Hal Higgins

News Editor

Hal Higgins is a reporter and editor at CBC Cape Breton. He has been with the CBC for 36 years, during which he has also been a host of several radio programs.

Latest from Hal Higgins

Home seriously damaged but no one injured in Port Hawkesbury fire

Firefighters in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., have extinguished a house fire which broke out early this morning.

Song for the Mira, a Cape Breton anthem, named to Songwriters Hall of Fame

It was the end of summer, at a friend's cottage in Prince Edward Island, when a young, homesick Allister MacGillivray composed a song that would become a Cape Breton anthem, beloved both on the island and around the world.

Louisbourg looks to rising tide of cruise ship traffic

The internationally known fortress town in Cape Breton is working toward developing a second claim to fame as a cruise ship destination.

Men of the Deeps hits pay dirt mining for new members

The future of Cape Breton's iconic coal miners chorus is looking a whole lot brighter following a recent round of auditions.

Former N.S. Olympian high on Team Canada's chances in Pyeongchang

Despite not having a single NHL player in the lineup at this year's winter Olympics, Canada still has a solid shot at winning the gold, according Fabian Joseph.

Kent Building Supplies shutting down Guysborough store it bought in January

One local contractor calls the decision "devastating" for his business. Municipal officials said they had little forewarning and are mystified by the move to close the only sizeable building supplies store in the area.

Cape Breton ER aiming to prevent physician burnout

The emergency department at the Northside General Hospital in North Sydney is making some changes in an attempt to deal with two chronic problems: frequent ER closures and physician exhaustion.

Centre 200 celebrates 30 years of bringing top acts to Cape Breton

For years, attracting world-class performers to the Sydney area was just not possible. Centre 200 changed that.

Saving St. George's: Sydney's oldest building needs major upgrades

St. George's Anglican Church is deteriorating fast and the parish's heritage committee is trying to raise funds to repair it.

Cape Breton Highlanders look to young guard to lead team

Charles Mann may just be 23, but the Cape Breton Highlanders are banking on the "mature beyond his years" point guard to help lead them to a league championship.

'I was afraid to go to bed at night': Giant spiders invade Cape Breton homes

As Halloween approaches, many people are preparing for creepy, uninvited guests to drop by their homes. But for weeks now, Cape Breton resident Dale Capstick has been enduring nightly visits from unwelcome and very large eight-legged creatures.

Open house showcases hundreds of army reserve jobs in Nova Scotia

Hundreds of job opportunities in the army reserve in Nova Scotia are sitting empty, prompting open houses in Halifax and Sydney on Saturday.

'Living shoreline' project on Mi'kmaq land aims to reduce soil erosion

Federal funding is in place to reduce the steepness of the shoreline in Malagawatch and plant trees, shrubs and grasses

An architect of Membertou's economic rise has Amazon dreams

Making a pitch to attract an e-commerce giant is usually the domain of big cities, but Maritime First Nations are being encouraged to "never say never" and mount an effort to attract Amazon to Canada's East Coast.

Fortress of Louisbourg prepares to defend itself against floodwaters

The greatest threat to the Fortress of Louisbourg was once invasion by the English, but nowadays the former military site in Cape Breton must defend itself against the forces of nature.