Environment Canada has issued another special weather statement, but this time, the alert involves rain and the potential for flooding. The weather office says that a strong low pressure system will track eastward along the St Lawrence River Valley on Tuesday. Heavy rain and strong southerly winds of up to 90 km/h are expected to develop ahead of the system on Tuesday and linger into Wednesday. Current indications suggest that total rainfall amounts will approach 50 millimetres, and that’ll be combined with warm temperatures giving significant snow melt. We’ll be monitoring the outlook for Tuesday as it develops.
A Glace Bay man has died due to injuries sustained in an incident that occurred last weekend. Cape Breton Regional Police responded to Leslie Lane in Glace Bay last Sunday morning, where a woman allegedly hit her boyfriend with a vehicle following a domestic dispute. The man, who has yet to be identified, was transported to the Regional Hospital for treatment and was later brought to the QEII in Halifax, where he died last night. A woman was arrested in connection to the case, but was released without charges on Wednesday. Police say the case remains under investigation, and investigators will be meeting with Crown Prosecutors tomorrow to decide if there’s enough evidence to press any charges.
The Liberal government’s essential services legislation was passed this morning after an all-night session in the Legislature.
Bill 37 will force striking registered nurses in Halifax’s Capital Health District back to work.
All six NDP members in the House rose to speak for about an hour, delaying passage of the bill while striking nurses and union supporters held a noisy demonstration outside.
Bill 37 applies to about 40,000 nurses and other health care workers, including paramedics and ambulance dispatchers.
It requires employees and employers to reach an essential-services agreement before workers can go on strike.
The registered nurses in Halifax’s Capital Health District walked off the job in a legal strike yesterday morning over the issue of mandated nurse to patient ratios.
Nova Scotia Power says some people in Cape Breton might not get their power back until Monday.
There are still 86 customers offline from the Morrison Road to Louisbourg and the Main-a-Dieu area as well as parts of the Mira.
Some of them have been without power since Monday of this week.
NSP’s website says the Fortress of Louisbourg is expected to get its power back by 11:30, this morning.
However, it adds it’s awaiting an update for the estimated restoration time for other areas.
There are still nearly 15-hundred Nova Scotia Power customers in Cape Breton without power after this week’s ice storm.
The outage stretches from the Morrison Road to Louisbourg and the Main-a-Dieu area, and parts of the Mira to Gabarus.
Nova Scotia Power says the outage is in a remote area and despite having extra crews in Cape Breton, the utility doesn’t expect to have the lights back on for most until 6:00, this evening.
George D. Lewis School in Louisbourg is cancelled today because of the power outage.