Brittany Wentzell

Current Affairs Reporter/Editor

Brittany Wentzell is based in Sydney, N.S., as a reporter for Information Morning Cape Breton. She has covered a wide range of issues including education, forestry and municipal government. Story ideas? Send them to brittany.wentzell@cbc.ca

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Cabot Trail businesses urge visitors not to cancel trips post-Fiona

Business owners along Cape Breton's Cabot Trail want visitors to know that they are open and ready to serve customers. While some parts of Cape Breton were hit hard by Fiona, much of the island was spared the brunt of the storm.

Visitor numbers at Highlands National Park bouncing back

Parks Canada says visitor numbers are just seven per cent shy of pre-pandemic levels. Staff are hopeful the strong turnout will continue into the fall.

Mi'kmaw women lead effort to bring midwifery to Indigenous parents

The Nova Scotia Native Women's Association is engaging with First Nations across the province to discuss restoring midwifery practices in communities. The hope is to make midwives available under the Mi'kmaw health authority.

New report shows homelessness in CBRM not improving

A survey of all of the counties in Cape Breton, as well as Guysborough and Antigonish counties on the mainland, showed 419 people in the eastern part of the province experienced some form of homelessness last November. The new numbers showed CBRM has stayed roughly the same despite efforts.

Cape Breton community pantries struggle to stay stocked amid growing demand, fewer donations

Volunteers say they are struggling to keep community pantries full as inflation has led to fewer people donating items and more people accessing the pantries to make ends meet.

Thousands of lobster bands are washing up on Cape Breton beaches. These women want to know why

A group of Cape Breton friends are trying to solve the mystery of why so many lobster bands are washing up on two beaches in Glace Bay and Dominion.
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Low income renters face long waits for public housing. What happens to those who can't wait?

Hundreds of people are on waitlists for public housing. Many stay on the waitlist for years. Others choose to take a rent supplement where available instead. Even with help, finding an affordable, safe place to rent can be difficult.

Repairs are progressing in Highlands National Park after flooding last fall

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is welcoming visitors for its summer season but some areas are still undergoing repairs after a storm in November that brought more than 270mm of rain. One trailhead is nearly inaccessible.

NSGEU president Jason MacLean not reoffering, but eyes national union role

After six years as president, Jason MacLean will not seek another term with the NSGEU at this week's convention, but he hopes to continue providing a voice for government employees in a different role.

This Cape Breton woman recovered from cancer, then raised $50K to support other women

A 34-year-old Sydney River, N.S., woman has made it her mission to raise support and awareness around gynecological cancers. She's also trying to make it easier for Cape Bretoners facing the same diagnosis.

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