Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil has announced a by-election will be held in the constituency of Halifax Needham will be held on August 30. The riding was held by former NDP MLA Maureen MacDonald since 1999. She left politics in April. Elections Nova Scotia says only Dr. Rod Wilson, executive director of the North End Community Health Centre, has registered to run. Wilson will run for the Liberals. The NDP announced earlier this month that Lisa Roberts, executive director of Veith House, will attempt to keep the seat for the New Democrats. The Tories also announced last week that former RCMP inspector and business owner Andy Arsenault will run for them. The premier’s decision to run a by-election makes a fall election less likely. But if a general election is called it would supersede a by-election.
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Cape Breton Regional Police say a 44-year-old man is dead after a drowning accident near Juniper Mountain yesterday. Police say they were called to Grand Mira South Road after 2:20pm where paramedics were working on an unconscious man. Police also say witnesses said the man was in the water with his sister and a Sea-Doo was involved. It is unknown if the man was driving the Sea-Doo or not. Police are calling this a tragic accident. His identity has not been disclosed. The sister was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Regional Mayor Cecil Clarke will present his platform for re-election, later this morning. Clarke was first elected in 2012 on a platform of reducing the municipality's long-term debt and economic development with a focus on the Port of Sydney. So far, no one has stepped forward to challenge Clarke for the Mayor’s job. Clarke will present his platform at 11:00 this morning at the Cambridge Suites Hotel in Sydney.
The price of gas remained unchanged overnight for the second week in a row. The minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is still 96.9 cents. Meanwhile, diesel dropped again this week. Diesel went down by 1.9 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of 89.1 cents on the Island.
We don’t yet have gas price predictions, this week. However, the price of gas in New Brunswick dropped slightly by seven tenths of a cent, last night. Diesel there dipped by nine tenths of a cent. The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is 96.9 cents. Diesel now goes for a minimum of 91 cents a litre on the Island.