Power outage disclosure
No one at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre is happy about a power interruption that affected some operations on Thursday evening for up to 45 minutes. But they didn't try to sweep the problem under the carpet either. Within 30 minutes of power being restored, the health centre had sent out a detailed report of what happened and the next day a subsequent report revealed the cause of the outage. Some publicly funded operations are anything but forthcoming when the times get tough. The health centre's candor on this and other matters is a welcome contrast.
Cancelled debate disappointing
The Truro & District Chamber of Commerce organizes debates for the three area ridings and all candidates in two of the ridings agree to the proposed format - questions via email only - within 45 minutes only. In Colchester Musquodoboit Valley, however, things get testy with the Liberals nixing the initial format and the Progressive Conservatives thumbing their noses at two additional formats proposed by the chamber. Political debates can be an important factor in election outcomes and voters in this riding have a right to be upset when the candidates can't get together for 60 minutes to discuss the issues.
The Truro Farmers' Market was hopping on Saturday morning, as well it should be on the occasion of its first anniversary at the former fire hall on Young Street. Hundreds of people were shopping, vendors were everywhere, children were playing outside and music was playing. The indoor-outdoor market is also a wonderful place to meet people and chat awhile. Simply put, it's been a tremendous addition to the town's civic square.
Grand assembly a step in right direction
Problems at the Indian Brook reserve, located near Shubenacadie, including a multi-million dollar funding shortage and prescription drug abuse, have been well documented in the provincial media in recent years. It could be argued, too, that the veil of secrecy surrounding reserve operations hasn't helped either. So it came as a welcome surprise when new Indian Brook chief Rufus Copage invited the media to the reserve's first-ever grand assembly last week. The event attracted about 200 people from the community and could serve as an important first step to better communication and participation of activities at the reserve. Kudos to Copage for his vision in making the assembly happen.