A weekend fire that destroyed King’s Auto Centre in Little Bras d’Or has been deemed suspicious and is now under investigation. The Florence Volunteer Fire Department got the call to the blaze at around 11:00 on Saturday night. Department Chief Bill Capstick says the whole building was on fire when they arrived on the scene and adds fire departments from Sydney Mines and North Sydney were called in to help. It took several hours to fight the blaze and Deputy Fire Marshall Doug MacKenzie says it will take some time to determine the cause of the fire. The building was previously home to the Co-op grocery store, and later the Bargain Shop. It is the second major fire this year for the owner of King’s Auto Centre. Linda King’s house on nearby Johnston Road was destroyed by fire in the summer and that blaze is also under investigation.
A missing Eskasoni woman may have been seen in the United States. The family of Chrisma Joy Denny says they got a report that a U.S. sheriff encountered the 23-year-old in Fort Payne, Alabama, in September. The sheriff contacted the RCMP after hearing that Denny was reported missing in Canada. Denny’s aunt Elaine Denny says that the Sheriff met Chrisma at a truck stop and took her to a homeless shelter, where he made sure she was fed. Chrisma’s family are now circulating posters to American police organizations and on social media. Chrisma Denny is described as five-feet-six inches tall, weighing 145 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and dark skin. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Regional Police, Eskasoni RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Test drilling in Glace Bay for a carbon capture research project is nearly completed. Core samples are being taken from a single 1,700-metre hole on property owned by Yates Trucking and Excavating, off Dominion Street. The goal of the project is to find out if the underground rock formations are suitable to hold carbon dioxide emitted by Nova Scotia Power plants. The CEO of the province’s Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium, Carl Porier says so far they’ve discovered that the shallow bedrock is solid enough to keep gases underground. He also wants to stress that, contrary to local rumours, there’s no hydraulic fracturing or fracking be done at the site. He adds it will require a lot more research to determine whether carbon capture and storage is financially viable in the province. Core samples taken from the Glace Bay site will analyzed and Poirer says the results will be publicly released, next year.
The Liberal government has passed its controversial fracking legislation. Bill 6 passed yesterday with the support of the NDP. The bill extends a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing until the government can develop regulations and an onshore atlas of available natural gas resources. There’s an exemption in the bill that allows fracking for the purpose of research and testing. Energy Minister Andrew Younger said work is already underway on the onshore atlas as well as a regulatory review. The Tories voted against the bill, saying it prevents the province from developing its natural resources.
About a half-dozen Crown witnesses are expected to testify in Port Hawkesbury court today at the second degree murder trial of James Joseph Landry. 67-year-old Landry is the first of four people to be tried in the death of 43-year-old Phillip Boudreau. Yesterday, the Crown opened its case against Landry by saying Boudreau’s death on Petit-de-Grat harbour last year was murder for lobster. The Crown says Boudreau’s small boat was shot at four times and then rammed by the larger Twin Maggies fishing boat. It also claims that after Boudreau landed in the water, he was hooked with a gaffe and dragged out to sea by the Twin Maggies, where his body was weighed down by an anchor. Boudreau’s body has never been found despite extensive searches by police divers.