Sydney’s Southend Community Centre has a new home at the former Mira Road Elementary School on George St. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today the province will lease the building to the Southend Community Development Association. The Association had been using a building on Hillview St. that sustained extensive water damage in the Thanksgiving Day flood, and the building was demolished last week. The Association ran everything from martial arts classes and an after school program to birthday parties and community events in the building. The building was owned by the CBRM, and the municipality says the site will become a green space. The new location at Mira Road Elementary has been vacant since the end of the 2015-2016 school year and was also owned by the municipality. The province says it reclaimed the property because it wasn’t in use, and it’s now leasing the building to the Community Development Association for one dollar.
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The province and Ottawa announced a total of 13.3 million dollars in funding for a second cruise ship berth in Sydney, this morning The Regional Municipality has already set aside its share of funding for the project. Cape Breton’s two Liberal MP’s Rodger Cuzner and Mark Eyking were on hand for the announcement as well as Premier Stephen McNeil and provincial Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan. Mayor Cecil Clarke and some Regional Councillors were also there the announcement at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. The province says the 287-metre second berth will accommodate larger cruise ships increasingly being used by cruise lines. Meanwhile, Premier McNeil will make another funding announcement in Sydney, this afternoon. That event is due to get underway at the former Mira Road Elementary School on George Street at 1:00.
Faculty Association spokesperson Andrew Reynolds says talks between the union and Cape Breton University continued over the weekend after a strike was averted on Friday. The Association was prepared to issue a notice to strike by today before both sides announced they’ve made significant progress on the so-called layoff clause. The clause has been the main outstanding issue in the dispute. Reynolds adds they’re close to reaching an agreement, but goes on to say there are still things to tidy up. It’s hoped a deal will be reached by the middle the week.
Teachers will begin to phase out their work-to-rule job action today after it was announced on Friday both sides had reached a third tentative agreement.
Teachers Union president Liette Doucet says some school sports and clubs will return immediately but adds others won’t.
The job action began on December 5th and saw the cancellation of many extra-curricular activities including sports and Christmas concerts.
The Coal Bowl basketball tournament in New Waterford was also a victim of the job action.
Meanwhile, there’s word a modified version of the 40th Red Cup hockey tournament hosted by Riverview High in Coxheath could still go ahead.
Teachers are due to vote on their latest contract offer on February 8th after already rejecting two other tentative agreements.
The price of gas went down by more than predicted, overnight. Gas dropped by 1.9 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $109.9 in Cape Breton. Meanwhile, the price of diesel remains unchanged, this morning. Diesel still goes for a minimum of $1.09.7 cents a litre on the Island.