The Pictou Advocate - Archive for Opinion

By: The Pictou Advocate Newspaper  09-12-2011
Keywords: Publications

Posted on November 30, 2011 Peter MacKay

December 6 will be forever etched in the minds of Canadians as the day 14 innocent young women lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre. On that day in 1989, at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, a murderous rampage against innocent victims shocked our nation. It was an act of gender-based violence that targeted female students; the community’s daughters, sisters and friends. We need to remember the events of that day [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: It should not come as a shock to anyone that the long-awaited and much discussed governance study proposed for Pictou County will not proceed. The decision, as noted by Marilla Stephenson recently, “highlights the sort of conflict that continues to deny reasonable, thoughtful government to taxpayers in the region”. In essence, the six units could not reach agreement on the cost sharing of the study. So now [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: Last Sunday, I got a real surprise to hear Mr. Doug Freeman, the owner of East Coast Radio, announce that they are applying for a private radio station besides their own station. Public announcements are being made over his radio station. Last year I visited his local station to see why we have not heard anything about the $9.00 Ship Hector give away over his radio station. [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: While skimming through a book called Sand Castles, I noticed some important reading. I often make this same mistake in life, spending lots of time and energy building my own little “castle” and getting as much possessions as I can in life. It may all seem great to me to have and to own as much as I can, but in the end it’s like sand castles [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: I have some observations and opinions I wish to make known and while some might be rather blunt, it is not my intention to be rude to anyone. Please remember, I am only speaking for myself here. First, I want everyone to know – and honestly, I really mean it – that I believe the New Horizons group is a great organization; it is good for the [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: On November 16 I attended a showing of the film “Split-Estate” followed by a public discussion at the community centre in Scotsburn. This event was well attended. During the meeting several people expressed anger that their NDP government would consider such a project. In the film ordinary, intelligent and well informed people described the injury done to them and to their way of life in obvious contrast [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: We have recently heard several references to a “Governance Study” being conducted in Pictou County. My dictionary states that governance is the system or manner of governing. It means access to the best practices, training, publications and toolkits available. It has nothing to do with amalgamation, which is being hinted at. Part of a governing system is the responsibility of wise and prudent application of taxpayers money. [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

To the Editor: We take great pride in our town and with the Christmas season here, my wife and I have put away all of the summer and fall decor over the past couple of weeks. With all the good weather we have been putting up our Christmas lights and decor for the Christmas season and the birth of the Christ Child that we celebrate this time of the year. [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011

(This letter was sent to R. Nicholson, MP, Minister of Justice, Ottawa) Dear Mr. Nicholson: I have given a great deal of thought to the issues of policing in Canada, and the current controversies surrounding the RCMP. Justice in a democracy requires police forces which are accountable to the public, with members who are trained to be honest and forthright, and above reproach. It requires members who are trained to [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011

To the Editor: Last week sometime, a couple of persons took a 6 1/2 ft. lighthouse from our waterfront property in Abercrombie. This lighthouse belonged to a family member whom is decreased and was given to us for our property as a way of remembering him. Please return this in the same way in which you took it. The RCMP have been notified and will be looking out for this, [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011

To the Editor: I would like Greece to sell to a Western Culture; this is much better than a financial bailout and it would stop that foolishness. The European Union financial crisis would solve itself when the safety mechanism(s) fall into place and the laws of economics take over. I proved this last week with my personal finance. When a person realizes he cannot own everything, assets are either sold [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011

To the Editor: As many of you know, we have been trying without success to get Council to grant us a full property tax exemption as allowed under the Provincial Municipal Act. It is our position that we equally qualify the same as the Northumberland Fisheries Museum and the Hector Heritage Quay as we have been declared a non-profit organization by the province. It must be clearly understood, the issue [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011

To the Editor: Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. This provokes the media to expound on pro-environment and lamentations on global warming. This is proving to be a hard sell in some areas, but as a responsible citizen, I will now do my part to help and improve planet Earth. As I sit here, I hear a dog barking across the street. Good subject. Do American dogs, [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011

To the Editor: Although it’s often easier to remember those stories involving drug seizures in your community or even tragic accidents involving alcohol and other drugs, there is an underlying truth that is just now starting to see the light of day in publications across the world: the definite negative effects moderate alcohol use has on our individual health, our families’ health and our community’s health. As we await the [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011

To the Editor: As a town councillor I feel Pictou Town residents would be interested and should see some of the town work that takes place sort of behind the scenes. The list below covers the period Jan. 17, 2011 to the present and was done by Gary Hendsbee and Raymond MacPhail who both formerly worked at the Hector Quay. Gary and Raymond have proven to be extremely hard and [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011

Remembrance Day evokes images of sun, or cloud, or mist – and marches, music, roll calls and wreaths – and always outdoors. But storm-driven rain that forced this year’s services indoors did not dim the resolve of the thousands of people who attended ceremonies throughout Pictou County. Almost without exception, facilities bulged from capacity crowds. Cleary, there is a new desire these days among more people to observe Remembrance Day. [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011

To the Editor: Just a note for consumption or rejection. The imminent closure of Bowater-Mersey comes at a conspicuous timing: Just as another of their mills in Quebec has signed a contract that included concessions by the unionized employees. The old play one off against the other gambit – the handling of the Port Hawkesbury mill re: the sending of fibre not processed out of the province. The bringing together [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011

(The following is a letter sent to Premier Darrell Dexter and the three Pictou County MLAS on behalf of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce) Gentlemen, It’s the economy. A slightly edgier version of that brilliantly simple phrase helped focus a nation on addressing the problems created by the recession in the early ‘90s. And it’s a phrase Nova Scotia could easily adopt as its own. Yes, we have the [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011

To the Editor: Greenpeace revealed last week that another group of global customers of Canadian pulp mill owner and major paper manufacturer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) have cancelled contracts with the company. Among the latest companies to sever ties with APP is leading toy manufacturer Hasbro, who also just released a new progressive environmental policy. Other companies to recently commit to stop buying from the notorious Indonesian rainforest destroyer [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011

To the Editor: It certainly is heartening to hear of advances in ways to cure cancer. But what about prevention? One report, released this year (by DODE AC et al, found at www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv) is the result of a 10-year study that shows the definite relationship between living close (500 metres) to a cell phone tower and increased levels of deaths from cancer (breast, lung, stomach, pancreas, etc.) Our new telecommunications [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011

Fear has turned to grief-stricken reality for so many people in Pictou who hoped and prayed for Amber Kirwan’s safe return. Police confirmed Sunday that it was Kirwan’s body found the day before along the Heathbell Road, nearly a month after the 19-year-old went missing after leaving a bar in New Glasgow. Far too often, we’ve heard and read about news like this from afar. The stark, gritty truth now [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011

To the Editor: November 1-7 marks National Down Syndrome Awareness Week. Each year in Canada approximately 500 babies are born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by an extra chromosome 21. This extra chromosome causes cellular changes which leads to developmental delays, health problems and learning disabilities. Individuals with Down syndrome may face health complications beyond usual illnesses. Problems such as heart defects and gastrointestinal tract [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011

To the Editor: The current “Occupy” movement could be utilized, in a manner of speaking, to democratically occupy council seats in the six municipal units in Pictou County and effectively bring about amalgamation. Pictou County needs to act with one united voice; we need to move on amalgamation now. We do not need further study, we need action. The opportunity is coming in October 2012 but the planning must start [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011

To the Editor: Now from time to time we all like to hear a good joke, but this last one from the Dexter Government telling us that the three per cent cut back to health care will not affect patient care, well now, I must ask him to clarify just how that can be. For now, we have all the CEOs scratching their heads as to where they are going [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011

It has been a banner time for New Glasgow. The town unveiled seven signs that will adorn streets and roads that lead to the town during a ceremony Monday. It also displayed a national Communities in Bloom award that has raised the town’s profile in the eyes of communities represented at the CIB national convention that ended last weekend in Quebec City. The response by the town’s delegates to the [..]

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