Mayor Cecil Clarke says the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is going to apply to a new federal program to market terminals, ports and airports. Clarke made the remarks yesterday during a tour of the new Marine Atlantic ferry terminal in North Sydney with federal Transport Minister and Whitney Pier native Lisa Raitt. Raitt says she can’t think of a better example than the port of Sydney to put in an application to the fund. She adds there’s $2.2 million in funding available for Atlantic Gateway international marketing projects. Projects can get up to 50 per cent of total funding from Ottawa.
The funeral for Mi’kmaq matriarch and mother of Donald Marshall Junior will take place this morning. Caroline Marshall-Hobbs died on Christmas Eve at the age of 86. Her late son spent 11 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1971. Marshall-Hobbs is remembered as a fluent Mi’kmaq speaker with a talent for traditional crafts. She was god mother to Membertou chief Terry Paul and designed and made the ceremonial headdress he wears. Her funeral mass will take at 10:30 this morning at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Sydney. A spiritual event will follow at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.
Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating a couple of incidents of vandalism at the Christmas display in Wentworth Park in Sydney. Police received complaints from CBRM Parks staff today, after the sleigh and reindeer were found tipped over and damaged during the morning on Boxing Day, and other pieces of the decorations and lighting in the display were found broken and torn apart. The damage is believed to have been done sometime after security left the site for the night at about 2 AM on Friday. Parks staff temporarily removed the display for repairs and returned it to the band shell at Wentworth Park, but staff noticed this morning that several of the lights had been stolen from the display. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt toured Marine Atlantic’s new terminal building in North Sydney today as the facility enters its final stage of construction. Raitt, who’s a native of Whitney Pier, was joined at the terminal building by CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and Marine Atlantic President and CEO Paul Griffin. The facility is funded through the a five-year 521 million dollar investment made in 2010 for the purpose of revitalizing of Marine Atlantic’s fleet and shore facilities. The building’s design, site preparation and construction will cost an estimated 20 million dollars. It’s scheduled to be in operation by the spring.
A 33-year-old Alberta man is facing a number of charges after three men were taken to hospital after an assault in Coxheath on Saturday. Stephen Andrew MacIsaac from Leduc faces a single count of Assault, two counts of Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of Assault with a Weapon as well as charges of Uttering Threats, and a number of Breaches. He was arrested after police were called to a home on Waterview Drive at around noon to investigate a complaint of an assault. Three other men were taken to the Regional Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the four men know each other and that they had been socializing prior to the incident. They say there was a weapon involved but say it was not a firearm.