Two local construction companies submitted low bids on some local tenders. Alva Construction posted the lowest quote of $2.3 million for drainage improvements and gravelling for projects in Inverness and Victoria counties. The projects were for portions of New Campbellton Road, East Skye Glen Road, Whycocomagh Port Hood Road and Lake Ainslie Chapel Road. Two other companies also offered bids on the contract.
Nova Construction posted the lowest tender on a contract for drainage improvements and gravelling for four projects in Guysborough County. Nova’s bid was $857,360 for work on East Side Harbour Road, Upper Big Tracadie Road, New Harbour-Lundy Road and MacPherson Lake Road. Three other companies offered quotes on the contract.
RCMP say two hikers are safe after becoming lost on Gairloch Mountain in Middle River, Victoria County over the weekend. Police say on Saturday evening, officers received a call from the hikers, a 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman. Cape Breton, Cheticamp and Inverness Ground Search and Rescue Teams along with RCMP Police Dog Services assisted with the search efforts.
The pair were found Sunday morning at 7:30 by a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre helicopter. Both hikers were medically assessed at the scene before being airlifted to Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney as a precautionary measure.
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.
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.
RCMP are investigating a crash involving a school bus in Victoria County. Police say shortly after 8 this morning, a school bus with eleven students on board collided with a trailer that had been partially left in the roadway overnight on Highway 105 near Englishtown.
The students on the bus suffered some bumps and bruises. The driver of the bus sustained serious injuries and was transported via LifeFlight to hospital for treatment.
Highway 105 is closed in both directions at the scene of the crash. Traffic is being diverted.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has announced it has protected three habitats on Cape Breton Island totalling 676 acres.
It includes 400 acres near Ottawa Brook, west of Iona, featuring sinkholes, caves and exposed white cliffs characteristic of the gypsum topography. It is home to many rare and uncommon plants.
There’s another 170 acres of mainly Acadian Forest near Marble Mountain at the Bras d’Or Lakes.
The third site is 106 acres at West Lake Ainslie, near the Black River Bog Nature Reserve. It has one of the most significant groups of rare plants in the province.
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.
Police are investigating the cause of a fatal accident that happened in Victoria County on Tuesday afternoon. After 2:00 yesterday afternoon, the RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision that occurred on Kempt Road in Boularderie Centre.
The 35 year old male driver from Victoria County was pronounced dead at the scene. Initial investigation determined that the vehicle left the road and struck a tree. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.