Mayor Cecil Clarke says the province has agreed to pay for the relocation of 24 homes in a flood-damaged neighbourhood in Sydney. The announcement came after Clarke met with Premier Stephen McNeil and two cabinet ministers in Halifax yesterday. The Mayor says the cost of the relocation is now estimated to be four and a half million dollars. Over 2,200 people have asked for flood relief since the Thanksgiving Day storm, and Clarke says he’s mindful that winter is approaching. He adds they’re trying to move the relocation process along as quickly as possible. 17 property owners in the area met with municipal and provincial officials on Monday and agreed to have their properties torn down. They also agreed to have former neighbourhood designated a no-development zone, and Clarke says that matter will be going before council.
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Drivers are paying a bit more for gas today. Regular unleaded went up by 1.3 cents a litre overnight and is now selling at a minimum of $1.09.7 cents a litre in Cape Breton. Diesel is down slightly by three fifths of a cent and is now selling for a minimum of $1.06.7 cents a litre on the island.
Cape Breton Regional Police have issued an arrest warrant for a New Waterford man who’s accused of an armed robbery at a taxi stand earlier this week. 33 year-old David Clifford MacLean, from New Waterford, is charged with robbery, possession of a weapon, assault, and assault with a weapon. The charges stem from an armed robbery at Midway Taxi early Wednesday morning, when a masked man entered the business and demanded money from an employee before leaving with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say an employee suffered minor injuries during a brief struggle, but refused medical attention. Anyone with information on MacLean’s whereabouts is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
Membetou band senior advisor Dan Christmas is one of nine people Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recommended to fill Senate vacancies, today. Christmas is joining five women and three men chosen through a new, non-partisan process. Under the new arm’s length process, Canadians were asked to apply to fill 21 vacancies in the Senate. More than 2,700 Canadians applied. Trudeau is poised to announce two more batches of Senate appointments within days to fill the remaining 12 empty seats. When he's finished, there’ll be 44 independent senators, 40 Conservatives and 21 independent Liberals.
One analyst is predicting an increase in gas prices, this week. A jump of about a cent a litre is being forecast. Meanwhile, the price of gas in New Brunswick went up by 1.1 cents a litre, last night. Diesel there went down slightly by six-tenths of a cent. The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is $1.08.4. Diesel now costs a minimum of $1.07.3 cents a litre on the Island.