CBRM News

Deadline approaching for citizen committee roles

January 19, 2021

SYDNEY, NS - The Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality requires the services of citizens willing to serve as volunteer members on Committees of Council or exterior Committees to which CBRM appoints citizens. 

Currently there are vacancies on the following committees:

Board of Police Commissioners

Three positions for a two-year term – with one from Central, North and East Divisions of CBRM. Successful applicants must consent to a criminal record background check as per Section 77 (2) of the NS Police Act Regulations.

Audit Committee 

One position for a two-year term. 

Diversity Committee 

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Transit Notice - January 13, 2021

TRANSIT NOTICE: Route 13 - George Street - 9:00 am bus is delayed.

Crawford Crossing now open to traffic

Crawford Crossing now open to traffic 

SYDNEY, NS – Crawford Crossing is now open to traffic. The final work on traffic signals was completed today and vehicles are now permitted to use the road. 

Crawford Crossing connects the intersection of Lingan Road and Sydney Port Access Road to Victoria Road through the site of the former Sydney steel plant’s coke ovens. The road was designed and built in 2013 as part of a large-scale remediation project. 

“The Cape Breton Regional Municipality worked closely with Nova Scotia Lands, representatives of the two railroad owners, federal and provincial officials to safely open the route,” said Ray Boudreau, Senior Manager at CBRM’s Public Works. 

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Online survey for feedback about proposed North End Sydney amendment

January 4, 2021

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality has received a proposal to convert the Sacred Heart Church, located at 217 George Street, into a business hall to host a variety of events. ​

While a business hall is a permitted use, the proposed development is unable to meet the minimum parking requirements to obtain a building and development permit. 

CBRM Council has been asked to consider an amendment to municipal policy which would remove the minimum parking requirements for the proposed development.  

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Holiday closure notices

CBRM Service updates –

New Year’s Holiday 

Transit Cape Breton services end at 5:00 pm on December 31

Citizen Service Centre closes at noon on December 31

Solid Waste curbside collection on Friday, January 1 is rescheduled to Monday, January 4.

Tom Miller Human Rights Award - Nomination Form

The Tom Miller Human Rights Award honours the contribution the late Tom Miller made to progressive work in the field of human rights. The late Tom Miller (Nova Scotia's first black Alderman) was a dedicated, principled and tireless advocate who supported the rights of all Canadians, particularly those disadvantaged by discrimination or poverty.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality welcomes your nomination for the Tom Miller Human Rights Award. The award will be presented to an individual of CBRM who has made a significant contribution to the community with respect to the encouragement, promotion, initiation or development of human rights within our community.

Closing date for nominations: Friday, January 8th, 2021 

Click to download nomination form

Deadlines ahead for two CBRM programs to assist ratepayers with property taxes

December 15, 2020 

SYDNEY NS - Eligible residents are encouraged to apply for two property tax assistance programs before the end of the year. 

The Property Tax Financing Program is available to owners of residential properties and commercial properties who have experienced financial hardship through loss of revenue related to the Covid-19 State of Emergency.

Owners of properties used for tourist accommodations, such as hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, may also be eligible.

Approved applicants' tax payments will be spread out over 30 months. The first six payments will be $25 per month. The remainder of the tax bill will be divided by 24 to determine monthly payments. A low interest rate of 1.35 per cent will be applied to your monthly payments. 

Another program for low income residents provides a $225 tax rebate. The Low Income Tax Exemption is available to residential property owners living in their own homes.  

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CBRM partners with TALO Cafebar for food and beverage at the Glace Bay Miners Forum

November 26, 2020

SYDNEY, NS – CBRM will partner with TALO Cafebar to provide food and beverage services for the Glace Bay Miners Forum, which reopened in late October 2020. This follows a competitive procurement process in late 2019 where TALO was the successful bidder.

Under the terms of the five-year agreement, TALO will manage the Forum’s food and beverage program, including the canteen, community room and restaurant and lounge. The canteen opened on November 1. The restaurant and lounge and community room will open in early 2021. Plans include a sports bar atmosphere and pub menu offering and catering for weddings, reunions, and special events.

“We are pleased to partner with TALO to deliver an amazing food and beverage experience for patrons of the newly renovated Miners Forum," said Amanda McDougall, Mayor of CBRM. "This partnership also an creates an opportunity for a successful local company to expand their business."

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CBRM Mayor and Council Swearing-In Ceremony livestream

November 3, 2020

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s new Mayor and Council will be sworn-in on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney and livestreamed on CBRM’s YouTube channel. The YouTube channel is at www.youtube.com/CapeBretonRegionalMunicipality/live 

The ceremony is not open to the public or media due to COVID-19 public health restrictions. 

"The swearing-in of a new Council is a moment to celebrate and prepare for the work ahead of us.  While COVID-19 has made our ability to gather a challenge,  we have found a way to mark this special occasion while respecting the restrictions in place that keep our communities safe,” said Mayor-Elect Amanda McDougall.  "I look forward to the ceremony and hope that the pubic are able to join us virtually as we embark on this new term of the CBRM Mayor and Council."

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Voter help kiosks available this week in Sydney and Eskasoni

October 13, 2020 

Voter help kiosks available this week in Sydney and Eskasoni 

SYDNEY, NS - The Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Returning Officer is addressing voter access challenges raised by Chief Leroy Denny by opening a voter help kiosk in Eskasoni.

A kiosk is an internet-connected computer that voters can use to cast their ballot using their voter's letter and PIN. Telephone voting is also available. Those who do not have a letter will be required to sign an oath of qualification, which will be transmitted to the Returning Office and then the voter letter will be issued. 

"Several factors were considered in my decision to open a voting kiosk in Eskasoni," said Returning Officer Deborah Campbell Ryan. "Eskasoni is a remote community with a large number of residents who experience language barriers. There are approximately 2,380 residents of Eskasoni eligible to vote but more than 500 of the voter PIN letters were returned to our office by Canada Post as incomplete address." 

Campbell says she agreed with the unique concerns raised by Chief Leroy Denny and worked with the Band Council to open a voting kiosk to assist those who need help to vote. 

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