The Nova Scotia SPCA says it’s closed the file on the case of six abandoned puppies that were found in Whitney Pier in November. The Society says that three months of investigation have lead to no viable suspects in the case. The puppies were found near the Cape Breton Branch of the SPCA on November 15th, and the Society says it believes that whoever abandoned the animals wanted them to be found. The five surviving puppies were recently adopted after being cared for at an animal shelter in Halifax. The SPCA says that it will re-open the case if any individuals with first-hand knowledge come forward, and are willing to provide a detailed statement and attend a court hearing.
Provincial regulators plan to use the interrupter clause to change gas prices overnight, and reports suggest that the adjustment will involve a significant increase. The Utility and Review Board announced today that it would invoke the clause, which occurs when market prices differ by six to eight cents a litre above or below the weekly price change. The impending change will come after today’s surge in crude oil futures and a rebound in oil prices over the past few days. In London, Brent crude for March delivery went up by three and a half percent earlier today, while in New York, light, sweet crude for March delivery went up by 3%. Oil prices have gone up about 10% over the last two sessions—something that’s being attributed to expectations that supply will go down with a major decrease in drilling activity in the US. However, Citigroup futures analyst Tim Evans tells Market Watch that the latest rebound might not be enough to offset a projected 1.5 million barrel per day surplus in the first half of this year.
Classes are cancelled in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board today as rain and wind continues to pound the Island, this morning. The Marconi Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College is closed today as well as Etoile de l’Acadie in Sydney. Police are warning drivers about water-covered this morning. The Cabot Trail from Pleasant Bay to Big Intervale is closed today because it’s impassable and the Englishtown ferry isn’t running because of the weather. Marine Atlantic has postponed all sailings until just before midnight tonight and this morning’s 7:55 flight from Halifax to Sydney has been cancelled. Meanwhile, 351 Cape Breton customers are without power at this hour. An outage in Sydney on the George Street to Argyle Street area is affecting 202 customers and Nova Scotia Power says the estimated restoration time is 11:15 this morning. 149 customers in an area from Whycocomagh to Strathlorne are due to have their power back by 9:00. And, Regional Council’s General Committee meeting scheduled for 10:30 the morning has been postponed until 3:00 the afternoon due to the bad weather.
A Little Lorraine man charged after a weekend car chase from Sydney to Dominion has been remanded pending the outcome of a bail hearing today. Regional Police arrested 19 year-old Braeden Maxharraj early Saturday morning after officers spotted a Toyota Yaris travelling at a high rate of speed on Prince Street. Police flashed emergency signals trying to stop the driver, who continued on toward Glace Bay. Police say the man later fled the vehicle near Elm Street in Dominion and was arrested after a short foot chase. Maxharraj faces charges of impaired driving, exceeding the legal blood-alcohol limit, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, three counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon (a car), flight from police and assaulting an officer with the intent to resist arrest.
A press release from the Nova Scotia Department of Labour says that Canada’s premiers have approved a new plan for apprentices who move between provinces and territories. Premier Stephen McNeil says that the plan will lead to the recognition of a Canadian apprentice’s training and hours worked, regardless of the province or territory in which the training and work experience took place. McNeil also says that the agreement will make it easier for employers to get the skill workers that they need. The details of the plan were laid out as Canada’s Premiers attended the Council of the Federation meeting in Ottawa on Friday. The plan is expected to take effect next year.