The Sydney Co-op store on Prince Street is closing after 78 years in business. The store’s 31 employees got the news yesterday morning when they arrived for work. Management says the store has been losing money for years and there was no choice but to close. However, the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in the store will stay open. Co-op officials say they expect the store’s final day will be Nov. 21. The Co-op will start a liquidation sale for members on Thursday and for the general public next week.
A Sydney doctor charged with sexual assault is due back in court today to set a trial date. 65 year-old Dayananda Kodagoda is accused of committing the offence on August 19th of last year. Kodagoda remains free on conditions, including that he not perform examinations on female patients without another female in the room. The Cape Breton District Health Authority says that the condition applies at all district facilities.
Tap water from New Waterford has won third place in a tap water taste test for Atlantic Canada. The competition took place at the Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association Conference. New Waterford tap water went up against 17 entries from all over the Region. The judging panel included executive board members from the American Waterworks Association and samples were judged on appearance, smell, taste and overall impression. New Waterford tap water comes from Waterford & Kilkenny Lakes. The water system provides drinking water to 10,100 people in New Waterford, Scotchtown, River Ryan, New Victoria and Lingan.
A judge is due to rule today on whether a Dominion man should face a new manslaughter charge in a case that’s being described as highly unusual. In December of 2005, 50 year-old Nelson MacPhee shot brothers Kenneth and Donald Seymour in their Glace Bay home. Kenneth died hours later in hospital and Donald was badly injured. MacPhee pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Kenneth’s death and aggravated assault in Donald’s shooting. However, earlier this year the Crown laid another charge of manslaughter against MacPhee after Donald died in 2012. The Crown argues that Donald’s death was due to complications related to the shooting, but MacPhee’s lawyer, T.J. McKeough, says that his client has already been held accountable and punished for the shooting of Donald Seymour. McKeough is asking the court to dismiss the new manslaughter charge. MacPhee has already served seven years of a 15-year sentence on the previous charges.
As predicted, the price of gas dropped, overnight. Gas went down by 1.9 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.22 in Cape Breton. Meanwhile diesel went up slightly by .1 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.27.5.