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New Glasgow town councillor and New Glasgow Regional Police Service commissioner Jack Lewis and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay discuss the Cougar armoured vehicle acquired by the New Glasgow department recently at a short showcase on Sunday.

The vehicle will be used by the emergency response team (ERT) to better protect the public and ensure officer safety in dangerous situations.

The department applied a year ago for one of the cougar vehicles from the Department of National Defence through the system for disposable assets. The vehicle was used in the Balkans and Somalia and no money was exchanged in this acquisition, according to MacKay.

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  • Steve Wildesmith
    November 11, 2014 - 15:43

    militarization of the police is not only incredibly destructive, it's also very dangerous. Police are not like trained like the military, they do not have the same approach to the deployment of force...fools be those who militarize the civilian police force.

  • Graham Huckin
    August 30, 2014 - 22:44

    Yup. Whenever I think about the world's trouble spots, New Glasgow is right up there with the Balkans and Somalia.

    • Leo Landry
      September 04, 2014 - 10:54

      Well, there are a lot of Scottish descendants in New Glasgow, you know!!! I've been there! It's a hotbed of...? of...? Hmmm? Well, let's let it rest at that! This is so silly. Militarization of civilian police. Oh, I know, a hotbed of boiled lobster!!! HA!

  • Graham Huckin
    August 30, 2014 - 22:43

    Yup. Whenever I think about the world's trouble spots, New Glasgow is right up there with the Balkans and Somalia.

  • Hugh
    August 28, 2014 - 11:59

    While it's been long understand that a nations military should not operate within its own borders, this ultimately becomes the gateway for getting around this. And unfortunately, an over reaction to everything will continue the march toward even greater level of armaments. The level of paranoia and the belief that our everyday society is that bad (that leads to this type of decision) is sad. There will always be some crime in any society but which is worse....dealing with it as a social issue or as a something from which a tactical, military (style) public demonstration of force should be planned?

  • nick
    August 27, 2014 - 14:05

    This is exactly what is being criticized in Ferguson, where it has been revealed that police forces in that city and across the USA have been slowly militarizing. What kind of message does this send to the population? That the police are absolute, indisputable, and hardened enforcers of the law? This image antagonizes, forces people into good and evil. It's a shame to see this happening in Canada, especially in such a small town as New Glasgow. Ai..

  • Kris McCann
    August 25, 2014 - 14:19

    When you have a shiny new hammer, a lot of things start to resemble nails.

  • No Militarized Police
    August 20, 2014 - 20:13

    Why on earth does a police department, especially one in a small town, think they need a Cougar to "better protect the public in dangerous situations"? The police are not the military...this is just one more step towards a fascist police state.

    • Trevor grohs
      August 21, 2014 - 15:10

      Because cop are getting killed in record numbers!!!! What happened in Moncton ? It's just a tool to protect the cops in very dangerous situations

  • Jimmy Dean
    April 01, 2013 - 02:30

    FYI The Cougar is fitted with a FV101 Scorpion Light Tank Turret. So in a way it IS part tank. It will get AT BEST 6 to 8 kilometers per gallon of diesel. It should have a range of 600 Kilometers. It is a light armoured personnel carrier and support vehicle. They are very good with IED's, or explosives. The engine is a drop in replacement used in commercial trucks, so parts for the engine are NOT a problem. Other parts may be, BUT it's unlikely to break often because it's built like a tank and it won't be used very often. Hopefully. If it is used often taxpayers are going to have a HUGE fuel bill. Will drivers need special licenses? These are huge, 22,000 lbs. Not fast, but they can go highway speed, and they DON"T stop on a dime. Nor do they handle well at highway speed. They drive, unsurprisingly, like a wheeled tank. And FYI, some tanks do have wheels. This, is for all intent and purpose a tank. Yes, technically it's an armoured personnel carrier, but for civilian use, it might as well be a tank. It weighs as much as a light tank. It has a tank turret on it. It has a cannon. It has a machine gun. It has armoured optics. If it walks like a duck... BTW, these are also able to float in water. So if some Bond villain comes to New Glasgow, Canada, We've got it covered. Oh, and finally, I want one too. It'd make a great camping vehicle. No more noisy neighbors. Well, not for long, anyways.

    • Michael Ranger
      August 28, 2014 - 00:22

      Trevor grohs have you ever seen inside a cougar? if you did then you would know that without the 76 a cougar is completely useless in combat the cougar has a crew of 5, driver, gunner, commander and 2 swampers, to get out of the vehicle the driver, gunner & commander climb out of there respective hatches and drop off the sides to the ground, the 2 swampers are on a little 2 man seat in the very back behind the turret basket with the fuel tank and ammo storage bins, the door they have to get out is tiny, NO way to get out fast as the door is very heavy and hinged to swing CLOSED when not held! Now if they had been given a Grizzly it would have made sense the Grizz is an APC, it is wide open in the back with seats for 9 troops, very large doors that swing open when unlatched allowing the troops to exit rapidly. also it said in another article it said one of the tasks the Cougar FSV would be used for was emergency extraction of injured unless you turn a stretcher on its side it will not fit through the door, and it can not be put in far enough to close the door.

    • Michael Ranger
      August 28, 2014 - 00:31

      Jimmy Dean correct on many points off on a couple, the Cougar is an FSV (fire support vehicle) it does not carry troops, all personal on board are crew, the AVGP's came in 3 models: Cougar, Grizzly which is the APC, and the Husky ARV, (armoured recovery vehicle) the Husky and the Grizz will swim, it is HIGHLY unsafe to swim a cougar, the AVGP chassis was designed for a max loaded weight of 9 tons as you noted the cougar weighs 11. back in the early development when GM was the licenced builder two test operators were drowned in port stanley after that GM banned all farther swims, DND also had a couple capsize and we were prohibited from swiming them to, and after swimming a husky and seeing how little freeboard it had I never felt the need to swim a cougar.

  • db cooper
    March 07, 2013 - 07:17

    this veicle is made for crowd control , didnt anyone notice that arround all the bases and militia bases they are erecting watch towers / gunners towers , you know the same kind they have at concentration camps and prisions and detention centers, i believe they are setting up to make detention centers out of military bases ! if you ask me they are expecting civil unrest , its happening all over north america !

  • Seriously?
    March 06, 2013 - 19:57

    What a bunch of idiots! It's embarrassing.

  • SMH
    March 06, 2013 - 17:57

    Coming from a military person, just wait until they get all 11 tonnes of it stuck in muck, or forget to put the plugs in and it sinks :) how much is it going to cost for a special heavy lift to be brought in to get it out? will they be hiring more people for training or more people hired that know how to use it and maintain it? a little over the top for town cops, they are not even rcmp.. leave the military equipment to the military

  • jermaine
    March 06, 2013 - 17:30

    i think they gave it to the ngpd so all u nuts can have somthing to talk about.... thanks enjoyed reading all the comments!!!

  • Freaking Crazy
    March 06, 2013 - 11:41

    Why in the world does New Glasgow need a military armoured vehicle for?! Halifax would have been a bit easier to swallow, but New Glasgow, Really? This just shows what kind of mentally we have running the area, no wonder people are moving out of there like crazy. How much is it going to cost to keep this vicious toy? I bet she isn't the best for fuel economy either for all this 'practicing' ie playing. Maybe it is something for Peter to go driving around it in parades? There is no need for such a ridiculous item that will only come with a big price tag for gas and upkeep and repairs.. plus NG, your really reinforcing the worst place to live mentally out there..your still making us look STUPID...

  • Smoke and mirrors
    March 06, 2013 - 09:19

    The RCMP have had them for at least 10 years.....I used to see them training at Aldershot with them they had 2or 3 ........but they upgraded to a much more modern multi-capable armoured vehicle ...........It is an asset for NGRP that may sit around for a long time like the old armourd Brink's truck they had.....but will be good for training ..Forming the NGRP encompassing all the towns was done because they are afraid that the RCMP may be asked to give a quote to police the entire County...They are The Pictou County Police.....and come fully equipped.....Once they Regionalize and try to take the County they will want pay parity with Halifax along with all the bells and whistles...the Mounties already have .......Policing is expensive........

  • Formerly from NG
    March 05, 2013 - 20:49

    Don't recall all the details but didn't, a number of years ago, the NGPS/ERT acquire an armoured Brinks truck for something like a dollar, for emergencies? Never saw it again, what ever happened to it?

  • REALLY
    March 05, 2013 - 19:44

    The Harbour Hopper would have been better than this.

  • Gen. George Patton
    March 05, 2013 - 08:41

    I can't stop laughing... glad I live in the County.

    • Formerly from NG
      March 05, 2013 - 20:38

      Don't recall all the details but didn't, a number of years ago, the NGPS/ERT buy an armoured car/ Brinks truck? to use for S.W.A.T. events? What ever happened to that?

  • A Local
    March 05, 2013 - 06:13

    Wow some of you people are so*me narrow minded. VERY narrow. Educate yourself on a subject before you try to enlighten us. Most of you are showing it. -Something to do with EI changes? Really.. - I agree with fix the hospital. Let tear it down and not have one period. See how long it takes everyone on here to decide what to do with the excess money that is killing people. - "" worst place to live in Canada & Bath Salts capital of Canada... this is really helping to live up to the reputation! "" So obviously we should have less cops/RCMP. Cause to many would mean we are dangerous and less is better? - ""Un-F-ing-Believable"" Technically we are fighting nobody. So why should we need any law enforcement. You people just can't see the world changing. It is just merely another tool that may be needed someday. But hey better to not have it and then need it someday, cause then you people wouldn't have something else to have another UN-educated opinion on. You are sitting in your house with your young daughter/son. The power has been out all day as you have just witnessed the largest snow storm in recent NS history. The power has been out since last night. You decide to go outside to check the gas in the small generator you bought at the local crappy tire to keep your refrigerator running. After you return inside, you find your young daughter/son on the floor unresponsive. Panic runs through your body... You frantically dial 911. “SOMETHINGS WRONG WITH MY CHILD PLEASE SEND HELP!!!” “We're Sorry sir/mam, we can't send anybody to your residence. The emergency response vehicles can't get through the snow and the local plow trucks are hours away” ( most likely trying to get the EI office or something open ). . . After seconds feel like hours, there is a new voice on phone. “Mam/Sir this is Staff Sergeant X. We are going to send our Cougar armoured vehicle to you. It's a 6 wheeled, multi-terrain vehicle capable of operating in deep snow. Vehicles like this have been used in many larger cities like Edmonton since 2007. We are very proud to have it.” The "tank" comes and gets your child and delivers him/her to the hospital HOURS before an ambulance could. The doctors discover your child has had a febrile seizure and would not have survived without getting to the hospital on time. Yup. Good thing we should never need this "tank"since we live in a perfect world and nothing happens here. **

    • Silent Nomore
      March 06, 2013 - 13:24

      "A Local" - you should educate yourself before being so critical. The Canadian government bought these "Cougars" in the 70s, refurbished them in '99 to try to reduce the operating costs. Finally last year, when they realized they were too expensive to operate anymore the government decided to give them away. Someone in NGPS, after educating themselves about as much as you did, applied for one. So now we have an 11 ton (22,000 pound) armoured personnel carrier designed to protect against mines and IEDs when patrolling battlefields with a 72mm gun (3 inch thick bullet) and the capacity to fire four tear gas canisters at once. It takes three well trained people just to operate it and there are only a hundred of them left in Canada so replacement parts are made, not bought. And you think it's a good idea to have one around just in case my kid has a febrile seizure in the middle of the largest snow storm in provincial history? If you think this thing is "free" you're dreaming. There are far more pressing priorities for our scarce tax dollars. This thing should be donated to the Pictou County Military Museum before a single dollar is wasted on it.

    • flib
      March 06, 2013 - 16:07

      WOW!!! Assides from white Juan and one other memorable snowfall in the past ten years I think your scenario is a little far fetched. Most Honda civics can make it through town during our worst snow storms. Pretty sure the intended use of this vehicle does not include driving patients to the hospital during your apocolyptic imaginary snow storms.

    • Wowzers
      March 07, 2013 - 06:17

      WOW great story! When did that happen?

  • wake up
    March 04, 2013 - 20:36

    Wake up People!!!! IT'S FREE!!!! YES, FREE!!!

    • George
      March 05, 2013 - 17:59

      The vehicle may be FREE. Upkeep and training is not. Based on the ctv interview of sgt bannerman it sounds like a big ego for a small town police agency " if the RCMP can get surplus vehicles, why can't we". Boys and toys!!!

    • Sigh
      March 06, 2013 - 09:39

      Sorry Wake Up; but you need to take your finger off the snooze button. It's not free. There are now training and maintenance costs budgets will have to absorb that were not there before.

    • Tired
      March 06, 2013 - 12:29

      Sorry, but nothing is FREE, there is cost to run it, upkeep, repairs, fuel alone will be a big deal, plus a garage etc. Just a waste of time and money playing around with a big boy toy in a little farty rural area. They said they never had a need for it before, could not recall a time where it would have come in handy, so why now? Strange and costly, this place is getting weirder by the day.

  • think ahead
    March 04, 2013 - 18:46

    ...maybe they'll get an opportunity to use it if there's ever trouble at the new jail in Coalburn...might not even seem that ridiculous in that event...

  • Matt roddick
    March 04, 2013 - 18:33

    If there not going to pave the roads in Pictou County then this is just what they needed to drive around in. They'll spend less money fixing the cop cars. Also would come in very handy if the Zombie Apocalypse happens. Good work guys :)

  • DW
    March 04, 2013 - 18:26

    "The department applied a year ago for one of the cougar vehicles from the Department of National Defence..." How can you blame Peter Mackay? He didn't go out of his way to get you one of the CFs antiquated Cougars...your Gov't has been trying to get one. It is low cost maintenance and another asset should the need ever arise (although rare as that may be) Love Scotianers with all their free time...just dyin' to complain about every tiny thing they can!

  • Living In Fear
    March 04, 2013 - 15:30

    With all the sightings of coyotes in New Glasgow one would think that the last thing the police would bring into town is a cougar. What happens if the cougar can't solve the problem? Do we bring in a lion? Barry. Where are you when we need you???

  • Moral Compass
    March 04, 2013 - 15:26

    I bet council is happy that people won't be complaining about all the money spend on flowers and such anymore.

  • EdmundGerber
    March 04, 2013 - 15:17

    This is shocking. This shows how out of touch our leadership is. We cannot afford to operate that, while our Doctors leave and our roads crumble. This will become a national story - bet on it!

  • Johnny smoke
    March 04, 2013 - 15:10

    Does it have a gun mounted on the outside? If it doesn't then it is of no more use than a regular surburban or cop car, after all the cops wqouldhave to disembarkl at some point, either that or stay holed up in their cougar until the perps got tired,or bored or just gave up.

  • watchdog
    March 04, 2013 - 13:38

    Does this have anything to do with the EI changes?

  • Trenton Resident
    March 04, 2013 - 12:24

    Maybe the NG Police could take the cougar for a cruise up to Trenton Elementary to enforce the no parking zones to the ones who continually park there, even after receiving a letter from the school not to park there. Especially to the 2 vans who practically block off the rest of 6th street by parking in a no parking zone. The cougar might do more than a police car presence from time to time

  • Still Shaking My Head
    March 04, 2013 - 11:00

    This new aquisition by the New Glasgow Police Frace should help to put the town & area at the top of MoneySense this year. Heck, Guysborough County doesn't even have one of these.

  • Pictou County Rebel
    March 04, 2013 - 10:21

    I understand the comments about the officer safety on our streets! But really, what will they do with this? Once they get to the scene, will they sit in the vehicle and wait? They will eventually need roll out the driver side window and talk to someone! I’m sure with the proper training, technique and experience; these constables can remains safe without an armoured people carrier (or whatever the right term is.) Our tax dollars could be better spent if our elected officials would have focused on the root cause of this perception of heightened crime rather than on the upkeep of such as machine. Police budgets are out of control, it is our elected officials’ responsibility to constrain these inessential requests. How no one realized how this would be perceived by the citizens of New Glasgow or anyone wishing to visit, is beyond me.

  • wayne lapierre
    March 04, 2013 - 09:55

    I could see a use for this in the United States but Rural Nova Scotia ? The cost will probably not be Free to the taxpayers after all it was the Taxpayers asset that is being given away in the first place.Then there no doubt be training costs , fuel , insurance and probably someone hired who will eventually need an assistant IE like the Glasgow Square where a events coordinator now has an assistant. Assistant for what booking a show a month ? Gee maybe this armoured vehicle could be used to smash down some abandoned buildings in town including about half the downtown LOL

  • tanya
    March 04, 2013 - 09:22

    They should be spending time fixing up the hospital and the staff that works there instead of getting something like that. New glasgow doesnt have that much crime for goodness sake. My friend almost died two months ago because of the doctors here. If she didnt get to the truro hospital,she would have died.

  • firebug
    March 04, 2013 - 08:25

    If this vehicle is used only once - and saves a life - or lives- you will be glad we have it. I don't know what the crime rate is - but I do know in Trenton it is the worse I have ever seen as far as vandalism and drugs. I am not sure if you realise - the kids (and others who shouldn't be) are carrying guns - sounds crazy right? Sorry - its true. The kids are armed - so the Police really need to stay ahead of what's out there. Congratulations - this was a good move - and hopefully it WON'T get much use....

  • local
    March 04, 2013 - 08:20

    free?! sure its free! besides maintenance, fuel, training to operate, storage, etc... New Glasgow, worst place to live in Canada & Bath Salts capital of Canada... this is really helping to live up to the reputation!

  • Aresident
    March 04, 2013 - 07:49

    Wow its hard to believe how many people commented before reading/understanding the article. IT WAS FREE and if something for free is going to make the police and communities safer hey we will take three. I lived in new glasgow my whole life and i can tell you the crime rate only goes up not down. Nice to see the gov put that vehicle to good use as to see it sit behind a fence or be sold to a foriegn country.

    • Sigh
      March 04, 2013 - 13:16

      This is not free. Training and maintenance will make costs incurred on a yearly basis.

    • Michelle
      March 04, 2013 - 18:17

      Trojan horse was a free gift too....Just saying, This SHOULD be questioned

  • The Martians Are Coming
    March 04, 2013 - 06:39

    Someone let this story out too soon. Isn't it April 1st that we tell these kind of stories.

  • dnd member
    March 04, 2013 - 06:38

    1) It is not a tank, it is an armoured transport vehicle. Also look at the turret, no cannons, no guns, just smoke grenade/tear gas launchers. 2) After the stuff that was going on in New Glasgow before I moved to halifax, I am happy the police force got this and for free at that. Why don't they deserve to be protected when in dangerous situations while you all get to stay inside and listen to the online scanner. Maybe they gave you one too many speeding tickets.

  • DOUBTERS
    March 04, 2013 - 06:30

    I am not surprised at the number of negative comments on here, there seems to always be people just waiting to make negative comments on anything to do with the police. This unit may assist in saving an officers live, or someone else's life in a serious situation. Police are always the bad guys until you want them to help you.

  • perplexed
    March 04, 2013 - 06:18

    There are no words in the English language that would describe what I am thinking.

  • Amanda
    March 04, 2013 - 01:44

    Imagine the sweet potholes this beast is gonna make in the already fabulous PC roads! HA!

  • Old PC GUY
    March 04, 2013 - 00:32

    Pictou County need this about as much as Canada needs Peter Mackay.

  • westville lady
    March 03, 2013 - 22:27

    well if ng got one why not get one for each town something more to be in the parade

  • Un-F-ing-Believable
    March 03, 2013 - 21:54

    Are you kidding me?! Did Godzilla move into New Glasgow somewhere? Who are we fighting that we need a TANK?? How about spending some of that moldy money on the poor? Poverty is where 90% of crime stems from. A tank..."to better protect the public"....jebuz....

  • matt
    March 03, 2013 - 21:45

    they could use the money to fix the pond size pot holes in the roads i thought halifax was bad but i broke supension parts while i was home do to lack of signs pointing it out new glasgow is going down hill fast..

  • lets be fair
    March 03, 2013 - 21:30

    Lets not be so quick to judge. The DND is getting rid of them and they offered to take one, not their fault halifax didn't ask for one, as I think they have a real need for it, with all the shootings that take place in Halifax. I'm sure it will have its benefits maybe with road blocks, i can think of an incident a few years back at the car works when someone stole i believe it was a fork lift and was driving through fences etc, would have been great to have then. The thing is what can it hurt to have it and if they find use for it that keeps them safe all the better, they are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe everyday while we sit home and watch tv in our nice warm houses. I don't begrudge them added equipment or protection if they can get it .I just ask that they don't take matters that don't need it and use it to justify having it to appease the public, because someone could get hurt. They have every right to have it and when used properly i think it will be an added bonus for them. They don't have to justify having it to us, we should be thankful they didn't ask to buy it and got it for free. I'll be happy if they never have to use it, but am glad they have it if there ever comes a time they have too.

  • psg
    March 03, 2013 - 21:15

    ROTFLMAO ....New Glasgow has a TANK! I can't even read what I just wrote with a straight face.

  • Ken
    March 03, 2013 - 21:15

    Yes Randy, I'm sure Peter is setting us up, that's easily the most idiotic comment I have ever seen on here. It's FREE!!, it's a glorified jeep! relax people, that big white 4wd truck they drive costs more to gas up.

    • CKM
      March 04, 2013 - 13:05

      Actually, that truck is cheaper overall than one of the cruisers during the winter in particular, because its transmission isn't constantly needing replacing or repair, which does apply to the cruisers taking the big hills during the winter.

  • Not telling
    March 03, 2013 - 21:11

    So you guys are telling me this is not good? Heck we need a swat team, the closet one is hailfax. What do you think will happen if a crazy person went wild in Pictou Co. ?

  • David
    March 03, 2013 - 20:43

    What negativity. If the Police can get a piece of equipment that can help protect them and the public in dangerous situations then that is a good thing. The fact that they can get it at no cost from the Federal Government is even better. As for maintenance, I'm sure the Town Works Dept is more than capable as last time I checked, the Town of New Glasgow owns excavators, Front end loaders, etc..A diesel engine is a diesel engine. As of being un-necessary, we soon forget that peaceful Pictou County is not all that peaceful as we only have to recall several recent murders & other violent crime. Kudos to the Police Department and the Police Commission for taking steps to increase the level of safety to the citizens of New Glasgow & the Officers who sworn to protect them. Oh, by the way, it's not a Tank, it's a wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier.

    • A Local
      March 03, 2013 - 20:51

      Good write David. Also note its not a "riot vehicle"

  • A Local
    March 03, 2013 - 20:40

    Yes. Why would we really need to be prepared for anything bad that could happen in our County? This vehicle could be used for any sort of situation. Natural disaster stands out in my mind pretty high. If you look into our past nothing bad has happened yet. . . . Get back to your perfect world rocking chairs.

  • That guy
    March 03, 2013 - 20:31

    Exactly what Pictou County needs, a vehicle designed for WARFARE. Key word is WARFARE. This has no legitimate use what so ever... We're never going to see Urban Warfare in Pictou County, could have just gotten a few Chevy Suburban like regular police forces use. What an idiotic item, a vehicle designed for war that weighs 11 tonnes. Pictou County has crime, but this vehicle is ridiculous for the purpose. I doubt we're going to have an all out assault with the Mexican drug cartel. Then again, I've never expected Pictou County's Deity; Peter McKay do anything bright...

  • matt
    March 03, 2013 - 20:27

    Is this an attempt to make New Glasgow rank higher than "the worst" place to live? Pro tip: you're doing it wrong.

  • tax payer
    March 03, 2013 - 20:19

    Oh you just know that thing is going through someone's front door

  • Marcy
    March 03, 2013 - 20:14

    OMG give the money to the Pictou Rink this is ridiculous.

  • cougarsvszombies
    March 03, 2013 - 20:06

    Finally! A way to fight off the zombies when they come! We'll need to get at least 3 more though...

  • Amanda
    March 03, 2013 - 20:02

    I feel safer already, seriously I can think of better things to spend money on

  • Pictou County Rebel
    March 03, 2013 - 19:59

    How can council not realize the optics of such an acquisition? It may be at no cost initially, but training and maintenance will add up on equipment most will see as superfluous...

  • Informed
    March 03, 2013 - 19:49

    I am very happy that Our town has received this machine. If it has no cost then why would they not? In case you didn't notice times are a changing and violence is on the rise. I hope there is no use for this vehicle but one never knows!

    • tax payer
      March 03, 2013 - 22:31

      what a joke...whats next a sub to patrol the east river..people of central nova how can you keep voting for peter ...i would bet informed voted for him

  • Unimpressed
    March 03, 2013 - 19:45

    This is completely unnecessary and only serves to make the town look dangerous. There is absolutely no use for it and I believe it is a waste of resources and training. Why not focus on something that the town could actually benefit from? Addressing homelessness, drug abuse and environmental issues are all things that pop into my mind way before the need for an armoured vehicle.

  • Ron Mac
    March 03, 2013 - 19:43

    Well I guess we know why they needed to cut the Santa parade. Has the price of gas gone down.

  • Mad Will
    March 03, 2013 - 19:41

    Well, finally I can sleep at night. I was guite perplexed by all the riots happening in the town of New Glasgow and wondering when they were going to finally do something about it. Now they have!!! Thank you New Glasgow Regional Police for obtaining this vehicle. I hope it is going to be used for more than riots. Maybe it can be put to use for regular patrols within the town. I personally would love to see it patrolling my neighbourhood!!! That is the best decision the town has ever made!!! Congratulations on the new "useless" piece of equipment. Great work once again!!! Happy taxpayer!

  • Mad Will
    March 03, 2013 - 19:39

    Well, finally I can sleep at night. I was guite perplexed by all the riots happening in the town of New Glasgow and wondering when they were going to finally do something about it. Now they have!!! Thank you New Glasgow Regional Police for obtaining this vehicle. I hope it is going to be used for more than riots. Maybe it can be put to use for regular patrols within the town. I personally would love to see it patrolling my neighbourhood!!! That is the best decision the town has ever made!!! Congratulations on the new "useless" piece of equipment. Great work once again!!! Happy taxpayer!

  • Logan
    March 03, 2013 - 19:31

    This should help the Moneysense ranking next year, a town of 9500 that needs a armored vehicle for policing, these cops have been watching to much S.A.W.T on tv.

  • Mac
    March 03, 2013 - 19:05

    Since when did this Emergency Response Team belong to just the New Glasgow Police Department?? This cougar says New Glasgow Regional Police on the side of it, yet its sole purpose is use for the ERT which has serving officers from Westville, Stellarton and New Glasgow, plus Street Crime which is also a Pictou County Team. NGPD may have applied for it, but they did so for use with the ERT. I am tired of New Glasgow always getting their name on things that other towns should get credit for aswell. Same thing happened when the big budget cuts were announced last year. They said they New Glasgow ERT had to be cut. This is not a New Glasgow specific team, never was, it is a Pictou County Team. Thats my rant.

    • NO
      March 03, 2013 - 21:19

      NGPS. not PD.

    • Bob
      March 04, 2013 - 09:16

      Really makes me wonder how the tagging on the tank will be, will it have New Glasgow Regional Police decals all over it (likely) or more neutral to include all forces involved in the ERT.

    • TOB
      March 04, 2013 - 09:25

      The towns should be consolidated to create a city.

  • Randy
    March 03, 2013 - 18:37

    WHY??? This is just scary if you ask me. Peter MacKay is setting us up for something very bad. We are peaceful people, why aren't Halifax or Dartmouth a more reasonable place to give this piece of crap to??

    • Ryan
      March 03, 2013 - 19:58

      Yeah, you're peaceful, alright...with the highest crime rate in the province, you're real peaceful. Give me a break.

    • Lane Weatherbee
      March 03, 2013 - 22:56

      Actually RYAN, according to the MoneySense report last year, showed that of the towns appearing on their list from NS, Truro had a higher crime rate. And, if you care to look, a CTV report says that Halifax has the second highest murder rate of all cities in Canada. This isn't to say that there is anything fraudulent or suspicious going on, NG applied, so NG got it. But I do feel like the DND should have volunteered these vehicles to the cities that need them most, before towns like NG get them, where the violent crime/gun crime rates are quite low.

  • Ron h
    March 03, 2013 - 18:35

    Will someone please tell me why the town needs a tank? Is crime that bad? Who will fix the thing? How can we cut everything and afford to maintain tanks?

  • Sigh
    March 03, 2013 - 18:31

    Yes, because riots are a terrible nuisance in Pictou Co.

  • Not Necessary.
    March 03, 2013 - 18:26

    Why do they believe that this is necessary in New Glasgow?