Finally, an election call
After months of rumours and speculation, the government finally called an election on Saturday, nearly nine months before the completion of its five-year mandate. The NDP enter the month-long campaign with a solid majority but currently trail the Liberals in the polls. Oh, the drama. We welcome the end of the guessing game at any rate and eagerly await the results on Oct. 8, whatever they may be.
Bring on fixed election dates
The NDP spent the past few weeks buttering up potential voters with elections promises before casting the writ on Saturday. This is nothing new in politics. Every party does it. But what rankles is a system that allows for such manipulation. Nova Scotia is now the only province in the country without fixed election dates. PC leader Jamie Baillie has promised to change that policy if elected. We'd like to see the other parties do likewise.
The current government may have some shortcomings but not when it comes to helping find solutions to Colchester County's flood issues. They've been very involved from the morning of the big flood last Sept. 10 and most recently guaranteed $700,000 for eight local projects that will help solve or reduce long-standing flood issues in this area.
In 2010, there was the theft of a huge Terry Fox decal in Brookfield. This summer saw the destruction of ivory silk Japanese lilac trees along McClures Mills Road. Now we have a report that a Red Cross cargo truck in Truro Heights has been vandalized three times since July, which has caused an estimated $2,000 in damages. A Red Cross truck! If anyone knows any of the numbskulls responsible for such stupidity, do us all a favor and call the police.
ER closures at Tatamagouche's Lillian Fraser Hospital since collaborative care models began in July 2012 stood at 123 hours compared to 1,999 hours for the 12-month period starting in July 2011. Now that's a huge step in the right direction.
Despite a second vote, a joint town-county committee team remains deadlocked regarding the site of a new library in downtown Truro. This has fueled speculation that the town may go ahead with a decision, with or without the county's help. But the Downtown Truro Partnership has chimed in, saying, in part, such a move could unfairly burden Truro taxpayers. The saga continues.