The Ben Eoin Marina has been given a club liquor licence with conditions. Last year, after the new Marina hosted its first ever event, its liquor licence was revoked for violations of the Liquor Control Act. A hearing was held into the application last October and the Nova Scotia Utility and Revue Board announced its decision today. Now, under the new licence, the Marina will be able to serve alcohol daily between 10 am and 2 am. Its outdoor patio though will have to close at midnight, and the same rule will apply to any live or amplified entertainment on the patio.
The province’s governing Liberals will be holding an Out of Town Caucus meeting in Sydney this week. From tomorrow to Thursday, Liberal MLA’s will also take part in 40 scheduled meetings with various local business and community groups in Cape Breton. In addition, Premier Stephen McNeil will address a luncheon hosted by the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion on Wednesday. The Liberals’ visit to Cape Breton comes on the heels of criticism from Opposition critics regarding the replacement of the province’s Freedom of Information watchdog. PC Leader Jamie Baillie sent out a news release today saying that the government’s decision not to re-appoint Freedom of Information Officer Dulcie MacCallum amounts to either a silencing of critics or a set up for a Liberal patronage appointment. Both the PC’s and the NDP have already levelled patronage allegations against the Grits regarding the recent hiring of former Liberal candidate Glennie Langille as the province’s Chief Protocol Officer. McNeil defends the appointment, saying that Langille—a former CBC journalist– is qualified for the position.
Cape Breton Regional Police have arrested three people in connection to a pair of break-ins in Sydney overnight. The first incident occurred around 12:30 am, when several windows were smashed and items stolen at the Liquor Store on Victoria Road. While investigating the incident, police were called to a second break-in at Belly Busters in Membertou at about 2:30 am. A dark-coloured van was seen leaving the location, and police say they followed its tracks to a ditch near the ramp to the 125 off George St. Police say three individuals were seen in the area, and they say that one of those people attempted to flee the scene. Police say they found stolen items on the individuals and placed them under arrest. The suspects’ vehicle was confiscated. A 30 year-old Sydney man, an 18 year-old Eskasoni man, and a 28 year-old Membertou woman remain in custody while police conduct an investigation. Charges are pending.
A 41 year-old man from Mira Gut died has died as a result of injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident over the weekend. Baddeck RCMP responded to the accident scene on a groomed trail on Hunter Mountain, in Victoria County, at 12:45 on Saturday afternoon. The victim was transported to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, where he died yesterday. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.
The feral cat problem in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality was front and centre during a free vet clinic in Sydney, yesterday.
A total of 29 feral cats were spayed or neutered, tested for disease and treated for parasites during the fourth annual feral cat action day sponsored by Celtic Creatures Vet Clinic on Keltic Drive.
Veterinarian Karen Long says there are an estimated 20-thousand feral cats in Cape Breton but she adds every little bit helps in dealing with the problem.
Long says they had 14 cats at last year’s clinic, less than half this year’s number.
The cats were rounded up and brought in in live traps by people who found them wandering around their backyards or near their homes.
Long says the day was a success thanks to the number of donations they got to cover the costs of the expensive exercise.