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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Big Pond residents relieved after court rejects RV park

A group of residents in Big Pond, N.S., is relieved after winning a nearly two-year battle to prevent development of a proposed recreational vehicle park in their rural neighbourhood.

After 24 years, CBRM committee set to make its first ruling

Cape Breton Regional Municipality has revived a committee that has only met once before in the municipality's 24-year history. In all that time, the fences arbitration committee has never made a ruling, but that seems about to change.

CBRM officials look for improvements to comfort centre operations

Cape Breton Regional Municipality committee members say they want details on comfort centres announced ahead of a storm, and they say supplies should be stationed there in advance, but CBRM's emergency manager says that may be difficult.

Cape Breton police defend force size after study says it's above-average

A provincially funded study found the Cape Breton Regional Police Service has more officers per capita than other similar jurisdictions, but the deputy chief says they're needed to keep crime rates low and to cover others on sick leave.

CBRM mayor welcomes money for wastewater projects, but says there's a catch

Mayor Cecil Clarke says federal and provincial capital funding for wastewater infrastructure will create jobs and improve the environment, but it will also add to the operating costs in a municipality that is already struggling financially.

Sea change ahead for Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club

A small group of members is trying to revive the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club on Sydney's downtown waterfront. They don't have clubhouse, but they have use of the marina and a room at the nearby cruise ship terminal.

Inverness moving ahead with sewage treatment plant study

County council in Inverness, N.S., held an emergency meeting this week and decided to press ahead with a study for a proposed new sewage treatment plant, with or without provincial funding.

CBRM councillors object to minister's take on viability study

Two Cape Breton regional councillors are disappointed with Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter's reaction to a viability study that says the municipality isn't sustainable over the long term. They say Chuck Porter is ignoring systemic underfunding.

Province won't be cutting a cheque to shore up CBRM's finances

The Nova Scotia government will help Cape Breton Regional Municipality find money for infrastructure grants, but Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter says the province will not cut cheques to ensure CBRM's viability.

Used bookstore may be evicted to make way for NSCC campus

Several business owners along the waterfront in Sydney, N.S., have already raised concerns about having to move when the Nova Scotia Community College relocates to the city's downtown, but now a business a block away is also facing a possible eviction.

Inverness infrastructure overwhelmed by reeking smell of success

More than 200 people gathered at the Miners' Museum in Inverness, N.S., hoping the federal and provincial governments would hear their plea for funding to replace an overwhelmed sewage treatment system.

Push for Inverness airport project will resume, but not quickly

The co-owner of the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses is pressing ahead with a proposed new airport for Inverness County, N.S., but he says he's not rushing into it right now.

Mayor calls on province to act as CBRM faces doubtful future

Cape Breton Regional Municipality's mayor is calling for a meeting with Nova Scotia's municipal affairs minister after an independent study said the municipality is facing a doubtful future.

Andrew Scheer kicks off Cape Breton campaign

Federal Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer is clearly hoping for a breakthrough this fall in Atlantic Canada, where the federal Liberals represent all 32 seats in the House of Commons.

Some business owners anxious over NSCC relocation in Sydney

The plan to relocate the Nova Scotia Community College's Marconi campus to the Sydney waterfront was welcomed by most in the local business community, but it has made a few business owners anxious.