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Local warnings, cancellations and closures

December 14

The emergency department at the Pugwash hospital is OPEN.

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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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New Pugwash Hospital on Life Support
Bill Martin
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New Pugwash Hospital on Life Support

Talk of a new hospital for Pugwash is not dead. The MLA for Cumberland North says the long-awaited Pugwash hospital replacement is actually moving forward, albeit very slowly.

Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has completed its final plan and has asked the Department of Health for approval.

The MLA did not say if there is a timeline for construction to start, but she did say she was heartened by the fact the project is still in the financial estimates for the current fiscal year.

A replacement for the aging facility has been in the works for decades. A succession of provincial governments, including Conservative, NDP, and Liberal, have taken turns in announcing a new facility, usually connected to a provincial election.

The most recent promise was made by Premier Stephen McNeil who stood in the hospital’s boardroom just prior to the last general election to announce that “Shovels would be in the ground in 2018.” That promise faded too though the Liberal government continued to dangle hope by an oblique reference to the facility in the current provincial budget.

The northern part of Cumberland County continues to be underserved as a shortage of doctors has led to regular closure of the emergency service during daytime hours. While most rural hospitals suffer some service interruption, Pugwash leads the province with emergency closures averaging six days a week over the last year with runs of up to 12 consecutive days without service.

The general consensus among healthcare workers is that doctors have left the area due to the broken promises and new physicians are reluctant to commit to the community until a new facility is built.

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Susan Roseveare

I hope it’s real progress and not Liberal empty promises.


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Dierdra Stillman

Okay pugwash shake your head and have some common sense here this hospital should have been demolished years ago it's disgusting downstairs that family room is horrible it should be turned into an emergency clinic X-ray and blood work only because then we may be able to keep a doctor on staff and anything else that comes through here anyhow gets dispersed to Amherst Truro Halifax or Moncton just bulldoze the damn hospital down !! Stop wasting taxpayers money.....


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Felicia Mattinson

Why fix or build a new one when they have nobody to work at it.


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Joanna Grace Darragh

We went there Saturday with Myra supposed to be open... no doctor had to go to Amherst

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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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