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Local warnings, cancellations and closures

December 14

The emergency department at the Pugwash hospital is OPEN.

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To report cancellations or closures, phone or text 902-614-3000 or email news@sixrivers.ca. Listen to Six Rivers Radio HERE for current updates during storm or extreme conditions. Report power outages to 1-877-428-6004.

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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.

Top Stories

Oxford Approves Budget with Modest Tax Hike
Bill Martin
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Oxford Approves Budget with Modest Tax Hike

Oxford Town Council approved a 2.5 million dollar budget and a modest tax increase in a special meeting tonight.

Council was unanimous in approving the $2,534,028 expenditure. The vote follows weeks of preparation and hours of discussion. Tonight was just the fine-tuning and final vote.

Throughout the process, the council struggled to hold the current tax rate, but that task was made more difficult as the town’s assessment declined a little from last year.

The residential rate is now 1.6824 per one hundred dollars of assessment while the commercial rate rises to 4.1557. With the reduction in assessment, the net increase is 3 ½ cents. Councillor Wade Adshade says the average homeowner will pay about $25 to $30 more this year.

The Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada had a small surplus of about $57,000 from last year's operation. Council considered applying it to this year’s expenditures in an effort to avoid raising taxes. But, the province suggests the town should build a reserve to about 500 thousand as a serious rainy-day fund.

The Chief Administrative Officer suggested the town could take half the surplus to offset some of this year’s costs, putting the other half into the town's reserve. Rachel Jones told council that the town is on course for a few good years to come when they can build the required reserve.

Jones also noted the province suggests Oxford has the capacity to raise taxes as the town rates are easily within the provincial average.

Mayor Trish Stewart polled the council prior to the vote. Councillor Brenton Colborne said, “We don’t have much of a choice.” Dawn Thompson said, “We have to do it.” Dave Clark, Rick Draper, Wendy Sweet-Kontuk, and Wade Adshade agreed.

Taxes are due by September 30th. Beyond that date, interest of 1.5% will be charged monthly on overdue accounts.

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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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