Jaime Battiste will be carrying the Liberal Party’s banner into the upcoming federal election.
Battiste received the highest number of votes from party membership during yesterday’s nomination meeting, over fellow candidates Jon Yazer, Earlene MacMullin and Caleb Gibbons.
He’ll replace Mark Eyking on the ballot in Sydney-Victoria this October.
The Dalhousie law school graduate has served as a lead with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewe and as a senior advisor for the Eskasoni First Nation. He also taught Aboriginal and treaty rights and Mi'kmaq History at CBU.
Conservatives in the Sydney-Victoria riding are holding nomination meetings over the next few days to pick their candidate in the coming federal election.
The meetings start tonight at the Southend Community Centre in Sydney at 6 o’clock.
Former Transportation Department worker Danny Laffin and Northside-Westmount MLA Eddie Orrell are seeking the nomination.
Meanwhile, the Sydney-Victoria Liberals will hold a nomination meeting tomorrow to decide who will replace Mark Eyking on the ballot after the long-time Liberal MP announced he won’t be re-offering.
The Liberal nod in the riding is being sought by Mi’kmaw professor and writer Jaime Battiste, former international banker Caleb Gibbons from Albert Bridge, Regional Councillor Earlene MacMullin, and former City of Toronto employee and community volunteer Jon Yazer.
The Cape Breton Highlanders say they’re suspending operations.
The pro-basketball team says it hasn’t been able to attract enough investment to prepare adequately for the upcoming NBL season.
The decision comes after the club made the playoffs for the first time this season, but ticket sales went down over the past three years and the team says it didn’t get the level of sponsorship it was hoping to see.
Highlanders President and General Manager Tyrone Levingston says he believes a different approach to marketing could be successful, but the team doesn’t have time to get the necessary funding before next season.
The team says its ownership group will spend the next few months working on a new business and marketing plan and meeting with investors to see if they’ll be able to come back in the 2020-21 season.
Gas prices went up by a bit more than expected overnight.
Regular unleaded went up by 2.4 cents and is now selling for a minimum of $1.24.5 per litre in Cape Breton.
Diesel increased by just over a cent and is now selling for $1.16.8 on the island.
One analyst is predicting a small increase in gas prices this week.
An increase of about a cent a litre is being forecast.
In New Brunswick, the price for a litre of gas went up slightly by eight tenths of a cent last night.
Diesel there went down by 1.6 cents.
A litre of regular unleaded is now selling for $1.22.1 in Cape Breton.
Diesel now costs $1.15.7 cents a litre on the island.