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Info Laden Meeting at County Council

Info Laden Meeting at County Council

Info Laden Meeting at County Council

Info Laden Meeting at County Council

The Municipality of Cumberland Council met via zoom for its first meeting of 2021 tonight and the new councillors were treated to a heavy dose of background information.
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Pugwash Addresses Parking and Traffic Concerns

Pugwash Addresses Parking and Traffic...

Pugwash Addresses Parking and Traffic Concerns

Pugwash Addresses Parking and Traffic Concerns

Pugwash has a parking problem, not widespread but in a tiny, important area.
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Missing Pugwash Man Found Safe & Well

Missing Pugwash Man Found Safe & Well

Missing Pugwash Man Found Safe & Well

Missing Pugwash Man Found Safe & Well

A Pugwash man, missing since Friday, has been found by the RCMP.
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Oxford Arena Lays Down the Welcome Mat

Oxford Arena Lays Down the Welcome Mat

Oxford Arena Lays Down the Welcome Mat

Oxford Arena Lays Down the Welcome Mat

The Oxford Arena is open. The community group, spearheaded by the Oxford and Area Lions Club, has leased the facility from the town and quietly opened its doors today to programs and visitors.
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RCMP Alert Says Shooting Suspect Arrested

RCMP Alert Says Shooting Suspect...

RCMP Alert Says Shooting Suspect Arrested

RCMP Alert Says Shooting Suspect Arrested

Police have arrested a man, without incident, as investigation of a shooting in New Brunswick raised fears in Amherst.
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Police Issue Emergency Alert for a Shooting Suspect

Police Issue Emergency Alert for a...

Police Issue Emergency Alert for a Shooting Suspect

Police Issue Emergency Alert for a Shooting Suspect

Mobile phones, TVs, and other devices rang out of the silence this morning with a broadcast alert across the emergency system.
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Oxford Readies for a Special Council Election

Oxford Readies for a Special Council...

Oxford Readies for a Special Council Election

Oxford Readies for a Special Council Election

Voters in Oxford will go to the polls once again, at the end of this month.
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Relaunch of Oxford Arena Still on Ice

Relaunch of Oxford Arena Still on Ice

Relaunch of Oxford Arena Still on Ice

Relaunch of Oxford Arena Still on Ice

The Oxford Arena is ready to go under new management, just waiting for the paperwork.
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Chief Medical Officer Honoured for Excellence

Chief Medical Officer Honoured for...

Chief Medical Officer Honoured for Excellence

Chief Medical Officer Honoured for Excellence

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health has been named the 2020 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
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Wallace Presents a Virtual Christmas Eve Service

Wallace Presents a Virtual Christmas Eve...

Wallace Presents a Virtual Christmas Eve Service

Wallace Presents a Virtual Christmas Eve Service

A Christmas Eve event in Wallace, 45 years in the making, has been re-invented in this year of COVID-19.

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Malagash Petition Tabled in NS Legislature
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Malagash Petition Tabled in NS Legislature

Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says rural Nova Scotia has been left behind in the growing digital age.

The MLA tabled a petition from Malagash in the Nova Scotia Legislature today. The petition contains close to 100 signatures and calls for immediate action to improve internet access. 

Smith-McCrossin says she hears from her constituents daily about how frustrated they are with the inconsistent and sometimes non-existent internet services in Cumberland County.

“From paying bills, researching class projects to corresponding with friends, it has become nearly impossible to function in this world without access to the internet,” says Smith-McCrossin. “Our community is home to entrepreneurs, retirees, and families who have chosen to make a life here. Delays to improve this service are only widening the rural-urban divide.”

Pugwash resident Zach Holden says he often feels like he is paying for a service he gets only some of the time. He has collected over 300 signatures for a second petition for the Pugwash area that will be submitted to the Legislature next week.

“Half the time the connection is choppy at best and the rest of the time, it is down completely,” says Holden. “Yet people here are paying the same amount of money as those with consistent service. It’s unfair and it needs to stop.”

Cathy Bates retired to Malagash with her husband in June 2018. She says her husband, who still runs a business, often has to stay in a hotel so he can get a consistent signal.

“We chose Malagash as where we wanted to retire and make a life but not having internet access has made the transition difficult,” says Bates. “Not having basic access means businesses who would choose to lay roots here will look elsewhere.”

Smith-McCrossin says, “Internet has become the foundation of the economy, education, tourism, and communication,” says Smith-McCrossin. “If rural Nova Scotia has any chance of survival, we need to connect our province and bring it into 2019.”

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Events This Week

Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Pugwash Legion, now open on Saturdays.

Monday, January 18, 2021 10:00 AM

Walk and Talk every Monday and Wednesday at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, January 18, 2021 6:00 PM

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:00 PM

Baked Fresh Wednesday in support of Big Lake Camp. Click HERE for details.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Limited to the first 50 people. Public health rules in place.

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