SYDNEY — During a time of conflict around the world and with racial tensions rising in many regions, it’s clear that there are those who want to find bright, positive light wherever they can.
Over the next few days, the YMCA of Cape Breton will be participating in YMCA Peace Week events under the theme “End Racism. Build peace. This follows the theme of the 2022 International Day of Peace, where YMCAs across the country celebrate and reflect on the peacebuilding work that takes place inside and outside of YMCAs.
YMCA Peace Week 2022 will focus on developing an anti-racist lens to understand conflicts taking place around the world.
During the week, the YMCA will honor those who are at the forefront of these peacebuilding efforts and encourage Canadians to ask themselves how they can bring about change in their communities.
“It’s important that we work together to create peaceful communities where everyone feels like they belong,” said YMCA Cape Breton CEO Sabrina Vatcher.
A Peace Flag Raising Ceremony will take place at 10am today at CBRM Town Hall on the Esplanade in downtown Sydney.
At the Frank Rudderham YMCA on Charlotte Street in Sydney, people will be encouraged to write or draw what peace means to them on the peace tree in the lobby.
Other events at the YMCA throughout the week include:
• Monday – 5pm-6.15pm Mini chefs (5-12 years old); 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mini chefs (5-12 years old)
• Tuesday – 5pm-7pm Creative children (5-12 years old)
• Wednesday – 10:30 a.m. Yoga with Susan Taylor and self-compassion meditation with Gurmit Kaur, a mindfulness-based psychotherapist
• Thursday – 5:15 p.m. Peace ride with Colette
• Friday – 10:30 a.m. Yoga with Valérie Dohanty and mindfulness meditation with Gurmit Kaur, mindfulness-based psychotherapist
Visit the website – capebreton.ymca.ca/ymca-peace-week-2022/ – for more information.
SPECIAL CBRM COUNCIL MEETING
Cape Breton Regional Municipality council will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday with only one item on the agenda: a report on the potential expansion of Center 200.
Now that the municipality has decided it is in its best interest to retain ownership of Cape Breton’s largest sports and entertainment venue, how to expand its future uses is now being worked out.
In May 2021, CBRM Mayor Amanda McDougall and nine city councilors voted to allow CBRM staff to complete a feasibility study on a potential Center 200 expansion, conditional on securing federal and provincial funding. , with the municipality contributing $30,000.
Council was told the study would provide “advice and guidance” on the potential addition of 47,800 square feet to the complex to create a multi-purpose leisure facility which would allow sports such as basketball, volleyball- ball or pickleball.
“We’re the largest municipality that doesn’t have one of these types of multi-purpose facilities,” Center 200 facilities manager Paul MacDonald said at the time.
“That’s the purpose of the feasibility study. It aims to identify potential user groups and what type of facility meets the needs of these groups. It will also identify the potential economic benefits that could arise from such an installation.
The report will be presented by Jon Hack of Sierra Planning and Management in Toronto.
GASOLINE SPILL SESSION
Residents of northern Sydney will gather at the Eltuek Arts Center at 170 George St. to discuss the major petrol spill at Imperial Oil’s tank farm in July.
Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. meeting will cover several topics, including a letter received last week from Imperial Oil. There will also be a chance to chat with Sydney-Membertou MP Derek Mombourquette on the matter. A second meeting is scheduled for next week, but the date and time have not yet been set.
In the letter to residents, Imperial Oil says the fuel storage and distribution center is “essential infrastructure” for CBRM that was demonstrated during post-tropical storm Fiona recovery efforts.
“There are currently no plans to expand the facility as it is appropriately sized to meet the current and future needs of our customers in the region. Our goal is to continue to provide essential fuels to local businesses and residents. in a safe manner, while working to build and maintain stronger relationships with community members like you,” reads the letter signed by Sydney Terminal Superintendent Adam Macdonald and Senior Community Outreach and Coordinator of the Jared Ens-Rempel right-of-way.
Following the spill, Imperial is revising its practices for managing access and on-site foam deployment, although there are no regulatory requirements in this regard.
Within hours of the spill in July, the company received assistance from the Cape Breton Regional Fire Department and Sydney Airport Fire Department to apply foam to the gasoline contained in the berm while Imperial Oil transported its own supply of foam from Dartmouth.
The company says it will continue to carry out rigorous and regular safety inspections of fuel tanks, noting that all fuel tanks currently meet regulatory and safety requirements.
HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Another meeting taking place on Thursday, this one from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is a community information session at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion that will review progress on the Cape Breton Regional Hospital project. The plan includes a stand-alone cancer center, a new and expanded emergency department and a new intensive care department.
It will include a discussion with architects and designers, as well as members of the Cape Breton Healthcare Redevelopment Project Team, Nova Scotia Lands, Nova Scotia Public Works , the Construction Industry Council of Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Partnership.
The session is organized by the Building Tomorrow campaign, which was launched by the Cape Breton Partnership to highlight the five major projects currently underway in the CBRM.
To register for the session, click on this website – www.eventbrite.ca/e/cape-breton-regional-hospital-project-information-session-registration-450527950227 or call 902-567-6160.
More information about the Building Tomorrow campaign is available here – www.Building-Tomorrow.ca.
If you’re looking to catch a few hoops this week, check out our local college basketball teams in action.
The Capers University Capers men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the Saint Mary’s University Huskies on Friday.
The women’s game starts at 6 p.m., while the men play at 8 p.m. Games are held at Sullivan Field House at CBU.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING
With the holidays fast approaching, DIY season is in full swing. This includes the Christmas Craft Festival, described as the “Big One” among local artisans.
This is the first time since 2019 – before the COVID-19 pandemic – that the Holiday Craft Fair will take place. The 2020 and 2021 shows have both been canceled.
Organizers say the craft show at Center 200 in Sydney regularly attracts an average of 6,500 customers with 180 artisans over the three days.
The schedule looks like this:
• Friday – 2pm-8pm
• Saturday – 10am-6pm
• Sunday – 12pm-5pm
Admission is $2 and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.