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Cape Breton: Info. Morning

Information Morning Cape Breton helps listeners better understand and explore the challenges in our island's future, remember their past and celebrate their neighbours' accomplishments.

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Adding Up The Personal Costs of Cancer

Its a one-two punch, for cancer patients . They first get the devastating diagnosis and then because most can't work during treatment, they have to cope without an income. Tom MacNeil of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre shares his findings on the financial pain individuals feel when dealing with the disease.

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What's the Mi'kmaq "Word of the Day"?

Hear how students in Mabou have been compiling and sharing their project on social media. The grade 9 students at Dalbrae Academy encourage people to learn and speak Mi'kmaq... one word at a time. Mary Prosper teaches Mi'kmaq language and Mi'kmaq studies, and River Googoo, is one of the grade 9 students.

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The financial pulse of the CBRM

'Til Debt Do Us Part... The Chief Financial Officer of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Jennifer Campbell, offers her two cents worth on how the municipality is fairing when it comes to funding, taxation and debt servicing.

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NEW Biodiversity Act for NS

Iain Rankin, Nova Scotia's Minister of Lands and Forestry, tells us about the NEW Biodiversity Act that's just been introduced by the McNeil government. This inland legislation aims to manage threats to rare ecosystems and protect wildlife from invasive species.

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Reaction to Nova Scotia's Coastal Protection plan

The Ecology Action Centre in Halifax offers their take on the McNeil government's new Coastal Protection Act for Nova Scotia. For reaction to the legislation, we contact Nancy Anningson, Coastal Adaptation Senior Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre.

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Acting on the Coastal Protection Act

The McNeil Government in Nova Scotia has made good on its election promise to table a Coastal Protection Act. The legislation seeks to set out rules for coastal construction and to protect features such as salt marshes and dunes. John Somers works with Nova Scotia's Department of Environment and he led the development of the act.

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Bed sores data explained

As a follow-up, Reporter Tom Ayers continues his look into the issue of patient bed sores. Colin Stevenson is Vice-President of Quality System Performance for the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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NAC Orchestra returns to Eskasoni

Hitting the right note in Eskasoni... Students from around the Island will be descending on the First Nation community to hear from and work with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for a day of forgiveness and healing. Geneviève Cimon is the Director, Music Education and Community Engagement, National Arts Centre.

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Bed sores on the rise again in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government has been under fire for more than a year over bed sores... also known as pressure ulcers. Norma Silverstein of Albert Bridge spoke to Reporter Tom Ayers about her 2017 complaint and on-going concerns over the rising number of serious bed sores for people in care in Nova Scotia.

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Membertou Development receives Deloitte designation as a "Best Managed" company

Terry Paul is the Chief of Membertou First Nation, and Kelsea MacNeil is the Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations for the Membertou Development Corporation. They tell us about the community's latest designation by Deloitte Incorporated, naming Membertou - one of Canada's Best Managed Companies.

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Sidewalk lawsuits in the CBRM

Suing over sidewalks in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality... District 10 Councillor Darren Bruckschwaiger spoke to Reporter Tom Ayers about crumbling sidewalks, increasing lawsuits and a capital budget, which includes spending on major projects and infrastructure, that remains on hold.

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Tom Urbaniak on Butts testimony

The political mire around the SNC-Lavalin story thickens... Cape Breton University Political Science Professor Tom Urbaniak comments on the latest developments: the testimony of Gerald Butts, the testimony of the Deputy Minister of Justice and the return appearance before the Justice Committee by the Clerk of the Privy Council.

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Better support needed for Mi'kmaw students in public schools

The governing body for Mi'kmaw education in Nova Scotia has a new leader. We meet Wyatt White, new Executive Director of Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, or MK. He talks about his plans for Mi'kmaw students in First Nations AND public schools, and for the organization going forward.

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Why is Port Hawkesbury Paper going out of province to buy wood?

Port Hawkesbury Paper is buying wood and wood chips from suppliers in New Brunswick and Quebec because supply is low. Meanwhile, sawmill owners in Nova Scotia say their livelihood depends on such sales. Jeff Bishop, Executive Director of Forest Nova Scotia, explains what's going on.

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Chickenpox at CBU

Public Health is investigating a small number of cases of chickenpox that has popped up around Sydney and at Cape Breton University. Reporter Holly Conners spoke with Dr. Daniela Kempkens, Medical Officer of Health for the Nova Scotia Health Authority's Eastern Zone.

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Huge ice pile-up attracting attention in Irish Vale

A gigantic wall of ice has smashed ashore in the Bras d'Or along Route 4 near Irish Vale. Bruce Hatcher is an associate professor of Biology at Cape Breton University. He's also University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, and Director of the Bras d'Or Institute. He offers an explanation of the frozen phenomenon.

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What it takes to be a female entrepreneur in Cape Breton

We get a preview of the upcoming Atlantic Women Entrepreneurs Summit that's happening Friday, March 08th, at the Verschuren Centre at Cape Breton University. It will feature panel discussions about starting and growing a business, and a keynote address from Annette Verschuren. Heather Deveaux, an entrepreneur in New Waterford, is one of the organizers.

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Coping in the aftermath at the Eskasoni Crisis Centre

We catch up with the Crisis Centre in Eskasoni, now that people have had a chance to catch their breath after a very difficult time in the First Nation community. We hear from a front line crisis worker about their on-going efforts to help people deal with several recent deaths by suicide. Jeannine Paul is the team lead crisis worker for the Eskasoni Crisis Centre.

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Cape Breton family members accused of millions in tax fraud

Three sisters and their 74 year old mother are headed to court in Sydney on charges of tax fraud. Canada Revenue Agency says they fabricated companies, their sales numbers... and even the street names for companies they purported to do business with do not exist. Reporter Richard Cuthbertson has details of allegations in a 3.6 million dollar tax fraud.

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Are nurses the key to reducing ER closures?

Closure of emergency rooms in Cape Breton hospitals and around the province is common due to a lack of physicians. Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, spoke to Reporter Tom Ayers about how nurse practitioners could help keep ERs open in Nova Scotia.

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Cape Breton seafood exploring new markets in Asia

Recently, we spoke with Jim Carr, the federal Minister of International Trade Diversification, on the new Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement. Today, we hear from Osborne Burke, General Manager of Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Limited in Neil's Harbour, who is just back from a visit to Vietnam, he says the new trade agreement will mean real opportunity for Cape Breton seafood producers.

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New public transit system for Victoria County

Plans to establish a public bus service in Victoria County are rolling along. But the idea's been test driven before. So what's different now? Reporter Holly Conners asked Jessie MacDonald, Executive Director of Strait Area Transit, and Bruce Morrison, Warden of Victoria County, about the new transportation service.

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"I felt like I was getting violated all over again"

A Sydney man is outraged by results of the four day Vatican Sexual Abuse Summit that was held in Rome recently. Rob Bowden, a survivor of abuse by a priest in Louisdale, says he wanted to hear the Church take responsibilty for such abuse - not deflect it. He spoke with Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee.

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New guidelines for fair treatment of indigenous people by Crown attorneys

Lifting Lady Justice's Blindfold a bit... Crown prosecutors now have to look more closely at the way indigenous people are treated by the Courts. Josie McKinney is a Senior Crown Attorney, and principal author of the new comprehensive policy called "The Fair Treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Criminal Prosecutions in Nova Scotia".

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New "Treaty Education Speakers Bureau"

The Treaty Education Speakers Bureau officially launched this month... Mi'kmaw educators will travel to schools, businesses and organizations to talk treaties. We find out why that's important from Jaime Battiste, he heads the group and is Nova Scotia's Treaty Education Lead.

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Glace Bay ER closures puts pressure on Regional Hospital

Dr. Bernice Dias, a retired family physician, runs a walk-in clinic in Glace Bay. She says increasing emergency department closures at the Glace Bay hospital aren't good for local patients. Those closures, puts pressure on the regional trauma center. And, it's becoming more difficult to keep the Cape Breton Regional Hospital ER fully staffed. Dr. Chris Milburn is Eastern Zone Chief of ER medicine with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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New grocery store specializing in Indian food

New businesses planning to open in the area are motivated by the recent influx of Indian students at Cape Breton University. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Athar Ahmad, he and his family own Mian's Restaurant on George St. in Sydney. They have plans for a new venture... to set up an Indian grocery store on Grand Lake Rd by the end of March.

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Discontinuing the Victoria County bookmobile

Changes are being wheeled out to the Victoria County bookmobile and service throughout Victoria County. For more details, we contact Erin Phillips, she is the Victoria County Libraries Supervisor for the Cape Breton Regional Library.

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Colleen Jones on the Scotties

Throwing Rocks At Houses. One of the greatest curlers in Canadian history, Colleen Jones, who's in town to cover a tournament she's WON 6 times herself, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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New cidery approved for Sydney

Soon there will be a place where you'll be able to grab a glass of cider in Sydney. I'll speak with the woman with plans to establish the Island Folk Cider House.

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"The bigger the difference, the bigger the economic drag" - NSFM on the assessment cap

Cape Breton Regional Municipality wants to get rid of the province's capped assessment program and it has enlisted some big-time backing in its efforts. Tom Ayers CBRM's council meeting last night to find out more.

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Senator Dan Christmas on the Wilson-Raybould affair

Senator Dan Christmas shares his thoughts on the riveting political drama involving Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justin Trudeau and the PMO.

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The Lakes golf course going ahead with offer from development group

The Lakes Golf course could soon be sold. But who will pay the fair price for the fairways? We'll hear from the treasurer of the Golf Club.

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Record low unemployment numbers for NS - but not for CB

Strange Figures. Business professor Doug Lionais reflects on Nova Scotia's highest-ever employment numbers but it turns out that Cape Breton is the only region in the province not sharing in that good fortune.

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Ski Ben Eoin makes a counter-offer for The Lakes Golf Course

PUTT-ing Their House In Order. The Lakes Golf Course could soon change hands. The board that runs the ski hill has the right of first refusal. The chair John R. MacDonald joins us to talk about the situation.

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Issue Panel: SNC-Lavalin; Marie Kondo; menstruation emoji

Every second week, the Information Morning Issue Panel convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week. Today, we have two of three panelists... Candee McCarthy, a lawyer in private practice, TJ McKeough, a lawyer with Manley Law in Sydney. Nadine Bernard, owner of Slow Cooked Dreams consulting services was unavailable.

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Tom Urbaniak on the SNC-Lavalin affair

Cape Breton University political science Professor Tom Urbaniak joins us to talk about the turmoil on Parliament Hill. He delves into the Jody Wilson-Raybould / SNC-Lavalin saga, and gives us his take on the unfolding drama in Ottawa.

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Mark Eyking announces his retirement from politics

After 19 years of public service in Ottawa, the Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria has decided to retire from politics. We have a feature interview with Mark Eyking about his decision to not seek re-election in the upcoming federal campaign, and about his time on Parliament Hill.

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Could seaweed be Cape Breton's next cash crop?

Seaweed is Believing... being surrounded by the ocean, that is one item we have in abundance in Cape Breton. Isabelle Tremblay, Research and Development Coordinator for the Aquaculture Association of NS, tells us about a new project to cultivate seaweed at three locations in Cape Breton.

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International students driving interest in CBU student elections

Cape Breton University's student body is about to get a new head. And all those running for president and vice-president are international students. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke with Suvir Singh... he is from India, and he is the CBU students union's chief returning officer.

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Trash into treasure at the Victoria County Re-Use Centre

A Win-Win solution for the environment in Victoria County... the trial run of the Re-Use Centre was so successful last Spring that its scheduled to re-open next month. To learn more about their experiment, we contact Jocelyn Bethune, who is the waste reduction co-ordinator for the municipality.

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Meet Ciera Disipio: CBU's first-ever Top 8 Academic All-Canadian

Goals, Grades and Good Deeds... Cape Breton University's women's soccer captain becomes the first ever athlete from the school to become an Academic All-Canadian. We speak with Ciera Disipio... she is from Ottawa and in her fourth year in the BA in Community Studies program at CBU.

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Biggest year ever for international students in Cape Breton-Victoria

It turns out that Cape Breton University isn't the only CB organization seeing an influx of international students. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education is seeing its highest number ever as well... we find out what's behind it. Tammy Sampson is the Director of the International Student Program for the Centre for Education, and Zoé Labbe, from Belgium, is a grade 12 student at Sydney Academy.

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Who's the president in Venezuela?

We have an interview with a Cape Bretoner who's been visiting and writing about Latin America for 20 years. Garry Leech is a journalist, writer, and an instructor in international politics at CBU. He has an alternate take to offer about what's happening in Venezuela this week... one that's markedly different from the one being adopted by the Canadian government.

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Dream Business: Meet two newly-forged Cape Breton entrepreneurs

There are 12 new Cape Breton entrepreneurs that have emerged from a Cape Breton Partnership initiative called "Dream Business Program" - encouraging people to start their dream businesses. Roni Davis is the owner of Roni Davis Wellness, Tyler MacIntyre is the owner of the Cape Breton Beard Factory, and Morgan Murray is the Innovation Director for the Cape Breton Partnership.

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Machinal at CBU

Ripped From the Headlines... The Boardmore Playhouse at Cape Breton University is getting set to stage a play based on a sensational American murder trial from the 1920s. We get a preview of "Machinal" - a play by Journalist Sophie Treadwell based on the murder and execution of Ruth Snyder. Rod Nicholls is the director, and Lindsay Thompson plays the lead.

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Protocase: "Our problem is too much opportunity"

The five-thousand dollar fix... Doug Milburn, co-founder and director of sales and marketing for Protocase, explains an interesting contest the company launched to get an answer to a vexing problem. And, we meet the winner of Protocase's "Intersect Challenge" - Matt Pyke.

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Farmers' Market move to Smooth Herman's not all smooth

The Cape Breton Farmers' Market move to the former Smooth Herman's location downtown has not been entirely smooth. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee spoke to Market Manager Pauline Singer about the building renovations, and about some bumps and controversy they've encountered along the way.

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Long Gone: Tuna fisherman, surfer, and musician Matthew Panuska

We shine the spotlight on an American in Inverness... from Florida to Cape Breton to Hawaii, from tuna fisherman to surfer to songwriter... we talk to Matthew Panuska of Inverness County, about his new CD, and his interesting life trajectory.

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Richmond County strategic plan

Last week, Richmond County released a strategic plan. To talk about some of the highlights from the Municipality's new plan, we contact Jason MacLean, Warden of Richmond County. He explains some of the ideas in presented, one of which is to pitch the County as "nature's water park".

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Make Way: NSCC Marconi Campus close to $800K goal

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus in Sydney is well on its way to meeting its fundraising goal of $800,000. in the "Make Way Campaign" to help make education accessible for everyone. Michael Campbell is an instructor in the Department of Trades and Technology at the Marconi Campus.

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Getting students with attendance problems back in class

Reconnecting with the classroom... A new program launched by the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education is helping Cape Breton students who have had issues with chronic absenteeism to get back to school. Jana Blinkhorn is Resource Support Facilitator for the Alternate Education Program Connect or AEP Connect.

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Global Studies: Immigration

We conclude our series "Global Studies" with a discussion about retention... what's being done to help international students stay here after they complete their studies. We have a conversation with Nova Scotia's Minister of Immigration Lina Metlege-Diab. And we hear from Sohaila Abdo, manager of the CB Island Centre for Immigration at New Dawn Enterprises, originally from Egypt, she decided to stay in CB after graduation from CBU. Plus, a couple of Answerback calls on the series.

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Global Studies: Settlement councillor Nadine Paruch

On our series "Global Studies", we've heard from a few of the 2600 international students at CBU... we've heard about what drew them here and what their experience has been so far. We've heard about the effects on the local job market, the transit system and housing. Today, we look at the potential impact on immigration. Nadine Paruch, a settlement councillor with the Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration at New Dawn Enterprises, helps connect newcomers, including international students and graduates, with supports in the community.

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Global Studies: Some international students rely on Sydney soup kitchen

A Sydney soup kitchen has been seeing some new faces around its tables recently. As part of our series "Global Studies", Loaves and Fishes general manager Marco Amati says some CBU international students are having a hard time making ends meet, so they've been using and volunteering at the community kitchen.

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Global Studies: Home sweet home away from home

As part of our "Global Studies" series, Reporter Joan Weeks introduces us to a couple of neighbours in Sydney who have taken some international students under their wing. The university students from southern India drop in, share food and rely on their new friends for guidance.

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Global Studies: What domestic students & resident Cape Bretoners think of it all

We continue our series "Global Studies"... Reporter Holly Conners asked domestic students at Cape Breton University what they think of the influx of international students to their school. And, earlier this month, our intern Emily Latimer asked people on Charlotte Street what they think about the growing number of international students at the university and in the community.

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Global Studies: Part-time job seeker tsunami

Next up in our series "Global Studies" on the explosion in enrolment at CBU... Senior Producer Wendy Martin reports that organizers at a recent job fair had 20 jobs on offer - and were shocked when 500 international students showed up to fill them, she has more on the ripple effects of so many part-time job-hunters descending on employers at once.

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Global Studies: Homesickness blues

Tackling homesickness half way around the world. Hear from some international students at Cape Breton University about missing friends, family and in some cases, spouses on our series "Global Studies". Reporter Holly Conners asked some students from India how they are coping with loneliness.

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Global Studies: Living up to expectations

Our series "Global Studies" continues... now, a conversation with three of the managers on the ground at Cape Breton University who provide student services. Victor Tomiczek is Manager of Enrollment Services for International students, Nadine Ratchford is the Manager of Career Services, and John Mayich is the Director of Student Affairs. They talk about what pressures the dramatic increase in international student enrollment has presented and how they're meeting the needs of students.

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Global Studies: CBU gets more $$$ from international students than from provincial funding

Our series "Global Studies" looks at the rise in international enrollment at Cape Breton University. The VP of Finance and Operations at CBU is Gordon MacInnis, he breaks down the numbers concerning campus population, increased revenue, and addresses plans for the future, including a call to the community to try to keep these students here.

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Global Studies: International students put pressure on staff, infrastructure

Our series - Global Studies - looks at how CBU's international students are transforming the university and the community. Business and Engineering are two of the reasons so many students are attracted to the campus. We hear from the Deans of those two departments about the surge in international students.

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Global Studies: "Good Lord Cape Breton"

This year, Cape Breton University has its highest enrollment ever. International students make up more than half of the total student population. Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, a consulting firm in the higher education sector, recently wrote a blog about CBU called "Good Lord Cape Breton", we ask him about that.

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Global Studies: Why do so many international students choose CBU?

Today, we launch a week long series called "Global Studies: How CBU's international students are transforming the university and the community." Cape Breton University saw a 44 per cent increase in its overall enrollment with international students accounting for more than half the student body. Reporter Holly Conners met up with some international students and asked why they came to CBU in the first place.

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Teacher crimes

It's all about trust... legal expert Wayne MacKay weighs in on several criminal cases involving Nova Scotia teachers and their students. He says that relationship is unique - and has an impact on the way the justice system handles the cases.

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Elementary students make traditional Mi'kmaq sleds

Piecing together some fun in Marion Bridge... Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan takes us to the community's elementary school where students recently helped harvest wood from the school grounds and turn that wood into traditional Mi'kmaq sleds under the guiding hand of Eskasoni's Albert Marshall Jr.

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Why is the Donkin mine recruiting in Saskatoon?

The Donkin Mine is shut down these days. But that's not stopping its owners, Kameron Coal, from their plans on holding job fairs looking for miners... in Saskatoon and Ontario. Gary Taje, international staff representative for the United Mine Workers of America, shares his thoughts.

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The River Filly Vegan Dinner Pop-Up

Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee introduces us to Joey Matheson, owner of the "River Filly Vegan Dinner Pop Up", located in the Prince Street Market building in Sydney. Hear how vegan options are becoming a popular choice for some Cape Bretoners.

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"Thank God for the gift of another day you've never seen" - Patriarch Vincent Waterman, 1925-2019

Remembering Vincent Waterman... the patriarch of the African Orthodox Church. He died earlier this week at the age of 93. His daughter, Victoria Byrd, shares some memories of growing up in Whitney Pier and of her father. Also, hear an interview from September 2016, before he left St. Phillip's African Orthodox Church in Whitney Pier.

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Calling all (young) beginners to Ski Ben Eoin

Ski Ben Eoin is planning its first ever "Boutilier's Beginner Day" in honour of one of the late founders of the hill, Ruth Boutilier. If you've ever wanted to learn how to ski, this weekend is a good one to try. Ski Ben Eoin's general manager is Rob Carmichael. Plus, we replay our "popcorn" interview with Ruth, it was part of our 2017 Breakfast Biography series.

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Want to fend off dementia? Stay fit

Lots of people are afraid of developing dementia, so here's something you can do about it: try your best to stay healthy and fit. World-renowned dementia expert Dr. Ken Rockwood talks about a new study that suggests that FRAILTY is a significant and consistent predictor for getting dementia. Lindsay Wallace, a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is the lead author of the study.

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Cape Breton youth homelessness strategy from someone who's been there

Constructing a strategy to shelter youth against homelessness was one of the key items on the agenda at the recent Affordable Housing and Homelessness conference in Sydney. Rebekah Mifflin is a CBU student who's working to combat the problem... a problem she knows first hand. And, Brenda Moore has worked with the Cape Breton Community Housing Association on the plan, too.

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Plastic Pile-Up in the CBRM

The problem of plastic... Everyone has been wondering what to do with plastic ever since China stopped taking it off our hands. We check in with the CBRM to see how it's wrestling with the recycling. Francis Campbell is the Manager of Solid Waste. He tells us about the municipality's approach to the growing issue.

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Hurting in Eskasoni

A grey cloud of heartbreak is hovering over Eskasoni First Nation this week in the wake of a series of deaths. Sharon Rudderham is the Health Director in Eskasoni, and Daphne Hutt-MacLeod is the Director of Mental Health Services. They discuss how that cloud can be banished and what is needed in their community.

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50 years of the Q, and a new chapter for the Eagles

It was 50 years ago that the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League came into existence. As part of the celebrations, the League's Commissioner is visiting each city and this weekend he's in Sydney. Commissioner Gilles Courteau and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles majority owner Irwin Simon join us in studio.

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Cape Breton Highlanders #1 for the first time

The Land of Hoops and Glory... The Cape Breton Highlanders Basketball team are in their third year and in 1st place in the National Basketball League of Canada. Tyrone Levingston, President and General Manager of the CB Highlanders, talks about the team's success.

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"A culture of high tolerance for cybersecurity risk"

Dropping the ball on privacy protection. That's what Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner found in the way the Province handled a breach of it's Freedom of Information Access website. We speak with Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tulley, and then, we get thoughts from Michael Karanicolas, President of the Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia.

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"Guilt and shame": recommendations for long term care

A prescription for long-term care in Nova Scotia is needed... a crisis is looming if more staff aren't found. An expert advisory panel released a report saying urgent, short-term action is required to address failings. Janice Keefe is director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University, and Chair of the advisory panel.

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Should the health system have more local decision-making in Cape Breton?

Reporter Tom Ayers spoke with former CB pediatrician Dr. Andrew Lynk - he is now chief of pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax - about his concern that there's not enough local decision-making capacity in the health care system in Cape Breton. And hear a response from the CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Janet Knox.

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New professional association for principals

There's the principle of the matter, then there's the matter of the principals... and the new school administrators' association. We contact Tim Simony, Chair of the Public School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia, to find out what's changed, and where things go from here.

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Learning to play waltes

A dicey Proposition. Grade 5 students at Bras d'Or Elementary are introduced to the Mi'kmaq dice game, Waltes, as they learn about indigenous culture.

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Paramedics home visits

Details of a new program launched at the Regional hospital that is designed to get patients out of the emergency room, and have paramedics following up with them in home visits.

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Action on homelessness in the CBRM

Longing for a roof and four walls. A conference on homelessness and affordable housing is in the works for next week in the CBRM. We spoke with two of the people involved.

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Scott Brison on family, the virtue of politics, and the Norman affair

The Honourable Member for Kings-Hants... at least for now. Liberal MP and cabinet minister Scott Brison is stepping down, announcing he would not be seeking re-election in 2019. We have a conversation with him about his decision to leave federal politics.

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UMW on the Donkin shutdown

A number of workers have been laid off at the Donkin Mine following a roof collapse two weeks ago. The mine is not unionized, and the United Mine Workers of America has been trying to organize the employees. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke with Gary Taje, the union's international representative, who provided a little insight into underground mine safety.

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Are Nova Scotia doctors being "marginalized"?

Doctors Nova Scotia released a position paper yesterday... it's a statement on the role - and value - of family physicians in this province. Tim Holland, President of Doctors Nova Scotia, explains their release - "The Backbone of Primary Health Care: The role and value of family physicians in Nova Scotia".

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Bob MacEachern on the sale of 101.5 The Hawk

Port Hawkesbury's locally owned radio station, 101.5 The Hawk, is being sold. Bob MacEachern is the President & General Manager of MacEachern Broadcasting Limited, he tells us why he and his wife Brenda have decided to get out of the radio business.

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Should Cheticamp have its own MLA?

A Cheticamp lawyer presents the case for the area getting its own provincial riding at Province House. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spoke to lawyer Rejean Aucoin about that option, one of four proposed by the latest Nova Scotia Electoral Boundaries Commission interim report.

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A year of transition at CBMIC

Today, we shine the spotlight on CBMIC - the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative. Last year was a real transitional year for the organization, so whats next for 2019. Duane Nardocchio is operations manager for the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative.

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The first-ever Cape Breton High School Drama Festival

Acting Up in Highschool... A new drama festival for Cape Breton highschool students is in the works for this year at Cape Breton University. Two of the organizers give us the details, Todd Hiscock is Artistic Director at the Boardmore Playhouse, and Mike McPhee is a drama teacher at Glace Bay Highschool.

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A new daycare for Baddeck this spring?

Baddeck needs a daycare. Hear from 2 people hoping to make that a reality in 2019. Matthew Hart is a lawyer in Baddeck and he and his wife are expecting their first child in June. And, Gwen Jarabek is another supporter hoping to establish a much-needed daycare for the area.

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17 days and counting for North Mountain road closures

We check with Parks Canada to get a status report for North Mountain... keeping that road open this winter has been a challenge for snow removal crews. Rob Howey is Resource Conservation Manager for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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Year-end interview: David Dingwall

Cape Breton University President David Dingwall will be busy this week as his school greets hundreds of newly arriving international students. Recently, he was able to join us for a feature Year-End interview on what was a significant year of transition, for him, and for his institution.

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CBU welcomes 500 more new international students this week

Cape Breton University has rolled out the welcome mat for hundreds of new international students arriving on campus this week. Reporter Holly Conners met a few of them, and also spoke to an official who's job is helping them settle in.

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Looking back: Cape Breton arts & culture 2018

We look back at a handful of the highlights from the world of arts and culture in Cape Breton in 2018.

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Following through on the old promise of high speed internet for all Nova Scotians

Develop Nova Scotia is the government agency that's been tasked with the job to connect all Nova Scotians to high speed internet

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Cecil Clarke year-end interview

As a new year begins, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke reflects on the one just passed... and what could be expected in the next 12 months in the municipality.

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Popcorn Interview: Tina Simpkin

Soon you'll hear a new voice on Information Morning... Tina Simpkin will be joining us as our Morning Meteorologist. So before she starts her new job next week... Tina agreed to take our patented Information Morning Popcorn Interview.

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The season ahead at Ski Cape Smokey

Snow far, snow good. In the wake of Monday's gift to skiers, we check in with Ski Cape Smokey in Ingonish. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke to Larry Dauphinee, chair of the Ski Cape Smokey Society, about the ski hill getting up and running this season.

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The Sydney Call Centre OPENS today

There are few people keener to get back to work after the holidays than the former ServiCom call centre employees in Sydney. We check in with Todd Riley, the new Vice-President of The Sydney Call Centre, for an update on its opening as some employees head to work today and others expected to return next week.

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It's time for trash talking. How much of our post-holiday garbage can actually be recycled?

Not everything you put in your blue bag is recyclable, especially at this time of year. We get get advice on how to help and not hinder those who sort recyclables at the depot.

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Premier Year-End Interview, Part 2: Stephen McNeil

At this time of year, it's our tradition to check in with some of the people who drive the agenda on Cape Breton Island, and in the province. Yesterday, we aired the first part of our year-end interview with Premier Stephen McNeil. Today, the Premier of Nova Scotia continues to reflect on 2018 in the concluding part of our feature conversation.

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Premier Year-End Interview, Part 1: Stephen McNeil on Northern Pulp, clearcutting, and more

In our series of year-end interviews, it's time to catch up on the year that was -- and maybe look ahead at the year that's coming -- with the top dog in provincial politics, the Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil.

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Breakout boxes and coding robots

Learn how an interesting cube is helping to teach tech to Cape Breton students. Kurt Kublek, Coordinator of Programs for Technology Integration with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education, explains how locked boxes could be the key to helping children better understand technology.

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New CBRM library status report

Mayor Cecil Clarke offers an update on the status of the push for a new library in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. He says 2019 could open a new chapter in the potential development of a new standalone facility.

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Minister of Lands & Forestry on the Ingonish barrier beach

Nova Scotia's Minister of Lands and Forestry, Iain Rankin, responds to concerns in Ingonish about that recent breach of the barrier beach.

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