Gas is selling for under a dollar a litre, this morning. The price of gas went down by 4.1 cents a litre overnight and now goes for a minimum of .99.5 cents a litre in Cape Breton. Diesel dipped by 1.2 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.15.3.
This morning’s special Regional Council meeting on the sale of North Sydney’s Archibald Wharf is shaping up to be another showdown between those for and against the plan. An open house on the sale in North Sydney on Saturday became a shouting match inside while opponents protested outside. Those against the sale to ship repair company Canadian Maritime Engineering don’t want to see the loss of the green space. Those in favour argue the promise of good jobs with the company’s expansion onto the Archibald’s Wharf property is worth the sacrifice. This morning’s meeting was called so that a municipal bylaw can be changed to allow the sale of the recreational waterfront property. Mayor Cecil Clarke says both those for and against the sale will get a chance to have their say at this morning’s meeting.
A 67-year-old woman has been airlifted to hospital in Halifax with life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a car in New Waterford, yesterday. Regional Police say they got the call to the scene near Plummer Avenue and Smith Street at around 11:30 in the morning. They add the vehicle involved was a Buick Century. Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them or Crime Stoppers.
Police have ticketed the driver involved in another car/pedestrian accident in Whitney Pier, yesterday. Officers got the call to the intersection of Victoria Road and Church Street, shortly before 5:00 in the evening. Police say an 11 year-old boy was hit by a vehicle while he was in a crosswalk, crossing Church Street. He was taken to the Regional Hospital with what police describe as minor injuries. Police say the 64 year old driver of the vehicle told them she didn’t see the boy while making a right turn onto Church Street. She was handed a Summary Offence Ticket for Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk.
Darrell Flynn was sworn in as the new councillor for District 10 before last night’s Regional Council meeting. Flynn won the seat in a bye-election on December 6th that was called after Darren Bruckschwaiger resigned from council to take a job out West. Flynn gave up his school board seat to run for council and runs the Swiss Chalet restaurant in Sydney. After he was sworn in, Flynn thanked those in his District for their support and pledged to keep their interests paramount as their councillor.
Regional Police asked for council’s financial support for a centre focusing on troubled youth at last night’s council meeting. Sergeant Tom Ripley is looking for 630-thousand dollars over five years from the CBRM, along with matching funds from the province. The centre will focus on young people between the ages of 12 and 17 and Ripley says the goal is to reach them before they start to commit crimes. The project is part of a program through the National Crime Prevention Centre. It proposes setting up a main office Sydney, with smaller offices in Glace Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney, Eskasoni and Whitney Pier. Ripley says the project would see up to 24 full-time and part-time co-ordinators and youth workers mentoring up to 70 young people a year. The goal is to begin operations on April 1, pending federal government approval of the project. Regional Council approved funding for the project in principle, pending next year’s budget deliberations.
Another person charged in the beating of a homeless man in North Sydney is due in court, today. 22 year-old Jennifer Lynn MacLeod from Boularderie is one of six people arrested after the July 14th assault. MacLeod faces charges of aggravated assault, wearing a disguise in committing an offence, obstruction of justice, as well as two breaches in the case. She’s due back in court today to enter pleas to the charges. Meanwhile, 25 year-old Kyle William Nichol who’s also facing a number of charges in the case, including attempted murdered, was remanded back into custody after a brief court appearance yesterday. Nichol is now due back in court on January 19th for a bail hearing. 48 year-old Shawn Curtis Jack continues to undergo treatment in Halifax for serious head injuries he suffered in the attack.
Cape Breton Regional council will be asked to approve small changes to a couple of district boundaries at tonight’s monthly meeting. The planning department is proposing to move the communities of North West Arm and Point Edward from District 4 to District 3. The change will see about 350 voters moved from the District represented by Claire Detheridge to Mae Rowe’s district. Director of planning Malcolm Gillis says letters were mailed to people affected by the change this fall and adds the municipality has had no questions about the revised boundaries. He’s recommending that council accept the changes and forward the report to the provincial utility and review board before the Dec. 31 deadline. The changes will come into effect by the next municipal election in 2016. Tonight’s council meeting gets underway at 6:00 at the civic centre in Sydney.
One of six people charged in the brutal beating of a homeless man in North Sydney is due in court, today. 25 year-old Kyle William Nichol is facing single counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders in the case. He’s being held in custody at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre. 48year-old Shawn Curtis Jack continues to undergo treatment in Halifax for serious head injuries he suffered in the July 14th attack.
There’s good news and bad news for people who use Englishtown ferry. The ferry is now out of service. However, the service interruption is necessary to allow crews to get the ferry the Torquil MacLean back in place. The vessel has been out of service since July for a refit. Department of Transportation officials said yesterday it will take three to five days to get the Torquil MacLean back in service.