospital.

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Glace Bay Ballpark Project

Let's play ball! A group in Glace Bay is hitting it out of the park when it comes to building a ballfield there, raising over 350 thousand dollars. Ken Tracey of The Glace Bay Community Commons Society talks about the project and their vision.

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Opioid Follow-up - Janet Bickerton

We check in with the Ally Center in Sydney for reaction to Nova Scotia's new Opioid Framework for opiod use and abuse. Janet Bickerton is a nurse and community activist who volunteers with the Ally Centre. We ask how effective the changes will be.

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High Flight: Songs of the Stars - Dr. Roberta Bondar

Canadian space pioneer, Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar talks about "High Flight: Songs of the Stars", a multi-media choral performance (part of a larger Canada 150 project) tonight in Baddeck, celebrating the life and work of Mabel Bell.

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gofundme For 12 Year Old

A spirit of generosity... People in Glace Bay and beyond are mobilizing to help a local family dealing with their 12 year old daughter's illness, including raising more than 13 thousand dollars in 24 hours with a "gofundme" campaign.

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Opioid Strategy in Nova Scotia

The province of Nova Scotia released a strategy to try to better deal with opioid use and abuse. Dr. Robert Strang is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia, he talks about what's in the guidelines and what it will mean on the ground.

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Reporter Nic Meloney explains an internet practice called doxing - to release and publish private, and in some cases, false information about individuals - and how it was used by an alt-right group in Cape Breton to discredit people.

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People and Places - Torquil MacLean

The namesake of the Torquil MacLean ferry in Englishtown is the focus of our "People and Places" column. Assoicate Producer Nicole MacLennan met community historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls to learn more about the man the Englishtown ferry was named after.

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Lingan Road Extension Update

After a four year delay, there may finally be a plan to open the Lingan Road Extension that intersects with the Sydney Port Access Road. Reporter George Mortimer spoke with Frank Potter, Executive Director of Operations with Nova Scotia Lands.

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Contest Girls

Meet two little girls from Manitoba with Cape Breton roots who have been keeping some pretty important company. The sisters both won contests that got them a free pass to hang out with Lieutenant Governor in Manitoba and the Prime Minister in Ottawa.

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Jim St. Clair - Orangedale

On our column "Then and Now" with community historian Jim St. Clair, we reminisce about the Orangedale Station... Jim tracks the origins of the train, the museum and the song.

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New CBRM CAO - Marie Walsh

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has retained Marie Walsh as its new Chief Administrative Officer. Recently, she has served as acting CAO and interim CAO, and was the CBRM's Chief Financial Officer. We ask her about her priorities for the job.

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Cape Breton Medical Staff Association

Now, a check-up with the Cape Breton Medical Staff Association to find out if anything has changed since the huge health care rally that drew more than 600 people in May. Dr. Craig Stone, President of the CBMSA, says the diagnosis is still dismal.

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North Sydney Youth Centre Meeting

Going old school... Meet the man spearheading efforts to turn the former Fairview School in North Sydney into a youth centre. Brian Barron is with Third Day Grace Ministries, a non-profit group in North Sydney, he outlines their plans.

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Homeless and No Coverage

Mary McNamara says she's lucky to be alive after losing her income assistance - and access to suboxone, a drug that helped her manage her addictions. Find out how her family doctor stepped in to help. Reporter Elizabeth McMillan has the story.

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Coming Out Narratives

John R. Sylliboy is a researcher, and co-founder of the Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance. His project to gather stories of aboriginal people who are coming out in the LGBTQ community will provide data about the experience and what supports are needed.

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The Membertou Model

Membertou becomes an example for the world. Francis Neshamba, a senior lecturer at Trent University in Nottingham, England, is taking the model of the community's success to South Africa. Senator Dan Christmas reflects on the factors that led to it.

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People and Places - Blackett's Lake

Summer gets a little spooky on our People and Places column... We go to the shores of Blackett's Lake to find out where that body of water got its name, and hear the ghost story connected to Mr. Blackett. Vanessa Childs-Rolls is a community historian.

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Care By Design - Dr. Rick Gibson

The nursing home program "Care By Design" will undergo a new design. Dr. Rick Gibson with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, responds to concerns over cuts to the program that would have offered continuity of care at Cape Breton nursing homes.

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ChangeUp Grant

Changing-Up attitudes of prejudice... Learn about a program that's offering $10-thousand one-time grants to young people working to build inclusion and acceptance in their communities. Chris Lee is with the Inspirit Foundation.

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AGNS and The Leibovitz Collection

The art of the deal... We find out why two thousand photos by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz that were gifted to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, may never see the light of day. Reporter Jack Julian explains the REAL reason for the delay.

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On the Record, Off Script Podcast

We speak with the executive director of Springtide, Mark Coffin, he is also the founder and co-host of a podcast that features insight and advice from exMLA's in Nova Scotia about their experience in politics, AFTER they've left the political scene.

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Eskasoni Pride

Last year, a Pride Day was held in Eskasoni... this year, the Eskasoni Pride Festival has expanded into a four day event. Organizer Geordy Marshall talks about the community support and schedule for the first Pride Festival that starts today.

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UIT - Uhma Institute of Technology

The Uhma Institute of Technology start-up training program at Cape Breton University has come to a stop. Find out why CBU isn't going to offer the entrepreneurship program next year. George Karaphillis is the Dean of the Shannon School of Business at CBU.

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Jim St. Clair - Telegraph Ledger

A flat tire, an old tome, and an historian's curiosity. On Then and Now, community historian Jim St. Clair combs through the pages of a century-old telegraph ledger he stumbled upon in Sky Glen recently. He tells us what he learned about the past.

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Celtic Air Services

A new privately owned company is taking flight to manage the airport in Port Hawkesbury. Meet the president of Celtic Air Services - David Morgan. We ask him about their plans for operating and expanding services at the Port Hawkesbury Airport.

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Odd Jobs - Public Outreach Education Officer

Now, the next instalment of Odd Jobs - our summer series on Cape Bretoners with unique professions. Collecting moose poop and planting trees is just part of an average work day for Nadine LeFort, Public Outreach Education Officer at Parks Canada.

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NSCC - Marconi Campus Relocation ?

We get an update on possible plans to move the NSCC - Marconi Campus to the Sydney waterfront. Hear from Derek Mombourquette, the MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier, and Bruce Clarke, Academic Chair of the School of Trades and Technology at NSCC.

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Free Legal Clinic Update

Pro bono... We learn more about the Free Legal Clinic in Sydney that was launched this Spring. Sean MacDonald is a lawyer with the Breton Law Group, and Patricia Fricker-Bates is with Louisbourg Seafoods, they both volunteer at the free clinic.

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Regeneration Coordinator

The low down on downtown... The organization devoted to the development of Sydney's downtown - labeled the Waterfront District - have created a new position called the Regeneration Coordinator. We ask Bradley Murphy about his new job and duties.

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BAYplex Closing

The BAYplex in Glace Bay will not re-open in the Fall according to CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, he says its due to a desperate need for repairs and on-going financial troubles. MLA for Glace Bay Geoff MacLellan speaks on the situation, too.

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Canada C3 Expedition

The Canada C3 expedition vessel is docked in Sydney today. The coast to coast to coast sailing adventure is celebrating Canada 150. Geoff Green is expedition leader, crew members are visual artist Soheila Esfahani, and scientist Kristi Miller-Saunders.

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Verschuren Centre Interim CEO

Beth Mason is the new interim CEO of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at CBU. We'll find out where she's taking the centre, and talk about the evolving focus of the research and development underway there.

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People and Places - Sydney

Our "People and Places" summer column is back, Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan and Vanessa Childs-Rolls visit places and landmarks in Cape Breton to find out about the origins of their names. Today, ever wonder why Sydney is called Sydney?

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Bad Buoy Film Festival

Enjoy some screen time... There's a new film festival in Baddeck this summer, Deryck Chapman is one of the organizers, he tells us what's on the schedule for the Bad Buoy Film Festival taking place at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum Theatre.

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150 Step Dancers

A Mabou woman and her kids came up with a unique way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. They traveled around Cape Breton finding 150 step dancers to film and post to Facebook. Cheryl MacQuarrie tells us about her social media postings on Canada Day.

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Climate Change Ambassador

A Cape Bretoner has embarked on a diplomatic mission with a global imperative. Meet Jennifer MacIntyre who grew up in Main-a-Dieu and Sydney River... we ask her about her previous postings and current duties as Canada's new Climate Change Ambassador.

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Jim St. Clair - Richmond County

Who put the Richmond in Richmond County? Community historian Jim St. Clair introduces us to the English Duke who left his stamp on a swath of Cape Breton, the nobleman behind the place name.

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Odd Jobs - ZipLine Operator

We launch our summer series "Odd Jobs" from a tree top platform 60 feet off the ground. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan talks to Cape Breton's first zipline operator, Terrence Dixon of Mountain Pine Adventures in South Harbour.

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Habitat for Humanity House Update

Reporter George Mortimer met up with Adrian Wilson, Build Committee Chair for Habitat's Cape Breton Chapter, to get an update on a Habitat for Humanity House in Whitney Pier. The MacLean family home is nearing completion after some delays.

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Aspy Bay Church Service

From the pews to the pulpit... Meet Rosemary Algar and Debby Poirier, a couple of members of the congregation at Aspy Bay United Church, who are part of a group of volunteers who have taken on responsibility for conducting Sunday services.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:07:11]

Food Column - Keto Diet

A caution against cutting carbs completely. Hear why the popular Keto Diet can do more harm than good in the first installment of our new summertime food column with dietitian Jennifer Brady. Each week, Jennifer will talk about food-related issues.

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C150 Global Odyssey

High flying sesquicentennial celebrations. We meet Bob and Steven Dengler, a father and son team, from Ontario that plans to circumnavigate the globe in honour of Canada's 150th birthday... including a pit stop in Baddeck this Sunday.

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Property Owner Stuart Peters

Stuart and Ann Peters from Yarmouth own a house in North Sydney, which they rent out. They learned some hard and expensive lessons about rental property after their tenant moved out. Stuart Peters tells Reporter Wendy Martin what they discovered.

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Neighbours: After the Flood

The Thanksgiving Day flood is an event many would like to forget. But Sheila Christie, a researcher at CBU, wants your memories for an upcoming applied theatre project called "Neighbours: After the Flood". She tells us about her planned workshop.

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Ray Ivany - Exit Interview

Ray Retires... After a career in the public eye, Sydney's Ray Ivany is stepping down as President of Acadia University and moving out of the spotlight due to health concerns. Hear our feature interview with Ray on the verge of his retirement.

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Remarkable Nova Scotians

The Museum of Natural History is shining the spotlight on people from our province who have made incredible contributions over the past 150 years. John Johnston tells us about the Canada 150 exhibit - "Vanguard: 150 years of Remarkable Nova Scotians"

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Parenting at Anti-bullying Meeting

About 100 people attended a meeting in Sydney to offer suggestions on what needs to be done about bullying. Youth mental health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher was there to hear their thoughts. A couple of parents shared two of the most personal stories.

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Phoenix Pay System - Response

Some civil servants are frustrated and continue to have problems with the federal Phoenix Pay System. Liberal MP Steven MacKinnon is handling questions on the troubled payroll system, he explains how the Trudeau government plans on fixing it.

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Jim St. Clair - Orchids

Floral and hardy... Community historian Jim St. Clair says it with flowers in today's edition of "Then and Now". Jim takes time to smell the lovely Orchids that announce the arrival of summer.

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Dr. Stan Kutcher - Bullying Meeting Pt. 1

Getting Bullies to Back Down... a meeting on bullying and suicide was organized by concerned citizens in North Sydney last evening. Dr. Stan Kutcher is a psychiatrist, and an expert on youth mental health. He spoke to the grieving community.

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Joe Townsend - Bullying Meeting Pt. 2

Hear from Joe Townsend of North Sydney who helped organize last night's meeting on bullying and mental health issues in North Sydney. He told the gathering of his issues and his despair last year. After the meeting, he spoke with Reporter Wendy Martin.

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Songwriting Workshop @ CBU

Songs and Stories of Immigration and Encounter - Hear about an unusual songwriting workshop bringing together young people with elders and recent immigrants to share stories. Marcia Ostashewski and Brian Cherwick describe the unique project.

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Urban Chicken Defender

In defense of the chicken... Nicole Dixon of New Waterford speaks out in response to our story last week on a dispute between neighbours about unruly roosters, and on behalf of urban chicken keepers. She says there's a benefit to keeping backyard birds.

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Bullying Meeting - Shaelene LaFosse

Battling the Bullies... by banding together. We have an interview with Shaelene Lafosse, a grandmother in North Sydney, who's organizing a public meeting at the North Sydney Fireman's Club to discuss what the community can do to stop bullying.

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Alzheimer's Graphic Novel

Drawing On Personal Experience... Artist Alison Uhma is creating a graphic novel based on her mother's struggle with early on-set Alzheimer's Disease. She talks about her project, called "From the Other One", that is funded through Arts Nova Scotia.

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Ramadan wraps up tomorrow. Members of Cape Breton's Ahmadiyya Muslim community tell us what they will be doing to mark the end of their fast. Umran Bhatti, imam for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at in Cape Breton, and Dr. Momin Khalifa join us.

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Suicide Reporting

How to talk "smart" about suicide. Dr. Stan Kutcher is a psychiatrist, and the Sun-Life Chair in Adolescent Mental Health at the IWK and Dalhousie University. He discusses the benefits and potential pitfalls of reporting on suicides.

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Middle East Market

From fast to feast... Reporter Holly Conners drops by a Middle Eastern market in Sydney to see what it's got cooking in preparation for the Eid feast. Big Kahuna Sub and Middle Eastern Grocery on Grand Lake Road owner is Hussain Ftil.

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CBU's Board of Governors Chair

Cape Breton University is in the midst of challenging times, its searching for a new President to replace David Wheeler. And now, CBU's Board of Governors has a new chair - Robert Sampson. We ask him about the challenges ahead for the university.

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Jim St. Clair - Carriage Maker

From carriages to coffee and muffins...On Then and Now, Jim St. Clair takes advantage of this sesquicentenial year to explore the history of one long-standing building in Mabou. It was once the site of the Pushie carriage business, now it's a bakery.

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Kids Help Phone

With the awful news of a third suicide by a young person in Cape Breton this week, there's no question there are young people in our community in need of help. Shelley Richardson is Director, Atlantic with the Kids Help Phone - a 24/7 service.

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Grandmother on Bullying

A Cape Breton grandmother speaks out about the bullying her grandson has endured, and her failure and frustration to find anyone to help. Jackie Dixon says the recent suicides of three young people have prompted her to talk about the bullying crisis.

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The Phoenix Pay System

The Cheque is NOT in the mail. The Phoenix Pay System continues to cause problems for federal employees waiting to get paid. Cindy Pearo, a Cape Breton worker, staged a protest outside MP Mark Eyking's office to highlight her frustrations.

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Treaty Phrase Declaration

Acknowledging an important part of our history - why Halifax school children may soon hear a phrase each morning that reminds them they're on Mi'kmaq land. Reporter Preston Mulligan has the story of the new declaration and what it really means.

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Fowl Neighbours

Backyard fowl have run afoul of some folks in New Waterford... hear complaints about a fowl odour, a lot of noise and rats next door to one family whose neighbours are keeping backyard poultry, Reporter Wendy Martin has the story.

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Nova Scotia's Accessibility Directorate

Meet the first executive director of Nova Scotia's Accessibility Directorate. Gerry Post has gone from being a government critic on accessibility - to being the one in charge of implementing that legislation, we ask him what his goals are.

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Boat Harbour Clean-Up

A closer look at what it'll take to clean up the province's most contaminated site... 50 years of chemicals equals a bizarre toxic sludge. Reporter Paul Withers has an update on the clean-up of Boat Harbour in Pictou County.

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Literacy Nova Scotia

Getting into the swing of things for literacy. As golfers tee-off at the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament in Baddeck today, we learn more about the benefitting charity: Literacy Nova Scotia. Jayne Hunter is the executive director of LNS.

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The Festival of Stewards

Ever think of the Cape Breton Highlands as a piece of art in itself. "The Festival of Stewards" is an art project taking place in the park to mark Canada 150, Eskasoni's Ursula Johnson and Alex Ingraham describe this unique performance.

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Title Insurance

Buying a house is one of our biggest purchases. And years ago, a property survey was the norm, but not so much today. Now, many people opt for a less expensive option - title insurance. Consumer watchdog Yvonne Colbert explains what you need to know.

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Home Buyer Beware

Our Consumer Watchdog Yvonne Colbert has the strange story of a Truro man who bought a new house with a deck, a fenced in back yard, and a shed. Then two years later, Ryan Manning discovered someone else owned his yard, shed, and part of his deck!

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Talk Justice Initiative

Nova Scotia's Chief Justice Michael MacDonald explains the initiative "Talk Justice" - its gathering first-hand accounts of any challenges people have had dealing with the our justice system in order to identity patterns and correct them.

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Bob Burchell - Donkin Mine

Mining is back in Cape Breton. But will there be a miner's union as well? Bob Burchell talks about trying to achieve what hasn't been done before--unionizing one of the Cline Group's underground mines--the newly-opened Donkin Mine.

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CETA Help - Jackie Scott

Timely Tips on Trade... Cape Breton University has advice and insight for you if you're interested in taking advantage of the new trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Jackie Scott is involved and explains what CBU can do to help.

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Jim St. Clair - Early CB Doctor

Healthcare on Horseback. Community historian Jim St. Clair brings us the story of a Cape Breton doctor who had to use a horse and a sailboat to make his medical rounds from Cape North to Whycocomagh, and the challenges he faced treating patients.

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CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke - Summer Jobs

It's been said that any job is a good job in Cape Breton. That's why politicians are pleased the feds have made money available to give summer jobs to some 85 students. CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke reflects on that with Reporter Yvonnne LeBlanc-Smith.

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Inverness Beach Access

It's A Shore Thing... The long awaited and often controversial second access public path to Inverness Beach will soon become a reality. Andrew Alkenbrack, General Manager of Cabot Links Golf Course, tells us what changed as beach season approaches.

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Miners' Museum Lecture

Ed Michalik is a cultural historian and writer. His lecture "1321: The Legacy of War in the Cape Breton Coalfields" describes how the First World War left its mark on Cape Breton's coalmines and communities. He offers a preview of his talk.

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Senator Dan Christmas - Indian Act

Getting out from under The Indian Act. Mi'kmaq Senator Dan Christmas says the federal Indian Act oppresses indigenous communities and keeps them in poverty, he believes there's a better way forward for all First Nations in Canada.

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Bras d'Or Lakes Day Camp

No Kidding... Finding child care in Cape Breton is a challenge at the best of times. In the summer, even moreso. Hear about one group's pilot project for parents this summer. Sharon McIntyre of the Bras d'Or Lakes Day Camp Association explains.

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Cancer Cost Equality

Nova Scotians pay more for cancer drugs, that are taken orally, than other Canadians. "Cancertainty", a group advocating for cancer patients, says it wouldn't cost Nova Scotia too much to fix this problem. Angela Rocchi is a health economist.

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No Louisbourg Hub School

A community group in Louisbourg was fired up over saving its school through the "hub" model. But now the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has thrown cold water on the hub proposal, announcing George D. Lewis School will close this summer.

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Inspiring Communities Update

We get an update on the initative called Inspiring Communities from its Director, Annika Voltan. Dorothy Halliday is the executive director for Community Cares Youth Outreach, the Northside group has offered to help manage the community consultation.

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Josh Silburt Exhibit Opening

Drawing Conclusions... We delve into the political cartoons of a man named Josh Silburt, who was the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Post Record in the '40s, as a new exhibit of his work is on display at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

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Road Rut Repairs

Learn what's being done to address the ruts on Highway 125 between Sydney and North Sydney. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spoke to Gerard Jessome, District Director for the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, about the road repairs.

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NEW Owner of Dundee Resort

Sonny Grewal of Texas is the new owner of the Dundee Resort and Golf Club in Richmond County, he hopes you'll come and be his guest. We ask him why he wanted to take over the famous Cape Breton golf spot and upgrade the facility and golf course.

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World Oceans Day Speaker

Dramatic Climatics... our weather forecasting friend, Jim Abraham, is coming to Cape Breton this weekend to discuss weather extremes caused by climate change. We get a preview of his talk taking place Sunday as part of World Oceans Day in Iona.

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Then & Now - Capsticks / Liverpool

Jim St. Clair explores a Cape Breton connection to Liverpool, England - and asks whether the members of the Beatles ever drank milk that came from cows milked by cousins of the Cape Breton Capsticks.

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Peter Gzowski - The Cricket

So many listeners have recalled "The Cricket" as one of their favourite Peter Gzowski moments, so we dipped into the archives and played that famous bit of radio.

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Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative

Physically Fit, Mentally Fit. We get details on a new program called the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spoke to the founder of the program, Samantha DeLeonardo, about SAMHI and the need for such a program.

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NEW McNeil Government Cabinet

Cabinet Making in Nova Scotia... Reporter Jean Laroche reflects on Premier Stephen McNeil's upcoming job of creating a new cabinet for his majority government -- after losing a few Liberal Ministers in the May 30th provincial election.

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Sea ++ Louisbourg Competition

The Sea ++ Louisbourg Competition has technology teaming up with traditional industries to create innovative ideas and jobs. Louisbourg Seafoods marketing manager Jenna Lahey, youth winner Marcus Gartland, and boatbuilder Darcy Hart join us.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

With more university students seeking mental health support, hear about a workshop aimed at intervening before dangerous, self-harming thoughts take hold. Bernadette Taylor of East Bay is certified to provide workshops using the ASIST model.

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Remembering Sister Rita Clare

This week, the founder and long-time director of the internationally-acclaimed Cape Breton Chorale, Sister Rita Clare, passed away unexpectedly. Joella Foulds is co-founder of the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton.

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Nova Scotia Liberals Win Majority

When he woke up yesterday morning he was Premier; He woke up this morning the same way! Premier Stephen McNeil becomes the first Premier in 30 years to win back-to-back majority governments in Nova Scotia, after the battle at the ballot box.

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A War Bible

Onward Christian Soldier... Here's the story of a little Bible that found its way back to the family of its owner, a World War II soldier from Cape Breton, who lost it just before D-Day in 1944. And the man who found it and cherished it for decades.

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Food Bank Garden

The Glace Bay Food Bank Society is teaching children how to garden and giving them a life lesson about child poverty. Sandra MacPherson, coordinator of the Food Bank, and Valerie Livingstone, school secretary, talk about the outreach project.

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Election Campaign Analysis

Bringing closure to the provincial election campaign. Cape Breton University Political Scientist Tom Urbaniak shares his analysis of the campaign for a new Nova Scotia government, as voters head to the polls tomorrow - May 30th.

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Cabot Trail Relay Race 30th Anniversary

Hundreds of runners and their supporters will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cabot Trail Relay Race this weekend. For Breagh Gomez, formerly Breagh MacAuley of Baddeck, the event has changed her life. She shares memories both happy and sad.

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Candidates: Cape Breton-Richmond

We conclude our series of Cape Breton candidates' roundtable discussions with the riding of Cape Breton-Richmond. Alana Paon is the PC candidate. Michel Samson is the Liberal incumbent. Larry Keating, the NDP candidate was not available.

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Cape Breton Hall of Fame # 3

The Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame and Philanthropy Hall of Fame were pleased to welcome 4 new members... Lou Maroun was one of them. He is the founder and chairman of Sigma Real Estate Advisors and Sigma Capital Corporation.

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A Town That Cares Meeting

Worried about the future of New Waterford, and the current drug culture, citizens gathered at "A Town That Cares" meeting to discuss a community response. Tom Blanchard, Executive Director of Talbot House, was one of the speakers.

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NEW Dalai Lama Book

Professor, author and Information Morning "Breakfast Biography" alumnus, Terry Gibbs of Cape Breton University talks about her latest book launching today. It's called "Why the Dalai Lama is a Socialist. Buddhism and the Compassionate Society".

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Atlantica Party Leader Jonathan Dean

There are just 6 days of campaigning left before voting day in Nova Scotia. Meet one of the men who's busy shaking hands and getting the word out about his party's platforms: Jonathan Dean, he is leader of the Atlantica Party.

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Cape Breton Hall of Fame # 2

Building Success. The Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame and the Philanthropy Hall of Fame held its 2017 induction ceremony. Meet another of this year's inductees, Dave Gillis, founder of Gillis Building Supplies in Sydney River.

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Jim St. Clair - Queen Victoria

Crowning Glory... Before this year's Victoria Day holiday fades into memory, our community historian Jim St. Clair swings by with some interesting insight and facts about Queen Victoria's life in this edition of his weekly column, "Then & Now".

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Calum's Forest Walking Trail

A Novel Way to Plant Trees. The Inverness County Centre for the Arts is creating a walking trail of newly planted trees inspired by Frank Macdonald's book, "A Forest For Calum". ICCA board member Caroline Cameron explains their plans for the project.

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Candidates: Glace Bay

The four folks looking to be the next MLA for the riding of Glace Bay join us in studio. Lois MacDougall is the NDP candidate. Geoff MacLellan is the Liberal incumbent. John White is the PC candidate. Steven James MacNeil is with the Atlantica Party.

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Cape Breton Hall of Fame # 1

The Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame and the Philanthropy Hall of Fame are adding new members... Meet one of this year's inductees into the Philanthropy Hall of Fame -- Father Albert Maroun. He talks about his life and legacy of giving back.

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