Howie Dunbar new police chief in Westville

UPDATE with comment from Coun. Charlie Sutherland WESTVILLE – Town council has approved its new police chief. Staff Sgt. Howie Dunbar was named to the post at council’s regular meeting on Monday. His appointment is effective on January 1, 2020. He will replace Don Hussher, whose term officially ends on December 31. Acting Mayor Lennie...

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Roger MacKay resigns as mayor of Westville

WESTVILLE – Town council will have a special item on its agenda on Monday following the resignation of Roger MacKay as mayor. MacKay announced his decision late on Monday on a Facebook post to leave elected politics. Deputy Mayor Lennie White, who has chaired council in MacKay’s absence, said council will discuss next steps about...

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Group offering options to open pit coal mining

WESTVILLE — A group of citizens opposed to open pit coal exploration and mining has offered an alternative way to remediate the land. Cowan Street resident Clarrie MacKinnon, a member of the concerned citizens committee, told town council recently that his group plans to invite an official from the Ecology Action Centre to council’s next...

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Westville hires new town CAO

WESTVILLE – Linda Brown is Westville’s new chief administrative officer. Deputy Mayor Lennie White read an announcement at town council on Monday confirming her appointment as CAO. She begins work on September 9. Her professional background includes 15 years in municipal government. She was for the past nine years the CAO/clerk and treasurer and emergency...

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Citizens criticize council’s position

WESTVILLE — Residents of Westville remain frustrated with town council’s position regarding a possible coal mining operation near Cowan Street. Pioneer Coal, which has been conducting an open pit coal mining operation for years in Stellarton, has applied to extract coal from an area in Westville that borders Cowan Street and would encroach on a...

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Westville mayor granted leave of absence

WESTVILLE – Town council has given Mayor Roger MacKay a three-month leave of absence. Council approved MacKay’s request for the leave from July 29 to October 31 at its regular meeting on Monday. MacKay asked for it in light of his candidacy in the federal election in October. He won the nomination in a four-way...

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