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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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Northside doc sees positive changes in healthcare plan

Dr. Joan Salah of North Sydney has been one of the critics of the healthcare redevelopment plan -- a plan that involves closing her hospital -- Northside General. As a lead-up to our special series on the Northside, Dr. Salah offers her view of the redevelopment plan now.

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University of King's College connections to slavery

Learn more about the historic connections between the University of King's College in Halifax and the slave trade from Shirley Tillotson, a professor emeritus of history at King's and Dalhousie, and one of the authors of a new report into the early origins of the University and its links to the institution of slavery.

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Drug users advocacy group in Cape Breton

Hear more about how current and former drug users in Cape Breton have started meeting regularly to discuss their needs and to advocate for change. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Giulia Digiorgio, one of the founders and co-chair of CAPED ( Cape Breton Association of People Empowering Drug Users ).

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Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area identified

The first-ever Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area has been selected for Nova Scotia, and it's Glooscap's Cave - also known as the Fairy Hole at Cape Dauphin on Kelly's Mountain. Lisa Young, the executive Director of the Unamaki Institute of Natural Resources, and Trish Nash, manager of IPCA for UINR, tell us more about the IPCA program.

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"Outside Looking In": reaching out to young people through dance in Membertou

The ABCs of hip hop... How an after-school dance program is encouraging indigenous students in Membertou to pursue their education. Reporter Holly Conners visited a rehearsal of the national program - "Outside Looking In" - where students participate to study dance.

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Cape Breton writer creates "bespoke poetry" at North Sydney bar

Still need a Valentine's gift for your sweetie? Breanna MacNeil will be at the Cellar Bar in North Sydney tonight composing 'Bespoke Poetry' for anyone who asks... and maybe helping out some reticent Valentines. Breanna tells us about her past writings and offers an example written for Information Morning.

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Directing the directors at the HAT

Rehearsing the role of director... The Highland Arts Theatre has launched a new program called the Director's Unit training program. Reporter Holly Conners dropped by the HAT and asked Wesley Colford, executive director of the theatre, about the mentoring program, and Assistant Director Gee Stewart about training for the director's chair.

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Why Gaelic in Nova Scotia Matters

Gaelic is a language that fascinates many of us. And some recent research examined activism in the Gaelic community in Cape Breton. Now, some of that research called "Why Gaelic in Nova Scotia Matters" is going to be presented at Saint Mary's University by John Shaw, he offers an overview of his arguments.

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Its the end of the road for the Port Hood wharf

Wave action has been slowly dismantling the government wharf in Port Hood over the years. Now, Inverness County is planning to finish the job... and make repairs to the breakwater. Inverness County's Chief Administrative Officer Keith MacDonald tells us about their plans for demolition -- and repair -- at the old government wharf.

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Profile: International ski racer Martin Kejval

Alpine racer, businessman and snow aficionado Martin Kejval is the new General Manager at Ski Cape Smokey, the popular ski hill in Ingonish. Reporter Holly Conners has a profile interview with the international ski racer who until last year, was competing for the Czech Republic.

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Ski Cape Smokey: new services, new facilities and new money

Ski Cape Smokey in Ingonish has undergone several changes this year, with substantial investment from its new owners, Cape Smokey Holding Limited. Reporter Holly Conners visited the ski hill and got a tour of the facility from guide Kevin Dauphinee.

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Recreation therapy improves senior's quality of life

Gardening, carpentry or playing piano as health care? Reporter Holly Conners met with a Cape Breton recreational therapist who specializes in getting patients back to doing what they love to do the most. Amanda MacInnis is the Recreation Therapist at Harbourstone Enhanced Care in Sydney, she offers some insight about her profession.

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Hockey NS says hockey game taunt was "not racial"

Logan Prosper, a 16 year old from We'koqma'q First Nation, attracted national attention--and sympathy--after going public over abuse suffered during a hockey game in December. Hockey Nova Scotia investigated the incident and have concluded "that an insulting remark was made" but it was NOT racial in nature. Philip Prosper, Logan's father, comments on the decision.

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Issue Panel 0206: Superbowl; Pizza; Coronavirus; Coffee

Time again for the Information Morning Issue Panel. Every second Thursday, we convene a panel of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to go over the stories of the week through a Cape Breton lens... Ian Brodie, Associate Professor at CBU, Heather Deveaux, business coach for female entrepreneurs, and Sydney lawyer, Candee McCarthy, offer their opinions this edition.

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Planning for the future in St. Peter's

Talking strategy... The village of St. Peter's has been enjoying a period of growth... Now, it's embarked on a series of community consultations to deal with challenges, and chart its future. Reporter Holly Conners asked Amanda Mombourquette, chair of the Village on the Canal Association and executive director of the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, about these community conversations.

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Business boom in St Peter's

These days St. Peter's means business... The Village on the Canal has seen an unusual amount of economic activity in the past year. Reporter Holly Conners visits the village to find out what's driving the growth.

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CBRM to do away with weekly travel allowance

Doing away with the one forty... Cape Breton Regional Municipality councillors vote unanimously to get rid of the longstanding and controversial 140-dollar-a-week councillors travel allowance. District 4 Councillor Steve Gillespie and District 11 Councillor Kendra Coombes speak on the issue.

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Surprise tutorial from the Men of the Deeps at the Coal Bowl!

Students attending the annual Coal Bowl Classic learned the classic Cape Breton anthem, Rise Again, with the help of the Men of the Deeps. Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell was at Breton Education Centre and shares some highlights of the surprise appearance and reaction from visiting students.

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Uncomfortable Conversations 2: "Where are you really from?"

Today in our series about topics of conversation you need to have with someone--or accidentally get talking about--that lead to embarrassment or awkwardness, our current affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell focus' on a seemingly innocent question: Where are you from?

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What do you think of the increase in minimum wage?

In the wake of our conversations yesterday about the increase in the minimum wage in Nova Scotia... Reporter Holly Conners went to St. Peter's and asked people what they thought of the one dollar increase coming April 1st.

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Short/Cuts Film Challenge for young Cape Bretoners!

A new short-film contest aimed at young Cape Bretoners launched on the weekend. For more details, we asked co-executive directors Patrick Doyle, a professional camera operator, and Gee Stewart, an artist and creator of the zine - Guillozine, about the unique short-film challenge.

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Impact of minimum wage increase

Boosted by a Buck... Now that the minimum wage in Nova Scotia is going up by a dollar in April, many hope it'll be a help to workers. But many also wonder what kind of help could be or should be given to businesses who may struggle to meet their new payroll. We have comments from the head of the CBRM Chamber of Commerce and the head of the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre.

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Cannabis cake at Eskasoni school

The RCMP are investigating after a dessert cake made with cannabis was served at the Eskasoni Immersion School 'midwinter feast' on Friday, January 31st. Reporter Emma Davie spoke to RCMP Corporal Jennifer Clarke and to Kate Augustine, who has two children attending the school, about the catered event, the cake containing cannabis and the consequences.

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The Bird Hour: the February edition

It's the third day of February. A Monday. The first Monday of the month. And that means its time for the Bird Hour Phone-In. Our columnists Dave Harris and Dave McCorquodale take all your questions, comments and observations about wild birds.

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Modernizing Nova Scotia's laws on common-law couples

Seeking common sense around common-law relationships. Despite popular opinion to the contrary: when it comes to separation and division of property, common-law couples are treated differently under the law than married couples in Nova Scotia? The provincial government is seeking your guidance in updating the Matrimonial Property Act through a public survey. Nova Scotia's Minister of Justice Mark Fury explains.

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Twelfth Night: CBU retires Alison Keough's jersey #12

Cape Breton University is honouring basketball star Alison Keough of Marion Bridge this weekend by retiring her jersey number 12. Our sports guy Charlie Cuff has a profile of the all-time leading scorer and her record setting basketball career.

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An alternative plan for the Baille Ard Trail

A Flood of Interest in the Baille Ard Trail... An ecological consultant hired by the Save the Baille Ard Forest coalition has an alternative option to counter the CBRM's flood mitigation proposal for the area. Nick Hill is a wetland ecologist and consultant in Berwick in the Annapolis Valley.

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Can you please turn down the billboard?

Light Bright, No More... After hearing concerns about one of their brightly shining billboards in Sydney, Pattison Outdoor Advertising flips a switch to dim the display, hopefully pleasing pestered residents. Sherry Kirwin, general manager of Atlantic operations for Pattison Outdoor Adevrtising, spoke to Reporter Tom Ayers about the digital billboard on Welton Street.

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Cape Bretoner is one of the "Most Inspiring Immigrants in the Maritimes"

Since entering the Cape Breton Partnership, Omar Tag El-Din has made an impression... and now, has been recognized as one of the Most Inspiring Immigrants in the Maritimes. Omar Tag El-Din, originally from Egypt, is the Labour Market Development & Immigration Officer for the Cape Breton Partnership, he talks about his award for newcomers.

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Valley NSCC students provide services for senior citizens

The Nova Scotia Community College campus in the Annapolis Valley has attracted the attention--and now the cash--of the province for its approach to an adult day program for seniors, an approach that could soon be modeled elsewhere across Nova Scotia. Wayne St-Amour is the Principal of the Annapolis Valley NSCC, he explains their innovative day program.

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Doctors and Red Tape

A pilot project launched by Doctors Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia government has been implemented to cut down on red tape for physicians. Doctors say they're losing patience with administrative work that cuts into time with patients. Nancy McCready-Williams, the CEO of Doctors NS, explains the project.

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Are you ready to quit smoking?

No ifs, no butts... Hear about an interesting smoking cessation program planned for New Waterford sponsored by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Jean MacQueen is the Health Promotion Advisor, she tells us more about the free program to help you stop smoking.

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Back on Haley Street

North Sydney's Haley Street Adult Services Centre has 1 million reasons to be happy this morning. Last summer, fire destroyed a building used by the Centre. Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil gave the vocational training facility for adults with disabilities one million dollars. Debra MacLean is the executive director of Haley Street, and she gives us an update on operations at that important community asset.

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CBRM governance 2: when is a committee not a committee?

If it walks like a duck... A committee of CBRM council draws attention for not following rules. But officials say it's okay, cause it's not really a committee. Reporter Tom Ayers has more on the governance practices of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and how the "Agenda Review Committee" operates.

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CBRM governance 1: "pretty sloppy"

Behind Closed Doors... Reporter Tom Ayers has obtained hundreds of pages of information pertaining to in-camera meetings of Cape Breton Regional Municipal council regarding council pay, through a Freedom of Information request. He shines some light on the closed door meetings.

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Issue Panel: Meghan & Harry; young males & early death; gendered categories at the Oscars

Every second Thursday, we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today, Michele Stephens, a musician and performer, Clifton Cremo, the Communications Officer for the Eskasoni School Board, and Vanessa Childs-Rolls, a community historian, are our panelists.

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Cape Breton wallboard plant expands

After some rocky years for the gypsum industry in Cape Breton, a Point Tupper drywall company is now planning a major expansion. Marcel Girouard, president of Cabot Manufacturing, tells us about their $6.5-million capital investment in their Richmond County plant.

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Derek Mombourquette on CBRM's request for extra funding

For the past few years, Cape Breton Regional Municipality staff have presented council with a preliminary budget that is not balanced. This year, the CBRM needs to cut 1.9 million dollars from its proposed operating budget. Reporter Tom Ayers asked Derek Mombourquette, Liberal MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier, about the municipality's request for more operating funds from the province.

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Uncomfortable Conversations 1: Let's Talk About Sex

We launch a new series with our Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell called "Uncomfortable Conversations". You know, the conversations where you just felt awkward, nervous, or uncomfortable. This new segment will aim to help you deal with those difficult conversations and subjects.

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Lands & Forestry agrees to clean up what's washing out of the old Inverness dump

Find out what Inverness plans to do about shoreline erosion at the old dump that's seeing garbage being washed out to sea. Jim Mustard, municipal councilor for District 3, which includes the village of Inverness, offers the latest from Inverness County Council.

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First-ever transgender candidate in the Eskasoni Princess Pageant

Taking Pride in a Pageant... For the first time, Eskasoni's Princess Pageant will see a transgender contestant competing for the crown of the community's Winter Carnival - a fundraiser for Holy Family Catholic Parish Church. Geordy Marshall is the communications officer for Eskasoni First Nation and the executive director of Pride Eskasoni.

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Cape Breton cliff-jumper Logan LaTulippe

Meet a Glace Bay man who always jumps at the chance to... well, JUMP. Logan LaTulippe is from Glace Bay, his hobby is travelling the world and jumping off cliffs... the 23 year old tells us where he's been, what he has jumped off of, and what he has his sights set on as future jumping off points.

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Electric buses coming to Cape Breton Transit?

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the province are working on a study where the municipality may add some electric buses to its transit fleet. Reporter Tom Ayers spoke to Wayne MacDonald, the CBRM's Director of Engineering and Public Works, about the idea of electric buses.

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A tale of two mill closures: Northern Pulp vs Bowater

The clock is winding down in Pictou, as the Northern Pulp mill begins to count the hours until it closes. As Nova Scotians ponder a future without Northern Pulp... we go back in time for a deeper look back at what happened when Bowater in Queens County shut down 8 years ago. Our current affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell looks at the similarities of the two mills.

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Finding friendship 2: New job, new friend

Hear about a good friendship, struck up between an international student attending CBU and a resident of Cape Breton, that's part of a special photography series by Sydney's Steve Wadden. Khoa -- or Kevin-- Doan is from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and Herbie Sakalauskas is the video production specialist at Cape Breton University.

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NEW Deputy Minister of Health: Dr. Kevin Orrell

The Nova Scotia government announced the appointment of Dr. Kevin Orrell of Sydney, as the new Deputy Minister of Health. Dr. Orrell is an orthopedic surgeon in Sydney, and the senior Medical Director for the Cape Breton Health Care Redevelopment Project. He assumes his new role on March 30th.

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Federal Minister of Immigration on support for Iran families

Canada's new Minister of Immigration was in Cape Breton yesterday. Marco Mendicino visited the Citizenship & Immigration Processing Centre in Sydney, which is one of the largest in the country. And, we asked the Minister... what the Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is doing to support the families of the victims of the air disaster in Iran.

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Unique Friendship: Falynn (age 9, Whitney Pier) and Gurbinder (age 22, India)

Hear about an unlikely friendship between an international student from India and a young girl from Whitney Pier, that started in a quintessential Canadian spot. Photographer Steve Wadden embarked on a unique project for CBC, speaking to Cape Bretoners who have formed friendships with international students at CBU.

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What do you want for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park?

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Canada. There's no debate. There is debate, though, on the best way to manage it. Now, Parks Canada wants your input on that subject. We get details on a new management plan survey from Kelly Deveaux, acting superintendent for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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Battle Royal: David Johnson on Harry and Meghan

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanting to make Canada a part-time home, we check in with political science professor, David Johnson, author of "Battle Royal: Monarchists versus Republicans and the Crown of Canada", for his take on this royal drama... what has to be considered, and what this could mean for the monarchy.

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One in three children in the CBRM live in poverty

We delve a little deeper into new statistics from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives regarding poverty in Nova Scotia--which shows 1 in 4 children lives below the line. Co-authors Lesley Frank, a professor at Acadia University and a research associate at the CCPA - Nova Scotia branch, and Laura Fisher, a master's student at Acadia University, explain their stark report.

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Cape Breton featured on new stamp

Getting the Stamp of Approval. As part of its "From Far and Wide" landscapes collection for 2020, Canada Post releases a new stamp featuring a picture of the Cabot Trail taken by nature photographer Adam Hill of Sydney Mines.

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NS pothole compensation program has a 95% rejection rate

The politics of potholes... If your vehicle is damaged because of a pothole there's a way you can get compensated from the Province. In theory. The NS NDP transportation critic, Susan LeBlanc, MLA for Dartmouth North, explains why so few claims are approved by the program.

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Strait Area Transit ridership going up

Riding High... After some bumpy stretches in the past few years, Strait Area Transit had a very good 2019. Their pilot project in Victoria County exceeded expectations, and ridership numbers everywhere are up. Jessie MacDonald is the Director of Strait Area Transit.

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"I'm Finding My Talk" by Rebecca Thomas

A Rita Joe Renaissance. The great Mi'kmaq poet has been celebrated in a myriad of manners over the past few years. The latest tribute comes from the Poet Laureate of Halifax, Rebecca Thomas, who's composed a response poem to Rita Joe's famous "I Lost My Talk", called "I'm Finding My Talk". Nimbus Publishing has released both titles as children's books.

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Pop Bottle Greenhouse at Coxheath Elementary!

Capturing Learning in a Bottle... Coxheath Elementary wants to build a greenhouse made of old, 2 Litre Pop bottles... and would love to have yours. Reporter Holly Conners visited the Coxheath school and asked lead teacher Kim Corbett and students, Eli Cunsolo-Willox, Zoe Wilson and Lily Moussa about their project.

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NEWCOMER PROFILE: Perla MacLeod from Mexico

New year, new life, new comer... Today, we conclude our series of chats with people who have chosen to call Cape Breton home. For the past 15 years, Perla MacLeod, a woman originally from Mexico, settled in Big Baddeck and became a municipal councillor for Victoria County.

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Support for Cape Breton playwrights

PARC it... We shine the spotlight on the presence of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre in Cape Breton. Pamela Halstead is the Artistic Director of PARC, she explains how they offer both remote and on site support to playwrights in all four Atlantic Provinces.

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Adult Multi-sport Program

A Sporting Chance... After offering a multi-sport program for children, CBU and the CBRM join forces to offer grown ups a chance to try out a variety of sports they may consider taking up. Jonathan Penny is the sport development coordinator, and Chelsea Currie is the Adult and Senior Recreation Program Coordinator for the CBRM.

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NEWCOMER PROFILE: Aby Macky from the Philippines, via Abu Dhabi

From the Port of Manilla to the Port of Abu Dhabi to the Port of... Hawkesbury. Our next guest in our series of conversations with those who have chosen to make a new life and livelihood for themselves in Cape Breton is Aby Macky, who says she could not be her true self, live her true life, until the day she moved to Cape Breton.

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Year-End Interview: Family Place Resource Centre

We conclude our series of year-end interviews with the Family Place Resource Centre... and, as their name suggests, its one place families in need can turn to on our Island. As the Centre looks ahead to another year of helping Cape Bretoners, we'll recap some of the help it provides as we meet one of its many clients.

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NEWCOMER PROFILE: Alona Stutzinger from Ukraine, via Egypt

We continue our series of conversations with newcomers to the Island who have chosen to create a new life for themselves in Cape Breton. Today, our guest is Alona Stutzinger, who comes from Ukraine, by way of Egypt. She has settled in Roberta, in Richmond County.

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Year-end interview: Cape Breton Partnership

We look back on 2019 - and ahead for 2020 - with the head of the Cape Breton Partnership, Carla Arsenault.

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NEWCOMER PROFILE: Joseph Chatindo from Zimbabwe

We continue with our series meeting some new comers to Cape Breton who have chosen to make a life and living here on the Island. Today, we meet a man from Zimbabwe who now calls Inverness County home.

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Wanna be a deckhand on the Bluenose II?

The Bluenose II is looking for deckhands. We'll hear from a couple of Nova Scotians who have done the job and why they'd recommend it.

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NEWCOMER PROFILE: entrepreneur AJ Vir Singh from India

Many new faces have joined our island community over the past year. And this week we're going to meet five of them, starting today with AJ Vir Singh.

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Year-end Cape Breton arts panel: the year in theatre, music, & visual art

Our arts panel gives us their review of the past year's offerings in Cape Breton music, theatre and visual arts.

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Erosion exposing old dump in Inverness

Shoreline erosion is an issue all around the island, but in the village of Inverness, it's uncovering an old dump site...to the point where the municipality is looking for help.

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Year-End Interview: CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

We have the next in our series of Year-End interviews with some of the people who influence life on our Island. Today, the Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Cecil Clarke, looks back on 2019 and forward to the year ahead - 2020 is an election year for the municipality.

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Year-End Interview: NS Premier Stephen McNeil

It's time for our annual year-end conversation with the Premier of Nova Scotia... Stephen McNeil talks about finances, health care and his priorities for Cape Breton Island.

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The 11th Annual Information Morning Year-End Quiz

Its an Information Morning tradition... three illustrious Cape Breton residents put their skills to the test in the 11th edition of the annual Information Morning Year-end Quiz! Our quiz participants for 2019 are: Anna Manley, TJ McKeough and Todd Pettigrew.

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Year-End Interview: David Dingwall, CBU President

As part of our series of Year End interviews, we are speaking with the people who influence the public conversation on Cape Breton Island. The biggest educational institution on the island is Cape Breton University and it's bursting at the seams. That's a blessing and a curse... CBU President David Dingwall reflects on events and issues at his school over the past 12 months and what may be expected in 2020.

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Cape Breton Health Care redevelopment update

Our current healthcare system needs an overhaul... A team has been tasked with redesigning it in Cape Breton and has been busy doing just that. For an update, we contact the Cape Breton Redevelopment Team... Mark LeCouter is senior director, Troy Penney is clinical director responsible for projects at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Glace Bay Hospital and Hospice, and Mickey Daye is clinical director with responsibilities for North Sydney and New Waterford, including the new hub school project in New Waterford.

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Significant Cape Breton fossil find

A fossil identified as being 309 million years old was initially found within a tree stump in 2017 in Cape Breton. Hillary Maddin, a Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolutionary Developmental Biology researcher at Carleton University in Ottawa, spoke to Reporter Brent Kelloway about the fascinating discovery.

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Northern Pulp: the legal considerations

We look at some of the legal implications and possible consequences flowing from the Nova Scotia government's decision on Boat Harbour. Law expert Wayne MacKay shares his thoughts. He's a legal columnist for CBC and professor emeritus at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law.

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Northern Pulp: interview with the Premier

The Nova Scotia Premier said he made the promise. Said he'd keep it. And said he was serious about keeping it. Now that he's kept it, thousands of jobs are on the line. We speak with Premier Stephen McNeil about the decision to uphold the deadline laid out in the Boat Harbour Act, forcing Northern Pulp to stop pumping effluent by January 31st.

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Northern Pulp: the Cape Breton impact

It was a weekend of quiet celebration and relief at Pictou Landing First Nation... and anger and anguish for Northern Pulp mill and forestry workers. We touch on the effects of enforcing the Boat Harbour Act on Cape Breton... Brent MacInnis is a forestry contractor based in Frenchvale, and manager of Hugh MacInnis Lumber.

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Dreaming of a Bright Christmas

Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell and volunteer junior correspondent Molly Gouthro travel to some of the most impressive Christmas light displays and decorations in Sydney. They visited displays on Churchill Drive, Cornwallis Street, and Cottage Road.

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Issue Panel 1219

Every second Thursday we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. So, for our final Issue Panel of 2019... panelists are: Anna Manley, Ross Hunter, and a new recruit, Allie MacDonald-Campbell.

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Raising a stink in Cheticamp

Cheticamp is one of the most breathtaking places on our Island. Trouble is, you don't want to breath the air these days, due to an unpleasant odour. Reporter Holly Conners spoke with Claude Bourgeois, owner of The Doryman Pub and Grill, and with Keith MacDonald, CAO for Inverness County, about the stench that's permeating the community.

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Northern Pulp fallout

Thousands of Nova Scotians were waiting anxiously to hear the next chapter in the Northern Pulp / Boat Harbour saga. Turns out Environment Minister Gordon Wilson wants more reading material on the matter of pumping millions of litres of treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait. Jeff Bishop is Executive Director of Forest Nova Scotia, and Jill Graham-Scanlan is president of Friends of The Northumberland Strait. They offer their reaction.

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Spat over food bank funding at Richmond County Council

Freelance journalist Adam Cooke reports on the latest from Richmond County Council... yesterday, one of the topics discussed was funding to food banks in the area.

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New obstetrician brings region up to full complement

Oh, Baby ! Reporter Holly Conners spoke to the newest member of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital's OB-GYN team, Dr. Gillian MacMullin, whose practice means the region now has its full complement of five obstetricians.

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What is the status of the funding request for a new library?

Reading between the lines... CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke talks about where the plans stand for a new central library in Sydney. Harbour Royale Developments asked for an 18 month extension to its plan to put up a residential and commercial building on the Sydney waterfront... with the proposed new library. CBRM Council granted the extension.

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How Cape Breton students helped make "sensory friendly shopping" a success

Sobeys is rolling out "Sensory Friendly Shopping" hours at its stores across the country. And it's thanking some Cape Breton elementary students for their part in growing the initiative. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to a few students and teacher Erin McNeil from Greenfield Elementary in River Ryan about their involvement.

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Learn some Polish and perform in a pageant in under a week!

"Polish Acting for Beginners"...Learn how the St. Michael's Polish Benefit Society plans to take people with no knowledge of the Polish language, give them a couple of workshops, and throw them on stage in a traditional Polish Christmas pageant. Reporter Holly Conners spoke to Tom Urbaniak, president of the Society.

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Is government failing people living in poverty?

There are no easy answers to the problem of poverty... The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has added its voice to a chorus calling on the Nova Scotia government to create a strategy to deal with poverty in our province. Alec Stratford is the chair of the steering committee for the Centre's Nova Scotia branch.

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Prosper family meets with Hockey Nova Scotia

Young hockey player Logan Prosper from We'ko'kmaq First Nation was the target of racist taunts at a hockey game last week. He spoke out and Hockey Nova Scotia listened - they are investigating the incident and have established a task force on inclusion. Yesterday, Logan and his parents met with officials from Hockey Nova Scotia.

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New Hockey Nova Scotia task force on diversity and inclusion

We take a closer look at Hockey Nova Scotia's response to that racist incident in Cheticamp involving a Mi'kmaq player from We'ko'kmaq First Nation. A task force on diversity and inclusion has been created by Hockey Nova Scotia, and one of its members is Levi Denny of Eskasoni Sport & Recreation.

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Free high school theatre class!

Creating a stage for teen talent... we find out about a new FREE theatre program for grade 9-12 students in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education. Drama educator Mike McPhee, and Cape Breton theatre artist Ron Jenkins, who will be directing the weekly class, explain the new "Collaborative, Devised Theatre Class".

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NSTU says teachers fill the poverty gap

As many teachers continue to fill the needs of impoverished students, the head of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union calls on the province to create a concrete strategy to eliminate poverty. Paul Wozney, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, spoke with our Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell.

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CBRM extends development agreement with Harbour Royale

Listen to abit of what was said at CBRM Council regarding Harbour Royale Development and its plan to construct a residential and commercial building on the Sydney waterfront that would include a new library. A recommendation from CBRM staff to approve an extension was granted by councillors. That decision adds another 18 months to Harbour Royale's development agreement.

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Sydney apartment building evacuation update

We have the latest on the Rotary Drive apartment building evacuation that was prompted by high winds blowing part of its roof off, yesterday. An emergency shelter was set up immediately at Centre 200 for the displaced residents. This morning, CBRM Fire Chief Michael Seth offers an update on the evacuees and the building.

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New housing project for Cape Breton women involved in the justice system

Women involved with the justice system in Cape Breton may soon have a new option for transitional housing. The Elizabeth Fry Society has launched an ambitious new capital campaign to raise $1.5-million dollars toward the housing project. Darlene MacEachern is Executive Director with the Society in Cape Breton.

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CBRM considers whether to hold course on a new library

Is a plan to build a new library for Sydney just a work of fiction? Proponents say "no" and continue to fight to have a new facility constructed--one they say will not only be a boon for users, but for downtown, too. Kathleen Yurchesyn, CEO of the Cape Breton Chamber of Commerce, says a waterfront library is key to Sydney's downtown revitalization.

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Newly expanded homeless shelter opens

After years of planning, the CBRM's only emergency homeless shelter has moved to a bigger space and opens tonight on Townsend Street in Sydney. Prior to its official opening, Reporter Holly Conners took a guided tour of the Community Homeless Shelter, and spoke to Fred Deveaux, executive director of Cape Breton Community Housing which owns and operates the shelter, and to shelter supervisor Tamiesha Emanuel. Christine Porter, executive director of the Ally Centre, comments on the need for such a shelter.

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The Christmas Crew sees people at their most vulnerable

Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell went to Glace Bay to hear about a group of volunteers helping to feed those in need this time of year. John White is a teacher at Glace Bay High School, and sort of takes on another job at this time of year. He explains why he started the giving campaign and describes the annual efforts of The Christmas Crew.

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New ownership model for Port Hawkesbury airport?

Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton explains a town council motion to explore other ownership models for the Allan J. MacEachen Airport in Port Hastings. Currently, the town of Port Hawkesbury owns the airport, but will ask neighbouring municipalities and First Nation communities if there's any interest in shared ownership.

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Mr. Battiste & Mr. Kelloway Go To Ottawa

Taking Their Seats in Ottawa... Cape Breton's newly minted MPs had their first official day in the House of Commons as they sat and listened to the Speech from the Throne, yesterday. We ask Mike Kelloway and Jaime Battiste to reflect on life since election day.

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Changes coming this winter at Ski Cape Smokey

Last summer, a development group based out of New York purchased Ski Cape Smokey and assets in Ingonish. Work around the property has begun, and they have plans to open this winter. For an update, we contact Martin Kejval, manager of the Ski Hill for Cape Smokey Holdings and one of the project managers on site.

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Issue Panel: Trudeau & Trump; Dirty Blonde

Every second week we convene a rotating roster of informed and articulate Cape Bretoners to give us their take on the stories of the week on the Information Morning Issue Panel. Today, our panelists are: Alicia Lake, Todd Pettigrew, and Jenn Power.

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A "shell" of an idea: crab waste into profit?

Did you know that when snow crab is processed, a full third of it by weight ends up as waste material? Reporter Paul Withers looks into research being done here in Cape Breton to find a way to turn that waste into a product that MAKES money, instead of COSTS money.

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Confusion at council over fire station decision

The announcement of the possible location for a new fire station in Sydney has touched off a fire storm. We hear again from CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and Councillor Amanda McDougall over confusion surrounding a new fire station for Sydney... and whether information that came up during private council decisions should've been made public.

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Who will take care of the old graveyards?

A Grave Concern... Victoria County Councillor, Merrill MacInnis, sounds the alarm over abandoned and neglected graveyards in his area. He's bothered by the level of deterioration he sees, so instead of asking "who's responsible?", he's suggesting that we should ALL be responsible for taking care of them.

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An arrest in the Cassidy Bernard case

The RCMP have officially announced they've charged 20-year-old Dwight Austin Isadore of Wagmatcook in connection with the death of Cassidy Bernard of Waycobah First Nation. After the press conference, Janey Michael, president of the Waycobah Native Women's Association, and Rod Googoo, the Chief of the Waycobah First Nation, spoke to reporters.

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Should NS adoption records be open?

Open For Discussion... As the MacNeil government weighs the pros and cons of opening adoption records, it wants to hear from you during public consultations its hosting around the province. Nova Scotia's Minister of Community Services Kelly Regan explains what is under consideration, and what is at stake.

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VAN-tastic new service from the Ally Centre

The Ally Centre in Sydney gets a van in order to share its services throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell spoke to Christine Porter, the Executive Director of the Ally Centre, about their new van and community outreach plans.

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Sydney Call Centre, one year later

The closure of the ServiCom Call Centre dominated the news in Cape Breton a year ago. The community rallied to help laid off workers through the Christmas season... and then, good news... Marlowe Companies Inc. would be purchasing the call centre, and reopening it. Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell met with some employees to recall what happened last year.

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Feature interview: Anthony Marlowe, CEO the Sydney Call Centre

Anthony Marlowe is a hero to many in Sydney after he swooped in from Iowa last year in the wake of the collapse of the ServiCom Call Centre, essentially saving hundreds of jobs. We have a feature interview with the CEO of Marlowe Companies Inc., the parent company of the Sydney Call Centre, to learn more about how the situation has changed --1 year later.

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New location chosen for Sydney fire station

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke spoke with Reporter George Mortimer about relocating the fire station on Sydney's Esplanade to a parking lot site at the corner of Pitt and George streets. The Mayor elaborates on choosing the new site for Station 1 in downtown Sydney.

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Doctors Nova Scotia on the new deal

Digesting the deal for the doctors... now that a new agreement has been reached between the province and physicians, Gary Ernest, President of Doctors Nova Scotia, outlines the arrangement, and what it will mean for your healthcare.

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Mortality ratio in CBRM hospitals higher than national average

While the mortality ratio is now down, hospitals in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality continue to have the highest mortality ratio in the country. Joseph Amuah, Manager of Content for the "Your Health System" website, spoke to Reporter Tom Ayers about the Canadian Institute for Health Information data.

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New deal for docs

The province and Nova Scotia's doctors have reached a new contract agreement that the president of Doctors Nova Scotia believes will bolster recruitment and retention. But one Cape Breton doctor hopes it'll really help key problems in ERs in the CBRM. Dr. Margaret Fraser of Sydney gives us her view.

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Meet the new CBRM fire chief, Michael Seth

Hail to the Chief.. After looking longer than they would've liked, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has finally found a new fire chief. We introduce the new Director of Fire and Emergency Services, Michael Seth, he talks about his vision for fire fighting in the municipality.

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The history of Indian Day Schools in Cape Breton

The Old Sydney Society presents lectures on many subjects ranging from fascinating to funny. This evening, the Society invites you to learn about an issue many may not be familiar with: Indian Day Schools. Lawyer and educator Tuma Young offers some background into the history of these schools in Cape Breton.

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Feature interview: Irwin Simon on one year of changes at the Eagles

A conversation with the majority owner of the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Irwin Simon, originally from Glace Bay, tells us about the improvements and investments he and the other owners have made to help create a winning franchise here on the Island.

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Program on healthy relationships for people with autism expands to Cape Breton

A 13 week program called "Healthy Relationships, Sexuality, and Autism" is being offered next month by Autism Nova Scotia in Sydney. Yevonne Le Lacheur is the Programs Director for Autism Nova Scotia, she explains the course to our Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell.

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Baddeck Wharf study

Reporter George Mortimer spoke to Bill Marchant, Chair of the Waterfront Baddeck Committee, about a completed study on the Baddeck Wharf. The study looked into the condition of the structure, what repairs or upgrades may be needed, and plans for future use of the wharf including the addition of floating docks.

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Music for Life at Marconi Campus

A new continuing education non-credit music program launched in partnership with the Second Wind Community Concert Band and the NSCC Marconi Campus has been quite successful. So successful... they are planning Round 2. Meet the founder of the Second Wind - Laura Mercer, and some of the Beginner Level 1 participants are Juanita Romard, Ryan Pero and Fred Tilley - the principal!

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Is it time for a universal school lunch program?

As your children or grandchildren head off to school, do you know what they'll be having for lunch? Many Canadian families won't be able to give their children anything, which is why advocates continue to call for a national school food program. Current Affairs reporter Brittany Wentzell looks at the issue in the CBRM.

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Cameron Hughes: professional "crowd igniter"

Meet a man who has found a way to make "being the life of the party" a paying gig. Cameron Hughes is a professional crowd igniter, originally from Ottawa, now living in Los Angeles, he gets paid to pump up the crowd at sports events. This weekend, he is in Cape Breton for The Leader’s Edge Student Leadership Conference at CBU.

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Falling short on care for COPD

Breathing new life into the way we prevent and manage COPD in Nova Scotia. The Lung Association has some new recommendations to better care for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - a term used to describe progressive lung diseases. Dr. Mohammed Al-Hamdani is director of Health Initiatives with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia.

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Irwin Simon pitches a new Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Toronto

A conversation with Irwin Simon. The Glace Bay born businessman, and owner of the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, tells us about a networking event he hosted last night in Toronto to benefit the new Cape Breton Cancer Centre.

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Issue Panel: Don Cherry; Wal-Mart receipt checks; Disney "cultural depictions"

It's time for the Information Morning Issue Panel... we find out what's on the mind of our panel of thoughtful and articulate Cape Bretoners this week. Today, panelists are Ian Brodie, Associate Professor of Folklore at Cape Breton University, Jill Ellsworth, a Digital Communications Specialist with CBU, and new recruit Clifton Cremo, a Communications Officer for the Eskasoni School Board.

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There's a unique project underway in the Bras d'Or Lakes

A research project combining western and First Nations perspectives is hoping to shed light on the movements of lobster and eel in the Bras d'Or Lakes. It's part of a larger initiative called Apoqnamatulti'k. Skyler Jeddore is the community liason and a field technician for the project in Cape Breton, and Amy Hill is senior project manager with the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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Reporter Tom Ayers has highlights from last night's meeting of CB Regional Council

After dealing with zoning amendments and other business, Mayor Cecil Clarke weighed in and admonished all councillors to be respectful of CBRM staff and each other... reminding all about proper conduct both inside and outside the council chamber. Then, District 4 councillor Steve Gillespie apologized for remarks he made earlier.

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