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Keith Mullins, Artist of the Week

Runs Aug. 29th – Sept. 2nd. Keith Mullins got the beat at an early age. The Cape Breton singer-songwriter remembers sitting on a piano bench next to his aunt Flo Sampson (mother of his cousin, […]



August’s birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx. Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy, meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family The zodiac signs for the month of August are Leo (until […]

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Patients Relocated After Regional Hospital Fire

Eighteen patients at the Regional Hospital in Sydney have been relocated after a small fire in their unit, yesterday, morning.

The provincial Health Authority says the fire broke out at around 11:30 in Unit 1B.

It adds the patients were evacuated and relocated within the hospital, and no injuries were reported.

It goes on to say the fire was confined to a small area of the unit and caused some smoke damage.

The patients will return to the unit once cleanup work is finished.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating.

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Bail Hearing for Firefighters Accused of Multiple Arsons

Two members of the Florence Volunteer Fire Department charged in connection to a string of arsons in the community are due back in court today for bail hearings. 49 year-old Stephen Tremblett, from North Sydney faces 12 charges of Arson. And, 24 year-old James Clayton MacDonald from Bras d’Or faces 16 counts of arson. The charges are in connection to 16 fires that took place over the last several months. Two of the fires were set to homes occupied by people while 13 were in vacant homes and one was a summer home. Police say they made the arrests after an intensive investigation that also involved the Fire Marshall’s Office.  

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Arson Accused Due in Court, Today

Two men are due in court today after being charged in connection with 16 fires throughout the Florence and Bras d'Or areas. Regional Police say 49 year-old Stephen Tremblett from North Sydney faces 12 charges of Arson. 24 year-old James Clayton MacDonald from Bras d’Or is charged with 16 counts of Arson. Police say the pair was arrested after an intensive investigation that also involved the Fire Marshall’s Office. They add their investigation is ongoing. Tremblett and MacDonald were held at the Cape Breton Correctional facility overnight to await today’s court appearance.

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Gas and Diesel Up

As predicted, the price of gas went up, overnight. Gas jumped by 4.6 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.05.2 in Cape Breton. Diesel went up by 3 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of 97.4 cents on the Island.

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Mayoral Race Events, Today

The two declared candidates for Regional Mayor are each holding media events, this morning.   At 9:30 Incumbent Mayor Cecil Clarke will be hosted by the President of Provincial Energy Ventures for a media tour of the company’s facilities.   Ernie Thrasher is also due to discuss the company’s upcoming plans at the Port of Sydney.   And mayoralty candidate Rankin MacSween will discuss child poverty in the CBRM as part of his election platform during an event in Sydney Mines.   The president of New Dawn Enterprises is due to make the announcement at 11:00 at Community Cares Outreach.   In the 2012 municipal election, Clarke took 59 percent of the vote while MacSween picked up 38 percent in a five-person race.   The deadline for candidates to declare their intention of running is September 13th.  

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