Richmond County

Posted at 9:50 am on January 12, 2018

Residents in Inverness and Richmond counties will be happy to hear that the RCMP are making an impact in their communities. In a review of 2017, the RCMP say that the Inverness/Richmond RCMP executed 33 Controlled Drugs and Substances warrants and charged 45 people with 100 drug related charges.

Fifty of the drug-related charges also included Criminal Code charges. Additionally, officers seized a number of items such as 37 long guns, two hand guns, five vehicles, approximately $150,000 in cash and various drugs. Drugs seized include cocaine, oxycodone, morphine and many more.

Posted at 9:36 am on December 27, 2017

Richmond County RCMP say one man is dead following an ATV crash on Christmas Eve. Police say shortly after 10 Sunday night, officers were called to the scene on Highway 347. A 38-year-old man from Lower L’Ardoise was found dead at the site. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Posted at 10:52 am on December 17, 2017

Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner has announced more than $730,000 in federal funding for four tourism-related projects in Inverness and Richmond Counties.

There’s more than $525,000 in  federal loans from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for infrastructure improvements at the Dundee Resort and Golf Club and MacLeod’s Beach and Campsite.

Another 205-thousand dollars will go for projects at the Inverness Development Association and Societe Mi Careme.

Posted at 1:41 pm on August 9, 2017

 Many halls on Cape Breton Island will be receiving upgrades as a result of government funding announced today. The Province is putting $900,000 towards community halls and other public spaces, including buildings in Victoria, Richmond and Inverness Counties.
In Richmond County, Rocky Bay Irish Club, Louisdale Irish Club and Friends of Notre Dame de l’Assomption will split $78,000  for various upgrades. St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Société Saint-Pierre, Société Mi-Careme, Friends of Whale Watching Cape Breton and the Broad Cove Scottish Concert in Inverness County are receiving $143,000 while St. Andrew’s Church in Victoria County will get $25,000.
The program will fund up to 75 per cent of actual project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 for non-profit groups to improve existing facilities and public spaces.

Posted at 8:23 am on July 19, 2017

 The province’s new Pre-Primary Program has unveiled 43 locations across the province for classes this fall. This includes 8 schools within the Strait Regional School Board, and one within the town of New Glasgow. The program will also be offered at Ecole Beau-Port in Arichat.
Bayview, Cape Breton Highlands, Chedabucto, East Antigonish, Fanning, Felix Marchand, Inverness and St. Mary’s school’s will offer this new, free pre-primary for four-year-olds.   In Pictou County, New Glasgow Academy has been selected.
Sites were selected based on greatest need, which included if there are few to no current regulated child care options, and if space is available within schools. The province will continue to add pre-primary classes across the province over the next four years

Posted at 1:40 pm on April 24, 2017

The Richmond County Literacy Network is getting a boost from the province.  Cape Breton-Richmond MLA and Energy Minister Michel Samson has announced the network will receive 25-thousand dollars for community outreach services.
With this funding, a community outreach and support worker will assist older adults and others find and access government services, such as housing and efficiency grants, continuing care support and disability services.  This position is part of a pilot project.
The Richmond County Literacy Network provides adult learning, literacy and skills programming.

Posted at 6:37 am on March 15, 2017

There’s been a drug bust in Richmond County.  Last Friday, the RCMP’s Inverness District Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home in Louisdale.  Officers seized a quantity of Oxycodone and Marijuana along with drug paraphernalia.
Two people have been charged in the case, 52-year-old Patricia Ann Peeples and 54-year-old Herbert Joseph Sampson, both of Louisdale.  Both have been charged with Possession of Oxycodone and Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Both appeared in Provincial Court in Port Hawkesbury Monday and have been released on conditions. Their  next court appearance on April 5th

Posted at 7:00 am on March 6, 2017

For the first time in more than 50 years, Ray LeBlanc of D’escousse will be watching a provincial election from the sidelines.   Since 1963, LeBlanc has been a returning

Chief Electoral Officer Richard Temporale (left) presents a QSV Award to retiring Cape Breton-Richmond Returning Officer Ray LeBlanc for his commitment to Quality, Service and Value.

officer  in Richmond County; presiding over 15 elections. Recently, LeBlanc announced his retirement.  Replacing LeBlanc as Returning Officer in Cape Breton-Richmond is Diane Rutherford of St. Peter’s

LeBlanc got his start by helping out his father Simon, who was the returning officer in the 1960 general election.

LeBlanc says he loved the work.


LeBlanc holds the unofficial title of the longest serving  Returning Officer in Canada.  No one else in the country, federally or provincially has served as long as a returning officer as LeBlanc.

Even though he’s retired, LeBlanc quipped he’ll continue to follow politics as long as it doesn’t keep him out of his garden.