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WELCOME & EVENT FORMAT
Discover why goCapeBreton.com and the GET 'ER DONE! event were created and how everyone can work together.

 
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SOCIAL CHALLENGES

Barriers and solutions for Healthcare, Poverty, Nutrition, Outmigration, and more. 

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Entrepreneurship, Tourism, Energy, Resources, Agriculture, Oceans, and more.

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INFORMATION SHARING

The role of media, social media, and citizens in building community and social capital.

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DESIGNING OUR FUTURE

Community participation and leadership for a prosperous future. A plan to move forward.

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ACTION PLEDGES

A promise to do something community-minded, no matter how big or small. Examples: volunteer for an event, donate to a food bank, help a neighbor, clean a green space, eat healthy, vote in the election, anything! Action pledges were captured on paper, through mobile devices, and in personal photos.

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LIVE FEEDBACK

Comments, questions, and pledges were submitted

by the audience using mobile devices during the live

sessions and displayed on a large screen on stage.

 

 

 

Submitted during session:  Designing Our Future

 

  • My personal pledge is to continue spreading the message; making the small changes and working towards a more prosperous CBRM.

    Christian Murphy

  • Thanks to our panelists and audience ...  we GOT 'ER DONE!  New comments are now moderated before they go live.

    goCapeBreton.com

  • They also have great hats. Go figure!

    Rory Andrews

  • Yes, definition of insanity,  do the same thing over and over expecting different results.  Let's make a change.  Cape Breton will save itself and thrive in the process. 

    Pats

  • Love the hat, how do I get a T shirt?  Participation? LOL
     

    Marian

  • I'll work with Matt to host Got'er Done. I know tons of great projects and stories. 

    Steven Rolls

  • Leave a Every part of this event was energizing and time well spent. Thanks to Matt and Richard and everyone involved. Looking forward to the next one!message...

    Darrin McLean

  • Big thanks to Matt, Richard, Rory and others for making today happen. Looking forward to more sessions happen elsewhere around the island outside the CBRM and possibly in different formats for more intimate conversations. 

    Andrew Brooks

  • I've lived in many places around the world, and Cape Breton is by far the best. It's a great strength. 

    Gavin Andrews

  • Take that greenfield site and install a farm of threeD printers. 

    madeline

  • Sunset industry. You may think I am crazy but soon we will be three D printing auto parts, not shipping them!

    madeline

  • The HAT also supports the Boardmore Theatre and vice versa! The theatre community is a strong role model for cooperation thanks to the inspiring people involved. 

    Eli Quirk

  • Wesley teamed up with the Savoy for a bunch of projects. Not direct competition. Cooperation. Last night was great.

    Rory Andrews

  • We can act as one when we stop looking at Halifax and start seeing what we have in common with Digby, Yarmouth, etc. NS is the HRM and the rest of us. 

    madeline

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead

    Heather MacIsaac

 

Submitted during session:  Information Sharing
 

  • Yes, Madeline. And we have digital edition at vista.pressreader.com and we're on Facebook too. Forgot to plug that earlier.

    Andrew Brooks

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead

    Heather MacIsaac

  • Victoria County Creates came from a freezing Sunday night discussion at the Baddeck Library. 7 people. 6 people said good conversation, I've been to a lot of these before. 1 person said let's not study the idea of an artist-in-residence, let's do it. It opened in June and it's already committed to being open year-round. 54 artists represented from around Victoria County and those coming to create art. Supports local artists AND attracts folks to Island. Tourists come in and buy local from the source.   

    Andrew Brooks

  • This Thursday evening, Doug and Steve are hosting a viewing of a documentary film of the Protocase involvement in the MARS Rover competition. More info atwww.tecsocial.ca 

    Bob Pelley

  • Joe ward has a lot to offer Cape Breton regardless of colour, age or gender. If we consider what we all have to offer without biases will we get farther ahead. 

    Pats

  • https://capebreton.lokol.me/cape-breton-secrets

    Steven Rolls

  • I'm not. I'm the only one who can, so if someone else is deleting comments, ummmmm, please stop.

    Rory Andrews

  • Nope I found it!

    madeline

  • Are you deleting comments?

    madeline

  • Is this it?http://www.victoriastandard.ca

    madeline

  • Capers shrug and say, "What can you do?"  Well, what CAN you do?
     

    Marian

  • As someone who's lived in America most of my life, I can say Cape Bretoners are pretty bad at self promotion. Americans will always tell you how great you are. Cape Bretoners won't. We're too humble. It's not bad, but relying on word-of-mouth in 2016 is crazy-talk.

    Rory Andrews

  • Thank you guys for facilitating the female voice!

    madeline

  • In Victoria County, the Victoria Standard, owned by Andrew Brooks is hiring new writers and covering more events across Cape Breton all the time - including this event today! 

    Alicia

  • And localxpress.com

    madeline

  • We can subscribe tocapebretonspectator.com!

    madeline

  • Has everyone subscribed tocapebretonspectator.com?

    madeline

  • Our Victoria Standard is here, Thanks Andrew Brooks!
     

    Marian

  • At goCapeBreton.com, Richard never knows what I'm doing. Best job ever.

    Rory Andrews

  • There is nothing wrong with listening to news from BC. We tend to go local to provincial to national and don't get to hear about local solutions from other regions. I'd like CBC to go there more. 

    madeline

  • Zero budget, no meetings, existing infrastructure,  simply personal responsibility.  Care enough to pick up two pieces of litter a day (a bag if you are at the beach).  Facebook: a little less litter Cape Breton

    Social media rocks!
     

    Marian

  • But there is a whole sector of CB who get their news from the Cape Breton. Post. They will likely last as long as this sector has left on the planet but meanwhile they need to be considered. 

    madeline

 

Submitted during session:  Economic Develoment
 

  • Will do, Bob. Thanks

    Darrin McLean

  • Darrin, 
    I can help with that. Please get in touch: 
    bpelley@innovacorp.ca
    Bob

    Bob Pelley

  • I'm the local representative for Engineers Nova Scotia. I pledge to organize a speaker session in Sydney this fall to get more engineers in the local area thinking about entrepreneurship.

    Darrin McLean

  • For more info on entrepreneurship mentoring visitwww.mentorconnectonline.com

    Bob Pelley

  • Connectivity. Pushing comfort levels socially to make new connections, volunteering, collaboration, mentor ship  and not running in the rut of old patterns. Ok I pledge to do this!

    Heather MacIsaac

  • I also believe we need an initiative in our communities that will bring people together with a sense of pride that will result in more people caring, participating and taking ownership of our communities.  We need to change our attitudes about littering, service levels and every aspect of how we present ourselves. We all need to work together to create a better place to live.

    Joanna

  • I'm here representing a new group in North Sydney called Victory Park Society. Our goal is to create a multi-use waterfront green space in downtown North Sydney incl recreation, a boardwalk, and shops. Check us out on Facebook.

    Mike MacPhee

  • Thanks so much for kick-starting this movement. We pledge to continue the conversation in Glace Bay. TALO Cafebar, Savoy Theatre, Island Sandbox, NSCC are pleased to invite you to a conversation on Nov 4, 4-6pm @ TALO Cafebar to discuss how we can work together on downtown development. RSVP @ amjh@eastlink.ca

    Angela Houston

  • Until minimum wage increases to the point where they can shop local, the box stores will always win.
     

    Keith

  • Great comment Margaret - Community Organizers could get'er done! 

    Alicia

  • Great point on community organizers but who could or would find that?

    madeline

  • It is not just about exports but bringing and keeping money here.  By taking care of our current assets. Built heritage, unique culture, crafts and arts, and this incomparably beautiful landscape.
     

    Marian

  • There are amazing businesses, organizations, and events happening all over CB. Look for them and grab on to the ones that align with what you believe in. 

    Steven Rolls

  • In order to get businesses to stay open later or longer we need to revitalize our downtown and make it a draw for the population who will frequent
    these businesses. 

    Joanna

  • CBU has local and international students graduating every fall and spring. I know graduates, both local and not, who have wanted to stay in Cape Breton but moved away because they couldn't find employment. We need to find ways to keep these educated people here. I certainly think it's possible. 

    Eli Quirk

  • Some of us provide services. It would also be wonderful if local companies and
    CBRM made an effort to hire local for professional services. 

    madeline

  • I moved here broke and unemployed 2 years ago. I'm now looking at 2 of my bosses on the stage. I just bought a house. It's all possible.

    Rory Andrews

  • What Protocase has achieved is incredible and inspiring. Engineers rock.

    Darrin McLean

  • Just moved home in February 2016. Still employed by a provincial non -profit but working remotely from home. 
    Go Cape Breton helped me make the decision to move home - because it made me hopeful!

    Guest

  • Entrepreneurship and small business is not a big economic driver in Cape Breton, but it should be.

    Darrin McLean

  • Profit also supports the social sector via donations, sponsorship, attendance at events
     

    Andre

  • NS power needed the harbour dredged. 

    madeline

  • http://geterdone.net  To post comments

    Joanie Cunningham

  • Import replacement keeps wealth local! Good point Mathew.

    Alicia

 

 

Submitted during session:  Social Challenges
 

  • An action: Add up all the food you eat each week. Then choose a percent (5%, 10% whatever) then go on an adventure with your family to find it. 

    Dave

  • I pledge to encourage compassion towards individuals dealing with addiction. 

    Angela Houston

  • Please don't turn this into a political conversation.  If so, the critics of this event will only grab those sounds bites.

    "Keep'er Neutral" with respect to your political views, I am!

    D Darren MacDonald

  • Drugs and addiction are a major problem and the root cause of many of the problems being discussed. What role can law enforcement play in this?  Should we focus on improving law enforcement strategies?

    Adam Mugridge

  • Great selection of panelists! Truly eye opening.

    I am "making my pledge" to get better involved in youth programs, listen to all ideas and help where I can.

    Jim Clark

  • Agree with Darrin 100%.  

    John Furch

  • Child poverty, addiction, youth out migration, population decline, high unemployment, etc are symptoms of the overall problem with Cape Breton which is poor economic activity. We need to find and stimulate the start up and growth of businesses that provide exportable goods and services.

    Darrin McLean

  • We need places where youth can go, when in conflict with parents/guardians, to give both parties a breather so family counselling can occur ie group home

    Mike MacPhee

  • What can I do as a citizen to help addiction?

    Rory Andrews

  • Don't rely on politicians!  What can every day people do?

    Dave

  • Great Work Lynn!  Getting 'er done!

    Dave

  • Finding for programs is hard to find.

    -

  • Powerful statements

    Joanie Cunningham

  • David Sawler wants to see more prevention

    -

  • Looking great so far!  Nice setup.

    Jim

  • Wanted to be the first. 

    Steven Rolls

  • Welcome to GET 'ER DONE!

    Mathew

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