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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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Cumberland Wrestles with Cost of Waste Management
Bill Martin
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Cumberland Wrestles with Cost of Waste Management

County Council spent a large part of last night’s meeting discussing cost-cutting measures for waste management. Councillors are facing a number of proposals, but none are very popular with the decision makers.

Municipal Council has struggled with rising costs and indications from the province suggest new regulations are being considered that will only make matters worse.

County staff has reviewed the way solid waste management is offered to taxpayers. They report that regular garbage collection, special collections, and area transfer stations provide duplication of services that are also offered at the county landfill site at Little Forks.

Polling council, Warden Al Gillis asked for consensus on a series of options. Council did not agree with closing the transfer stations. They also said no to adding a fall version of the special spring clean-up collection. There was no consensus on countywide collection of organics, and certainly, no weekly green cart collection, not even as a summer measure for cottage dwellers.

The councillors did agree that those who use the transfer stations should pay for the service. That was the intention years ago, but the stations never did charge for the service because it would require expensive upgrades to be able to measure and collect tipping fees. The sites would require installation of weigh scales, electrical service, and internet service to allow patrons to use credit and debit cards. Council ruled out cash payments over safety concerns for a lone operator working off the beaten path with a simple cash box.

There was tentative agreement that an area tax rate could be levied in those districts that maintained a transfer station. That would place the operating burden for the Pugwash transfer station on the taxpayers in District 4, the area represented by the County Warden, Al Gillis.

The Warden said, “If it came to a question of opening or closing transfer stations, I would be in favour of closing them.”

The Deputy Warden, Joe van Vulpen from neighbouring District 3, warned that an area rate poses a heavy burden for local residents. He noted that outsiders dump for free while the district taxpayers cover the cost. Van Vulpen said, “If most of that is coming from other areas, we are unfairly charging a lot of people a lot of money through an area rate.”

It was clear that the area transfer stations are used by people who were never intended to have the service. People from Amherst, Colchester, and even New Brunswick are known to use the area dumps. Cumberland accepts building renovation waste in tonnage much great than the provincial average.

Council is also willing to consider a county-wide approach to solid waste management. Cumberland currently shares some waste management services with Amherst and Oxford. The County’s Chief Administrative Officer asked if council was willing to give complete waste management authority to Cumberland Joint Services Management which operates the county landfill and recycling operation at Little Forks. Council agreed it was worth discussion, noting that the two towns would also have to agree.

On an ominous note, most agreed that the Nova Scotia Government is considering major changes to regulations governing landfill operations and transfer stations. Stephen Rayworth, the manager of the county facility says if the province makes the changes they are considering, everything changes. Rennie Bugley, the county’s Chief Administrative Officer, says, “If the province makes the changes they are considering, they will make our decisions for us.

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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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