Year-old article from immigration group states area worst place to move to

John Brannen
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NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow and the surrounding area have received bad press recently due to the latest MoneySense magazine ranking.

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But Internet searches for that story may have put the spotlight on another article from Immigroup, an immigration law firm that combines government information with internally produced articles. Last year, they ranked New Glasgow the worst place to move to in Canada.

The list notes that New Glasgow is a “small, quaint city just a few hours from Halifax” that “tops polls of the worst places to live in Canada.”

“How could those 10,000 people stand it? They must have all been born there,” the author states.

It’s given some locals a chance to say enough is enough with the negative ratings and that New Glasgow is a fine place to live and move to.

“The Town of New Glasgow is a town that is facing similar challenges to many communities throughout Nova Scotia and Canada,” said New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “Our entire region has taken a blow recently with job losses at Michelin but it is still important to acknowledge the many successful businesses that are here, the strong educational, health care, cultural and recreational facilities as well as the diversification in our economy and strong community character while we work to address our challenges.

Pictou County Chamber of Commerce executive director Jack Kyte echoed MacMillan’s statements.  

“It’s absolutely stupid and to say people must have been born here to want to live here is offensive,” he said. “There’s nothing cited and nothing to back up their claims.”

While the author of the article no longer writes for Immigroup, the site’s content manager Riley Haas said this was an opinion piece.

“This list was compiled by the author and reflects his views on the worst places for immigrants to move to,” he said.

Haas said the article, which has no indication that it is an opinion or editorial piece, was published a year ago, has recently seen a spike in traffic.

“Because it’s getting all these views and the fact it’s a year old, we’re probably going to make some updates,” he said.

The chamber of commerce released a video commissioned by the Pictou County Regional Development Agency before it was closed to promote the area particularly in respect to attracting workers to come here. The feedback Kyte received is at odds with Immigroup’s article.

“The immigrants we worked with were more than happy to participate in the video and said this was a welcoming place to live and raise children – the opposite of what these people are saying.”

MacMillan noted some of the factual errors with the article, such as the listing of New Glasgow as a city.

“These recent surveys are by authors who have no credible knowledge of the communities they are writing about,” he said. “If they did they wouldn’t compare a town of less than 10,000 with major cities or make sweeping statements.”

Jim Fitt, CEO of Velsoft, a computer training materials business based in New Glasgow with offices in South Africa, believes the article is based on second-hand information from other magazines.

“Don’t believe everything you read with these rankings,” he said. “You have to see it for yourself. I choose to be in New Glasgow and have shaped a business here.”

Fitt said if people want to move to a city then they should explore the cities in Canada but if they’re looking for a small-town atmosphere, New Glasgow is a great option.

“If you want to be in a welcoming, small community, where everyone knows your name and the pace is relaxed, then this is the place to be.”

MacMillan noted that despite what others write, the town would continue to build on its strengths such as progressive partnerships, cultural diversity, existing businesses, a growing creative economy and entrepreneurial leadership.

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

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Recent comments

  • LR
    March 25, 2014 - 22:10

    Any city, town, village who stubbornly deny other people`s opinions are never really going to change when they only want to hear the positives and none of the negatives about them. They themselves are not the whole world. The (Halifax NS, Victoria BC Canada) ,,,, Yahoo Answers, `Why Some Immigrants Leave Canada`, etc are all comments from locals and others who say the metro regions of Halifax and Victoria have a culture that is extremely cliquey, uptight, closed minded, cold, arrogant, repressed, slow, mental in all things social, economic, and political. These types of places are good for a 1-2 week vacation, not as a long term place to work and live. Do your research from other peoples`experiences.

  • Amy J
    March 25, 2014 - 20:37

    I agree with " the author" . As someone who was raised in the crap province of Nova Scotia , I couldn't wait to get away from the stupid people and money trap the government has set up there! Good for some to finally stand up and tell them what BS the place truly is!

  • archie bunkier
    March 25, 2014 - 14:53

    i like it it here because most of the people are like me.

  • Paula
    March 25, 2014 - 08:45

    As an immigrant my self who lives in Pictou County for years I find the people here friendly but not welcoming. Many other imigrants have the same experience and we don't really have friends that are born and raised here. I also get the impression that my opinions on government , pollution from Northern Pulp etc aren't valid because I'm from away and should just leave if I don't like something.

  • Property Taxes
    March 25, 2014 - 07:28

    New Glasgow's property taxes are outgeous. I'm not sure how that isn't backed by fact?! Compare the rates here to Truro, Antigonish or HRM. The articles makes valid points.

  • Don't poke the bear
    March 25, 2014 - 06:22

    New Glasgow should really learn to ignore these things. The only time anyone reads this stuff is when attention is drawn to it.