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November 2, 2016, Liverpool, NS:  The 6th Council of the Region of Queens Municipality was sworn in on the evening of November 1, 2016 in Council Chamber, at the Region of Queens Municipality.  Following is Mayor David Dagley's first speech as Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

Before I begin my remarks, I would like to thank some of the people who have helped make tonight’s ceremony special, as a celebration of our culture and heritage. Thank you to Dr. Rev. Hopper for the Invocation. Thank you to our First Nation partners at Sipuke’l Gallery for the Honour Song, and thank you to representatives of the Kings Orange Rangers. Thank you to Jennifer Keating-Hubley, Director of Finance and Acting Clerk for administering the Oath of Office. A special welcome is extended to Staff Sergeant Smith, Anne Fownes, representing Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan, and Courtney Wentzell, Constituency Assistant representing Member of Legislative Assembly Sterling Belliveau.

Good evening everyone. As I look around the room, it is humbling to see such community support for our Municipal government. Thank you for attending this special event. I believe I speak for all of Council when I say thank you to residents for the confidence you have shown in electing us. We are proud to serve as the sixth council for the Region of Queens Municipality. After Amalgamation in 1996, the Town of Liverpool and the Municipality of Queens became the Region of Queens Municipality. As your Mayor and Council, we will strive to serve all of Queens County to the best of our ability. We are excited about working with residents, staff of the Region of Queens, our business communities, our Federal and Provincial governments, and each other, to help move Queens County forward.

All Councillors are here this evening except Councillor Elect Gilbert Johnson. He is working hard in the Grand Bahamas restoring electrical service to residents, as a result of recent hurricane damage. Upon his return, a short Swearing In ceremony will be held at the next available Council meeting.

I would like to personally thank the previous Council, who with Christopher Clarke as Mayor, continued to steer our Region through a challenging period, due to the local Mill and Fish Plant closures. Early in their term, the outlook in Queens was bleak. With the support of our very capable staff of the Region of Queens Municipality, Mayor and Council were able to bring our community through those challenges. We will strive to build upon past successes, and are thankful that Queens presently enjoys a strong and resilient reputation across our Province.

As your Mayor, I am pleased to be joined by seven strong community leaders, forming the 2016 – 2020 Council. As your Council, we will work cooperatively towards economic growth and development, to strengthen and grow our population and business communities. We are proud of the long established businesses in Queens, and are happy to see the new businesses that have developed over the last four years. We know that there is opportunity, potential, and willingness for more employers and businesses to come to Queens and flourish.

I am committed to working with this Council to grow our population, our economy, and increase construction activity for both new homes and businesses. We will entice and welcome seniors, retirees, new entrepreneurs, immigrants, and young families to move to Queens. New construction will provide jobs, and add to our assessment tax base, helping to stabilize our tax rates. Council recognizes the importance of ongoing initiatives to improve rural internet, affordable housing options, transit services, and recreational opportunities for all. We will discuss solutions for an aquatic facility, senior supportive living, long term care upgrades, and accommodating special needs families.

This Council will also focus on creating safe, healthy and vibrant communities, with opportunities for recreation and volunteers of all ages, from youth to seniors. We have a local quality of life that few other locations can match, yet Queens can still become so much more. Our residents are a key component of our ongoing success. We have strong volunteers, who make great things happen in Queens. We have innovative thinkers – and we will reach out to hear your ideas and input. Our natural assets along the ocean and inland will support ecotourism opportunities. Built infrastructure, such as modern schools, Queens Place Emera Centre, Queens General Hospital, and the North Queens Fire Hall and Business Hub, make us an attractive destination area for families and seniors to relocate. We also want others to know that Queens County is a wonderful location to live, work, raise a family, and retire.

I will work diligently with Council and staff to leverage the rich culture and heritage assets we enjoy in our municipality. We have an exemplary relationship with our friends and partners from Acadia First Nation and the Native Council of Nova Scotia. Queens enjoys rich arts and culture, as well as great history, and a Privateering Heritage. We will pursue more local events, and support Queens Place Emera Centre as an economic generator. These assets will help us flourish, and we will promote them to visitors and tourists.

Council transparency and fiscal responsibility will become priority objectives. As a new council, we will embark upon a process of policy and project briefing. Starting on Thursday, and in coming weeks, we will talk about how we wish to govern ourselves, look at our communications practices, and embrace our accountability and obligation to be an open government for the public. Together, we will work hard to ensure that we maintain services, work within our tax base, and ensure that residents are aware of the work that the Region of Queens Municipality is undertaking.

To my colleagues on this Council. Public Service is a noble calling. Collectively, we are committed to the public good. We will work hard with each other, with staff, and with our communities for the benefit of all of Queens. We have a diverse council, and we will have robust discussions. We will respect one another. We will listen. We will be courageous in making difficult decisions, but we will strive to make wise decisions.

I must come back to my previous point about being humbled by your support of our local municipal government. For each of you who are here in this room tonight, there are thousands more who are at home or at work, living their lives. We take the responsibility that the voting public has bestowed upon us very seriously. Being your Mayor and Councillors is not something we take lightly. We represent you, and we make decisions on your behalf for the betterment of all of the Region of Queens Municipality. It is a big responsibility, and one with which we are honoured to have been entrusted.

It is our intention to work hard to serve you well, and we will make you proud during the next four years of our mandate. The Region of Queens must grow to succeed, and we are up to that challenge.

October 25, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The sixth Council of the Region of Queens Municipality will officially take office at a swearing-in ceremony on November 1, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The public are invited to attend the ceremony, to be held in the Council Chamber at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration building, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool.

Following an election, successful candidates are deemed Mayor Elect or Councillor Elect, depending on which position for which they ran. They cannot act as a member of the Municipal Council until they are officially sworn-in. After the swearing-in ceremony, they become members of the Region of Queens Municipality’s Council.


Mayor Elect David Dagley will be sworn in as the Region of Queens Municipality’s sixth Mayor, along with the Councillors Elect for seven districts during the ceremony. The 2016 – 2020 Region of Queens Council consists of Mayor Elect Dagley, District 1 Councillor Elect Kevin Muise, District 2 Councillor Elect Heather Kelly, District 3 Councillor Elect Brian G. Fralic, District 4 Councillor Elect Susan MacLeod, District 5 Councillor Elect Jack Fancy, District 6 Councillor Elect Raymond Fiske, and District 7 Councillor Elect Gilbert Johnson.


Council will be sworn-in at a ceremony celebrating the culture and heritage of the Region of Queens Municipality. The Invocation will be led by Dr. Reverend Steven Hopper, the Kings Orange Rangers will serve as ceremonial guard along with the RCMP, and the Honour Song will be performed by members of Acadia First Nation. All are welcome to attend this important ceremony marking the beginning of the four-year term of the sixth Council for the Region of Queens Municipality.

Official Results, 2016 Region of Queens Municipal Election
October 18, 2016

Mayor
8,625 voters on list. Average Voter Turn Out: 37.8%
Christopher CLARKE 1,271
Scott COSTEN 404
David DAGLEY (Elected) 1,573
Rejected ballots: 13

District 1
1,299 voters on list. Average Voter Turn Out: 41.7%
Bill ALLAN 69
Mary DAHR 44
Kevin MUISE (Elected) 283
Darlene NORMAN 149
Rejected Ballots: 1

District 2
1,178 voters on list. Average Voter Turn Out: 34.3%
Chris BALL 91
Heather KELLY (Elected) 308
Rejected ballots: 5

District 3
Brian FRALIC (Elected by Acclamation)

District 4
1,187 voters on list. Average Voter Turn Out: 50.0%
Susan MACLEOD (Elected) 335
John TOWNSEND 252
Rejected Ballots: 7

District 5
1,188 voters on list. Average Voter Turn Out: 43.2%
Jack FANCY (Elected) 225
Ralph GIDNEY 140
Mervin HARTLEN 147
Rejected Ballots: 1

District 6
Raymond FISKE (Elected by Acclamation)

District 7
Gil JOHNSON (Elected by Acclamation)

** Updates on supports available for residents with dry wells or shortages of water will be posted here.  Please check back often. All notices will remain on this page until the water shortage has come to an end. The most recent information will be posted first. **

 

Oct. 17, 2016: Many in our community are still dealing with the effects of the drought - dry wells and lack of potable drinking water. Some supports for residents with dry wells or limited water are:

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre
50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park (until October 27, 2016)
East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Bottled Water:
The Region of Queens has coordinated delivery of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed through EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Queens Ground Search and Rescue –Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn (6 - 8 p.m. daily)
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre - 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia

 

 

Oct. 3, 2016: While the rain last week and over the weekend was welcomed, it has not been enough to restore the water table, wells and current conditions to what they are in a typical autumn. There are still many homes in Queens County with dry wells or very limited water. Following is some information to assist those experiencing a water shortage.

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre
50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Bottled Water:
The Region of Queens has coordinated delivery of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed through EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Queens Ground Search and Rescue –Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre - 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia

Well Questionnaire:
The Region of Queens Municipality is collecting information regarding wells in the community, and request that if a resident has a well (whether it is dry or not) that they take a few moments to answer a brief questionnaire at http://www.regionofqueens.com For those who do not have access to the internet, they may call 902-354-5741 and staff at the Region of Queens will ask the questions over the phone.

For current updates and information about the current water situation, please check this link:
http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/council/press-releases/1197-community-advisory-support-for-residents-of-queens-county-with-dry-wells

 

 

Sept. 23, 2016
Public Notice:

A new shipment of bottled water has arrived today for residents in Queens County. It will be distributed from the Queens County Ground Search and Rescue building on 20 Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn (near Queens Place Emera Centre) from 6 – 8 p.m. each evening. There is a household limit of 2 cases.

There is bottled water available at some other distribution points in locations throughout Queens County:
Mary Lake Home Hardware, Caledonia
Coastal Queens Place, Port Mouton
Stew’s Corner Convenience, Greenfield
and Brady Home Building Centre, Brooklyn (supply is low at this one location, as we transition to the distribution to the Queens Ground Search and Rescue building).

There has been good response so far to the Well Questionnaire posted on the website ... if you are on a well, please fill it out, whether you have a dry well or not. It is a 5 question survey, and takes less than 2 minutes to complete. It is on the home page of the website (www.regionofqueens.com) –simply click the blue box with the image of a faucet and the form will pop up. Those who do not have access to the internet, can call 902-354-5741 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to complete the form over the phone.

There is a notice on the Region’s website called “Supports for Residents with Dry Wells” that contains all the notices and information distributed in the community regarding supports available for people (where to access potable water, where to get a shower, how to recommission a dry well so the water is safe, steps for ensuring your water containers are safe, etc.). Check it often for news.

 

Locations of Showers, Potable Water and Bottled Water for Residents with Dry Wells

September 21, 2016

With little rain since June 1, many homes in Queens County have dry wells or shortages of water. Following is some information to assist those experiencing a water shortage.


Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well, 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall, 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre, 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Also - Please note that bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and coordinated by EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Stews Corner Convenience & Gas, 5077 Hwy 210, Greenfield, NS
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre, 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS
Brady Home Building Centre, 3946 Hwy. 3, Brooklyn, NS
and Coastal Queens Place, 8100 Hwy. 103, Port Mouton, NS
There are still a few cases at the Region of Queens Administration building in the parking lot, but the supply is getting low at that one location.

For current updates and information about the current water situation, please check this link.

 

Recommisioning Wells

Sept. 20, 2016

Following is some information from Nova Scotia Environment and Labour regarding recommissioning a dry well to ensure it is safe. Click here for the pdf .  

 

Well Questionnaire

Posted Sept. 20, 2016:  Please take a few moments to complete a questionnaire about the location and status of wells in Queens County.  Follow this link to answer a few brief questions.

 

Posted Sept. 20, 2016:  Provincial Parks open to community use for showers, water ...click 

 here

Support for those with Dry Wells in Queens County
(updated at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 20)

Bottled water has arrived at the distribution points, and effective 2 p.m., all have received shipments. 

Water delivery has been confirmed at the Region of Queens Municipality administration building, Brady Home Building Centre, Coastal Queen's Place, Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre, and Stews Corner Convenience & Gas.

Please note respect the needs of others and take only what is needed for your household, to a maximum limit of 2 cases per household, on a first come, first served basis.

 

Community Advisory:  Supports for those with Dry Wells

September 19, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality has received a supply of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed via EMO Nova Scotia. This water will be available free of charge to residents of Queens County who have dry wells or a shortage of potable water in this time of drought.

The Region of Queens requests that residents be respectful of each other’s needs and to take only what is needed for your household (limit of 2 cases of water per household, please) so we can accurately assess community need. The Region of Queens may place another order next week if there remains a need.

Water pick up is on a first come, first served basis.
Limit of 2 cases per household.

Bottled water will be available at the following locations beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, prior to noon:
Mary Lake Home Hardware, 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS
Stews Corner Convenience and Gas, 5077 Hwy 210, Greenfield, NS
Brady’s Home Building Centre, 3946 Hwy. 3, Brooklyn, NS
Coastal Queens Place, 8100 Hwy. 103, Port Mouton, NS
Region of Queens Administration Office (back parking lot), 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS

Please check the Region of Queens website www.regionofqueens.com or Facebook page for future updates.

 

Is Your Well Dry?  Access to Potable Water and Shower Facilities in Queens

Sept. 16, 2016:  With residential wells going dry throughout the Region of Queens Municipality, residents have been looking for access to potable water.  There is potable water available at the following locations for residential use:
Liverpool "Town Well", 733 Main St., Liverpool, NS

North Queens Fire Hall, 9793 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS  (tap is located between the fire truck doors)

Shower facilities:  Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS is pleased to offer the use of their showers to residents with dry wells.  Please visit the Customer Service Desk upon arrival for information on which showers are unoccupied.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   Please bring your own towel and personal soap, etc.

 

Providing Safe Water During Water Shortages

Sept. 15, 2016:  This information has been provided by Nova Scotia Environment, and is a good source of information for ensuring water is safe during this time of drought and water shortages.

During this current water shortage, everyone should do his/her part to conserve water and ensure their drinking water and water in general is safe.

Safe Water Collection

• Containers used should be suitable for the collection and storage of drinking water.

• Containers should be cleaned and sanitized before using them to collect and store water. The following is a method for cleaning and sanitizing your containers:

1. Clean thoroughly using dish soap and warm water and rinse.

2. Mix 1 teaspoon of household liquid bleach to 1 litre of water. Use bleach that does not have an added scent or fabric softener.

3. Pour this solution into the cleaned storage container and shake well, making sure that the bleach solution coats the entire inside of the container.

4. Let sit at least 30 seconds and then empty.

5. Let the container air dry. The container should be kept covered and stored in a manner that keeps it clean and sanitized until it is used.

Drinking and Household Water Usage

• For residential households not on municipal supplies, it is strongly recommended that only water from a registered or municipal supply be used.

• For information on how to disinfect a small amount of water, including instruction on boiling water, see NSE emergency related fact sheet on drinking water http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Drinking.Water.pdf

*Note for Registered Public Drinking Water Supplies and Food Establishments; it is a requirement that water used is from an approved supply. Nova Scotia Environment must be advised of intended change in water source.

• Under most circumstances it is not necessary to boil water for other household purposes. Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge bathed.

• Dishes and laundry may be washed in water that has not been boiled, either by hand or by machine.

Alternate Water Sources

• Water from lakes, rivers, streams and other surface water sources, including natural and roadside springs, are not reliable, safe water supplies. These sources may be contaminated.

• During the current water shortage, adding water to wells from other sources may not work.

• Any water used for filling cisterns should be from a municipal water supply or a registered public drinking water supply.

Protecting Your Well

• Homeowners are responsible for monitoring the quality of their well water. It is recommended that you sample your well water twice a year for bacteria and every two years for chemical parameters at a minimum. For further information on protecting your drinking water follow the link: http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/droponwaterFAQ_ProtectingDrinkingWater.pdf

Water Distribution Centres

• For fire stations and other facilities (not connected to a municipal system) considering water distribution:

o Only distribute water for non-potable purposes.

o If water was recently tested for chemical parameters (within 2 years for groundwater sources & 1 year for surface water sources) and proven safe, water may be considered potable if boiled after being brought home.

o Water should only be dispensed from an inside tap. IF an outside tap is used it should be disinfected both inside and out before use; use either an alcohol swab or bleach solution (1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 litre of water).

o Only use hoses that have been labelled safe for use with drinking water. Most garden hoses and fire hoses should not be used to dispense water.

For further information:

Nova Scotia Environment

novascotia.ca/nse

Toll Free: 1-877-9ENVIRO (1-877-936-8476)

 

September 28, 2016; Liverpool, NS: Those looking for the newest and more innovative gear, materials and supplies for home renovations, fishing, hunting and outdoor adventures will see it all under one roof, a first for the South Shore. The South Shore Home, Sport and Travel Expo will be held at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS from April 28 – 30, 2017.


“Ever since Queens Place was built, the community has expressed an interest in having trade shows there, and Council is pleased that Darwin Event Group has entered into a contract to have the South Shore’s first Home Sport and Travel expo here,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The desire to have a consumer trade show came up again at the Queens Place public meetings held this winter. Hats off to our leadership team at Queens Place Emera Centre, Steve Burns and Roslyn Rowter, for their hard work in securing the contact for the South Shore Home, Sport & Travel Expo. ”


The South Shore Home, Sport & Travel Expo is expected to be an annual event, showcasing the home, sport and travel industry experts and offerings from the best in each sector, conveniently located all under one roof. The Home show component will bring remodelers, contractors, designers and landscapers together; outdoor sport fishing and hunting enthusiasts will see the latest in gear, ATV’s, watercraft and more; and outdoor adventure seekers will be enthralled with the latest tours, expeditions and more along with gear and apparel for campers, runners, cyclists and additional hobbies and interests.


“We are very excited to announce this new show taking place in Liverpool. Queens Place Emera Centre is a new state-of-the-art facility that is the hub of recreational, social and cultural activity throughout the South Shore. I’m confident that Queens Place can draw event attendance from the entire southern half of Nova Scotia,” said Matthew Schurman, President of the Darwin Event Group. “We’ve been organizing trade shows for a long time. The economic impact of this new event to the local area is significant. We create a unique marketplace of businesses looking to sell products or services and attract thousands of visitors looking to buy. The economic impact spreads further to the local economy with the money spent on organizing and advertising this event as well as the dollars going into the local hotels and restaurants. This is a win-win for everybody.”


Built in 2011, Queens Place Emera Centre is a municipally operated community recreation facility. It is a popular venue that has hosted local, provincial, national and international sporting events; concerts by such well known performers as the Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Charlie Pride and Travis Tritt; and home of the annual Hank Snow Tribute. Queens Place Emera Centre is located at 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS.

Liverpool lost an outstanding citizen this week with the death of Dr. Bill Murphy. He was as a native son. His father, Charlie Murphy, had been Mayor of Liverpool. Bill started his career as a dentist here in 1964. He and a group of businessmen started Mersey Seafoods which has remained a major employer to this day. He told me once he’d had many opportunities to sell the business and its licenses, but he kept it largely on account of the employees.

He made his mark on the east coast fishery through his service of several international boards and had achieved an international reputation for his wisdom and insightfulness.

His philanthropy during the last twenty years has been huge. Both he and his wife, Janet, shunned the publicity that comes with such generosity. They did great work through the J & W Murphy Foundation. The six J & W Murphy Scholarships, each worth $40,000, are vied for by students each year.

He and Janet made a very big donation to the Queens General Hospital rebuild. It was his commitment to this that enabled me to get government approval for the project and to find other funding sources. The new medical wing is named in their honour. There are many other institutions, organizations and buildings in Queens and elsewhere in Nova Scotia that have benefited from Bill and Janet’s largesse.

On behalf of the Region of Queens, I would like to thank the Murphys for their many contributions to Queens and to offer his children, Karen and Lisa and their families our sympathy and condolences on their loss.

 

Christopher Clarke, Mayor
Region of Queens Municipality

Sept. 12, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The hockey season officially gets underway at Queens Place Emera Centre Saturday evening, September 17th featuring two local teams, the O’Regan’s Subaru Western Hurricanes Major Bantam hockey team and the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club. The Liverpool Privateer game will have special significance as the organization joins with the Region of Queens Municipality in honoring and celebrating the efforts of the community’s volunteer firefighters by hosting a Firefighter Appreciation Night.

“The efforts of our volunteer fire fighters and Dept. of Natural Resources fire crews are valued every day, but this summer’s fires in North Queens was a testament to their strong dedication, care and commitment to keeping our community safe,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “There were so many involved in fighting the wildfires, and many of the volunteer fire fighters did not return to their regular job for more than two weeks, spending much time away from their own homes, devoted to keeping our community safe. For this, and for their year round efforts, the community is grateful. We hope to see many turn out for the Firefighter Appreciation Night at Queens Place Emera Centre, to show their support of the contribution that our residents make to our community.”

Among the activities planned to highlight the firefighters are the ceremonial puck drop at 7:30 p.m. with several Fire Chiefs and Firefighters, and during the second intermission, selected volunteer Firefighters will play Shoot for Jimbo’s Cash. During the game, fans will also have a chance to support Queens Mutual Aid with ‘Pass the Boot’; all contributions will be welcomed.

“The Liverpool Privateers have been welcomed wholeheartedly into the community, and are pleased to be back in Liverpool at Queens Place Emera Centre for our third season,” said Jim Bottomley, Team Owner. “To be able to recognize the contributions of the firefighters and help to support them is very important to our team. We are happy to be part of this event, and hope to see many of our fans turn out to show their support.”

Fans of hockey will be excited to know that Sept. 17 features two games of great hockey action, with the Major Bantam O’Regan’s Western Hurricanes taking the ice for their first home game of the season at 5 p.m., playing the ACCEL Hawks. The Liverpool Privateers will face off against rival Glace Bay Miners at 7:30 p.m. for the Firefighters Appreciation Night following the Hurricanes game.

Admission for the O’Reagan’s Western Hurricanes game is $5, with those under 14 admitted free, and for the Liverpool Privateers game, admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students. Queens Place Emera Centre is located at 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS.

August 22, 2016; Liverpool, NS: Some new real estate signs will soon be appearing in Liverpool, which may lead to further growth in the local business and residential community. In June of 2016, following a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Services, Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. was awarded the contract by the Region of Queens Municipality. This week ‘for sale’ signs will be erected for Queens Crossing properties adjacent to Queens Place Emera Centre, and the former Nauss Brothers’ land behind Barss Street.


The Region of Queens Municipality owns several pieces of land which were purchased with the intention of selling them for commercial and/or housing development purposes at fair market value. In addition, on April 12, 2016, Council approved the Strategic Priorities for the next three months, which included the direction for the Planning Department to conduct a review of the Region’s property portfolio for surplus property, which could be sold at fair market value. The pieces of land highlighted in the RFP were three parcels around Queens Place Emera Centre, which are zoned Highway Commercial (C2) and the former Nauss Brothers land behind Barss Street in Liverpool (approximately 32 acres), which is zoned Restricted Residential (R1). In addition, the RFP allows for additional properties to be added to the sales portfolio, as the review of the Region’s property portfolio reveals surplus property with development potential.


This is the first time the Region of Queens Municipality has retained a real estate firm to market the land. Revenue from the sale of the surplus municipal properties are not forecast or budgeted in 2016 / 2017, and will contribute to the municipal reserves.


August 1, 2016; Liverpool, NS: Spending time at the popular and beautiful Carter’s Beach will soon be improved under a new agreement between the Province and the Region of Queens Municipality. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) will widen the final 40 metres of the Carter’s Beach Road to allow vehicles to pass safely, under a cost shared agreement with the Region of Queens. Widening the road will lead to the elimination of the no parking signs at the end of the road closest to the beach, and will enable parking on both sides of the road near the end of the roadway, providing space for emergency and other vehicle to pass.


“Word has spread about the beauty of Carter’s Beach and what a great spot it is. Traffic to the beach has increased greatly, exceeding the limits of the small parking lot,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are pleased to have been part of finding a temporary solution to some of the parking issues.”


The narrow roadway and lack of parking at the very popular beach has been an ongoing concern, and one that the Region of Queens has stepped forward to help put a solution into place. The widening of the roadway is expected to cost approximately $15,000, with the Region of Queens Municipality providing up to $7,500 of this total.


A working group made up of representation from the Region of Queens Municipality, including Mayor Clarke, Deputy Mayor Darlene Norman and CAO Richard MacLellan, along with representatives of the Provincial departments of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal, Natural Resources, and Environment, and citizen representation by resident Robert Ross and Brian Fisher has been in place and meeting regularly since October, 2015.


“We are working on the opportunities and challenges of continuing public access to this popular beach, and striking a balance between conservation of this special area and enjoyment of what many consider to be the one of the best beaches in Nova Scotia,” said Clarke. “Widening the road to allow parking on both sides close to the beach is a positive development from the collaboration between the province, the Region and citizens.”


There are ongoing discussions to make the dunes, the estuary and other sensitive features of the beach a Nature Reserve. The Region of Queens Municipality, citizens and representatives from provincial departments will continue to meet to ensure that local access to the beach continues, while preserving the special attributes of Carter’s Beach to ensure it there for years to come.

Saturday nights will continue to be Hockey Night in Liverpool for fans of the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club. Team owner Jim Bottomley and the Region of Queens Municipality have entered into a two year Facility Rental Agreement extending the current agreement through to end of season 2018. The Liverpool Privateers will continue to call Queens Place Emera Centre home and hope to build on the successes of the past two seasons. 

“We have tremendous fan support at Queens Place Emera Centre, and our team has been treated first class by the staff,” said Jim Bottomley, owner of the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club, and Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. “We are pleased to be able to call Queens Place home, and to play in what is one of, if not the best, facilities in the league. We are glad to be returning for two more years, and hopefully longer.”


Since Bottomley relocated the team to Liverpool in September 2014, the Liverpool Privateers has developed a huge following in Queens County, with fan support at the their regular season home games exceeding 400 spectators, and growing to more than 600 enthusiastic fans during playoff season. The team has a strong and loyal fan base from Queens County.


“Council is as thrilled as the fans to have the Liverpool Privateers at Queens Place Emera Centre,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Not only does the team provide an exciting, entertaining sport experience that brings teams and spectators from across the province to our community, but having a team of community minded athletes offering elite hockey in our area is significant for the youth of our community. These young men are positive role models who interact with their fans young and old, and show the value of working hard and training. Saturday evenings at Queens Place has become ‘the place to be’ during hockey season.”


With an average of 17 regular season home games each year, and having made their way to the playoff rounds of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League each of the two years they have called Queens Place Emera Centre home, the Liverpool Privateers players and management have felt welcomed from the start. There is a loyal contingent of volunteers who turn out each week, a large number of season ticket holders, many enthusiastic fans, and significant local business sponsorship of the team.


“Right from the start, the boys have felt welcomed and supported by the community. They love playing here, and have been made to feel at home. The players give back to the community as well, getting involved in local fundraisers, parades and more,” said Bottomley. “This year, we would love to bring a Nova Scotia Junior B Championship here, and bring the win home to Liverpool and Queens Place.”


Queens Place Emera Centre opened in December 2011, and is known for its quality ice, and successful special events, as well as being home ice for recreational, competitive and elite hockey teams, including the Liverpool Privateers. Fans can enjoy the fast paced game in the climate controlled arena, or the community room bar, which has sound piped in, ensuring that they don’t miss a minute of the on-ice action.


The Liverpool Privateers will be holding tryouts in late August to early September, and will play their first home game of the season September 17, 2016.

Liverpool, NS, June 10, 2016: In less than a year since opening its doors, the North Queens Business Centre and Innovation Hub has gained national recognition as an innovator in working to improve Canada’s online world. On June 9, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), announced grants totalling $1 million, with the North Queens Business Hub’s North Queens TVWS (Television White Space) Project selected as one of 24 chosen from across the country. It is the only application approved for funding in the Maritimes from 500 applications submitted nationally.

“This is great news, both for the North Queens Hub and rural internet users throughout North Queens. Having access to reliable internet in rural communities in Queens has been a challenge which has been looked at by many over the years,” said Christophe Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The North Queens Hub will be testing an innovative solution to a very real problem that affects many internet users here in Queens, as well as elsewhere in Canada. We are both happy and proud to have played a supporting role in achieving this CIRA funding, and look forward to supporting their efforts in researching technical solutions to the issue of rural internet. This could be a game changer for our community, providing reliable internet for rural users, and allowing rural businesses to compete on a global playing field.”

The North Queens TVWS (Television White Space) Project will be based out of the North Queens Business Hub in Caledonia. The funding will purchase hardware to trial the use of innovative TVWS wireless technology as a solution to distributing high speed internet service to communities in wooded and hilly areas. Tests will be carried out in several locations during the remainder of 2016, and the results will be presented to CIRA in December 2016. The TVWS Project stresses that it is a research project. Although it is not a permanent solution to the problems of rural internet, it is an important step along the way.

Founded in 2014, CIRA’s Community Investment Program’s mission is to fund innovative technology projects from the non-profit and research communities, contributing to building a better online Canada. Now in its third funding cycle, over $3 million has been distributed to 78 projects from coast, to coast, to coast.

A fresh perspective and an innovative approach is about to change the way Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop and the Liverpool Visitor Information Centre operate. Motions to establish leases for the two Municipal properties were approved on Tuesday, May 10 at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting. Municipal staff was directed to develop a property lease agreement with Lane’s Privateer Inn to operate Fort Point Lighthouse Museum & Gift Shop, and to develop a lease with Queens Association for Supported Living – Penny Lane Enterprises to operate in a shared use capacity in the Liverpool Visitor Information Centre (VIC).

“Council was excited to see the plans that Lane’s Privateer Inn and Penny Lane Enterprises have for these properties,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Both the VIC and Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop have historically had brief open seasons. Through the forward thinking vision of these two organizations, both will have extended seasons, draw more residents and locals, and engage them in exciting new ways.”

On April 13, 2016, Region of Queens issued a request for expressions of interest for several vacant municipal properties, and accepted proposals until the closing date of April 25, 2016. The proposal that Lane’s Privateer Inn made regarding Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop includes maintaining a gift shop located on the first floor, with a focus on Nova Scotia products made with quality and relevance to the visitors to the Lighthouse. Lane’s will use first floor for both retail and interpretive displays, with a focus primarily on Fort Point, and lighthouse history. There are also plans to offer a unique culinary experience with Lighthouse Lunches provided by Lane’s. This has been offered at a few lighthouses in Newfoundland but not in Nova Scotia.

“The Lighthouse at Fort Point is a project near and dear to our hearts as our Dad, Ron Lane, was instrumental in opening the lighthouse to the public. When it was announced that the RQM would not be operating the museum this year, we felt a moral obligation to continue Ron’s legacy and keep the lighthouse open to the public,” said Susan Lane, Manager of Lane’s Privateer Inn. “It is with great pleasure that we announce that Lane’s Privateer Inn will be partnering with the Region of Queens to operate the Lighthouse at Fort Point for the summer season of 2016. The lighthouse will be open 6 days per week during the peak summer season and weekends during the shoulder season. Lane’s at the Lighthouse will continue the mandate of the RQM as we will operate the lighthouse as an historic interpretive centre in keeping with the established tradition.”

Queens Association for Supported Living - Penny Lane Enterprises is proposing the shared use of the VIC as a retail space to sell products made at Penny Lane Enterprises, as well as other social enterprises around the province and other locally made products. There is also potential for Penny Lane Enterprises to host special events at the VIC either independently or in conjunction with other community partners. It is proposed that the staff and clients of Penny Lane would operate the retail shop as well as assist Region staff in the operation of the tourist information aspect allowing both the Region and QASL to build capacity within the community.

“Penny Lane Enterprises is thrilled to be partnering with the Region of Queens for the shared use of this great facility. Community inclusion for people of all abilities is the main focus of our organization, so to be in the centre of Liverpool’s downtown core, showcasing our products and services is a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Treena Dexter, Executive Director of Queens Association for Supported Living. “We look forward to working with Region staff as our community continues to embrace diversity well into the future.”


Municipal staff will develop a lease agreement for each organization with a one year term, with a mutual option for a one year renewal. These partnerships will allow access to valued community amenities at a lower cost to the taxpayer, through a savings of approximately $25,000 in staffing costs at Fort Point Lighthouse Gift Shop, and a percentage of the revenue generated at the VIC. It is expected that both sites will be open to visitors later in the evenings than in previous years, and Penny Lane Enterprises is planning be open weekdays in the “off season”, from October to April, making the VIC a year round operation.


“There are many benefits in the partnerships we have now formed with Penny Lane Enterprises and Lane’s Privateer Inn,” said Clarke. “We look forward to seeing the vision of Lane’s and the Queens Association for Supported Living come to life, and the positive ways it impact residents and visitors, as well as adding to the products and services offered in Liverpool .”