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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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Episode 8: Gwen

Gwen speaks about her relationship with Michael Lavoie and what she recalls from those crucial days in January 1998.

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Is sugar killing us?

How can a stressful commute impact a person's professional performance?

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Not loving Meryl Streep's speech

'Crippled Scholar' Kim Sauder says Meryl Streep was not speaking up for disabled people in her Golden Globe speech.

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#DoesItFart? Scientists ask which animals pass gas

Biologists (and a few pet owners) from around the world have been collaborating on a Google spreadsheet that lists which animals pass gas and which don't.

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Issue Panel 0119

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today, its Madonna Doucette, Dr. Chris Milburn and Todd Pettigrew.

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Midget X League Established

The Nova Scotia Hockey Association is scoring points with high school hockey players. It's established a new league for them to play in during the current teacher work-to-rule campaign. Darren Cossar is Executive Director of Hockey Nova Scotia.

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Jim St. Clair - BMO Building

Making an investment in history with a new lease on life for an old building in downtown Sydney. On "Then and Now", historian Jim St. Clair discusses the history behind the Bank of Montreal building, the soon-to-be new home of the Old Sydney Society.

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Southend Community Centre Demolition

The writing was written on the Southend Community Centre's walls shortly after the Thanksgiving Day flood. We hear from a couple of people who've been involved with the building over its lifetime, they share their memories before its demolition.

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Fr. Archie Memories

Composing a portrait of a modern day saint. Inverness Oran columnist Bonny MacIsaac is looking for your stories and memories about Fr. Peter Archibald MacLellan, better known as Fr. Archie, he served in Inverness for almost 30 years.

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Jane Paul Mi'kmaq Women's Resource Centre

We get a window into the life of a woman from Eskasoni First Nation who has known drug addiction and who has worked the streets in Sydney, but who has found help and comfort at the Jane Paul Mi'kmaq Woman's Resource Centre in Sydney.

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Cuff on Coal Bowl Cancellation

Our sports columnist Charlie Cuff reflects on the cancellation of the 36th edition of the Coal Bowl National High School Basketball Classic due to the current work-to-rule stalemate between the NSTU and the provincial government.

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Autism Service Dog

A Boy And His Dog... Raising a child with autism has challenges. We meet Jen Halliday from Southside Boularderie who now has help... from a service dog named Dana... that they're training to work with her 9 year old son, Ciaran.

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Grounded Tanker Arca 1 Removed

The grounded tanker Arca 1 off Little Pond was removed and towed to Sydport. To learn what happened yesterday and what's next for Arca 1, we ask Chris Kirby, salvage master for McKeil Marine, and Keith Laidlaw, senior response officer with the Coast Guard

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Grounded Tanker Arca 1 - Mac MacKay

With the grounding of the Arca 1 off Little Pond, Mac MacKay, an industry watcher and well-known blogger about the shipping industry in Nova Scotia, says officials need to take more responsibility for keeping ships--and communities--safe.

Download Grounded Tanker Arca 1 - Mac MacKay
[mp3 file: runs 00:07:34]

Transition House and Housing

Reporter Joan Weeks has more on the new challenge facing Transition House in Sydney and the women it serves. With housing options in CB limited, some women are staying at Transition House longer or returning to violent relationships out of necessity.

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Leonard Cohen Talk @ McConnell Library

Delving into the last disc by Leonard Cohen... Retired Professor Richard Keshen from CBU invites you to join him tonight at the McConnell Library in Sydney to discuss 3 specific tunes from Cohen's last album. Professor Keshen offers a preview.

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Tanker MV Arca 1 Aground

A steady stream of people ventured to the cliff's edge on Beachview Drive in Little Pond to see for themselves, the small bunkering tanker, MV Arca 1 that had run aground. We hear from the Canadian Coast Guard, and from one of the curious.

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CBU Contract Talks

Contract discussions between Cape Breton University's faculty and administration have broken off, meaning professors could soon be on the picket line. First up, the Faculty Association's Andrew Reynolds, and then, CBU's Interim President Dale Keefe.

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Port Development - Jim Wooder

Some councillors have suggested they were pressured at a recent meeting regarding port development. One of the businessmen who attended the December 19th meeting is Port expert Jim Wooder, he offers his thoughts on the deal.

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Year-Ender 2016 - Brenda Chisholm-Beaton

Our series of year-end interviews continues... Billy Joe MacLean loomed large over Port Hawkesbury during his time as Mayor, today, we chat with NEW Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton about how she hopes to grow into the role.

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Jim St. Clair - Nova Scotia's First Lieutenant Governor

As the country looks ahead to the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our community historian Jim St. Clair looks back to Confederation and recalls the story of Nova Scotia's first Lieutenant Governor in this edition of "Then and Now".

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Cape Breton Credit Union

Banking on a merger... The Steel Centre Credit Union in Sydney and the Coady Credit Union in Glace Bay have now officially opened as the new Cape Breton Credit Union. CEO Gary Forsey talks about why the 2 entities have teamed up.

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Year-Ender 2016 - Strait Area Chamber of Commerce

Taking Care of Business... The Executive Director of the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Mombourquette, talks about how she and her members saw 2016 and what they hope for in 2017, in our year-end interview series.

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Year-Ender 2016 - CBRPS Chief Peter McIsaac

Hail To The Chief... Peter J. McIsaac is Chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service. As part of our series of Year-End interviews, Chief McIsaac reflects on the year that was for his police force in the CBRM.

Download Year-Ender 2016 - CBRPS Chief Peter McIsaac
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Sock Monkeys and More

Toying with Success in New Waterford. Meet Dale and Sherrie Kearney, owners of "monkeysandmore.com" -- makers of original, handmade sock monkeys -- who have big plans for Canada's 150th birthday and the Canada 150 logo on their products.

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Year-Ender 2016 - Poverty In CB

In our series of year-end interviews with the kind of people who influence the public dialogue in this community, meet two people who work with, or have experienced, homelessness. Peggy Vassallo of CB Community Housing, and Davin Lee who's been homeless.

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Year-Ender 2016 - Sydney and Area Chamber

We examine the year behind us and look ahead a little bit in our series of year-end interviews with some of the people who influence public discussion and decisions. Today, Rob Matheson, President of the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Impaired Driving

This time of year, police roadside checks for impaired drivers are common. Driving under the influence is socially unacceptable, but the Regional Police say they see it almost daily. Reporter Holly Conners experiences a mock impaired driving arrest.

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2016 Year-End Quiz

The 8th annual Information Morning Year-End Quiz features a trio of new councillors from the CBRM - Amanda McDougall of Main-a-Dieu, Kendra Coombes of Scotchtown, and Earlene MacMullin of North Sydney. (Steve Gillespie of Sydney was unavailable)

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Fort McMurray Now

Fort McMurray, down but not out. Reporter Allison Devereaux tells us how a handful of Nova Scotians are faring as they continue to try and extinguish the memory of the wildfires that devasted their town, and move on rebuilding their lives.

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FlashBack 2016 - 1st Syrian Family in CB

The Information Morning FlashBack is a replay of our favourite interviews of 2016. This past year, we saw a number of Syrian refugee families settle in Cape Breton. From March, this is our interview with the first Syrian family to arrive in CB.

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Year-Ender 2016 - MPs Cuzner and Eyking

Now, its our year-end interview with your two Cape Breton MPs, Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner. We ask both what's been making headlines with them, including the reopening of the Veteran's Affairs office and the discussions around electoral reform.

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Year-Ender 2016 - Arts and Culture

As 2016 gets set to leave the stage, we look back at a handful of highlights from the arts world in Cape Breton with Alyce MacLean, Chair of the Lumiere Festival, and with Ken Chisholm, a writer and an all around theatre guy.

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Year-Ender 2016 - Premier Stephen McNeil

At this time of year, we do a series of interviews with the people who influence public life and the public dialogue in Cape Breton... the kind of people who make the decisions that affect the way we live our lives. Today, NS Premier Stephen McNeil.

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Flood and Insurance Fraud

Jennifer Witham of Sydney discovered her contractor charged her insurance company for flood repair work that was never done. Reporter Joan Weeks asked Amanda Dean, Vice-president Atlantic with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, about such claims.

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A Christmas Tree - A Story of Love

Tree Cheers for an on-line listener in Ontario... Dr. Larry Gaum, originally from Sydney, shares the time he begged his Jewish family to get a Christmas tree... and got his wish thanks to a butcher named "Mushy".

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Glace Bay Food Bank

Unpacking a food hamper... Reporter Holly Conners spoke to coordinator Sandra MacPherson of the Glace Bay Food Bank for a lesson in how food banks work, how often a family can access a food bank and what's in a food bank hamper.

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Premier McNeil on CBRM Charter

It won't come in time for Christmas, but CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke may get a big item on his wish list. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says a charter arrangement for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is in the works.

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Appreciation Dinner

Christmas is a time of thanksgiving at one Membertou home... Shirley Christmas is hostess of annual appreciation dinners for a particular set of guests. For years, she's been cooking for CBRM police officers who serve in her First Nation community.

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Jim St. Clair - Christmas Quiz

Merry Quiz-mas... On "Then And Now", our community historian Jim St. Clair tests Information Morning host Steve Sutherland with a Cape Breton geography quiz... with a special seasonal theme.

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Craft Beer Sales Change

Changes are brewing in the craft beer industry. The provincial government has announced a change that relates to the markup applied to direct sales of craft beer. Jeremy White, owner of Big Spruce Brewing in Nyanza, explains how this will help.

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Boots On The Street

Peter MacIsaac, Chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, shares his worries about potential cuts to "Boots on the Street", a government program that pays for extra officers. The CBRM has used this to add extra officers to its streets.

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CBRM Port Exclusivity Vote

Yesterday, Cape Breton Regional council voted 9-4 in favour of extending an exclusivity agreement with port marketers, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners. Three new councillors to the council table offer their position on the issue.

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Mark Eyking - Second Berth

A second berth proposed for the Port of Sydney would cost $20-million dollars, and would be cost-shared by the three levels of government. Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking tells us where the feds are in backing a second berth for cruise ships in Sydney.

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Winter Bucket List

There are more than a few Cape Bretoners who don't care for Winter. But our official stance is we embrace the season. With that in mind, we're going to speak with Peter Ross who's created a "winter bucket list" to help you make the most of the season.

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Ski Ben Eoin

The rain on Sunday wasn't great, but the snow was a welcome site for Rob Carmichael, General Manager at Ski Ben Eoin. Reporter Holly Conners asks him what's new at the hill that will make your excursion there even more enjoyable this Winter.

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Naloxone - Dr. Robert Strang

Fentanyl can kill. Naloxone can save. So should Naloxone kits be widely available in public places, just like defibrillators? Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Strang discusses making the antidote to fentanyl available to the public.

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Louisbourg Competition

Louisbourg Seafoods and the George D. Lewis Hub School Society has created a new contest to help address some perennial challenges. Brett Hanham is Vice-President of the Hub School Society, and Jenna Lahey is Louisbourg Seafoods' Marketing Manager.

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Fentanyl Preparation

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service hope for the best, but are preparing for the worst when it comes to Fentanyl and keeping the public--and officers--safe. Reporter Holly Conners spoke with CBRPS Staff Sgt. Paul Muise about their effort.

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The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union rejects its latest offer from the Liberals. We speak with Jason MacLean, President of the NSGEU, and then, we speak with Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia's Finance and Treasury Board Minister.

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Jim St. Clair - Ainslie Glen To Boston

The Cape Breton tree from Ainslie Glen that headed to Boston as the annual gift of a Nova Scotia Christmas tree to the city has community historian Jim St. Clair branching off into the story of a woman from Ainslie Glen who also went south 100 years ago.

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Longshoremen's Association Reaction

Peter Gillis of the International Longshoremen's Association in Cape Breton offers his thoughts on this week's announcement that Ports America and Sydney Harbour Investment Partners are teaming up to bring a container terminal to Sydney.

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DOT Storm Damage Update

We know of the severe damage caused by flooding on Thanksgiving Day throughout the CBRM. Today, we check back with the Department of Transportation for an update on work its been doing over the past 2 months. Roy MacDonald is Area Manager.

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The Mary Harper Nature Reserve

Outstanding in their field... Hear about a group of students engaged in a unique project to map the Mary Harper Nature Reserve on the Bras d'Or Lakes. Students Joshua Poulette and Jenna MacEachern along with instructor Minga O'Brien explain their work.

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Port Announcement Follow-up

Is Sydney's ship really about to come in? In the wake of the news Ports America is now interested in developing a container terminal in Sydney, we ask industry analyst Joe Bonney who is the Senior Editor of the Journal of Commerce for his thoughts.

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Pathways Perk

Coffee for a cause. Reporter Holly Conners checked out Pathways Perk located in the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation in Sydney, its a coffee shop where the purchase of your morning joe supports an employment program for people with mental illness.

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CBU Fallout

The Board of Governors at CBU ousted its president and a tentative deal with faculty has been rejected. We speak with Andrew Reynolds, a member of the Faculty Association, and with the interim president, Dale Keefe, about what the fallout will be.

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Flooded Homes - EMO Offer

A deluge of rain in October continues to cause woes in December. Three homeowners in the worst hit part of Sydney speak out about the Provincial plan to compensate them, and we speak with the Minister in charge of EMO, Zach Churchill.

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Opioid Treatment

Less inpatient detox, and more methadone. That's the Nova Scotia Health Authority's plan to tackle opioid addiction. Reporter Angela MacIvor reports on what CBC learned by calling every detox and rehab centre in the province.

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Strait Area Transit Update

The Strait Area Transit has become a valuable service for riders. In the new year, the co-operative will take a close look at and review the service. Jim Mustard, Chair of the Board for Strait Area Transit, explains what that could mean for users.

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Mabou Farmers' Market

The Mabou Farmers' Market is a popular spot... for buyers and vendors. And its looking at options to expand. For an update on their plans, we contact Michelle Smith, she's the Secretary of the Mabou Farmers' Market and a vendor.

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Jim St. Clair - Naming The Beaton Institute

A "Then and Now" about a place dedicated to the "Then and Now" of Cape Breton Island... to learn about our history, the Beaton Institute is the place to start. Jim St. Clair presents a history of the Beaton, and the woman for whom its named.

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Cuff on CB Eagle + World Jrs.

A Cape Breton Screaming Eagle looks to swoop in and take a spot on Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship. Our sports guy Charlie Cuff talks about Pierre Luc Dubois.

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NSTU Update - Liette Doucet

Students in Nova Scotia are heading back to school this morning. Education Minister Karen Casey announced yesterday that the student supervision issue had been clarified. To find out what has changed, we call NSTU President Liette Doucet.

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Rally For Teachers In Sydney

Yesterday, the talk of the province was school being cancelled by the NS Education Minister. Hundreds of people lined the sidewalks outside the Provincial Building to demonstrate in support of NS teachers. Reporter Joan Weeks spoke with some participants.

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Support and Share Session

Recently, we heard that the CB flood response is starting to turn the focus from physical needs, to mental ones. Wynn MacNeil of Bereaved Families of CB is part of a group setting up a share and support program for those affected by the flood.

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CB Reaction to Government + Teachers

Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee chatted with Cape Bretoners about the Nova Scotia government's weekend decision to cancel classes for students today as NSTU members planned to "work to rule".

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NSTU President Liette Doucet

We ask Liette Doucet of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union for her take on the Nova Scotia government's decision to cancel classes for students today as teachers across the province prepared to "work to rule".

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NS Education Minister Karen Casey

Your children are NOT going to school today... We ask the NS Minister of Education to elaborate on why students are not in school. Karen Casey explains what happens next in her showdown with the province's teachers.

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NSP Performance Review

Nova Scotia's consumer advocate, John Merrick, discusses the upcoming assessment of Nova Scotia Power, and how the utility's performance will come under scrutiny by the UARB and what penalties the company may incur if it doesn't meet expectations.

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Vital Awards 4 - Frances Burton

Another VITAL Cape Bretoner has been recognized by the CB Partnership for making a difference in their community. Meet Frances Burton who co-ordinates volunteers for the Youth Peer Project, part of the non-profit Educational Program Innovations Charity.

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Farmer's Daughter Update

When the Farmer's Daughter put out its unique offer of land to entice new workers to Whycocomagh, the owners wondered if they'd get any response. They continue to get several hundred e-mails a day, 100,000 so far. Co-owner Heather Coulombe updates us.

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Vital Awards 3 - Gail Christmas

Another VITAL member of society is Gail Christmas of Membertou First Nation. She is another of the recent recipients of a VITAL Award, the Cape Breton Partnership's effort to recognize young people making a significant difference in their community.

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Issue Panel 1201

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners on the Information Morning Issue Panel to give us their take on the stories of the week. Panelists are: Candee McCarthy, Darren McFadgen and Michele Stephens.

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NS Auditor General's Fall Report

If the province were a student, the Auditor General would be the prinicipal. And he's had to chastise his provincial pupil over issues of daycares, schools, and infrastructure. Nova Scotia's AG is Michael Pickup and we discuss his Fall Report.

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Jim St. Clair - Shipwreck Hike

On "Then and Now" with community historian Jim St. Clair, we take a hike... a horrible hike... with some shipwrecked passengers forced to plod through the forests of our Island in the 1700s.

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Vital Awards 2 - Sarabeth Drover and Caitlyn Purcell

Another VITAL segment... we meet 2 more women under 40 who have been recognized by the CB Partnership for making a difference in their communities. Sarabeth Drover and Caitlyn Purcell are owners of Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Cafe in Ingonish.

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Teachers Strike - Ontario Experience

Lessons from Ontario... in 2015 teachers in two Ontario unions worked to rule for months at a time. We find out what affect that had on families and on the political scene from Mike Crawley, he's the CBC's provincial affairs reporter in Toronto.

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Vital Awards 1 - Lori Burke

The Cape Breton Partnership has recognized 7 individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their community. Lori Burke was one of them, she's the Executive Director of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney.

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Nursing Co-op - Tanas Sylliboy

If you're considering a career in nursing, the co-op program at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital can help you decide. We learn why when we speak with Tanas Sylliboy of Eskasoni First Nation about his experience in the program.

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Highland Hemp Update

The first crop of hemp seed has been harvested in Cape Breton. And it's been processed into oil, bottled and ready for sale. For an update on the hemp seed oil operation, Highland Hemp, Reporter Holly Conners spoke to CEO Parker Rudderham.

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Simulated Learning Program

Medical Job Swap... In an effort to create better health care for all of us, Neil's Harbour played host to an innovative health project, where nurses and paramedics learned from each other for the first time.

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Eskasoni Child Poverty

Few residents of Eskasoni First Nation would comment on a new statistic showing 75 percent of children in their community are living in poverty. A prominent member of Eskasoni, Elizabeth Marshall, tells us what she's seen first hand.

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United Way Flood Funds Update

Since the Thanksgiving Day flood in the CBRM, the United Way of Cape Breton has been gratefully accepting financial donations. We ask United Way Executive Director Lynn McCarron how the group's been dispersing the funds to those affected.

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Flood Fundraiser In Ottawa

The Thanksgiving Day flood water has dried up, but help continues to pour in for its victims. Emma Liska, a 17 year old from Ottawa who spends summers and holidays on the Island with family, wanted to help as well, so, she's organized a fundraiser.

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CBU and the Canadian Federation of Students finally reached a deal in the Spring but that truce may be short lived. Roy Karam, President of CBU's Students Union recently attended the annual general meeting of the CFS and he came back with many concerns.

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Jim St. Clair - British Politician in CB

Harbour development, the future of gypsum, and free trade. These are modern day Cape Breton concerns. And, as community historian Jim St. Clair tells us on this edition of "Then and Now"... they were concerns 180 years ago, too.

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Flood Mould Worries

It's been a month and a half since the Thanksgiving Day storm. And while the water's long gone, mould remains a health threat for many. Reporter Holly Conners has the story of why some homeowners are hesitant to start cleaning-up.

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Federal Coal Plan

The federal government has announced a plan to phase out coal fired generating plants by 2030, but makes an exception for Nova Scotia. Michel Samson is Nova Scotia's Energy Minister, he tells us more about the plan.

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NEW Richmond Co. Warden

Richmond County council is very different after last month's municipal election. The council has been reduced from ten seats to five, and has a new Warden - Brian Marchand. We speak to Warden Marchand about his new job.

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Taking the "Free" out of "Freedom of Information". A citizen in the CBRM has a number of questions about municipal expenses. The municipality says it's happy to answer them, for a cost of nearly 43,000 dollars. Reporter Joan Weeks has the story.

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The Vimy Trap

In his new book, The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, author Jamie Swift challenges the idea that Canada became a nation on the battlefield of Vimy Ridge. He's launching his book at Cape Breton University.

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Issue Panel 1118

Every second week, we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. On deck: Nicole LaFosse, Mike Kelloway and and Ross Hunter.

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Breakfast Biographies - Ashley MacIsaac

While some may think he's had highs and lows, he's loved every minute of his accomplished career, amazing audiences the world over. In the finale of "The Breakfast Biographies" for 2016, we have a feature conversation with fiddler Ashley MacIsaac.

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Jim St. Clair - Gold Rush Fiddle

Fiddling With History... on today's edition of "Then and Now". Community historian Jim St. Clair tells a tale of the extraordinary Canadian Gold Rush and an ordinary Cape Breton fiddle from 1890.

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Popcorn - Ashley MacIsaac

Looking into the Information Morning popcorn bag, we realize we're almost out of kernels... as this is the final serving of our patented, Information Morning Popcorn Interivews for 2016. Today, its Cape Breton musician Ashley MacIsaac.

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CBRM Flood Damage Update

We check back with Terry Drohan of the Southend Lost Homes Coalition, and hear how his group's concerns have been addressed. And, we get the latest from Andy Lathem, Executive Director of the Emergency Management Office for Nova Scotia.

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Boston Christmas Tree

Time To Take A Bough. As the province prepares to cut down a Cape Breton tree to give to Boston, Reporter Jack Julian has the story--and the cost--behind the annual effort of transforming a Nova Scotia conifer into Boston's official Christmas Tree.

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Teen Play At Boardmore Theatre

Meet the creative young cast behind a new production at CBU which just might shed some light on what exactly is going on in the mind of teenagers in your life. It's called, "Once And For All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up And Listen"

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Breakfast Biographies - Mike McPhee

Our featured guest today retired from the NHL in 1994... the former Montreal Canadiens left winger, Stanley Cup champ, and financial advisor Mike McPhee skates on by for this edition of "The Breakfast Biographies".

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Dalbrae Feeder System

A Difficult Decision. The Strait Regional School Board is hosting a public meeting tonight to discuss the future of 3 schools in Inverness County. Board Superintendent, Ford Rice, reflects on what lies ahead.

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Undercurrent Youth Centre in Sydney

Glace Bay's Undercurrent Youth Centre will soon expand into Sydney, offering young people a place to skateboard, make music, and climb a rock wall. Reporter George Mortimer took a tour of the building with Executive Director Dave Sawler.

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Popcorn Interview - Mike McPhee

Monday, the next instalment of "The Breakfast Biographies" features Mike McPhee, he talks about his life with the Habs and the career he's created following his playing days. But first, Mike laces 'em up and takes our patented, Popcorn Interview.

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Breakfast Biographies - Minga O'Brien

In today's edition of "The Breakfast Biographies", we meet scientist and outdoor adventurist Minga O'Brien. "The Breakfast Biographies" is our series of profile interviews with interesting Cape Breton characters we'd like to know better.

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Cape Breton Green Party

Recently, we heard from the new leader of Nova Scotia's Green Party. Now, we hear from David Hachey, a supporter who's waving the flag for the party here in Cape Breton. He'd like to increase their profile and membership on the Island.

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Jim St. Clair - North Sydney Daybook

Community historian Jim St. Clair demonstrates how a daybook can be a historian's best friend when trying to piece together the past. On "Then and Now", Jim brings us what he's learned from a day book belonging to a North Sydney merchant.

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US Election Watch In CB

In 2016, Cape Breton received international attention for the website "Cape Breton if Trump Wins". Website creator Rob Calabrese and Breton Brewing hosted an election watching party at the brewery to witness the results.

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Homelessness Conference at CBU

Homing in on a serious problem. What to do about homelessness in the CBRM is the key question of a conference taking place at CBU. We learn more from one of the participants, Peggy Vassallo, and one of the keynote speakers, Jim Graham.

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NEW Inverness Co. Warden

The United States has a new president... and a little closer to home, Inverness County has a new warden... we contact Betty Ann MacQuarrie at home in Mabou, to talk about her new role as Warden.

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Nova Scotia Green Party Leader

Reports of the death of the Green Party in Nova Scotia are greatly exaggerated. They have a new leader - Thomas Trappenberg - he's one of the regional founders of the party in the Province, he became the new leader at their annual convention.

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Richmond Libel Suit

Law and Disorder... A defence has been filed by some of the people being sued by former Richmond County Warden Steve Sampson. Reporter Joan Weeks spoke to Halifax lawyer David Hutt who represents Jeff Stanley, and Geno and Ellen Polegato.

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Breakfast Biographies - Clifford Paul

He's been a drywaller, a police dispatcher, a journalist, and for the past 10 years he's been the Moose Management Coordinator for the Unamaki Institute of Natural Resources. Meet Clifford Paul, in today's edition of "The Breakfast Biographies".

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Conservative Party Leadership - Lisa Raitt

Looking To Be The Leader... Lisa Raitt, originally from Whitney Pier and representing the Ontario riding of Milton, is the latest MP to enter the race to lead the Tories. She joins us to talk about her decision to enter that Conservative campaign.

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NEW CBU Degree

Cape Breton University will be offering a new degree that marries the arts and science in a unique way, both disciplines under a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment degree. Dana Mount and Deanne VanRooyen are co-directors of the program.

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Government Port Report

Sinking Plans for the Port of Sydney. And Melford. A new report commissioned by the province says it'd be better off focusing on Halifax and not investing in other port projects. Nova Scotia's Minister of Transportation, Geoff MacLellan.

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Breakfast Biographies - Carmen Townsend

Our series of profile interviews with interesting Cape Breton characters who we think you would like to get to know better is called "The Breakfast Biographies"... and leaping onto the radio stage today, it's musician Carmen Townsend.

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CBU's Caper Radio @ 107.3 FM

Don't change that dial... Reporter Holly Conners tunes into Cape Breton University's campus station - Caper Radio - to learn more about its new FM license, now broadcasting at 107.3 FM. Matthew Burke is Caper Radio's manager.

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Popcorn Interview - Carmen Townsend

Tomorrow's guest in our feature series, "The Breakfast Biographies" is Northside musician Carmen Townsend. But first, as is tradition, we subject her to the patented, Information Morning Popcorn Interview.

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Jim St. Clair - Old Thanksgiving

You've heard of "Old Christmas"... What about "Old Thanksgiving"?... In this edition of his weekly column "Then and Now", community historian Jim St. Clair talks about when Canada's Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in November.

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Flood Concerns Response

A Torrent of Questions over Flood Relief... Nova Scotia's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the MLA for Glace Bay, Geoff MacLellan, addresses the concerns raised by the Southend Lost Homes Coalition.

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NEW Victoria Co. Councillor

From Mexico To Middle River. Perla MacLeod will be officially sworn into office tonight in Victoria County, making her the first councillor born in Mexico... And the first female councillor since 1990. Reporter Joan Weeks spoke with her.

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Diwali At Cape Breton University

CBU is celebrating the 5 day Festival of Light... Diwali. Its one of the biggest events in Indian culture. Suvir Singh of the South Asian Student Society, and Hasmeet Singh Chandok of the Maritime Bhangra Group, tell us more of what to expect.

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Southend Lost Homes Coalition

Homeowners who have received 'no occupancy orders' following the Thanksgiving Day storm and flood have formed a new group to address their concerns. Homeowner Terry Drohan talks about what the Southend Lost Homes Coalition want to achieve.

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CBRM Travel Allowance

Bad News Travels Fast. And Far. With controversy still swirling around Richmond Couny over mileage and travel expenses claimed by officials, Reporter Joan Weeks looks into the situation in the CBRM and its Travel Allowance policy.

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JSC - The Witch of Mull River

Community historian Jim St. Clair has brought us spooky and supernatural tales about The Witch of Mull River... Now, he brings us the real story of the real woman behind the magical moniker - Catherine "Kitty" Campbell-Livingston.

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Breakfast Biographies - Valerie Bird

"The Breakfast Biographies" is our series of profile interviews with interesting Cape Breton characters. Today, a letter-writer... a former member of the women's auxiliary air force... and a former teacher at Sydney Academy: Valerie Bird.

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Causeway Swing Bridge Repairs

Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Andrew MacPherson of the NS Department of Transportation, he's project engineer for the repairs to the Canso Causeway swing bridge, about what those repairs being done will mean for you in the coming months.

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CBRM Heavy Garbage Update

With many curbs still piled high with debris from people's flooded homes, heavy garbage pickup continues throughout the CBRM. We check back with Francis Campbell, CBRM Manager of Solid Waste, to hear how those efforts to clean up are going.

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Issue Panel 1028

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week. On the Information Morning Issue Panel today, Vanessa Childs-Rolls, Todd Pettigrew and Alison Uhma.

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Popcorn Interview - Valerie Bird

A bag of popcorn consists of dozens of small, kernels combining to form a satisfying snack. A popcorn interview consists of dozens of small, questions combining to form a satisfying chat. Next, Valerie Bird takes our patented Popcorn Interview.

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Old Sydney Society - Linden MacIntyre

As a journalist, he's told countless stories. Now, he's about to tell stories about journalism. Retired CBC-er Linden MacIntyre's in town to discuss journalism in Sydney in the 1970s, with his talk: "High Hopes and Bad News" at the Old Sydney Society.

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Breakfast Biographies - Andrew Prossin

The Breakfast Biographies is our series of profile interviews with interesting Cape Breton characters. Next, originally from Westmount, an adventurer, entrepreneur, mariner, and the managing director of One Ocean Expeditions - Andrew Prossin.

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Department of Transportation Update

On The Right Road. It's been about two and half weeks since record rainfall in parts of Cape Breton caused flooding and severe damage. We contact Roy MacDonald, Area Manager with the NS Department of Transportation, to get an update on repairs.

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Popcorn Interview - Andrew Prossin

Time now for another of our patented Popcorn Interviews... today, our guest is the Cape Breton-born founder of a globally-competitive, ocean-going charter company called "One Ocean Expeditions", Andrew Prossin of Westmount.

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Cross Canada Canoe Trip

Up The Creek... We have a feature interview with Mike Ranta from Atikokan, Ontario. He is the man who just paddled all the way from Canada's West coast to the shores of Dominion Beach via canoe with expedition partner, his dog, Spitzii.

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Hub School Rejection

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board voted to reject the hub proposal by the George D. Lewis Hub School Society. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Society vice-president Brett Hanham, and to school board chair Lorne Green.

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NSTU Strike Vote - YES

Teachers had their say. We discuss yesterday's strike vote by Nova Scotia teachers, they voted 96% in favour of a strike mandate. Liette Doucet is the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union president, she tells us what comes next.

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Salvation Army - Flood Funds

We check in with the Salvation Army in Sydney and its efforts to distribute government and fundraised money to those affected by flooding. Captain Corey Vincent explains the process and the progress of distributing the emergency aid.

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No Development Zone

Homes that were in the epicentre of the Thanksgiving Day storm in Sydney are going to be torn down... and it's likely no more will be allowed to be built. Homeowners Anna Mae Muise and Tom Penney agree on a 'no development zone' for the area.

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Breakfast Biographies - Dr. Teresa MacNeil

"The Breakfast Biographies" is our series of profile interviews with interesting Cape Breton characters who we think you would like to get to know better. Today, a force to be reckoned with... we introduce you to Dr. Teresa MacNeil.

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CBRM Public Works Update

All In A Day's Work Or 14... We check in with Public Works in the CBRM to discuss the work it's already done... and still has to do... in the wake of the Thanksgiving Day storm. Public Works Manager John Phalen updates its post-flood projects.

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Edventure Cape Breton

Moving education outdoors... The Edventure Cape Breton group invites you to a forum at the McConnell Library in Sydney to discuss ways to offer kids opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Megan MacLeod is a founding member of Edventure Cape Breton.

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King's Road Reserve Commemoration

Remembering a Moving Event... The Membertou community is preparing to mark the anniversary of its forced relocation from King's Road with a special ceremony. Dan Christmas, senior advisor to the Membertou Band Council, outlines the history of the event.

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New CBRM Councillors

Meet 3 of the 4 CBRM rookie, soon-to-be-sworn in Councillors. Earlene MacMullin's win in District 2 is subject to a judicial recount. Kendra Coombes represents District 11, Steve Gillespie in District 4, and Amanda McDougall for District 8.

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