The price of gas dropped for the second week in a row, overnight. Gas fell by 1.4 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.19 in Cape Breton. Diesel went down by seven-tenths of a cent and now costs a minimum of $1.07.3.
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Two Cape Breton lighthouses are among 74 across the country that have been granted heritage status by Parks Canada. The St. Paul Island light in Dingwall and the Neil’s Harbour light will be preserved under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. The head of the non-profit group Save Our Lighthouses, Marc Seguin says the designations are a good first step but adds Ottawa still has a lot of work to do because there are about 500 historic lighthouses worth preserving in Canada. He adds he expects another 50 lighthouses will added to the list over the next two years. The head of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, Joanne McCormick says with about150 lighthouses, this province has the most in Canada. She adds because of that more lighthouses from Nova Scotia should have made the list.
The group behind a proposed war memorial for the Highlands National Park is now in the middle of another controversy. The Never Forgotten Memorial Foundation is already getting flak from opponents who don’t want the monument built in a national park. Now, the name of the project “Mother Canada” is the focus of an attack from Canada’s Vimy Foundation. The Foundation is currently planning commemorations for 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s victory at Vimy Ridge. A statue at the Vimy Memorial in France is known as Mother Canada and the chair of the Vimy Foundation is worried the current controversy over the Cape Breton project will hamper their work. Christopher Sweeny says he wrote to the group behind the proposed Cape Breton memorial asking it to change the name. However, he adds the Memorial Foundation wrote him back saying that it has trademarked the name “Mother Canada” and is applying it to merchandise surrounding their project. The Vimy Foundation is now planning to run national ads telling people there’s only one Mother Canada and that she’s in Vimy, France.
An abandoned farmhouse in Mira Gut was destroyed in an early morning fire, yesterday.
Eight fire departments responded to the scene at the empty building at around 1 o’clock and fought the blaze for about three hours.
There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling No Name and Compliments chicken burgers over salmonella concerns. Compliments brand chicken strips and chicken nuggets are also being recalled. The frozen, breaded chicken products were sold in Nova Scotia at Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, No Frills and Save Easy. All the products have a best before date of January 22, 2016. Loblaw’s says all of the affected burgers have since been removed from stores and adds that customers can return the affected products for a full refund.