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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Cape Breton women behind massive tax fraud handed prison terms

Four Cape Breton women who cooked up a multimillion-dollar tax fraud made a last-minute effort at sentencing Thursday to defend their crimes. But it was too little too late as Lydia Saker and daughters Nadia Saker, Angela MacDonald and Georgette Young were handed prison terms ranging from two to four years.

Scottish researcher scouring Maritimes for 'Holy Grail' of lost tartans

Peter Eslea MacDonald believes tartan treasures found in the Maritimes can unlock part of Scotland's weaving history.
Eskasoni Community Bureau

Mi'kmaw alert system helps find people missing from Indigenous Cape Breton communities

Since its inception, 37 children and young adults have reunited with their families after being reported missing or wandering off, says system developer.

LGBTQ teen dance in Sydney, N.S., undeterred by alleged threats, say organizers

Queer prom will go ahead on Friday and Cape Breton police say they will be on hand to prevent any violence.
High Cost Of Getting By

Cape Breton seniors struggle to make ends meet

Pensioners say government increases are not enough to cover inflation, fuel and food costs.
Eskasoni Community Bureau

After running out of room, 2 First Nations in Cape Breton are expanding their cemetery spaces

Eskasoni and Membertou are close to running out of room for more burials, but planned expansions are underway.

What's causing a stink in Sydney harbour? The answer is unclear

Biologists say sewage-like smell is likely being caused by decomposing materials on Sydney seabed.
Eskasoni Community Bureau

Business growth in Eskasoni not slowed by pandemic

In February, Sheldon Francis and his wife, Jane, launched Wilders Diner on a small piece of land across from their home on Blueberry Root Lane, joining a handful of new ventures to open in Eskasoni, N.S., during the pandemic.
Eskasoni Community Bureau

Eskasoni café aims to serve community by dishing up healthier options

Inspired by her father's cancer struggles, Kateri Stevens and her family serving healthy meals at Sequoia's Café.
Eskasoni Community Bureau

Eskasoni sees stellar growth in female hockey

The sport hockey is growing in popularity in Eskasoni, N.S., with three all-female teams competing out of the community's rink.