A local Member of Parliament is biding his time before hitting the campaign trail on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Rideau Hall yesterday. Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner says that taxpayers’ money and time are being wasted in what will be one of the longest federal campaigns in modern Canadian history. The Liberal MP speculates that the governing Conservatives are trying to outspend their rivals by dropping the writ early and extending limits on campaign funding. Cuzner says that his campaign funds usually amount to about $60,000. Candidates are now being allotted up to $160,000, though Cuzner says that his spending will be well under that amount. The long-time incumbent is running against Conservative Adam Rodgers, New Democrat Michelle Smith and Libertarian Wayne Hiscock.
An Ontario family has donated a case of emergency supplies to the community of Dingwall, in northern Cape Breton, in honour of a well-known scuba diver who died in the area just over a year ago. 41 year-old Craig Lowe, of Mississauga, was a painter by trade and a frequent guest on the television home repair show Holmes on Homes. Lowe died in a scuba diving accident near St. Paul Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on August 2nd of last year. Some of his family members were at St. Paul Island Lighthouse and Museum yesterday, when they donated a set of emergency supplies as a gesture of gratitude to the community, which they say was tremendously supportive after Lowe’s death. The family says they plan to continue visiting the community. Lowe’s father, Don Lowe, says that the donation will help local rescuers with the provision of equipment that was lacking in the area. The accident was investigated by the RCMP, who found that Lowe accidentally drowned because of a minor malfunction in his scuba diving gear.
Regional Police say officers foiled a robbery in progress at a drugstore in Sydney, yesterday afternoon.
They add they got the call to the Shoppers Drug Mart on Kings Road at 2:40.
They go on to say a male suspect had his face partly covered and handed the pharmacy clerk a note demanding drugs and saying he was armed.
When officers arrived on the scene, police say they moved customers from the rear of the store and arrested the man without incident.
Police say their investigation continues.
The province’s police watchdog has been called in to investigate after an off-duty Cape Breton Regional Police officer has been accused of domestic violence.
The Serious Incident Response Team or SiRT says it’s looking into two suspected cases of domestic violence between the male officer and his girlfriend.
The SIRT says police got called to a disturbance at the Dominion Fire at around 12:30, yesterday morning.
They add after the officer was removed from that incident but police later got information that he had assaulted his girlfriend while at the Fire Hall.
Then, at around 2:00 in the morning police add they got information about a second assault involving the officer and the same woman on the street near Fat Boy’s Pizza in Dominion.
The off-duty officer has since been arrested and placed in custody.
The SIRT is asking any witnesses to either incident to come forward.
A Sydney native has been appointed to chair the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. Keith MacLeod is a registered engineer with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry in Canada and internationally. He’s worked on projects related to the Sable Offshore and Deep Panuke projects, as well as projects on Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore, and is a member of the advisory board of CBU’s Verschuren Centre. The Offshore Petroleum Board is an independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, and is responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities in Nova Scotia’s offshore. MacLeod’s six-year term begins on August 17th.