Nancy Russell

Nancy Russell has been a reporter with CBC since 1987, in Whitehorse, Winnipeg, Toronto and Charlottetown. When not on the job, she spends her time on the water rowing, travelling to Kenya or walking her dog.

Latest from Nancy Russell

Islanders who lost trees to Dorian could benefit from tree-planting campaign

A national tree-planting charity hopes to help Prince Edward Islanders who lost trees in post-tropical storm Dorian. Tree Canada has launched a fundraising campaign for a replanting program on P.E.I. next spring.

Why P.E.I. dairy farmers are worried about how they'll feed their cows this winter

One fifth-generation dairy farmer in Marshfield, P.E.I., says this was the toughest growing season he has seen in 42 years of farming.

P.E.I. school prepares to fire up new biomass heating system

Students at West Royalty Elementary School in Charlottetown will be feeling the heat from something new as the temperatures drop this winter. It's part of a wave of public buildings across P.E.I., including five schools, being converted to biomass heating systems in 2019.

Dangerous debris, including rusty rebar, worry residents near public beach

A group of residents in Cape Traverse wants what it calls dangerous debris, including rusty rebar sticking up from concrete blocks, removed from the community beach.

P.E.I. corn farmers hoping for disaster relief after Dorian damage

Some P.E.I. corn farmers say the damage to their crop is substantial due to post-tropical storm Dorian and it has delayed their harvest. The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture is starting to build a case for disaster relief.

Dorian damage leads cidery on quest for P.E.I.'s wild apples

An Island cidery is hoping to turn damage from Dorian into a wild apple windfall.

How cover crops can help the environment and produce more potatoes

The P.E.I. Potato Board, potato growers and watershed groups across the Island are teaming up on some new research on cover crops this fall. 

Why researchers are creating a tiny petri dish to use under water

Two UPEI researchers, an engineer and microbiologist, are working together to create a miniature petri dish to be used in underwater research. 

Students show Mi'kmaq culture to classmates on Orange Shirt Day

Students at Mount Stewart Consolidated marked Orange Shirt Day with a special assembly that featured drumming, dancing, poetry and songs.

P.E.I. hemp growers lobby for seed with higher CBD, similar to U.S.

Some farmers growing hemp on P.E.I. want to be allowed to grow varieties with higher CBD levels, similar to what's being grown in the United States. They say it's costing them potential earnings.

L.M. Montgomery fan organizes fundraiser for homestead damaged by Dorian

An Island woman has started an online fundraising campaign to help restore the Macneill homestead in Cavendish, P.E.I. Lucy Maud Montgomery was raised by her grandparents on the site and wrote Anne of Green Gables there.

New literacy program provides training, paid work in aquaculture industry

A new literacy program on P.E.I. provides essential skills for the workplace plus four weeks of paid work in the aquaculture industry. The pilot project started in August at Atlantic Aqua Farms in Georgetown, P.E.I.

P.E.I. bakery goes zero waste with help from Island beekeeper

The Bryson family knew that they wanted their new bakery in Iona, P.E.I. to be as zero waste as possible. But there have been some challenges along the way, including sourcing beeswax to help them get rid of plastic wrap.

Could mustard seed be P.E.I.'s next cash crop? Researchers hope to find out

Researchers on P.E.I. are studying brown mustard seed to see if the plant can do double duty in the potato crop rotation, both preventing disease and generating a cash crop. Right now, most P.E.I. farmers plow the mustard into the soil.

Monarch butterflies thriving in Stratford gardens

A gardener in Stratford, P.E.I. hopes to inspire more Prince Edward Islanders to create habitat for monarch butterflies. Denise Motard's garden is part of the Monarch Waystation Registry.