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Temporary Closure of Outdoor Trail at Queens Place Emera Centre
The outdoor trail at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS will be closed for maintenance, beginning on Thursday, February 22, 2018, for approximately one week. We regret any inconvenience this closure may cause trail users.
Volunteers of the Year Selected in the Region of Queens Municipality
February 13, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Like ripples from a droplet of water on a pond, the effects of volunteers and their projects make an impact that grows and spreads across the community. The contributions of volunteers were recognized at the February 13, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, as Council selected two volunteers as Volunteers of the Year. Kerry Gallant of Liverpool, and Carolyn Conrad of Caledonia were drawn from a pool of 18 nominations recognizing the hard work and dedication of 22 individuals nominated over the past year through the Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative; several of the nominations received were for couples who do much of their volunteer work together.
“Life in Queens is richer due to the contributions of our diverse and dedicated volunteers. We are very fortunate to have residents who are filled with community pride and are passionate about providing programs, service, events and much more for the betterment of our area,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Nominations are submitted throughout the year by members of the community for volunteers to be recognized through the Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative, a program launched in the fall of 2015 to showcase the efforts of volunteers in Queens County. Biographies and photographs of nominees are posted on the Region of Queens website, Facebook and Twitter pages, enabling the community to learn about the volunteer work of their friends and neighbors.
From those nominees, Council chooses two Volunteers of the Year for the Region of Queens, and they receive an award at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony held the week prior to Volunteer Week in April. The Province of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony honours approximately 70 volunteers from across Nova Scotia each year for their commitment and dedication to community life. The Provincial Volunteer Award is a once in a lifetime award. The ceremony is being held on April 9, 2018, in Halifax. National Volunteer Week takes places April 15 – 22, 2018.
From February 2017 through to January 31, 2018, 18 nominations were received for the Ripple Effect, representing 22 individuals. Those nominated were Tori Benedict of White Point, David and Melinda Brown of Labelle, Annette Burke and Al Steele of Liverpool, Carolyn Conrad of Caledonia, Sandy Cross of East Berlin, Betty Ann Daury of Milton, Brian Fralic of Liverpool, Kerry Gallant of Liverpool, Chris Greatrex and Henry Liot of Liverpool, John Long of Brooklyn, Susan Mansfield of Mersey Point, Natalie McMaster of Milton, Melissa Robinson of Western Head, Troy Smith of Brooklyn, Keith and Diane Rogers of LaBelle, George (Georgie) Uhlman of Caledonia, Larry Weagle of Milton, and Gloria Whynot of Milton.
“It is always a challenge to choose from the nominees and to select just two as Volunteers of the Year; how can anyone determine the value of one act of volunteerism over another? They are all significant, important and deserving of the award. In the interest of being fair, we draw two names randomly,” said Dagley. “Council values the contributions of all of the passionate and enthusiastic volunteers in Queens. Take a moment, and make a Ripple Effect nomination for a volunteer who makes a difference in your life, and to say thanks to those who put their heart into making Queens a great place to live.”
Photos and biographies of Ripple Effect nominees, along with a downloadable nomination form are posted on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/volunteering/overview . Due to the high volume of nominations received on or near the deadline for nominations, nominations for the 2018 award are being added as biographical information is finalized.
Major Bantam Provincial Championships Coming to Queens Place Emera Centre
February 12, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Queens County is set to welcome hockey fans from across the province March 22-25th at Queens Place Emera Centre. The O’Regan’s Subaru Western Hurricanes Hockey Club have been awarded the 2018 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Provincial Championships. All games will be played on home ice at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS.
Kevin Benjamin, President of the O’Regan’s Subaru Western Hurricanes stated, “The 2017-18 Major Bantam season has been very competitive; Provincial weekend will be no different and the Hurricanes are very excited to have this opportunity to host such a tremendous event.”
The Nova Scotia Major Bantam Provincial Championships is a four-day tournament with the top seven teams of elite hockey players ages 13 and 14 all competing for the provincial championship title. Teams will be determined following a play-off series beginning early March.
“On behalf of the executive of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey league, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the O’Regan’s Subaru Western Hurricanes for hosting this year's Provincial championship! This will be the second time they have hosted our Provincial championship and we all look forward to a great event. This Provincial championship will showcase some of the most competitive hockey to be played in Nova Scotia!” said Todd Watson, NSMBHL President.
Games begin Thursday, March 22nd at noon, with the Championship game being held Sunday, March 25th at 1:00pm. Play will be continuous during daytime and evening hours throughout the weekend. There will be a total of 18 games, all of which promise to be very competitive among all participating teams. Tournament passes will be available at the door for $20, day passes for $10, and individual game passes for $5.
“Hockey fans in Queens County and from across the province will be an enthusiastic fan base watching the Provincial Championships at Queens Place Emera Centre. Congratulations to the O’Regan’s Western Hurricanes on being selected to host this very significant event,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We’re in for an exciting 4 days of fast paced hockey, and are pleased to welcome the players, families and fans to Queens!”
Multiple Award Winning Canadian Country Band to Perform at Queens Place Emera Centre
January 24, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Country music fans were out in force as the Region of Queens Municipality announced a summer concert. Headlining the show will be the multiple Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) winning, the Washboard Union. Concert goers will see the Washboard Union performing live at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS, on June 15, 2018.
“The Washboard Union is one of the most talked about bands in Canadian country music right now, and we are delighted that they will be performing at Queens Place Emera Centre,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The Washboard Union is in frequent rotation on Canadian country music radio, and is well known for putting on a high energy live performance that will have fans on their feet, dancing the night away.”
The Washboard Union amassed nine awards in 2017, including a CCMA for Roots Group of the Year (an award they also received in 2016) as well as a record seven British Columbia Country Music Association Awards (BCCMA). In 2016, they took home two CCMAs, and have four previous BCCMA Awards. Since their song “Shot of Glory” attained gold record status in sales in September, 2017, the Washboard Union has seen their single “Shine” reach the top 10 on the Canadian Country Music charts, as their third top 10 hit, and their fourth song to chart in the top 20. They have shared the stage with such well known country acts as Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, the Zac Brown Band, and recently with Old Dominion.
“As an added bonus for fans, the Region of Queens is pleased to welcome the show opener Jason Benoit, a Canadian country singer-songwriter from Fox Island River, Newfoundland, along with special guest, Queens County’s own Autumn Rae Carver of Middlefield, winner of the South Shore Ex – South Shore Idol competition in 2017,” said Dagley.
Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m., January 24, 2018 through Ticketpro, and are available at Ticketpro.ca, by calling 1-888-311-9090, or onsite at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS. Floor seating is Ages 19+ (ID required), with a floor bar service provided. Upper North seating is all ages, those sections able to access the Community Room for bar service. Tickets are $45 and $55 base plus tax and fee.
The Washboard Union will perform at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS, on Friday, June 15, 2018; doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Keep Emergency Preparedness in Mind All Year Round
January 23, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Whether it’s snow or ice storms in the winter, flooding, hurricanes, forest fires, drought or other situations, it is wise to be prepared. Region of Queens Emergency Management Office (EMO) Coordinator, Brian Hatt urges residents to have a plan and an emergency kit on hand.
“An emergency kit is especially important to have in place as we enter the winter storm season, and there should be one in place year round. EMO recommends that when residents learn of approaching storm systems, they prepare to shelter in their location for up to 72 hours. This means that in advance of a storm system, they should have enough food, water, and a heat source to ensure that they can stay where they are for up to 72 hours, or until it is safe to relocate,” said Hatt.
A basic emergency kit should be portable, in the event that it is not safe to remain at home, and should contain a three day supply of non-perishable food and water for all residents of the home (2lts. water per person per day); first aid kit; whistle; local maps; sanitation items (towelettes, toilet paper, etc.); change of clothing for everyone; pet food; emergency documents (passport, birth certificates, deeds, insurance); medical supplies; emergency lighting such as flashlights with spare batteries, matches/lighter; blankets and warm clothing; and a battery-powered radio with spare batteries. Consider having a version of an emergency kit in the family car in the event you are involved in an emergency on the highway. Residents considering the purchase and usage of an outside portable generator should consult with a qualified electrician, to verify its proper usage and service ability during a power outage, prior to making a purchase.
Prior to and during the recent storm on Boxing Day, which was followed days later by another storm, there were questions from the public regarding when comfort stations would open and the locations of them. Hatt advised that the Region of Queens Municipality’s EMO has several comfort stations in various locations throughout Queens with signed agreements in place that will be opened as required. These premises will open when the Region of Queens Municipality and EMO determine it is required. Not all comfort stations will open; one or more may open as the situation warrants. The opening and location of the comfort center will be determined by the type and location of the emergency.
“Comfort stations are not always open during storms,” said Hatt. “If there is a winter storm or other emergency at any time of the year, plan to be self sufficient for 72 hours, and listen to the radio to hear if the conditions or situation has warranted the opening and location of a comfort center. If the home is safe, that is the best place to be. We do not want residents travelling in conditions that are unsafe, to comfort stations that have not yet been opened and are therefore unmanned. We have a number of means of advising the public when a comfort station opens, and will use those means at the appropriate times. Of course, if a resident has an emergency, or feels they are in a situation that is unsafe, they should call 911.” Residents of Queens may also contact Brian Hatt at 902-350-1413 if they require further information regarding the comfort centers, but their initial call should be to 911 if there is an emergency situation at their location.
Hatt noted that reporting situational changes will help determine the need to open a comfort center in a community, and that during the Boxing Day storm, there were no reports received from residents. He added that comfort centers are intended to be a short term solution while residents figure out a solution for their situation, such as relocating to a friend or family member’s home that may have heat or may still have power. During a winter storm, strong winds, heavy rainfall or flooding situation, motorists are advised to stay off the roads. In the event of essential travel, motorists are urged to use caution and stay safe.
Residents will be updated as a potential emergency situation develops, and advised of situational status. Among the methods utilized to communicate with the public regarding the status of a winter storm, or other situations at other times of year, are messages and updates to local media, including the local radio stations (CKBW - 94.5 FM, Hank FM – 100.7, and QCCR – 99.3 FM); posts on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website (http://www.regionofqueens.com); the Region of Queens Municipality Facebook page (htpp://www.facebook.com/RegionofQueens); and the Region of Queens Twitter page (https://www.twitter.com/RegionofQueens ). During severe emergencies, door to door notification may also be utilized.
For information on being prepared for emergencies, as well as information on current and developing situations in Queens County, please check the Region of Queens Municipality’s website under the Emergency Measures tab: http://www.regionofqueens.com/emergency-measures/overview .
Proclamations Policy in the Region of Queens Municipality Amended
January 23, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Nonprofit organizations in the Region of Queens Municipality have another means of communicating their organizations’ objectives and milestones with the public. The Region of Queens’ Council approved a motion at their January 23, 2018 Regular Council meeting to amend Policy 8 – Proclamations. The Policy states that “It shall be the policy of the Region of Queens Municipality not to endorse any proclamations.” The amendment will see proclamations submitted from local nonprofit community organizations or affiliations included in agenda packages for information purposes, allowing the public to make their own decision as to whether they support a cause.
“We have heard about how other municipalities handle proclamation requests, and there is a diversity of ways that the requests are handled from municipality to municipality. We wanted to be fair, and to ensure that the public was aware of the organizations, their causes, and activities,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Council will continue to make no motions or actions on proclamations, but will now ensure that the public is aware of those requests that are submitted. It is important to have groups receive exposure for their organization.”
Region of Queens Municipality Hires New Chief Administrative Officer
January 9, 2018; Liverpool, NS : The Region of Queens Municipality has hired Chris McNeill as its new Chief Administrative Officer. Council approved Mr. McNeill’s appointment at its regular Council meeting today (January 9, 2018).
“Council is very pleased that Chris, who is a resident of Queens, has agreed to return to employment at the Region of Queens after being away for nearly six years. With his 25 years of municipal and provincial government experience, he has the skills and abilities that Council requires to lead us into our next stages of renewal and development” advises Mayor David Dagley.
Mr. McNeill is currently CAO for the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, and prior to that worked for more than four years as a Municipal Advisor with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs providing leadership and advice to more than two thirds of Nova Scotia’s municipalities in areas of governance, finance, and administration. During that time, he successfully facilitated the dissolution of the Town of Springhill and Town of Parrsboro on behalf of the province.
Mr. McNeill holds an undergraduate degree from Acadia University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Dalhousie University, and is expected to begin work in Queens in March.
The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality also acknowledges the significant contribution of Jennifer Keating-Hubley as Interim CAO during the CAO job posting and transition period.
Lands in Liverpool Being Sold by Region of Queens Council
January 9, 2018; Liverpool, NS: The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality will be entering two purchase and sale agreements for surplus land in Liverpool. At the January 9, 2018 Regular Council meeting, Council approved entering a purchase and sale agreement for five adjacent parcels of land, known locally as the former Gorham School properties, and also approved entering a purchase and sale agreement for three adjacent lots located off Bristol Avenue, Liverpool, NS, near the Mersey River.
“The two sales comprise land that the Municipality had acquired a number of years ago, on separate occasions, and had declared surplus to Municipal use,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The possible development and revenue generated from the sale of these properties, and future taxation helps to provide for Municipal services throughout the Region of Queens.”
The former Gorham School properties consist of two parcels zoned R-1 (Residential) and three zoned I-1 (Institutional), being sold to Gregory Thomas for $81,000 plus HST. The closing date of the purchase and sale agreement is February 8, 2018. The three lots of land near Bristol Avenue are zoned C-2 (Highway Commercial), and are being sold to 3303407 Nova Scotia Limited for the price of $30,000 plus HST with a closing date on or before March 31, 2018. The powers of a Municipality regarding property, including purchase and sale of Municipal properties, are governed under the Municipal Government Act, sections 50 and 51.
Winter Storm Watch (updated: Jan. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.)
Jan. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m. : While Queens did not receive the full anticipated impact of the storm, there are isolated power outages, and there is some isolated flooding. Be aware and cautious of debris on the highways and roadways. High winds and some precipitation (likely in the form of rain turning to snow) is expected to conditions until noon. The storm has caused high waves; the public is asked to keep a safe distance from waves when in coastal areas. If you see a downed power line, please stay away from it, and call Nova Scotia Power 1-877-428-6004 .
A return of very cold temperatures is expected in the wake of this storm system, with temperatures dropping gradually today. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has advised that the Western Head Causeway / Shore Rd is closed, and is expected to be reopened around noon.
In the event of emergency, please call 911.
The winter storm forecast for Jan. 4 and 5 is approaching, with conditions expected to rapidly deteriorate once the intense, fast moving storm reaches our area today. Residents should prepare for possible power outages, and take usual precautions for storms. The Region of Queens website contains information from our Emergency Management Office with information on storm preparedness and on sheltering in place during a storm, flooding, etc. http://www.regionofqueens.com/emergency-measures/overview
** Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has been in contact with staff at the Region of Queens Municipality and advised that all available staff and equipment are in place and ready to respond once required to do so. They have applied salt brine throughout last evening and night. They anticipate receiving calls and emails regarding road conditions, and plan to have crews on the roads for the duration of the storm until final cleanup is complete. There may be times when they will be diverted from priorities to assist emergency service providers, Nova Scotia Power, downed trees, etc.
** Additionally, Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) has advised that they have crews in place awaiting effects from the forecasted storm. They have provided the following tools to assist customers:
Outage map: http://outagemap.nspower.ca
Outage line: 1-877-428-6004
More details in their news release: http://bit.ly/2CzZtRv
** If the storm impacts Queens County communities and our Emergency Measures Office (EMO) lends support or is activated, please check the Region of Queens website (www.queens.ca), Facebook and Twitter pages for updates, and listen to the local radio stations (CKBW 94.5 FM, Hank FM 100.7 FM and QCCR 99.3 FM) for information.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
Thank you and stay safe.
Notice: Planning Advisory Committee's Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Region’s Planning Advisory Committee is scheduled for Monday January 15th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Public Notice: Queens Crossing Lands Officially Sold for Commercial Development
December 18, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Approximately two acres of land located adjacent to Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS has been sold to the Canadian development company, Plaza Retail REIT. The purchase and sale agreement between our two organizations has closed successfully, with the terms of the agreement being met; the due diligence period concluded and payment for the 84,100 square foot parcel of land located at Queens Crossing has been received.
Region of Queens Municipality’s Council approved a motion on May 9, 2017 to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with Plaza Retail REIT for the lands, for unnamed retail development. It is expected that Plaza Retail REIT will make an announcement in the coming months regarding the business(es) that will locate on the lands.
The Queens Crossing development area is highly visible from highway 103, and has been marketed with a long term vision of new commercial development being established in the area, which would contribute to the economic prosperity of the Region of Queens Municipality.
Region of Queens Gives Support to Regional Skating Competition
December 12, 2017; Liverpool, NS: For three days in January, hundreds of skaters from across Atlantic Canada will take to the ice at Queens Place Emera Centre, and compete to advance to a national level competition. It was announced in November that the Queens County Blades Skating Club was successful in their bid to host the 2018 Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championships at Queens Place Emera Centre on January 26, 27 and 28, 2018. At the Region of Queens December 12, 2018 Regular Council meeting, Council approved a grant of $6,000 to support the event, citing it as an important economic driver, with an expected economic impact of $450,000 in and around Liverpool, NS, in January 2018.
“Council is very happy to support this event, which will bring over 500 participants, including skaters and coaches, from all four Atlantic Provinces, to Liverpool this January. This economic boost to the community, will occur in what is traditionally a slower time of year for hotels, dining establishments and retail shops,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The selection was based on past successful events hosted by the Queens County Blades Skating Club, as well as the reputation that Queens has developed as a successful and welcoming host community for large scale, top calibre events. A great deal of work goes into making a bid, and Council appreciates the effort by the Queens County Blades Skating Club, and their upcoming volunteer efforts in the weeks leading to the 2018 Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championships.”
The 2018 Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championships will feature teams of synchronized skaters who will compete to represent Atlantic Canada at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships being held from February 25 – 28, 2018 in Oshawa, Ontario. Teams will consist of youth and adult skaters, competing to qualify in Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior, and Senior categories. According to the Skate Canada website, “synchronized skating, or “synchro”, is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow.” This is the first time the Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championship has been held at Queens Place Emera Centre.