Sydney and Reserve Mines residents will be better connected to schools, shopping and recreation with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Aug. 28, $60,000 for Cape Breton Regional Municipality to extend the Grand Lake Road multi-use path. “This project will give residents and students better access to the services and facilities they use every day, without having to get in their cars,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Projects like this improve our neighbourhoods and help us build on our achievements as a climate change leader by continuing to reduce emissions.” The path extension will make it easier to walk or cycle to Cape Breton University, the Nova Scotia Community College Marconi Campus and the Mayflower Mall. This is a multi-year project that the province continues to support. “This funding will give more people the opportunity to take advantage of the Grand Lake Road multi-use path,” said Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke. “It promotes active transportation, and provides better accessibility to services and facilities frequented by our residents.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year, Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018. For more information about Connect2, visit www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .