Tom Ayers


Tom Ayers has been a reporter and editor for 36 years. He has spent half of them covering Cape Breton and Nova Scotia stories. You can reach him at

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Funding in place for Cape Breton hatchery to help restore oyster industry

The federal and provincial governments are putting $2.1 million into a land-based oyster hatchery to be based out of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment near Sydney, N.S.

CBRM council orders staff to weigh possible sale of Centre 200 arena

Some councillors say they would not like to see the Centre 200 arena in Sydney, N.S., sold, but all voted to get a staff report on the pros and cons of privatizing the rink.

4 of 5 village commission seats in Baddeck up for grabs next month

Elections have been scheduled for June 27 for the village commission in Baddeck, N.S., to replace the chair, who has resigned, and three others whose terms are up.

Village of Baddeck faces second ministerial order to clean up finances

Nova Scotia Municipal Affairs Minister John Lohr has issued a second order for the Village of Baddeck to straighten out its finances after the elected commissioners failed to meet all of the directives of an initial order issued late last year.

Complaints start after Little Narrows ferry taken out of service early

The cable ferry at Little Narrows, N.S., is out of service early after its replacement was delayed by sea and weather conditions, provincial Public Works Department says.

Pandemic doubles cost, delays installation of C.B. police backup generator

Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be paying double and waiting a year to get a backup generator for the police headquarters in Sydney, N.S., thanks to pandemic-induced supply chain issues.

Long-term care funding in N.S. will improve infection control, says industry

Many of the improvements in Nova Scotia's long-term care homes will mean residents no longer have to share a room with someone else, or share a washroom with up to three other residents.

Municipalities seek better consultation with N.S. after non-resident tax climbdown

The outcry that resulted in the Nova Scotia government reversing its stance on a non-resident property tax could have been prevented by proper consultation with municipalities, says CBRM Mayor Amanda McDougall.

Province announces nearly $20M for Halifax, Sydney airports to attract new flights

J. A. McCurdy Sydney Airport authority will receive $6.3 million, while Halifax International Airport Authority receives $13 million for its air access fund.

7 N.S. youth groups to share $700K in funding from province

The Undercurrent Youth Centre in Glace Bay says the money will allow them to buy more equipment and keep centre open longer hours.