Statement from Mayor on attack

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The following is a statement issued from Mayor Barrie MacMillan about the attempted murder in New Glasgow over the weekend.


During this weekend of Thanksgiving our community has experienced a horrendous crime that has seriously injured a young man. There has been an outpouring of care and concern for Scott Jones from our citizens and on behalf of my colleagues on Town Council I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to Scott and to his family for his recovery.

Our New Glasgow Regional Police Service is working diligently on this case and has made a call to the public for anyone with information to come forward.

This tragic incident is not reflective of our community. We have a caring and generous community, filled with good citizens that treat their neighbours and friends with dignity and respect.

The safety and security of our community is and has always been paramount.


We will not let senseless acts of violence continue nor identify our community. We have strong and effective policing services and great confidence that this case will be solved and justice served.

Barrie E. MacMillan

Mayor - Town of New Glasgow


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Organizations: Town Council, New Glasgow Regional Police Service

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • Thomas McCallum
    October 15, 2013 - 20:03

    This is reflective of the community. There are a number of fine citizens in Pictou County, but in the last several years I feel I have seen a steady decline in the general ethos of my home county. I am 23. A few blocks from the mayors own home (MacDonald St., even Nelson St.), there are lives being lived in such deplorable conditions, mentally, spiritually and physically, that they would curl toes. These lowest common denominators are what reflect our community. It would be easy to blame economic factors for such things, but I claim that one could live a rich, full life without all the trappings that a stable industrial life can bring. Education alone, and not just in "Educational Centres", is key. We as a community must learn that that which is just can never harm anybody - and that revenge is defined as "I hurt -- I want the agent of my hurt to suffer too". We must all search ourselves and root out any notions that contributed to the attack on Scott Jones. We all have a part to play in this. We must also think of what the nature of evil is. If we ever revert to complacent thoughts of "defeatism", being bound to fate or of our society's "cult of self" which causes such behaviour as that just witnessed -- behaviour which does not take into account the fact that we are inextricably bound to each other by the mere fact of our shared humanity and communal proximity, we fall. Pray to be made channels of peace and a merciful life for all if you cannot pray for those involved in this incident.