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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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Oxford Hesitant to Fill Empty Council Seats
Mark Rushton
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Oxford Hesitant to Fill Empty Council Seats

Residents of Oxford are going to the polls again in January... maybe.

Oxford Town Council considered a date, tonight, for a proposed by-election to fill two vacant council seats. Last month’s election saw four councillors elected by acclamation due to a lack of candidates. 

Councillors Wade Ashade and Brenton Colborne were returned to council, while new councillors Paul Jones and Carla Black filled in two more seats.

Chief Electoral Officer Linda Cloney offered a plan to the Committee-of-the Whole meeting of council earlier this month that would bring voters back to the polls in January.

Councillor Paul Jones again raised the question of whether the town could hold off on the election until April, shifting the expense of another trip to the polls into the next fiscal year.

Chief Administrative Officer Rachel Jones said a consultation with the Municipal Affairs office returned a solid “no” on that point - a by-election must be held. The Municipal Government Act requires a by-election to be held within a certain timeframe following the swearing-in of a new council, which took place two weeks ago.

Councillor Jones suggested that with the pandemic affecting so many government services, there might be consideration given by the province to allow for an exception to the rules.

In the end, council decided to set the date for a by-election on January 30th, but to also go back to Municipal Affairs and ask for a delay to April.

Council hopes to have an answer on the by-election question soon, to ensure enough lead time to put advertising and other pre-election tasks in motion.

If Municipal Affairs approves the delay, Council will meet again to rescind the January date, giving Oxford more time to prepare for the task of filling those two seats, and save approximately $5000, this fiscal year, by pushing the vote to April.

Meanwhile, they did settle one election tonight—the selection of Councillor Wade Adshade, a 16-year veteran of Oxford politics, as Deputy Mayor under new Mayor Greg Henley.

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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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