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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Nature backpacks available at Cape Breton libraries this summer

Along with that romance or thriller, library members can also borrow a themed backpack that includes books on the identification of sea life or seashells, along with a bucket and shovel.

Review board to investigate police handling of Cape Breton teen's death

The Nova Scotia Police Review Board will look into how Cape Breton Regional Police handled an investigation into the death of a teenager who was killed after an outdoor graduation party in Leitches Creek last year.

Cheticamp nursing home seeks $500k for equipment, improvements

Foyer Pere Fiset, which has about 70 residents, made a capital funding request to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness that includes $20,000 to transfer a bedpan santizing system from one unit to another.

Unattended lagoon on Chéticamp Island concerns area residents

Local resident Andre Bourgeois stumbled upon the man-made hole while out walking his dog last week. It turns out it was to be used for materials dredged from Chéticamp harbour.

Workplace violence concerns at Breton Ability Centre prompt picket

About 60 people chanted and waved placards at passing cars outside the Breton Ability Centre in Sydney River, N.S., Wednesday morning to draw attention to what they say is an increase in violence in the workplace.

Closed Cape Breton funeral home has reimbursed most prepaid clients

A Sydney funeral home which closed its doors after a suspicious fire in February has paid back most of the money it owed to clients, Service Nova Scotia says.

Warden 'disgusted' after Richmond County sacks CAO

The Municipality of the County of Richmond fired CAO Kent MacIntyre at a meeting on Monday night, the second time in less than three years it has severed ties with its top official.

2 people found dead at Port Hood home

Police say the bodies of a man and a woman who died under suspicious circumstances were found in a house on Thursday.

Chickenpox outbreak hits Cape Breton University

There is an outbreak of chickenpox in the Sydney, N.S., area.

Ice wall on Cape Breton attracts people from across island

An ice wall that has formed at Irish Vale, Cape Breton, is gaining a great deal of attention.

No evidence of munitions or chemical weapons in Bras d'Or Lake, says DND

The Defence Department says it has investigated reports that weapons were dumped in the lake region after the Second World War.

'Start of a journey': CBRM partners with a city in Poland

Cape Breton Regional Municipality and a city in Poland have formed a bond.

Lawyer promotes creating a new Acadian riding in Inverness County

A second Nova Scotia riding in Inverness County would be good for everyone in the area, not just Acadians according to Réjean Aucoin of Chéticamp.

Towering snowdrifts shut down Cape Breton's North Mountain road again

Cars and trucks cannot get from one side of the Cape Breton Highlands to the other because the road is closed between Pleasant Bay and Big Intervale.

Dwayne Samson, captain in 'murder for lobster' case, gets full parole

Dwayne Samson, 48, of D'escousse, N.S., is serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Phillip Boudreau, 43, of Petit-de-Grat, N.S.