Inverness RCMP and several other agencies are continuing their search for a local man who
disappeared over the weekend. 31-year-old Colin Joseph Beaton was last seen at 2 a.m. Saturday morning prior to leaving a cottage in Harbourview.
He is white, five feet eleven inches tall, weighs 160 pounds with red hair. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, jeans and rubber boots. Police say he left on foot and may have been disoriented.
RCMP have been assisted by the Strait area, Inverness, Cheticamp and Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue as well as the Civilian Air Search and Rescue.
If you have information on Beaton’s whereabouts, call the Inverness RCMP at (902) 258-2213 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The Town of Antigonish will officially join the Eastern District Planning Commission on July 3rd.
The announcement was made in a joint release by the town and the commission this morning.
The commission provides planning, subdivision and building inspection services for the town of Port Hawkesbury and the counties of Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Antigonish.
The town began exploring the move to the district planning commission several months ago.
The town partners with a number of regional organizations that involve members of the District Planning Commission, including the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, and Eastern Regional Solid Waste Management.
The town will host a meet and greet with Eastern District Planning Commission staff on July 3rd in the Council Chambers from 2 to 5 p.m.
Laurie Cranton, councillor for Margaree and area, updated council on all the latest with the municipality’s accessibility committee. As a result of that update, the municipality no longer has an accessibility committee.
Some of the goals of the committee were to bring in revenue for projects, but municipal committees are not allowed to fundraise. Therefore, council dissolved the municipality committee, but the group will live on as a not-for-profit organization. The current members will still be in place.
Cranton said nothing really changes, but the group will be able to do more as a not-for-profit society.
A new female hockey zone has been created in the province, bringing together players from a number of communities in Northeastern Nova Scotia. Hockey Nova Scotia says it’s the seventh female hockey zone in the province. It includes female hockey players from the Guysborough County, Antigonish, Strait Richmond and Inverness County areas. Earlier this year, the Cape Breton West, Antigonish, Strait Richmond and Canso Minor Hockey Associations signed an agreement fully supporting the creation of the new zone.
Last year, Antigonish area parents had expressed concerns with attempts by Hockey Nova Scotia to place female hockey players from the town and county into the Fundy Highland Zone.
RCMP say a 58-year-old man and a 39-year-old man both from Cape Breton died just after 6 a.m. Saturday morning when the 9-meter fishing boat they were on capsized less than 100 meters from shore in Colindale, near Port Hood. A third adult 18-year-old man on board swam safely to shore.
The investigation into the incident is being undertaken by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education.
Christine Villneff, one of the organizing team responsible for the Raising the Villages initiative, visited Inverness County Council last Monday to publicly present a declaration intended to make the world a better place for today’s youth.
The declaration commits the people of Unama’ki/Cape Breton to four principals: to provide welcoming communities and spaces; to foster reconciliation in action as treaty people; to coordinate, connect and communicate what is needed; and to make informed community decisions to strengthen the collective health of all.
The declaration is a partnership between the counties of Inverness and Victoria, the town of Port Hawkesbury, Wagmatcook First Nation, and We’koqma’q First Nation.
Inverness County Deputy Warden Alfred Poirier maintains that improved cell phone service is needed in the Pleasant Bay area, and if it doesn’t soon arrive, he’s preparing to contact the provincial media about the matter.
Poirier is pressing his council to set up a meeting with both Cape Breton Members of Parliament, Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner, to discuss the matter.
Without cell service, Poirier said people are left in a bad situation in terms of accessing emergency service.
Keith MacDonald, the Chief Administrative Officer for Inverness County, said he’s working to get a meeting set up as soon as possible.
With some help from facilities locally, Nova Scotia Power says it set a new record for the amount of electricity it generated from renewable energy.
N-S-P says 29 per cent of its electricity came from renewables last year. The previous record of 28 per cent was set in 2016.
Wind power takes up the largest share of renewable energy generated at 19 per cent, followed by hydro and tidal at 8 per cent, and biomass at 2 per cent.
Some of the contributors locally to renewable energy includes a number of community based wind projects, as well as larger operations such as the Glen Dhu, Sable, Point Tupper and Wreck Cove wind farms. There’s also the Biomass facility at Port Hawkesbury Paper.
CAA Atlantic has developed a preliminary list of what Atlantic Canadians rate as the worst roads in the region. Three local roads have made the top 10 list.
Highways in Northeastern Nova Scotia ranked in the 10 worst roads in the region include Inverness County’s Orangedale Iona Road, ranked 6th; Mabou Mines Road in 9th and Pictou County’s Louisville Road in River John placing 10th.
The worst road in the four provinces is New Brunswick’s Route 616 at Keswick Ridge.
CAA Atlantic will continue to accept votes on Atlantic Canada’s worst roads at its web site until April 18th. Results will be released in early May.