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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

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Catastrophe Awaits on Chignecto Isthmus

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RCMP Issue Alert Warning

RCMP Issue Alert Warning

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RCMP Issue Alert Warning

The RCMP used the alert system just before 6:00 o’clock last evening to warn of a dangerous situation in Maccan.
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Cumberland's New Emergency Department

Cumberland's New Emergency Department

Cumberland's New Emergency Department

Cumberland's New Emergency Department

The emergency department at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst will reopen in its newly renovated space on Tuesday, February 14th. 
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Aggressive Action for Emergency Care

Aggressive Action for Emergency Care

Aggressive Action for Emergency Care

Aggressive Action for Emergency Care

Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health announced new initiatives today to ease the burden on emergency rooms across the province.
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Oxford eVote Wins, Budget Still in Limbo
Mark Rushton
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Oxford eVote Wins, Budget Still in Limbo

Oxford Town Council's regular monthly meeting last evening looked at two main issues... setting this year's operating budget, and deciding whether to embrace electronic voting.

With an election set for October, Council had been looking at its options for getting the vote counted in the time of coronavirus. 

Concerns over having people coming to the polls while social distancing is in effect prompted the look at an alternative voting method. With Halifax Regional Municipality engaging Intelivote Systems Incorporated for their upcoming elections, Oxford and other municipalities were given the option to get in on the deal, which promises to offer certain cost savings as well.

Town staff costed the options for internet and telephone voting versus traditional paper ballots, and a hybrid system including both methods. In the end, Council decided this October's election will be conducted over the phone and on the internet.

Details of the plan and how it will work will be shared with voters in the coming months.

The COVID-19 crisis is causing another headache for Oxford Town Council, as it ponders a draft budget presented last evening. Councillors are looking at ways to ensure the town's bills get paid and core services continue.

With all recreation programming currently suspended in Oxford, the town's recreation director resigned his post to pursue other opportunities. Activities in the fall are uncertain as a second wave of the virus is predicted. Council plans to keep the arena closed for the season.  

Chief Administrative Officer Rachel Jones told councillors it would be difficult to put money and effort into opening the arena only to have the province shut down all public events again with another outbreak.

Mayor Trish Stewart says since the town can't know right now whether the arena would be permitted to open in the fall, saving the money that would be used for staff and operations can help to pay off this year's deficit and put the town in a better position to resume activities in the new year. 

Stewart noted that recreation is an important part of the town's service. She says, “In this time of uncertainty and without the OK from the province, it is not possible for the town to run recreation programs this summer. Other than organized sports, people could take the opportunity to visit our local trails, beaches and waterfalls within our province. Go fishing, plant a garden, ride a bike. There is much to do and see.” 

The mayor added, “Although it is very difficult for the town not have these programs available to us right now, it also gives us the opportunity to do something different than what we would normally do.”

Councillors are taking the rest of the week to think about how the budget should address the increased costs and reduced revenues relating to this public health crisis. 

They are tasked with checking with their constituents before returning to council chambers next Monday evening for a special meeting to approve the budget for the year ahead.

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Peter Ewert

I am a hometown Haligonian but I have lived all over the Province. I envy the towns and villages in the Province as they should have the least chance of a serious outbreak, have the least amount of debt burden and are less

likely to increase property taxes to cover debts and expenses.

Halifax is burdened with a Transit system no one wants to use, no university students spending downtown, no cruise ship passengers keeping souvenir vendors employed on the waterfront, no tourists ,no conventions, fewer commuters...Yet the municipal HRM politicians spend like drunken sailors. We pay for a convention centre no one will use. We pay for goddamn bike lanes no one uses. We pay full pay to HRM Councillors and management and cut garbage, cops and firemen? The HRM still stooge for hi density developers even though no bank would touch these 'visions'. Soon , very soon, there will be an election and a reckoning at the polls

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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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 9:05 AM

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

Thursday, February 2, 2023 9:05 AM

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

Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:45 AM

Pastor Mark Collins, faith leader, is on Morning Talk every Thursday at 10:45.

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.

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

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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.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:00 AM

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 2, 2023 1:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 2, 2023 7:00 PM

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

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.

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