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Woman Urges Council Not To Cut Transit

A Sydney Mines woman is urging Cape Breton Regional Council not to go ahead with proposed cuts to Transit Cape Breton.

Council is considering a plan to reduce the bus service by 200 hours a week as the CBRM grapples with a projected 3.2 million dollar budget shortfall.

But Martha Ross says that many people rely on the bus and she’s calling on councillors to think twice before making any cuts.

Meanwhile, Council has decided that the proposed reduction in transit hours is among a number of proposed cuts that need further study.


Arrests in Sydney Mines Home Invasion

Cape Breton Regional Police arrested a man and woman from North Sydney yesterday in connection to a home invasion and shooting in Sydney Mines, early Monday morning.

Police were called to a home on Red Brick Row at around 2:15 after reports that a man and woman forced their way into a home with a loaded shotgun and demanded money.

A gunshot was fired inside the home but no one was injured.

28-year-old Leonard Joseph Groves and 26-year-old Jenna Rebecca Gionet each face a number of charges.

 Groves is charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling, robbery, firearm offences and three counts of breaching court orders.

 Gionet is charged with theft, possession of stolen property and breaching a court order.

They both remain on remand until a bail hearing tomorrow.

Heavy Garbage Pickup To Go Ahead

Cape Breton Regional Councillors voted unanimously to go ahead with this year’s heavy garbage pickup, yesterday.

Municipal staff say scrapping heavy garbage collection would save 230-thousand dollars a year.

However, many councillors expressed concerns about ending the popular service on short notice.

Meanwhile, Mayor Cecil Clarke says council will revisit the issue, this summer.

Heavy garbage collection will begin on May 5th.

Council also discussed the labour dispute with the Sydney Ports Corporation, yesterday.

The stevedore’s union is upset that the Corporation has hired six non-unionized employees to work on the dock for the upcoming cruise ship season.

Council unanimously passed a motion to write a letter to the Ports Corporation asking it to reconsider its decision.

The motion gives the Ports Corporation until Friday to respond.



Sydney Man Due in Court After Mayflower Mall Lockdown

A 35-year-old Sydney man will appear in Sydney Court today after a lock down at the Mayflower Mall, yesterday.


Regional Police got reports of a possible sighting of a man with a weapon outside the Mall at approximately 9:40 in the morning.


They cleared the building and later reopened the mall after a review of video surveillance.


Shortly before noon, police were called to Charlotte Street in Sydney after reports of a man with a weapon there.


They add the man was quickly arrested without incident and identified him as the same man seen in the area of the Mayflower Mall.


They say officers seized a BB gun from the man.


He faces charges of Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and a Breach of Probation.


He’s on remand at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre in advance of today’s Court appearance.

Regional Council to Hold Special Meeting, Today

Cape Breton Regional Council is holding a special meeting this morning to deal with three outstanding issues.

The fate of this year’s heavy garbage pickup is expected to be decided at today’s meeting as the CBRM looks for ways to deal with a 3.2 million dollar budget shortfall.

Municipal staff says scrapping heavy garbage collection would save 230-thousand dollars a year.

However, some fear that ending the service would lead to an increase in illegal dumping.

Councillors will also continue their discussion on the operational review for the CBRM, today.

The plan calls for a total of 17 million dollars in cuts through attrition over five years.

Also on today’s agenda, is the labour dispute with the Sydney Ports Corporation.

The stevedore’s union is upset that the Corporation has hired non-unionized employees to work on the dock for the upcoming cruise ship season.

Today’s special meeting of Council gets underway at 9:30 this morning at the Civic Centre in Sydney.

Writer Alistair MacLeod Dies

 Tributes are pouring in for writer Alistair MacLeod.

MacLeod has died in Windsor, Ontario at the age of 77.

 He had been in hospital since January after suffering a stroke.

MacLeod was born in Saskachewan but moved to Dunvegan, Inverness County, when he was 10.

His award winning work was based on the people and places in Cape Breton.

His first and only novel, “No Great Mischief,” won the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

He also published two internationally renowned collections of short stories, “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood” and “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun.”

MacLeod taught English and creative writing at the University of Windsor before retiring in 2000.

In 2008, he was named an officer of the Order of Canada.

His funeral will take place on Saturday in Broad Cove, Inverness County.

Louisbourg 300 Boosted Visitor Numbers

Parks Canada says that last year’s Louisbourg 300 celebrations boosted the number of visitors at Fortress Louisbourg by 36.7 percent.

The agency says the festivities held to mark the founding of Louisbourg in 1713, brought 103, 200 people to the National Historic site.

That’s up from 75,500 visitors in 2012.

It adds the extra visitors spend 9.9 million dollars during their trip to the Island.

They also boosted the number of rooms sold in July and August by 6.4 percent.


Glace Bay Woman Charged in Boyfriend’s Death

Cape Breton Regional Police have charged a 26 year old Glace Bay woman in connection with the death of her boyfriend.

 Christina Michelle Croney faces counts of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

Police say Croney was charged after an investigation into the death of 26-year-old Terrance Matthew Somerton.

They add Sommerton died from his injuries on April 5th after being struck by a vehicle on Leslie Lane in Glace Bay on March 30th.

Croney has been released on conditions, including that she have no contact with the victim’s family.

She’s due back in court on May 27th to enter a plea.

Gas and Diesel Up

The price of gas went up substantially, overnight.

Gas jumped by 4.6 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.45.2 in Cape Breton.

Meanwhile, diesel rose by 2.1 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.40.

Section of Cabot Trail Fully Reopened

Both lanes of the Cabot Trail, near Margaree Forks are now open after the road was partially closed since Wednesday due to a mudslide.

The provincial Department of Transportation says concrete barriers are in place along the shoulder of the road as a precaution to prevent the possible spread of unstable soil.


Warning signs also are posted in advance of the section of road.

The D-O-T says crews will monitor the site over the weekend.

The first slide happened on Tuesday when mud and debris from a hill above the road rushed down.

There was a second mudslide on Wednesday.

As part of the cleanup effort, crews are diverting water from the top of the embankment where the mudslide took place.