As predicted, the price of gas went up overnight. Gas jumped by 2.5 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.05 cents in Cape Breton. Meanwhile, diesel went up by 2.3 cents and now costs a minimum of 91.4 cents a litre on the Island.
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Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod is raising concerns about provincial funding cuts to Destination Cape Breton. MacLeod says he’s recently learned the Island’s tourism industry association will lose 66 percent of its core and program funding. The Progressive Conservative MLA is questioning the government’s move in light of a provincial goal to double tourism in the next ten years. When asked about the cut in the Legislature, Tourism Minister Mark Furey didn’t address it directly. However, he did say the province has to change its approach to tourism and marketing in order to meet the objective of attracting more visitors. No one from Destination Cape Breton was available to comment on the funding cut.
Regional Police say one person is dead after a crash between a motorcycle and a car in Bras d’Or yesterday, afternoon. They add they got the call to the scene near Jane’s Restaurant on the Bras D’or Florence Road at around 4:30. They go on to say the driver of the motorcycle died in the collision and add there were no other injuries. Police aren’t providing any more details about the victim until next of kin are notified. They say their investigation continues.
Premier Stephen McNeil is trying to put an end to speculation the province plans to put limits on Chase the Ace jackpots. Progressive Conservative MLA Eddie Orrell says he’s hearing a cap of 500-thousand dollars is being considered. The Northside Westmount representative goes on to say the rumour is that Atlantic Lotto is concerned about the amount of revenue its losing because of Chase the Ace lotteries. But McNeil says that’s not the case. Meanwhile, Orrell says he’s not convinced by the Premier’s assurances after the minister responsible Mark Furey failed to give a definitive answer about a possible cap. The jackpot in the Ashby Legion’s Chase the Ace Lottery is now at an estimated, record-setting 2.6 million dollars. The next draw will take place on May 7th.
There was a massive fire at a scrapyard in Coxheath, last night.
Nine fire departments responded to the blaze that broke out just before 7:00 near the intersection of the 125 Sydney Bypass and the Sydport Access Road.
Craig McNeil with the Sydney Fire Department says there were stacks of 400 to 500 cars on fire when they arrived on the scene.
He adds they had to truck in water to fight the blaze because there are no fire hydrants nearby.
A crane was also used to lift burning cars out of the pile.
The cause of the fire is unknown and the Fire Marshall’s Office is due at the scene this morning to investigate.