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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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"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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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 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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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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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'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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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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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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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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"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" - 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" - 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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drastic measures to deal with endometriosis

We follow up on a story from earlier this week, detailing one woman's drastic efforts to relieve the pain of endometriosis. Hear from 26-year-old Shelby Steylen of Sydney who gave up the chance to have children to improve her symptoms from the painful disease... only to find it didn't work.

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Palliative care in Victoria County: the health authority responds

Earlier this month, we heard concerns from the Hospice Society of Victoria County that they're underserviced when it comes to nurses for palliative care. Now, we have an official response from the Nova Scotia Health Authority to their request to increase palliative care coverage.

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Explorations in Unama'ki: the role of the Grand Keptin

Andrew Denny is the Grand Keptin of the Mi'kmag Grand Council. Recently, he made history convening the first meeting of the Grand Council to be held at Government House in Halifax. Today, a conversation with Andrew Denny about his role and what it means.

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History-making group home in We'koqma'q expands

It's time for an expansion at Mawita'mk in We'koqma'q First Nation - the first-ever - and, they think, the ONLY - group home for adults with disabilities in a First Nations community. Rosie Sylliboy is the General Manager of Mawita'mk.

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Ashley MacIsaac at the Sydney River NSLC

Cape Breton's most famous pot user wants to be the first person to buy cannabis on the Island. That's why musician Ashley MacIsaac has been outside the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation cannabis store in Sydney River since last night... he has been a proponent of legalized marijuana, and a regular user, for decades.

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"I always tell my son, don't become a fisherman"

Just over a month ago, three fishermen were plucked from the Cabot Strait by a rescue craft from a Marine Atlantic passenger ferry. Christian Phillips from We'koqma'q First Nation was one of those fishermen, he tells the story of when their 14 metre boat, The Sulia'n, caught fire, and their eventual rescue.

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Marcato sold to Pittsburgh company

Darren Gallop, founder of the Cape Breton company Marcato Digital Solutions, has sold the business to an American firm - Patron Technology of Pittsburgh. Marcato is a live-event technology company, and for over ten years, it has attracted international attention and praise as a leader in the industry.

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Remembering Mi'kmaw war chief Seven Bernard

The Mi'kmaw Warrior Society recently blocked traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway to mark the passing of their war chief, Seven Bernard of Waycomah. Madonna Bernard, niece of the late Seven (Peter Alexander) Bernard, talks about his influence on her, and on his community.

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The evolution of education in Membertou

As Mi'kmaw History Month continues we have another segment in our special feature "Explorations in Unama'ki"... Today, we talk education with Darren Googoo, Director of Education for Membertou. He's also Chair of the Mi'kmaw Council on Education and a member of the Provincial Advisory Council on Education.

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The halls of justice, redesigned in Wagmatcook

Brian Arbuthnot is the CEO for Wagmatcook First Nation. He describes their unique justice center... the specially designed Gladue and Wellness Court opened earlier this year in the community's Cultural Centre.

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A focus on schools and long term care in Eskasoni

We have another installment in our "Explorations of Unama'ki" series... so "What's next for Eskasoni?" Band councillor Dion Denny talks about long range plans for a new high school, and potentially a long-term care facility in the First Nations community.

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"This is what I was meant to do, to help my people" - Jeannine Paul, Eskasoni Crisis Centre

For those enveloped in darkness, Eskasoni's Crisis Centre is a bright light, helping to save lives. Jeannine Paul is the team lead at the Crisis Centre. She has moved past her experience with suicidal thoughts... to help other people in her community through their own personal crises.

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One part-time nurse not enough for palliative care in Victoria County?

The Hospice Society of Victoria County says ONE part-time palliative care nurse for ALL of Victoria County is not enough... and they're looking to the Nova Scotia government to give them what they say they need. Levonne Grant, co-chair of the Hospice Society, explains.

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Eskasoni students offered community-building project

Dawn Stevens is the Principal of Eskasoni Middle School, she tells us about the Community Leaders Program. At the end of the month, some of her students will be attending the Tim Horton's Camp in Tatamagouche to participate in the leadership program.

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Why this doctor is leaving Baddeck for PEI

After two years, Doctor Emily Beaton has decided to leave her family practice in Baddeck for PEI. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith asks her why... and Dr. Rick Gibson, the acting Chief of Family Practice for the Nova Scotia Health Authority - Eastern Zone, responds.

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Explorations in Unama'ki: "That helped me when I was 13 - maybe it'll help him"

Learning From Experience... Cadney Johnson is a teacher's aide at Wagmatcookewey School in Wagmatcook, he is combining traditional teachings and his own personal experience to better serve students he works with.

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"We will have an opportunity to have the minister's ear" - member of new Advisory Council on Education

Nova Scotia has tapped the shoulder of three Cape Bretoners to join its new Advisory Council on Education. One of the CB members is Darren Googoo, he's the Director of Education for Membertou, Chair of the Mi'kmaw Council on Education and a past Chair of the former CB-VRSB, he explains why he's going into his new role with a sense of optimism.

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"Seeing them happy makes me happy" - Eskasoni Youth Centre

In our "Explorations in Unama'ki" series, we speak with Bernadette Bernard, a behavioural interventionist, and Kirsten Denny, a youth worker, at Eskasoni's ACCESS Youth Centre. We learn about the important work being done for the young people in the First Nation community.

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Bishop asks Mi'kmaw people for forgiveness

During the Treaty Day Mass on Monday, Roman Catholic Archbishop Anthony Mancini offered an apology to the Mi'kmaw. Membertou Heritage Park general manager Jeff Ward and Bishop Brian Dunn reflect on what was said... and what lies ahead to make the words meaningful.

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Treaty Day: Grand Keptin Andrew Denny

Its Treaty Day in Nova Scotia and the first day of Mi'kmaq History Month. We speak with political leader Andrew Denny of Wagmatook - the Grand Keptin of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council - on progress made, and progress yet to come.

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Explorations in Unama'ki: the elements of a smudge

Information Morning host Steve Sutherland spoke with Marjorie Pierro, Prinicipal of Wagmatcookewey School, as part of our special project "Explorations in Unama'ki". She describes the significance of the smudge ceremony in Mi'kmaq culture.

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New Provincial Advisory Council in Education

The reform of Nova Scotia's education system continues... Education Minister Zach Churchill explains what he expects from the newly appointed Provincial Advisory Council on Education. The council will serve as a voice for the needs of students, families and communities.

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Mysterious stop sign in Judique

Last week, Reporter Tom Ayers noticed a STOP sign in the middle of a lagoon, along Shore Road through Little Judique, Inverness County. Tom was curious... so he asked Bill MacDonald, a retired paper mill worker who lives next to the lagoon, about it.

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Shark guy

Meet the team that introduced us to Hilton - the shark. Chris Fischer is the founder and expedition leader for Ocearch, a non-profit organization that tags sharks to help support marine conservation. The marine research team is in Nova Scotia waters for the first time, and has tagged TWO new great white sharks, off the South Shore.

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Sailor rescued off Cape Breton tells his story

A Chicago man and his dog on board their 36-foot sailboat Liberty off Cape Breton Island were rescued by a Marine Atlantic ferry on Monday morning. After experiencing bad weather, Andrew Bunn called for help and the MV Highlanders enroute to Port aux Basques came to assist. Reporter Gary Mansfield asked him to tell his story.

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Senator Dan Christmas on the Indian Day School lawsuit

A lesson in lawsuits in Membertou... Senator Dan Christmas talks about a class action lawsuit regarding abuse at Indian Day Schools across Canada. He shares some memories of his time attending the Membertou Indian Day School.

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New Brunswick election analysis: what next??

One province, four colours... the New Brunswick election results are in, and its hard to say who won. Mount Allison University political scientist Mario Levesque explains what the people of New Brunswick can expect with their new minority government.

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"We can't give you answers" - highlights from Northside health care rally

About 400 people attended a town hall meeting yesterday in North Sydney. They are concerned about the health care changes coming to the Northside. Reporter Tom Ayers was there, and he brings us some of the highlights from the rally.

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NS credit rating highest ever

Standard and Poor's released its updated credit rating for the Province of Nova Scotia last week - and it turns out, the province's credit rating has been upgraded from an A plus to a double AA minus - it's now at the highest point ever in history. Adam Gillespie, a credit analyst with Standard and Poor's, explains.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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