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Mary Ann MacVicar, right, a supervisor at Smitty's restaurant in Sydney, had her photo taken with CNN correspondent Paula Newton, middle, and Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton, left. The CNN crew stopped by the restaurant to interview several Cape Bretoners.
SYDNEY — Cape Breton is in the international spotlight today as one of America's most renowned news networks drops by for a visit.
CNN is filming on the Nova Scotia island today — talking with Cape Bretoners and shooting some of the scenery. Their interest in the island stems from the Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins website created two weeks ago by Rob Calabrese, a radio host at 101.9 The Giant.
The website (cbiftrumpwins.com), which encourages Americans frustrated and bewildered by Trump's presidential candidacy to consider a move to Cape Breton, has drawn hundreds of thousands of online visits and thousands of inquiries from Americans.
CNN's day in Cape Breton began at Smitty's restaurant in Sydney, where CNN correspondent Paula Newton interviewed several Cape Bretoners.
Newton and the crew arrived shortly before 8 a.m. and stayed for about an hour and a half, according to Smitty's supervisor Mary Ann MacVicar.
"It was pretty exciting to have people from CNN here," she said.
Cape Breton tourism officials say CNN's reports will be broadcast Wednesday on CNN International's flagship global affairs program, hosted by Christiane Amanpour.
Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton, says the CNN team talked to locals and a real estate agent in Sydney, and also travelled to rural Marion Bridge to have a look at a waterfront property.
(Cape Breton Post & CP files)