Tom Ayers


Tom Ayers has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years. He has spent the last 16 years covering Cape Breton and Nova Scotia stories. You can reach him at

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Nova Scotia Lands looking to clean up sunken vessels in Cape Breton

Nova Scotia Lands has issued a tender for the cleanup of two sunken boats in Cape Breton. The tender closes on Jan. 28 and requires the successful bidder to follow federal guidelines on demolition and removal of vessels.

Thieves stealing auto parts costly for Cape Breton vehicle owners

Cape Breton Regional Police are reporting a spike in catalytic converters being stolen from commercial vehicles and it's becoming a costly problem for vehicle owners. Catalytic converters contain precious metals, and police say they are commonly sold to scrap metal facilities.

Construction of Canso spaceport stalled, but CEO says project not grounded

Construction was supposed to start last year on a spaceport near Canso, N.S., that would use rockets to launch satellites into orbit. Maritime Launch Services CEO Steve Matier says that hasn't happened, but the project is not sitting idle.

Vaccinations begin for Northwood residents, health-care workers outside Halifax

Licensed practical nurse Darlene White, who works on the COVID-19 unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, was selected as the first Nova Scotian in line for the vaccine outside Halifax. Vaccinations for residents at Halifax's Northwood long-term care facility have also begun.

Mayor OK with CBRM council not meeting according to policy

Cape Breton Regional Municipality's new council has only met twice since the October elections, even though policy calls for two meetings a month. But Mayor Amanda McDougall says that's OK. She's planning to overhaul of the policy.

Groups tackling homelessness in N.S. welcome federal cash, but there's a catch

Community groups assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness say the influx of money doesn't create long-term solutions.

You might say properties at CBRM tax auction are at fire-sale price

Some people go to municipal tax sales to pick up properties on the cheap, but there's at least one property at Cape Breton Regional Municipality's next sale that's not such a bargain. The empty lot is valued at $31,500 for tax purposes, but it's listed on the tax sale for $349,000.

Death rate in Cape Breton hospitals said to be worst in Canada for third straight year

For the third straight year, hospitals in Nova Scotia's second-largest municipality have recorded the highest death rate in the country, according to Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Deadline looms on CBRM property tax relief programs

Cape Breton Regional Municipality is offering tax relief for low-income homeowners and other property owners whose finances have taken a hit from COVID-19, but the deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

Century-old Baddeck wharf getting new lease on life

The federal government and Victoria County will help pay for $1.2 million in repairs to the roughly 100-year-old community wharf in Baddeck.