Priming the pumps

Insulin pump funding scale needs adjusting   The story of a student at A.G Baillie school who, with her family, was hosting a penny parade to fund the girl’s new insulin pump has stuck with Tammy MacLaren. The New Glasgow resident was shocked when she heard that there was no funding for insulin pumps and...

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Ship Hector Society looking to make waves in Nova Scotia tourism

Rejuvenation of Hector Heritage Quay Site to increase visitor traffic The new year is full of promise for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector Heritage Quay site...

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MacLeod credits family, community, with success

STELLARTON – Lisa MacLeod’s parents did not want her to move to Ottawa all those years ago. But she did it anyway. She did not have a place to live. What she did have was a student loan, a car loan, $200 in her pocket. And a whole lot of moxy. She has not looked...

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Cabinet changes, deputy appointed

Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to the Executive Council (cabinet) today, July 5. Chuck Porter, MLA for Hants West, joins the cabinet as Minister of Municipal Affairs. Derek Mombourquette, MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier, has been appointed Minister of Energy and Mines. The geoscience and mining division of the former Department of Natural Resources will transfer...

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Widow wants changes to EI benefits

A Westville woman wants to change how the government issues EI benefits to terminally ill Canadians. It’s an ordeal Kathy MacNaughton witnessed first hand. In 2014, her common-law spouse, David Fraser, died at age 50 following an eight-month battle with esophageal cancer. When Fraser’s health status changed to terminal, Employment Insurance benefits became sick benefits,...

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Red tape week worthy of note

Reducing red tape is like atonement: it never ends. Of all the weeks set aside to mark historical or significant events or causes, Red Tape Awareness Week during the week of January 23 may not excite many of us. It is, however, an important observance given the oft-cited need for it by businesses and individuals...

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Citizens call on Liberals to live up to election promises about electoral reform

On December 1 at noon, all across the country, citizens descended upon their MP’s offices to request that the Liberal government live up to its election promise to study and legislate electoral reform. In Pictou County, they showed up at Sean Fraser’s constituency office in New Glasgow and across the province they were at Darren...

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Receiver, gov’t need to act on Trenton Works

To the Editor: The plant in Trenton, better known as Trenton Works, has been shut down for a good number of months now.  After DSME wind power towers went into receivership and Pricewater-houseCoopers are looking after bankruptcy at this time. The way I see it now, the receivers are dragging their feet as there is...

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Easier access to heating assistance

Changes are being made to the Heating Assistance Rebate Program that will make it easier and faster for people to apply for and receive their rebate. The 2016-17 program will begin accepting applications on Monday, Oct. 31 and feature a new online application system and direct deposit option. Eligible applicants can receive up to a...

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MP talks local issues at meeting

NEW GLASGOW – Healthcare, highway twinning and small businesses were the focus of a discussion that took place Monday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. MP Sean Fraser hosted a Town Hall Community Consultation Session to get a feel for the issues constituents in Central Nova and in particular, Pictou County are experiencing. The...

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