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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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Climate change and wildfires

Wildfires are putting the residents of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan at risk as climate change creates warmer and drier conditions.

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A handbag out of dead cat?

Artist and taxidermist Claire Third created this "glamourpuss" purse from a dead cat she found on the side of the road.

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Connecting with Alzheimer's

Hear how to build a meaningful loving relationship with someone who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Big Tobacco fights Canada's plain packaging plans.

Cigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.

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Breakfast Biographies - Joan Jessome

Most people in Nova Scotia know the name Joan Jessome because of her work with the NSGEU. Learn about her fascinating life as labour leader, fighter, grandmother, and "the most hated woman in Nova Scotia"??, in "The Breakfast Biographies".

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Issue Panel 0923

Now, a brand new season of the Information Morning Issue Panel with panelists Kim Desveaux, Jenn Power, and Chris Milburn. Every second week, a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners offer their take on the stories of the week.

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Matthew Hines Investigation Update

More than a year after his death, Correctional Service Canada admits "excessive force" was used and is finally speaking about Matthew Hines, who died in Dorchester Penitentiary. Reporter Joan Weeks has an investigation update.

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Breakfast Biographies - Reverend Mother Phyllis Marsh

A life's journey from angry young woman to a later-life ordination as African Orthodox priest on "The Breakfast Biographies" - a series of profile interviews with interesting characters. Today, the Reverend Mother Phyllis Marsh of Whitney Pier.

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Golf Cruise Ship Arriving

Green Fees, Blue Seas... The first golf-themed cruise ship is set to dock in Cape Breton. Reporter Holly Conners asked Graham Husdon, the manager of Highlands Links in Ingonish, to reflect on what its arrival means for Cape Breton's courses.

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Patriarch Vincent Waterman Retiring

Since 1983, Vincent Waterman has been the priest at St. Phillip's African Otrhodox Church in Whitney Pier. Now, he is retiring and leaving Cape Breton Island. The 91 year old Patriarch of the church and his wife are moving to Halifax.

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Fort McMurray Update

The Fort McMurray fire--and flood--are history to most Canadians now. But hundreds of residents are currently trying to re-adjust to life back in the Alberta city. We get an update with Cape Bretoner Verna Murphy on life since the disaster.

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Jim St. Clair - Baddeck Teachers

Teaching, preaching and social change on "Then and Now" with Jim St. Clair. Recently, Information Morning host Steve Sutherland met Jim, a community historian, in Baddeck, to learn about an early school and 3 female teachers from Cape Breton's past.

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Inverness Candidates District 3

Vying for the vote in Inverness Co. on our candidates' roundtable. We turn our attention to the Dunvegan, Strathlorne and Inverness area. Meet the incumbent Jim Mustard, and Wanda McMaster. (Gerald Poirier didn't return our calls to participate.)

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CBRM Candidates District 4

There are 5 candidates running in District 4 in the CBRM, which takes in Westmount/Coxheath/Sydney River. Councillor Claire Detheridge has not re-offered. Meet Richard Fogarty, Steve Gillespie, Dave LeBlanc, Darlene Morrison, and Darrell Wilson.

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CBU 10 Year Plan

What's going to "Happen" at CBU in the future? At a meeting on the matter, the University's Board of Governors backed a new "ten-year vision" for the school which, if all goes well, would avoid layoffs. CBU President Dr. David Wheeler explains.

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Breakfast Biographies - Kate Beaton

Its the third season of our series "The Breakfast Biographies", a series of profile interviews with interesting CB characters we think you would like to get to know better. First up, cartoonist and the creator of Hark! A Vagrant: Kate Beaton.

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Victory Park Society

Give Me Some Space... A group in North Sydney has formed "The Victory Park Society" to bring another green space to the local waterfront. Ryan Duff is the chair of the society, he outlines their plans for property along Commercial Street.

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CBRM Candidates District 8

A month from now we'll know the names of all the councillors elected in October's vote. In Donkin, Port Morien, and Louisbourg it will either be Kevin Saccary or Amanda McDougall. Both candidates join us for the first of our Candidates' Panels.

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New IWK Chief of Pediatrics

The doctor is in... But not for long. After helping countless Cape Breton children and their families, the well-respected physician Andrew Lynk is heading to the IWK in Halifax as Chief of Pediatrics. Dr. Lynk talks about moving and his new job.

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Maritime Link Update

The Maritime Link is a 1.5 billion dollar hydroelectricity project connecting Muskrat Falls, Labrador via a sub-sea cable from NL to Pt. Aconi. For an update of the CB construction project, we contact Jeff Myrick of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Port Hawkesbury Mayor-Elect

For the first time in 22 years - there will be a new Mayor in Port Hawkesbury. Brenda Chisholm-Beaton was acclaimed Mayor-elect yesterday, being the only person interested in the top job. She spoke with our News Editor Wendy Martin.

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Jim St. Clair - Standing Up To MacLeod

Sticking It To Norman MacLeod... In this edition of "Then and Now", community historian Jim St. Clair has the story of a student who stood up to the punishment handed out by the controversial preacher and teacher, Rev. Norman MacLeod.

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Dr. Julius Garvey

The UN has declared 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent. Dr. Julius Garvey, the son of civil rights activist Marcus Garvey, is in Cape Breton to speak at CBU. He joins us to discuss his own work and his father's legacy.

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Bluenose II - Jean Laroche

Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, has been trouble-free this summer. CBC News has obtained documents that detail all the problems the crew faced following last year's refit. Legislature reporter Jean Laroche shares that information.

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Town House Executive Director

Town House is a pillar of strength in Glace Bay supporting programs and services for citizens. Its greatly appreciated but also greatly underfunded for all it does. That funding struggle will challenge new Executive Director Ed Beaton.

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Forest Management In NS

Policy changes, harvesting practices and other issues have all caused some people to question the Nova Scotia government's plan and its commitment to sustainabiity in forest management. Reporter Michael Gorman has more on the story.

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Education Action Plan - Year 2

Chalking Up Changes in the Classroom. Each new school year brings challenges and goals. That's true whether you're a student, teacher, or the Minister of Education. Karen Casey discusses what lies ahead in Nova Scotia's action plan on education.

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Rio Paralympian - Jamey Jewells

Jamey Jewells of Donkin is among the best in the world at what she does. As she and her teammates on Canada's women's wheelchair basketball team compete on the court in Rio at the Paralympic Games, we recall our Breakfast Biography chat with her.

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A Women's Night

For Women Only! We find out about a series of events at a Sydney pub inviting women to celebrate their talent and creativity. Two of the organizers, Janet Bickerton and Ann McPhee, explain what they have in mind for the evening get-togethers.

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Food Hub Donation

The Cape Breton Food Hub and the Ecology Action Centre have partnered with the Glace Bay Food Bank to allow more families access to the Fall harvest. Jody Nelson is the local food co-ordinator for the Ecology Action Center in Cape Breton.

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Rio Paralympian - Pamela LeJean

As the Paralympics get underway in Rio, we shine the spotlight on a Cape Breton athlete with a 6 foot wing-span: Pamela LeJean. We replay this interview from last summer when Information Morning host Steve Sutherland met Pamela at her parents home.

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Jim St. Clair - Teacher William Ayre

A Classroom Commotion... community historian Jim St. Clair brings us the story of William Ayre, a colourful Cape Breton teacher with a penchant for extracurricular activities of the alcoholic kind on "Then and Now".

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Palliative Care - Dr. Rocker 0907

When it comes to palliative care, Canada lags behind other developed nations. And a new paper suggests palliative care is failing patients with chronic illness, too. One of the authors, Dr. Graeme Rocker, outlines his ideas for a system-wide makeover.

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Paramedics Providing Palliative Care

Most people would prefer to avoid a trip to the hospital in an ambulance. Now a new program is allowing palliative care patients to avoid that trip in their final days. Paramedics can now provide patients palliative care in their own homes.

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Van Zyl Yachting Family

The ultimate family vacation... meet the Van Zyl's, a family of 6 from South Africa, who are circumnavigating the globe in a 54-foot steel-hulled schooner. This Summer, they stopped off in Baddeck, half way through a round-the-world sailing trip.

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Meghan Trainor Free Concert

Port Hawkesbury is still reverberating with the sounds of pop singer Meghan Trainor after last night's much anticipated FREE concert, it may have been the biggest, most attended event in the Town's history. Adam Cooke has a review of the big gig.

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Name That Place - Membertou

The legacy of Grand Chief Membertou continues to grow, along with the community named in his honor. On "Name That Place", Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan and historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls met near Membertou's Trade and Convention Centre.

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Butterscotch Palace - The Play

A new play at the Atlantic Fringe Festival explores the dark story behind the brown walls of the former Sydney River psychiatric hospital known as the Butterscotch Palace. Ryan Van Horne is a Halifax-based journalist, and the playwrite.

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Jim St. Clair - Queen Anne's Lace

Say It With Flowers... On today's edition of "Then and Now", community historian Jim St. Clair brings us the history and the sad story behind the naming of the plant, Queen Anne's Lace.

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Psychology Of Arson

What sparks a fire-bug? With the arrest of two Florence volunteer firefighters accused of arson, we ask Dr. Scott Theriault, a forensic psychiatrist, about the phenomenon of firefighter arson.

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

The Department of Fisheries has recommended the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna NOT be included under the Species at Risk Act. Heather Grant is a Marine Communications Campaigner with the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax.

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Odd Jobs - Hat Maker

All Sewn Up... In our last look at interesting and unusual careers in Cape Breton, we turn our attention to fashion designer and hat maker Barb Longva of Sew Inclined... our featured guest in the last installment of our "Odd Jobs" series.

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The Farmer's Daughter Land Offer

A Whycocomagh business is offering free plots of unserviced woodland as an incentive to attract new staff. The land for labour is a unique approach, Sandee Maclean, co-owner of The Farmer's Daughter Country Market in Whycocomagh, explains.

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CAO Salaries

Another "Sunshine List"... A CBC Nova Scotia Investigation looks at the cost of municipal administrators, and the communities in the top ten may surprise you. Reporter Pam Berman has the details.

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Colombia Peace Agreement

After more than a half-a-century of conflict, people in Colombia are celebrating a big step toward peace. CBU lecturer and author Garry Leech offers his thoughts on this historic development between Colombia's government and Farc rebels.

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Forestry Strategy Response - Minister Lloyd Hines

Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines responds to previous interviews on the provincial government's natural resources strategy.

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Forestry Strategy Follow - Allan Shaw

One of the original authors of a 10-year natural resources strategy is critical of the direction the province appears to be taking toward adapting and improving the way the province manages its biodiversity, forests, geological resources and parks.

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Amazing Race Cape Breton

Next week on The Amazing Race Canada you will see parts of Cape Breton. The show filmed an episode in Victoria and Cape Breton County's last May.

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150-year-old Piano

The focal point of the Arts by the Brook Society's concert season will be a a 150-year-old Broadwood drawing room grand piano.

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Donkin Mine Update

The community liaison committee on the Donkin mine project has a new chairman. Paul Carrigan has taken on the role of interim chair following the resignation of Hugh Kennedy.

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Senior geologist John Calder

John Calder is senior geologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, and author of "The Joggins Fossil Cliffs: Coal Age Galapagos".

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Area Code Update

The newest area code in Nova Scotia is "782". It was brought in to make sure the province didn't run out of phone numbers. But it seems the new area code is not widely in use.

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Then & Now - August Gale

It was on August 23rd and August 24th in 1873 that Nova Scotia experienced what's thought to be the most destructive hurricane to ever hit Cape Breton. Today, Jim looks back at the Great August Gale of 1873.

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Prison Death cont'd

The Correctional Investigator of Canada is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Matthew Hines.

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Whitney Pier Youth Club

The newly renovated and expanded Whitney Pier Youth Club will be open mid - September.

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Odd Jobs - Paleontologist

Nicole MacLennan met up with Jason Loxton in his lab in CBU to find out more about paleontology.

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Prison Death - Joan Weeks

A Sydney family says they were misled about the circumstances surrounding their brother's death in Dorchester prison. They are devastated to learn the actions of prison staff may have led to his death.

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Forestry Strategy

Forestry coordinator, Matt Miller, says a newly released progress report on the Provincial governments 10-year Natural Resources Strategy signifies a step back from several key reforms that were promised in the past.

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Syrian Family Update

Cape Bretoners no more... The Aabo family were the first Syrian refugee family to arrive in Cape Breton, but their stay was short-lived. We get an update on the Aabo's from one of their community sponsors, and their host, Stephen Reid.

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Name That Place - Boardmore Theatre

Shining the spotlight on Liz and Harry Boardmore in our series "Name That Place", in which we learn about the people for whom prominent places are named. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan met historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls to discuss their legacy.

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North Sydney Vietnamese Restaurant

Recently, diners in the CBRM have new Asian options, including Thai and Japanese restaurants. Now, they can add Vietnamese to the menu. Information Morning's Holly Conners visits a new business thats bringing a taste of Saigon to North Sydney.

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Jim St. Clair - Skye River

Testing the water with community historian Jim St. Clair. Jim and Information Morning host Steve Sutherland visit Skye River in Victoria County, on the border between Waycobah and Whycocomagh, for today's tale on "Then and Now".

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Wildfire Preparedness In Nova Scotia

Fighting wildfires, before they happen. We talk about fire preparedness, on the macro scale, with Jim Rudderham, Department of Natural Resources operations manager for forest protection in Nova Scotia.

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Odd Jobs - Goldsmith

Going For Gold... In our series "Odd Jobs", we learn a little about some of the interesting and unusual occupations on our Island. Today, Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan introduces us to Rob Bowden, a goldsmith in Sydney.

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A summer camp for start-ups. Forget canoeing, marshmallows and bon fires, these campers are interested in patent law, investors and marketing. Information Morning's Holly Conners checked out MentorCamp, an entrepreneurship mentoring event.

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ServiCom To Former Target Store

One of the largest employers in the CBRM is ServiCom in Sydney River. The call centre operation is preparing to move and is looking to expand, as well. Todd Riley, Director of Operations, gave Reporter George Mortimer a tour of the new site.

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CBU Research - Kori Andrea

In our CBU research column, we meet Kori Andrea from North Sydney, she is a young scientist researching the use of nano-particles to deliver cancer-fighting drugs directly to the sick cells - while leaving the healthy cells alone.

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No RV Propane Fill-ups

A Texas couple visiting Cape Breton in their RV are frustrated by the lack of propane fill-up options for RVs. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee spoke to Alison Steele of Houston, and to Bruce Marsh of Cape Breton Trailer Sales about the situation.

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Name That Place - Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion

People the Island over know the name Joan Harriss because of the Cruise Pavilion on Sydney's waterfront. In this edition of "Name That Place", Information Morning's Nicole MacLennan and historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls discuss Joan Harriss.

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Jim St. Clair - Gaelic Geography Song

The love of Cape Breton and it's scenery can be very moving. It has certainly moved many poets and songwriters to write odes to our Island. Jim St. Clair tells us about one such poet and one such song that's still sung... 160 years later.

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Peacekeepers Monument Unveiled

Three Cape Bretoners who have served in UN missions reflect on the new Peacekeepers monument unveiled on Sydney's waterfront. Ron Clarke is a 36 year veteran. Bill Cox served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia. And Mel Burmingham was in Kosovo in 2000.

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Odd Jobs - Music Conductor

Meet a woman who's "scored" a pretty cool job... Noelle Wadden is an accomplished and well respected musical conductor. She's our featured guest in this edition of our Summer series "Odd Jobs" with Nicole MacLennan.

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Protocase and Co-op Building

Sydney company Protocase is transforming the former Co-Op building at Ashby Corner in Sydney as their new manufacturing facility. Steve Lilley, the president and CEO of Protocase, he invited Reporter George Mortimer to tour the expansion site.

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CBRM and CB-VRSB and School Buildings

What are the CBRM and the School Board going to do with all the school buildings that are no longer needed? Malcolm Gillis is CBRM's Director of Planning, and Lorne Green is Chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

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Name That Place - Munro Park

In our summer series, "Name That Place", we learn about the people for whom many landmarks in the CBRM are named. Today, Information Morning's Nicole MacLennan and historian Vanessa Childs-Rolls visit Munro Park in North Sydney.

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Jim St. Clair - The Campbells

Making Connections... community historian Jim St. Clair takes us on a trip that links Tasmania to Scotland to New Campbellton at the entrance of the Big Bras d'Or Channel. Jim has the family connection and story of the Campbells on "Then and Now".

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

A SANE Response... The Every Woman's Centre in Sydney becomes one of two new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs in the province. Louise Smith-MacDonald, co-ordinator with the Every Woman's Centre, explains what that'll mean for victims.

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New Peacekeepers Monument

Commemorating Cape Breton's peacekeepers... Michele Gardiner designed a new peacekeeping monument for Sydney's waterfront and Tom White is the Eastern Director of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping.

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Odd Jobs - Recreation Therapist

On our Odd Jobs summer series, Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan meets a recreation therapist. It's sometimes difficult for Kevin Stairs to explain what he does as a recreation therapist, but he's gonna take a stab at it.

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A tribute to Nobel Prize winning physicist Art McDonald

A group of former classmates of Nobel Prize winning physicist Art McDonald have come together to celebrate him and launch a scholarship in his name.

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Cocoon camping at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park has taken camping to a new level...a tree-top level. George Mortimer checks out cocoon camping.

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Upgrades to the Northern Victoria Community Centre in Cape North

For years now efforts have been underway to upgrade the Northern Victoria Community Centre in Cape North. A new group is working to make the facility a community hub over the next two years.

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Coyote Sightings in Port Hawkesbury

The Town of Port Hawkesbury has had an unusually high number of coyote sightings lately. So many in fact, the municipality is asking anyone who spots a coyote within the town limits to report it to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Name that Place - John Bernard Croak Park

This week on our "Name that Place" column where we visit landmarks in the CBRM to find out about the people they were named after, we're heading out to Glace Bay, where a school, a Royal Canadian Legion and a park have been named after a war hero.

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CBU Research - Cy McLean

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

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Open Hearth Park

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

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Caribbean Festival 2016

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

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Coal Mining Documentary

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

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Clifford Paul - Ghana Trip

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

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Jim St. Clair - Trefoil

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

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Lighthouses Update

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

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Odd Jobs - Savoy Theatre's Head Tech

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

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CBU Research - Rebecca Hutt-LeFort

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

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Baby Box Project

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

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Burlesque Performer Angela LaMuse

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

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Steelworkers Memorial

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

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Ignite The Maritimes

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

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Open Hearth Park Amphitheatre Update

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

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Jim St. Clair - Higgins

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

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Odd Jobs - Truck Driving Instructor

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

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Mi'kmaq Radio Rookies

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

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CBU Research - Brittany MacDonald

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

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Secret Summer Bucket List

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

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Forestry Innovation Hub

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

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Nourish Nova Scotia

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

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Bells of Baddeck and Anti-poverty

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

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ACAP Bat Survey Update

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

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Jim St. Clair - MacDonald Family Connections

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

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Odd Jobs - Sculptor Perry MacKinnon

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

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Richmond County Councilor Steve Sampson

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

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The Seawall Trail Update

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

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New Venture Capital Fund

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

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Membertou's Youngest Band Councilor

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

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Jim St. Clair - "Big Teacher" John McEachen

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

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Back In Fort Mac - Verna Murphy

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

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Strathlorne Tree Nursery

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

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Correctional Centre Inmate Death Review

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

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