A Sydney native has been appointed to chair the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. Keith MacLeod is a registered engineer with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry in Canada and internationally. He’s worked on projects related to the Sable Offshore and Deep Panuke projects, as well as projects on Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore, and is a member of the advisory board of CBU’s Verschuren Centre. The Offshore Petroleum Board is an independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, and is responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities in Nova Scotia’s offshore. MacLeod’s six-year term begins on August 17th.
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Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced half a million dollars in federal funding today to help to market the Port of Sydney as part of the Atlantic Gateway initiative. Raitt was joined by Mayor Cecil Clarke and newly-elected Liberal MLA Derek Mombourquette for the announcement at the Joan Harriss Cruise pavilion in Sydney. Port marketing efforts will also be aided with an additional $500,000 to be cost-shared between the CBRM, the province, Business Cape Breton, and the Port of Sydney Development Corporation. The municipality’s contribution is $107,500. The total $1 million package will be used to market the port over the next three years. Meanwhile, Ottawa announced nearly 50-thousand dollars for the Ingonish Landing Marina today, as part of efforts to establish the marina as an ideal lay-over point for boaters on their way to the Bras d'Or Lakes. Today’s announcements are part of a flurry of others that are being made by the government in advance of an anticipated federal election call.
The price of gas took a big dip, overnight. Gas fell by 4.1 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.14.2 in Cape Breton. Diesel went down by 1.9 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.00.6.
Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will make an announcement concerning the Port of Sydney and Canada’s Atlantic Gateway, later this morning. Raitt will be joined by Regional Mayor Cecil Clarke for the news conference that gets underway at 10:00 at the Joan Harriss Cruise pavilion in Sydney. Today’s announcement comes just days before Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to call a federal election.
St. Alphonsus Church in Victoria Mines is up for sale. The move comes after the Diocese of Antigonish says the local group trying to save it hasn't come up with a business plan. The Stone Church Restoration Society wants to turn the church into a community centre and possibly a wedding chapel. Society spokesperson Melanie Sampson says that someone has put an offer on the building and adds the Diocese is asking them to put in an offer too. She adds they’ll now ramp up their efforts to try and buy the building. Sampson says the sale price for the building is 49-thousand dollars. However, she adds the Society plans to put in an offer for far less than that amount.