The Fire Marshall’s office is investigating after a vacant, two-storey home in New Waterford was damaged by fire, this morning. The New Waterford Volunteer Fire Department got the call to 425 Ninth Street at around ten to five. New Waterford Fire Chief Lenny Barrington says the fire started inside the home which suffered extensive damage to its interior. He adds the building has been vacant for about two years and had no power.
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has installed cameras on some of its buses in an effort to crack down on drivers who pass school buses while their red lights are flashing. The move comes after the Board recorded the highest number of violations for the practice in a provincial survey last October. Transportation Co-ordinator Colleen MacMullin says there were 87 cases in a two-week period. She adds that number of violations is alarming because every one of them could have resulted in an injury or death. The board has installed cameras that can identify drivers and the license plate of the vehicle they’re driving on eight of its buses. The buses will be moved around to different areas and the board might install cameras on more buses in the future.
The Cape Breton Regional police commission is going to have to decide if a potential candidate to sit on its board is in a conflict of interest. Yesterday, the CBRM’s nominating committee referred the matter to the police commission because its preferred candidate has a brother on the Regional Police force. The candidate isn’t being named due to confidentiality reasons. Nominating committee chair, Mayor Cecil Clarke polled each committee member on whether they think the candidate could be in a conflict of interest. Committee member Councillor Eldon MacDonald says he believes there is a perceived conflict. Mayor Clarke says police commission chair Councillor Claire Detheridge will be informed of the issue in advance of today’s police commission meeting. There were four applicants short-listed for the vacant spot on the board of police commissioners.
The five men charged in a jail house attack on Thomas Ted Barrett are due back in court today to enter pleas. 39 year-old Barrett from Glace Bay is facing a host of criminal charges, including the murders of Laura Jessome from Bras d’Or and Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon from Glace Bay. In June, he was repeatedly stabbed and severely beaten while in custody at the Burnside jail in Dartmouth. The five suspects in the case are facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and assault with weapon. Barrett has been released from hospital and is believed to be back at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.
The advisory committee formed to save the rail line in Cape Breton will meet for the first time, today. The committee is made up of representatives from the business community as well as the three levels of government. It was formed after the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway announced plans to abandon the Point Tupper to Sydney stretch of the line. Its parent company Genesee & Wyoming will also meet with the advisory committee but provincial Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says a date hasn’t yet been set. The company says it plans to apply to abandon the line on October 1st because it’s losing money on the operation. Today’s meeting gets underway at 3:00 this afternoon at the ACOA office in Sydney.