Canada Post says door-to-door mail delivery won’t end in Cape Breton until at least next year. In 2013, the Post office announced that door-to-door delivery would be eliminated across the country over the course of five years in order to cut costs. Canada Post spokesperson John Caines says areas that will be converted to community mailbox delivery this year have already been identified and Cape Breton is not among them. Meanwhile, Cape Breton Post Workers union local president Gordie MacDonald estimates that about 35,000 homes in Cape Breton will be affected by the end of door-to-door delivery. He adds morale among Cape Breton postal workers is low because they don’t know when the change will come about and exactly how it’s going to affect them.
Cape Breton is pretty much shut down this morning as another nor’easter passes through.
The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board has cancelled school for the second day this week.
The Marconi Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College and Cape Breton University are also closed today as well as E’toile de L’Acadie in Sydney.
The International School in Glace Bay has delayed its opening and will provide an update at10:30, this morning.
The Civic Centre in Sydney as well as Sydney Provincial Court and provincial and federal offices will be closed until noon.
The Cape Breton District Health Authority is providing emergency services only this morning.
However, it adds already scheduled surgical cases requiring admission and some same day elective surgeries are not affected.
The opening of the Emergency Department at the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital is delayed and will reopen when the doctor is able to get to the Hospital later this morning.
Marine Atlantic has postponed all crossings until tonight and the flights to and from Halifax at the Sydney McCurdy Airport have been cancelled until at least 11:15 this morning.
The province’s Utility and Review Board left the price of gas where it is overnight after invoking the Interrupter Clause and imposing a midweek price jump of 6.5 cents a litre.
The minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is still $1.01.8, this morning.
However, it’s a different story for diesel.
Diesel jumped by 6.9 cents a litre overnight and now goes for a minimum of $1.14.2.
A Glace Bay woman is looking for the Good Samaritan who helped her after she slipped and fell on the ice, earlier this week. Jenny MacDonald says at least five cars went by her as she lay on the ground unable to get up after she fell walking up her driveway at 36 Minto Street. She adds a woman in a car finally came by and stopped. She says the woman helped her up and got her to her stairs and then a man in a car came by and stopped. MacDonald adds the man carried her up the stairs to her apartment. She adds she’s grateful for his help as well but says she really wants to thank the woman because she was the first person to stop.
A River Ryan man is scheduled to appear in provincial court in June on child pornography charges after a recent police investigation. 35 year-old Mathias Duncan MacKinnon is charged with accessing child pornography and possession of child pornography. Police say the offences occurred between last October and February of this year. MacKinnon was charged as part of an ongoing investigation by the Internet child exploitation unit with the Cape Breton Regional Police. Police say they searched a home on Jan. 29 and seized computers and hardware. MacKinnon has been released on conditions that include he have no contact with children under 16, unless they’re accompanied by a adult; he’s now allowed to access the Internet; and also has to stay away from areas where children are likely to gather, such as parks and playgrounds. He is now scheduled to enter pleas to the charges on June 10th.