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LEAF AND YARD WASTE PICK-UP

 

November 2 to November 6, 2020
and
November 9 to November 13, 2020

 

This year’s LEAF AND YARD WASTE roadside pick-up will be held during the weeks of November 2 to November 6, 2020 and November 9 to November 13, 2020 on your regular collection day.

The materials acceptable for pick-up shall include leaves, grass trimmings, and yard waste placed in clear or orange plastic bags. (No plastics, cigarette packages, cups, etc.) Branches and limbs will be accepted if individual branches do not exceed 7 cm. (2.5 inches) in diameter. These should be tied in bundles no longer than 1.2 m. (4 feet) and 20 m. (8 inches) in diameter.

 

Scott LeBlanc
Solid Waste Clerk/Safety Officer
902-354-3455

The Seventh Council of Region of Queens Municipality will officially be installed at the Swearing In Ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 pm.  The ceremony will be held in Council Chamber, at Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Building, and will be streamed live on the Municipality’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages to provide our residents with the ability to see their newly elected Mayor and Councillors be sworn in and begin their term on Council.  In person attendance at the ceremony is limited to Council members, their guests, and Municipal staff who take part in the Swearing In Ceremony.  In the past, the ceremony was traditionally a public event, however, this is not possible this year, due to indoor gathering limits and physical distancing protocols in effect by Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Please tune in at 7 pm, October 29,  to watch your new Mayor and Councillors be sworn in:

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2q2i7QSvBDBqS38uCApvQ?view_as=subscriber

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RegionofQueens  

Twitter https://twitter.com/RegionofQueens

2020 Invitation Swearing in Ceremony

October 21, 2020:  Observing wildlife is interesting, but human interactions with wild animals, such as feeding them, can cause problems.  There is an established colony of foxes living in the wooded areas of Beach Meadows Beach. These foxes are wild animals, and we request that people do not feed them. This will cause them to become nuisance animals that pose a hazard to residents, and a dependency on people. Nova Scotia Lands and Forestry’s website notes that  “Foxes are easily habituated to humans, and when they are actively fed by people, their numbers can increase to exceed the carrying capacity of the landscape. This may encourage foxes to den closer to artificial food sources which continues the cycle of dependency on human food. During periods of high population, foxes are also more susceptible to fatal diseases like mange, and rabies. Fatal diseases are nature's way of controlling population levels and quickly spread when fox numbers increase.”   

Learn more about wild foxes and how to keep them safe on the Lands and Forestry website: 

https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/fox.asp

Dont feed the foxes Beach Meadows Beach1

The Official Results of the 2020 Municipal Election have now been confirmed, as of Tuesday, October 20, 2020.  Following are the Official Council members for the 2020 - 2024 term in Region of Queens Municipality.

OFFICE CANDIDATES VOTE
TOTAL
 
Mayor

DAGLEY, David B.
FRALIC, Brian G.
MACLEOD, Susan
NORMAN, Darlene (Elected)

845
466
1,106
1,336
 

Councillor, District 1

CHRISTIAN, Scott
MUISE, Kevin (Elected)
SMITH, Tara

181
249
198
 

Councillor, District 2

GIDNEY, Ralph (Elected)
KELLY, Heather

282
152
 

Councillor, District 3

CHARLTON, Maddie (Elected)
JOLLIMORE, Roger

513
173
 

Councillor, District 4

AMIRAULT, Vicki (Elected)
LAWS, Allan
MACLAREN, Dan

314
148
120
 

Councillor, District 5

FANCY, Jack (Elected)
ROBART, Leslie A.

325
154
 

Councillor, District 6

BROWN, David (Elected)
CROFT, Jason

 363
234
 

Councillor, District 7

 HAWKES, Carl (Elected)
JOHNSON, Gil

191
155
 

October 16, 2020: Region of Queens Municipality’s Council and staff extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of Evelyn Lockwood, who passed away on October 15, 2020.  Evelyn Lockwood lived a life of community service, devoting 15 years as a Councillor with Municipality of Queens, and as Deputy Warden.  Among her many notable accomplishments were serving as Chair of the committee responsible for construction of Queens Manor, and also as Chair of the committee that coordinated renovations of Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility.  Well known throughout Queens, she was active in many community organizations, and also ran the Mill Village General Store in the 1970s, with her husband Hugh.

Flags at Region of Queens Municipality will be lowered to half mast today through to end of day Thursday, October 22 as per Policy #84: Flag Flying, which notes this level of respect be given to former Municipal Councillors.

Half mast Councillor and Deputy Mayor Lockwood1

October 9, 2020, Liverpool, NS:  In a court decision released today, Justice Diane Rowe upheld the Municipality’s interpretation of its Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw that prohibits multiple recreational vehicles (RV’s) and/or travel trailers on a property.

For more than a year, there has been an ongoing dispute between the Municipality and owners of a property in Labelle, Queens County, concerning whether or not they are allowed to use the property for multiple RV’s. Evidence presented before the court earlier this week noted that there have been times when more than 5 RV’s have been on the property in question leading the Municipality to enforce the provisions of its Land Use Bylaw which prohibit campgrounds in the Seasonal (R7) Zone.  

As a result of today’s decision, the Municipality will be obtaining an Order of the Court requiring removal of offending RV’s and travel trailers within 15 days of the date of the Order and restraining the owners from a repetition of the offence in the future. 

October 7, 2020, Labelle, Queens County, Nova Scotia…. On October 5 at approximately 4:18 p.m, Queens District RCMP responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle roll over collision on Hwy. 210 in Labelle.

RCMP responded to the scene along with Fire and EHS. The driver and sole occupant of a black Dodge Avenger incurred non-life-threatening injury. Police arrested the driver, a 65-year-old Queens County man, for impaired driving after seeing signs of impairment. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on November 18.

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen a black Dodge Avenger driving on Monday afternoon, October 5 in the Labelle and Middlefield areas. Should you have witnessed this vehicle on October 5 or have video footage please contact the Queens RCMP at 902-354-5721

File # 20201469725

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October 6, 2020, Liverpool, NS: More residents in Queens County will soon have access to recreational facilities at very little cost.


Region of Queens Municipality today announced the launch of its new #RecreationForAll initiative that will see increased access to municipal recreational facilities by lessening the financial burden on residents who may require assistance.


At the launch event at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, Queen County, Mayor David Dagley thanked Tim Potter of Dexter Construction for their initial sponsorship that paved the way for other businesses, community organizations, and individuals to step up supporting the program. The program will now begin to accept public donations to ensure the program is sustainable for many years to come.


As part of Dexter Construction’s sponsorship, the first recipients of memberships to Queens Place Emera Centre will be all Special Olympians in Queens County that are training for competitions. Mike Greek, President and CEO of Special Olympics NS was on hand to hear the news, “Our athletes were training hard for provincial, national, and international events until COVID-19 hit and now that we are able to start training again, today’s funding announcement lessens the burden on our athletes by removing the financial barriers to training so they can focus solely on being the best athlete they want to be physically, mentally, and socially.”


Dexter Construction Company Ltd., the construction arm of the Municipal Group of Companies, has a long history of support for physical activity in Queens County. The company was a major contributor to Queens Place Emera Centre, nearly 10 years ago.


In addition to Dexter Construction, other corporate and private donors like Bell Aliant are funding the program which now has the resources to immediately provide access to over 100 people to Queens Place Emera Centre.


“Council recognized that while there are programs in place to support children and youth registered in organized sports programs, there was nothing in place for adults or youths to assist them in accessing municipal recreation facilities to help them be more physically active, while improving their mental and social well-being” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.


Council approved its Recreation for All policy in March of this year and covers Queens Place Emera Centre, North Queens Aquatic Centre, and Milton Centennial Pool.


Applications for support under the Recreation for All program are now available at Queens Place Emera Centre, municipal office, and on our website. More information about the application process can be found online: https://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants


Businesses, community groups, and individuals interested in contributing to the program can now complete a donor form available online at https://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants or pick one up at Queens Place Emera Centre or the municipal office. Charitable receipts are issued for donations.

October is Mi'maq History Month, and to observe this special month, from October 1 - 14, 2020, the flag pole on Liverpool's waterfront will fly the Santéé Mawióómi flag (the Mí'kmaq Grand Council flag) in honour of Mi'kmaq History Month. In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage. This year’s poster draws on this knowledge and highlights the significance of plants, not just as a source of food but as an integral part of Netukulimk – the Mi'kmaw way of life.The Mi'kmaq History Month website https://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/ was developed to increase awareness and share information of the Mi’kmaw culture, history and heritage, in particular, Treaty Day (October 1) and Mi’kmaq History Month (observed each October).

During Mi'kmaq History Month, community activities, events, sharing and showcasing Mi’kmaw history takes place across Nova Scotia. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to participate in Mi’kmaq History Month events.

2020 Mikmaq History Month

The following list will be updated periodically, as new information is added about supports available to residents with dry wells.

September 2, 2020: If you have a dry well, please note that shower facilities, toilets and drinking water at Thomas H. Raddall Provincial Park are available by appointment. Call the Park in advance at 902-683-2664, to book a time. The comfort station is open between 1:30 and 3:30 pm daily for public access to showers, toilets and drinking water.

Facilities will be closed to campers during the public access period and reopened for campers after cleaning.

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park is located at 529 Raddall Park Road, Port Joli.

 

August 31, 2020:  If you have a dry well, please note that shower facilities at Queens Place Emera Centre are availble by appointment. Please read the following information and contact the information desk at 902-354-4422.  Click here to download the PDF of the poster.

Public Showers Poster September 1 2020

9:00 am, Wednesday, September 23, 2020:  The Wind Warning and Storm Surge Warning issued by Environment Canada for Queens County have ended, and there currently is only a Rainfall Warning in effect. Rain, at times heavy, is expected and will gradually dissipate from west to east across the province as Post Tropical Storm Teddy departs the region, heading towards Newfoundland. Total rainfall will exceed 50 mm in most areas with some areas exceeding 100 mm.  Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

The public may monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada at: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns4

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3:11 pm, Tuesday, September 22, 2020: While we are still in the early stages of the storm, and at present, haven't lost power or other services, it is good to "Get Prepared". Having a list of important contact numbers near your phone will be a help if you need it.

Following are some important phone numbers:

Nova Scotia Power Outage Line (call to report a power outage and to get updates on expected restoration times. If you don't report an outage at your address, they may not be aware that the outage impacts your home)

1-877-428-6004

Bell Aliant Outage Line (call to report service outages)

611 or 1-800-663-2600

Eastlink Outage Line (call to report service outages)

1-888-345-1111

In the case of an emergency, call 911.

For non-emergencies, please call the non emergency line for the organization you require in your community:

Queens RCMP Detachment - 902-354-5721

Greenfield & District Volunteer Fire Department - 902-685-2174

Liverpool Fire Fighters Association - 902-354-4530

Mill Village & District Fire Department - 902-527-3120

North Queens Fire Association - 902-682-2696

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12:15 pm, Tuesday, September 22, 2020:  Queens County currently has a Rainfall Warning, Storm Surge Warning, Wind Warning,and Tropical Storm Warning in place by Environment Canada with regard to Hurricane Teddy.  In our area, the worst effects of the Hurricane are expected during the day and evening on Tuesday, September 22, with the Rain Fall Warning continueing into Wednesday.  Environment Canada advises that rain, at times heavy, is expected, with total rainfall amounts of 50 to 75 mm, possibly reaching 100 mm in areas of heaviest rain. The initial rain bands ahead of Hurricane Teddy will reach the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia late this morning. Rain will be heavy at times through the afternoon and then diminish somewhat in the evening. A second burst of heavier rain is expected just ahead of Teddy as it approaches the coast overnight and into Wednesday morning. Total amounts may exceed 50 mm by 6 a.m. Wednesday, with total rainfall possibly reaching 100 mm in areas of heaviest rain by Wednesday night. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. 
Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Storm surge and very large breaking waves are the main concern and could pose a significant threat. This morning 3-4 metre waves at the coast will build to 7-9 metres late in the day, with waves breaking higher along parts of the coast from Yarmouth to Cape Breton. The high waves will persist into the overnight period. Outside of the times for high tide, there is still a threat for very large waves, rough and pounding surf, and local overwash. The public should exercise extreme caution, as this is a potentially dangerous situation. High waves combined with the surge may cause damage along the coast, and rip currents. Stay away from affected shorelines. Coastal flooding is possible along shorelines.

Tropical storm force northeasterly winds will develop across much of Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Teddy today. Winds are expected to gust to 80 to 100 km/h over exposed areas and along parts of the coast this afternoon and evening. These winds could break tree branches potentially resulting in downed utility lines. Secure loose objects on your property and anticipate power interruptions. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds near 65 km/h or more) are expected over parts of the region within 24 hours. By nature, a tropical storm also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns4

Residents are reminded to be prepared - do you have an emergency kit prepared? Your emergency kit should help you to shelter in place for up to 72 hours, if needed. Here is a link to a list of items to include in your basic emergency kit: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/bsc-kt-en.aspx and another prepared by the province of Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/alerts/hurricane-teddy/docs/are-you-ready-EN.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1ghYQfnd3zIWZFTudPZT4zJrnaMmilJBc2ccz1nWmRHBNehmiIqfiGr1w

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4:00 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2020:  A Wind Warning, a Storm Surge Warning, and a Tropic Storm Warning are in effect for Queens County in anticipation of Hurricane Teddy, expected to impact the province on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Wind Warning:  Strong winds may cause damage are expected or occurring, with maximum gusts: northeasterly 90 to 100 km/h along parts of the coast, along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia from Digby County to Victoria County from Tuesday afternoon until late Tuesday evening.  Winds will strengthen over the coast of Nova Scotia on Tuesday as Teddy approaches from the south. Winds will reach warning criteria over the Atlantic and lower Fundy coasts of mainland Nova Scotia on Tuesday afternoon.  Late Tuesday evening and into the overnight hours, winds will shift to southeasterly and diminish somewhat over eastern Nova Scotia before strengthening again overnight and Wednesday morning as Teddy crosses the province. Winds will remain near warning criteria over western mainland Nova Scotia through the night as they shift to northwesterly.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.


Storm surge warning:  High Storm Surge levels and very large waves are expected to impact the coast, with maximum storm surge water levels up to 50 cm, and maximum wave heights of 7 to 9 metres, breaking higher along parts of the coast, in areas from Yarmouth County east to Guysborough.  For the Southwest Shore the storm surge is expected near high tides on Tuesday morning and Tuesday evening. The main risk is for very large waves, rough and pounding surf and a threat for rip currents. On Tuesday morning 3-4 metre waves at the coast will build to 7-9 metres late in the day, with waves breaking higher along parts of the coast. Outside of the times for high tide there is still a threat for very large waves, rough and pounding surf, and local overwash. The public should observe extreme caution. High waves combined with the surge may cause damage along the coast. Coastal erosion is likely in vulnerable areas. Coastal flooding is possible along the shoreline. Storm surge warnings are issued when water levels pose a threat to coastal regions.


Tropical storm warning: Tropical storm force winds of 60 gusting to 90 km/h over exposed areas from Tropical Storm Teddy can be expected over  Queens County.  Tropical storm force winds ahead of Hurricane Teddy expected to begin affecting parts of Nova Scotia late on Tuesday, accompanied by rain at times heavy in the afternoon and evening, with potential wind gusts of 65 to 100 km/h over exposed areas and along parts of the coast. Coastal regions of mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton from noon Tuesday into late Wednesday. Tropical storm force northeasterly winds will develop across much of Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Teddy on Tuesday. Winds are expected to gust to 80 to 100 km/h over exposed areas and along parts of the coast Tuesday afternoon and evening. These winds could break tree branches potentially resulting in downed utility lines.

Stay away from the shore - the combination of surge and large waves could result in dangerous rip currents and the risk of being pulled out to sea. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds near 65 km/h or more) are expected over parts of the region within 24 hours. By nature, a tropical storm also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall.

 

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns4

Residents are reminded to be prepared - do you have an emergency kit prepared? Your emergency kit should help you to shelter in place for up to 72 hours, if needed. Here is a link to a list of items to include in your basic emergency kit: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/bsc-kt-en.aspx

 

9:23 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2020:  In preparation of the arrival of hurricane Teddy, Environment Canada has issued warnings and watches for different areas across Nova Scotia. There is a Wind Warning, a Tropical Storm Watch, and a Special Weather Statement in place for Queens County.

While it is still too early to predict specific numbers, they have stated some expected impacts from the storm. Please check Environment Canada's Warnings, Watches and Statements page for updates on what to expect as the storm gets closer: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns4

As of the most recent updates (at 4:50 a.m., Sept. 21, 2020), strong winds that may cause damage are expected or may be occurring. Maximum gusts: northeasterly 90 km/h along parts of the coast.

Locations: Along the Atlantic coast of mainland Nova Scotia.

Time span: Tuesday afternoon until late Tuesday evening.

Tropical storm force northeasterly winds are expected to develop across much of Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Teddy on Tuesday. Winds are expected to gust to 80 to 100 km/h over exposed areas and along parts of the coast Tuesday afternoon and evening. Another period of strong winds is possible Wednesday morning over easternmost sections of Nova Scotia as Teddy makes its closest approach to the province. Storm surge in coastal areas of Nova Scotia, and heavy rain are also expected, although it is unsure at this point in time which areas will be most affected by these.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds near 65 km/h or more) are possible over parts of the region within 36 hours.

Residents are reminded to be prepared - do you have an emergency kit prepared? Your emergency kit should help you to shelter in place for up to 72 hours, if needed. Here is a link to a list of items to include in your basic emergency kit: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/bsc-kt-en.aspx

#BeSafe #Getprepared #NSstorm

Fibe Internet Ready to Connect in Parts of Central Queens

Phase One areas in Central Queens ready for Fibe connection through Bell Canada are outlined on this map , excluding areas in grey, which are awaiting final permits.  Once permits are received, those areas will be ready to connect to homes.

September 3, 2020; Greenfield, NS:  Reliable high speed fibre internet service is now a reality for more than 862 new properties in Central Queens starting immediately. Over the spring and summer, Bell Canada crews and their contractors have worked to install internet cables on poles in areas of North and Central Queens County that have had no internet or substandard internet speeds. Bell Aliant is now ready to connect the service to homes.  The first phase of Bell Canada’s “Fibre to the Home Footprint Expansion” was approved in February 2020 with funding through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, a program of Develop Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia. Region of Queens Municipality has contributed $435,500 for this first phase which will now provide internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps in parts of Labelle and Buckfield. Today, 862 premises in Central Queens can connect to Bell’s high speed Internet service, with another 74 premises expected to be available for connection once provincial permits to run cables across waterways are approved.

“Today is the day we have been waiting to see for a long time. As of today, 1,273 new premises in North and Central Queens now have access to high speed internet with another 74 premises expected in the coming weeks for a total of 1,347 premises, which is more than originally planned for in Phase 1. These 1,347 homes and businesses can contact Bell Aliant immediately to be connected to reliable high speed internet service. Getting to this point has been a long journey, and Council of Region of Queens Municipality is grateful to have collaborated with Develop Nova Scotia, Province of Nova Scotia, and Bell Canada to bring fibre internet to our underserviced residents in North and Central Queens.” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.

The Bell Canada Project will extend Fibre to the Home service to approximately 1,350 premises in this first phase with 411 in North Queens and 936 in Central Queens. In addition to the contribution of $435,500 by Region of Queens Municipality, Develop Nova Scotia contributed $487,000 through the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust for Nova Scotia Initiative, and Bell Canada funded the balance of the $1.9 million project. In 2019, Region of Queens Municipality also contributed $64,500 towards installing fibre backbone along Highway 210 in Central Queens and Highway 8 in North Queens to make today’s announcement possible. Without that initial investment last year by the Municipality, none of today’s announcement would be possible.

Residents in the Phase 1 communities interested in being connected to fibre internet service may contact Bell Aliant at 1-844-305-4228, visit the Bell Aliant store at MacPhersons at 37 Bristol Ave in Liverpool (or call them at 902-354-5054), visit the Bell Aliant store in the Bridgewater Mall, or visit www.bellaliant.ca, to learn more about the service and to schedule an appointment for installation and connection.

 * map added September 17, 2020 at 11:12 a.m.

* media release updated - Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 at 2:50 p.m.