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50 years of the Q, and a new chapter for the Eagles
It was 50 years ago that the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League came into existence. As part of the celebrations, the League's Commissioner is visiting each city and this weekend he's in Sydney. Commissioner Gilles Courteau and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles majority owner Irwin Simon join us in studio.
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Hurting in Eskasoni
A grey cloud of heartbreak is hovering over Eskasoni First Nation this week in the wake of a series of deaths. Sharon Rudderham is the Health Director in Eskasoni, and Daphne Hutt-MacLeod is the Director of Mental Health Services. They discuss how that cloud can be banished and what is needed in their community.
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"A culture of high tolerance for cybersecurity risk"
Dropping the ball on privacy protection. That's what Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner found in the way the Province handled a breach of it's Freedom of Information Access website. We speak with Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tulley, and then, we get thoughts from Michael Karanicolas, President of the Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia.
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Cape Breton Highlanders #1 for the first time
The Land of Hoops and Glory... The Cape Breton Highlanders Basketball team are in their third year and in 1st place in the National Basketball League of Canada. Tyrone Levingston, President and General Manager of the CB Highlanders, talks about the team's success.
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"Guilt and shame": recommendations for long term care
A prescription for long-term care in Nova Scotia is needed... a crisis is looming if more staff aren't found. An expert advisory panel released a report saying urgent, short-term action is required to address failings. Janice Keefe is director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University, and Chair of the advisory panel.
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Should the health system have more local decision-making in Cape Breton?
Reporter Tom Ayers spoke with former CB pediatrician Dr. Andrew Lynk - he is now chief of pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax - about his concern that there's not enough local decision-making capacity in the health care system in Cape Breton. And hear a response from the CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Janet Knox.
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New professional association for principals
There's the principle of the matter, then there's the matter of the principals... and the new school administrators' association. We contact Tim Simony, Chair of the Public School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia, to find out what's changed, and where things go from here.
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Action on homelessness in the CBRM
Longing for a roof and four walls. A conference on homelessness and affordable housing is in the works for next week in the CBRM. We spoke with two of the people involved.
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Paramedics home visits
Details of a new program launched at the Regional hospital that is designed to get patients out of the emergency room, and have paramedics following up with them in home visits.
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Learning to play waltes
A dicey Proposition. Grade 5 students at Bras d'Or Elementary are introduced to the Mi'kmaq dice game, Waltes, as they learn about indigenous culture.
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Scott Brison on family, the virtue of politics, and the Norman affair
The Honourable Member for Kings-Hants... at least for now. Liberal MP and cabinet minister Scott Brison is stepping down, announcing he would not be seeking re-election in 2019. We have a conversation with him about his decision to leave federal politics.
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UMW on the Donkin shutdown
A number of workers have been laid off at the Donkin Mine following a roof collapse two weeks ago. The mine is not unionized, and the United Mine Workers of America has been trying to organize the employees. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke with Gary Taje, the union's international representative, who provided a little insight into underground mine safety.
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Should Cheticamp have its own MLA?
A Cheticamp lawyer presents the case for the area getting its own provincial riding at Province House. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith spoke to lawyer Rejean Aucoin about that option, one of four proposed by the latest Nova Scotia Electoral Boundaries Commission interim report.
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Are Nova Scotia doctors being "marginalized"?
Doctors Nova Scotia released a position paper yesterday... it's a statement on the role - and value - of family physicians in this province. Tim Holland, President of Doctors Nova Scotia, explains their release - "The Backbone of Primary Health Care: The role and value of family physicians in Nova Scotia".
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Bob MacEachern on the sale of 101.5 The Hawk
Port Hawkesbury's locally owned radio station, 101.5 The Hawk, is being sold. Bob MacEachern is the President & General Manager of MacEachern Broadcasting Limited, he tells us why he and his wife Brenda have decided to get out of the radio business.
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A year of transition at CBMIC
Today, we shine the spotlight on CBMIC - the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative. Last year was a real transitional year for the organization, so whats next for 2019. Duane Nardocchio is operations manager for the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative.
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The first-ever Cape Breton High School Drama Festival
Acting Up in Highschool... A new drama festival for Cape Breton highschool students is in the works for this year at Cape Breton University. Two of the organizers give us the details, Todd Hiscock is Artistic Director at the Boardmore Playhouse, and Mike McPhee is a drama teacher at Glace Bay Highschool.
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A new daycare for Baddeck this spring?
Baddeck needs a daycare. Hear from 2 people hoping to make that a reality in 2019. Matthew Hart is a lawyer in Baddeck and he and his wife are expecting their first child in June. And, Gwen Jarabek is another supporter hoping to establish a much-needed daycare for the area.
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17 days and counting for North Mountain road closures
We check with Parks Canada to get a status report for North Mountain... keeping that road open this winter has been a challenge for snow removal crews. Rob Howey is Resource Conservation Manager for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
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Year-end interview: David Dingwall
Cape Breton University President David Dingwall will be busy this week as his school greets hundreds of newly arriving international students. Recently, he was able to join us for a feature Year-End interview on what was a significant year of transition, for him, and for his institution.
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CBU welcomes 500 more new international students this week
Cape Breton University has rolled out the welcome mat for hundreds of new international students arriving on campus this week. Reporter Holly Conners met a few of them, and also spoke to an official who's job is helping them settle in.
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Looking back: Cape Breton arts & culture 2018
We look back at a handful of the highlights from the world of arts and culture in Cape Breton in 2018.
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Following through on the old promise of high speed internet for all Nova Scotians
Develop Nova Scotia is the government agency that's been tasked with the job to connect all Nova Scotians to high speed internet
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Cecil Clarke year-end interview
As a new year begins, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke reflects on the one just passed... and what could be expected in the next 12 months in the municipality.
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Popcorn Interview: Tina Simpkin
Soon you'll hear a new voice on Information Morning... Tina Simpkin will be joining us as our Morning Meteorologist. So before she starts her new job next week... Tina agreed to take our patented Information Morning Popcorn Interview.
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The season ahead at Ski Cape Smokey
Snow far, snow good. In the wake of Monday's gift to skiers, we check in with Ski Cape Smokey in Ingonish. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke to Larry Dauphinee, chair of the Ski Cape Smokey Society, about the ski hill getting up and running this season.
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It's time for trash talking. How much of our post-holiday garbage can actually be recycled?
Not everything you put in your blue bag is recyclable, especially at this time of year. We get get advice on how to help and not hinder those who sort recyclables at the depot.
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The Sydney Call Centre OPENS today
There are few people keener to get back to work after the holidays than the former ServiCom call centre employees in Sydney. We check in with Todd Riley, the new Vice-President of The Sydney Call Centre, for an update on its opening as some employees head to work today and others expected to return next week.
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Premier Year-End Interview, Part 2: Stephen McNeil
At this time of year, it's our tradition to check in with some of the people who drive the agenda on Cape Breton Island, and in the province. Yesterday, we aired the first part of our year-end interview with Premier Stephen McNeil. Today, the Premier of Nova Scotia continues to reflect on 2018 in the concluding part of our feature conversation.
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Premier Year-End Interview, Part 1: Stephen McNeil on Northern Pulp, clearcutting, and more
In our series of year-end interviews, it's time to catch up on the year that was -- and maybe look ahead at the year that's coming -- with the top dog in provincial politics, the Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil.
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Breakout boxes and coding robots
Learn how an interesting cube is helping to teach tech to Cape Breton students. Kurt Kublek, Coordinator of Programs for Technology Integration with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education, explains how locked boxes could be the key to helping children better understand technology.
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New CBRM library status report
Mayor Cecil Clarke offers an update on the status of the push for a new library in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. He says 2019 could open a new chapter in the potential development of a new standalone facility.
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Minister of Lands & Forestry on the Ingonish barrier beach
Nova Scotia's Minister of Lands and Forestry, Iain Rankin, responds to concerns in Ingonish about that recent breach of the barrier beach.
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Telephone support for isolated senior citizens
Seniors in St. Ann's Bay are picking up the phone to combat loneliness and look out for each other's safety. Its a new telephone support network being launched by the St. Ann's Bay Time Bank. Jitka Zgola is the former chair of the St. Ann's Bay Development Association, and a member of the advisory committee for the Time Bank.
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New Waterford ER might send you home
A new M.O. at the E.R. Changes are coming to the New Waterford Emergency Department that will affect how many patients get to see a doctor each day. Barb O'Neill is the Director of Emergency Program of Care with Nova Scotia Health Authority's Eastern Zone, she explains how their patient flow management procedure will work.
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Not much left of the boat aground at Gabarus
If you were going to write a book about the boat named "Liberty", it would have a number of interesting chapters. And a new one was figuratively written following that recent winter storm we had a few weeks back. Steve Smith of Coxheath has visited the wreck site a few times and shares the latest in the saga of "Liberty".
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Chapter 11 and ServiCom explained
A wealth of information about bankruptcy... as ServiCom's future remains a question, we delve into the differences between Canada and the US around business bankruptcies. George Karaphillis, the Dean of the Shannon School of Business at CBU, explores the "Chapter 11" process - a "reorganization" bankruptcy.
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Growing pains at Transit Cape Breton
Four years ago, the transit service in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality was on the chopping block. Currently, its experiencing an 80% increase in ridership. Transit Cape Breton manager Kathy Donovan made a presentation to council noting the service will be asking for more funding in next year's budget.
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Health Minister visits CBRM hospitals
Nova Scotia's Health Minister Randy Delorey has wrapped up 2 days of meetings with the team tasked with restructuring healthcare in Cape Breton and with physicians at all four hospitals in the CBRM. He talks about what was said, what was heard and what was accomplished.
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ServiCom update from the Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan
Following developments in the ServiCom closure, we hear from Geoff MacLellan... he is Nova Scotia's Minister of Business and the MLA for Glace Bay. He explains the latest on the government's response to the closing of the Sydney call centre.
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ServiCom: Todd Riley on weekend developments
We contact Todd Riley, the former Director of Operations at ServiCom in Sydney, to get a round-up and run-down of what he has heard--and experienced--over the weekend, concerning former employees, community support and a prospective buyer for the call centre.
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ServiCom: George Karaphillis on call centre economics
The business of ServiCom. The Dean of the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University, George Karaphillis, offers his perspective on money matters related to the closure of the ServiCom call centre in Sydney.
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ServiCom: what about a worker co-op?
We continue to cover the fallout from last week's closing of the ServiCom Call Centre in Sydney. The laid off ServiCom workers have credentials and potential... Owen Carrigan, the former president of St. Mary's University, has an interesting idea for them to consider.
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Betty Ann is the new Warden... again
We follow up on last night's vote on the Warden's position in Inverness County. After the vote, and a tie-breaker... Betty Ann MacQuarrie is still Warden. She explains what transpired after losing then regaining her title.
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What happened at ServiCom?
Yesterday, over 600 employees at the ServiCom call centre in Sydney were told the operation was being shut down immediately.The now former Director of Operations at ServiCom in Sydney, Todd Riley, reflects on the announcement and the future of the call centre.
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The science behind the barrier beach at Ingonish Harbour
Ingonish area residents are concerned after last week's storm played havoc with the barrier beach protecting the harbour. Bob Taylor is a retired geomorphologist - someone who studies landscapes and how water, air and ice change them - he offers his thoughts.
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Is the safety of Ingonish Harbour at risk?
Following up on the effects of the storm surge last week... in Ingonish, Victoria County councillor for district 6 - Larry Dauphinee says the barrier protecting the harbour has been breached. Council had appealed to various departments and now, are looking to Premier McNeil for help.
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Storm surge threatens iconic lighthouse near Seal Island Bridge
The McNeil's Beach Lighthouse is the one you can see from the Seal Island Bridge on Boularderie Island... last week's storm surge flooded the century-old structure. Former politician Ron Stewart leads a community group to save and restore the iconic little lighthouse.
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New youth chief in Membertou
Meet the new chief of the Membertou Youth Council, Emily Bernard, she is a grade 11 student at Sydney Academy. She cares deeply about supporting the community that has done so much to support her.
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Sunfish in the Bras d'Or
Recently, a sunfish washed up on shore in Irish Vale on the Bras d'Or, and one on the East Bay Sandbar, places they normally wouldn't be. To learn why, we ask Annamarie Hatcher about sunfish... she's on the Board of the Bras d'Or Biosphere Reserve Association and she has a PhD in zoology.
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Minister of Education on bullying
Professor Wayne MacKay, the author of the report on Bullying and Cyberbullying in NS, has suggested that it's high time we had a report card from the Minister of Education on what kind of progress has been made. In the wake of the incident in Glace Bay that received worldwide attention - Zach Churchill, the Minister of Education, is our guest.
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Minister of Lands & Forestry on the Lahey Report
The provincial government is committing to a new model of forestry that balances harvesting and conservation. Iain Rankin is Nova Scotia's Minister of Lands and Forestry, he elaborates on his government's plan to go ahead with recommendations in the Lahey Report on forestry practices in our province.
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Health care restructuring team
Cape Bretoners have been waiting for word on how healthcare will be restructured in the CBRM. Meet 3 of the team members tasked with that restructuring. Mark LeCouter is the senior director for the team, Mickey Daye is responsible for redevelopment work in New Waterford and North Sydney, and Troy Penney is responsible for expansions at Glace Bay and the Regional.
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What's next in the plan for a new library in Sydney?
Last night, a public meeting in Sydney discussed the proposed new library to replace the McConnell. Several organizations are advocating for a new library... Michelle Wilson is Executive Director of the Sydney Waterfront District, and Jim Wooder is Project Manager with Harbour Royale Development Limited.
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A step back for transparency in Richmond County?
Richmond County council voted this week to remove the volunteer "members at large" from their policy committee... without informing the "members at large". We hear from one of those former members - Robbie Fougere of Petit de Grat, and from the Warden of Richmond County - Jason MacLean.
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Status report on campaign for new library
A newly formed advocacy group proposing a new library for Sydney hope to turn a new page... by providing an update on their efforts at a public meeting at 4pm this afternoon at the Civic Centre. Neeta Kumar-Britten is the chair of the Cape Breton Regional Library board.
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CBRM CAO on in-camera policy
Recently, Councillors in the CBRM have been under fire for discussing their pay at four closed-door meetings. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke with CBRM chief administrative officer Marie Walsh about those in-camera meetings, and what steps the municipality is taking to rectify the situation.
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Red dresses in Potlotek
Information Morning Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan takes us to a new Red Dress memorial in Potlotek First Nation raising awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Gwen Brake and Noelle Doucette are the organizers of the campaign in their community.
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Province considers changes to rules for in-camera sessions
Reporter Tom Ayers spoke to Mark Peck, executive director of planning and advisory services with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, and with Cape Breton University Political Science Professor Tom Urbaniak about the CBRM in-camera meetings and the rules governing the process.
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Muskrat Falls estimates lowballed
Critics of the Muskrat Falls Hydro Project say the latest evidence from a public inquiry is proof the project was never viable. Reporter Terry Roberts has the story about cost estimates deliberately lowballed in an effort to get Emera on board.
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What goes on in those in-camera meetings, anyway?
Reporter Tom Ayers has been looking over the minutes from four in-camera--or private--CBRM meetings on councillors pay, to get an idea of - what goes on in those in-camera meetings? District 11 Councillor Kendra Coombes spoke to Tom about her concerns.
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New Bras d'Or research program guided by traditional knowledge
A focus on fish... The Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources is partnering with Dalhousie University to study fish species. Shelley Denny, director of Aquatic Research and Stewardship for UINR, explains what makes this partnership unique.
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"Up-cycling" at the Remakery in Baddeck
Re-imagine, re-purpose, re-make. A husband-and-wife run business in Baddeck is celebrating its first anniversary. We contact Wendy Burns-Morrison and Roddie Morrison to learn more about their unique studio called "The Remakery".
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Canso Causeway march for Cassidy Bernard
Red Dress Protest... In the wake of the suspicious death of Cassidy Bernard, a young woman from We'koqma'q First Nation, dozens gathered and marched across the Canso Causeway to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women.
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Cancer Survey - "Thirty minutes that matter"
"30 Minutes That Matter" is the name of a new campaign that invites you to share your insight and opinions on cancer prevention and cancer care in Canada. Lindsay MacPhee is a cancer survivor, and co-chair of the patient and family advisory committee with NS Cancer Care.
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Wayne MacKay on legal aspects of bullying videos
Legal expert Wayne MacKay shares his thoughts about where bullying moves into criminal behaviour, given the recent bullying situation at Glace Bay High and at St. Michael's College School in Toronto.
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Public discussion on private meetings at the CBRM
Two weeks ago, Cape Breton regional councillors voted themselves a raise in gross pay to counter the impending loss of a federal tax benefit. These discussions were held in-camera, contrary to the Municipal Government Act. Last night, the issue came back to council... we hear excerpts from that meeting.
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Maritime paramedics share challenges
A unique gathering took place in Halifax recently involving unions that represent paramedics all across the Maritimes. They met to discuss common challenges on the job. Michael Nickerson of Sydney is President of Local 727, he offers his perspective on the meeting.
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Pro soccer prospects from CBU
Four soccer-playing students at Cape Breton University have been drafted to play in the newly formed Canadian Premier League. Our Sports Guy Charlie Cuff tells us what that means for the players and for the school.
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Stolen paintball gear starting to come back
Last week, Cape Breton County Paintball owner Tyler MacPhee discovered someone had stolen paintball gear worth 5-thousand dollars from his car, while he was working on his property on Beechmont Road. To update the story, Tyler tells us some of his gear is being returned.
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Wanda Robson on Viola's new ten-dollar bill
Canada's new 10-dollar bill will be launched today... featuring Nova Scotia's own Viola Desmond. Wanda Robson is Viola's sister... the 91-year-old spoke to Reporter Sherri Borden Colley about using the much-anticipated bill with her sister's image on it.
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Halifax researchers discover new branch on the Tree of Life
"A Voracious, Little Ogre"... In a rare discovery, Dalhousie University researchers identify a new branch on the 'Tree of Life' that no one knew existed. Biology professor Alastair Simpson tells us how an analysis of the genetics of a microbe found in Nova Scotia led to the discovery.
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Is CBU ready for 500 more new international students coming in January?
Recruiters at Cape Breton University have been so successful in enticing international students it's led to a number of challenges for the school. And 500 more international students are on the way in the new year. Gordon MacInnis is Vice-President of Finance and Operations at CBU.
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New Cap & Trade Regulations
The province has released the rules for Nova Scotia's new Cap and Trade system. Jason Hollett, Executive Director of Climate Change for the NS Department of Environment, explains the caps, rules around credits and the deadlines to report and comply with emissions targets.
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Louisbourg or Bust: A Surfer's Wild Ride Down Nova Scotia's Drowned Coast
Meet Ryan Shaw who set about to cycle and surf from the mainland to the Fortress, equipped without a cell phone but with a copy of Don Quixote. He is an english and science teacher in Halifax, today, he describes his adventure or misadventure.
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Award-winning stories of hardship & recovery in Eskasoni
Meet 2 people featured in the award-winning documentary "Promising Practices in Eskasoni", it's part of a series of national documentaries produced by the Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network. Nikkita Dennis and Jade Doucette tell their stories of wrestling free from the grip of drug addiction.
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New owner of the Screaming Eagles
The new majority shareholder of the group that owns the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hopes to take the team to greater heights. Irwin Simon talks about his newest investment, and his vision for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team.
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Jordan's Principle: How are we doing in Cape Breton?
A conversation about Jordan's Principle... the right of indigenous children to have access to the same services as other children... and whether progress is being made on that in Cape Breton. Hear from 3 Service Coordinators: Kelly Holley is based in Eskasoni. Jessica Greggains is for Membertou and Potlotek, and Terri Anne Johnson is for Wagmatcook and We'koqma'q.
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The Cape Breton Oilers live again! (Or at least their merchandise does)
The Best of Cape Breton gift shop in Sydney has negotiated a licensing agreement with the NHL to sell merchandise bearing the vintage Cape Breton Oilers logo. Reporter Holly Connors met David Farmer, Senior Manager of Community and Business Development at Breton Ability Centre, at the shop.
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Apology for Glace Bay bullying incident
Brett Corbett is the teenager with cerebral palsy who was bullied, on camera, near Glace Bay High School recently. Jim Ellsworth is the father of one of the students who bullied the 14-year-old, he says he is devastated by the role his son played. Over the weekend, his son formally apologised to Brett Corbett.
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"He didn't have to go and fight" - Mi'kmaw D-Day vet never made it home
Hear from one family in Membertou about Charles Doucette's sacrifice during D-Day... he was killed by the Nazis along with 22 other POWs. Troy Paul is a grandson, and Marie Doucette is Charles Doucette's daughter. His family plan to visit his grave in France, next year, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
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CBRM councillor apologizes for meeting in-camera over pay
Sorry for speaking secretly about salary... Cape Breton Regional Municipal councillor Amanda McDougall has apologized to constituents for in-camera discussions about Council's recent pay raise. This increase is to counter the loss of a federal tax benefit.
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Cape Bretoner brings sands of Bras d'Or to Belgium for WWI vet
A Cape Breton man is taking part in the "Odyssey of Peace", a 150 km walking trip visiting military sites, memorial sites and graveyards of the First World War. We contact Donnie Campbell of Sydney, he's in France this morning, he shares with us his experience so far.
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CBRM councillors' pay: public or private?
Open Discussions and Closed Meetings... Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council voted to give itself a raise. And had four, private meetings on the matter not open to the public. So did that contravene the municipal government act when they chose to meet in-camera - 4 times - to debate their remuneration.
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Why big oil wants you to use more plastic
Controlling the plastic problem often focuses on "reduce, reuse, and recycle". But a researcher in Texas says plastic PRODUCTION is really to blame. Carroll Muffett, CEO of The Centre for International Environmental Law, has been looking into the topic of plastics and the fossil fuel industry.
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Highlands moose cull
Another moose cull is about to begin in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park as part of the Bring Back the Boreal project to restore the natural forest ecosystem in the Highlands. Parks Canada Resource Conservation Manager Rob Howey offers an update on the fourth and final year of the moose harvest.
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How North Sydney got to celebrate the armistice one day early
North Sydney will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War one day early. It was one hundred years ago, on November 10th, 1918 people in North Sydney were let in on a secret: The war would end the next day. Richard Rose, Chair of the November 10th Commemoration Committee with the North Sydney Historical Society, explains.
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CBRM councillors' pay raise
The amount on their pay cheques may be going up, but the amount they're handing over to the taxman is, too. Three CBRM Councillors talk about the recent change by the federal government - where an elected official's entire salary will be taxed starting in the new year.
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What's the plan for health care changes in New Waterford and the Northside?
Planning Out How To Plan. A process to look at how to replace hospitals in New Waterford and North Sydney was supposed to take 9 to 12 months. But it's been four months and that process hasn't begun yet.
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Inverness County spat: Betty Ann MacQuarrie & John Dowling
On The Hot Seat. Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie in Inverness County is facing opposition with councillors wanting to take a vote on having her removed. We revisit the situation with the Warden and Councillor John Dowling.
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What would happen to climate change targets if we get an LNG plant?
Jason Hollett, Executive Director of Climate Change for the NS Department of Environment, explains how the proposed LNG plant in Guysborough County could affect Nova Scotia's new Cap and Trade program.
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These community awards are "de best"
De good, De better, Debest. Many outstanding citizens in the Cheticamp area received newly minted awards recently in recognition of doing good things in their community. Scott Aucoin, President of the Conseil Economique de Cheticamp, tells us about "Debest Awards".
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"Explorations in Unama'ki" - MEMBERTOU
"Explorations in Unama'ki" is a series of conversations that aired on Information Morning Cape Breton during Mi'kmaw History Month, October 2018. We spent one day in each of Cape Breton's five First Nations communities, with a focus on being open to the stories people wanted to share. We came back with 67 interviews, and every one of those interviews is archived here, organized by community. MEMBERTOU 1. Band Councilor Graham Marshall talks about an upcoming career fair (Runs: 3:11) 2. Jeff Ward, Manager of Membertou Heritage Park talks about the historic apology made by the Church on Treaty Day, followed by an interview with Brian Dunn, Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish. (Runs: 17:13) 3. Darren Googoo, Membertou's Director of Education, speaks about his role on the Provincial Advisory Council on Education. (Runs: 7:14) 4. Karina Matthews Denny, President of the Native Women's Group in Membertou, speaks about "Sisters in Spirit", a feast for Membertou community women (Runs: 5:47) 5. An update on the new bowling alley with Marcella Marshall, customer relations and events supervisor and Steven Oravecz, the Food and Beverage manager (Runs: 6:07) 6. Jeff Ward, Manager of Membertou Heritage Park on the origins of the hockey stick (Runs: 4:10) 7. Katherine Sorbey talks about being a resident elder at Membertou Heritage Park (Runs: 4:01) 8. Noah Matthews Cremo talks about his work with the Youth Council (Runs: 5:26) 9. Jeff Ward, Manager of Membertou Heritage Park speaks about artifacts at the centre including a birch bark canoe (Runs: 4:54) 10. Darren Googoo, Membertou's Director of Education, talks about progress made in education, attendance and graduation rates (Runs: 7:21) 11. Elder Katherine Sorbey describes the traditional art of making wooden flowers (Runs: 5:32) 12. Jeff Ward, Manager of Membertou Heritage Park on colours used in Mi'kmaq traditions and ceremonies (Runs: 3:36) 13. Graham Marshall speaks about taking on the role of band councilor (Runs: 6:29) 14. Ryan Gould, co-creator of the Membertou Men's Society shares the story of his life experience and how it helped him create a support group to help other single Dads and men struggling with addiction (Runs: 9:15)
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"Explorations in Unama'ki" - POTLOTEK
"Explorations in Unama'ki" is a series of conversations that aired on Information Morning Cape Breton during Mi'kmaw History Month, October 2018. We spent one day in each of Cape Breton's five First Nations communities, with a focus on being open to the stories people wanted to share. We came back with 67 interviews, and every one of those interviews is archived here, organized by community. POTLOTEK 1. Mi'kmawey School Principal Anne Marie Marchand speaks about a performance based on the book "Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters" by Lillian Marshall (Runs: 5:32) 2. Grade 4-5 teacher Noline Francis talks about a short play her students will perform based on the story "Sweetwater Maiden, Sismoqnapui Skwe'j" by Mary Louise Bernard (Runs: 4:56) 3. Josh Nicholas, physical activity leadership co-ordinator in Potlotek talks about programs for youth (Runs: 6:02) 4. Roland McCarthy, Principal and social studies teacher at Allan Lafford High School in Potlotek speaks about the progress of the school. (Runs: 7:17) 5. Anne Marie Marchand, principal at Mi'kmawey School, talks about being the Mi'kmaw voice of Teepee, in the ATPN animated series "Teepee Time". (Runs: 7:06) 6. Terry Denny, the land based learning teacher at Mi'kmawey School and Allan Lafford High school talks about his role at the schools (Runs: 5:36) 7. Anne Marie Marchand, principal at Mi'kmawey School, talks about the Eagle Feather Awards and teacher Jasmine Johnson talks about teaching students to harvest porcupine quills (Runs: 6:34) 8. Grade 12 student Matle'n Marshall speaks about a short story that was turned into a short film inspired by strong women in her community (Runs: 7:27) 9. Co-director of Education Noelle Doucette speaks about the role of Mi'kmaq communities in Reconciliation. (Runs: 6:55)
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"Explorations in Unama'ki" - WAGMATCOOK
"Explorations in Unama'ki" is a series of conversations that aired on Information Morning Cape Breton during Mi'kmaw History Month, October 2018. We spent one day in each of Cape Breton's five First Nations communities, with a focus on being open to the stories people wanted to share. We came back with 67 interviews, and every one of those interviews is archived here, organized by community. WAGMATCOOK: 1. Grand Keptin Andrew Denny talks about Treaty Day in Nova Scotia (Runs: 8:36) 2. Wagmatcookewey School Principal Marjorie Pierro explains the elements of a Smudging Ceremony (Runs: 7:19) 3. Community Elder Victoria Chapman (Runs: 4:41) 4. Teaching Assistant Cadney Johnson speaks about his role at Wagmatcookewey School (Runs: 5:45) 5. Wagmatcookewey School Students Samara Isadore and Evander Young speak about their school community. (Runs: 5:31) 6. Community Elders Martha Isadore and Jean Dorris Googoo (Runs: 7:05) 7. CEO Brian Arbuthnot takes us on a tour of the Gladue Court (Runs: 7:34) 8. Wagmatcookewey School Principal Marjorie Pierro and students Samara Isadore and Zoe Bear share their spirit names (Runs: 7:03) 9. Grand Keptin Andrew Denny speaks about his role (Runs: 5:31) 10. Wagmatcookewey School Principal Marjorie Pierro gives us a tour of the school (Runs: 5:48)
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Issue Panel: Halloween costumes, weed, DNA testing
It's the return of The Issue Panel... we convene a panel of talkative and opinionated Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week. Today, panellists are: Candee McCarthy, a lawyer in Sydney; Chris Milburn is a physician, and Todd Pettigrew is an associate professor of English at CBU.
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Retreat for descendants of residential school survivors
The residential school experience forever changed the lives of those who attended. But the destructive impact of that experience has also been felt by relatives. Karen Bernard of Eskasoni Mental Health tells us about a special event in Guysborough County being held for the descendants of school survivors.
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"Explorations in Unama'ki" - ESKASONI
"Explorations in Unama'ki" is a series of conversations that aired on Information Morning Cape Breton during Mi'kmaw History Month, October 2018. We spent one day in each of Cape Breton's five First Nations communities, with a focus on being open to the stories people wanted to share. We came back with 67 interviews, and every one of those interviews is archived here, organized by community. ESKASONI 1. Newell Johnson, Principal of Allison Bernard Memorial High School talks about "Nitap Day", an anti-bullying initiative in Mi'kmaq schools (Runs: 6:09) 2. Haley Gould, intake co-ordinator at the Access Youth Centre talks about taking part in the Aviva Community Fund competition to set up a bus service in the community (Runs: 4:32) 3. Barry Bernard, one of the founders of the Red Tribe Boxing Club, talks about an upcoming trip with four young boxers to Jamaica (Runs: 1:16) 4. Barry Bernard, one of the founders of the Red Tribe Boxing Club, with an update on the club (Runs: 7:41) 5. Bernadette Bernard, behavioural interventionist and Kirsten Denny, youth worker, talk about their work at the Access Youth Centre (Runs: 7:58) 6. Dawn Stevens, Principal at Eskasoni Middle School talks about an invite for 150 students from the school to take part in a community needs project at the Tim Horton's Camp in Tatamagouche (Runs: 8:33) 7. Ben Sylliboy, the owner/operator of Sylliboy's Grocery and Hardware talks about 70 years in business (Aired on Halifax Information Morning for Provincial Thanksgiving Day program) (Runs: 5:22) 8. Janine Paul, team lead at the Crisis Centre in Eskasoni speaks about her work and what drew her to it. (Runs: 7:18) 9. Band Councilor Dion Denny talks about plans in the community for a new high school and a first of its kind long term care facility (Runs: 6:36) 10. Newell Johnson, Principal of Allison Bernard Memorial High School talks about a new greenhouse on the grounds where students will grow vegetables (Runs: 3:21) 11. Walter Denny talks about the sweat lodge he does every night, and why he does it (Runs: 5:14) 12. Norma Gould with Eskasoni Mental Health talks about a mental health first aid course from a First Nation's perspective (Runs: 4:01) 13. Grade 8 student Emily Googoo introduces us to the term "Nisk", band councilor Dion Denny deconstructs the term in an impromptu language lesson, Rosie Sylliboy of We'koqma'q also shares a language lesson from her community (Runs: 8:18) 14. Haley Gould, intake co-ordinator at the Access Youth Centre, talks about the "Feathers of Our Future" project (Runs: 4:17)
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"Explorations in Unama'ki" - WE'KOQMA'Q
"Explorations in Unama'ki" is a series of conversations that aired on Information Morning Cape Breton during Mi'kmaw History Month, October 2018. We spent one day in each of Cape Breton's five First Nations communities, with a focus on being open to the stories people wanted to share. We came back with 67 interviews, and every one of those interviews is archived here, organized by community. WE'KOQMA'Q 1. Madonna Bernard, niece of "Seven" Bernard, the War Chief of the Warrior Society, speaks about her uncle's legacy after his recent death. (Runs: 6:56) 2. Susan Googoo, director of employment and training and project lead for Mi'kmaw cultural tourism talks about the Skye River Trail (Runs: 4:40) 3. Christian Phillips, deckhand on the Sulia'n, a fishing boat that went down in the Cabot Strait, talks about his rescue at sea (Runs: 7:13) 4. Rosie Sylliboy, General Manager of Mawita'mk, a group home for adults with disabilities talks about an expansion underway (Runs: 7:12) 5. Sheila Johnson, activities coordinator for Mawita'mk and Randy Marshall and Roddie Gould talk about some of the things they do in the programs. (Runs: 8:15) 6. Rod "Uncle" Phillips, industrial arts teacher at We'koqma'q Mi'kmaw School talks about making eel spears with his students (Runs: 5:07) 7. Residential school survivor Magit Poulette (Sylliboy) talks about making rag dolls at residential school to help her cope and her daughter Rosie Sylliboy talks about the legacy of residential school for their family (Runs: 15:14) 8. Susan Googoo, project lead for Mi'kmaw cultural tourism talks about Indigenous tourism (Runs: 5:25) 9. Residential school survivor Phyllis Googoo talks about "mothering" a family of ladybugs to help her cope with the separation from her family (Runs: 6:44) 10. Todd Googoo aka Shift From Tha 902 and Dillon Googoo aka Kloud 9 talk about their current projects (Runs: 9:04) 11. Steve Googoo, band councilor talks about the Youth Eagle Program along with members Owen Bernard and Rodney Martin-Googoo (Runs: 7:14) 12: Residential school survivor Phyllis Googoo talks about her role as Elder in Residence at We'koqma'q Mi'kmaw School (Runs: 5:42)
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Mystery sailboat ashore in Gabarus
A sailboat has run aground near Gabarus -- a sailboat that also encountered trouble in September. And no one's seen the skipper. For more about the mystery of the "Liberty", Gabarus resident Tim Menk tells us about his visit to Harris Beach, where the boat washed up.
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Reaching out for reconciliation
In our series "Explorations in Unama'ki", we learned about cultural practices and traditions, we shared the stories of residential school survivors, and we spoke with elders and young people. Today, we speak with Noelle Doucette, co-director of Potlotek Education. She says when it comes to reconciliation, there's a role for her community and other First Nations to play.
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Volunteers needed to be on the lookout for "cold stunned" sea turtles
Endangered sea turtles can run into trouble off Nova Scotia's shores at this time of year. Kathleen Martin, executive director of The Canadian Sea Turtle Network, wants to raise awareness and is asking people who live along the coast to be on the lookout for "cold stunned" sea turtles.
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Cecil Clarke: the Monday after
Cecil Clarke is not the leader of the Nova Scotia PC Party, but he is still Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. He joins us to reflect on the PC leadership campaign, what he might've done differently, and whether we've seen him run his last political campaign.
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Trail plan announced for the Seawall Trail
From deep in the ocean to high in the hills, the Seawall Trail Society has a proposed route for a multi-day wilderness hiking trail in northern Cape Breton. Dave Williams, vice chair of the society, updates us on their Proposed Trail Development Plan.
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"I dropped to my knees when my daughters were taken away"
Ryan Gould of Membertou, co-founder of a men's group in the First Nations community, talks about the life journey that saw him hit rock bottom - and claw his way back up with support from other members of the Membertou Men's Society.
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Remembering Men of the Deeps conductor Jack O'Donnell
Jack O'Donnell passed away Thursday morning from cancer at the age of 83. He had been conductor of the Men of The Deeps for 50 years. Stephen Muise is the current conductor of the group.
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Talking to the ladybugs
In our series, "Explorations in Unama'ki"... we hear from elder and residential school survivor Phyllis Googoo about her unique way of staving off loneliness and preserving her language by talking to a family of ladybugs.
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Cape Breton losing its psychiatric site lead next year
More challenges for mental health services in Cape Breton... Reporter Tom Ayers tells us about the latest psychiatrist to announce he's leaving the Island and where that leaves psychiatric services across the province.
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The premier on Nova Scotia "Cap & Trade"
Clearing The Air... Premier Stephen McNeil tells us how the so-called "Cap and Trade" system here in the province has helped Nova Scotia avoid Ottawa's newly announced Carbon Tax.
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Murdena Marshall, in her own voice
We remember teacher, elder, and knowledge-keeper Murdena Marshall of Eskasoni... she passed away this week at the age of 76. From our archives, we share excerpts of interviews with Murdena - the storyteller and influential voice in the Mi'kmaq nation.
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Cape Bretoner has second life as a voice actor for a children's cartoon
She's a principal by day, voice actor by night. Anne Marie Marchand, principal of Mi'kmawey School in Potlotek, tells us about her role on the animated children's show, "Teepee Time" on APTN - the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
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NS politics: Voices from leadership campaigns past
We are days away from knowing who will be the next leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia. Legislature reporter Jean Laroche says the leadership race is the easy part. It's healing the wounds afterwards that's hard. He asked some veteran politicians to share their war stories.
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Magit's doll: How one Cape Breton girl got through her days at residential school
In our series "Explorations in Unama'ki: the story of a residential school survivor and the resourceful strategy she came up with to deal with the fact that they took her doll away. Magit Sylliboy of We'koqma'q shares her experience at the Shubenacadie Residential School. (Clarification: Sylliboy was Magit's name before she was married. Her married name is Poulette.)
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