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County Wind Energy Pause Concerns Mi’kmaq

There was an ominous tone in a letter tabled yesterday at Cumberland County Council.

The letter, from Terry French, represented the Mi’kmaq interest in a wind energy proposal in Westchester, now put on pause by the county.

French noted that council opens its meetings with an acknowledgement that Cumberland is in the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, then goes on to say, “It would seem only proper to reach out to Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq before considering a pause” on the Westchester wind project in which the 13 Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq First Nations are equity owners. 

French said, “We ask that you give serious consideration to the fact that your municipality is within Mi'kma'ki, and that your seeking, even if indirectly, to prevent Mi'kmaq from using the resources of their territorial lands will not help achieve Reconciliation.” 

French noted that Natural Forces, a partner in the Westchester project, had already objected to the delay and he added, “We are in compete agreement.” 

The letter reminds council that the partners “have been paying municipal taxes since 2012 on one project and on our project since 2017. The economic spinoffs to the Cumberland area during construction, while only a one time occurrence, were significant and the ongoing goods and service consumed in the day to day operations certainly contribute to the local economy through small businesses, land owners' rental and the municipality.” 

Council accepted the letter, for information, and suggested there will be lots of opportunity for dialogue during public hearings on the review of the county’s wind energy bylaw.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 12:00 AM

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

Friday, December 2, 2022 9:45 AM

Ryan Reynolds, coach of the Springhill Coal Miners will be on Morning Talk to chat about the maiden season in the Beausejour Senior Hockey League. Listen at 9:45.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 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, December 4, 2022 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, December 4, 2022 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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 9:05 AM

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

Thursday, December 8, 2022 9:05 AM

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

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Events This Week

Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM

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

Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM

The Oxford Area Lionettes are holding Christmas at the Park, a Quiche & Dessert Cafe & Craft Sale at Trinity United Church.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 3:00 PM

The Peace Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash is hosting Chase the Ace every Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, December 4, 2022 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, December 4, 2022 3:00 PM

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

Monday, December 5, 2022 10:00 AM

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:00 PM

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

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