Local developer Marty Chernin is taking an interest in efforts to find a new location for a library in Sydney. Cape Breton Regional Library build committee chair Pat Bates says that Chernin is exploring the possibility of housing a library within a 10 million dollar commercial property that he’s proposing to build on the Esplanade in downtown Sydney. The library facility would then be leased to the CBRM. Chernin’s proposed development will be the subject of public consultations that are expected to be held in September. Meanwhile, Sydney’s James McConnell Memorial Library is aging, and Bates is among a chorus of voices who’ve been calling for the library to be relocated. The McConnell building is owned by the CBRM, which issued a call for tenders last week seeking someone to carry out a feasibility study that would determine the future requirements for a new library building in downtown Sydney. As for Chernin’s proposal, Mayor Cecil Clarke says that the CBRM will examine all proposals based on their merit and the municipality’s financial ability to contribute. Clarke notes that there may be another opportunity for a new library as part of a proposed project that will be discussed by municipal and provincial officials in the fall.
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RCMP say a Sydney woman died on Sunday after participating in a rescue effort at a beach in Broad Cove. Emergency responders got the call at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon, when a group of swimmers was stranded by a riptide. RCMP say several bystanders were able to rescue the swimmers, but one of the rescuers later collapsed onshore. The other bystanders performed CPR, but the 45 year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has yet to be released. A man sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to hospital. The woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious, though an investigation is being conducted by the RCMP and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
A local Member of Parliament is biding his time before hitting the campaign trail on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Rideau Hall yesterday. Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner says that taxpayers’ money and time are being wasted in what will be one of the longest federal campaigns in modern Canadian history. The Liberal MP speculates that the governing Conservatives are trying to outspend their rivals by dropping the writ early and extending limits on campaign funding. Cuzner says that his campaign funds usually amount to about $60,000. Candidates are now being allotted up to $160,000, though Cuzner says that his spending will be well under that amount. The long-time incumbent is running against Conservative Adam Rodgers, New Democrat Michelle Smith and Libertarian Wayne Hiscock.
An Ontario family has donated a case of emergency supplies to the community of Dingwall, in northern Cape Breton, in honour of a well-known scuba diver who died in the area just over a year ago. 41 year-old Craig Lowe, of Mississauga, was a painter by trade and a frequent guest on the television home repair show Holmes on Homes. Lowe died in a scuba diving accident near St. Paul Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on August 2nd of last year. Some of his family members were at St. Paul Island Lighthouse and Museum yesterday, when they donated a set of emergency supplies as a gesture of gratitude to the community, which they say was tremendously supportive after Lowe’s death. The family says they plan to continue visiting the community. Lowe’s father, Don Lowe, says that the donation will help local rescuers with the provision of equipment that was lacking in the area. The accident was investigated by the RCMP, who found that Lowe accidentally drowned because of a minor malfunction in his scuba diving gear.
Regional Police say officers foiled a robbery in progress at a drugstore in Sydney, yesterday afternoon. They add they got the call to the Shoppers Drug Mart on Kings Road at 2:40. They go on to say a male suspect had his face partly covered and handed the pharmacy clerk a note demanding drugs and saying he was armed. When officers arrived on the scene, police say they moved customers from the rear of the store and arrested the man without incident. Police say their investigation continues.