Cumberland County -
RCMP performance plan
on track with year-end
AMHERST - With four months to go, the Cumberland District RCMP is on target with its annual performance plan.
Staff Sgt. Frank Kingston and Const. Dal Hutchinson both said the plan, which consists of three areas with a number of initiatives toward improvement, is on track when the year ends April 31.
Each year, the RCMP constructs a performance plan that identifies areas that need improvement.
This year's areas included youth, enhancing their presence in the community and reducing property-related crime.
ER?closures less frequent
PUGWASH - Emergency room closures are continuing at the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Pugwash, but they are becoming less frequent.
The ER at North Cumberland is closed on Monday for 12 hours because there was no doctor to fill the shift.
The closure was the 13th since a new physician and nurse practitioner arrived in the community in September. Before that, there had been more than 40 closures since May.
Dr. Prabhu Benjamin and Julie Johnson came to the community three months ago.
No restrictions during study
HALIFAX - The province is not going to place a moratorium on forestry and mining in the area of the Chignecto Game Sanctuary while a study takes place on a possible wilderness designation for the area.
The news came a week after Chris Miller from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society asked Natural Resources to stop forestry and mining activities in the 35,000-hectare study area that includes Crown land in and around the game sanctuary.
Salter said the department is committed to protecting wilderness areas but recognizes the importance of forestry and mining.