Summer diet plans will no doubt take a hit with the promise of a bigger and better Sydney Ribfest when the outdoor culinary event returns to Cape Breton in July. Last year, more than 22,000 people attended the inaugural Ribfest, easily topping the 10,000 patrons organizers from local Rotary Clubs had hoped to see.
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The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs has signed what's being called a "historic" deal with the owner of the Donkin mine for a royalty on coal production. The amount of the royalty from Kameron Coal has not been disclosed, but an assembly co-chair, Chief Terry Paul of Membertou First Nation, says the money will be shared by all Mi'kmaq people in Nova Scotia.
SYDNEY — A 10-bed residential hospice facility for Cape Breton is several steps closer to reality thanks to a community development partnership between the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, BCA Group, and Membertou.
Gloria Nicholas is both relieved and extremely happy that Membertou First Nation has opened a spacious new centre for seniors in the community to call their own. As the coordinator of the Membertou 55 Plus Society, she had been frustrated with the previous facility-which was woefully inadequate."We only had one room, plus a kitchen which was very small," she said. "We were crowded."
SYDNEY — At one Sydney restaurant, it's all about local.
The prosperous Membertou First Nation in Sydney has bought two commercial properties housing doctors' offices and pharmacies, one of them on land once inhabited by the Mi'kmaq. Chief Terry Paul says the chance arose to buy the HealthPark building next to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and the Medical Arts building on Kings Road when the current owners decided to invest in other businesses.
MEMBERTOU — Membertou has purchased a piece of its ancestral lands nearly a century after residents of the First Nations community were told by government to abandon their homes. As part of a deal struck Thursday, the Sydney band has bought two prominent health-care facilities, including the Sydney Medical Arts Building on Kings Road.
MEMBERTOU — A culturally-significant piece of land to the people of Membertou has been re-acquired as part of an $18-million real estate transaction.
MEMBERTOU — Gambling revenues helped build this First Nation into a successful community, but band officials aren’t willing to roll the dice on that revenue source being sustainable.
MEMBERTOU — Membertou Development Corp. is looking to have a parcel of land rezoned to allow for the eventual construction of another hotel development.
The corporation has applied to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to have a vacant parcel of land located on Churchill Drive rezoned. The proposal calls for construction of a three-storey, 80-room hotel.