CBRM's proposal for Gabarus seawall moves forward with federal commitment

July 25, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality's proposal for a cost-shared repair to the Gabarus seawall has taken a positive step forward with a funding commitment from the federal government.

In a July 24 letter to Mayor Cecil Clarke, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation indicated that while not acknowledging federal responsibility for the seawall, they are willing to consider funding repairs up to a maximum of $300,000 provided matching funds are available from the Province of Nova Scotia. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality had previously indicated they could contribute $100,000 to the project.

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Transport consultants and engineering firm to advance Sydney port development

July 18, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Following an RFP process started on June 25, a contract has been awarded to transport consultants MacNeil Management Consultants to lead the advancement of CBRM's port development file. Engineering firm CBCL Limited will also play an affiliated role in the work ahead, providing technical consulting services.

MacNeil Management Consultants has extensive experience in the transportation industry and in economic development. Neil MacNeil is the former President and CEO of Canada Ports Corporation and the former Executive Director of Harbours and Ports at Transport Canada.
"The scope of work in this contract addresses the next important steps in realizing the potential of the Port of Sydney," said MacNeil. "We have an incredible asset with the port and our work will enhance its investment value."

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Public input sought on Mayor's task force recommendations

July 11, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality residents are invited to provide feedback on the Mayor's task force report delivered last week.

The report, the first of its kind since amalgamation in 1995, makes several recommendations for changes including merging departments, reducing positions through attrition and reviewing police and fire services.

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Mayor's task force presents recommendations

July 4, 2013

SYDNEY, NS - The Mayor's Task Force today presented a blueprint for change across a broad spectrum of the organization and operation of Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

View the task force's report here (PDF)
View the PowerPoint presentation here (PDF)

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Summer council meetings: locations and times announced

July 3, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality Council will hold scheduled public meetings in July and August. The following dates and locations have been set:

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Port development efforts moving to next phase

June 25, 2013

SYDNEY, NS - The development of the Port of Sydney is taking two significant steps forward over the coming months.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has entered an agreement with marine consultants Paul F. Richardson and Associates to empower them to exclusively negotiate on behalf of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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Three municipalities ready to form Regional Enterprise Network

June 24, 2013

ARICHAT, RICHMOND CO., NS - Three Cape Breton municipalities will move forward, together, to establish a Regional Enterprise Network. The Municipality of the County of Richmond, the Municipality of the County of Victoria and Cape Breton Regional Municipality are writing to the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal relations to inform him of their decision.

At a council meeting in Richmond County tonight, council voted to join Victoria County and CBRM in establishing a Regional Enterprise Network.

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CBRM Council will meet in July and August

June 18, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality Council will hold scheduled public meetings in July and August. Mayor Cecil Clarke says the tradition of summer recess will end because Council is moving forward on the significant issues facing the municipality.

"As a Council, we have decided that we must keep moving forward on major initiatives during these months," said Clarke. "We are advancing the agenda outlined in the Reorganization Plan for Positive Change."

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Cape Breton Regional Municipality to welcome HMCS Glace Bay

June 10, 2013

SYDNEY, NS - HMCS Glace Bay will visit the port of Sydney on June 14-17. The public will have several opportunities to tour the ship and members of the crew will be visiting local charities to lend assistance.

HMCS Glace Bay is scheduled to arrive dockside at 6 pm on Friday, June 14. Mayor Cecil Clarke says members of the public are welcome and encouraged to greet the ship as it arrives.

Mayor Clarke and members of Council will also be on hand at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion to greet the officers and crew.

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Municipality to seek federal and provincial funding for Gabarus seawall proposal

June 7, 2013

SYDNEY, NS –The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is putting forward a cost sharing proposal to the federal and provincial governments to move forward on repairs to the Gabarus seawall.

"We are very concerned that no action will be taken in advance of the hurricane season. Mayor Cecil Clarke and council are putting forward a proposal for consideration and seeking federal and provincial participation," said District 7 Councillor Ivan Doncaster.

Doncaster says the Municipality is submitting the proposal in writing to ECBC and the provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

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