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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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The tip

Reporter Connie Walker meets face to face with the person who sent her a tip about Alberta Williams’ unsolved murder.

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Concussions for regular people

If a concussion happens and it's not on the ice, does it still count?

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Art and reconciliation

Does art offer the best path to heal historical wrongs?

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Standing up to our bullies

Now or Never talks to everyday Canadians so fed up with being bullied, they decide to fight back in surprising ways.

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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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Minister of Education and NSTU President

Some say it's an olive branch, others say she's poking a stick. But the Minister of Education's offer to teachers to create "the partnership on systemic working conditions" has been accepted. Karen Casey and Liette Doucet talk about that.

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Breakfast Biographies - Lindsay Marshall

The next guest in our series "The Breakfast Biographies", is Lindsay Marshall. He has been a leader in his community, and that leadership has taken a number of forms. He's been a poet, a politician, a band councilor, and Chief of Potlotek First Nation.

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Flood - NS Department of Environment

Inspectors from the Environment Department are in the CBRM checking out the flooded areas. We ask Adrian Fuller, Executive Director of Compliance for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, what they're doing, and what they're finding.

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Craft Brewing Industry in NS

Jeremy White, the owner of Cape Breton's Big Spruce Brewing, says the province is unfair to microbreweries like his. Randy Delorey is Nova Scotia's Minister of Finance, the department responsible for the NSLC, responds.

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Jim St. Clair - Mi'kmaq Birth Story

On "Then and Now", community historian Jim St. Clair has the story of 2 families of different ethnic backgrounds united by the birth of a child, in honour of "Mi'kmaq History Month".

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United Way Flood Fund

We get an update from Lynn McCarron, executive director of The United Way of Cape Breton, about its fundraising efforts for flood victims and the distribution of the money collected, including the 500,000 dollars in Provincial emergency aid.

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Disaster Financial Assistance Fund

The Disaster Financial Assistance Program is run through the NS EMO and it helps homeowners, small businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations recover from emergencies. Paul MacNeil, Manager of the DFA program, explains how it works.

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Rankin MacSween Responds

In our conversation yesterday, Cecil Clarke, the re-elected Mayor of the CBRM, raised the claim that his opponent's campaign was the most negative he'd ever been associated with. This morning, his challenger Rankin MacSween responds.

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Insurance Questions - Amanda Dean

Many questions about "what is and what is NOT" covered by insurance are being asked this week, after last week's flood and wind storm. Amanda Dean, Vice President Atlantic for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, answers some of those questions.

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Cecil Clarke Re-elected CBRM Mayor

After the polls closed on Saturday and the ballots counted, incumbent Cecil Clarke had edged challenger Rankin MacSween by over 1300 votes. CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke reflects on his re-election... and his decision not to re-offer in 2020.

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Flood "Earth Angel"

He didn't do it for a job. But when an unemployed man in Sydney offers to pitch in and volunteer with clean-up after the flood, he's offered a job with a restoration company. Reporter Stephanie vanKampen has the story of Christopher Lee.

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Flood Health Concerns

Many buildings and homes in the CBRM were left sodden, smelly and utterly destroyed after the recent flood. Furnace oil, sewage and garbage has seeped into buildings and surrounding areas. Dr. Ryan Sommers addresses some of the health hazards.

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Flood Clean-up Advice

Restoration and disaster relief companies have been overwhelmed with calls from homeowners. Reporter Holly Conners spoke with Troy MacDonald, a project manager with MECO Construction Disaster Kleenup in Glace Bay, to get advice on cleaning up.

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CBRM Heavy Garbage Special Pick-up

The CBRM Solid Waste Department is starting a special heavy garbage pick-up to collect materials over the next several weeks that have been damaged or destroyed by the storm. Francis Campbell, CBRM Solid Waste, has details of the special pick-up.

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Storm Recovery Update

Yesterday, the Premier toured the worst of the storm damage in the CBRM. Now, his Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Glace Bay MLA, Geoff MacLellan, along with municipal and federal officials must come up with a recovery plan.

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Big Spruce Brewing Open Letter

Why does Big Spruce Brewing in Nyanza, near Middle River, have a bitter taste in its mouth? Owner Jeremy White explains his 'open letter' and the 10 reasons why Nova Scotia is making it difficult for microbreweries to succeed in our province.

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NSP Restoration Update

Being Kept In the Dark. With so many still without power, we contact Nova Scotia Power again for an update on when electricity might be turned back on. NSP spokesperson Bev Ware explains the latest on outages and restoration concerns.

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For Your Information 3

FYI... more updates on who's been comforted by the various Comfort Centres set-up to aid residents, learn why school's out for awhile for students at Brookland Elementary, and hear how Eskasoni First Nation is fairing since Monday's storm.

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For Your Information 2

As we recover from the record rainfall and high winds, Nova Scotia Power, the NS Department of Transportation and CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke offer updates from around the CBRM. Also, an update on where things stand now with EMO operations in the area.

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For Your Information 1

As residents continue to battle flooding and other issues resulting from Monday's storm, we check in with CBRM Public Works to ask what lies ahead for work crews, and check-up on the hospitals now that they're offering more than emergency services.

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Popcorn Interview - Lindsay Marshall

Lindsay Marshall, former Chief, son of a Chief, and the current band manager of Potlotek First Nation is our next guest in our series, "The Breakfast Biographies". But first, we put him through our patented, Information Morning Popcorn Interview.

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Issue Panel 1007

The Information Morning Issue Panel convenes a rotating roster of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners, every second week, to give us their take on the stories of the week. Today, Nicole LaFosse and Matt Stewart. Madonna Doucette was unavailable.

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Mayoralty Debate 7 - 2nd Cruise Berth

Cruising Right Along... CBRM Mayoral candidates Cecil Clarke and Rankin MacSween discuss a second berth to accommodate cruise ships in Sydney Harbour, in the next of our excerpts from our Mayoral Debate held last week at Centre 200 in Sydney.

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Mayoralty Debate 6 - Youth Strategy

If youth are the future, what future is there for youth in the CBRM? Challenger Rankin MacSween and incumbent Cecil Clarke respond to a young person's question at our Mayoral Debate held at Sydney's Centre 200 before an audience of 750 people.

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Breakfast Biographies - Matt Minglewood

We shine the Breakfast Biographies spotlight on Matt Minglewood: almost 70 years old, he became a professional musician in 1965, so its his 51st anniversary of rockin' the blues. He's a juno nominee and a lifetime achievement award recipient.

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The NSTU Vote

Now that teachers have given a failing grade to the latest offer from the Nova Scotia government, what happens next? The NS Minister of Education, Karen Casey, and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union President, Liette Doucet give us their answer.

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Jim St. Clair - Piano In Celtic Music

In this edition of "Then and Now", its a story that's black and white. As Celtic Colours celebrates 20 years of music, community historian Jim St. Clair discusses the history of the piano as part of Celtic music on our Island.

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Victoria Co. Candidates District 2

Our municipal election coverage continues, as we feature roundtable discussions with candidates in various Cape Breton districts. Today, the three candidates in District 2 in Victoria County: Brad MacDonald, Perla MacLeod and Norman Matheson.

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Cabot Links Tension

CBC Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spent a couple of days in Inverness County, and has more on the underlying tension facing Cabot Links Golf Course from some in the area who oppose property expansion with the construction of beach cottages.

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Mayoralty Debate 5 - Job Creation

In this excerpt from our Mayoral Debate at Centre 200, the two candidates vying for the Mayor's chair... incumbent Cecil Clarke and challenger Rankin MacSween discuss job creation in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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HeadStrong In Glace Bay

Stamping Out The Stigma... 3 Glace Bay High students talk about why they're inspired to help with Mental Illness Awareness Week at their school. Kaitlyn O'Neil is in Grade 10, Christine Southwell is in Grade 11, and Kaitlynn Hayes is in Grade 12.

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CBRM Candidates District 3

Six wanna be the one for three. All six candidates looking for your vote in the George's River, Boisdale, Eskasoni area of the CBRM were invited to our candidates' roundtable discussion for District 3, but only five of the six attended.

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Mayoralty Debate 4 - Archibald Wharf

CBRM Mayoral candidates Cecil Clarke and Rankin MacSween discuss Archibald Wharf... as we present another excerpt from the Mayoral Debate at Centre 200 hosted by CBC, the Cape Breton Post and the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Mayoralty Debate 3 - Child Poverty

Everyone knows it's a problem in Cape Breton. So what is the solution to child poverty? Incumbent Cecil Clarke and challenger Rankin MacSween tackle that topic in the next excerpt from our Mayoralty Debate held at Centre 200.

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Breakfast Biographies - Deanne van Rooyen

On today's edition of the "Breakfast Biographies", a former professional harpist, who's now a Professor of Geology at Cape Breton University, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid. Hear about the interesting life of Deanne van Rooyen.

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Richmond Co. Ombudsman Report

County officials are described as having a "cavalier" attitude towards accountability requirements and expenditure of public money. Reporter Joan Weeks tells us what's in the Ombudsman's Report into travel and expense claims in Richmond County.

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Living Treaties - Marie Battiste

To celebrate Mi'kmaq History Month, the editor of the new book, "Living Treaties: Narrating Mi'kmaw Treaty Relations", Marie Battiste, a Mi'kmaw educator, originally from Potlotek First Nation in Cape Breton, reflects on ancient treaties.

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CBRM Candidates District 5

Battling for your ballot in Sydney's downtown District 5... Eldon MacDonald, Nadine Bernard, Nigel Kearns, Shawn Lesnick and Tom Wilson are the candidates sitting at our roundtable discussion this morning.

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Mayoralty Debate 2 - Port Development

Any Port In A Storm... Here is another question and answer excerpt from our CBRM Mayoralty Debate at Centre 200 in Sydney, incumbent Cecil Clarke and challenger Rankin MacSween answer a question about Port Development.

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Mayoralty Debate 1 - Tax Cap

Taxing Times... incumbent Cecil Clarke and challenger Rankin MacSween debate taxation in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the first excerpt from our CBRM Mayoralty Debate at Centre 200. About 750 people attended the lively debate.

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CBRM Mayoralty Debate

Hear the two candidates vying for Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality go head to head in a 96 minute debate sponsored by CBC Cape Breton, the Cape Breton Post and the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce at Centre 200 in Sydney.

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Medal of Bravery - Nicole Foran

When a plane in Jamaica was hijacked in 2009, a Nova Scotia flight attendant played a pivotal role in bringing the stressful situation to a safe ending. Nicole Foran of Halifax has been recognized for that role with a Medal of Bravery.

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Breakfast Biographies - Tuma Young

Today, a profile featuring Tuma Young, who is originally from Malagawatch, Inverness County. He was the first Mi'kmaq-speaking lawyer in NS. And, now, he's an assistant professor of Indigenous Studies at Cape Breton University.

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Nurse Practitioners

The Department of Health announced it will hire 7 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses to work in various locations across Cape Breton. Kathy Bell is the director of Primary Health Care, Eastern Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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Jim St. Clair - Kidston Island

Treasure Island? There may not be gold buried on Kidston Island, but there's a wealth of fascinating stories to be unearthed on the island near Baddeck. Information Morning host Steve Sutherland and community historian Jim St. Clair take a trip.

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Richmond Candidates District 2

Today, we speak with three of the five candidates looking to represent District 2 in Richmond County - Larry Keating, Alvin Martell and Gina Stanley. Candidates Victor David and Marcel Boudreau were unable to attend our discussion.

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CBRM Candidates District 10

Our roundtable discussions with candidates in various Cape Breton districts continues. Today, District 10, where Darren Bruckschwaiger, Dave Wilson, and Brian Shaw are vying for your vote in Dominion and parts of Glace Bay.

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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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