McNeil tours River Hebert School

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Nova Scotia Liberal leader’s two-day campaign tour includes stop in River Hebert

Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil talks to concerned citizens outside of River Hebert District High School this past Friday night following a tour of its interior. McNeil also campigned in Parrsboro and Springhill with Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson on Friday before campaigning with Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell in Amherst and Pugwash on Saturday.

RIVER HEBERT-Stephen McNeil’s recent two-day campaign tour of Cumberland County included a tour of Nova Scotia’s oldest district school on Friday evening.

“There is no question that the need is there for it to happen,” said McNeil in reference to the building of a new p-12 school. “The school is an important part of the community that has worked hard for it, and, it can become the hub of it.”

“Schools like the one here in River Hebert and in Springhill deserve to receive as a much (government) attention as in other parts of the province,” stated McNeil.

Delays regarding the timeline of the new p-12 facility’s construction continue to resonate among the citizenry of River Hebert and area. “It is my understanding that the tenders for the school are at the treasury board and can be handled by the next government,” stated McNeil. “The Department of Education has signed off on it and it’s ready to go. The calling of an election would not stop it from going through. That’s not that the way politics should be,” added McNeil.

McNeil, who was accompanied by Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson, also talked about jobs, corporate welfare and small businesses.

“Nova Scotians will have to ask themselves if they’re better off now than they were four years ago,” stated McNeil. “Over that time, power has gone up by 30% with fewer people working than there were during the height of the recession.”

If elected premier, McNeil says he would put an end to corporate welfare, choosing to focus more on small businesses to help foster job creation in rural Nova Scotia.

“There’s just no jobs here at all,” claimed District 9 county councillor Mike McLellan. “There’s probably no more than thirty jobs in the area,” he added.

Instead of providing handouts to big corporations, McNeil believes that the government of Nova Scotia needs to invest more in small businesses.

“It’s important that government stops corporate welfare and starts believing in small businesses,” stated McNeil. “Large corporations that receive handouts often leave while small business owners work and stay in the community because they live here,” added McNeil. “It’s not always money that small businesses need: sometimes they need help and support from government to train employees.”

On Saturday, McNeil campaigned with Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell in Amherst and Pugwash. “There’s been a few announcements already made (by NDP leader Darrell Dexter), and, it really sounds like there will be more to come,” stated Farrell. “Stephen timed his visit to Cumberland County perfectly.”

Organizations: River Hebert School, Department of Education

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT, Nova Scotia, Cumberland County Springhill Cumberland North Amherst Pugwash

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  • River Hebert Mom
    August 20, 2013 - 18:22

    To Don Bent - The first sentence in your post says it all "I am not from the area" to me that means you know nothing about River Hebert, it's school or the people who live here - but thanks for your opinion.

  • mike
    August 20, 2013 - 08:19

    Don; I don't agree with your comments one little bit .Our school is this communities future without a school what family would move to the area .Our children and teachers have waited long enough we want our school built .Jamie Baillie and Stephen McNeil both assure us this project will be completed .The people of district 9 will continue to fight we have lost enough over the years and can't afford to loss anymore. Maybe you would look at things a little different if this was happening in your area.175 may not mean much to you but these are our children and our future and these children will be educated in there own community .

  • Don Bent
    August 19, 2013 - 06:32

    I am not from the area, but this community has lessthan 175 students! Its hard to say goodbye to apart of your life and community. This new school has costs and will cost millions of dollars to replace. It just doesnt make sense to spend that much on very few students , with little hope of "new families "moving to your area. Bus these students to Amherst, more opportunites, more sports, more chances of getting scholarships!. Think about it, this money could be better spent on attacting small business back to the area! not on a handfull of student, who would get more benefits attending an Amherst school!! Let go parents, the school dream is part of your past, not your future. THe future lies in the hands of your children!

    • Jogginers
      September 20, 2013 - 05:28

      Don Bent, RHDH has thousands of dollars in scholarships - this was once a huge school and community and its tremendous and varied scholarships are perpetual; our many university bound children have MUCH more of a chance of receiving a scholarship at RHDH than at an Amherst school. You ought to do your homework before you speak - ignorance is not bliss. As for sports, it costs $12 each time my car goes to Amherst, plus we work. How would my children or others, get back in forth to sports events and practices? They wouldn't. RHDH currently has tremendously award-winning sports teams and are consistently top winners in Nova Scotia, esp. in Soccer, Basketball, and Curling - it offers 12 sports in all. Why would our children leave their award-winning sports teams? RHDH students per capita, score higher on provincial exams than do Amherst students, this is in all likelihood due to its small class sizes . In short, RHDH is a far superior school to Amherst - perhaps Amherst with all of its bullying, drug issues, and so forth, would like to start busing its students to RHDH.

    • Jogginers
      September 20, 2013 - 05:28

      Don Bent, RHDH has thousands of dollars in scholarships - this was once a huge school and community and its tremendous and varied scholarships are perpetual; our many university bound children have MUCH more of a chance of receiving a scholarship at RHDH than at an Amherst school. You ought to do your homework before you speak - ignorance is not bliss. As for sports, it costs $12 each time my car goes to Amherst, plus we work. How would my children or others, get back in forth to sports events and practices? They wouldn't. RHDH currently has tremendously award-winning sports teams and are consistently top winners in Nova Scotia, esp. in Soccer, Basketball, and Curling - it offers 12 sports in all. Why would our children leave their award-winning sports teams? RHDH students per capita, score higher on provincial exams than do Amherst students, this is in all likelihood due to its small class sizes . In short, RHDH is a far superior school to Amherst - perhaps Amherst with all of its bullying, drug issues, and so forth, would like to start busing its students to RHDH.

    • Jogginers
      September 20, 2013 - 05:29

      Don Bent, RHDH has thousands of dollars in scholarships - this was once a huge school and community and its tremendous and varied scholarships are perpetual; our many university bound children have MUCH more of a chance of receiving a scholarship at RHDH than at an Amherst school. You ought to do your homework before you speak - ignorance is not bliss. As for sports, it costs $12 each time my car goes to Amherst, plus we work. How would my children or others, get back in forth to sports events and practices? They wouldn't. RHDH currently has tremendously award-winning sports teams and are consistently top winners in Nova Scotia, esp. in Soccer, Basketball, and Curling - it offers 12 sports in all. Why would our children leave their award-winning sports teams? RHDH students per capita, score higher on provincial exams than do Amherst students, this is in all likelihood due to its small class sizes . In short, RHDH is a far superior school to Amherst - perhaps Amherst with all of its bullying, drug issues, and so forth, would like to start busing its students to RHDH.

    • Jogginers
      September 20, 2013 - 05:29

      Don Bent, RHDH has thousands of dollars in scholarships - this was once a huge school and community and its tremendous and varied scholarships are perpetual; our many university bound children have MUCH more of a chance of receiving a scholarship at RHDH than at an Amherst school. You ought to do your homework before you speak - ignorance is not bliss. As for sports, it costs $12 each time my car goes to Amherst, plus we work. How would my children or others, get back in forth to sports events and practices? They wouldn't. RHDH currently has tremendously award-winning sports teams and are consistently top winners in Nova Scotia, esp. in Soccer, Basketball, and Curling - it offers 12 sports in all. Why would our children leave their award-winning sports teams? RHDH students per capita, score higher on provincial exams than do Amherst students, this is in all likelihood due to its small class sizes . In short, RHDH is a far superior school to Amherst - perhaps Amherst with all of its bullying, drug issues, and so forth, would like to start busing its students to RHDH.

    • Jogginers
      September 20, 2013 - 05:30

      Don Bent, RHDH has thousands of dollars in scholarships - this was once a huge school and community and its tremendous and varied scholarships are perpetual; our many university bound children have MUCH more of a chance of receiving a scholarship at RHDH than at an Amherst school. You ought to do your homework before you speak - ignorance is not bliss. As for sports, it costs $12 each time my car goes to Amherst, plus we work. How would my children or others, get back in forth to sports events and practices? They wouldn't. RHDH currently has tremendously award-winning sports teams and are consistently top winners in Nova Scotia, esp. in Soccer, Basketball, and Curling - it offers 12 sports in all. Why would our children leave their award-winning sports teams? RHDH students per capita, score higher on provincial exams than do Amherst students, this is in all likelihood due to its small class sizes . In short, RHDH is a far superior school to Amherst - perhaps Amherst with all of its bullying, drug issues, and so forth, would like to start busing its students to RHDH.

  • John Smith
    August 19, 2013 - 05:04

    The people of River Hebert need to play this election game very carefully.They need to keep their eyes and ears wide open and ask themselves do we need an elected member in oppsition for another four years.Right now the last thing they need is a barking dog setting outside the door,trying to get in.Elect a member(who ever it maybe) but elect one on the winning side of government.

  • Mike Smith
    August 18, 2013 - 15:32

    Working on small business is great but Kenny John Jackson, Owner of Gamez On Paint Ball should renew his registration through Joint Stocks of Nova. He had it disolved since 2010 but still continues to operate the business. Is 60 sum dollars a year too much to keep paying?

    • Jim
      August 19, 2013 - 05:08

      What has this got to do with the visite to River Hebert,this is personal???????????

    • Mike Smith
      August 19, 2013 - 11:36

      Its in reference to paragraph 5 and 6. Ummm....they talk about business and jobs.

  • Gail Card
    August 18, 2013 - 11:51

    I agree that many business in Northern Nova Scotia have shut down . The River Hebert District school for instance should be finished by now . Hoping that the work gets started soon.

  • David Le Blanc
    August 18, 2013 - 11:36

    I would like to thank Kenny Jackson and Stephen McNeil for taking the time to come to River Hebert to look at our school. I had a chance to speak to both of them and was pleased at the feed back that we got and their concern for the area and small communities through out the province. For 4 years I have been posting in this paper and Halifax Herald about the school. For a change it was nice to see politicians come down and speak to the people who vote for them. Thanks to Bill Chase and Mike McLellan for the chance to talk to the leader of the Liberal party and to them for coming down and talking to us!