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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Nitap Day at Eskasoni High School

Newell Johnson, Principal at Allison Bernard Memorial High School, tells us about "Nitap, or Friendship, Day" taking place in the First Nation community of Eskasoni. And, we hear from Band Councillor Dion Denny, our invaluable guide and partyline correspondent, about a tradition in Eskasoni.

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Harry Potter fan fiction at CaperCon

Fan Fiction Theatre presents "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" at the annual fan convention - CaperCon - tonight in Sydney. We get a visit from the cast of Wizarding Academy of Dramatical Arts, and learn about an original Cape Breton play they are performing.

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Big plans in Big Pond

A community group is looking to raise money to fix the roof at St. Mary's Church, and maybe, buy the glebe house, in hopes of making Big Pond a tourist destination. The Big Pond Community Fundraising Committee was formed by a volunteer group. Owen Carrigan is a member of the group, and a summer resident of Big Pond.

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Doctors get educated on cancer patient's perspective

The Cape Breton Cancer Symposium this year has a twist - focussing on one patient's journey... and that patient will be on stage throughout the day, giving her perspective as a patient as the experts make their presentations. Stacey Brygidyr-Rogers is the patient sharing her story, and Dr. Ron MacCormick is an oncologist, and one of the organizers.

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CBRM councillor to premier: "I have never felt more disrespected"

Recent remarks from Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has offended some councillors in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Last night, they voted to write a letter to the Premier denouncing his choice of words, and reaffirming their support for community hospitals. Hear some of the discussion.

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New Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Cape Breton

The Every Woman's Centre in Sydney is now home to a new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, providing 24/7 on-call medical and forensic response to victims of sexual assault. Rachel Doucette is the SANE program coordinator with the Every Woman's Centre.

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You won't fit these coins in the Coke machine

The Royal Canadian Mint has just released a unique series of coins to commemorate a time at the Fortress of Louisbourg when they used playing cards as legal currency. Erica Maga, a Product Manager for the Royal Canadian Mint, describes the new set of collector coins.

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What difference would a child & youth advocate make?

As Nova Scotia weighs whether to hire a Child and Youth Advocate, we hear what the job entails from someone who's done the job in other provinces. Bernard Richard has served as the Child and Youth Advocate for New Brunswick and British Columbia.

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Cape Breton fishermen oppose Donkin mine's marine terminal plan

Fishermen in eastern Cape Breton are concerned about plans by Kameron Collieries to move coal from the Donkin mine by barge. They say it will damage their fishing grounds.

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Victoria County considers pay raise for councilors

Cash for Councillors. With the Canadian Revenue Agency looking to take a bigger slice of a Councilor's compensation, Victoria County considers compensating the councillors with an increase.

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Is it time for a child & youth advocate for Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia doesn't have a Child and Youth Advocate. So the NDP has introduced a bill asking for someone to look out for the interests of children in the province. Alec Stratford is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.

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Training doulas to work with pregnant women in the justice system

A program offered in Sydney this weekend will train people to become doulas... who would be qualified to offer support to pregnant women involved in the criminal justice system. The training is provided with support from the Elizabeth Fry Society of CB and the Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network. Martha Paynter is the Chair of Women's Wellness Within.

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Province bans "conversion therapy" for minors

The Nova Scotia government introduced the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act on Tuesday. Mark Furey, Nova Scotia's Minister of Justice, explains the legislation and its purpose.

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Making Egypt Falls more accessible

It's a sight every Cape Bretoner should see, and it'll soon be easier for you to get there to see it. Inverness County Councillor Jim Mustard tells us more about the enhancements being planned to make the very steep hike down to Egypt Falls easier.

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Nova Scotia suicides on the rise

A prominent Nova Scotia psychologist says the province's suicide prevention strategy is badly outdated. Dr. Simon Sherry, a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, researches suicidal behaviour, he tells us why the strategy should be updated.

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Mother Canada lives?

Some people in Ingonish are still hoping to see a Mother Canada statue in their area, even though the federal government has said No. Proponents have erected a sign saying it's the "future home" of the Memorial. Ray Stapleton is the spokespeson for "The People North of Smokey and Beyond Who Believe In The Never Forgotten National Memorial Monument."

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Iconic Arichat church gets a makeover thanks to volunteers

An eighty-thousand dollar paint job is underway in Arichat as efforts to preserve the community's Catholic church continue. Odilon Boudreau, a member of the building committee and the Friends of Notre Dame, offers an update on upgrades at the iconic Notre Dame de l'Assumption Church.

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Should parents be concerned about multi-grade classrooms?

Single grade classroom or a split grade one? Which is better for your child's education? We talk to education analyst Annie Kidder about why, if your child is in a split-grade class, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to academic achievement - and why it can actually benefit in other ways.

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Eskasoni man named NS Chef de Mission for North American Indigenous Games

The North American Indigenous Games that'll take place in Halifax are a few years away... But Team Nova Scotia has already got its Chef de Mission gearing up. Levi Denny, director of Sports and Recreation for Eskasoni First Nation, has been named to the top position for the 2020 games.

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Dream Wings: Entrepreneur taking Cape Breton kids on free flights

Flight Fantastic... Dimitri Neonakis is owner of Alexandra's Pizza and a pilot, he has been giving a unique gift to children with special needs in Cape Breton. His initiative is called Dream Wings - offering free sight seeing flights to children who have special needs and their families.

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CBRM councillors call for meeting on port, role of Mayor

A couple of Cape Breton Regional Municipal Councillors want to work out... a few answers to questions they have regarding port development and what happens if CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke wins the PC Leadership. Reporter Wendy Martin spoke with Councillors Earlene MacMullin and Amanda McDougall.

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New Capers Hall of Fame

For the first time ever, Cape Breton University is launching a CAPERS Hall of Fame. We discuss its first two inductees, and the role that athletics plays at the institution. John Ryan is Director of Athletics at CBU, and Kirk MacRae is co-chair of the committee that established the Hall of Fame.

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People with gynecological cancer can now stay in Cape Breton for treatment

Until recently, Cape Breton women with gynecological cancer had to go to Halifax for treatment. Now, those women are able to get the help they need in Sydney. Reporter Carolyn Ray spoke to patient Sharon MacInnis of Glace Bay, and Dr. James Bentley, the head of Gynecologic Oncology in Nova Scotia.

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Have you noticed all the moon jellyfish in the Bras d'Or?

Swarms of moon jellyfish were catching the attention of boaters on the Bras d'Or Lake this summer. We get a science lesson on the biology of moon jellyfish from Bruce Hatcher, Cape Breton University's Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research.

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Stephen Kimber on the 20th anniversary of the Swissair Flight 111 crash

Remembering Swissair Flight 111... This Sunday, September 02nd, marks 20 years since 229 people died in the waters off Peggy's Cove. Stephen Kimber, author of "Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash" recalls what happened after the crash, and the links it forged between the victims' families and the south shore of Nova Scotia.

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NS Education Minister on School Advisory Councils

With elected school boards a thing of the past in Nova Scotia, the provincial government is expanding the role of School Advisory Councils - composed of school principals, teachers, students, parents and community members. Education Minister Zach Churchill gives us a lesson in the newly expanded roles of the SAC.

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"Bear jams" in the Highlands: take a look, then move on

It's fun to spot wildlife when driving around the scenic Cabot Trail. But a number of black bear sightings have been causing traffic snarls in the Highlands this summer, as rubbernecking wildlife-spotting motorists pull over. Erich Muntz, visitor safety coordinator for Parks Canada, addresses the "bear jams".

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Hard to swallow? Restaurant Association responds to evidence of seafood mislabelling

Recently, Oceana Canada released a report after it tested seafood sold by restaurants and retailers -- including many in Halifax -- and found numerous cases of mislabelling. Gordon Stewart, Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, responds to the survey's results.

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Beach closures and climate change

The Province of Nova Scotia has been tweeting about beach closures for much of the summer. Cape Breton University's Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research is Bruce Hatcher, he tells us why it's something we'll have to get used to.

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"Runner" out of town: Port Hawkesbury bids adieu to the MV Dutch Runner

After 4 years, the 84-meter ship that's been a longtime resident at Port Hawkesbury's wharf -- has finally up and left. Jack Ronalds, a photographer and a cabbie in Port Hawkesbury, tells us about the ship often called old Dutchy... the MV Dutch Runner.

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Hostel takeover: former professional skateboarder opens hostel in old church

Meet Bricin Lyons, a former professional downhill skateboard racer, who's now made Cape North his home... and is paying the bills by turning the old Cape North Presbyterian Church into a hostel. The Highlands Hostel is finishing up its first full summer season.

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Opioid addiction wait times reduced

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it's reduced wait lists for addictions treatment by expanding its day programs. Reporter Wendy Martin asked Samantha Hodder, Director of Mental Health and Addictions for the NSHA, for an update on addiction program wait times.

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Odd Jobs: A Cape Breton hydrogeologist

We conclude our summer series, "Odd Jobs" in which we profile intriguing and unusual occupations around the Island. Today, Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan introduces us to Fred Baechler, he's a hydrogeologist here in Cape Breton.

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NSLC goes to pot

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has placed its first order of recreational cannabis products for its stores when marijuana becomes legal in October. Bev Ware, a spokesperson for the NSLC, explains what consumers will see in select stores this fall.

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What does beach garbage tell us about ourselves?

Dana Mount, an Assistant Professor of English at Cape Breton University, talks trash about CBRM beaches. She tells us what she and 2 students found when they surveyed 10 local beaches - gathering some 1,000 pieces of trash, in their beach garbage profile project.

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Old Morrison school becomes a new community centre in Glace Bay

Greg Barnes is the manager of Glace Bay's new Morrison Campus Community Centre -- formerly Morrison Junior High School. He took Reporter George Mortimer on a tour of the building and spoke about the future plans for the facility.

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CB mom: "The only way I will get any attention is if my son is psychotic again"

Neeta Kumar-Britten says her 18-yr-old son, who has mental illness, is falling through the cracks... he has been released onto the streets of Halifax with no support, and no information to his family... because we don't have inpatient mental health care for young people in Cape Breton. Reporter Tom Ayers has the story.

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Lands & Forestry Minister responds to call for less clearcutting

Nova Scotia's Minister of Lands and Forestry, Iain Rankin, reflects on the mound of paper that's landed on his desk in the form of William Lahey's report - "An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia".

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A need for significant change - independent review says NS does too much clearcutting

The long-awaited review of Nova Scotia's forestry practices has been released. We ask William Lahey, the author of "An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia" about his conclusions and recommendations.

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Ecology Action Centre "cautiously optimistic" about forestry recommendations

That much-anticipated review of Nova Scotia's forestry practices is now out. Raymond Plourde, Wilderness Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, offers his analysis of William Lahey's report: "An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia".

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Changes ahead for the Cape Breton Farmers' Market

Reporter George Mortimer has a moving story involving the Cape Breton Farmers' Market. Soon, they start the process of relocating to downtown Sydney, in the old Smooth Herman's Cabaret building on the corner of the Esplanade and Falmouth Street. Market Manager Pauline Singer offers an update on what changes are in store.

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Cape Breton woman agrees to be surrogate mom for her husband's twin brother

All In The Family... A woman in Westmount is acting as a surrogate mother for her husband's identical twin brother so he and his partner can start a family. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee has their story.

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Crisis for child welfare workers

There are definitely problems that need to be addressed in child welfare right across the country. Hear what's being done to solve issues for social workers in Nova Scotia. Wendy Bungay is Executive Director of Placement Services at the Community Services Department. And, Nancy MacLellan is Associate Deputy Minister.

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Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina land sold

A group of Cape Breton businessmen bought the land under the Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina for $150,000 dollars. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke to Gerard Shaw, Regional Director of CB Operations for Public Services and Procurement, and Rodney Colbourne of the Ben Eoin Development Group, about the sale.

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Legacy Leaders Program has Boys & Girls Club blossoming

The Whitney Pier Boys and Girls Club is growing through the Legacy Leaders Program - an initiative aimed at getting young children and teenagers planting, growing and maintaining a vegetable garden. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee spoke to participants about their garden.

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Update on the Englishtown Ferry

The Englishtown Ferry has been out of service since March while new approach ramps were built. Gerard Jessome, Regional Manager with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, expects the service to be operational by the end of the month.

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Atlantic Burn Camp - 21 years of fun filled activities

Young burn victims attending the Atlantic Burn Camp have experienced pain and trauma. But this week, it's all about experiencing fun... Reporter George Mortimer visited the camp in New Campbellton and spoke to some of this year's campers.

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SIRT - Abuse Allegation

The Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an allegation that a police officer assaulted a man in custody. Chris Bernard of Eskasoni admits he was in breach of probation by drinking when police arrested him outside a downtown Sydney bar two weeks ago. On the way to the jail, he and the officer got into a shouting match. Then, he alleges, the officer pulled over, pulled him from the cruiser and knocked him out with three punches.

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A shortage of housing for seasonal workers in Victoria County

Ingonish businesses are running into a staffing problem. They've got lots of work but not enough people to do it. Some say that's because there's no where for seasonal workers to live in the community. George Mortimer was on the road and will fill us in.

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Progressive Conservative Debate

When it comes around, the Progressive Conservatives will have a new leader to take them into political battle. Last night the 5 people hoping to be that leader battled it out at the Big Fiddle.

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RCMP warn about additives to street drugs

We spoke with the RCMP about "cutting agents" being mixed in with street drugs in the province, making them even more of a threat to a person's health.

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Steroid use in Cape Breton

The pursuit of a better body has some people in Cape Breton turning to steroids to get there. The Ally Centre is working to help people learn more about some of the dangers around using this drug. We'll hear about their new campaign to help them stay safe.

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Cape Breton Family Medicine Recruitment Committee

Docs in the Bay. A physician shares thoughts on teaming up with Bay It Forward to attract doctors to the community and why the community itself is such a selling point in attracting those looking for a move.

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Dan Christmas - Indigenous Economy

Closing the labour gap, and empowering communities. In the wake of our recent stories about the Indigenous economy, Senator Dan Christmas joins to give us thoughts from a Cape Breton perspective.

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Louisbourg Dig

Students are back again this summer working to remove the remains of people who were buried near the Fortress before they're washed out to sea because of erosion.

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Ambulance Off-Load Delays

We made room to talk about why having no room in hospitals is responsible for ambulance delays.

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Membertou Men's Group

Clouds of despair have darkened their lives, but there's now light behind those clouds in Membertou. We heard about a new support group that's been started to help certain men in the community.

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A Paramedic Problem #codecritical

Those representing the profession worry about ambulances being tied up at hospitals meaning they're unable to respond to emergencies.

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Alzheimer's Disease App: SymptonGuide Dementia

A new app can help track the symptoms of dementia for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairment diseases. We'll speak to the app developer CEO.

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Lessons in mental health

Mental health help. We learn about an on-line course for teachers, and student teachers to help them support students with mental health issues.

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A too close encounter on the Margaree River

Quite a tale to tell... hear from a long time salmon angler in Margaree who had a harrowing experience on the river recently. Greg Lovely is an experienced angler and salmon conservationist who's been fishing the Margaree River for years. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan asked him about what happened.

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Vanier Scholarship awarded to Kori Andrea

Top of her class... Kori Andrea, a PhD student from North Sydney, is the recipient of a prestigious 3 year scholarship worth $150,000. The national scholarship will help with her postgraduate research at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Waitressing at LeGabriel Restaurant in Cheticamp

Brenda Lee Doucet has worked at LeGabriel Restaurant in Cheticamp for 31 years. The long serving waitress is determined to keep doing her job... even from a wheelchair. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee has her story.

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Creating a healing space at the CBU Library

Renovations began this week to establish a Legacy Room at the Cape Breton University Library to help facilitate reconciliation. The healing space is part of the work of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Foundation. Shawn Bethke is the Dean of the Library, and Stephen Augustine is the Associate Vice President, Indigenous Affairs & Unama'ki College at CBU.

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Picture this... Drive-In Camping

Tent, check. Sleeping bags, check. Marshmallows, check. Great big screen, check. The Cape Breton Drive-in Theatre is inviting you to pitch your tent or park your RV on site for a couple of camping weekends in August. Reporter George Mortimer spoke to Stacey Sifnakis, one of the organizers, about the unique experience.

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World War I era quilt comes home

We stitch together the story of a long lost WWI era hand-stitched quilt that has made it's way across Canada to return for a special event this weekend in Whycocomagh, the community where it was made. Leslie Hobson and Carla Jensen are from Toronto, they're bringing the quilt back to Cape Breton.

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Will hospital closures affect OR capacity and wait times?

A major operation... It will take some reorganization but there shouldn't be any cuts to Operating Room capacity or increases in wait times when the ORs close in North Sydney and New Waterford. Dr. Rod McGory is site lead for surgery at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, and Troy Penney is the Director of Perioperative Services for the Eastern Zone.

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Highlands Links not up to par

Find out why some people are worried about conditions at the Highlands Links Golf Course in Ingonish. Hear from Marcel McKeough, President of the Cape Breton Highlands Golf Club Society, and Graham Hudson, General Manager of the course and the Keltic Lodge for the management company, GolfNorth.

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Culture Twinning Project: CBRM & Givenchy-en-Gohelle

Bienvenue! The Cape Breton Regional Municipality welcomes visitors from Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France, as part of a cultural twinning project. District 8 Councilor Amanda MacDougall and Benoit Szatkowski, head of the Givenchy Cultural Association, describe their exchange.

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Mission Impossible: Finding a new puppy in Cape Breton

A bone of contention... did you know that it's almost impossible to find a puppy these days in Nova Scotia unless you're prepared to fork out some serious cash? Reporter Wendy Martin tells us why it's getting more and more difficult.

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The CBRM reduces energy costs

A few years ago, the CBRM set itself the goal of reducing its energy costs by 15%. It has exceeded that goal... And, has more significant energy-saving projects in the works. David Brushett with Efficiency Nova Scotia, and an on-site energy manager for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, offers an update.

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Lessons from the collaborative care centre in Digby

We check in with the Mayor of Digby, Ben Cleveland, to find out what the Cape Breton Regional Municipality can learn from setting up a community-driven collaborative health centre. Mayor Cleveland tells us how the community pitched in to set up a collaborative care practice and what it's meant for health care there.

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"See you in court": Margaree Chase the Ace Winner

Barbara Reddick of Guysborough was one of the winners of the Margaree Chase the Ace jackpot of 1.2 million dollars, and she plans to sue her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, for his half of the jackpot. Rob Currie, a law professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, offers his legal opinion on the matter.

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The ace emerges in Margaree!

Aced it! We check in with Bernice Curley, chair of the Margaree Chase the Ace Committee, after last night's big draw. The ACE of Spades, worth $1,222,639.00 was selected from the remaining two cards. Barb Reddick of Guysborough and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay share the Jackpot.

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Immigration Minister: seeing uptake in CB in Immigration Pilot

After a slow start, the Federal Immigration minister has added 500 more spots to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot because it's doing so well. Lena Metlege Diab, Nova Scotia's Minister of Immigration, explains why and what's changed here.

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Restorative justice workers say their pay is unjust

Caseworkers at one of the agencies that carries out Nova Scotia's restorative justice program say they're paid less than other provincial employees for doing essentially the same work. The restorative justice system provides an alternative to the traditional court process. Shila LeBlanc is a caseworker with the Community Justice Society in Halifax.

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New family medicine residency positions in Inverness

Dalhousie Medical School and the Nova Scotia Department of Health are adding more family medicine residency spaces... two are coming to Cape Breton. Dr. Andrew Warren, Associate Dean of Post-graduate Medical Education at Dalhousie, explains what that means.

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Revitalizing old neighbourhoods

Laying the foundations for affordable housing... meet the head of a New Jersey based housing and economic development charity who's in Cape Breton to share her expertise in meeting housing needs. Pilar Hogan-Closkey is the executive director of the St. Joseph's Carpenter Society in Camden, New Jersey.

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SPARK winner: GPS bracelets to track kids on field trips

Meet one of the Cape Breton winners of the SPARK Innovation Challenge for tech start-ups who has an idea to use GPS bracelets to keep track of children on school trips and outings. Patsy Leadbeater received a $25,000. award for her company - Commlet.

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Transformation: How Airbnb is changing rural Cape Breton

We launch a new cross country summer series on what small towns and rural communities are doing to survive, and to thrive: Today, Reporter Holly Conners investigates how the rise in rentals through Airbnb is creating opportunity and problems for people in Cape Breton.

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125 years of Église Saint-Pierre: The story behind one of Cape Breton's most distinctive buildings

Hear the story behind one of Cape Breton's most impressive buildings. As people in Cheticamp prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the grand Eglise Saint-Pierre, we get a lesson in the stone church's history from Charles Roach, an historian and genealogist in Cheticamp, and a volunteer at Les Trois Pignons cultural centre.

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Making playgrounds accessible for everyone

For Canadians with disabilities, finding active, outdoor spaces can be a challenge. Learn how parks, playgrounds, beaches and other outdoor spaces can be made more accessible for everyone. Dawn Campbell is the Senior Coordinator of the School Program at the Rick Hansen Foundation. And local accessibility advocate Marci Schwery-Stanley has been helping with these efforts.

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Have you heard of Fort Oxford in Florence?

"Foundations of Our Past"... is a new summer series that takes us to long abandoned sites in the CBRM to find out about their history. Today, community historian Vanessa Childs Rolls and Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan visit the little known military installation tucked in the woods in Florence... Fort Oxford.

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NDP petition to save community hospitals

1500 signatures and counting... The Nova Scotia NDP is circulating an on-line petition to keep the North Sydney and New Waterford hospitals open. Tammy Martin, NDP MLA for CB Centre, tells us about their campaign, calling on the MacNeil government to keep those community hospitals open.

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DNR responds to the moose hunt boycott

The Pollett's Cove Moose Hunting Association is planning to boycott the upcoming moose hunt, and to set up picket lines at access points to the protected area this September. For a response, we contact Bob Petrie, Director of Wildlife with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

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The (Red) Shoe fits: 160-year-old baby booties with Rankin family connection

In this edition of Then and Now, community historian Jim St. Clair and Information Morning host Steve Sutherland pay a visit to the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou... Jim has a special gift for the pub's Rankin family owners: a pair of red baby shoes that once belonged to their great-great-grandmother.

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Moose outfitters boycotting hunt in northern Cape Breton

Moose hunting guides in northern Cape Breton are threatening to sit out this year's hunt, and to set up picket lines at entry points to the protected area. Hector Hines is an outfitter in Meat Cove, and president of the Pollett's Cove Moose Hunting Association.

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Special gear to make Inverness Beach accessible to everyone

Making a better beach experience for people with disabilities... Reporter Kayla Hounsell visits Inverness Beach to check out the new accessibility devices available with Rose Mary MacDonald, vice-president of the Inverness Development Association, and Callum MacQuarrie, co-chair of the Inverness Accessibility Committee.

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Odd Jobs: Meet the Louisbourg harbourmaster

Each summer, Information Morning Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan goes out and about meeting people who have rather unusual occupations for our summer series - "Odd Jobs". Today, a harbourside chat in Louisbourg with the Harbour Master... Loydette MacDonald.

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Information Morning Health Care Phone-In (2nd hour)

Part 2 - Hear part 2 of Cape Breton's Information Morning - a special 2 hour phone-in where we ask: Do you think the changes announced this week will improve health care in the CBRM? Our panelists in the second hour were Janet Knox, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Dr. Chris Milburn, Chief of Emergency for the Eastern Zone, NSHA.

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Information Morning Health Care Phone-In (1st hour)

Part 1 - Information Morning Cape Breton held a special 2 hour phone-in where we asked: Do you think the changes announced this week will improve health care in the CBRM? Our panelists include the CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Janet Knox, Dr. Chris Milburn, Chief of Emergency for the Eastern Zone, and Dr. Joan Salah, a family doctor who's part of a collaborative practice on the Northside and a ER doc.

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A classroom-eye view of the new social studies curriculum for Grade 9

Learn more about the new social studies course piloted this year in Nova Scotia for grade 9 students... teacher Joe Bellefontaine, one of the Cape Breton creators, and a couple of his students - Chelsea Mugford and Kenzie Brown - describe the "Citizenship Education" class.

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Art of Living: the artist becomes the patient

Cape Breton artist Catherine Moir gains a new perspective on her "Art of Living" project to help cancer patients... as a patient herself. For years, she volunteered as a mentor, this year, she is also a participant. Reporter Wendy Martin asked about her exhibit, "Through the Mirror of My Mind", and about her diagnosis.

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EHS on expansion of paramedic services for CBRM

EHS house calls... Jeff Fraser, provincial Director of Operations for Emergency Health Services, offers details of a new community paramedic program to provide home visits as part of the NEW health care plan for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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CEO of the health authority on hospital closures

Our analysis of this week's announcement to close the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals continues with a discussion around those health care changes with Janet Knox, the CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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The premier on health care changes in the CBRM

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil had to shout over heckling and a chorus of boos yesterday during his hospital closures and health care announcement in Sydney. He joins us to elaborate more about yesterday's controversial announcement to close 2 hospitals and expand 2 others under the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Plan.

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Head of emergency in eastern NS explains changes

The Nova Scotia government has announced the New Waterford and Northside General hospitals are going to close - to be replaced with community health centres, and expansions to Glace Bay and the Cape Breton Regional hospitals. Dr. Chris Milburn explains what that's going to mean for patient care in the CBRM.

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