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CBRM Appoints New Fire Chief

The Regional Municipality announced the appointment of a new Fire Chief today.

It says veteran firefighter Mark Bettens has over 35 years of experience in emergency services and public service leadership.

Bettens also served as an Executive Assistant in the Mayor’s Office under former Mayor Cecil Clarke.

He starts his new role on Monday.

The appointment comes after Michael Seth resigned from the role in September.

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Body Shop Closing Sydney Location

A major retailer is planning to close its Sydney location.  

The Body Shop says liquidation sales are starting immediately at 33 of its Canadian stores, including at the Mayflower Mall, and online sales through Canada’s ecommerce store will stop.  

The company is entering restructuring proceedings after filing a notice under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

The company’s US branch stopped operating today.

The Body Shop International, Limited was sold by its parent company in December.


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Gas & Diesel Down

As predicted, the price of gas went down, overnight.

Gas edged down by seven-tenths of a cent and now goes for a minimum of $1.62.5 in Cape Breton.

Diesel went down by 1.7 cents.

The minimum price for a litre of diesel on the Island is now $1.93.2.

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Houston Government Tables Its Third Budget

The Progressive Conservative Government’s third budget projects a deficit of $467.7 million for the coming fiscal year, compared to a revised deficit of $264.3 million for 2023-24.  

When he presented the budget this afternoon, Finance Minister Allan MacMaster told the House part of the aim of the government’s latest spending plan is to respond to the high cost of living.

Starting in 2025, the government will index personal income tax brackets to inflation, along with the basic personal amount and some non-refundable tax credits.   

Other budget highlights include $35.3 million to build and maintain public housing and $18.8 million to start a provincewide school lunch program.

Healthcare continues to be the largest single budget item with a total of $7.3 billion set aside for 2024-25.  

Total spending is $16.5 billion, compared to $14.8 billion last year.  

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Police Investigating Shots Fired In Sydney Mines

Regional Police are looking for the public’s help in an ongoing investigation of shots being fired from a vehicle on Amber Drive in Sydney Mines last month.

They say they got a call on the night of January 13th reporting shots were fired at a house from inside a vehicle driving on the road.

No one was hurt and police say they’re treating the case as an isolated incident.

They say officers were able to track down a 2008 grey Mazda 5 that was seized and processed for evidence.

Police are asking to speak with anyone who has video – in addition to what’s already been seen – from the Amber Drive area between the hours of 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM on January 13th.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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