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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 ethics of a morality pill

An increasing number of drugs can be used to alter self-control, empathy and benevolence. Are we getting dangerously close to a 'morality pill'?

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Day 2

With one book down and four remaining, it's day two of the battle of the books.

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Rachel Dolezal speaks

With the launch of Rachel Dolezal's memoir, Piya Chattopadhyay tries to understand the story that sparked so much hurt and outrage.

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Reaction To Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak continues to face criticism over her comments about residential schools. Matt Galloway spoke with our pop culture columnist, Jesse Wente.

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Strait Pirates

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

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Youth Outreach Program

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

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Bat Survey

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

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Ski Ben Eion

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

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Sydney Waterfront Plan

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

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Council to Improve Classroom

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

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Special Olympic Champion Aimee Gordon

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

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Special Olympics GOLD

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

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Charlie Cuff - Eagles Playoff Preview

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

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Cape Breton Highlands Ski Trek

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

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Issue Panel 0323

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

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Vimy Trek

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

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Upopolis Network @ CBRH

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

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Jim St. Clair - Centre Hall House

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

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Mental Health Panel Report - Leo Glavine

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

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CBRM Heavy Garbage - Marie Walsh

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

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Ad Limina - Bishop Brian Dunn

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

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Community Impact Summit

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

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CBU Co-op Program

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

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Create-a-Will App

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

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Virtual Sydney Steel Museum

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

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Canada C3 Project

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

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Rebuilding Bell Bay

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

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Fisheries Fund + Lobster Council

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

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CNIB + Lottery Kiosks, Again

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

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Entrepreneurial Services Passport

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

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Louisbourg Seafoods

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

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CBU Research - Playgrounds

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

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Daughters of the Vote - Marissa O'Neill

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

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Equipment Sharing - Dave McCorquodale

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

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Issue Panel

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

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Sydney Traffic Lights Needed

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

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Council on Classrooms

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

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Then and Now - Portuguese Captain

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

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CBRM Information Officer

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

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Compensation for Councillors and the Mayor

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

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Cape Breton Genealogy Association

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

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Cricket Farm - Joy Hillier

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

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Membertou Hockey Tournament

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

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Cape Breton Liberation Army - The Musical

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

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Memories of Lorenzo Boudreau

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

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cannabisCONNECT - Darrell Dexter

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

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Fishery Policy In Federal Court

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

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Free Legal Advice Clinic

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

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Returning Officer Is Retiring

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

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Bobby Burchell on Donkin Mine

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

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Jim St. Clair - Sesquicentennial Churches

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

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Children and Family Services Act

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

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Bill 59 - Accessibility Act

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

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Jeux Canada Games Cape North

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

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Jeux Canada Games Streeters

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

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A Federal Court and The Fishery

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

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Edventure Cape Breton Camp

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

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La Pirouette in Cheticamp

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

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YMCA Opens in Membertou First Nations

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

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Duncan McCue talks about Cross Country Checkup

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

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Information Morning Mailbag

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

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Whitney Pier Rink Meeting

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

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Rather Fight Than Eat

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

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Education Minister Karen Casey

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

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Issue Panel 0223

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

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Then & Now - William Penn Hussey

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

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Teachers Contract Discussion with Liette Doucet

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

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Point of Privilege - Mayor Cecil Clarke

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

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Livestock Animal Bylaw

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

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Mother Canada Update

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

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Tolls / Twinning

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

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CBRM Budget Talk

Police Chief Peter McIsaac, Mayor Cecil Clarke and Councillors Ray Paruch, Amanda McDougall and Kendra Coombes discussed at length the capital and operating budgets of the CBRM, both of which have been passed for 2017/2018.

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Law on Bill 75

Strike One. As Nova Scotia teachers strike for the first time in the province's history, we spoke with Mel Norton to discuss the legality of the Liberal's Bill 75 that aims to end the teachers' work to rule.

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Mi' Kmaq Pardon

Righting a wrong. Today the province will pardon the late Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy, who was convicted of trapping out of season in 1927. We spoke with Grand Keptin Andrew Denny regarding his thoughts on his great great grandfather.

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DOT / CBRM Storm Update

The Department of Transportation and CBRM Public Works Department speak about how road crews are dealing with the snow we already received and how they are preparing for more today. We spoke with officials from respective departments.

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Inverness Housing

Homing In On Houses. Inverness County continues to struggle with a shortage of lots, housing, rental units and places for seniors who want to downsize. Joan Weeks spoke with Councillor Jim Mustard and Conrad Taves on these housing issues

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NS Government Debate

It was a long night at Province House, after the NS Liberal government introduced legislation to impose a new four-year contract on the province's teachers. Second reading of Bill 75 was at 4:30 am and Reporter Michael Gorman was there.

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Jim St. Clair - Little Johnnie's Chair

As we celebrate the sesquicentennial, museums and lovers of history are considering what was going on 150 years ago, remembering people, events and objects that have a connection with Confederation. Jim St. Clair looks at a chair made in CB in 1867.

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US-CAN Meeting - Annette Verschuren

North Sydney's Annette Verschuren was one of the powerful women who took part in a roundtable discussion presented by the Canada-US Council for Advancement of Women Entrepeneurs and Business Leaders, during Trudeau's visit with Trump.

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Work-To-Rule and Bill 148

When is an end to work-to-rule NOT an end to work-to-rule? NS Premier Stephen McNeil believes bringing in legislation to impose a contract on teachers will mean extra-curricular activities will return. But is that necessarily so? We examine the issue.

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Loran Scholarship Award

She is one of 33 students across the country to receive the prestigious Loran Scholarship - an award that recognizes not just academic achievement, but the values of service and community spirit. We introduce you to Janine Lock of West Bay.

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Popcorn Interview - Janine Lock

Janine Lock of West Bay is a Grade 12 student from SAERC, she is a recipient of the Loran Scholarship Award worth 100 thousand dollars. Before our feature interview with Cape Breton's newest Loran scholar, she takes our patented Popcorn Interview.

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Inclusive Classrooms

The challenge posed by inclusion is something teachers want addressed in any new contract with the province. Carla DiGiorgio, an assistant professor of education at CBU, reflects on the current set-up and how to improve it for everyone involved.

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NS Premier on Teacher Legislation

The NS Legislature re-opens for an emergency session to begin the process of imposing a contract on teachers. Premier Stephen McNeil explains how legislation will "bring an end" to the standoff between the province and its public school teachers.

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NS Teachers and Government Standoff

A winter storm is unfolding, and at Province House a political storm is about to unfold. Reporter Michael Gorman talks about the process of passing legislation to impose a contract on teachers by Stephen McNeil and his Liberal government.

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Strike Three? For the third consecutive time, Nova Scotia teachers have rejected a deal from the province that had been endorsed by their leadership. Liette Doucet, President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, talks about what happens next.

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Gender Sexuality Alliance Clubs

We ask three students - Aiden Lynk, Sefin Stefura and Anna MacLean - what Gender Sexuality Alliance clubs mean to them here in Cape Breton... and what the work-to-rule campaign by Nova Scotia teachers has meant to their GSA clubs.

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Video Surveillance Survey

Smile, You're On Camera... We ask Catherine Tully, the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia, why the department is concerned about findings in an informal survey of video surveillance throughout the province.

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Brookland Elementary Update

Brookland Elementary has been closed since October when it suffered severe damage from the Thanksgiving Day flood. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services for the CB-VRSB, offers an update on when students and staff will be able to get back in.

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Medical Marijuana - Abel Stuart

Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Abel Stuart of Sydney, he suffers severe and uncontrolled epileptic seizures. He is fighting for the province to cover the cost of his medical marijuana as a special need under the Disability Supports Program.

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NEW Youth Centres Proposed

Meetings are planned to discuss creating new youth centres in New Waterford and Dominion based on the Whitney Pier Boys and Girls Club model. CBRM councillor Kendra Coombes and Cape Breton Centre MLA David Wilton support the idea.

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Cape Breton Astronaut Candidate

Meet a man from Cape Breton who's a real space cadet. Or at least he wants to be, having made it to the list of 72 candidates vying for 2 positions with the Canadian Space Agency. Cordell Grant grew up in Sydney, he's now living and working in Toronto.

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Palliative Care In Richmond County

Is Palliative Care on Life Support in Richmond County? Clarence Landry raises concerns about the future of palliative care in the county. And we get a status update from the NS Health Authority's Dr. Jeremy Hillyard and Madonna MacDonald.

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MP Rodger Cuzner On EI Report

Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner says consultations into Canada's employment insurance system have painted a picture of a "frustrating system to use". Reporter Holly Conners asked Mr. Cuzner about the panel's findings and recommendations.

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Astronaut Candidate - Scott Bishop

Canada's Space Agency needs 2 new recruits and has whittled the list of 5000 applicants down to 72 candidates, including a number of Nova Scotians. Scott Bishop, originally from Middleton, talks about his journey to the astronaut selection process.

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Eskasoni's Gender Sexuality Alliance

High school students in Eskasoni took part in a day-long Amazing Race-type event sponsored by the school's Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA). Reporter Holly Conners learned that the GSA has had an impact on the community extending beyond the school's walls.

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Fish Traceability

From our sea to their border. The United States government is imposing strict rules for Nova Scotia fishermen who export product south. Reporter Paul Withers has details of the new measures concerning fish traceability on seafood exports.

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Issue Panel 0202

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

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Inspiring Communities

People on the Northside will have help tackling challenges in their area thanks to an entity called "Inspiring Communities". Learn about it and exactly how it hopes to help from Annika Voltan, the Director of Inspiring Communities.

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Whitney Pier Rink

The rink in Whitney Pier has a storied past, and now, an uncertain future. Reporter George Mortimer spoke to Mayor Clarke on how the CBRM may be able to help financially, and to a man who helped build the rink, board member Jackie Pearson.

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Vigil In Sydney

Last night, many Cape Bretoners turned out to remember the victims of the Quebec City shootings. Reporter Gary Mansfield was at the Civic Centre and spoke with a few of the participants who attended the vigil in downtown Sydney.

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Commissioning Female Composers

We meet retired professor Jane Gordon of Halifax... her private donation to create the Maria Anna Mozart Award, worth 10-thousand dollars, will commission new works by female composers for Symphony Nova Scotia, every three years.

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Offshore Research

Buried Treasure... The province of Nova Scotia is curious about how much oil and gas might be lying off Cape Breton's shores, and is spending $850,000. on a study to find out. Kim Doane is Director of Petroleum with the NS Department of Energy.

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Port of Prince Rupert

If they could make it happen in B.C... can we make it happen here in C.B.? That's what many proponents of port development have said, citing the succcess of Prince Rupert. Herb Pond, the former Mayor of that town, shares his thoughts.

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Richmond County Tourism Strategy

Last week, Richmond County council deferred a decision on a 6.6 million dollar tourism strategy. We contact Brian Marchand, the Warden of Richmond County, to talk tourism and learn more about the stalled tourism strategy.

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Tintype Exhibit at CBU

A Photo Finish, Just Her Type... Last year at the Lumiere Festival in Sydney, photographer Karen Stentaford set up a studio taking portraits of Cape Bretoners using a "tintype" method. Now, she's about to exhibit them at Cape Breton University.

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Lawren Harris Documentary

A new documentary about the Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris points to a seminal event in his life: a trip to Glace Bay in 1925. We trace that Cape Breton connection with Nancy Lang, a researcher and one of the producers of the film.

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Cuff - Highlander Woodfox Profile

Our sports guy Charlie Cuff introduces us to one of the members of the Cape Breton Highlanders basketball team of the National Basketball League. Booker Woodfox is 30 years old and hasn't given up on making a living playing his sport.

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Biofuel Study

Fuel for thought... A new study shows strong potential for developing a bio-refining plant in Nova Scotia using forestry products. Rod Badcock is a principle partner with Bioapplied, a NS based company specializing in renewable resource innovation.

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Sydney's First Refugees

Two centuries ago, Cape Breton Island opened its arms to Acadian refugees... we get a history lesson on those first refugees from Ronald Labelle, Associate French Professor at Cape Breton University, and a specialist in Acadian traditional culture.

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Jim St. Clair - Point Edward Sanitorium

On Then and Now, community historian Jim St. Clair takes us back to the winter of 1949 - when a Cape Breton military hospital was converted to a tuberculosis treatment centre. He has the story of TB on our Island and "The San" in Point Edward.

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Wheels On The Bus - Janine Lock

Better bus behaviour... We meet Janine Lock, a grade 12 student at SAERC in Port Hawkesbury, who developed a program of games and activities to keep the younger kids on her bus entertained during the long ride to and from school.

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Miners Museum Receives Funding

The Cape Breton Miners Museum in Glace Bay is in need of several upgrades, and yesterday, the three levels of government announced more than $1.5-million in funding for improvements. Mary Pat Mombourquette is executive director of the Museum.

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St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area

Those who fish in the area of the proposed St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area want the government to let them off the hook when it comes to fishing restrictions. Veronika Brzeski of the CB Fish Harvesters Association is raising concerns.

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Work-to-Rule Transition

As teachers are working out the transition away from their work-to-rule campaign, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet explains why it's not business as usual at school since a tentative agreement had been reached.

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Ski Ben Eoin Chair Lift

This past weekend, the chair lift at Ski Ben Eoin broke down as the hill was hosting junior races. Reporter Holly Conners contacted Rob Carmichael, general manager at Ski Ben Eoin, to check on the progress of repairs and for an estimate of re-opening.

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Chronicle Herald Strike - 1 Year

From a by-line to the picket line... as of today, reporters, editors and others at the Chronicle Herald have been on strike for a full year. We check in with Erin Pottie and Tom Ayers of the Sydney bureau, for reflections on the past 12 months.

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CBU Labour Negotiations

A strike at Cape Breton University has been averted with an agreement reached on the contentious Article 39, or layoff clause. Andrew Reynolds is Communications Chair for the CBU Faculty Association, Dale Keefe is the interim President of CBU.

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King's Road Traffic

Congestion on King's Road is prompting the province to look at a solution for safety and traffic flow. CBRM Councillor Steve Gillespie, and Gerard Jessome of the Department of Transportation spoke with Reporter George Mortimer.

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Race The Cape 2017 - Cancelled

The 5th annual Race the Cape event is cancelled for 2017. The six-day yacht race covers a more than 175 nautical mile course through the Bras d'Or Lake and along the Atlantic coast. Destination Cape Breton CEO Mary Tulle explains the cancellation.

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Basketball Cape Breton - Game On

The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation confirms there are basketball games and tournaments going ahead during the NS teacher work-to-rule campaign under the organization of Basketball Nova Scotia and Basketball Cape Breton.

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SPCA Cape Breton

Reporter George Mortimer met up with Verbena Brenton, Shelter Coordinator at the Cape Breton Branch of the SPCA, to talk about an upswing in adoptions. Staff at the branch report 800 animals were successfully adopted in the past year.

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Issue Panel 0119

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

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Midget X League Established

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

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Jim St. Clair - BMO Building

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

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Southend Community Centre Demolition

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

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Fr. Archie Memories

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

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Jane Paul Mi'kmaq Women's Resource Centre

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

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Cuff on Coal Bowl Cancellation

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

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Autism Service Dog

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

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Grounded Tanker Arca 1 Removed

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

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Grounded Tanker Arca 1 - Mac MacKay

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

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Transition House and Housing

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

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Leonard Cohen Talk @ McConnell Library

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

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Tanker MV Arca 1 Aground

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

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CBU Contract Talks

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

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Port Development - Jim Wooder

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

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Year-Ender 2016 - Brenda Chisholm-Beaton

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

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

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

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Cape Breton Credit Union

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

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Year-Ender 2016 - Strait Area Chamber of Commerce

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

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Year-Ender 2016 - CBRPS Chief Peter McIsaac

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

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Sock Monkeys and More

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

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Year-Ender 2016 - Poverty In CB

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

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Year-Ender 2016 - Sydney and Area Chamber

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

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Impaired Driving

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

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2016 Year-End Quiz

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

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Fort McMurray Now

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

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