CBRM News

Transit service changes start Tuesday, October 12

October 8, 2021

Transit Cape Breton schedule and routing changes add hourly service to the Regional Hospital and later service to New Waterford

SYDNEY, NS – Beginning on Tuesday, October 12, Transit Cape Breton Route 13 will serve the hospital hourly on Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm and on Saturday between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. 

Along with the recent routing change to serve Open Hearth Park and Harbourside Commercial Park, Route 9 now features later service to New Waterford. This change is prompted by CBU students seeking to travel to New Waterford later in the evening. The last bus to arrive in New Waterford now will arrive at 10:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm. 

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Updating the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Active Transportation Plan

September 8, 2021

SYDNEY, NS  - Cape Breton Regional Municipality has initiated a review to update the municipality's Active Transportation Plan. The goal of the review is to help the municipality to become a more healthy, vibrant and sustainable community that provides multiple modes of active transportation routes connecting people and places. 

This new plan will outline infrastructure upgrades and new routes required to improve the walkable and wheelable network across the municipality.  

Active Transportation week consultations will take place throughout September 13-17.

The design consultants for this project, Fathom Studio, will lead the sessions to gather feedback from the community. 

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TRANSIT SERVICE UPDATE: Open Hearth Park and Harbourside Commercial Park now serviced by Transit Cape Breton

September 2, 2021

Cape Breton Transit is adding service to Harbourside Commercial Park and Open Hearth Park effective September 7.  

Route 9 will now travel along the Sydney Port Access Road and Ferry Street to the Dorchester Street hub.  It will return along the same route.   

Route 9 begins in New Victoria and travels through New Waterford to Cape Breton University, the Mayflower Mall and Walmart.  It will now proceed north onto Sydney Port Access Road with new stops in the area of Protocase and Horizon Achievement Centre and Open Hearth Park.  After these stops, the route proceeds directly to Dorchester Street and will return to Daley Road in New Victoria along the same route.

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WATER DISRUPTION NOTICE: Glace Bay

September 1, 2021 

 

WATER DISRUPTION NOTICE:

Water service disruption in some areas near Glace Bay

The Water Utility has indicated there is a repair required in GLACE BAY near the Phalen's Road booster pumping station. The areas of Phalen’s Road, Steele's Hill, Dominion and Reserve will potentially experience low pressure overnight and into tomorrow.

CBRM and Cape Breton Partnership seek community input on municipal planning and economic development plan

August 20, 2021

Open House events planned for week of August 23-27

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Partnership are seeking community input for the municipality’s collaborative city planning initiative called “CBRM Forward”. 

A series of open houses will be held across the CBRM next week, beginning with the Port of Sydney (August 23), followed by the Fireman’s Club in North Sydney (August 25), and concluding at the Miners Forum in Glace Bay (August 26). 

Additional “pop-up” events will take place throughout the CBRM with both morning and afternoon sessions. In-person events will be held in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Phase One of the two-year project is currently underway to develop an economic development strategy to address investment and business growth, as well as a growth management strategy to address immigration and population.

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Provincial election questions for Candidates from Mayor and Council

Below are responses (PDF), posted in the order they are received, to the questions posed to provincial candidates by Mayor and Council.

The questions are as follows:

1. Equalization Fairness for Nova Scotia municipalities, and particularly CBRM, continues to be disproportionate. Without addressing this issue, the disparities in infrastructure and services are increasing between municipal units across the Province. Because provincial transfer payments to the CBRM have been frozen since 2012, the deficit between our mandated provincial costs and what we receive as a transfer payment now results in a $5+ million dollar deficit. As MLA, will you commit to developing a more equitable transfer formula for the CBRM? 

2. The Mayor and Council’s draft Strategic Plan for the CBRM includes key infrastructure projects such as a new Central Library, Centre 200 expansion, development and increased commercial opportunities within our harbours and other important investments. How will you support these development projects to advance the CBRM in terms of growth and sustainability? 

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Councillor on medical leave

July 20, 2021 


SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality District 10 Councillor Darren Bruckschwaiger will be on a leave of absence to attend to personal health matters.
He has communicated with his constituents through Facebook to inform them of his absence and alternate contacts while he is away.

Note to my constituents: I will be taking a bit of time and stepping away from Councillor duties to attend to a personal health matter. While I am on the mend, several others will be able to assist you.
You can call the Council Office. Stacy will be able to assist. She’s at 902-563-5777. Or you can reach her by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Mayor’s Office can also help: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as well as my neighbouring councillor Ken Tracey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding. Serving as your Councillor is a great source of strength and personal fulfillment. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the community again soon.

Mayor Amanda McDougall extended her best wishes to Councillor Bruckschwaiger. “On behalf of all Council and staff, we hope Darren will be feeling better soon and encourage him to take the time needed to get well again,” said McDougall. “We will do our best to assist his constituents in the meantime and look forward to seeing him back at the Council table when he is ready.” 

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Professional Engineer for Port of Sydney Development Corporation Board of Directors

Call for Expressions of Interest  - deadline August 6, 2021

Professional Engineer for Port of Sydney Development Corporation Board of Directors

The Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality requires the service of a resident of
CBRM who would be willing to serve as volunteer member on the:

• Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) Board of Directors
- one individual with a professional engineering designation for a two-year term

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Water main break - Sydney and Whitney Pier

July 14, 2021

A water main break has occurred that is currently affecting all of downtown Sydney (Cromarty St. to North end area) as well as Whitney Pier.
Crews are working on the problem.
Water utility customers will experience low pressure, dirty water, or no water pressure.
Service restoration time is expected to be this evening.

Volunteers sought for CBRM water sampling program

July 7, 2021

SYDNEY, NS - The CBRM Water Utility is seeking volunteers for lead and copper sampling in residential tap water. The program is for customers of the CBRM Water Utility and is not for those whose water source is a well.  

The Water Utility routinely monitors water quality within distribution systems. Last year, Nova Scotia Environment introduced additional sampling requirements for lead and copper within customers’ homes.

This sampling program will be provided free of charge to a limited number of customers in each CBRM distribution system (Sydney, Glace Bay, Northside, New Waterford, Louisbourg, Floral Heights and Centreville). Participants will be registered on a first come first serve basis until the program goals are met.

Customers can apply online at www.cbrm.ns.ca/water-utility

This water sampling will determine if lead and copper are present in customers’ tap water and a results letter will be provided.  

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