2016 year in review…

A lot of big news stories made headlines this past year – the biggest probably being the United States electing Donald Trump as president. Pictou County had its own share of big stories in 2016: a proposed memorandum of understanding between four of the six municipal units, the welcoming of a number of Syrian refugee...

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Working towards a better Pictou County

To the Editor: Now that the municipal elections are over and the new councils in Pictou County are being sworn in to begin a four-year term it is worthy to note that the end of this term will be in the year 2020. As many will be aware, 2020 was the name chosen by the...

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Pictou Positive working towards brighter future

PICTOU – The last year has seen a lot of negativity and uncertainty in regards to the county’s future. A group of people in Pictou have decided the unknown is not good enough and are working together to create a positive Pictou. Camille Daivdson of the Stone Soup Cafe, along with Troy Greencorn of the...

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Decision to not re-offer was a good one

To the Editor: I salute Mayor Barrie MacMillan, Mayor Joe Hawes and councillor James Turple who, following the May 28 no vote did not re-offer in the upcoming elections. Considering the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer’s dollars lost by the MOU adventure, which was not part of their last council’s election mandate, their decision to...

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After the NO vote

To the Editor: It’s been 100 days, more or less, since Pictou County residents overwhelmingly rejected amalgamation. We were told by the MOU committee and other YES supporters that amalgamation was the only path forward for our county. Yet, in little more than 100 days, the County has seen a number of positive changes. Two...

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MOU expenses report prompts questions

PICTOU – A final report on MOU expenses prompted more questions about the process at a recent meeting of Pictou County Municipal Council. Copies of the report on what was spent by the steering committee that considered the memorandum of understanding were distributed at council’s monthly meeting on August 2. Coun. Robert Parker said the...

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MOU application dismissed

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has made its decision to dismiss the amalgamation application submitted by the towns of Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of the County of Pictou. In April, the board determined amalgamation was in the best interests of residents of this area, however, the final decision was based,...

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MOU application dismissed

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has dismissed the amalgamation application submitted by the towns of Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou and the Municipality of the County of Pictou. In April, the board determined that amalgamation was in the best interests of residents of this area; however, the final decision was based, in part, on...

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MOU vote shows people fear change

To the Editor: We were returning from Halifax last night and came upon the Pictou County welcome sign on Mt. Thom. “Forward Together,” it said. The irony was brutal! Someone in the car suggested a big, “NOT!”, should be added. Or maybe a total change to, “Staying right where we are, together.” It makes you...

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Little to show for MOU quest

A mission to amalgamate four municipal units in Pictou County has ended with neither a bang nor a whimper. The overarching sentiment is to consign to a footnote in history the memorandum of understanding that included the Municipality of Pictou County and the towns of New Glasgow, Pictou and Stellarton. Within a week, Pictou County...

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