The price of diesel took a dramatic jump overnight after the Utility and Review Board used the interrupter clause for the second time this month. Diesel went up by 7.1 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.29.8 in Cape Breton. The price hike follows a jump of 4.6 cents a litre on Friday. Analysts say the price increase was triggered by a shortage of diesel and furnace oil in the northeastern U-S and eastern Canada. At the beginning of this the month the UARB used the interrupter clause to impose a mid-week 6.5 cent a litre jump in gasoline. The Board is still scheduled to make its weekly adjustment to fuel prices overnight on Thursday.
Father Paul Abbass is resigning as Executive Director of Talbot House—the addictions and recovery centre in Frenchvale. Abbass says that the environment in addictions and recovery is changing, and that it’s time for a change of leadership at the centre. He adds that he’s glad to be able to leave knowing that Talbot House is functioning effectively and making a difference in peoples’ lives. Abbass’ resignation takes effect on June 15th. The facility was at the centre of controversy when unspecified allegations were made against Abbass, leading to his resignation and the closure of the facility in February of 2012. A police investigation found no wrongdoing on Abbass’ part, though Talbot House continued to face troubles in a dispute with the Community Services Department, which reviewed the facility’s operations and claimed that proper procedures weren’t being followed. Abbass returned as executive director in September of 2012, and the facility re-opened in 2013 following a groundswell of support from current and former residents. The chair of the board of directors, Jim Gogan, says that a search for a new executive director will begin in the near future.
Mayor Cecil Clarke threatened to adjourn yesterday’s budget consultation meeting in Dominion during a heated exchanged with tax crusader Joe Bushell from Leitches Creek. Bushell got tax documents from the CBRM after a lengthy freedom of information fight, and used the meeting to raise questions about the municipality’s spending. Among the expenses Bushell questioned was more than 81-hundred dollars for men’s and women’s watches. Chief Financial Officer Marie Walsh says the watches cost 150 dollars each and are given to employees when they retire. Bushell went on to say that the municipality is run very poorly while Mayor Clarke responded that he’s confident in the CBRM’s books and asked the province to conduct an audit of its finances. Meanwhile, District 10 Councillor Darrell Flynn told those at yesterday’s meeting that he’s made good on an election promise by asking the Mayor to review the 140 dollar a week travel allowance for councillors.
The Cape Breton Victoria-Regional School Board says buses will be travelling on paved roads only today because of icy conditions on gravel roads. The same condition applies in Richmond County which is covered by the Strait Regional School Board.
Students in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board have another long weekend. The Board has cancelled classes today due to road conditions. The Board’s Central Office and Operations staff will report to work, later today. Speaking of road conditions, many roads are very slippery this morning after freezing rain fell, overnight. Drivers will need to slow down and allow extra time to scrape a layer of ice of their vehicles before they head out.