Cape Breton: Info. Morning

 
 

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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NSHA president Janet Knox exit interview

Talking About Her Time At The Top... Janet Knox, President and CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, shares her thoughts on the high points and the low ones of the top job, as she prepares to retire from Nova Scotia's amalgamated health authority.

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Friction at Ski Ben Eoin over lawsuit

The ups and downs of being on the board of directors of the the ski hill in Ben Eoin. Reporter Tom Ayers interviewed John R. MacDonald, board member of the Cape Breton Ski Club, about their Annual General Meeting which could see some members challenge the board's authority.

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Support for a new airport in Inverness

When it comes to building an airport in Inverness, there are a lot of people opposed. Today, we hear from supporter Michele MacKenzie, a former Deputy Minister of Tourism in Nova Scotia, and the past president of the Canadian Tourism Commission. She tells us why she's in favour of creating an Inverness airport.

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No relief coming for Baddeck ER

Yesterday, we heard doctors in Baddeck are paying the price for a bottleneck in the ERs in the CBRM. Dr. Chris Milburn, Chief of Emergency Medicine for the Eastern Zone of the NSHA, gives us his assessment of the Emergency Room situation in Baddeck - a situation that's seeing people from all over the CBRM drive there for treatment.

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Emergency room overflow showing up in Baddeck

With local ERs overcrowded, many in the CBRM would rather drive to Baddeck to get ER service there, rather than wait for hours at the Regional or other hospitals. Dr. David Heughan, a family physician in Baddeck and an ER doctor, reflects on the problem that now causes for the ER at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital.

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CBRM taking steps to address firefighters' complaints

The CBRM and its Fire Service has alot of workplace issues to resolve. To learn more of the burning labour concerns, Reporter Tom Ayers spoke to Gordie MacDougall, Director of Human Resources for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and with Jody Wrathall, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2779 in Sydney.

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Doctors form recruiting committee in Antigonish

Doctor recruitment tops the list of chronic health care problems in Nova Scotia. Physician shortages throughout the province have prompted doctors in Antigonish to team up with the community to recruit more colleagues. Jane Ann Howard is the medical staff president at St. Martha's Regional Hospital, and a family physician who also practices emergency medicine and hospitalist medicine.

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Public art installation at Skyline Trail

The next time you hike the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park you're in for a treat... or a Treaty. Hear about an art installation that contains the entire text of the 1752 Treaty between the Mi'kmaq and the British Crown. The "Steps Forward" installation features etched brass plates by artist, Lorraine Albert.

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Alberta MP endorses petition against Inverness airport

When it comes to creating an airport in Inverness, some see that as a good idea, others definitely do not. Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner supports the idea, Alberta MP John Barlow doesn't. We ask the Foothills MP why he's introduced a petition opposing this project.

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That time you found a bear eating a pesto croissant in the backseat

A wildlife encounter on the North Shore... Michelle Smith lives in Skye Glen, but while visiting her daughter on the North Shore, discovered a bear, in her car. Michelle gives us the "bear" facts about the unexpected visitor she found eating her lunch.

Download That time you found a bear eating a pesto croissant in the backseat
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Centre 200 naming rights

Currently, its known as Centre 200. It was a bicentennial project of the municipality. The sports and entertainment centre was constructed on the site of the old Sydney Forum in downtown Sydney and named for the bicentennial of the city. Now, management is exploring a sponsorship and a new name. Paul MacDonald is the General Manager of C200.

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Business minister on Cape Breton railway subsidy

Train of thought... Nova Scotia has paid almost a million dollars to the American railway company Genosee and Wyoming to keep its dormant rail lines intact on Cape Breton Island. Nova Scotia's Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan talks about the future of that arrangement... and the future of rail in Cape Breton.

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Annette Verschuren on decision-making

Annette Verschuren - originally from North Sydney - will be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame today, the first female inductee from Atlantic Canada ever. Ten years ago, we did a profile interview with Annette for a series we called the "Information Morning Leadership Series..." with Cape Breton leaders known for getting things done. Here's an excerpt where she talked about the qualities of an effective leader.

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Ghost-hunting at the Fortress of Louisbourg

Parks Canada and the Paranormal... meet Earl Lattie with a company called Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia. He calls himself a ghost-hunter... and he'll be hosting a ghost-hunting weekend in July at the Fortress of Louisbourg, in partnership with the Fortress of Louisbourg Association. Kyle Allen is operations manager with the Association.

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NS Minister of Municipal Affairs meets with CBRM council

Cape Breton Regional Municipality Councillors met with Nova Scotia's Minister of Municipal Affairs Chuck Porter to go over 9 points of interest. Hear how the Minister thought the meeting went... and hear from Councillor Eldon MacDonald, he reflects on why the meeting wasn't open to the public.

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Information Morning presents "The Basketball Sweater" (with apologies to Roch Carrier)

Countless kids now hope to get Toronto Raptors jerseys as presents. With that in mind, Information Morning Cape Breton Producer Don Munro wonders what a basketball version of Roch Carrier's "The Hockey Sweater" would sound like.

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Hey CBRM, meet your sister city: Walbrzych, Poland

A polish delegation is in town, visiting Cape Breton on the occasion of their home town being made the sister city to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Roman Szelemej is the Mayor of Walbrzych, Poland - a former coal-mining community. Cape Breton University professor, Tom Urbaniak, is their guide and facilitator.

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Breton Air takes off

A story that's flying around... did you know there's a new air services company based at the Sydney Airport, with one helicopter and another on the way? Matt Wallace is the president of Breton Air, and Parker Horton is the CEO. They tell us about their helicopter service and how Breton Air hopes to use those choppers to fly tours around the Island, and to ferry people to Cabot Links.

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New community oven in Margaree!

A unique community project three years in the making or the baking: we check in on the new communal, hand-built outdoor wood-fired brick oven on the grounds of the Coady and Tompkins Memorial Library, which is ready to be commissioned. Kim Tilsley is a librarian and she spearheaded the community oven project.

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"This would literally put us out of business": Port Hawkesbury Airport

Talk about a new airport proposed for Inverness has really taken off. We continue coverage of the controversial issue with the president of Celtic Air Services, David Morgan, his company runs the Allan J. MacEachen Airport in Port Hastings.

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Should Ottawa fund a new airport in Inverness?

The idea that funding may be landing in Cape Breton to help create an Inverness airport has Port Hawkesbury's mayor in a tailspin. For some plane talk concerning the rumours and the reality... we ask Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton and MP Rodger Cuzner to clear the air over airspace in the area.

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Students Rising Strong Against Stigma

Meet two Glace Bay High students who've taken it upon themselves to combat stigma around mental illness... motivated in part by their own experiences. Grade 12 students Danielle Hinchey and Nicole McNeil organized and are hosting a mental health wellness event at their school called "Rising Strong Against Stigma".

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Issue Panel: Inverness airport & school awards

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. On deck: Anna Manley is a lawyer in private practice, Jenn Power is Regional Director for L'Arche Atlantic, and photographer, Steve Wadden.

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Membertou becomes first Mi'kmaw community in NS to take control of its own land

Membertou First Nation has voted to take stewardship over its own lands by adopting a new Land Code. This means decisions over use and control of its land will be made by Membertou alone, and not be subject to approval under the Indian Act. Trevor Bernard is Executive Director for Membertou, he explains what it means for the future.

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CBRM all-day meeting on a new library

Hear another chapter in the story of the future of Sydney's library. CBRM District 5 Councillor Eldon MacDonald spoke in favour of the project to replace the McConnell Memorial Library. While most councillors appeared to support building a new central library, District 2 Councillor Earlene MacMullin, shared her opinion.

Download CBRM all-day meeting on a new library
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Lahey Report follow-up Part II: Momentum for ecological forestry

A year after the Lahey Report into forestry practices in Nova Scotia, we conclude our conversation about ecological forestry with Bob Seymour, a professor emeritus at the University of Maine, and Peter Duinker, a professor in the School for Resource & Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Download Lahey Report follow-up Part II: Momentum for ecological forestry
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MacLellan says a workers' comp change would cost the province $1 billion

Geoff MacLellan responds to criticism that he's turned his back on miners. He says if the province changed the law for miners, it would have to do it for all workers, and that could cost a billion dollars.

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Progress on Lahey Report recommendations, Part I

We touch base 9 months after the release of the Lahey report, to find out whether real progress is being made in how we do forestry in the province of Nova Scotia.

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Clyburn salmon population down by 95%

Parks Canada says the salmon population in the Clyburn River watershed has declined by 95 percent... last week, the government announced almost $1-million in funding for salmon restoration work. Rob Howey is the Resource Conservation Manager for Parks Canada at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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10 years of the Gordie Sampson Songcamp

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Gordie Sampson Songcamp with a 2 disc CD compilation. The songcamp is held at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, it began at the Glenghorm Resort in 2010. "Port Cities", a successful Nova Scotia band with Cape Breton roots, tells us what the songwriting camp means to them.

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Cape Breton moose population in decline

From an over-abundance of moose - at one time estimated to be around 5-thousand animals - in Cape Breton, the latest data have that number reduced by 70 percent! Rob Howey is the Resource Conservation Manager for Parks Canada at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, he talks about the factors that brought the moose population down.

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Should CBRM lift the ban on dogs in parks?

Currently, dogs are not allowed in most parks and public trails in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. With only a few select public properties open to dogs, District 2 Councillor Earlene MacMullin spoke to Reporter Tom Ayers about a proposed bylaw amendment to allow dogs on leashes in parks throughout the CBRM.

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At CBRM council: signs, signs, everywhere a sign

Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council debates what to do about the growing number of mobile signs around the municipality. Councillor Darren Bruckschwaiger weighs in on the proliferation of advertising signs and on possible regulation. Councillors agreed to have staff draft a new bylaw and to include business owners in the discussions.

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CBRM Mayor plans special meeting on central library proposal

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke will convene a special meeting of council next week to hash out the funding options and applications for the new central library. Reporter George Mortimer spoke to Mayor Clarke and to Kathleen Yurchesyn, chair of the Library Advocacy Committee, about the proposed 31 million dollar project.

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New skilled trades program at Richmond Education Centre and Academy

The first year of a skilled trades program at Richmond Education Centre and Academy in Louisdale is wrapping up. Students were offered courses in trades like carpentry and construction, electrical, plumbing and welding. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan met grade 12 students, MacKenzie Joyce and Dylan Sampson and course instructor, Gary Sampson, in their welding class.

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Nova Scotia Native Women's Association on MMIWG

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report was released on Monday, we speak with Lorraine Whitman, the President of the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association, about where we go from here.

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A lesson in signage regulation from Charlottetown

Following our conversation on the Information Morning Issue Panel about mobile signage and signs tacked on telephone poles, Charlottetown was mentioned for their signage bylaw. To learn more of how they manage advertising signage, we contact Alex Forbes, the manager of planning and heritage for the City of Charlottetown.

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Cape Breton student a finalist in the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge!

If Shakespeare was following the current events of our day, what would he write about it? Anna Fenton, a grade 10 student at Munro Academy's Northside Campus in Sydney Mines, put pen to paper in an effort to answer that question... and she's now a finalist in a CBC Books writing contest with a soliloquy about ketchup.

Download Cape Breton student a finalist in the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge!
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Emma Stevens brings "Blackbird" to Kenya

Remember that arresting rendition of Blackbird, sung in Mi'kmaq by Emma Stevens of Eskasoni? Well, she was invited to perform this week for a special meeting of the UN Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. We speak to Emma and her teacher, and accompanist, Carter Chaisson about their trip to Africa.

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Why aren't some docs getting paid for on-call care when others are?

About 30 Cape Breton doctors have stopped providing inpatient care at their community hospitals. Kevin Chapman is the Director of Partnerships and Finance with Doctors Nova Scotia, he talks about what led to this situation, and what solutions have been proposed to address it.

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Issue Panel 0530

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel... today, our panelists are Chris Milburn, a physician in Sydney, Stephen Tobin, Business Development Officer - Horizon Achievement Centre, and Alison Uhma, an illustrator and comic book maker.

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WHA Memories - Part 3

Our sports guy Charlie Cuff and a trio of Cape Bretoners who played in the World Hockey Association wrap up their reflections on the league... on one of its lasting legacies... and on the Cape Breton connection to Wayne Gretzky's first pro goal.

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Too many delays at Workers' Comp: Auditor General

Nova Scotia's Auditor General Michael Pickup calls for improvements at the Workers Compensation Board. He says WCB is falling short when it comes to following up on workers' compensation complaints. Also, he would like to see a better process to identify which bridges to replace in the province.

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A "gut-wrenching" decision to stop providing inpatient care

A Story That's Making The Rounds... about Doctors Not Doing their Rounds. Dr. Joan Salah is a family and emergency room doctor in North Sydney, she spoke to Reporter Holly Connors about her decision to join the growing list of doctors who have stopped offering inpatient care.

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WHA Memories - Part 2

Forty years after it folded, 3 Cape Bretoners continue to reflect on life in the World Hockey Association. Norm Ferguson, Paul Andrea, and Kevin Morrison share more stories with our sports guy Charlie Cuff in WHA Memories - Part 2.

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WHA Memories - Part 1 with 3 Capers who were there

Three Cape Breton former pro hockey players reminisce about their time in the World Hockey Association... which played its final game, 40 years ago this month. Our sports guy Charlie Cuff brings us WHA Memories - Part 1.

Download WHA Memories - Part 1 with 3 Capers who were there
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Girls Taking Action in Port Hawkesbury

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia recently recognized the work of 2 Strait area students for helping to empower young girls. The Respectful Citizens Award honours those who have demonstrated leadership in creating safe and inclusive spaces in schools. Tessa MacIsaac and Josie Melnick are both in Grade 11 and are members of "Girls Taking Action".

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Offshore no more? No one bids on Nova Scotia petroleum exploration

Oil companies nominated two properties for exploration in the Nova Scotia offshore. But then no one bid to explore them. We ask Paul Barnes, director for Atlantic Canada and Arctic for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, what that means for the future of oil and gas exploration off Nova Scotia's coast.

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The creative mind behind the Cape Breton art publication "Guillozine" !

We introduce you to Gee Stewart - artist, high school student, and creator of the publication "guillozine"... which takes submissions from young people in Cape Breton and around the world. The grade 12 student talks about her interests and what keeps her busy as she gets ready for graduation.

Download The creative mind behind the Cape Breton art publication "Guillozine" !
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Cape Breton Philanthropy Hall of Fame: John Eyking, Sr.

In the final of our profile series of this year's inductees to the Cape Breton Business and Philanthropy Hall of Fame, meet John Eyking, Sr. The Millville farmer and entrepreneur along with his late wife Jeanne Eyking are being honoured.

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Should injured DEVCO miners have their workers' comp benefits extended?

CBRM Councillors heard from a group of injured miners at last night's council meeting. The former DEVCO workers presented their case concerning the loss of workers' compensation benefits at age 65, they are seeking support for an amendment to the legislation. Hear from retired Cape Breton coal miner Bobby Gillis and CBRM Councillor Darren Bruckschwaiger on the issue.

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First-ever Cape Breton High School Theatre Festival

There were a lot of high school students at Cape Breton University over the weekend. They were taking part in workshops and performing in plays at Cape Breton's first High School Theatre Festival. Co-organizers Todd Hiscock and Mike MacPhee reflect on the successful weekend.

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Cape Breton students make storybooks from seniors' lives

As part of a project called Villa Vignettes... some students from Richmond Education Centre and Academy visited Richmond Villa, the seniors complex in St. Peter's, to interview residents and collect their life stories. The students then turned the experiences of their elders into storybooks.

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Business Hall of Fame 3: Bill Mozvik

Our series on this year's Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame inductees continues... today, we introduce you to the founder of R & A Paper, entrepreneur and restauranteur Bill Mozvik. He talks about the trajectory that took him from the floor of the steel plant... to the 2019 CB Business Hall of Fame.

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Business Hall of Fame 2: Lori Kennedy

Jim and Lori Kennedy of Louisbourg Seafoods will be inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame on May 22nd. Today, in our series of interviews with inductees into the Business Hall of Fame, we speak with Lori Kennedy... she reflects on why community is so important to her and her husband... and to their business.

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Ghosts Within: Garry Leech on his PTSD

Independent journalist, university lecturer and author Garry Leech talks about his latest book, "Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD"... highlighting his life experiences and his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Cape Breton's first-ever Legal Aid social justice support worker

Legal Aid generally offers help to those in need concerning issues of family and criminal law. Now, you can also get assistance with social justice issues... Nora MacIntosh is the first ever Social Justice Support Worker with Legal Aid in Nova Scotia. She is based in Sydney.

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Issue Panel 0516: Sydney library / rugby / contraceptives for all

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today: Heather Deveaux, a freelance writer and the owner of the Freelance Writing School, Alicia Lake, the executive director of the CB Food Hub, and TJ McKeough, a lawyer with Manley Law in Sydney.

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Business Hall of Fame 1: Sheila Gillis

Today - it's the first in our series of profiles of this year's inductees to the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame. Accountant Sheila Gillis tells us who she most admires these days in the world of Cape Breton business... and what advice she'd give to up and coming entrepeneurs on the issue of making and taking time for yourself.

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Waves of Change: less plastic at two Cape Breton eateries

Our Waves of Change series washes over a couple of Cape Breton food establishments, as they do their part to reduce the use of plastic. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan spoke to Laura Young, chef and owner of the "Little Rollin' Bistro" food truck, and Cory Blundon, chef and co-owner of "Selkie's Neighbourhood Diner", about tackling the issue of single use plastic with compostable options.

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"What we do is we run back and forth in our basement 111 times" - Pleasant Bay School mini-marathoners!

Real Running, Virtual Marathon. Reporter Holly Conners has the story of students at the remote Pleasant Bay School in northern Cape Breton and the unique training they did all winter in their school's tiny basement. The school group are preparing for a version of The Blue Nose Marathon.

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Cecil Clarke on the central library project

We continue to try to sort out what the status is of the funding request for a new central library in Sydney. Today, CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke talks about funding and the future of the project to construct a new library on Sydney's waterfront.

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Environment Department responds to concerns about Cape Breton wetlands

Following up on the concern about how the provincial wetlands policy is being carried out on Cape Breton wetlands, We contact the department responsible for the policy. Andrew Murphy is the Executive Director of Sustainability & Applied Science for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment.

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Cape Breton students to experience Model U.N. in Rome

Meet 2 of the 12 Cape Breton students from different schools in the CBRM -- as well as their coach -- who are off to Rome later this week to participate in a Model United Nations event. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan met delegates Kamran Asim and Raqeem Haq, and their coach, Michelle Morrison, as they prepped for their roles.

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What's ahead for the Cape Breton Food Hub

We set up a new season for the Cape Breton Food Hub... the executive director is Alicia Lake, she joins us to talk about what's planned for the organization in the coming months.

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Expansion plans for Cabot Links

When Cabot Links opened, it attracted attention--and golfers--from around the world. So did Cabot Cliffs. Now the owners hope adding a new Par 3 course will keep the attention and golfers coming. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to general manager Andrew Alkenbrack about the new Par 3 course and other developments on the horizon, including a new clubhouse... a potential health facility.

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Derek Mombourquette on the status of the Sydney library proposal

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke says the idea of a new central library in Sydney is on borrowed time. MLA for Sydney - Whitney Pier and Cabinet Minister Derek Mombourquette sheds light on questions surrounding the funding process to make a new building a reality.

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Rising Star: Eskasoni nurse Athanasius Sylliboy

Meet the Eskasoni man who's just been named Rising Star of the Year by the Nova Scotia College of Nurses. Athanasius Sylliboy is one of the few Mi'kmaq men to go into nursing... a rising medical star - and a potential bridge between the Mi'kmaq community and the health care system.

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What's going on with the Sydney library project?

The story behind building a new library in Sydney is shaping up to be a real page turner, with conflicting thoughts over whether you can close the book on the dream. Long-time library supporter Neeta Kumar-Britten offers her take on whether the dream is dead due to government not getting on the same page.

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The path ahead for rugby

High school rugby took a hit recently, but the sport got up and is back on its feet, except under new management. Provincial coach, Jack Hanratty, with Rugby Nova Scotia speaks on the recent cancellation controversy... and what organizers can do to ease safety concerns.

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Shortage of substitute teachers

Reporter Holly Conners looks into the shortage of substitute teachers here in Cape Breton and what Cape Breton University is doing to help solve the problem. Dayna Enguehard is the Cape Breton District Local president for the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, and Jane Lewis is chair of CBU's education department.

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What's the status of the new library?

At a Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council meeting last night, Mayor Cecil Clarke went so far as to call the new library project dead. We have an excerpt from that meeting of an exchange between Mayor Cecil Clarke and CBRM economic development manager John Phalen.

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"We are called to do simple things with great love" - Jenn Power of L'Arche Atlantic on Jean Vanier

Life, Legacy and L'Arche... Jenn Power, Regional Leader of L'Arche Atlantic, shares memories of Jean Vanier - the philosopher, theologian, humanitarian - who has influenced the lives of people all over the world, and that influence carries forward in a very real way on a daily basis - including on the lives of people here in Cape Breton.

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Ducks Unlimited: Should the province allow less development on Cape Breton wetlands?

As a prelude to the upcoming conference "Wet Loss, Net Loss" on wetlands, we train our attention on the restoration work. Ducks Unlimited says, if the provincial wetlands conservation policy is not adequately serving to protect Cape Breton wetlands, maybe we should be more selective in allowing development on sensitive wetlands.

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Game on or game over? Cape Breton Highlanders on the verge of folding

The driving force behind the Cape Breton Highlanders is Tyrone Levingston, the founder and president joins us to talk about the future of his club that's in need of sponsors or the team won't play a fourth season in the National Basketball League of Canada.

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Austrian family ordered to leave: "We want to stay here and we want to come back"

Reporter Tom Ayers has the story of a couple who left their home in Austria, bought property in Grand River, Richmond County, and lived there the past four years in their dream home. Now they are forced to leave Canada after a series of implied and inferred promises over immigration issues.

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Should we close Charlotte Street to traffic on summer weekends?

A business owner in downtown Sydney is making the pitch to close Charlotte Street to vehicle traffic on weekends in the summertime, but not everyone sees the benefits. Intern Kathleen Jones looks into the pros and cons of such a closure to attract more people downtown.

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Margaree Credit Union closes

Reporter George Mortimer spoke to Ken Shea, President and CEO of the East Coast Credit Union network, about the decision to close the Margaree branch and merge with the Inverness branch at the end of July. Municipal Councillor Laurie Cranton comments on the pending closure, and its impact on the community.

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Dr. Laura Whyte says faith informs her work

As a prayer breakfast gets underway this morning in Sydney, the guest speakers are from the healthcare profession. Cape Breton ER doctor, Laura Whyte, tells us about the role her FAITH has played in her decision to become a doctor, and how her faith has influenced her work.

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Issue Panel 0502: Carbon tax & Avengers: Endgame

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel... today... we have Ian Brodie, Associate Professor of Folklore at Cape Breton University, and Candee McCarthy, a lawyer in private practice in Sydney.

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Natali Fagan: National female boxing champ from Sydney

Cape Breton boxer Natali Fagan is a two time national champ, a five time provincial champ and last year, was named Boxing Nova Scotia's female athlete of the year. We reach her in Montreal, where she trains with the national boxing team, to talk about her accomplishments.

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Wet Loss, Net Loss?

Are sensitive wetlands elsewhere in the province of Nova Scotia benefiting from restoration money at the expense of wetlands in Cape Breton? Barb Glassey, CBU professor of biology and a wetlands researcher, and Brent Baker, president of the CB Wildlife Association, are organizers of a Wetlands Symposium called "Wet Loss, Net Loss".

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Cape Bretoner chair of new accessibility standards committee

In the quest to make the province of Nova Scotia universally accessible to people with disabilities by the year 2030, a new set of standards for buildings has to be developed. Laurie Cranton of Margaree Centre has been named Chair of the new Built Environment Standard Development Committee, he talks about the challenge ahead.

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Do you feel happy?

How would you rate your quality of life here in Cape Breton? What makes you happy and fulfilled? Engage Nova Scotia wants to know and is sending out a Quality of Life Survey to 80-thousand households to gather your thoughts. Danny Graham is Chief Engagement Officer for Engage Nova Scotia.

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Eskasoni high school earns UNESCO affiliation

Getting Schooled on UNESCO. We'll learn about the connection between that United Nations body and the high school in Eskasoni.

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Dispatches from a Cape Breton Gael in New Zealand

The Cape Breton-New Zealand connection has been well documented. Bev Brett is a playwright and author in St. Ann's. She wrote the book "Letters to Mac Talla from John Munro, A Cape Breton Gael in New Zealand, 1894-1902"

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Richmond County's new (old) warden

Say what you will about Richmond County Council, but you can't say it's dull these days. In the midst of some still unanswered questions, Council selected a new Warden.

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Servicom workers one step closer to being paid

Dial M for...Money. The Dean of the Business School at CBU joins us to clear up some questions about the province's court action aimed at helping former Servicom workers.

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You Don't Know My Story: A Bedtime Book for Parents of Autistic Kids

If you have a child with autism or know someone who does, you'll definitely be interested in a new book that resembles a child's story book but is aimed at parents. I spoke with the Nova Scotia author of "You Don't Know My Story: A Bedtime Book for Parents of Autistic Kids."

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Issue Panel: self-checkouts, organ donation, books that move you

Every second week, we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today...we have a new recruit Anna Manley, a lawyer with Manley Law, and the CEO of Advocate Cognitive Technologies, Todd Pettigrew, an associated professor of English at CBU & Vanessa Childs Rolls is a historian and community activist.

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Rally for improved long term care

There's a new lobby group in Cape Breton focused on the need for improved health care for seniors. Families for Quality Eldercare held it's first public meeting last night in Sydney; George Mortimer was there.

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Lyme Disease 101

With news of an increased risk of black-legged ticks in the CBRM this year, Dr. Todd Hatchette gives us a primer on the condition that can go along with that: lyme disease.

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Drug use on the Northside: "What if the biggest enabler is judgement?"

Margarate Dechman & Ed Michalik talk about a series of public conversations on the Northside around drug & alcohol abuse. The series begs the question: what if you made the whole community a treatment facility?

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CBRM at higher risk of ticks & lyme disease

Cape Breton's medical officer of health, Dr. Daniela Kempkens, talks about the spread of black legged ticks and what they can mean for your health.

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Electoral boundary review: bring back protected riding in Richmond

The Nova Scotia Electoral Boundaries Commission has recommended that the province reinstate four electoral districts in primarily black and Acadian areas; but the commission did not include a separate seat for Cheticamp in its recommendations. Chair of the Commission, Dr. Colin Dodds, elaborate on the recommendations.

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"Capes, Keys, and Coves:" New Richmond County tourism initiative

Chair of the Isle Madame Tourism and Trade Association, Lisa Boudreau, talks about a new group formed to support tourism initiatives for Richmond County.

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Richmond County: "Put forth a ministerial order that says something along the lines of 'Smarten up!'"

D'Escousse resident, Lois Landry, is one of the people calling on the municipal affairs minister to intervene in Richmond County and dissolve council. She says the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Chuck Porter, needs to order council to behave.

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"Thirty-five years may not seem long, but damn it was good"

In a self-penned obituary, Bailey Matheson urged people to 'live a little.' Close friend Jenn Irvine talked with the CBC's Wendy Martin about her friend.

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Whither Richmond County council?

The recent turmoil around Richmond County Council has some citizens concerned. Some former councillors have written to the Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs to intervene.

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Atlantic Canada's first-ever LGBTQ archive

Dan MacKay is a publisher and activist in the queer community in Halifax. He is working to track, collect and preserve LGBTQ history.

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Richmond County warden resigns

Jason MacLean has resigned as Warden of Richmond County. MacLean says he has been repeatedly blindsided and kept in the dark about important matters, so he is stepping down.

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More solar panels for Cape Breton homeowners

An energy cooperative in Antigonish has doubled the number of people interested in changing how they harvest their energy.

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Senator Dan Christmas on Fisheries Act rewrite

Cape Breton Senator Dan Christmas tells us about new legislation that he's sponsoring, that would rewrite the fisheries act.

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Victim of domestic violence speaks out

Kerry Moules, of Sydney, shares her story of domestic violence in order to encourage other victims to come forward.

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Richmond County emergency meeting

There was an emergency meeting of Richmond County Council last night to appoint an interim CAO. As we reported earlier, Council fired CAO Kent MacIntyre, by a vote of 3-2, at a special meeting on Monday. We have reaction on the CAO's dismissal, and an excerpt from the emergency meeting last night.

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Sea level rise will be worse in Atlantic Canada

An ocean of information on rising sea levels... climate change forecasts out this week from the federal goverment say that the impact of sea level rise in Atlantic Canada, will be more than the global average... and worse than anywhere else in the country. Blair Greenan, a research Scientist with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Dartmouth, is the lead author of the chapter on oceans and sea level rise.

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Issue Panel: JWR & hospital expansion

Every second week, we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today...we have a new recruit Heather Deveaux is a freelance writer and owner of the Freelance Writing School, Mike Kelloway, senior manager of customized learning and entrepreneurship at NSCC, and Michele Stephens is a musician and performer from Baddeck.

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The Highlanders go to the playoffs

In The Land of Hoop and Glory... The Cape Breton Highlanders are off to the playoffs for the first time in the National Basketball League of Canada. Our sports guy Charlie Cuff sets up their first-ever playoff series tonight against the Halifax Hurricanes in Halifax.

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Richmond County Warden on the firing of the CAO

Clearing the Muddied Waters of Municipal Matters in Richmond County... Warden Jason MacLean reflects on the firing of the County's Chief Administrative Officer. During a special meeting of council on Monday night, County Councilors voted 3-2 to terminate Kent MacIntyre as their CAO.

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New Dawn & CBU partner in greenhouse research project

From the field to the fridge... Cape Breton University and New Dawn have partnered on a greenhouse project that could lead to healthy food for Cape Breton school children. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Father Ora McManus who launched the initiative several years ago, and Stephen Kelloway who is a Bioproducts Scientist, and Lab Manager for CBU's Verschuren Centre.

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New Christian radio station Praise FM coming to Cape Breton

Meet one of the driving forces behind plans for a new radio station on the Island called "Praise FM". Pastor Rob Jones is the station manager at the faith based radio station in Sydney, they've just received their CRTC license to broadcast over air in the future.

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Community Hub for Sydney Mines?

The Community Cares Youth Outreach in Sydney Mines is looking to expand to help more than its traditional target audience. It's exploring the idea of becoming what it calls a "Community Hub", based on a model they're using in Spryfield. Dorothy Halliday of Community Cares Youth Outreach, and Adrianna MacKenzie of Chebucto Connections in Spryfield describe the concept of a Community Hub.

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RTDNA Win for Information Morning Cape Breton

During Mi'kmaw History Month in October, Information Morning Cape Breton did a series of stories that we called "Explorations in Unama'ki". This series has won the Adrienne Clarkson Award for Atlantic Canada from the Radio Television Digital News Association, recognizing journalism that exemplifies an issue of diversity. One of the stories recognized by the judges was an interview with Walter Denny of Eskasoni.

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Record numbers at the new Cape Breton Farmers' Market

It's week two for the newly-reinvented Cape Breton farmers' market, in their new spot in the old Smooth Herman's building where they had more than 2-thousand people visit them last weekend. We catch up with the market manager and get a status report on what still remains to be done.

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It's Mi-?Carême time!

It's a good week to be in Cheticamp this week as the annual Mi-Careme celebrations have unfolded once again. We'll dial up our festive friend Monique Aucoin for an update in St. Joseph du Moine.

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Buchanan Memorial gets a lab tech after all

The results are back they're good for Neil's Harbour. The Health Authority will now advertise for a new lab technician for Buchanan Memorial after all.

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Jerry Howarth on 36 years of calling Jays games

For nearly 4 decades, he was a big thread in the fabric of Canadian baseball, weaving together play-by-play for the Blue Jays. Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. He's not behind the microphone this season, though, having hung it up for good. But he has just released a new memoir, and we'll have a feature interview with him.

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Horses for therapy in Port Hood

Horse Play. A woman in Port Hood wants to create a therapeutic horse riding program to help people with mental and physical challenges.

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Highland Arts Theatre granted charitable status

A curtain may be rising on a new era at the Highland Arts Theatre now that it's just received charitable status. The driving force behind the HAT, Wesley Colford spoke with us about what the status could mean for the future of the facility.

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