Tom Ayers


Tom Ayers has been a reporter and editor for 37 years. He has spent the last 19 covering Cape Breton and Nova Scotia stories. You can reach him at

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CBRM fire chief told 'stay home' after quitting, citing disputes with some councillors

Michael Seth says he needs to return home to Ontario for family reasons, but says disputes with some councillors — one of which led to an independent report that found councillors had breached municipal harassment policies — were a big part of the decision to quit.

Protesters, counter-protesters march in Halifax over LGBTQ rights in schools

Several hundred people marched through the streets of downtown Halifax Wednesday during noisy protests and counter-protests over LGBTQ rights and education policies in schools.

'We got bombed': Birds making a mess on both sides of Sydney harbour

Marine Atlantic and the Port of Sydney Development Corporation say bird poop is becoming an expensive headache on the ferry and cruise ship docks.

Port of Sydney considers hiring headhunter to find a new CEO

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation thought it had a candidate to replace former CEO Marlene Usher, but negotiations fell though. Now, they're starting the search over again.

Vigil held to remember Cape Breton woman, who died alone and outside

Friends say Eleanor Marie Young was a happy and cheerful person despite having a hard life growing up in foster care.

Cape Breton crime stats beat provincial, national averages

Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Robert Walsh is looking for more officers, despite the force having fewer crimes last year and a lower severity index compared to the previous year.

N.S. minister says international students need to take responsibility for finding housing, jobs

Nova Scotia Advanced Education Minister Brian Wong says universities may be hiring unscrupulous recruiters to attract international students, but the schools are independent businesses that can make their own decisions.

Store manager in Sydney says she's inundated by international students desperate for work

Tasha Myers says Cape Breton University and its agents overseas need to do a better job of providing students with realistic expectations for housing and work.

Donkin coal mine lays off workers after provincial stop-work order

A company with ties to Kameron Coal says layoffs at the mine are due to uncertainty around when Nova Scotia's Labour Department will lift the stop-work order.

Cape Breton woman seeks MAID over lengthy workers' compensation delays

Nova Scotia's labour minister says a review is coming for the workers' compensation system, but the NDP critic worries it may come too late for a Cape Breton woman who's requested medical assitance in dying.