Yvonne Leblanc-Smith

Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith has been reporting news in Cape Breton since 1981. You can follow her on Twitter @leblancsmith and reach her at yvonne.leblanc-smith@cbc.ca

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N.S. Liberal candidate looks to move past racist, sexist social media posts

Jaime Battiste apologized on Monday at a Cape Breton University-sponsored debate. He says racist and sexist comments he made on Twitter between 2012 and 2013 were made "during a time of heartbreak and depression."

Hundreds turn out to hear from Sydney-Victoria candidates

Close to 350 people turned out Thursday night to hear from the seven candidates in the Cape Breton riding of Sydney-Victoria.

Cape Breton millennials question sudden interest from federal candidates

Some millennials in Cape Breton say federal election candidates are paying more attention to them this year, but they question whether that interest will last beyond the Oct. 21 election.

Baddeck gets big tourism boost from small cruise ship

The Norwegian expedition cruise ship, MS Fram, dropped anchor in Baddeck, N.S., on Monday, carrying approximately 300 passengers. At 114 metres, the ship is the smallest of the cruise ships visiting Cape Breton this year.

Cape Breton University grapples with transit woes as students face long waits for bus

The Transit Cape Breton bus schedule is not keeping pace with students' schedules this fall at Cape Breton University.

Mi'kmaw leaders in Membertou to discuss fishing rights

Twenty years after the Marshall decision, the Mi'kmaq still haven't been able to attain their right to a livelihood fishery, according to Chief Terry Paul of Membertou First Nation.

Man arrested after weapon sightings in North Sydney

A 25-year-old man from Sydney Mines was arrested by Cape Breton Regional Police Monday after several sightings of a person carrying a weapon in North Sydney.

N.S. affordable prescription drug program expanding

A Nova Scotia prescription drug program for people without health plans is expanding. Genrus United is a membership-based buying group headquartered in Bible Hill, N.S.

Community Services to provide emergency funding post-Dorian

Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services will provide emergency funding for people on income assistance who lost belongings as a result of post-tropical storm Dorian.

Thieves rip off gas station, steal equipment after Dorian

The operators of a Cape Breton gas station say their till was $300 short because people were filling up without paying the day after Dorian.

Following resident complaints, CBRM to draft flyer bylaw

At a Cape Breton Regional Municipality general committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon, councillors approved District 2 Coun. Earlene MacMullin's motion to ask for a draft bylaw to regulate flyer distribution.

Feds, province to fund long-term care home, high-speed internet in Eskasoni

A new long-term care home and high-speed internet access for 1,200 businesses and households were announced on Tuesday in Eskasoni, N.S. The projects will help the First Nations community thrive, says the federal minister for rural economic development.

Friends start Facebook page in search for jellyfish-free Cape Breton beaches

A new Facebook page is helping people discover great places to swim in Cape Breton, especially ones with great waves and no jellyfish.

Lake Ainslie algae bloom has spread to parts of Margaree River

Blue-green algae can produce toxins and can be harmful to people and pets. A bloom discovered in Lake Ainslie in Cape Breton last month has spread into parts of the Margaree River.

Inverness County hires military man to take charge of fixing water woes

A commander with the Canadian Naval Reserve has been hired to fix the aging water system in Inverness County, N.S.