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Boil Water Advisory For Marconi System

A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for areas served by the Community College’s Marconi Campus Sydney Water Treatment System.

The community college says a water sample taken yesterday tested positive for total coliform bacteria.

The affected area includes the Marconi Campus, Cape Breton University and the Cape Breton Health and Recreation Complex.

The college says it’s investigating the cause of the contamination and the advisory will be lifted as soon as they get two clear reports in a row and approval from the Environment Department.

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NS Announces New Child Care Programs

The province has announced two new child-care programs it says will help create more child-care spaces in licensed not-for-profit centres and family homes across Nova Scotia.

It says the programs will help new or existing not-for-profit centres complete minor renovations that will allow them to create new child-care spaces, as well as help those interested in becoming family home providers with startup costs.

Under the Minor Infrastructure Program, existing or new licensed not-for-profit child-care providers can get up to $250,000 for minor renovations that will increase child-care spaces and up to another $25,000 for administrative expenses.

The Family Home Start-Up Program will offer up to $7,500 to help people open a regulated site.

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Governing PC's Increase Lead In New Poll

The governing Progressive Conservatives have increased their lead in a new provincial poll.

The Narrative Research survey gives the Tories 52% support among decided voters.

That’s up from 47% in August.

The NDP sit in second place at 22%, compared with 24% in August while the Liberals have 21% support compared with 23% in the last poll.

400 people were surveyed by phone for the poll that has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Auditor General Says Extra Appropriations Should Be Debated In Legislature

Auditor General Kim Adair says the province needs to improve accountability and transparency of budget overspending.

Adair says $1.7 billion in extra appropriations were made on a budget of $14 billion in 2022-23.

She says that’s the largest amount approved since the current Finance Act was introduced in 2010.

The Auditor General says it’s not unusual for governments to increase spending to address unanticipated needs from time to time. 

However, she says Nova Scotia’s Finance Act is not typical because it doesn’t require the legislature to review, vote on, or approve additional appropriations.

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Hearing Adjourned For Murder Accused

A court hearing was adjourned today for a 25-year-old woman charged with murder in the death of 48-year-old Natacha Leroy and the case is now due back in court later this week.

Carolyn Ann Dermody from North Sydney is also facing a charge of indignity to human remains.

She’s now on remand while she waits to appear by video in Wagmatcook court on Wednesday.

RCMP say Dermody was arrested on the Bedford Highway in Halifax on Thursday.

The arrest came after Leroy’s remains were found in Big Bras d’Or on November 24th.

Police say they’re also looking for a 28-year-old Big Bras d’Or man in the case.

They say he’s thought to be in the Regional Municipality but his name has not been released.

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