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Election Debate to be Broadcast

Election Debate to be Broadcast

Election Debate to be Broadcast

Election Debate to be Broadcast

The seventh and final debate of the candidates vying for election in Cumberland-Colchester will be broadcast this weekend on Six Rivers Radio.
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Workers Compensation Proposed for Firefighters

Workers Compensation Proposed for...

Workers Compensation Proposed for Firefighters

Workers Compensation Proposed for Firefighters

The Province has proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to allow WCB coverage to volunteer firefighters.
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Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Two Cumberland County fire departments will share in a $1.4 million special provincial fund to purchase emergency equipment.
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Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

The Prime Minister of Canada made a campaign whistle stop in Amherst yesterday.
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A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

The MLA for Cumberland North says long ambulance times and waiting for an ambulance that never comes has become the norm for Nova Scotians. Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin recounts a mother’s story of...
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All Candidates Debate Restored in Wentworth

All Candidates Debate Restored in...

All Candidates Debate Restored in Wentworth

All Candidates Debate Restored in Wentworth

A large and appreciative audience offered a standing ovation to the eight federal candidates running in Cumberland-Colchester at a public debate tonight in Wentworth.
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Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth Debate

Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth...

Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth Debate

Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth Debate

There will be one empty chair at tonight’s debate in Wentworth as the Liberal candidate has suddenly withdrawn from the event.
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Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

The Town of Oxford is trying to solve a pesky problem in its arena. Special tape that provides insulation and secures ceiling panels has deteriorated allowing tape particles and condensation...
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Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public Meeting

Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public...

Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public Meeting

Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public Meeting

A small group of residents authorized the Pugwash Village Commission to borrow up to $90,000 to cover final costs for the new stage in Eaton Park.
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Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Exploration work is underway on the Trans Canada Highway near Oxford.

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High-Speed Internet Plan Remains Secret
Bill Martin
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High-Speed Internet Plan Remains Secret

Cumberland Municipal Council is still keeping the lid on any discussion of its initiative to expand high-speed internet throughout the county.

Council discussed their plan last night, but once again behind closed doors.

When the matter came up on the agenda of the public meeting, council passed a motion to proceed and to keep the matter confidential until all partners are on board with the plan, and even then, they will only go on record if all partners agree.

The idea of enhancing internet service in the rural parts of the county first arose with a proposed partnership with Colchester County. Since then, council has refused to elaborate.

The two counties approached Develop Nova Scotia, the provincial body responsible for building high-speed internet in rural Nova Scotia. It remains a secret whether Develop Nova Scotia accepted the local effort as part of its multi-million dollar plan.

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Ken Brogan

CRTC ruling on rural internet speeds June 2019.

The speed of your Internet connection plays an important role in determining how effective and enjoyable the Internet experience is for you and your family.

If you click a link on a web page and then have to wait a long amount of time for the new page to appear, or if a video you are watching stutters and stops, it can be frustrating. It can raise questions like:

What Internet speeds am I getting?

What affects my Internet speeds?

What can I do if my Internet speeds are not fast enough?

Are there minimum Internet speeds for Canadians?

What Internet speeds am I getting?

Internet speeds are typically defined in terms of megabits per second (Mbps) for downloading and uploading data:

Download speed. The speed at which data, including files, web sites, pictures, music, and movies, is being delivered to you from the Internet

Upload speed. The speed at which data is traveling from you to the Internet

Internet service providers (ISPs) often differentiate themselves by advertising different prices for Internet speeds.

Typically, you have a range of plans to choose from. You pay more for higher-speed Internet connections than lower-speed ones.

There are tools on the Internet for measuring your current Internet speeds. Your Internet provider probably has one on their website that you can use to determine your speeds.

Ever wondered how well your Internet service performs? We’re measuring the speeds and other characteristics of broadband Internet services to Canadian homes, and you’re invited to participate. Learn more about the broadband measurement project and find out how your Internet service measures up.

What affects my Internet speeds?

The download and upload speeds of your plan are important factors in determining your actual Internet speeds. But they are not the only ones.

Factors inside your home

The package you’ve chosen with your provider identifies the speeds of the Internet service from the provider to your doorstep. They are often advertised as “up to” a specified Mbps. But there are several factors that can slow the speeds, including:

Your computer. Is it new and fast, or an older computer struggling to keep us with the demands of new applications?

Your modem. This is the device that converts the data travelling on the phone, cable or fibre line into a form that your computer can use. Is your modem capable of handling today’s higher speeds? Older ones may not be capable.

Your wireless router. Increasingly, consumers are setting up home Wi-Fi networks in which a router delivers Internet service to several devices. The distance between that router and the devices using it can affect Internet speeds.

The number of devices being used. Are you alone using a single device? Or are other family members also using the Internet on a computer, tablet, or smart phone? Many devices using the Internet at the same time compete for the same speeds and can slow things down.

Factors outside your home

Factors outside your home that can affect your Internet speeds include:

Heavy traffic on a site. If thousands of other people are trying to access the same website, it may affect how quickly you can access that site.

Technical factors. Latency (the time it takes for data to travel from a source to a destination) and packet loss (the number of data packets sent to or from your home that don’t get to their destination) can slow your Internet speeds.

Your connection. Is the connection to your home in good condition and functioning well, or does it need servicing?

What can I do if my Internet speeds are not fast enough?

If you’re unhappy with your current speeds, you are free to switch Internet service providers (ISPs). They are ultimately responsible for the equipment they provide, their billing and marketing practices, their quality of service and customer relations. If you have issues with your ISP, you should contact their customer service department and escalate your concerns up to the manager level (if necessary). Otherwise, we suggest you contact the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS).

Are there minimum Internet speeds for Canadians?

We recognize that a well-developed broadband infrastructure is essential for Canadians to participate in the digital economy. That is why we set new targets for Internet speeds. We want all Canadian homes and businesses to have access to broadband Internet speeds of at least 50 Mbps for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads.

While most Canadians today have access to these minimum service levels, many rural and remote regions in Canada lack the infrastructure needed. As part of its effort to support such an infrastructure, we are setting up a fund to help ensure minimum service levels for broadband Internet access across Canada. By the end of 2021, we expect 90% of Canadian homes and businesses will have access to broadband speeds of at least 50 Mbps for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads.

We expect these targets will be met through a combination of the CRTC funding mechanism, private investments, other government funding, and public-private partnerships. For more information about the plan, please see Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-496 and Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2018-377.

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Events This Week

Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre.

Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Walk 'n Talk at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for detail.

Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Monster Scavenger Hunt at all Branches of the Cumberland Library. Click HERE for details.

Monday, October 21, 2019 6:00 PM

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

Monday, October 21, 2019 6:30 PM

Open House at the Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:00 PM

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:00 PM

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre

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