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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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Bill Martin
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Oxford Not Prepared for Hurricane Dorian

The recent power outages associated with Hurricane Dorian have revealed how unprepared our communities are for times of emergency.

Oxford Town Council noted great confusion about who could offer comfort during a prolonged blackout. The Oxford Lions Club was the town’s official comfort station, selected partly because it is located in an area not as prone to flooding as elsewhere in the community. Of course, the Lions Club is now permanently closed thanks to the on-going threat of the sinkhole on its Parkland property.

Hurricane Dorian demonstrated the need but the extended power interruption tied the hands of churches and other facilities that could not provide comfort services.

It was an echo of the conversation a day earlier at the Pugwash Village Commission. While the Legion and the Firehall are commonly expected to provide emergency services, neither could offer comfort during Dorian’s outage.

The Emergency Measures Coordinator for Cumberland County (EMO) admitted that much could be learned from the recent experience. Mike Johnson says he hopes to get together with area fire departments to plan for what most believe is the next big storm. Most agree that comfort stations must have emergency generators sufficient to provide heat, light, recharging facilities, hot drinks and basic food.

The situation in Oxford is made worse by low lying areas that are prone to flooding. Wade Adshade says the town needs to consider two locations, one on either side of the river as there are times when people can be stranded on one side or the other.

Dawn Thompson noted the recent hurricane isolated parts of the town with washouts on Kolbec and Roslin Roads, along with flooded streets in the downtown core.

Acting Mayor Rick Draper says flooding is a serious concern and that people could be trapped in the business area on Main Street. However, Rachel Jones, the town’s Chief Administrative Officer, suggested the warning system should motivate people to get out of troubled areas before they are sealed off by floodwaters.

Jones is going to gather information and bring recommendations to council in November.

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David McLeod

Of equal concern in Oxford was the fact the water was not potable because the power outage affected the chlorine treatment plant. Residents without electricity needed to boil their water before drinking or giving to pet but there was no way to communicate this warning. This same issue with the plant occurred during the last power outage and no one has explained why a generator was not installed at the plant.


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kurt fischer

I agree with David Macleod about the water treatment in Oxford and also about the back up power for the chlorine treatment plant. So my question is why is the Town of Oxford prepared to give the trail Assn. up to $2500.00 for trail repair when we could use that money for a generator?


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Rick Draper

The town is in the process of getting quotes for a generator for the chlorination system. The estimated cost is 6-8 thousand dollars.

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