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Mayor and Council to host One Nova Scotia summit for CBRM residents

SYDNEY, NS - In response to the One Nova Scotia report released on February 15, Cape Breton Regional Municipality council voted unanimously to host a summit to review the report and to provide a thoughtful community response.

The summit will be held at Centre200 on Monday, April 14 beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm.

The One Nova Scotia report, sub-titled “Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians”, outlined a plan forward for Nova Scotia’s economy. It can be found online at www.oneNS.ca

The summit agenda will feature video remarks by Dr. Ray Ivany, chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. Guest speakers and special guest panelists and CBRM councillors will facilitate discussions.

There is no cost to attend the conference. A bag lunch is provided. Seating is limited and registration is now open at www.cbrmsummit.eventbrite.ca. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Participants can register online or call the event organizers, the Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre, at 902-562-2201.


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Christina Lamey
Mayor's Office - CBRM 902-574-0178

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CBRM council hears staff recommendations for cuts, reorganization

Proposed balanced budget plan for CBRM includes staff cuts, $17 million in savings over 5 years

March 25, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality council heard initial staff recommendations today for $17 million in cost cutting over the next five years.

Council will now examine the recommendations as part of the wider budget-making process.

The recommendations include a reduction of 40 staff across several departments through attrition and a reduction in annual budget expenditures by $5 million by the 5th year.

Mayor Cecil Clarke said the reorganization and cuts proposed are the result of an operational review undertaken in the past year by senior staff.

“With the additional pressure of $5 million in costs from the provincial government, we must look at options for the corresponding savings in our budget,” said Clarke. “Today we saw what that would mean in terms of fewer staff, closed facilities and reduced services. These recommendations are options, but with the millions in additional costs, they can become reality.”

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CBRM budget-making at “impasse”: Clarke

March 21, 2014

Watch the press conference video here. 

SYDNEY, NS: Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke said today that Nova Scotia’s second-largest municipality can not conclude its budget process next week as expected.

“At this point we are unable to balance the budget without tax increases, cuts or reduction of services because of a steady increase in costs added by the province,” said Mayor Clarke. “We are at an impasse. We are postponing our budget deliberations. We need the provincial government’s Municipal Affairs officials to be a serious partner as we move forward.”

Some of the provincial costs that are adding to CBRM’s budget pressures are:

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Online access now available for building permit applicants

March 17, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - CBRM has implemented a process to allow building permit applicants online access to their building permit applications and their approved building permit information.

The building permit process in CBRM has been made more open and accessible to building permit applicants by providing them with the ability to access their application online using a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to check their status.  The login is at http://permits.cbrm.ns.ca/

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Dates set for public budget consultation meetings across CBRM

February 10, 2014

SYDNEY, NS – Residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are welcome to participate in budget consultation meetings as part of the municipality’s 2014-15 budget process.

There will be a public meeting held in each of the 12 districts. Mayor Cecil Clarke and each district’s councillor will attend the meetings along with key CBRM staff.

The consultation will also include public opinion survey questions and a stakeholder session in Council Chambers on March 11.

The public budget meetings were initiated last year as part of the CBRM’s Reorganization Plan for Positive Change.

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Four Cape Breton municipalities to work together on economic development

Declaration of Cooperation reached on new development organization

January 28, 2014

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Island’s four largest municipalities, representing all four of the island’s counties and most of the island’s residents, have agreed to collaborate on the establishment of an economic development organization. The municipal leaders of all four municipalities participated in a signing today at the Whycocomagh Fire Hall.

The new organization will be a part of the province’s Regional Enterprise Network (REN). Regional Enterprise Networks will provide regional economic leadership and help develop regional economic strategies, while supporting small, local businesses.

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Year one progress update available online

Reorganization Plan for Positive Change passed by Mayor and Council one year ago

December 5, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – A first year progress update on Mayor and Council’s Reorganization Plan for Positive Change is now available on the CBRM website at www.cbrm.ns.ca.

The strategic plan, titled “Shaping our Future in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality”, was passed by council on November 26, 2012. It is a strategic plan for positive change on several issues facing the municipality.

The update released today notes the progress made in the first year of the implementation of the plan.

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