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Reports of Stripped Shelves Greatly Exaggerated

Reports of Stripped Shelves Greatly...

Reports of Stripped Shelves Greatly Exaggerated

Reports of Stripped Shelves Greatly Exaggerated

The first day of open travel within the Atlantic Provinces produced a long traffic jam in both directions on the Trans Canada Highway linking Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. However, descriptions...
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Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Readies to Launch

Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Readies to...

Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Readies to Launch

Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Readies to Launch

Supporters of a major tourism designation in southern Cumberland are holding their breath for a major announcement at any moment.
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Internet Construction Begins in Pugwash

Internet Construction Begins in Pugwash

Internet Construction Begins in Pugwash

Internet Construction Begins in Pugwash

The hope for some fairness in rural internet service is slowly taking shape in Cumberland County.
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Iconic Bluenose II Embarks on Sail Past Summer

Iconic Bluenose II Embarks on Sail Past...

Iconic Bluenose II Embarks on Sail Past Summer

Iconic Bluenose II Embarks on Sail Past Summer

Nova Scotia's iconic Bluenose II will sail into ports and harbours around the province this summer, excluding Cumberland County.
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COVID Flat, Nowhere to Go But Up

COVID Flat, Nowhere to Go But Up

COVID Flat, Nowhere to Go But Up

COVID Flat, Nowhere to Go But Up

The COVID curve in Nova Scotia is not flattened, it is flat as a pancake.
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Tories Announce Plan for Reopening Schools

Tories Announce Plan for Reopening...

Tories Announce Plan for Reopening Schools

Tories Announce Plan for Reopening Schools

With no legislature or committee meetings for debate, the leader of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives is taking his party’s message directly to the people.
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Borders Opened for Atlantic Interprovincial Travel

Borders Opened for Atlantic...

Borders Opened for Atlantic Interprovincial Travel

Borders Opened for Atlantic Interprovincial Travel

The premiers of the four Atlantic Provinces have agreed to a travel bubble beginning Friday, July 3rd.
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Tough Measures to Balance the Oxford Budget

Tough Measures to Balance the Oxford...

Tough Measures to Balance the Oxford Budget

Tough Measures to Balance the Oxford Budget

Between a rock and a hard place — that's where Oxford town councillors found themselves this past week, following last Monday's presentation of a draft operating budget that proposed shutting...
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Oxford Tribute to Class of 2020

Oxford Tribute to Class of 2020

Oxford Tribute to Class of 2020

Oxford Tribute to Class of 2020

Graduates of the Oxford Regional Education Centre (OREC) will walk the stage tonight without an audience, but last night the audience lined Main Street as the students paraded past.
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County Transfer Stations Open Next Week

County Transfer Stations Open Next Week

County Transfer Stations Open Next Week

County Transfer Stations Open Next Week

The Municipality of Cumberland is getting set to reopen its three municipally-run waste transfer stations next week. The transfer stations have been closed since the declaration of a state of public...

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NS Approaches End of the COVID Tunnel
Bill Martin
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NS Approaches End of the COVID Tunnel

Reporting on new cases of the coronavirus in Nova Scotia is quickly becoming a thing of the past. For the second day, the province has zero new cases, and that is not because testing as been reduced. In fact, the microbiology lab at the QEII health sciences centre tested 763 people yesterday.

The news reinforces and perhaps may hasten provincial efforts to restart the economy and allow people to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Restrictions on movement and gathering have been in place since March 20th and only now are we seeing baby steps to remove the barriers to life as we knew it.

Premier Stephen McNeil says, “As we come out of an unprecedented period of public health restrictions, I ask Nova Scotians to think local and support local. Please be patient as we all adapt together.”

The premier has said repeatedly that he takes his lead from science, from the Nova Scotia experience, trusting in the advice of his chief medical officer of health. It is that man, Dr. Robert Strang who says, “We're in this together and all of the planning will only work if everyone co-operates. Please remember that COVID-19 is still here, and we all need to be cautious and safe.”

Today, there are only three people in hospital, though two of them are in intensive care. There is only one long-term care home, Northwood in Halifax, currently tending to positive cases, and even there that has been reduced to one resident and one member of staff.

Many businesses reopened yesterday. Child care facilities will reopen in just over a week. Families or neighbours can now gather as a two household bubble, while social setting now allow up to ten, albeit with social distancing rules in place.

All of this leading to relaxation of the restrictions and guidelines which allowed us to wrestle control of our province from the grip of a new virus that attacks at random with no known cure or relief.

Over forty-six thousands tests have been completed, revealing 45,094 Nova Scotians had negative results, while another 1,058 proved positive. Sixty-one people died across the province, almost all seniors and most in long-term care facilities, especially Northwood, the largest such facility. Nine-hundred and ninety-nine people were infected but recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are now considered resolved.

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Events This Week

Sunday, July 5, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Monday, July 6, 2020 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash. Click HERE for details. CANCELLED till further notice.

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