Province Wants To Help Farmers Hurt By Harsh Winter

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:16:30

Many provincial farmers are having difficulties because of all the snow. Lines being buried and the like have increased maintenance costs by four to five times over a regular season. Producers have been reporting damages to the Federation of Agriculture, who are compiling related info to apply for emergency government assistance.

NDP Wants Liberals To Legislate Nurse/Patient Ratios

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:16:02

The NDP wants the McNeil government to legislate nurse-to-patient ratios in provincial hospitals. Health Critic Dave Wilson introduced the Patient Safety Protection Act today. Ratios would be determined on a unit-by-unit basis.

Motor Vehicle Act Amendments Take Effect Tomorrow

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:15:27

Amendments to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act take effect tomorrow. Drivers who exit the new license phase must have zero blood alcohol content for two years, and can't supervise new drivers during that time. There's also the faint hope amendment, which allows impaired drivers who lost their license permanently to apply for reinstatement after at least 10 years.

Cancellations in Cape Breton today (Tues Mar 31)

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-31 06:59:26

Strait Regional School board schools are closed, support staff are to report to work as usual.

The Strait Regional Science Fair will now take place on Wednesday, April 1st.

The NSCC Strait campus is shut down today.

Strait Area Transit is not running today because of the weather.

A charge has been laid regarding the Campbellton snake incident

By Rick Fleming - with files from the Tribune. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:16:39

Following the deaths of two Campbellton boys in August of 2013, a charge has been laid.

The Tribune reports that Jean-Claude Savoie, formerly of Campbellton; is facing one charge so far of criminal negligence causing death.

Autopsies found that Noah and Connor Barthe, 4 and 6 years old respectively, died during a sleepover by being asphyxiated by a 45-kilogram African rock python in an apartment above Savoie’s exotic pet store, Reptile Ocean.

It's believed that the snake managed to escape from its enclosure, and fell through the ceiling near where the boys were sleeping on the floor.

A Cape Breton brewery gets set to introduce a "Silver Tart"

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:15:28

A Cape Breton craft brewery is brewing a century old recipe by Alexander Graham Bell.

Jeremy White at Big Spruce Brewing Company says a new brew has been launched based on a recipe for a cordial that Bell called raspberry vinegar in his notes.

White is calling his brew the Silver Tart.

New Waterford person found guilty of gun offenses

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:14:26

A New Waterford man has been found guilty on a number of charges including disacharging a fire arm with intent to endanger life.

60 year old Gregory Vincent Miller will be sentenced in June in connection with the incident in July of 2013.

He remains free on conditions until then.

A Sydney business gets a 300K boost

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:13:31

"Protocase" of Sydney, which serves over 8000 customers worldwide; is getting $300,000 in funding from ACOA.

The grant will help the company do equipment and infrastructure enhancements.

ACOA funding for CBU

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:12:31

Cape Breton University and Volta Labs are getting over $286,000 in funding through ACOA.

It'll support the UIT Startup Immersion pilot project, a mentor-based program that immerses students in a startup business environment with the aim to further the digital technology industry in Cape Breton.

Cape Breton crime beat

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:11:54

A Glace Bay man will be back in court tomorrow to enter pleas on several charges after he was denied bail by a judge yesterday.

45 year old Craig Joel O'Neill is charged with robbery with violence and other counts in a home invasion March 8th in Glace Bay.

Another man, 21 year old Craig Michael Doyle, was released on bail in connection with the case and he will be back in court April 16th to enter pleas.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:04:38

Charlottetown beat Sherbrooke 5 to 2.

Tampa Bay got past the Habs 5 to 3.

It was the Raptors over Houston 99 to 96.

The Celtics topped Charlotte 116 to 104.

News stories from 2015-03-30.

News stories from 2015-04-01.