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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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Leaders' Debate Analysis

Dissecting The Debate... The three main party leaders went head-to-head last night in the first -- and only -- televised debate of this provincial election campaign. Reporter Jean Laroche offers his analysis of the Leaders' Debate on CBC TV.

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Candidates: Victoria-The Lakes

In our studio today, 4 of the 5 candidates looking for your vote in the riding of Victoria-The Lakes. Keith Bain is the PC Candidate. Lisa Bond is the NDP candidate. Pam Eyking is the Liberal incumbent, and Adrianna MacKinnon is the Green Party candidate.

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West Side Middle River Road

A trio of musicians in Middle River bands together to highlight the horrible condition of a local road, hoping politicians will take note. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spoke to Kate Oland about the tune she wrote, "West Side Middle River Road".

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Turtle and Jellyfish Study

Many CBers spend their summers trying to get AWAY from jellyfish. Bethany Nordstrom, a researcher pursuing her masters in biology at Dalhousie University, wants you to seek them out. Your help will aid her research in endangered Leatherback turtles.

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NSHA Health Care Follow-up

This week, a panel of Cape Breton doctors gave an insider's view on what's ailing our health care system. Now, we follow up on some of their concerns. Janet Knox is NSHA President and CEO, and Mary Lou O'Neill is the Eastern Zone's executive director.

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Candidates - Cape Breton Centre

At today's candidates' roundtable we find the centre, we welcome the 3 people vying for your vote in the riding of Cape Breton Centre. Tammy Martin is the NDP candidate, Louie Piovesan is running for the PCs and David Wilton is the Liberal incumbent.

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A Sea Cadet Adventure

Tales From A Tall Ship... Meet 17 year old Nikolas Starzomski who is a Sea Cadet, the Howie Centre teen describes his adventures serving aboard a 34 meter, square rigged tall ship sailing from England to France as part of a Sea Cadet exchange.

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Jim St. Clair - CB Independence

It's fair to say that the relationship between Cape Breton and Halifax has not always been smooth sailing. Community historian Jim St. Clair tells us of a time when independence was in the air, forcing the Privy Council's hand.

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Doctors Panel on Healthcare

A chronic shortage of family physicians and a lack of specialists in Cape Breton are causing concern for patients and physicians alike. Dr. Margaret Fraser, Dr. Stacy MacDonald and Dr. Abdul Atiyah speak out about healthcare on the Island.

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Baddeck Rescue

Rescue in the woods... After 89 year old Lloyd Stone of Baddeck fell and got stranded on a cross-country ski trail, an eagled-eye teen, 17 year old Calvin Kuchta, came to his rescue and likely saved Lloyd's life. They tell their dramatic story.

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Vulnerable Health Care

People who live in poverty and/or deal with mental illness and addiction often have an unhealthy skepticism about the health care system. Dr. Margaret Dechman and Janet Bickerton discuss the findings of a new study from CBU and the Ally Centre of CB.

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Candidates - Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg

We welcome two of the three candidates for the riding of Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg to our candidates round table. PC incumbent Alfie MacLeod and Liberal Katherine MacDonald are here, NDP candidate Bill Matheson is not available.

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Candidates: Northside-Westmount

We're inviting all of the candidates in the 8 Cape Breton ridings to discuss the issues... Today, the candidates for Northside-Westmount. PC incumbent is Eddie Orrell, Ronald Crowther is the NDP candidate, and John Higgins is the Liberal candidate.

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Green Party Leader Thomas Trappenberg

Five parties are running candidates in Cape Breton during this provincial election campaign. We've heard from the leaders of the 3 of them. Today, we meet Thomas Trappenberg, the leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

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Candidates: Inverness

During this provincial election campaign, we're inviting all of the candidates in the 8 CB ridings to discuss the issues. Allan MacMaster is the PC incumbent for Inverness, Bobby Morris is the Liberal and Michelle Smith is the NDP candidates.

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Telematics Device - Insurance Industry

The price of privacy... Insurers are offering premium discounts if you offer up a little more of your driving information, by installing a telematics device in your vehicle in order to monitor your driving habits. Our consumer watchdog is Yvonne Colbert.

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Vascular Surgeons and Amputations

Is there a shortage of vascular surgeons in Cape Breton? Two Sydney doctors have differing opinions... Dr. Mahmood Naqvi and Dr. Rex Dunn spoke with Reporter Joan Weeks about the issue and their concerns.

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Remembering Westray - Rob North

Today, marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray mine explosion. Former CBC reporter Rob North covered the tragic event that day and its aftermath... the investigations and inquiry into the death of 26 miners on May 09th, 1992 in Plymouth, NS.

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Memories of a Mining Disaster

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster... we speak with Rev. Glen Matheson who had a unique perspective on the Westray tragedy -- working both as a clergyman and paramedic. He reflects on his time helping the community cope.

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Doctor's Rally on Sunday

A hard pill to swallow. Doctors with the Cape Breton Medical Staff Association brought their concerns about the health care system in Cape Breton to a public rally on Sunday. Reporter Nic Meloney attended the Doctor's Rally in Sydney Mines.

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Candidates: Sydney-Whitney Pier

We launch our series of candidates' roundtables, one for every CB riding during the campaign. Today: it's Sydney-Whitney Pier candidates... Madonna Doucette for the NDP, Laurie MacIntosh is with the PCs and Liberal incumbent Derek Mombourqette.

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NS Privacy Commissioner - Catherine Tully

Nova Scotia's Privacy Commissioner is launching an investigation into how the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board manages its surveillance cameras after a security breach was discovered by CBC. Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tully explains.

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Fr. Greg MacLeod Interview 2009

Celebrating the life and legacy of "The Ideas Man"... we recall our feature conversation with Father Greg MacLeod--from our 2009 series on influential and prominent Cape Bretoners--as we note his passing at the age of 81.

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Rankin School Open Camera

Big Brother and everyone is watching. Reporter Jack Julian reports on how a security camera at the Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona inadvertently sent pictures of students online. So, what went wrong, and what are school officials doing about it.

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Mayor Clarke on Economic Development

Money Matters and the Mayor. We have a feature conversation with Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke about the municipality's approach to a variety of ecomomic development issues.

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Paul MacEwan's Legacy

Nova Scotia has produced some colourful, controversial and memorable MLAs. Paul MacEwan was ALL of those. Former Liberal leader and Cape Breton MLA, Vince MacLean was a political foe and friend of the late Paul MacEwan.

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Eskasoni and the NAC Concert

The National Arts Centre orchestra performed a special musical event in the First Nations community of Eskasoni. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to a few people who attended the multi-media orchestral presentation inspired by Eskasoni poet Rita Joe.

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Doctors Rally In Sydney Mines

Cape Breton doctors add their voices to make healthcare in our community an election issue. About 60 physicians plan to attend a public meeting organized by the Cape Breton Medical Staff Association. Dr. Craig Stone is association president.

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Cape Breton West Islanders Win Telus Cup

The CB West Islanders became the National Midget Hockey champs on Sunday when they won the Telus Cup (5-4 in OT), no other team in Atlantic Canada has ever done that. Some members of the national championship team describe their experience.

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The Fight to Save Fort McMurray

Firefighter Jerron Hawley of Port Hood has co-authored a new book, "Into The Fire: The Fight to Save Fort McMurray". It's a first-hand account by three firefighters with exclusive photographs and moving stories from the front lines.

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Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil

The Man Who Would Be Premier...Part Three. Now that the provincial election race is officially on, we present a series of one-on-one conversations with the 3 main party leaders in Nova Scotia. Finally, Liberal Party Leader Stephen McNeil.

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Jim St. Clair - May Day Celebrations

How did you celebrate May Day? Community historian Jim St. Clair finds the spark of an idea for this week's Then and Now column in a bonfire... a bonfire like the ones Cape Bretoners used to light to mark the first day of May.

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NAC Orchestra in Eskasoni

A Touch of Brass. The National Arts Centre Orchestra is coming to Eskasoni for an event that includes mulit-media work inspired by poet Rita Joe. Alexander Shelley, Musical Director of the NAC Orchestra, describes what's planned for students.

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NDP Leader Gary Burrill

The Man Who Would Be Premier...Part Two. Now that the election race has officially been called, we present a series of one-on-one conversations with the 3 main party leaders in Nova Scotia. Today, New Democratic Party Leader Gary Burrill.

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Inverness Co. Council Report

Airport support was a hot topic at the latest municipal meeting of Inverness County councillors. For more on that council session, we contact Rankin MacDonald, he is the editor of the Inverness Oran, and also, our municipal affairs correspondent.

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Heavy Garbage Pick-up Begins

Today, marks the start of an annual Springtime event in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Reporter George Mortimer asks Francis Campbell, Manager of Solid Waste for CBRM, about the Heavy Garbage Pick-up happening over the next two weeks.

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Transmission Line Project

One aspect of the Maritime Link project is proceeding with a bang -- lot's of bangs, actually. There's been lots of chatter on social media lately about loud booming noises on the Northside. Phil Stevens of Emera Utility Services, explains.

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PC Leader Jamie Baillie

The Man Who Would Be Premier...Part One. Now that the election race is officially on, we present a series of one-on-one conversations with the 3 main party leaders in Nova Scotia. First up, the Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.

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Provincial Budget Analysis

The Nova Scotia Liberals tabled their pre-election budget, yesterday. Tom Urbaniak, an Associate Professor of Political Science at CBU, and a frequent political commentator, provides his analysis of how the NS government proposes to spend your money.

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Issue Panel 0428

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today, panelists Candee McCarthy, Michele Stephens and Vanessa Childs-Rolls talk about the Nova Scotia Budget.

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Sydney Songs - Old Sydney Society Talk

While Sydney in 2017 may look a lot different from the Sydney of the 1950s and 60s, turns out some of the complaints about city life remain the same. Folklorist Ian Brodie of CBU previews his Old Sydney Society presentation, on tonight at 7:30 pm.

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Terry O'Reilly - Book Tour

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz. It's the Real Thing. Just Do It. Ad slogans stay with us, whether we like it or not. Terry O'Reilly, host of CBC's "Under the Influence", has a new book detailing the marketing secrets he's learned after 30 years in the biz.

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Trade Explained - Professor Jackie Scott

Dairy and softwood lumber trade 101. Jackie Scott, a professor with the Shannon School of Business, teaches international business and business startegy. She offers context on Canada's current trade tensions with the United States.

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Maritime Link Subsea Cable

It's a stretch... The Maritime Link project is set to start running a subsea cable all the way from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia, a distance of 170 km. Rick Janega, President and CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, explains how that is actually done.

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Roving Buoy - NQ1

Bye bye buoy... A navigational marker formerly positioned off Isle Madame was found earlier this month adrift off the coast of County Clare, Ireland. Robert McCabe is Director of Operations for the Commissioners of Irish Lights.

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Cuff on CB Highlanders

The Cape Breton Highlanders are in Moncton tonight, trying to nail down a playoff spot. Our sports guy Charlie Cuff looks at the team's dream of making the playoffs in their inaugural season in the National Basketball League of Canada.

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CyberSCAN Unit

Ever wonder what happened to the cyberbullying investigative unit, CyberSCAN, after Nova Scotia's legislation - The Cyber-Safety Act - was struck down two years ago. We speak with the director of the CyberSCAN unit, Roger Merrick.

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Jim St. Clair - Premier George Murray

With an election call likely coming in the near future, community historian Jim St. Clair recalls a Cape Breton born Premier, George H. Murray, and an election call from more than 100 years ago.

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Wellness and Gladue Court

A partnership among the Wagmatcook and Wacobah First Nations, the province, and the judiciary has led to the creation of a new Wellness and Gladue Court that will take into account the unique circumstances facing aboriginal people.

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NS Legislature - Spring Sitting

Nova Scotia's MLAs will report to work at Province House today - but this Spring sitting could be one for the record books. Most MLAs have campaigning on their minds. Reporter Jean Laroche will look ahead at the week in politics.

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NDP Launch Election Campaign

Yesterday, the New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia launched its election campaign at an event in downtown Dartmouth. Reporter Michael Gorman was in attendance and he offers his take on what he saw and heard from the NDP.

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Gentle Warrior Follow-Up

It's been a busy year for Eskasoni highschool student Kalolin Johnson with the success of the school's song project "Gentle Warrior". The video has over 40-thousand views, the song has an ECMA nomination, and now, there's a follow-up song.

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Galloping Cows

Galloping along, despite her disability. We meet a Port Hood businesswoman who has received an award from the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network. Joanne Schmidt of Galloping Cows Fine Foods in Port Hood shared her story.

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Draft Attendance Policy

Getting tough on truancy. The Minister of Education, Karen Casey, outlines a new draft policy on student attendance and engagement.

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Port Hawkesbury Airport

Things are looking up at the Port Hawkesbury Airport. Negotiations are underway for a new group to take over management, to expand and promote the site. We heard from the councillor for the area, John Dowling.

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Breton Ability Centre Expansion

More space at the Breton Ability Centre in Sydney River means more people with disabilities will benefit from its programs. We spoke with David Farmer, the senior manager of Community and Business Development with Breton Ability Centre.

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Municipal Election Campaign Donations

The municipal money trail. A CBC News Investigation has found that most campaign donations in CBRM's 2016 Municipal Election came from businesses and unions. Rules around who can donate what, may be about to change.

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Then & Now - Munro Academy

A gift of the garb. A fancy lace collar has inspired Jim St. Clair this week, as he brings us a story of the lady who moved from a big city in Scotland to live in a log cabin along the Bras d'Or lakes in 1850.

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Dalbrae Schools Meeting

The threat of school closure was up for debate in Inverness County last night. The School Options Committee for the Dalbrae system of schools presented its final recommendation to the community. We spoke with Damian MacInnis.

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Then & Now - Munro Academy

A gift of the garb. A fancy lace collar has inspired Jim St. Clair this week, as he brings us a story of the lady who moved from a big city in Scotland to live in a log cabin along the Bras d'Or lakes in 1850.

Download Then & Now - Munro Academy
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Acadian Ridings - Tom Urbaniak

What's riding on a riding resolution? Tom Urbaniak, the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University, brought us up to date on an Acadian group's challenge to Nova Scotia's current electoral map.

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Maisyn Sock - Back From Vimy

Over the seas and back again. We caught up with Eskasoni High School student Maisyn Sock, fresh back from France where she attended the commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Issue Panel - April 13, 2017

We convene a roster of talkative & opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Pannel. Mike Kelloway, Matt Stewart and Stephen Tobin were on the show.

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Pot holes on Prince Street

A man makes a video about a bad road in Sydney and oddly enough the next day crews are patching up Prince Street. Michael MacInnis, who took the video, spoke with the CBC's Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith.

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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish - Flood

We checked in with Fr. Bill Burke, the Parish Priest for St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Sydney, which is open again after a winter spent repairing damage from the Thanksgiving Day storm.

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Fire Services Review

Cape Breton Regional Council has appointed a committee to push forward with a Fire Services Review. George Muise is the Provincial Representative on the new committee and he spoke to CBC's George Mortimer.

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Then & Now - Cape Breton Place Names

Making a Name for Yourself. In another nod to Canada's 150th, Jim St. Clair looks back at the Cape Breton place names that have changed on our Island since the days of Confederation.

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Monika Dutt's New Job

For the past 5 years Monika Dutt has been a prominent figure in the medical and political life of our Island. Now, she has a new job out west. So is she leaving? We spoke with her on the show.

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Vimy Pilgramage Award

We caught up with a young woman from Eskasoni who was selected to attend the Vimy Commemorations. Maisyn Sock is a grade 12 student at Alison Bernard Memorial High School and she is one of 17 Canadian students who were chosen for the Award.

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Seafood Products - Paul Withers

A whale of a change. New rules in the States require that seafood from Canada be fished in such a way that it minimizes harm to marine mammals. We heard about the impact of that change from CBC's Paul Withers.

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The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Eagle Watching. Charlie Cuff sets up the challenge ahead for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as they go into game 3 with a 2 game deficit. And - where are all the fans? Charlie Cuff talked about tonight's Game.

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Atlantic Memorial Park

Harbouring An Idea. We talked to board members of the Atlantic Memorial Park Project, Cyril Aker and Brian Ferguson, about plans to create an Atlantic Memorial Park at the mouth of Sydney Harbour to honour Canada's military past.

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Phlis McGregor in Vimy

Remembering the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers in the First World War. We heard from Information Morning's Phlis McGregor, who's in France and attended yesterday's Commemorative Ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Access to Information - Scott Brison

Many organizations have accused the Trudeau government of dragging its feet on reforming the Access to Information Act. Federal Cabinet Minister, Scott Brison, defends his government's record on reforming Canada's access to information system.

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Vimy Ridge - Phlis McGregor

Thousands of Canadians will be in France this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor is there too and told us about some of the events that are planned to take place.

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Kids and Cavities

Thirty-six percent of children in Nova Scotia get a cavity by the age of six. The president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association was on the show and talked about the state of oral health in our province for young people.

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Access to Information

The Liberals had promised to reform Canada's Access to Information Act. But some are saying that promise isn't being kept. We spoke with The Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy in Halifax, Toby Mendel.

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Cape Breton Centre for Arts, Culture & Innovation

Converting a Convent. The Premier came to Sydney to give the Cape Breton Centre for Arts, Culture and Innovation some cash. Erika Shea, Director of Communications for New Dawn Enterprises, stopped by to tell us how the Centre plans to use it.

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Then and Now - Local Government

This week on Then and Now, Jim St. Clair looked at the model of county councils in Cape Breton that was in place in 1867 and what reforms nudged municipal government towards better representation.

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Mind Gains. We'll hear about a new mental health support group starting up in Inverness County that calls themselves SHINE. Glen MacDonald and Jeannine Poirier are organizers of the group and we spoke with them on the show.

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Ski Cape Smokey

There's no business like snow business. It may be April, but as long as there's snow on the ground, Ski Cape Smokey says they'll keep sending people down the hill! We checked in with Larry Dauphinee for an update.

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Skilled Trade Centres

Enhancing and Advancing Careers in the Trades. The province moves to make 2 Cape Breton schools skilled trade centres. The Minister of Education, Karen Casey, told us why.

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Spending Spree

Nova Scotians can expect another week of good news announcements from the governing Liberals. We spoke to Jean Laroche about how Stephen McNeil, his cabinet colleagues and backbenchers have committed to 65-million dollars in new spending.

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Aging Strategy

The province has released its action plan to better serve seniors. The co-chair of the advisory committee for the Nova Scotia Action Plan for an Aging Population, Marjorie Willison, reflects on the highlights.

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Richmond County Tourism

A Vacation Location. Richmond County Warden, Brian Marchand, joined us to talk about what projects might get funding, now that the council has scrapped its tourism strategy.

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Mother Canada

The Mother of all Cape Breton controversies. A documentary maker looks at the effects of the Mother Canada memorial in the Highlands in a new film. "Mother Canada" is featured at the upcoming Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.

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CBU Research - Pet Therapy

Like a dog with a bone! On the show today, we talked about Pet Therapy and what one CBU instructor learned about the subject when she brought her own dog into the classroom.

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Bat Survey

Holy Flying Survey, Batman. Sarah Penney, the Environmental Project Coordinator for ACAP Cape Breton, has a sobering survey on the little brown bat population and why we should be concerned.

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Youth Outreach Program

There's a new Youth Outreach Program happening in Sydney that's matching work place skills to community needs. Justin Vallis, with Pathways to Employment's new "Youth Outreach" program, spoke with reporter George Mortimer

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Strait Pirates

We learn more about community members in the Strait now having a chance to own the Junior B Hockey Club in town. We spoke with Adam Rodgers, the President of the community owned Strait Pirates Junior B Hockey Team in Port Hawkesbury.

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Sydney Waterfront Plan

We get the lowdown on downtown. The CBRM unveils its vision for the Sydney Waterfront District today. We get a preview of the new 10 year plan from Rick McCready, the CBRM's planner.

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Ski Ben Eion

An uphill battle for the downhill slope. The season at Ski Ben Eoin wrapped up on the weekend. We touched base with the general manager, Rob Carmichael, to see how Ski Ben Eoin fared this season.

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Special Olympic Champion Aimee Gordon

A golden homecoming for gold medal speed skater Aimee Gordon. She won a gold and bronze medal for speed skating at the Special Olympics in Austria. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee was able to catch their welcoming.

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Council to Improve Classroom

A for effort. The Council on classroom improvements already has some recommendations. We ask the Cape Breton member, Kerri Lynn Power, what they're suggesting.

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Cape Breton Highlands Ski Trek

Meet a man who's heart's in the Highlands... Michel Aucoin from Grand Etang is set to ski across the Cape Breton Highlands again, and if you're interested in joining him, get details of the trek across the barrens and his contact information.

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Charlie Cuff - Eagles Playoff Preview

Our sports guy Charlie Cuff sets up the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' run at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play-offs tonight. Charlie spoke with Eagles head coach and general manager Marc Andre Dumont.

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Special Olympics GOLD

Sydney Mines speed skater Aimee Gordon made history yesterday at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Coach Cyril MacDonald talks about Aimee's Gold Medal win, and hear Aimee's excitement following her Bronze Medal win this morning.

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Upopolis Network @ CBRH

Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith learns about a new program at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital that will allow kids to use social media and search for info safely. Tracy Warren-Salt, a child life specialist in the Pediatrics Unit, explains how it works.

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Vimy Trek

Meet a member of the French delegation in Cape Breton retracing the steps of CB soldier John Arsenault to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. And hear from the soldier's great-grand niece, who's heading back to France with them.

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Issue Panel 0323

Was it penny wise or pound foolish? We examine the bottom line with a special post-Federal Budget edition of the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today, our panelists are: Chris Milburn, Nicole LaFosse and Todd Pettigrew.

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Ad Limina - Bishop Brian Dunn

Pilgrimage and Prayer. Bishop Brian Dunn of the Diocese of Antigonish is in Rome, where he had an audience with the Pope. Hear about his experience at the Ad Limina event, and find out what was involved and what could come out of it.

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CBRM Heavy Garbage - Marie Walsh

Junk and Disorderly. Heavy garbage pickup in the CBRM has become an essential service to some. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith asked the municipality's Chief Financial Officer Marie Walsh whether there'll be money available this year for the pickup.

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Mental Health Panel Report - Leo Glavine

Nova Scotia's Minister of Health, Leo Glavine, elaborates on the recommendations found in a recent Mental Health Panel Report. The recommendations and responses focused mainly on youth, online support and suicide prevention training.

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Jim St. Clair - Centre Hall House

Homing in on Confederation. In his series on the Cape Breton people and objects who were around in 1867, community historian Jim St. Clair turns his attention to architecture as we learn about "The Centre Hall House.

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Community Impact Summit

Solving the Problem of Poverty. The United Way and the CBRM host their first ever Community Impact Summit. The 2-day event aims to create a concrete action plan. Lynne McCarron is Executive Director of the United Way of Cape Breton.

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CBU Co-op Program

Looking for a job? ...one way to get your foot in the door is through a co-op program. It's National Co-op Week in Canada. And we'll learn how Cape Breton University's revived Co-op Program is benefitting both businesses and students in our community.

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Virtual Sydney Steel Museum

Remembering Sydney Steel with your Smartphone. Learn how a tech start-up is helping refine the virtual Sydney Steel Museum concept in Open Hearth Park. Carol Lee Boutlier is with the Sydney Steel Museum Society. Ron Campbell owns tech company - TapnBe.

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Create-a-Will App

Writing a will just got easier and less expensive, thanks to a new app from the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. The app helps you prepare a will when you need it most. Heather de Berdt Romilly, Executive Director of the Society, explains.

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Rebuilding Bell Bay

Last summer, a devastating fire gutted the clubhouse at the Bell Bay golf course in Baddeck. Reporter George Mortimer asks Bell Bay general manager Eric Tobin about the fire, and what lies ahead as their plans to rebuild progress.

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Canada C3 Project

There are lots of ways to celebrate our country turning 150 years old this year. How about sailing from coast to coast to coast? YOU can be part of this epic journey. Learn more about Canada C3 (canadac3.ca) and applying for a unique travel adventure.

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Fisheries Fund + Lobster Council

The new Atlantic Canada Fisheries Fund, worth 325 million dollars, will encourage innovation and sustainability as well as marketing and brand development. Geoff Irvine, Executive Director of the Lobster Council of Canada, explains the benefits.

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Louisbourg Seafoods

A Pretty Kettle of Fish... Danny Hansen, VP of Sustainability at Louisbourg Seafoods, talks about the newly announced 325 million dollar Atlantic Canada Fisheries Fund and what it'll mean to his business and the industry overall.

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Entrepreneurial Services Passport

We learn about a new network to help entrepreneurs... the Atlantic Canada Entrepreneurial Services Passport gives its members access to a wide range of support and services. Alison Keats from the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation explains.

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CNIB + Lottery Kiosks, Again

Two years ago, a CBC Investigation reported the CNIB claimed money was missing, and it blamed lottery kiosk operators. Well, more money is allegedly missing and another kiosk operator has lost his job. Consumer watchdog Yvonne Colbert has an update.

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Daughters of the Vote - Marissa O'Neill

Recently, Marissa O'Neill from Sydney was in Ottawa taking part in the "Daughters of the Vote" event, she represented the riding of Sydney-Victoria. Over 300 young women sat in the House of Commons, where women normally make up 26 percent of MPs.

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CBU Research - Playgrounds

It's Child's Play... As Research Month continues at Cape Breton University, meet 2 researchers involved in studying a "naturalized" playground at Coxheath Elementary and the impact it's had on the children using that playground.

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Equipment Sharing - Dave McCorquodale

Dave McCorquodale swoops into the studio to talk about the launch of a new program where researchers in the region can share resources and equipment. It's called AFRED, the Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database.

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Sydney Traffic Lights Needed

Seeing Red... or Yellow... at a dangerous intersection in Sydney. One concerned mother helps propel the police to examine safety at one well travelled crosswalk.

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Issue Panel

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on stories in the news. Today we were joined by Vanessa Childs Rolls, Alison Uhma and Kim Desveaux.

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Compensation for Councillors and the Mayor

No one expects Councillors or the Mayor to work for free. But just how much should they receive? Mayor Cecil Clarke was discussing a decision by Council yesterday to delay the debate on compensation for Councillors and the Mayor of the CBRM.

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CBRM Information Officer

Talk of the Town. The Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality explains why the municipality is hiring another Communications and Information Officer.

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Then and Now - Portuguese Captain

A Portuguese connection to Cape Breton on "Then and Now" with Jim St. Clair. We call this column "Then and Now" because it's an exploration of the way things used to be in Cape Breton versus the way they are now.

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Council on Classrooms

From the classroom to the boardroom. Meet the Sydney Mines teacher, Kerri Lynn Power, who's been chosen from a field of hundreds to sit on the new Provincial Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.

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Cape Breton Genealogy Association

Tracing Your Family Tree. Winter is still very much with us, but the winter hiatus at the CB Genealogy and Historical Association is over. That means it's about to re-open its on-site help centre for those looking to trace their family tree.

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Membertou Hockey Tournament

Home team advantage. The community of Membertou was full of pride this past weekend to be able to host a long-running youth hockey tournament on home turf. CBC's Holly Conners dropped by on Friday to catch some of the action.

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Cricket Farm - Joy Hillier

Green protein, with legs. A cricket farm on the mainland is growing the food of the future. Midgard Insect Farm, in Windsor, produces crickets to be used as a protein alternative in the pet food industry.

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cannabisCONNECT - Darrell Dexter

Pot Shot... getting a jump on the new law to legalize marijuana in Canada. Former Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has a new job helping people navigate the emerging cannabis industry, he now leads a project called cannabisCONNECT.

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Memories of Lorenzo Boudreau

Lorenzo Boudreau passed away recently... He had the distinction of attending more than NINE HUNDRED meetings of Richmond County Council. Lorenzo was such a fixture in the public gallery, he was named an "honourary councillor" in 2002.

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Cape Breton Liberation Army - The Musical

Down With The Causeway! A new musical called "The Return of the Cape Breton Liberation Army" will soon be staged at the Highland Arts Theatre. Learn about the Army's orgins in "The Old Trout Funnies" and find out what you can expect of the show.

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Bobby Burchell on Donkin Mine

The new coal age in Cape Breton has begun... Kameron Collieries officially started production this week. Long-time UMWA union representative Bobby Burchell weighs in on the opening of Donkin Mine.

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Returning Officer Is Retiring

Meet the longest-serving returning officer in Canada... who won't be returning to the job for the next Nova Scotia election because he's retiring. Ray LeBlanc has presided over 15 provincial elections in Richmond County since 1963.

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Free Legal Advice Clinic

Pro bono... People representing themselves in civil court can now make an appointment for free legal advice in Sydney. Chief Justice of Nova Scotia Michael MacDonald, who is co-chair of the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee, explains.

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Fishery Policy In Federal Court

We reconnect with Reporter Paul Withers who has been covering a Federal Court case in Ottawa that could have major implications for the future of the inshore fishery. He has the latest on the hearing.

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Bill 59 - Accessibility Act

The Province has put a hold on draft accessibility legislation after complaints from disabled Nova Scotians. Gerry Post is a wheelchair user and a member of "The Bill 59 Community Alliance", hear what advocates want included and removed.

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Children and Family Services Act

Changes to the Children and Family Services Act extends protective services to young people aged 16 to 18 who had previously fallen through the cracks of the community services system. NS Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard explains.

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Jim St. Clair - Sesquicentennial Churches

Celebrating Canada's birthday with sesquicentennial steeples... on Then and Now, community historian Jim St. Clair tells of some Cape Breton churches that have been around since Canada's confederation in 1867.

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Jeux Canada Games Streeters

Recently, we've been hearing and reading about your memories of the 1987 Jeux Canada Games held in Cape Breton. Reporter Holly Conners hit the streets of Sydney to gather more of your memories on the 30th anniversary of the games.

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Jeux Canada Games Cape North

The cross country venue for the Jeux Canada Games in 1987 is still going strong in Cape North, we reminisce with Linda Murray, one of the volunteers who's still helping out at the North Highlands Nordic cross country ski facility.

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La Pirouette in Cheticamp

Learn about a new resource for parents and children in Cheticamp... Lisa Thimot is the provincial co-ordinator for "La Pirouette" - an organization whose French title roughly translates as the Provincial Centre of Pre-School Resources.

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Edventure Cape Breton Camp

Hear about a March Break camp on the theme of Canada's 150th... Megan MacLeod and Chantal Phillips are members of Edventure Cape Breton, a local non-profit group interested in offering more outdoor education activities in the CBRM.

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A Federal Court and The Fishery

Challenging DFO's right to ban "controlling agreements"... Reporter Paul Withers is on his way to Ottawa to cover a key court case on a fundamental fishing policy that could have a significant impact on the inshore fishery in Atlantic Canada.

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Whitney Pier Rink Meeting

Is the rink in Whitney Pier on thin ice? Fears the rink could close prompted a public meeting last night where more than 60 people rallied at the Whitney Pier legion to keep the community's 50 year old rink open.

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Information Morning Mailbag

We dipped into the Information Morning Mailbag and pulled out a variety of opinions on a variety of topics talked about this week on the show!

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Duncan McCue talks about Cross Country Checkup

What's the key to creating the best education in First Nations communities? The host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue, joined me to talk about this Sunday's show in Membertou airing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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YMCA Opens in Membertou First Nations

Getting Fit in a First Nation. The national CEO of the YMCA, Peter Dinsdale, was in Cape Breton for the grand opening of the Membertou gym. Peter Dinsdale and Andre Gallant, CEO of the YMCA Cape Breton Family spoke with us.

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Issue Panel 0223

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative & opinionated CBers. On deck today: Ross Hunter, Candee McCarthy and we're welcoming a new Issue Panelist today, Nadine Bernard.

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Education Minister Karen Casey

The Minister of Education, Karen Casey, has joined me to reflect on the passing of The Teachers' Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement Act, also known as Bill 75 and what happens going forward.

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Rather Fight Than Eat

A History of Cape Breton Feistiness. A cultural historian, Ed Michalik, gave us a preview of his talk at the Old Sydney Society tonight called, "Rather Fight Than Eat." Ed says if you don't like it, you can always "puck him in the nose."

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Livestock Animal Bylaw

District 11 Councillor, Kendra Coombes, asked Regional Council last night for an issue paper on the issue of livestock animals being kept in densely urban areas. The request led to a lively debate and stories about animals.

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Point of Privilege - Mayor Cecil Clarke

Mayor Cecil Clarke cleared the air at Regional Council last night on some concerns about decorum and parliamentary behavior at previous council meetings.

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Teachers Contract Discussion with Liette Doucet

Being Taught A Lesson by the Government. The president of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, Liette Doucet, reflects on the passing of Bill 75.

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Then & Now - William Penn Hussey

On "Then and Now," Jim St. Clair mines the rich history of coal in Inverness and hauls up a story of a larger-than-life character who came to the town, made millions, then disappeared just as fast.

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Tolls / Twinning

Seeing Double. You're invited to 3 public meetings in Cape Breton this week regarding future road tolls and twinning in parts of the province. To get more background on this, we contacted Bruce Fitzner, with the Provincial Department of TIR.

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Mother Canada Update

Dead or alive? A closer look at efforts to revive the Mother Canada statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Almost everyone thought the Mother Canada statue was history, but the man behind it says it still has a bright future.

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