Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia)
Hurricane Fiona struck Nova Scotia, and other parts of Atlantic Canada, on September 24, 2022. Winds of 140 kilometres per hour battered parts of the province, blowing down trees and damaging roofs and siding on houses.
What MDS Is Doing
In September 2022, Hurricane Fiona struck Cape Breton. Starting in October that year, and then from March this year, MDS Canada has been responding to help those in Cape Breton who were impacted by the disaster.
In 2022 volunteers cleared trees and repaired roofs before winter set in. In March, this year, MDS Canada returned to do interior repairs and more roof repairs on about 40 houses in the Glace Bay and Sydney areas.
At this time, we want to say “thanks!” to everyone who volunteered to serve with MDS in Cape Breton, and thanks to the people of Cape Breton who made us feel part of your communities during our time there. We will leave enriched by our experiences with you. Thank-you for letting us be part of your lives.
Stories about MDS in Cape Breton
MDS Canada’s response in Cape Breton is taking place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.
MDS Canada acknowledges the support of Air Canada, which is offering discounts for volunteers travelling by air to Cape Breton to do Hurricane Fiona recovery work.
Cape Breton Island is a rugged and beautiful part of Canada. Glace Bay, with about 17,000 people, was once a busy coal mining town. The first mines were dug by French colonizers from nearby Louisburg in the 18th century. In 1860, the Glace Bay Mining Company was formed; the first large colliery, the Hub Shaft, opened in 1861. At its high point, there were 14 mines in the oceanside town and 40 percent of all coal in Canada came from Glace Bay. The last mine was closed in 1984.