RCMP say Cannabis and Cocaine were seized during a recent traffic stop in Victoria County. Last Wednesday, the RCMP’s North East Traffic Services-Cape Breton were conducting patrols on Highway 105 in Bras d’Or when a car was pulled over by police for an expired licence plate. During the stop, open Cannabis was seen by officers near the driver. The driver and vehicle were searched and police also seized cocaine. In addition, the vehicle was impounded.
A 33-year-old man from Bras d’Or was charged with Driving With an Expired Licence Plate, Driving Without Insurance, and Driving While Licence Revoked. He was also charged with Illegal Transportation of Cannabis, Possession of Cocaine and Breach of Undertaking. He is scheduled to appear in Sydney Provincial Court on July 31st.
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.