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February 11, 2005

Eastlink Television gives closer look Inside Cape Breton

HALIFAX - Eastlink Television has partnered with the Cape Breton Growth Fund to produce a 13-part series, Inside Cape Breton, which highlights business and community leaders in Cape Breton. This profile-style format will inform, educate, and entertain the audience with its creative content, in-depth discussions, and light-hearted probing of issues that face the community of Cape Breton. Inside Cape Breton will foster a sense of pride in the community by presenting positive stories of success and dedication to making a contribution to Cape Breton. By promoting good news stories, it is hoped it will encourage others to become more involved in the community.

Eastlink Television will air Inside Cape Breton on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for the next 13 weeks.

The host for Inside Cape Breton will be Bob MacEachern of 101.5 The Hawk. Bob has contributed his time to a number of organizations over the years including the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Martha's Hospital Foundation, Inverness-Richmond Children's Aid Society and the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre among others.

Guests and Topics:

  • Episode 1 - Rick Beaton - The role of ECBC and CBGF in economy
  • Episode 2 - Perry Chandler - Role of CBDC's in Economic Development Episode
  • Episode 3 - Marlene Usher - ECBC and CBGF - The process of submitting and evaluating requests for financial assistance
  • Episode 4 - Billy Joe MacLean - Role of Community Economic Development in assisting with critical economic infrastructure
  • Episode 5 - Marc Leclerc - Government incentives and the private sector
  • Episode 6 - Vince MacLean - Role of Transportation in Cape Breton economy
  • Episode 7 - John Harker - Role of education in Community Economic Development
  • Episode 8 - John Malcolm - Economic Health and Community Health
  • Episode 9 - Earl Morgan - Glace Bay Revitalization
  • Episode 10 - Keith MacDonald - Role of JCI and the entrepreneurship in Cape Breton
  • Episode 11 - Marjorie Fougere - Role of small business in the economy
  • Episode 12 - Jim Paris - Role of Call Centers in rebuilding Cape Breton
  • Episode 13 - Elaine Fitzgerald Muise - Role of tourism in the economy
  • About Cape Breton Growth Fund

    The Cape Breton Growth Fund (CBGF) is responsible for the delivery of the economic adjustment fund established by the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia in the wake of the federal government's decision to close the Cape Breton Development Corporation (Devco). The CBGF is comprised of an $86 million contribution from the Government of Canada, and a $12 million contribution from the Government of Nova Scotia. Through its Articles of Incorporation, the Cape Breton Growth Fund (CBGF) has a broad mandate for economic development. The objects of the Corporation are to promote and assist, either alone or in conjunction with any person or the Government of Canada or of Nova Scotia or any agency of either of those governments, the financing and development of industry on Cape Breton Island to provide employment outside the coal producing industry and to broaden the base of the economy of Cape Breton Island.

    About Eastlink
    Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastlink is the fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. Eastlink's employees provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to business and residential customers across the Maritimes. For more information on Eastlink and its products and services, visit

    Media Contact

    Jill Laing
    Public and Media Relations
    (902) 446-1939