Tom Ayers


Tom Ayers has been a reporter and editor for 33 years. He has spent the last 15 years covering Cape Breton and Nova Scotia stories. You can reach him at

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Cape Bretoners rally to save historic credit union branch

More than 100 people appealed to the East Coast Credit Union's board of directors on Tuesday to try and save one of the oldest branches in Nova Scotia.

Port Hawkesbury ramps up campaign against new Inverness airport

Town officials in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., are ramping up their campaign against efforts by the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses to build a new airport in Inverness County.

CBRM faces 'brutal reality' unless population decline stemmed

An independent study says if the population continues to decline in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the region will not be viable in the long term.

Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton hit by another rockfall

The reopening of the Donkin coal mine, which shut down last week for a brief summer vacation period, has been delayed by a rockfall. Canada's only operating underground coal mine has been limited to active work in two small sections after a series of roof falls last year.

Investigators say large number of marine incidents in Atlantic Canada causing backlog

The investigation is still ongoing into a fishing accident that caused two deaths near Port Hood, N.S., more than a year ago, and the Transportation Safety Board says that's because of the high number of incidents it's dealing with in the Atlantic region.

'He loved coal mining': Tributes flow for billionaire owner of Donkin coal mine

Chris Cline, the U.S. billionaire whose company Kameron Collieries owns the underground coal mine in Donkin, N.S., died in a helicopter crash off the Bahamas on Thursday.

Bursting at the seams, Eskasoni gets a much needed expansion

The Eskasoni First Nation just grew by 86.5 hectares, and the band says it couldn't have come a moment too soon. The community's population is booming and the land is needed for a new high school and a long-term care facility.

Sydney's downtown business district on the upswing

Major developments in downtown Sydney, N.S., that are either underway or in the planning stages are boosting confidence in the local business sector.

Cape Breton Ski Club directors stave off challenge — for now

The board of directors for the Cape Breton Ski Club blocked a non-confidence motion at their annual general meeting on Thursday, but members plan to introduce another motion in the near future.

Proposed airport is talk of the town across Inverness County

A proposed airport to support the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses — and to boost tourism and spark development in the region — has created a buzz in Inverness County, N.S.

Cape Breton Ski Club board expects a challenge at AGM

The Cape Breton Ski Club board of directors is preparing to defend itself at its annual general meeting on Thursday after a failed attempt to stop the sale of The Lakes at Ben Eoin golf course next door.

Political heavyweights back campaign for airport near Inverness golf course

A website backed by a list of political and business heavy hitters says a new airport for Inverness, N.S., would service nearby golf courses and open up tourism and development around Cape Breton Island.

Still no truce in labour relations between CBRM, unionized firefighters

Cape Breton Regional Municipality says it is taking steps to address labour-management issues with its firefighters' union. But the firefighters, who have complained about management bullying and harassing union members, are not prepared to declare a truce just yet.

N.S. to consider investment in proposed Inverness County airport

The Nova Scotia government has been asked by its federal counterpart to consider investing in a proposed airport near two high-end Inverness County golf courses. Premier Stephen McNeil says the province is on board.

New Waterford Legion reopens after harassment complaint

The Royal Canadian Legion branch in New Waterford, N.S., is open again after closing for nearly a month in the wake of a harassment complaint.