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.
Cape Breton Regional Police are warning drivers to expect delays in New Waterford this morning as two mock railway accidents are carried out. Logistec Corporation is putting on the fake mishaps for students at Breton Education Centre. The events will take place at the 8th Street/Duggan Avenue railway crossing. 8th St. will be blocked and rerouted at Warren and Lowell Cormier Avenues between 7:30 and 11:00. Police will be on scene to help with traffic control. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area, and to use other routes, if possible.
The Cape Breton District Health Authority is warning people that a computer upgrade will affect services at all its facilities, next week. It adds a number of services will not be available on Tuesday and Wednesday.
|They include walk-in blood collection and specimen drop-off service, walk-in and scheduled x-rays, ambulatory care and all elective surgeries.|
Only emergency services will be available on those days. Urgent appointments will continue for some patients who will be notified. Patients scheduled for follow-up clinics will be rescheduled. Satellite lab collection clinics in Port Hood, Waycobah, Margaree, Membertou and Wagmatcook are CANCELLED from Tuesday through Thursday of next week. The District adds the computer system will not be available during the upgrade and is warning there could be delays in registration at Emergency Departments.
The Sykes call centre in Sydney will be closing on January 30th, putting about 130 people out of work. A Sykes spokesperson in Tampa, Florida says it’s closing its Sydney location due to market conditions. She adds some of the workers affected by the move might be able to continue with the company if they’re willing to work from home. The call centre based on Vulcan Avenue provided customer care and technical support for its only client Bell Canada. Sykes originally operated as ICT Group when it opened its doors in Sydney in October of 1998.
One of the people charged in a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney is due back in court, today. 22 year-old Corey Patrick Richard Blinkhorn faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise in committing an offence and impersonating a police officer in the case. The North Sydney man has already elected a Supreme Court trial by judge alone and is due in court today to set a date for a preliminary inquiring. Regional Police charged a total of six people in relation to the beating of 48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack on July 14th. He suffered serious injuries and was sent to hospital in Halifax for treatment. Last week, a 16 year-old North Sydney girl who can’t be named because of her age pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a breach in relation to the attack. She’s scheduled to be sentenced on November 26th.