Town of New Glasgow joins forces with Operation Lifesaver to raise awareness about crossing safety.


September 21, 2023

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia – Every year, dozens of Canadians are killed or seriously injured in collisions at railway crossings. In fact, there were 159 such incidents in Canada in 2022, which killed 14 people and seriously injured another 27.  Sadly, virtually all these tragedies were preventable.

Today, Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada, in partnership with HUB Surface Systems and the Town of New Glasgow, unveiled 2 new rail safety decals at the High Street, New Glasgow Crossing as part of OL’s Look. Listen. Live. Community Safety Partnership Program.

Through the program, OL works with municipalities to identify locations where rail-safety decals can be installed to remind people to be situationally aware around crossings. Each bright yellow decal features a black silhouette of a train, as well as the words “Look. Listen. Live.”—OL’s important rail-safety message. The goal of the decals is simple: to prevent tragic crossing incidents by making pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers more aware of the need to be vigilant around railway crossings.

“We appreciate the extra diligence taken by Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway with the installation of Look Listen Live decals at these important rail crossings within our Town. Our country continues to experience incidents at crossings and safety measures such as these make a difference in reducing the accidents while increasing safety awareness.” Mayor Dicks

“Incidents at railway crossings are tragically common across this country, and each one affects the victim’s family and friends, as well as railway employees, first responders and broader communities,” said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. "This program aims to make the public more aware of the hazards around rail crossings, which will hopefully save lives. We want people to slow down, look in both directions, listen for approaching trains, and obey all railway warning signs and signals.”

Vancouver, B.C., and London, Ont., became the first Canadian cities to sign onto the Community Safety Partnership Program in 2018, and as of 2022 there were 80 municipalities participating in the program. This year, another 20 municipalities will be joining the program for a total of 100.

“Rail safety is a shared responsibility, and we’re pleased that so many communities have recognized that and chosen to join forces with us through the Community Safety Partnership Program,” said Mayes. “We hope to build on the program’s momentum, and work with even more municipalities to spread the rail-safety message and save lives.”

Municipalities can obtain more information about the Community Safety Partnership Program by visiting OL’s website. OL also recently unveiled a free toolkit for communities to use in promoting rail safety to their residents; it’s available at

For more information: 
Catherine HenryOperation Lifesaver      613-564-8100

About Operation Lifesaver Canada 

Operation Lifesaver Canada is a national public rail-safety program sponsored by Transport Canada, the Railway Association of Canada and its members, including CN, CPKC, VIA Rail, Metrolinx, exo, West Coast Express and Genesee & Wyoming, among others. Through its national network of Rail Safety Ambassadors, partnerships with safety councils, police, the trucking industry and community groups, and innovative tools such as its virtual-reality Look. Listen. Live. campaign, Operation Lifesaver Canada works to save lives by educating Canadians about the hazards of rail crossings and trespassing on railway property. Canadians can keep up-to-date on the latest rail safety news by visiting

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Call for Citizen Expression of Interest

The Town of New Glasgow is inviting citizens to apply to serve on the following committees that assist Council with achieving its goals and objectives for the community:

• Community Development Advisory Committee - One Citizen Representative from Ward One (Three-year term) – Two Citizen Representatives from Ward Two  (three-year term) – One Citizen Representative from Ward Three (three-year term)
• Inclusive Communities – One Citizen Representative from the African Nova Community  – One Citizen Representative from the Pictou Landing First Nation Community
• New Glasgow Business  Advisory Committee - One Citizen Representative from Westside Plaza(Three-year term) – One Citizen Representative from Stellarton Rd/Westville Rd Businesses Active Living Advisory Committee – One Citizen Representative for Healthy Lifestyle - One Citizen Representative from African Nova Scotia Community – One Citizen Representative from Seniors Community – One Citizen Representative from the Youth Community
•Active Living Advisory Committee - One Citizen Representative Healthy Lifestyle - One Citizen Representative African Nova Scotia - One Citizen Representative Seniors - One Citizen Representative Youth  

As part of your application for a committee, please submit the name of the committee of interest and a brief account of your background/qualifications as it relates to the respective committee and why you are interested in participating in the work of this Committee to:
Town of New Glasgow Committee Applications

Town of New Glasgow Traffic Advisory

The Town of New Glasgow and SW Weeks Construction wishes to advise residents and motorists that cold milling (planing), in preparation for paving, will take place on Abercrombie Rd. on Wednesday, September 13th. Paving will follow within a few days. This will complete the Abercrombie Rd. waterline replacement project, except for some landscaping.

The work will commence at 5:00 a.m. and last until work is complete. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes whenever possible.

Traffic control will be in place including detours. Please drive safely through this worksite and be aware of pedestrians, workers, and work vehicles.

The Town of New Glasgow and the Contractor regret any inconvenience this may cause wishes to thank the public for their cooperation.

Earl J. MacKenzie, P, Eng.
Director of Engineering & Public Works

Seniors Care Grant Program

Starting Friday, September 1st, seniors can apply to the annual Seniors Care Grant program, which helps with expenses that allow them to stay in their homes longer and improve their quality of life.

The grant has been increased to $750 and now includes home heating as an eligible service. To qualify, Nova Scotians must be 65 years or older by March 31st, 2024, live in a home they own or rent, and have an annual household income of $37,500 or less.

"We heard from many seniors that last year's home heating grant made a big difference," said Barbara Adams, Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care. "We know that the cost of home heating can be hard, especially for seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, so we've increased the grant and included home heating as an eligible expense, allowing seniors more flexibility to use the grant in whichever way best suits their needs."

The grant helps seniors cover the costs of a range of healthcare and household services, including physiotherapy, medication and grocery delivery, phone services and home repairs. The grant may also be used for home heating costs, such as oil, natural gas, and electricity. More information about the grant, including how to apply, who is eligible and eligible services is available:

~ at the program website:
~ by email:
~ by phone: 1-800-670-4357

Print applications are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres and MLA offices.

Another change this year is direct deposit for seniors who are signed up for direct deposit with the Canada Revenue Agency. All other eligible applicants will continue to receive their payment by cheque.

Seniors who previously opted in to receive the seniors care grant when applying for the property tax rebate for seniors will need to submit a separate application for the grant beginning this year.

Application closes on March 31st.

Quick Facts:
~ people who received a seniors care grant between December 1, 2021, and May 31, 2023, are eligible to apply for a new grant
~ applicants must keep receipts for work or services provided, live in a home or apartment they own or rent, and have an annual net household income of $37,500 or less -- more than 37,000 seniors received a seniors care grant last year
~ the government is investing up to $30.5 million in the seniors care grant this year

Additional Resources:
Financial assistance and grant programs for homeowners:

Action for Health, the government's plan to improve healthcare:

Mandate letter of the Minister of Seniors and Longterm Care:


NOTICE: NGRP Commission Seeking Trenton Citizen Representative

As the New Glasgow Regional Police serves the residents of the Towns of New Glasgow and Trenton, the New Glasgow Regional Board of Police Commissioners is inviting citizens from the Town of Trenton to apply to serve on the Board as a citizen representative for the Town of Trenton.

Learn more by clicking here.