Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton

Posted at 10:33 am on January 12, 2018

The Mayor of Port Hawkesbury is hoping one word can make a difference for Cape Breton Island and reconciliation. In a letter drafted to Premier Stephen McNeil, Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton asks to add “Unama’ki” to the sign entering Cape Breton Island from the Mainland side.

Chisholm-Beaton believes the simple act, which was mentioned by Ma’git Poulette would go a long way in reconciliation. Chisholm Beaton says the small token will show that the First nations’ communities are respected in the future of Cape Breton:
The idea was widley supported during the One Cape Breton summit in November by members of the municipalities and First Nations’ communities. Chisholm-Beaton says most First Nations’ people call the island Unama’ki. The new sign would read “Welcome to Cape Breton/Unama’ki”.

Posted at 1:06 pm on January 6, 2017

 Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton says 2017 will be an important year for the town.
Chisholm-Beaton says there are a number of new faces around the council table following the October municipal election.  She says the council will start the year will strategic planning sessions this month.
Chisholm-Beaton says council will also want to ensure it creates strategic directions that are measurable and attainable; and council has the power to implement.
Chisholm-Beaton is hopeful there will be good discussion in the community to determine what directions the town will go in.