Peggy MacDonald


Peggy MacDonald has been a reporter and editor with CBC Cape Breton for 18 years. She also serves as assignment editor. With a background in both print and radio, Peggy now primarily works in the digital world.

Latest from Peggy MacDonald

Millbrook adopts zero-tolerance policy on racism in sport

The First Nation will be the next Nova Scotia community to specify that racist or discriminatory behaviour at its sport facilities will be dealt with swiftly.

Family on flotation devices rescued off Port Hood Beach

A family of five was saved from an uncertain fate by strangers after their beach inflatables carried them as far as 30 metres from the shore at Port Hood.

Closing 2 Cape Breton hospitals won't cut operating capacity, officials say

A surgeon in Sydney, N.S., predicts no loss of operating room capacity when hospitals in New Waterford and North Sydney close for good.

N.S. military officer connects with Ukrainian heritage, locals on Forces mission

A Canadian Forces officer from Sydney River, N.S., has returned to Canada after commanding a six-month Joint Task Force mission to Ukraine, the birthplace of his grandfather.

Thousands of boxes of cereal donated to Glace Bay Food Bank

A man who left Glace Bay, N.S., as a teenager was on hand Tuesday as an 18-wheeler packed with Kellogg products donated by his former employer was unloaded at the community's food bank.

Social media influencers brought into Cape Breton tourism marketing

Some Cape Bretoners with large social media followings have been approached to pilot a project with Destination Cape Breton to reach people passionate about hiking.

Bayplex workers say CBRM broke promise to save their jobs

A handful of unionized ice makers at the Bayplex sports complex in Glace Bay, N.S., have been told their jobs are gone, despite believing they had a promise that they would be "looked after."

CBU professor proposes separate legal system for Indigenous people

A Mi'kmaw lawyer and educator is calling for research into creating a system of justice that incorporates the ancient laws of the tribes of the Maritimes and Maine, an area known as Wabanaki.

Online portraits of notable N.S. women launched for International Women's Day

The online gallery of paintings includes women from early N.S. history to contemporary times.

Body found in Cape Breton lake that of missing skier, friends say

A body recovered Monday morning from Waterford Lake is believed to be that of 48-year-old Debbie Lee Pearson of New Victoria, N.S., who had been missing since Saturday.

The kindness of strangers — and friends — restores Glace Bay woman's home

Kimmy Losier says the community has rallied to help her since her home was damaged by a burst pipe in the abandoned side of her duplex.

Nova Scotia visitor information centres safe from closure this year

The minister responsible for tourism in Nova Scotia says the province's six visitor information centre are like "baby seals." "People are very protective of them," said Geoff MacLellan.

Sydney woman blames poorly funded classrooms for son's failure in public school

A woman in Sydney says a lack of government money is behind a failure of the public school system to provide learning support and a safe environment for her child.

Leatherback turtle that washed up in Cape Breton died of starvation

A rare leatherback turtle found along the icy shoreline of the Bras d'Or Lake in Cape Breton, N.S., appears to have died from starvation, says the wildlife pathologist who conducted a necropsy on it.

Leatherback turtle, not overturned boat, found washed up in Cape Breton

A 360-kilogram leatherback turtle carcass that washed up near shore in Islandview, Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, is now on its way to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans lab in Charlottetown for analysis.