Michael Merritt appointed Chief Administrative Officer

Cape Breton Regional Municipality council hires new CAO

July 29, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality's new CAO is returning to his Cape Breton roots.

Michael Merritt, 54, an Assistant Deputy Minister in Alberta's Department of Municipal Affairs, was born and raised in Victoria Mines. Today, he became the first Chief Administrative Officer hired by CBRM council as per their duty under the Municipal Government Act.

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Major road projects still awaiting funding

Road building season in jeopardy: Clarke

July 28, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Residents in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are seeing road work underway on smaller side streets while major work on main roads has yet to be started.

CBRM is seeking to invest $9 million in cost shared funding on heavy traffic roads. The projects are to be equally cost shared, at one-third each, between the municipality, federal government and provincial government. The funding is administered by the province and has not yet been approved.

Mayor Cecil Clarke says this delay is putting the 2014 road construction season in jeopardy.

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Downtown Blossoming launched

via Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre
July 18, 2014


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Unveiling of new design for historic New Waterford building

July 17, 2014


SYDNEY, NS – The new design, funding partners and timeline for New Waterford's "Urban Center" will be revealed at Plummer Avenue Days in New Waterford.

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Tropical Storm Arthur in the CBRM

July 4, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - CBRM Emergency Management team received the latest briefing from Environment Canada this afternoon and current indications are that CBRM can expect a total of 30mm of rain and wind gust to 90km per hour. The main storm event is expected to pass over CBRM throughout the afternoon and evening on Saturday July 5, 2014.

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CBRM Prepares for Hurricane Arthur

July 3, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - CBRM emergency officials received a briefing from the Canadian Hurricane Center this afternoon regarding the possible threats from Hurricane Arthur.

Current projected track of Hurricane Arthur will bring significant wind to the CBRM, with gusts from 70 - 100km throughout the day on Saturday. At this time, rainfall amounts are not expected to be extreme, but significant rainfall is expected.

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CBRM Council welcomes news of pedestrian and cycle overpass

June 18, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Cyclists and pedestrians will have a safer path through one of Sydney's busiest intersections.

The provincial government has confirmed they will construct an overpass over the 125 highway to connect downtown Sydney and the Grand Lake Road multi-use trail at the Mayflower Mall. The overpass is part of the municipality's Active Transportation Plan, but its future was in doubt as the province was opposed to constructing it.

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Cape Breton better served by an expanded CBC: Clarke

June 18, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton would be better served if the reach of CBC Cape Breton was expanded, not reduced says Mayor Cecil Clarke.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality's mayor wrote to the President of CBC to suggest that the whole island would benefit from a larger coverage area for CBC Cape Breton's Sydney broadcast.

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Road maintenance work to increase

Contracted asphalt work to begin, CBRM awaiting funding from other levels of government

May 27, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Activity on road repairs is expected to ramp up significantly in the coming days.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality crews repair potholes with recycled asphalt technology throughout the year, but manufactured hot asphalt is not available during winter months. Over $700,000 in contracted asphalt work begins when the asphalt plants open this week.

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Provincial funds mostly all factored in CBRM budget: Clarke

May 22, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - The province has confirmed $725,000 in funding from existing municipal programs, but it will have little impact on CBRM's budget as the funding was already expected and calculated, Mayor Cecil Clarke said today.

Clarke spoke with Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey during budget deliberations on Wednesday and today received confirmation of the funding available. The province confirmed $425,000 for transit, $250,000 for wastewater program planning and $50,000 for recreation planning.

Clarke says the transit funding is actually lower than expected as CBRM had calculated $480,000 in the 2014/15 capital budget.

The $250,000 for wastewater planning will allow CBRM to reallocate gas tax to local roads, but in all, the municipality is only ahead by $195,000 which must be applied to capital costs such as roads, not operating pressures like services.

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