Classes are cancelled at Memorial High in Sydney Mines, today. The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board says there’s a maintenance issue at the school. It’s the second time this fall classes at the school were cancelled due to problems with the building. In September, students were kept home over concerns about a chemical odour in the building.
The province has rejected a deal from the owners of the rail line in Cape Breton to keep the operation going for another year. Genesee and Wyoming has applied to abandon the line Point Tupper to Sydney because it says the line isn’t viable. As part of the deal, the company was looking for more than double the 2 million dollar annual provincial subsidy for the line. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says that price is too high. Meanwhile, Genesee and Wyoming says new provincial rules preventing it from tearing up rail line in Cape Breton could jeopardize the rest of the line that runs from Point Tupper to Truro. The amendments will allow the rail company to discontinue service on the Cape Breton section of track by the end of the year. However, abandoning the line will now be left up to the province, not the provincial Utility and Review Board. That means the company will have to forego the estimated 20 to 25 million dollars from the salvage of the tracks in Cape Breton.
Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan say the cleanup of the MV Miner could be delayed after the discovery of more asbestos than expected as well as diesel fuel on the derelict vessel. MacLellan adds the company doing the cleanup, R.J. MacIsaac Construction from Antigonish, has removed 30 tonnes of asbestos so far when only 6.6 tonnes was expected. He says a significant amount of diesel has also been found although crews are still working to verify the amount. He says the 11.9 million dollar tender for the project was based on the premise there was no diesel on the vessel. MacLellan says the discovery of diesel could increase the chances of federal help on the project because the presence of the fuel is an environmental concern. The Miner has been washed up on Scatarie Island since running aground three years ago after its tow line broke.
Regional Police are warning parents to check Halloween treats after a sewing needle was found in a chocolate bar given out in North Sydney on Halloween night. Police say they got the call on Monday night after someone bit into a chocolate bar and noticed the needle inside. They add the bar was picked up in the Pierce St. area of North Sydney. Police say that they haven’t had any other reports of a case of tampering with Halloween treats. On Monday, a Cole Harbour woman reported that her daughter found a two and a half centimetre pin inside a chocolate bar that was picked up while trick or treating. Cole Harbour RCMP are investigating that incident.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has increased security at the Civic Centre in Sydney in a response to the recent attacks on Parliament Hill. Spokesperson Christina Lamey says all doors at the Civic Centre will be locked at 9:00 in the morning with the exception of the main entrance. Lamey says the change will mean that all non-staff will have to enter the building through the front door, off the Esplanade. She adds visitors and staff will still be able to use all of the exits in the building.