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January 21

• The emergency department at the Pugwash hospital is closed from 8 am to 8 pm.

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Zann Joins New China Relations Committee

Zann Joins New China Relations Committee

Zann Joins New China Relations Committee

Zann Joins New China Relations Committee

The Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester has been appointed to a new committee of the House of Commons.
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Pugwash Requests Free Emergency Water Source

Pugwash Requests Free Emergency Water...

Pugwash Requests Free Emergency Water Source

Pugwash Requests Free Emergency Water Source

Pugwash asked for a free water source at the Village Hall and they just might get their wish, though not in the way they asked.
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Cumberland Wants Focus on Fire Services

Cumberland Wants Focus on Fire Services

Cumberland Wants Focus on Fire Services

Cumberland Wants Focus on Fire Services

Cumberland Municipal Council continues to look at big ticket items to find taxpayer savings. Waste collection and disposal, police and fire services, and the size of council still top the list.
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Pugwash Tree Blitz Gets Tentative Approval

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Pugwash Tree Blitz Gets Tentative Approval

Pugwash Tree Blitz Gets Tentative Approval

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Cobequid Tolls Diverted to Other Projects

Cobequid Tolls Diverted to Other...

Cobequid Tolls Diverted to Other Projects

Cobequid Tolls Diverted to Other Projects

Tolls will remain in place for the Cobequid Pass as the province uses the revenue for other projects.
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Forestry Critic Says Minister Needs to Speak-up

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Forestry Critic Says Minister Needs to Speak-up

Forestry Critic Says Minister Needs to Speak-up

Conservative Lands and Forestry Critic Tory Rushton is demanding that Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin answer critical questions raised by members of the forestry industry.
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Arson Threatens Firefighters and Resources

Arson Threatens Firefighters and...

Arson Threatens Firefighters and Resources

Arson Threatens Firefighters and Resources

The MLA for Cumberland South says arson creates a huge waste of firefighting resources and is a direct threat to firefighters.
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RCMP Investigate Suspicious Weekend Fires

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RCMP Investigate Suspicious Weekend Fires

RCMP Investigate Suspicious Weekend Fires

Cumberland RCMP are looking for help with an investigation of two suspicious fires in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
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Council Pay Dominated Oxford Council

Council Pay Dominated Oxford Council

Council Pay Dominated Oxford Council

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A light agenda greeted Oxford Town Councillors at their first meeting of the year last night, but one topic sparked a fair amount of discussion.
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MLA Warns of Recession in Cumberland

MLA Warns of Recession in Cumberland

MLA Warns of Recession in Cumberland

MLA Warns of Recession in Cumberland

The MLA for Cumberland North launched a volley of harsh criticism in her assessment of Premier Stephen McNeil’s handling of the soon to close paper mill in Pictou County.

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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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:00 PM

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre

Friday, January 24, 2020 6:00 PM

Fun Night at the Malagash Legion. Pass the Ace, Jig the Joker, and board games.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre.

Monday, January 27, 2020 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre.

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