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Wednesday, February 21, 2024 9:00 AM

Listen to Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05. Click HERE for our online player. Click HERE for our direct player.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 10:45 AM

Listen to Oxford Mayor Greg Henley on Morning Talk every Wednesday at 10:45. Click HERE to listen to our online player. Click HERE to listen to our direct player.
Thursday, February 22, 2024 9:00 AM

Listen to Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, on Morning Talk every Thursday at 9:05. Click HERE to listen to our online player. Click HERE to listen to our direct player.
Thursday, February 22, 2024 1:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 22, 2024 7:00 PM

Bingo is held at the Wentworth Recreation Centre every Thursday at 7 PM.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 8:00 PM

Listen to Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, traditional East Coast Music, with Eric MacEwen, Saturdays at 8 pm. Click HERE for our online player. Click HERE for our direct player.
Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:00 PM

Join Hope Centre Zoom-in for a live Q&A about the morning message at Hope Centre Online. Zoom-in is held every Sunday at 2 pm. Click HERE to join.

Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:00 PM

Listen to a replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen, every Sunday at 2 pm on. Click HERE for our online player. Click HERE for our direct player.
Monday, February 26, 2024 8:00 PM

Pickleball and Basketball played every Monday from 8 to 9 pm at the OREC gym in Oxford. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 1:00 PM

The Oxford Seniors Club (31 Ellis Street) will host a Coffee House from 1 to 3 pm every Tuesday. All Are Welcome.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 6:00 PM

Women's Pickle Ball is played every Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

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Cumberland Considers a County Makeover
Bill Martin
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Cumberland Considers a County Makeover

Cumberland wants to "Clear the Deck" and rethink the structure of the county hoping for one home instead of three.

The Municipality of Cumberland, a once sprawling, rural, yet significant piece of Nova Scotia real estate was transformed a few years ago into something new when the towns of Springhill and Parrsboro gave up their status and presented their assets and liabilities to the county.

It was the result of the dissolution of Springhill (2015) and Parrsboro (2016), like adult children returning home with their new families in tow.

In less than 24 months, the Municipality of Cumberland went from being a completely rural municipality, providing services from one location, to a hybrid rural/urban municipality providing services like water and sanitary sewer utilities, year-round street and sidewalk maintenance, and recreation facilities, all from three widely decentralized service locations. 

Fast forward a couple of years and you find a struggling Cumberland trying to make the new and larger family work while the province, like the in-laws, scarcely visit or provide the supports promised during the transition.

Fast forward another few years—to this afternoon—when Cumberland approved a plan to “Clear the Deck”, a kind of let’s rethink this municipality as if we were starting from scratch.

The county’s chief administrative officer, Greg Herrett, says the $310,000 project aims to complete the transition of the municipality to one, fully integrated, municipal unit serving all its communities as effectively and efficiently as possible.

The Municipality of Cumberland continues to operate three separate and distinct public works facilities and three administrative offices. While everyone is now reasonably comfy at home, the county is still not one, fully integrated, municipal unit.

The dissolution of the former towns were both completed on tight timelines—Springhill because of the financial situation it was facing and Parrsboro due to urgent infrastructure concerns. 

Herrett suggests the current circumstances present a unique opportunity to clear the deck and start afresh. 

The municipal elections in 2020 returned a completely new council with a mandate for change. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, council wishes to explore the optimal operational and financial configuration of the municipality. 

The Clear the Deck project will review:

  • service centre locations 
  • delivery of public works service 
  • area rates and revenue structure 
  • harmonization of sewer and water rates across the municipality
  • harmonization of policies and bylaws, and 
  • creation of a new capital asset financing policy which will guide council as it considers how to fund new projects going forward with a “one municipality” mindset 

Mayor Murray Scott said, “We are the Municipality of Cumberland, not the municipalities of Cumberland and I am so pleased that we are moving forward with this project”. 

The Province of Nova Scotia, under a former government, was criticised in the dissolution process for not fulfilling its promises to make the transition seamless and revenue neutral. The current government is providing $232,500, seventy-five percent of the project cost.

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