$16 million project means strong construction season ahead

Largest single-year public works project in municipality’s history

14,400 days of work created at over 40 work sites

SYDNEY, NS – Mayor Cecil Clarke released a detailed list of projects today for $16 million in improvements to the municipality’s water and wastewater systems.

The work represents 14,400 days of employment for workers on the projects. This project is the largest one-year investment in roadwork and underground infrastructure in CBRM’s history. Tenders for the project begin this month for project engineering and first phases of the project.

“This is great news for the companies and workers in the road construction industry,” said Dave MacKenna, President of Municipal Ready-Mix. “There is a lot of work ahead. It’s going to be a very strong season with significant economic impact.”


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Free transit trial exceeds expectations

Four new buses, two new Handi-Trans vehicles coming into the fleet

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s free bus summer trial was “successful beyond anyone’s imagination,” said Mayor Cecil Clarke.

“We had initially estimated we might see a 20 to 30 per cent increase, but it was 200 to 300 per cent,” said Clarke. “People from all walks of life saw the potential of a modern and effective transit system. We had teens going to the skateparks and the golf course, some older gentlemen doing a legion tour and families going to the beach.”

Clarke said municipal staff are going to examine scenarios to improve the service based on rider feedback and usage, including corporate and non-profit participation and better coordination of routes and schedules. Sunday service was the most popular request of riders, many of whom work on Sundays.

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Are you on the Voters' List?

August 31, 2016

The Amended List of Electors has been prepared for the October 15, 2016 Municipal and School Board Elections. Eligible voters are now able to confirm whether or not they are on the Voters' List using an online Electronic Voter Lookup tool on this site: http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/elections2016-am-i-on-the-list.html

If you are not on the list, please contact the Returning Office at 902-563-5010, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in person at City Hall, 320 Esplanade, Sydney, Suite 405. 


Every person who:

(a) is the full age of eighteen years on the first advance polling day (October 5);
(b) is a Canadian Citizen on the first advance polling day; and
(c) has been ordinarily resident in the Province of Nova Scotia for a period of six months immediately preceding the first advance polling day (April 5); and
(d) is ordinarily resident in the municipality and has been since immediately before the first advance polling day.
And who is not otherwise disqualified as per Section 15 of the Act.


If you will be turning 18 years of age on or before October 5th, 2016, please contact the Returning Office before September 30th to make sure your name is on the List.


CBRM firefighters headed to National FireFit Championships

August 2, 2016

Sydney, NS – Firefighters from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality won gold medals at the Atlantic FireFit Championships in Summerside, PEI this past weekend. All gold medal winners for each category automatically qualify to compete at the 2016 National Championships in September in Spruce Meadows, Alberta.

The FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations.

CBRM firefighters brought home three gold medals. Kylie Ballah won the gold medal in the female competition with a time of 3:07. Kylie Ballah and Todd Ballah also won the gold for the mixed two-person relay competition with a time of 2:13.

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Councillor Darrell Flynn mourned by Mayor and Council

July 6, 2016

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Mayor and Councillors are mourning the passing of their colleague and friend, Darrell Flynn. Flynn was hospitalized on June 22 with complications related to pneumonia.

Flynn, 58, was the owner of Sydney’s Swiss Chalet restaurant. A successful businessman, Flynn decided to enter municipal politics to serve his community and won a by-election in District 10 on December 6, 2014. Prior to serving as a CBRM Councillor, he served with distinction as an elected member of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Darrell’s wife Eileen, children Emily Grace and Pat, and family," said Mayor Cecil Clarke. “We are deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic loss of such a good person, in the prime of his life, giving back to his community.”

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2016 Makin' Waves Music Festival

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Summer nights. Live music. Outdoor park. What could be better?

Join us for free concerts each Thursday in July as Makin' Waves Music Festival returns to Wentworth Park in Sydney NS. Four weeks of live performances from some of Canada's best and brightest.

July 7th - Laura Smith with Buddy MacDonald

July 14th - The Sadies with Midnight Mary

July 21st - Genevieve Fisher with Jordan Muscsyn Band

July 28th - The Town Heroes with Adam Baldwin

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Major upgrade to Munro Park now underway

June 3, 2016

NORTH SYDNEY, NS – Construction has begun on major upgrades to the playing field at North Sydney’s Munro Park. Munro Park took first place in the 2015 Kraft Project Play online contest, winning $250,000 to rebuild the soccer field.

Kraft’s Project Play is a competition to provide funding to upgrade play facilities in communities across Canada.

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Clean up day on Saturday in nearly 30 locations around CBRM

SYDNEY, NS - A litter clean-up day is planned for communities across Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Saturday, May 14. The Great Cape Breton Clean Up starts at 9:00 a.m. with a complimentary BBQ for volunteers at noon.

Almost 30 sites across CBRM will be hosting the clean up day. Residents are encouraged to attend the site in their community. Residents can also clean up near their home. Litter in clear bags will be collected on the next garbage day.

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More acts added to Givin’ Back to The Mac concert at C200

Bruce Guthro and the Men of the Deeps to perform at benefit for Fort McMurray

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton performers Bruce Guthro, the Men of the Deeps, Aaron Lewis, Jordan Musycsyn and the MacArthur Dancers will join Matt Minglewood and the Barra MacNeils in a fundraising concert to support relief efforts in Fort McMurray. Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison are hosts and MC.

Tickets for the event go on sale Tuesday, May 10 (STARTING AT 11 AM) at the Centre 200 box office and Savoy Theatre. Tickets are general admission $20.

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Major concert event at Centre200 to raise funds for Fort Mac

SYDNEY, NS - CBRM’s Centre 200 in Sydney will be the site of a major concert event in support of Fort McMurray relief efforts. Cape Breton artists Matt Minglewood and the Barra MacNeils are in the lineup for the May 15 event. Further acts to be announced shortly. Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison will be the host and MC.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 10. General admission $20. Tickets available Centre 200 box office and Savoy.

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