The RCMP have released the name of a Richmond County man killed in a fatal vehicle crash early yesterday morning. Police say 42 year-old Shane Michael Sampson from Loiusdale died after his truck left the County Line Road in Cleveland. Emergency crews got the call to the scene at around 2:30. Police say Sampson’s truck left the road and ended up on its roof. They add he was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey doesn’t seem to agree with a recommendation to deal with the CBRM separately when it comes to municipal finances. The recommendation is contained in a draft report prepared by deputy ministers and municipal officials. But Furey says the Cape Breton Regional Municipality isn’t the only one that’s struggling to survive. However, CBRM Chief Financial Officer Marie Walsh says the municipality should be looked at as a separate case. She adds options such as sharing services or amalgamation aren’t available to the CBRM.
One analyst is predicting another drop in gas prices, this week. Meanwhile, the price of gas took another big dip in New Brunswick, last night. Gas there fell by 5.6 cents a litre while diesel also went down by 2.9 cents. The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is $1.31. Diesel now goes for a minimum of $1.30.1.
CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke says uncertainty over the Sydney harbour divestiture process has forced the postponement of a meeting with investors on his trip to China. Clarke was invited by the Chinese government to attend an international conference outside Shanghai and he left on the seven-day trip last night. Ottawa’s plan to transfer ownership of the harbour bottom to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has been delayed pending the outcome of consultation with the Mi’kmaq. Meanwhile, Clarke says the federal government has planned a meeting for tomorrow involving Membertou and Eskasoni, and the aboriginal treaty negotiation office or Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative. Clarke adds CBRM officials will also be at the meeting.
The Cape Breton District Health Authority says significant changes are being made to lab services at the Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated hospitals because of staff shortages. District officials are speaking out about the changes after concerns were raised by North Sydney area doctors about the switch to a point-of-care testing system for the collection of blood and other specimens. The District’s vice-president of operations Jim Merkley says similar changes are being rolled out across the province to save money and to allow health authorities to better cope with a shortage of laboratory technologists. Merkley says about a third of the lab technologists in the District are due to retire over the next few years and there aren’t enough new graduates to replace them. He adds the changes in the District will see a significant transfer of the equipment and the analyzers from North Sydney and New Waterford to the regional hospital in Sydney. He says once samples are analyzed, the results will be reported back to doctors and patients at both the Northside and New Waterford hospitals. Merkley adds the centralization of the analytical work will save about 300-thousand dollars a year.