Mayor and Council welcome WestJet “Encore” service to Sydney

January 19, 2015

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke said he welcomes WestJet's announcement today of an Atlantic Canada expansion.

As part of WestJet's Atlantic Canada expansion, a daily flight between Sydney and Halifax will offer an introductory one way fare of $119 and a return fare of $239. WestJet's Bombardier Q400 planes seat over 70 passengers. This new flight is in addition to the airline's seasonal jet service to Sydney.

"Affordable air transport to and from Cape Breton is an economic necessity. Realistic airfares can make Cape Breton more competitive when it comes to conventions, special events and tourism overall," said Clarke. "This new daily flight to Halifax is a big step forward for our region and strengthens Sydney's connection to the WestJet network."

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Mayor's year in review report

December 27, 2014

As we enter the third year of our mandate, we can look back at two distinct phases. The first full year, 2013, was the beginning of the positive change plan. That included holding a port summit, establishing a five-year capital plan and budget consultation tours.

Residents clearly said job creation, working with other levels of government and port development are top priorities for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

This past year was a shoulder-to-the-wheel year. Significant effort has gone into the top priorities, including promoting the Port of Sydney. We are now seeing positive outcomes.

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New CBRM councillor to be sworn in tonight

December 16, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - New District 10 Councillor Darrell Flynn will swear an oath before council meets tonight at City Hall.

Tonight's regular council meeting begins at 6:00 pm. Justice Ken Haley will administer the oath.

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Moderate voter turnout on first day of e-voting

District 10 special elections

November 26

CBRM Election Officials have reported that approximately 335 people have gone online or on the telephone to cast ballots during the first day of advance voting for the CBRM Special Elections for Councillor and School Board Member in District 10.

The Returning Office reports that in the 23 hours the polls have been open, approximately 4.6% of the total eligible voters have embraced the e-voting technology.

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District boundary review prior to next CBRM election in 2016

November 13, 2014

CBRM has been instructed by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to conduct a review of its electoral districts to ensure the principal of equal representation will be adhered for the 2016 municipal election. A report from the CBRM must be submitted to the Board by the end of the 2014 calendar year.

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Government Partnership to rehabilitate seven arterial roads in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

November 12, 2014


Phase One: This project comprises Phase One of the CBRM's arterial road rehabilitation program.

Seven busy roads: The project involves road rehabilitation work on seven different roads in four different communities:

• Resurfacing of Welton Street, Martha Boulevard and Alexandra Street in Sydney

• Resurfacing of Main Street and South Street in Glace Bay

• Excavation and reconstruction of Main Street in Sydney Mines

• Resurfacing of Commercial Street in North Sydney

12 year lifespan: The rehabilitation of these roads will extend their service life beyond 12 years, address vehicle safety issues, and restore the efficient movement and safe routing of traffic.

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No curbside collection on Remembrance Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Remembrance Day Curbside Collection Schedule:

Residents are reminded there WILL BE NO curbside Garbage, Green Cart or Blue Bag collection on Tuesday, November 11, Remembrance Day. Garbage, Green Carts and Blue Bags normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Monday, November 10.

Solid Waste Management Facility Schedule:

Residents are reminded that the Solid Waste Management Facility including the Administration Office will be closed to the public on November 11 in honour of Remembrance Day.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality applauds action on rail line

October 31, 2014

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is pleased with the provincial government's legislation today to change the Railway Act.

"The government moved today to protect the future of rail service in Cape Breton and we support their efforts fully," said Mayor Cecil Clarke. "The rail line is a critical piece of infrastructure that is part of the full package of highway, air, rail and port intermodal services."

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Flags at half mast at CBRM civic buildings

October 22, 2014

The flags at Cape Breton Regional Municipality civic buildings are at half mast in honour of Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was killed in the line of duty at the National War Memorial today.

Mayor Cecil Clarke says his thought and prayers are with Cpl. Cirillo's family and the families of those injured and impacted by today's attack on Canada's capital.

"Our men and women in uniform stand in harms way each and every day and we are truly grateful for their courage and service," said Clarke. "We saw true bravery today, in those who faced a terrorist threat head on. Our community is grateful and proud."

CBRM urges thorough and definitive review of Miller case

October 2, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is encouraging the provincial Justice Minister to conduct a complete and thorough review of the 1990 death of New Waterford teenager Clayton Miller.

Mayor Clarke wrote to Provincial Attorney General and Minister of Justice Lena Diab and expressed support of the review she announced in September.

"The full scope of the Medical Examiner's office needs to be brought to bear on this matter," said Mayor Clarke in his letter. "The Chief Medical Examiner, Doctor Matt Bowes, must examine all of the previous work that was done and provide as definitive a conclusion as possible."

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