Municipality prepares for first major winter storm of the season

January 4, 2018

SYDNEY, NS – The municipality’s emergency management team has met in anticipation of today’s weather. Planning includes preparing comfort shelters, if needed, and communications channels to inform the public of alerts, warnings and the opening of shelters. 

“A significant challenge with this particular storm is the potential for power outages and falling trees or powerlines,” said Mayor Cecil Clarke. “The extreme high winds predicted are very concerning. Gusts of 120 kilometres per hour are hurricane strength winds that can knock over trees and power lines and carry debris.”  See this site for latest weather forecasts: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns19

“We can’t stress enough to residents that it is preferable that they stay safely indoors. Avoid unnecessary travel during the height of this storm if at all possible,” he added. 

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CBRM Recreation Announces New Year’s Day Event


The wind may blow hard, but it’s not a knock out punch for the CBRM Recreation Department. Following the cancellation of the CBRMNYE event on New Year’s Eve due to excessive windchill conditions, Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation Department announces New Year’s Day with Port Cities to be held at 3pm on January 1st at the Highland Arts Theatre.

The event, which will also feature performance by Howie MacDonald and renowned street performers Bella Magic, Steve Goodtime, and Might Mike, will run approximately three hours and is a free public event. Highland Arts Theatre (The HAT) is the former St. Andrews Church located at 40 Bentinck Street, and has been operating since 2014 as a venue for many concerts, theatrical productions, and more.  

“With the amount of excitement CBRMNYE had from our residents, we are excited to still be able to present our headlining performers Port Cities and utilize this incredible venue in the heart of the Sydney Waterfront District,” says CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Joe Costello. “With Howie MacDonald and the world class street performers joining us, we feel it will capture some of the magic we intended for New Year’s Eve in a more safe and comfortable environment.” 

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CBRM Cancels Waterfront Entertainment For NYE

CBRM Cancels Waterfront Entertainment For New Year’s Eve 


Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation Department has cancelled the live entertainment on the waterfront for New Year’s Eve. With temperatures lower and wind gusts higher than forecasted, the windchill will potentially be a risk for public safety and inhibit the enjoyment of the public at the event.

CBRM Recreation will continue to monitor conditions to see if the fireworks display, scheduled for 9pm over Sydney Harbour, will be able to move ahead unimpeded. 

“Afternoon highs have dipped far below the original temperatures forecasted and Environment Canada is calling for gusts of up to 50 km/h,” says CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Joe Costello. “With this, the ability to ensure the safe operation of equipment and the safety of those working and attending the event is diminished. We cannot in good conscience continue with tonight’s entertainment in these conditions.” 

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Public consultations scheduled on Charter for CBRM

Public consultations on the development of a charter for Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be held in January.

A charter for the municipality would be designated by provincial legislation. A charter is the Crown’s ability through its authority, the Province of Nova Scotia, to convey or grant authority, rights and privileges to the CBRM for the purposes of governance for better social, public and economic outcomes. These public sessions are an opportunity to provide input for the crafting of a charter for CBRM and the information gathered will be made available to the provincial government.

Two sessions are scheduled:

The first session will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

The second session will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

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CBRM wrapping up busiest construction season in municipality’s history

December 28, 2017

Over $21 million construction season for CBRM coming to a close

SYDNEY, NS -  Asphalt plants closed last week, concluding the municipality’s busiest construction season to date. Work tallied over $21 million for the year, making up the largest one-year investment in roadwork and underground infrastructure in CBRM’s history.

The busy season saw improvements to the municipality’s water systems worth $12 million, with rehabilitation work done to over 11 kilometres of water main. A $1 million manhole replacement project is ongoing at approximately 70 per cent complete. Stormwater separation work, worth and additional $2 million, and lift station replacements, worth an additional $1 million, continue into 2018. The improvements to the existing water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure are funded 50 per cent federally through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), 25 per cent by the Province of Nova Scotia and 25 per cent by the CBRM.

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Transit Notice: Four Sydney bus stops temporarily relocated this week

CBRM Transit Notice: Four downtown Sydney bus stops temporarily relocated this Friday and Saturday for street closure

This Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd, CBRM Transit has four bus stops in downtown Sydney that will be temporarily relocated to the corner of Dorchester and George Street due to a road closure. Rerouting to the temporary Dorchester/George Street stop (across from Cape Breton Post building) will begin Friday, December 1 at 7:00 am, and continue until Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 pm.

Bus Stops to be rerouted to the Dorchester/George stop include:

On Charlotte Street:

1. In front of Maple Leaf restaurant

2. In front of Radio Building/Center for Craft and Design

3. In front of Khattar & Khattar Law

On Bentick Street:

4. In front of Elks Lodge (101 Bentick)

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Intersection of Esplanade and Dorchester closed tomorrow

Due to ongoing work on the Esplanade water line replacement project in Sydney, the intersection of Esplanade and Dorchester Street will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 30 to through traffic.

A detour will be set up at Pitt Street, with traffic signage in place. Businesses between Pitt Street and Dorchester Street will be accessible throughout the day. The Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion, Flavor on the Water, the Courthouse, and other local businesses can be accessed by the north end of the Esplanade via York Street or Amelia Street. Access to the parking area on the waterfront will be restricted to the south entrance for the morning.

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Section of the Esplanade closed to through-traffic on Monday

A section of the Esplanade between Desbarres Street and Dorchester Street in Sydney will be closed to traffic on Monday, November 27th, due to asphalt milling while work continues on the Esplanade waterline replacement project. Traffic signage will be in place. Access will be available intermittently throughout the day for local traffic, depending where crews are working at that time. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. 

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Council approves agreements for container terminal and logistics park development

PricewaterhouseCoopers reviewed the transaction on behalf of municipality

SYDNEY, NS – Agreements between the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the developers of the proposed Novaporte container terminal and Novazone logistics park have been approved. 

The proposed agreements were reviewed by the Montreal office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and the findings presented in a report to council by Richard Deslauriers, PwC’s Managing Director, Project Finance and Public-Private Partnership. 

Deslauriers’s letter to council concluded that the transaction “meets CBRM’s goals and is a low risk approach for encouraging economic development”. The international firm was hired by CBRM to assess the reasonableness and adequacy of the proposed transaction of a port site lease and logistics site purchase. CBRM’s goals in the transaction are to recoup its investments, secure future tax revenue and encourage job creation. 

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Public input sought on CBRM budget priorities for 2018

November 10, 2017

SYDNEY, NS – Residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are encouraged to participate in budget consultation meetings in late November and early December.

The meetings help guide CBRM Council in decision-making for the 2018-19 budget year.  Mayor Cecil Clarke and each district's Councillor will attend the meetings along with key CBRM staff.

The schedule is as follows:

Districts 1, 2 & 3, Councillors Clarence Prince, Earlene MacMullin and Blue Marshall       
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Sunday, November 19        
John J. Nugent Firemen’s Centre, 1 Elliot St., Sydney Mines 

District 4  Councillor Steve Gillespie
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Monday, November 20      
Riverview Y’s Men Club, 54 Riverdale Dr., Westmount 


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