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New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

The new $2.198-million Pugwash Library will open its doors to the public on Monday.
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MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth...

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

The Protect Wentworth Valley Committee (PWV) will host another public meeting next weekend to press their concerns about the proposed mega wind project for Higgins Mountain.
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Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam says go back to bed for six more weeks of winter.
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Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

The Springhill Coal Miners dropped an important game before a home crowd on Saturday, as the visiting River Valley Lumberjacks skated to a 4-2 win.
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Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

The RCMP responded to shots fired within a Springhill apartment on Saturday.
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Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Big changes to garbage collection in Cumberland County are set for next year.
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Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

The provincial government is providing funding to help community organizations recruit and retain healthcare professionals, to the tune of just over $175 thousand dollars in Cumberland County, with Pugwash receiving $25 thousand and change. 
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Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

Local officials are concerned that senior governments are not moving quickly enough to ward off a catastrophe that is waiting to happen on the Isthmus of Chignecto.
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Carol Hyslop
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A Child’s Life on a School Bus

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

September is upon us once more and for most five year-olds (and some 4s) it is a time of great excitement, as they are to go to school for the first time.

This year, the educational system is starting the school year with many changes: no authoritative public representation in the system with the demise of school boards; principals classed as managers not teachers; and, in my area, a large, nearly new school building deemed unsafe for holding classes, causing students to be transported elsewhere for the time being.

One thing that has not changed is the method by which most children get to school — by bus. 

Since the time of the great consolidation of rural schools in the late 1950s the bus has played an important part in education.

Strange as it may seem, not a lot of thought has gone into how busing affects the learning ability of small children. It is not something you read about in the myriad studies and reports, that have been presented to government and released to the public in recent years.

In October 2014, a report entitled "Disrupting the Status Quo: Nova Scotians Demand a Better Future for Every Student" was released, which, on page 51, mentions the fact that physical activity helps learning and states: “we also recognize the unique roles that schools play in building awareness about healthy living through — encouraging students to walk or bike to school.” I found that a bit of a laugh when the department was, and is, continuing to close community based schools in rural areas and neighbourhood schools in towns, increasing the use of buses.

An Action Plan for Education called "The 3 Rs: Renew Refocus Rebuild" was released in 2015.  Again no mention of the time children spend on school buses. 

Physical health was referred to on page 31 where it is stated that "physical activity and nutrition have always been cornerstones of good health" and say "To support student health and wellness, we will create a framework to increase opportunities for physical activity throughout the school day."

The latest report "Raising the Bar" (2018), commonly known as the "Glaze Report", is all about administrative structure, organization and management. 

In the introduction, Ms. Glaze imagines sitting in a classroom of primary students on the first day of school. She wonders, "How can we help them thrive and succeed during their educational journey?" I would suggest we first ensure these children arrive at school rested, not hungry, and with dry bottoms. 

This is difficult when many five year-olds spend up to an hour (and increasingly beyond, due to continued school closures) on a bus to get to school. In this report the word 'transportation' is found on page 4 under 'areas of administration and operations' as part of the 'four areas of focus', on page 5 as something school boards must provide, page 35 under recommendation 13 in regards to extracurricular activities, and on page 39 under recommendation 20 referring to the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal. 

On page 41 Ms. Glaze comments, "It was important to see and hear the passion of the presenters as they made a strong case for a governance structure that puts students first.”  Any governance structure that submits five year-olds to up to (and over) two hours on a school bus, daily, is not putting students first.

In January 2015, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) produced a report entitled "Education on Wheels: Seizing Cost and Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Student Transportation" which, as stated, is about cost and efficiency, contains some interesting observations including this, on page 6, "Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, has urged policy-makers to look at the impact of school consolidation and busing on the health of children and youth." 

As the school year begins, the 'Big Yellow Bus' will be stopping for young children all over Nova Scotia. It would be a good thing if our new and improved Department of Education and Early childhood Development would look at a  basic, down to earth issue — the effect of prolonged bus time on the learning ability of young children. 

Carol Hyslop

Wentworth Valley


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Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

Saturday, February 4, 2023 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, featuring traditional East Coast music, airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, the week in review, is aired on the Six Rivers Radio Network every Sunday morning. Listen at 9:00.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:45 AM

Dr. Stephen Ellis, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester will be on Morning Talk every second Tuesday. Listen at 9:45.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:05 AM

Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, is on Morning Talk every Thursday. Listen at 9:05.

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Events This Week

Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 3:00 PM

Yoga is held every Sunday at 3 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, February 6, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Monday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Tuesday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM

The Pugwash Fire Department will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those 5 years and over. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 AM

The Wallace Community Centre will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those aged 5 and over. No appointment is necessary.

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