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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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Where are you from?

Hear from young people who are learning about their Indigenous nations - and what that means to them.

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At a loss for words

Two strangers who don’t speak the same language meet in Haiti and sparks fly... through Google Translate.

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Soheil's Millionaire Blues

Vancouver’s Soheil Biniaz is a self-made millionaire, who's learning deep connection is something his money can't buy.

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War, on drugs

From berzerkers on mushrooms, to Nazis on meth, armies and soldiers have used drugs to fight, cope with and recover from war since ancient times.

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Parenting at Anti-bullying Meeting

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

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Phoenix Pay System - Response

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

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Jim St. Clair - Orchids

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

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Dr. Stan Kutcher - Bullying Meeting Pt. 1

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

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Joe Townsend - Bullying Meeting Pt. 2

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

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Songwriting Workshop @ CBU

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

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Urban Chicken Defender

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

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Bullying Meeting - Shaelene LaFosse

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

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Alzheimer's Graphic Novel

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

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

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Suicide Reporting

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

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Middle East Market

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

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CBU's Board of Governors Chair

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

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Jim St. Clair - Carriage Maker

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

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Kids Help Phone

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

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Grandmother on Bullying

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

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The Phoenix Pay System

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

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Treaty Phrase Declaration

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

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Fowl Neighbours

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

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Nova Scotia's Accessibility Directorate

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

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Boat Harbour Clean-Up

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

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Literacy Nova Scotia

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

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The Festival of Stewards

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

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Title Insurance

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

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Home Buyer Beware

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

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Talk Justice Initiative

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

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Bob Burchell - Donkin Mine

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

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CETA Help - Jackie Scott

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

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Jim St. Clair - Early CB Doctor

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

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CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke - Summer Jobs

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

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Inverness Beach Access

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

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Miners' Museum Lecture

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

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Senator Dan Christmas - Indian Act

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

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Bras d'Or Lakes Day Camp

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

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Cancer Cost Equality

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

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No Louisbourg Hub School

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

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Inspiring Communities Update

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

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Josh Silburt Exhibit Opening

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

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Road Rut Repairs

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

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NEW Owner of Dundee Resort

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

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World Oceans Day Speaker

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

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Then & Now - Capsticks / Liverpool

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

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Peter Gzowski - The Cricket

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

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Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative

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

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NEW McNeil Government Cabinet

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

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Sea ++ Louisbourg Competition

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

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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

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Remembering Sister Rita Clare

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

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Nova Scotia Liberals Win Majority

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

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A War Bible

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

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Food Bank Garden

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

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Election Campaign Analysis

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

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Cabot Trail Relay Race 30th Anniversary

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

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Candidates: Cape Breton-Richmond

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

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Cape Breton Hall of Fame # 3

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

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A Town That Cares Meeting

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

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NEW Dalai Lama Book

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

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Atlantica Party Leader Jonathan Dean

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

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Cape Breton Hall of Fame # 2

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

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Jim St. Clair - Queen Victoria

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

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Calum's Forest Walking Trail

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

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Candidates: Glace Bay

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

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Cape Breton Hall of Fame # 1

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

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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.

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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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