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I am very appreciative of the opportunity The News has given me as Mayor of New Glasgow to provide you with an overview of the initiatives and priorities of the Town, along with some highlights of the events I have attended over the past few weeks.

My colleagues on Town Council, our CAO and I had the chance to meet in person with our Member of Parliament The Honourable Peter MacKay to outline our infrastructure plans and to make him aware of our requirements. Strong infrastructure is one of the most important services any municipality can provide for a sustainable future and we appreciate Minister MacKay’s commitment to our community and his support of our strategic priorities.  We also launched African Heritage Month in the Council Chambers before a great turnout. I was honoured to sign the proclamation with The Honourable Ross Landry, the Minister of Justice and MLA for Pictou Centre and Deputy Mayor Henderson Paris, a commissioner with the NS Human Rights Commission. Crystal States of the African Nova Scotia North Central Network. Warden Ron Baillie of the County of Pictou, Tracey Thomas of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Liz Paris of the local Congress of Black Women also participated in the unveiling of the poster and the official proceedings. Local African drummers and vocalists as well as members of the New Glasgow Regional Police Service and the RCMP, as well as many citizens and School Board officials, also joined us for the celebration. There are many great activities happening throughout the month, so please check the local media, our Web site and Facebook page for more details.

I am extremely pleased with the new Master Water Agreement we have signed with the County of Pictou which will enable more commercial and residential development. We have also established a new Business Advisory Committee and I am looking forward to chairing this new committee that will help us develop a new business strategy in partnership with the business community. We are also looking forward to closely reviewing the feedback received from our citizens and businesses received through the public sessions and I invite all to fill in our on line survey at www.newglasgow.ca. Our initial sessions with youth, the general public and seniors provided some amazing feedback with more to come from the business community on February 15th.

 The severe cold temperatures we have experienced lately have caused some water main breaks and I want to offer my thanks on behalf of the Council and the great people of New Glasgow to our Public Works crew for their tireless work under very difficult conditions to get these problems addressed promptly and effectively. And also our great appreciation goes out to the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit for its diligent work in getting drugs off the streets for the safety and security of all.

All six municipalities of Pictou County have jointly launched a promotional campaign to address the unjust ratings Money Sense magazine bestowed upon our region during the past several years. We don’t know what this year’s ratings will bring but as a family of communities we recommend that Money Sense magazine considers a more level playing field than comparing the largest urban centres in Canada to towns and rural areas. This great nation has thousands of amazing communities each with their own distinct character, strengths and challenges. I am proud to call this one my home. The outpouring of support and sense of community from across the region through our postcard campaign has been incredible. Pictou County is a centre of entrepreneurship, innovation, talent, kindness and community spirit that punches well above its weight and size. There is a strong foundation to build upon and many opportunities to fulfill our potential. We urge Money Sense to visit and to see the real story first hand. Living here makes great sense!

I look forward to providing you with more updates in the future including some very interesting and relevant info I acquired when recently attending the Smart Cities Summit in Toronto.

Barrie MacMillan is the mayor for the Town of New Glasgow. He will be a monthly contributor to The News.

Organizations: Town Council, Council Chambers, Pictou Centre NS Human Rights Commission Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Liz Paris Congress of Black Women New Glasgow Regional Police Service RCMP Money Sense magazine Business Advisory Committee Public Works Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit Smart Cities Summit

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia North Canada Toronto

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  • The Architect
    February 13, 2013 - 06:28

    Unjust Money Sense article. Gee I went downtown yesterday and found that Shopaholics is closed at their Jury Street location. Greco Pizza and Donairs is now closed on the Westside with a sign "Franchise opportunity" this is indeed the second time that has happened. I was told another business is closing at the end of the month in downtown that does not have any visible sign of what is about to happen. Who cares about a magazine that only the stupid draw attention to in the Town Hall. The business sector of New Glasgow is rapidly either leaving for Stellarton or closing completely.

    • johnny smoke
      February 13, 2013 - 08:11

      Well I guess that the time is right for another jamboree don't you think. With all of the millions to be had as reported by our town hall staff it should go a long way to over come the for sale, for lease, forgotten vibrant downtown area. I guess the vibrant part refers to the actions of the moving vans removing the equipment and stock from these establishments. Oh about the jamboree, let us call it the Money sense jamboree that way the right people will take notice, just as the final truck load leaves the downtown area, leaving only the town hall and the banks to pick up the slack.

  • mike from reality
    February 11, 2013 - 13:53

    Family of communities yeah right disfunctional family!

  • no one important
    February 11, 2013 - 11:57

    Give up the money sense article. You all sound like a bunch of low self-esteem teenagers whining about a label someone gave you. Since the magazine is called money sense, and all these large businesses are closing, perhaps the lack of money/jobs, and our youth heading west led them to their ranking. Maybe if this county wasn't run by an over-aged boys club that care nothing about themselves and their friends, people outside of that circle could prevail.

    • big red
      February 11, 2013 - 15:59

      So glad to see the piece on African Nova Scotians. I thought there for a minute or two that it was some earth shattering news about some mega project that would employ hundreds and finally pick this place up from the last place on the list in the Money Sense game-athon. I guess the negative critique of the going's on and the lack of real economic activity prompted a press release to inform us of some non consequential happenings. I can assure you that Money Sense will without delay dispatch a correspondent to correct their accurate assessment of this county with it's 45 salary drawing representatives, which in of it's self reduced the unemployment rate some 0001%. Oh well every little bit helps, does it not.