Erin Pottie


Erin Pottie is a CBC reporter based in Sydney. She has been covering local news in Cape Breton for 15 years. Story ideas welcome at

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Mi'kmaw woman makes provincial Liberal Party history

Nadine Bernard has won the provincial Liberal Party nomination for the riding of Victoria-The Lakes in Cape Breton. She is the first Indigenous woman to be chosen as a candidate for the party.

Want to learn Mi'kmaw? There are dozens of apps for that

A small team in Cape Breton has developed about 40 apps to help teach and preserve the Mi'kmaw language.

Mira Gut getting new bridge 4 years after deteriorating span torn down

A Cape Breton community that is home to one of the island's busiest beaches and a scenic ocean drive is finally getting a new bridge over the Mira River to replace one torn down four years ago because of safety concerns.

Firm gets extension on Sydney port marketing contract

A private firm in Nova Scotia has been given three more years to search for developers for a proposed container terminal project in Sydney harbour. 

Students defend year-end prank at New Waterford school

Some students at Breton Education Centre say a mess was created and cleaned up within a few hours. Cape Breton school officials say it was vandalism.

Sydney doctor and former refugee hanging up his stethoscope at age 84

Dr. Navin Patel will retire on June 30 after a career in medicine spanning 57 years.

Police charge Cape Breton man with second-degree murder

Cape Breton Regional Police have charged a 40-year-old man from North Sydney, N.S., with second-degree murder following a months-long investigation.

Cape Breton police seize $200K worth of drugs

Police have charged two men with drug trafficking after searching two residences in Sydney.

New $5.9M sewage plant will support future growth in Whycocomagh and We'koqma'q

The project, which is being funded by three levels of government, involves replacing the existing Whycocomagh sewage plant, which is more than four decades old and also services the We'koqma'q First Nation.

Cape Breton fire department shocked by insurance hike

Insurance costs are rising for some Nova Scotia fire departments, including a Cape Breton station that saw its premium to cover its vehicles rise by more than 250 per cent.