CBRM News

CBRM budget-making at "impasse": Clarke

March 21, 2014

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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."

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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.

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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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Statement by Mayor Cecil Clarke regarding specialized police services in CBRM

December 2, 2013

STATEMENT BY MAYOR CECIL CLARKE:

I have exercised my authority, under emergency management, as it relates to the safety and security of the citizens of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Today I have informed the Attorney General's office of my order to the Chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Peter McIsaac, to request the RCMP, under their mandate to the province as the provincial police service, to be prepared to provide emergency police services for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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Youth-focused council meeting to stream live online

November 25, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality's youth meeting on Tuesday night, November 26, will be streamed live online via the CBRM website at www.cbrm.ns.ca.

The live streaming is part of the technology upgrades in the council chamber completed this year.

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CBRM's Reorganization Plan for Positive Change update next week

New: Online expenses improve transparency

November 18, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Mayor Cecil Clarke's Reorganization Plan for Positive Change will have a Year One update next week, but one item that will be added in the coming year is that the Mayor's travel and meeting expenses will be posted online monthly.

"Open transparent governance requires open, transparent disclosure of the use of public funds to advance our community's strategic interests," said Clarke.

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CBRM council to hold special meeting on youth issues

November 5, 2013

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SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality's younger residents are being encouraged to re-imagine the future of their communities and articulate their vision to council.

As part of the Mayor and Council's Reorganization Plan for Positive Change, special meetings of council will be designated as focused on youth and youth-related issues. The first meeting will be held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, November 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

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Mayor welcomes Canada-EU trade agreement

Clarke touts advantages of Port of Sydney for free trade with Europe

October 21, 2013

SYDNEY, NS - The Port of Sydney is ideally positioned for Atlantic Gateway opportunities related to the historic free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union says Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke.

"We are the home of the most eastern mainland deepwater port in North America and that's a special advantage when it comes to increased movement of goods to and from Europe," said Clarke.
Clarke discussed the new trade agreement in recent days with regional minister Hon. Peter MacKay and Transport Canada minister Hon. Lisa Raitt.

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Atlantic Mayors' Congress meets in Sydney on October 16-18

Cape Breton Regional Municipality hosting for the first time

October 14, 2013

SYDNEY, NS - Mayors from across the Atlantic Provinces will gather in Sydney on October 16th to 18th to discuss issues facing municipalities in Atlantic Canada.

The Atlantic Mayors' Congress is committed to improving municipal government and developing a strong, unified voice to advocate for municipalities in the Atlantic Provinces. More than 20 mayors are expected to attend.

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