The province’s Serious Incident Response Team or SIRT has cleared Cape Breton Regional Police of any wrong-doing after police say a man broke his ankle while running from officers in July. Police add the 27 year-old was a suspect in a home invasion the day before and when officers spotted him in Sydney they tried to arrest him. However, they say he ran and broke his ankle when he jumped a fence. The man claimed he was beaten by police but SiRT investigators say they saw no evidence of that when they met with him. The SIRT says there are no grounds to lay charges against the officers involved.
Gas prices took a big drop overnight to fall to their lowest level since October of 2010. The price of gas went down by 6.7 cents a litre, putting the minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton at $1.09.6. Diesel took an even bigger drop of 7.3 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.19.5 in Cape Breton.
The head of maintenance enforcement for the province says a drop in the use of key enforcement tools by its workers is directly related to the centralization of its operations in New Waterford. Judy Crump says the decision made by the former NDP government resulted in a 70 percent turnover in staff. She adds the new employees face a steep learning curve. One of the most noticeable differences after the move is a drop of 30 percent in the garnishee of wages from those behind in child support payments. Crump says the Department is currently reviewing operations to try and improve service.
The sale of the Donkin Mine to a subsidiary of US-based the Cline Group is now official. Morien Resources, which has a 25 percent share in the operation, announced yesterday that Kameron Collieries now owns 75 percent of the mine. An official with Morien Resources says the two companies can now advance the Donkin mine toward production. Terms of the sale agreement have not been disclosed. The chair of the community liaison committee for the mine, Hugh Kennedy, says the Cline Group has organized a public information session in Donkin for Tuesday. There’s no word on when the mine could open, but Kennedy says people in the area remain hopeful.
One analyst is predicting another drop in gas prices this week. Meanwhile, the price of gas went down by 1.9 cents a litre in New Brunswick, last night. Diesel there dropped by half a cent. The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is $1.16.3. Diesel now costs a minimum of $1.26.8.