• Amalgamation saw the joining of the city of Sydney, the towns of Glace Bay, Dominion, North Sydney, New Waterford, Sydney Mines and Louisbourg, and the municipality of the County of Cape Breton. • Amalgamation in Cape Breton and Halifax counties was forced by the province. • On July 31, 1995, there were 77 council members representing the eight former municipalities that now constitute the CBRM. • The next day, with amalgamation, there were 22 council members — 21 district councillors and a mayor elected at large. • In a plebiscite held during the 1997 municipal vote, 69.3 per cent voted in favour of downsizing CBRM council. Council was eventually reduced to 16 councillors plus the mayor. It now stands at 12 councillors and the mayor. • There have been four mayors since amalgamation — John Coady, David Muise, John Morgan and Cecil Clarke. • In 1996, the population of the region was almost 115,000. In 2011, it stood at about 97,400.