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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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The last U.S. Blockbuster thrives on great customer service

The Bend, Ore., location became the last Blockbuster standing when 2 stores in Alaska closed

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Narcotic Farm

This Narcotic Farm in Kentucky played a major part in shaping the culture around mid-century heroin use in the U.S.

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Franklyn: Heartbreak in a digital world

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife's whereabouts through her phone. It's his last connection to her.

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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Betty Ann MacQuarrie still Warden of Inverness - for now

The Warden of Inverness County has just over four months to win back the trust of council. She escaped a non-confidence vote on Friday, it was initiated by four councillors who had requested the special meeting to remove her as Warden. Reporter Wendy Martin spoke to councillor John Dowling and Warden MacQuarrie.

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MLA Tammy Martin on New Waterford Hospital closure

CBC News has learned that Premier Stephen McNeil and the President of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Janet Knox will announce the closure of the Northside General Hospital and the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital later this morning. We contacted NDP MLA Tammy Martin for reaction to the closures.

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Bringing together the Mi'kmaw, Acadian, Gaelic, and African-Nova Scotian cultures

A Big Welcome in Wagmatcook for the upcoming Multicultural and Diversity Summit - featuring speakers and discussions around cultural barriers and promoting diversity in the Mi'kmaq, Afro-Nova Scotian, Acadian and the Gaelic communities. Robert Bernard is the founder of the event, and the manager of the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre.

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Did the residential school experience impact families on a genetic level?

Meet Aaron Prosper from Eskasoni First Nation, he's a neuroscience student at Dalhousie University. Aaron is studying whether residential school trauma affects people on a genetic level, the research is being done through the lens of the field of EPIGENETICS

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Non-indigenous teacher learns to speak mi'kmaw

A principal in Eskasoni has words with one of her school's teachers... Plenty of them, as she helps him learn the Mi'kmaq language. Eskasoni Elementary and Middle School Principal Dawn Stevens and teacher Tyler Thorne join us to talk about their lessons and his reasons for learning the language.

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Attempt to oust the Warden of Inverness County

Currently, Betty Ann MacQuarrie is the Warden of Inverness County... But four of the six county councillors, including John Dowling, would like to oust her from that position at a special meeting on Friday morning. Reporter Wendy Martin spoke to both Warden MacQuarrie and Councillor Dowling.

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Deputy Minister on Income Assistance reform

After some criticism that the province's review of income assistance was lacking input from people who are actually ON income assistance... Nova Scotia's Deputy Minister of Community Services, Lynn Hartwell, is travelling the province to reach out in person, and she joins us to talk about new changes being introduced.

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Then & Now: "Millionaire" MacNeil and the Inverary Inn

With the main building of the Inverary Inn in ashes, community historian Jim St. Clair sifts through the past and profiles the man who built the original structure more than 125 years - Neil "Millionaire" MacNeil.

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Introducing Theatre Kompakt

Meet two members of Cape Breton's newest theatre company - Theatre Kompakt - they say they're dedicated to "engaging scripts that provide powerful roles for actors" - and they mount their first-ever production this week. Jenn Tubrett and Lindsay Thompson give us a preview.

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Making northern Cape Breton a winter adventure tourism destination

An Adventure in Tourism... Following last week's presentation to Victoria County Council, we speak with an adventure tourism expert from B.C. about what he sees for the Aspy Bay area and what it would take to make Cape Breton a winter tourism destination.

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The Information Morning Popcorn Interview: Ryan Snoddon

CBC Nova Scotia's new meteorologist is Ryan Snoddon. He's been with CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador, for the past 10 years. And to welcome him to Nova Scotia, we got him to sit down and take our patented Information Morning popcorn interview.

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The options for preventing flooding in southend Sydney

We explore some of the options for flood mitigation in downtown Sydney. CBCL, the engineering firm that analyzed the current floodplains... say nothing will prevent the kind of flooding we saw on Thanksgiving Day 2016. But there are options to provide SOME relief for SOME areas. Alexander Wilson of CBCL explains.

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Canadian retaliatory tariffs will hit the NS recreational boating industry

We've heard alot about Trump's tariffs but some Canadian industries are more worried about Canada's countermeasures. Hear how the Maritimes' recreational boating industry stands to suffer... Patricia Nelder is head of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association / Boating Atlantic.

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Inverary Resort update one week after the fire

Matt MacAulay, operations manager of the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, updates us on developments since a fire destroyed the historic main lodge at his resort.

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The latest on a new park for North Sydney

The Victory Park Society is a volunteer group formed after the sale of Archibald's Wharf in North Sydney. The group hopes to build a new greenspace park on the waterfront. Victory Park Society chair, Ryan Duff, says the group has revised its original plan and will update the community at a public information session.

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Atlantic salmon stocks down again

Wild Atlantic salmon numbers drop for a second consecutive year... we ask Lewis Hinks, Director of Programs for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, how Nova Scotia's wild salmon are doing.

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Heavy cannabis use linked with lower salary, poor health

A new study tracks cannabis use in young people - and looks at the long-term impact on their health and relationships - even on education and salary. Kara Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. F.X. University, and the lead author.

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New study means some women can skip chemotherapy

Is it safe for some breast cancer patients to skip chemotherapy? A Nova Scotia cancer doctor says yes... based on a new study he heard discussed at a conference in Chicago. Dr. Tallal Younis, a medical oncologist, a professor at Dalhousie's Medical School, and the co-chair of the provincial breast cancer site team, explains the significance of the new study.

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New foundation to bring in charitable dollars for Atlantic First Nations

Getting access to charitable funds may be a little easier now for First Nations communities across the Maritimes through a new foundation that has been created. Chris Googoo, the Chief Operating Officer for the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, explains.

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Bird feeder disease back again

Dr. Megan Jones, Regional Director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Co-Operative in Atlantic Canada, explains why we should be paying a little more attention to the birds in our backyard now that a disturbing disease (Trichomonosis) is once again affecting Nova Scotia's bird population.

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Fire at the Inverary Resort

The main building of the Inverary Resort in Baddeck was destroyed by fire in the early hours of Thursday morning. Victoria Standard publisher Andrew Brooks was on the scene starting at 4 a.m.

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CBRM Council Moment: How much do we get from the province?

Cape Breton Regional Municipal Councillors discussed provincial funding and the lack of fairness again. The CBRM's chief financial officer presented a report showing the municipality receives just over 15 million dollars a year, BUT pays back more than 17 million each year to the province in mandated costs. Hear some of their debate.

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Province plans to improve high-speed internet

Making sure the world-wide-web reaches the entire province through fast, reliable internet connectivity. The Nova Scotia Liberals unveil a plan to complete the Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia Initiative. Geoff MacLellan, Nova Scotia's Minister of Business, explains the "Last Mile Strategy".

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Recruiting MBA students for community-building in the Margarees

The Margaree Area Development Association is looking to a fresh source for ideas to combat outmigration: they're enlisting the assistance of MBA students at CBU. Maria Coady, chair of the Margaree Area Development Association, explains why they are recruiting help from the business students.

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What does an accessible province look like for you?

The province has committed to making all of Nova Scotia accessible for people with diabilities by 2030 - including buildings and services. The Accessibility Directorate wants to get your thoughts on how to make that happen. Gerry Post is Executive Director of the Accessibility Directorate for Nova Scotia.

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Donkin Mine management responds to trucking concerns

Reporter Tom Ayers attended last night's public meeting held at the Port Morien Legion concerning Donkin Mine and coal trucks. Following the meeting, Tom spoke with mine vice-president Shannon Campbell.

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New NSTU president: Paul Wozney

After a run-off vote, in a five-person election, Paul Wozney is head of the class. He becomes the new President of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union. We ask him about his vision for the organization.

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Justice Minister responds to the Auditor General's report

Yesterday, Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup outlined some of his findings regarding correctional facilities and the maintenance enforcement program. Today, Nova Scotia's Minister of Justice Mark Fury responds to the Auditor General's latest report.

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Could we use sewage to heat downtown Sydney?

Hear about a potential green energy solution that could be applied to a number of buildings in Sydney's downtown. A study is underway into the feasibility of setting up a district energy system. David Brushett, an employee of Efficiency Nova Scotia, who has been serving as on-site energy manager for the CBRM, explains.

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Wash Brook flooding? Get used to it

Hear highlights from last night's meeting of Cape Breton Regional Council regarding a study done by engineering firm CBCL, on suggestions to help reduce flooding in parts of Sydney. Councillor Ray Paruch addressed a question to Alexander Wilson, a senior water resources engineer with CBCL.

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Fang the pacu fish moves on

Now, the story of how a little pet can become a big problem. ACAP Cape Breton is forced to say farewell to Fang the fish. For several years, Fang has been living at their office in Sydney. ACAP Cape Breton executive director Jodi McDavid has more on this moving fish tale.

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David Dingwall: the early days at CBU

The new skipper of Cape Breton University charts a course for the university's future... President and vice-chancellor David Dingwall shared his vision at an event called "Dingwall -- The Early Days at CBU". He tells us about his early days on the job, and the university's strategic plan.

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Short films on Charlotte Street

Wanna head to the movies? You can by walking down Charlotte Street in Sydney, where, in an abandoned storefront you'll find 7 Canadian short-films running on a loop. Nelson MacDonald is a filmmaker and producer, and the curator of "Store Front Cinema", he explains what's behind the free film screening.

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Continued safety violations at the Donkin Mine

After more than a year, a CBC News investigation shows Donkin Mine is still violating provincial safety regulations. Reporter Frances Willick looked through recent government accounts of violations of provincial health and safety regulations at the mine operated by Kameron Colleries, a subsidiary of the Cline Group.

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Building purchased for Cape Breton "forestry hub"

Efforts to establish a forestry hub in Cape Breton are starting to grow roots for a value added forestry industry on the Island... Inverness County councillor Jim Mustard offers an update on the new Breton Forest Innovation Cooperative, based at the old Finewood Flooring Facility in Middle River.

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By the book: lessons for Sydney from the new Halifax Library

As discussions continue about a new library for Sydney, there's a lot we can learn from the Halifax experience. Sharon Haley-Mancini, manager of the new Halifax Central Library, explores the role of public libraries in the Internet age, and their importance to the communities they serve.

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Prof to NS judges: sexual assault laws are failing us

A public talk called "Sexual Violence: What's Happening Out There?" will be presented by University of Ottawa law professor Constance Backhouse. Her community presentation and discussion will examine societal attitudes toward sexual violence, and what needs to change.

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Marc-André Fleury's Cape Breton billet family

Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee visits one of Cape Breton's biggest Marc-André Fleury fans... Bob Hawkins and family billeted Fleury for four years while he played with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Sydney. Marc-André and his Las Vegas Knights will be playing in the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship series.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper cuts down old growth forest

Even though it's against the rules, Port Hawkesbury Paper has cut down hectares of old growth forest on crown land near Loon Lake in Guysborough County. We ask Nova Scotia's Minister of Natural Resources, Margaret Miller, why this happened, and whats being done to prevent it in the future.

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Why no one is using the dredged channel in Sydney Harbour

The multi-million dollar dredging of Sydney's Harbour was meant to allow larger ships into port, but 7 years after the dredge, navigational aids still don't line up to the new route, so few, if any, of those large ships have taken advantage of the deeper channel. Marlene Usher is the CEO of the Sydney's Port Authority.

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Public Forum: Could the creative sector be Cape Breton's next big industry?

Here is an excerpt from CBC Cape Breton's public forum on the question of whether the creative sector is Cape Breton's next big industry? Hear from the host of the evening Mainstreet Cape Breton's Wendy Bergfeldt, and from filmmaker Nelson MacDonald, Greg Davies, curator of the CBU Art Gallery, and Wesley Colford of the Highland Arts Theatre.

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Tune-up for the pipe organ in Cape Breton's oldest church

The one-hundred-and-eight year old organ at St. George's Church in Sydney has seen some work recently--just in time for cruise ship passengers and others to come in and try it out for themselves. Reporter Tom Ayers visited the historic church to hear more.

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An awareness campaign on the consequences of using pot targets youth

The Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program hopes to get young people thinking about the effects of marijuana with a new campaign called Weed Myths. Studies show a link between early and regular marijuana use and psychosis. Dr. Phil Tibbo, a psychiatrist and the director of the NS Early Psychosis Program, explains.

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What is a Code Census at the ER?

A Code Census is called when an ER is backlogged with patients who are waiting to be admitted to hospital. In Sydney, the average is about one a month. Hear about the situation from Dr. Chris Milburn, Chief of Emergency Care for the Eastern Zone, and Brett MacDougall, Director for Emergency Program of Care for the Eastern Zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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Recommendations for improving Palliative Care in Nova Scotia

Doctors Nova Scotia has 10 ways to do just that. Hear from Dr. David Henderson, a palliative care specialist in Truro, who is President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, and he was part of the subcommittee that drafted the recommendations for Doctors Nova Scotia.

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The Gender Sexuality Alliance hosts The Two Spirited Conference in Eskasoni

The GSA at Allison Bernard high school in Eskasoni will host a conference aimed at Indigenous youth in the LGBTQ community.

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All the stage is a world with Jim St. Clair - Then and Now!

A funny thing happened on the way to theatre. Jim St. Clair recalls the clear vision people had in seeing that Mabou and its students got a world class theatre facility in Strathspey Place.

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Informing about a warning... Get ready for the Alert Ready system

The "Alert Ready" system with its signature sound is about to be tested on your cell phone in Nova Scotia. Derek Mombourquette is Nova Scotia's Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office, or EMO. He tells us why the national system to alert the public about emergencies will be tested tomorrow as part of Emergency Preparedness Week.

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How far would you go for that perfect prom dress?

More than a dozen Newfoundland girls have chosen to travel to Nova Scotia to purchase their prom dresses. Hear from Brittany Woodworth, owner of the gown store "Timeless Moments" in Sydney, and Toni Bobbett from Port Aux Basques, one of the girls who made the trip across the Cabot Strait.

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A New Waterford student's history project could get heritage status

A Diamond In the Rough... When Grade 4 student Sophia Hillier decided to do her Heritage Fair project on baseball in New Waterford, she ended up hitting it out of the ball park. Now... that baseball diamond may end up getting formal heritage status thanks to her work - it might be the oldest or second oldest baseball field in the country.

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Why Nova Scotia's math curriculum doesn't add up

An education professor says - what many parents believe: There's a problem with the way we teach math in Nova Scotia. In light of new numbers comparing our kids to others across the country, Genevieve Boulet, an associate professor in Mount Saint Vincent's Faculty of Education, says we should overhaul the math curriculum.

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Action Plan: Get a fair share of the equalization money

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has long maintained that it doesn't get a fair share of the federal equalization money that flows into Nova Scotia. CBRM councillors debated the issue and have adopted an action plan on equalization.

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Another craft brewery brewing in Cape Breton

On the Ale Trail... Inverness will soon be home to Cape Breton Island's newest craft beer maker - Route 19 Brewery - set to open this summer. Ryan MacIsaac is one of the partners in the Route 19 Brewery.

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A public information session on medically assisted dying

Many people gathered at Cape Breton University to learn more on the subject of "MAiD"... Medical Assistance in Dying. Hear from experts on the panel and from people in the audience with questions and concerns on the topic.

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"Song for the Mira" named to Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame

It's a staple of every kitchen party and campfire singalong... it's been translated into Dutch and Japanese... and it's said that it's been recorded over 300 times. And now - Allister MacGillivray's "Song for the Mira" is being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Allister MacGillivray reflects on the song that launched a life of its own.

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Preventing ocean entanglements off Cape Breton

What a tangled web we weave... the new Eastern Nova Scotia Marine Stewardship Society is working on a project to study ocean entanglement of species at risk. Kurt Simmons, a biologist with the stewardship society, explains.

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New marine science centre in Louisbourg

Louisbourg's newest reason to visit is the soon-to-be opened Oceans of Opportunity Marine Science and Heritage Centre. Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan visits the centre for a preview before the grand opening.

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