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Apr. 26th – Administrative Professional Week

The last full week of April is Administrative Professionals Week, of which Wednesday of that week is Administrative Profesional Day recognizing the important contributions that administrative professionals make each year to our economy. It is […]

April is BeADonor Month

BeADonor Month occurs every April across Canada. It can be a rewarding way to give back to your community. The best part about BeADonor Month is that everyone is welcome to participate. What’s important is […]

April is National Oral Health Month

It helps raise awareness of the essential role of good oral health in maintaining overall good health. Although the mouth is part of the body, we often think of it as something separate. We often […]

Parkinson Awareness Month

Together, we can end Parkinson’s. But we need you on our team. Take action during April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and all year long. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a […]

Cancer Awareness Month

During April, Canadian Cancer Society volunteers raise vital funds for the fight against cancer. Money raised during Daffodil Month helps people living with cancer and their families.

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McNeil Ordered To Undergo Psychiatric Assessment After Being Charged With Forbes' Murder

A 40 year-old Gardiner Mines man charged with the first degree murder of his common-law partner was ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment in Sydney court, this morning. The assessment will determine Richard Wayne McNeil’s fitness to stand trial and his criminal responsibility. McNeil was arrested at the scene after police found the body of 33 year-old SaraBeth Forbes in the couples’ home on Tuesday of last week. Forbes worked as a teacher’s aid at Tompkins Elementary in Reserve Mines, and the couple’s son Devon goes to the school.  

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Gas and Diesel Down

The price of gas went down by more than forecast, overnight. Gas dropped by 3.6 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.10.9 in Cape Breton. Diesel fell by 2.5 cents and now costs a minimum of $1.02.8 cents a litre on the Island.

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Classroom Working Conditions Council Final Report Due, Today

The Council put together to examine classroom working conditions is due to release its final report, today. The group was formed last month after the Liberal government imposed a contract on teachers. Members include nine teachers picked by school board superintendents, along with a student, a parent, and a guidance counsellor appointed by government. The only Cape Breton member is Memorial High School teacher Kerri-Lynn Power. The province has already acted on eight of the Council’s 18 initial recommendations. The Department of Education has also released a draft policy on student attendance based on a recommendation from the group. People can comment on the draft policy on the Department website until May 9th.

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Gas and Diesel Down in New Brunswick

We don’t yet have gas price predictions, this week. However, the price of gas in New Brunswick went down by 2.7 cents a litre, last night. Diesel there dropped by 2.3 cents. The minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is now $1.14.5 cents. Diesel now goes for a minimum of $1.05.3 cents a litre on the Island.

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It's Provincial Budget Day

The Liberal government is expected to present a balanced budget this afternoon that many believe will lay the groundwork for a provincial election call within days. In a pre-budget address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce last month, Finance Minister Randy Delorey promised a modest tax cut to small businesses and a greater effort to slash red tape. The small business income tax rate is due to rise to $500,000 from $350,000. The Canadian Press is reporting the budget will contain $2.4 million in annual funding for two medical programs that would lead to the hiring of an extra 50 doctors a year. Delorey is due to deliver his budget address at 1:15 this afternoon.

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