There's no change at the gas pumps for most drivers this morning. Gas stayed put overnight and is still selling for a minimum of 97.1 cents a litre in Cape Breton. Diesel went down by 6 tenths of a cent. It's now selling for a minimum of 91.4 cents a litre on the island.
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Pride Cape Breton's 2020 flag raising ceremony is scheduled to take place at City Hall in Sydney today. The Regional Municipality is asking anyone who attends the event to practice physical distancing. The event is part of Cape Breton's 2020 Pride festival that began yesterday in a virtual format because of COVID-19. A full schedule of events can be found on Pride Cape Breton's Facebook page. Today's flag raising ceremony is scheduled for 12pm.
There are no COVID-19 cases to report today. That’s two weeks without a new case of the coronavirus in Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, health officials say a woman in her 60s with underlying medical conditions died several weeks ago in the Central Region because of COVID-19. Her death was under investigation since then to see if it was related to the coronavirus. She did not live in a long term care home. The province has 64 COVID-19 related deaths. There are no active cases in the province.
Health officials in Nova Scotia say there are no new COVID-19 cases to report today. This is 13 days in a row with any new cases of the coronavirus being reported in the province. There are no active cases, and no one is in hospital because of COVID-19. The province did a about 220 tests yesterday.
Nova Scotia’s acting Auditor General says the province doesn’t have a coordinated approach to assess and manage risks for the contaminated sites it’s responsible for. Terry Spicer put out his performance audit this morning. Spicer notes the province has a process to make sure it identifies all of the contaminated sites but he says there are weaknesses in monitoring. He’s recommending the province give responsibility to an oversight body to make sure there’s a consistent approach to dealing with the sites. Spicer also says the province should have a complete inventory of the sites and develop a risk-based approach to manage them, and the provincial Environment Department should make sure there’s appropriate oversight of inspectors.