Transit Cape Breton Update

April 27, 2021

Route 11 Ashby and Route 12 Sydney River will end for the day at 3:00 pm due to driver shortage at Transit Cape Breton.

Residents can still access Sydney River via Route 5 to North Sydney every hour.


Council appoints new Chief of Police in CBRM

April 20, 2021 

SYDNEY, NS - Robert Walsh is the new Chief of Police for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Council approved the recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday evening following an internal competition process for the position.

Walsh was appointed Acting Chief in February of 2020, after the extended absence of Chief Peter McIsaac who had taken leave. McIsaac recently announced he would not be returning to the position. 

Walsh has 30 years of extensive policing experience on patrols, traffic services, street crime and drug enforcement, major crime investigations and emergency response. He has 12 years of senior leadership experience and served as Deputy Chief prior to his appointment as Acting Chief.  

"Robert Walsh has proven himself more than capable in this important leadership role," said Mayor Amanda McDougall. "This past year has been especially challenging for our front line police officers as we navigated the pandemic response.  He brought valuable insight and sound judgment to the table every step of the way." 

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Traffic Notice: Buckingham Drive closed on April 20

April 19, 2021

Buckingham Drive in Sydney will be closed on Tuesday, April 20 for road repair. Access is available for local traffic only. Transit Cape Breton Route 10 bus will be detoured turning left onto Moxham Drive and then right on Newlands Ave.

Community Engagement Launched for Economic Development and Municipal Planning Strategy

April 9, 2021

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and the Cape Breton Partnership are pleased to announce CBRM Forward, a new and collaborative approach to Economic Development and Municipal Planning.

CBRM Forward is a three phased, two year process. An Economic Development Strategy and Growth Management Strategy will be developed in the first phase, with the second phase providing an update to the Municipal Planning Strategy, and the third phase undertaking updates to enabling by-laws including the Land Use (Zoning) and Subdivision By-laws. 

This set of strategies presents an important opportunity to develop a unified vision for the future of the community. 

“A meaningful consultation and outreach and a really thoughtful process will be undertaken over a good time span of two years,” said Mayor Amanda McDougall. “I’m looking forward to the creative collaboration process and the outcomes that will come from it.” 

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April 6, 2021 

CBRM NOTICE: Council budget meetings originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7 are rescheduled for April 27-29. 

TRANSIT CAPE BRETON NOTICE: The bus stop on the CBU campus located at the Canada Games Complex is now moved to the front of the Great Hall due the vaccination clinics. The bus stop will be at that location until further notice. 

Transit Route 8 detour on March 23

March 23, 2021

Transit Cape Breton Route 8 is not travelling along Gatacre Street today due to road work.  It is detouring along French Street.

Storm cancellations and closures - March 19, 2021

City Hall building is closed for the day.

Solid Waste Curbside collection is cancelled today.

Transit is ending operatons with all buses returning to depot by noon.  Evening services are also cancelled.

CBRM seeking citizen volunteers for committees

March 17, 2021

The Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality requires the services of citizens who would be willing to serve as volunteer members on three committees.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee requires up to 8 members for a two-year term in accordance with the Accessibility Act of Nova Scotia.

The Diversity Committee is seeking one representative from the Gay, Lesbian & Transgendered Community, one representative from Cape Breton University and one representative from the Cape Breton-Victoria Centre for Education.

The Cape Breton Island Housing Authority requires three positions for a three-year term.

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Application deadline extended to June 30

March 12, 2021

The application deadline for CBRM's Municipal Grants Program is extended to June 30 for both the Festival and Events category and the Capital, Operating and Tax Relief category.

Application forms are available on the CBRM website under “Forms” https://www.cbrm.ns.ca/forms.html

There are two funding options under the Festival and Events Category and more details are included on the application form.

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Handi-Trans support for vaccination clinic appointments

March 10, 2021

SYDNEY, NS -  Transit Cape Breton’s Handi-Trans service is available as free transportation for those aged 80 and over requiring a ride to their COVID-19 vaccination clinic appointment at CBU Canada Games Clinic.

The first clinics are being held on March 15, 19 and 23.

Those 80 and older, who were born in the months of January, February, March and April, can now book an appointment for the clinics at the CBU Canada Games Complex. Each clinic has a set number of appointments available for the clinic dates.

Appointments can be booked by calling toll-free 1-833-797-7772 or online at www.novascotia.ca/vaccination

Once an individual has an appointment time, they can contact Handi-Trans to arrange transportation at 902-539-4336.
Residents must live in the Handi-Trans service area to use this service.