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Hospital Emergency is Open All Week

Hospital Emergency is Open All Week

Hospital Emergency is Open All Week

Hospital Emergency is Open All Week

The emergency department at the Pugwash Hospital is open today and all week too.
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Pugwash Church to Close After Christmas

Pugwash Church to Close After Christmas

Pugwash Church to Close After Christmas

Pugwash Church to Close After Christmas

Another Pugwash area church will close its doors at the end of December.
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One Awesome Night Returns to Pugwash

One Awesome Night Returns to Pugwash

One Awesome Night Returns to Pugwash

One Awesome Night Returns to Pugwash

The second edition of One Awesome Night will take place this evening at the Pugwash Farmers Market.
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A sad but Important 30th Anniversary

A sad but Important 30th Anniversary

A sad but Important 30th Anniversary

A sad but Important 30th Anniversary

Today marks 30 years since 14 young women were murdered at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal.
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Oxford Committee Reviews Police Service

Oxford Committee Reviews Police Service

Oxford Committee Reviews Police Service

Oxford Committee Reviews Police Service

The committee looking into ways to cut the cost of police service in the Town of Oxford met last night to discuss the results of last month's public meeting on the matter.
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Six-year-old Medal of Honour Winner

Six-year-old Medal of Honour Winner

Six-year-old Medal of Honour Winner

Six-year-old Medal of Honour Winner

Two Nova Scotia heroes received The Medal of Bravery, the province's highest recognition for bravery, at a ceremony held today in Halifax.
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Oxford Keeps Tighter Rein on Tax Spending

Oxford Keeps Tighter Rein on Tax...

Oxford Keeps Tighter Rein on Tax Spending

Oxford Keeps Tighter Rein on Tax Spending

Oxford Town Council heard from the Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation (MFC) last night on best practices for handling residents tax dollars.
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Doctor Shortage Now Affecting Nursing Homes

Doctor Shortage Now Affecting Nursing...

Doctor Shortage Now Affecting Nursing Homes

Doctor Shortage Now Affecting Nursing Homes

The Progressive Conservative critic for long-term care says the Liberal government’s failure to recruit doctors is causing upheaval and concern for seniors who reside in long-term care.
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Oxford to Increase Salt on Town Streets

Oxford to Increase Salt on Town Streets

Oxford to Increase Salt on Town Streets

Oxford to Increase Salt on Town Streets

Like most small towns facing winter weather, Oxford is trying to find the best use of scarce resources.
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Awards Night at Pugwash Fire Department

Awards Night at Pugwash Fire Department

Awards Night at Pugwash Fire Department

Awards Night at Pugwash Fire Department

A rookie was named Firefighter of the Year tonight at the annual Awards Banquet of the Pugwash Fire Department.

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County Council Reviews RCMP Service in Cumberland
Bill Martin
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County Council Reviews RCMP Service in Cumberland

Cumberland County Council took a second look at a recent decision to reduce RCMP services. The review was requested by a community member of the Cumberland Police Advisory Board.

The Chair of that board, Councillor Ernie Gilbert, asked the council to reconsider the cost-cutting measure which called for a reduction of three RCMP staff. 

When asked if he wanted to make a motion, Gilbert declined. Instead, he asked that council allow the board member who raised the concern to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting.

Rennie Bugley, the municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer gave an update on his discussions with officials from the provincial Department of Justice which must approve any changes to the RCMP agreement.

Bugley says all parties agree there would not actually be any reduction in service. He noted the police force has operated with three unfilled positions over the last few years. He said, in effect, cutting three positions simply means not filling those vacancies. Bugley said, “We just stop paying for the vacancies.” He added, “We’ll have the exact same service while saving $395,000.”

Pugwash RCMP Detachment in Question

Councillor Lynn Welton of Wallace said the only thing that bothered her was the possible closure of the Pugwash detachment. She is concerned about travel time and efficiency of service if police must respond from farther away.

Bugley said the RCMP has agreed to review that question, especially since Oxford is actively considering an offer from the Town of Amherst to provide services from its town police force.

Bugley said council may want to consider an alternate presence in Pugwash, perhaps in the proposed multi-purpose centre being proposed as part of the Waterfront Development Plan.

While not part of the discussion, the quarterly stats on police calls, tabled at tonight’s meeting, show stable numbers over the past year. Oxford RCMP responded to 334 calls while Pugwash attended 275.

Council discussed some other ideas to reduce the administrative load for police officers, perhaps freeing them to attend policing duties. The CAO said the RCMP would consider hiring some civilian staff to handle serving papers, court duties, etc. In fact, Bugley said it may be possible for some county staff to assume some of the administrative functions now handled by RCMP officers.

While the proposed changes work their way through the system, Warden Al Gillis said council can re-visit the issue at any time. He said, “In a year’s time if we find that we made the wrong decision we can always go back and ask for additional officers.”

Meanwhile, council will invite a presentation from the community member of the Police Advisory Board who raised the concern. That will give the council another chance to discuss this important issue.

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John Alderson

So if these three positions have been vacant for the last two years, are you saying that Cumberland has been paying anyway? Something wrong here - ya think?


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Doug Forbes

Read thr entire price some great points made on some vost cutting measures, response times etc. I can certainly understand Counc Weltons issue with the though of closing the Pugwash detacment but if what was mentioned further on would work then there is saving in that as well.

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Events This Week

Sunday, December 15, 2019 6:30 PM

Oxford Church of the Nazarene presents Christmas Music Night with  local talent. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre.

Monday, December 16, 2019 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre.

Monday, December 16, 2019 10:00 AM

Crafty Week at the Pugwash Library. Click HERE for details.

Monday, December 16, 2019 6:00 PM

Regular monthly meeting of Oxford Town Council at 6 pm in the Town Hall.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Peace Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre

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