One analyst is predicting another rise in gas prices this week, A jump of about a penny litre is being forecast. However, diesel is expected to drop after the Utility and Review Board used the Interrupter Clause to impose a 7.1 cent a litre price hike overnight on Monday. Meanwhile, the price of gas went up by 1.4 cents a litre in New Brunswick, last night. Diesel there went up by 5.1 cents a litre. The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is $1.05.7. Diesel now costs a minimum of $1.29.8.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is looking at the possible voluntary amalgamation of fire stations. The idea is included in the draft terms of reference for an independent review of fire services discussed during yesterday’s fire and emergency services committee meeting. A 2013 task force report on fire and emergency services suggests moving to a model similar to the Halifax Regional Municipality, where the fire service has one administrative zone. The CBRM has 34 zones, each with its own legal authority. However, councillors Kevin Saccary and Lowell Cormier expressed concerns about amalgamation, saying that fire department’s are integral to the communities they serve. Cormier says the review should include a reference to community interest to make sure fire services remain part of the community. Meanwhile, Mayor Cecil Clarke says individual fire departments will be the ones that decide whether amalgamation is worthwhile for them.
The development of the Sydney neighbourhood of Whitney Pier has been officially designated as an event of national historic significance. Justice Minister Peter MacKay marked the official designation in a news release sent out, yesterday. In the designation Ottawa states that Whitney Pier was the most multi-ethnic district in the Maritimes in the 20th century with more than 15 different cultural and religious groups. Meanwhile, the past president of the Whitney Pier Historical Society Museum, Sandra Dunn says she hasn’t heard how Ottawa intends to celebrate the designation. Dunn adds they sent a letter to Parks Canada nominating Whitney Pier for the distinction about three years ago. In July, she got a letter back from the federal government stating that the designation had been granted in 2011.
The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board has cancelled classes today, due to the cold temperatures. Etoile de l’Acadie in Sydney is also closed for the day. An Extreme Cold Warning issued by Environment Canada is still in effect, this morning.
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.