Yes MoneySense, there is a New Glasgow. But it doesn’t exist in the pages of a magazine.
Hard to say whether the publication will be swayed. But leaders of New Glasgow and the other five municipalities reflected in the MoneySense low rating have launched a campaign to convince them that this is a great place to live and work.
People can send postcards, donated by the local UPS store, to the magazine with a message letting them know some of the features that make residents happy to call this area home.
Although the abysmal rating identifies New Glasgow, it’s based on a census agglomerate that includes the surrounding area, thus a swipe at all the towns and county.
The campaign idea came from Kim Dickson, New Glasgow’s communications director, and was inspired by the move Miracle on 34th Street, with its letter-writing campaign in support of an on-trial Kris Kringle.
The MoneySense exercise is puzzling and we would hope people everywhere take their rating with a grain of salt. Communities live and breathe. Pile together all the stats you want, you won’t capture the vital essence.
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A cordial pat on the back is due the Plaid Marquee Society. Film buffs who formed the non-profit society 10 years ago continue to bring in an intriguing lineup of movies that cinephiles otherwise would miss.
There’s no accounting for taste, but movies generated for mass appeal just don’t do it for everyone. Plaid Marquee does its homework, finding what might be limited-release films, with high artistic merit from abroad and from Canada. The society partners with Empire Theatres to be able to offer these film treats.
People can find out what’s in store for the winter season at the society’s website: www.parl.ns.ca/marquee/index.html
We’re fortunate in this county to have a cinema complex with seven screens to handle the blockbusters, along with a dedicated group to do the legwork and bring in some offerings that otherwise would be missed.