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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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RCMP Issue Alert Warning

RCMP Issue Alert Warning

RCMP Issue Alert Warning

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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Silence Floods Pugwash Water System

When will the water flow in the Pugwash Water Utility? At this point, who cares?

The damage is done. Public confidence has been dashed and those in charge have expended all credibility.

For over a year the constant refrain was, “We’re on time and under budget.” It was a refreshing chorus, even if, for some, it stretched credulity.

Lately, there has been a deafening silence from the county, the owners of the water utility. The officials at the helm of the project have stopped talking. Perhaps they subscribe to the old adage that no news is good news, but when it comes to public officials administering a public project, no news a crisis makes.

There was no shortage of public comment when the project began digging into the streets of the village. Elected officials were all smiles amid their bows and curtsies. Municipal staff were bubbling over with expectation and had no hesitation in facing the cameras and microphones.

But as time dragged on, the excuses became more vague and the candidates for interviews joined the list of endangered species.

The last word from the engineer heading the project was, “If all goes as we hope, we’ll have water this Friday, if not, then next week.” Both those deadlines came and went, weeks ago, and so did the engineer. Phone calls went straight to his message machine, and colleagues said he was on vacation.

The Warden of the county, the councillor who represents and lives in Pugwash, says they are working nights and weekends to get the water system online. That suggests under budget is likely gone too, and we all know that “on time” was lost over a year ago.

If it was just a simple matter of being overdue, it might not hurt like it does. But, it is not just tardiness, it is the sense of being abandoned.

There will be no repercussions for those who failed us, no penalty for the contractors. 

There will be no adjustment for the local improvement charge, that $4,000 invoice that hangs over every property owner who fronts the water system, a bill that will no doubt arrive the day after the first drop of water.

There is no offer to make amends to those whose water is currently unfit for consumption. They are simply to assume better late than never.

Property owners all along the system have gone to great expense and trouble to install lateral lines to receive water in their homes. Now, having done what was asked of them, they wait, listening for a break in the silence.

County officials may indeed be burning the midnight oil to complete the project, but can we be certain? Those same officials who publicly pronounced their pleasure with the project, when the news was good, have disappeared since the news soured.

Cumberland could learn a lot from their neighbouring community of Oxford. That town has shown us how to respond when the going gets tough. 

Faced with a mysterious and massive catastrophe at Lion’s Park, the town offered daily updates on the sinkhole crisis. Some days they had news to give, but on most days they simply advised that little had happened since the previous report.

Oxford chose to inform its citizens even though the news was bad. They answered all the questions they could, and they subdued the gossip machine in the process.

Oxford faced adversity and faced the music, earning the gratitude and respect of their taxpayers.

Cumberland officials need to learn that being in charge means you deal with the good and the bad. Basking in the glory when things are good is easy. Dealing openly with bad news and crisis is the hallmark of leadership.

We have stopped waiting for Cumberland to display that kind of leadership.

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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.

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.

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Events This Week

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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