The Community Liaison Committee for the Donkin Mine has a new interim chair.
Port of Sydney Manager Paul Carrigan has taken on the role.
Carrigan lives in nearby Port Caledonia and adds he took on the role because of his interest in the community and the potential economic benefits the mine will bring.
The Liaison Committee monitors the effort to open the mine and the affect it will have on the community, including the shipping of coal and safety.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for mine owners Kameron Collieries says 45 people are now working at the mine site getting it ready for operation.
Coal is expected to begin being mined from Donkin later this year.
Cape Breton now has the dubious distinction of having what’s believed to be the first wind turbine collapse in the country.
Meanwhile, two investigations have been launched into the collapse of the 80-metre structure at a wind farm in Point Tupper.
Montreal-based Enercon Canada has launched its own probe into the incident because its workers were doing maintenance on the turbine at the time.
The provincial Department of Labour is also investigating.
Enercon says the collapse happened while workers were replacing a component in the turbine.
It adds employees were told to leave the tower before it buckled and toppled into a tangled heap and no one was injured.
The remaining 10 turbines at the wind farm are still operating.
A Membertou man appeared in Sydney Provincial Court today to face 8 charges in connection with an armed robbery at a gas station in North Sydney over the weekend.
28 year-old Kenneth Cardian Marsh is charged with Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, and Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm, as well as five counts of breaching probation.
Regional Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Circle K Irving on Commercial Street in North Sydney at about 11:25 on Saturday night, when a man entered the store armed with a weapon, demanded money from the clerk, and fled the scene.
No one was injured during the incident.
Marsh has been remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre and is due to make another court appearance on September 8th.
Crime Stoppers is looking for tips from the public after a number of wedding cards were taken from a wedding reception in New Waterford.
Police say the cards and an unknown amount of cash inside them were stolen from the event at the Army Navy Club on July 23rd.
They add the theft happened sometime between the supper and the evening reception.
The empty cards were found the next morning along King Street and turned into Police.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Regional Police non-emergency number or Crime Stoppers.
A judge has rejected a defence argument that using undercover officers in a Regional Police prostitution sting was an abuse of process.
Female police officers posed as prostitutes during the operation in downtown Sydney.
73 year-old John Russell Mercer was one of 27 men charged with soliciting a prostitute in “Operation John Be Gone.”
In court yesterday Mercer changed his plea to guilty.
The guilty plea will now allow his lawyer T.J. McKeough to argue the police operation amounted to entrapment.
The case will resume on November 15th to hear Crown and defence submissions on the matter.