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Statement by Region of Queens Municipality Regarding HGS Canada
STATEMENT BY REGION OF QUEENS MUNICIPALITY
REGARDING HGS CANADA
January 15, 2020
Recently HGS Canada informed the Municipality that they will not be renewing their lease option for the building in Liverpool Industrial Park. HGS Canada has decided that after 13 years operating at this location that they no longer wish to continue with the current lease arrangement with Region of Queens Municipality. Three years ago, the Municipality reduced the company’s rent to nearly half of what is was at the beginning of the lease in order to help with cost efficiencies in light of a reduced workforce by the company.
The company has informed the Municipality that all of its employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer into their work at home program.
Mayor David Dagley notes “Our thoughts are with the 52 employees at this time during this period of change and transition. We are proud that these employees have been known by the company to consistently be the best performing in their workforce of sites throughout Nova Scotia. We are confident that all, or a great majority of the employees, will be able to continue to work for HGS Canada through the work at home program. We thank HGS Canada for offering our residents continued employment in our community.”
The 32,000 square foot building is owned and leased by Region of Queens Municipality and has been a call centre for two different companies since its inception. The current tenant only leases half of the building, but because of the restrictions in that lease, the remainder of the building was virtually unleaseable. With the ending of this lease, the Municipality is now focused on leasing the entire building to maximize its benefits in terms of both use and local employment growth. Our staff are currently in discussions with other entities to locate potential future tenants.
Mayor David Dagley
NS Emergency Management Office Opens Applications for Financial Assistance Program for Dorian Damage
We are sharing a News Release from Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office: January 8, 2020:
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE--Applications Available for Financial Assistance Program for Dorian Damage
Nova Scotians who suffered uninsurable losses as a result of Hurricane Dorian can now apply for the disaster financial assistance program beginning today, Jan. 8.
"Hurricane Dorian caused widespread damage across Nova Scotia and its effects were felt from Yarmouth to Sydney. Based on information we received from municipalities and provincial departments, the damage is estimated to be about $11 million," said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for emergency management. "This program helps people and communities get back on their feet after a disaster. It covers the costs of basic household items like appliances and furniture, as well as basic repairs of structural damage to a home or business that are not insurable."
Details on the program and how to apply are available at https://beta.novascotia.ca/government/emergency-management-office . The deadline to apply for assistance is March 31.
Government announced the program on Dec. 19 to help individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have uninsurable claims and municipalities with uninsured losses.
-- Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Nova Scotia on Sept. 7
-- the disaster financial assistance program covers up to $200,000 per household, small business, not-for-profit. There is no deductible
-- food is not covered by this program. Food lost in power outages could have been covered by insurance
-- contact 2-1-1 for more information
-- the last disaster financial assistance program was implemented in October 2016 following historic flooding in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office, https://beta.novascotia.ca/government/emergency-management-office
Storm Closure -January 8, 2020
January 8, 2020: Due to the impending storm and resulting road conditions, Region of Queens Municipality's Administrative Office, located at 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, will be closed Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Special Weather Statement Issued By Environment Canada, Jan. 7, 2020
Public Notice: Environment Canada Issues Special Weather Statement
Jan. 7, 2020: A Special Weather Statement has been issued for Queen’s County, advising of snow coming on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, beginning in the morning and persisting into the evening.
Significant snowfall is expected from a developing storm across the province on Wednesday. The snow will develop Wednesday morning and then begin to taper to flurries in the afternoon in the west and evening in the north. Current indications suggest total snowfall of 10 to 15 cm but more is possible if the storm track should shift to the west as it develops. Snowfall warnings may be expanded westward in future updates.
Monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada online at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ns
Report power outages by calling the Nova Scotia Power Outage line at 1-877-428-6004
Region of Queens Municipality Celebrates Staff Milestones
December 10, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality’s skilled workforce provides services that are important to the lives of Queens County residents and visitors. Staff employed by the Municipality are skilled in areas required to plan, coordinate, and respond to municipally coordinated programs and services. Milestone achievements of staff were recognized with Years of Service Awards presented at the Region of Queens Regular Council meeting held on December 10, 2019.
“Council is proud to recognize these milestones celebrating the working careers of staff. Those receiving awards today have shown their commitment to public service and excellence,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are privileged to have municipal employees who remain dedicated to their work, while making it their career. All staff are much appreciated and respected by Council and the residents of the Region.”
Sixteen employees from various departments within Region of Queens Municipality were recognized for five, 10, 15, and 25years of service; those employees collectively represent 170 years of employment. Staff who have worked for the Region of Queens for five years are Denise Covey, James Dean, Harold Freeman, Jamie Legge, and Scott Orme. Ten years of service was reached by Cindy Conway, Wanda Horton, Kelley-Anne Hurley, Robin McKinnon, Candice Weare, and Richard Wolfe. Heather Cook, Corina Huphman, Jennifer Keating-Hubley, and Sally Wolfe were recognized for 15 years of service. Reaching 25 years of employment with the Region of Queens Municipality is Scott Rhyno.
The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens are diverse, and include departments of Planning and the administration office, Engineering and Public Works, parks and playgrounds, Queens Place Emera Centre, the Municipal landfill and recycling facility, as well as Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care. Service Awards are presented each year in December by Council to staff as they achieve 5 year milestone increments. Years of service for staff employed by either the former Municipality of Queens or former Town of Liverpool prior to the amalgamation are carried forward and added to their employment with the Region of Queens Municipality.
RQM Wins Award at AMANS Conference
October 21, 2019; Liverpool, NS: During the Fall AMANS Conference in Digby last week, Region of Queens Municipality was presented the ‘Workplace for Wellness Silver Award’. This award was presented for the Municipality's commitment to improving the health of its employees and elected officials.
Thank you to Norm Amirault, Wendy Connors and Mallory Plummer for organizing ‘Workplace Wellness Week’ activities over the past two years.
A big thank you as well to KayLee Oickle for all she does year round to promote health and wellness amongst staff and Council; she inspires and motivates all, and her dedication is appreciated.
New Canteen Operator at Queens Place Emera Centre
October 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: The canteen at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS, will soon be serving up tasty snacks and delicious meal options under a new management agreement. At the October 8, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, a motion was unanimously approved to enter into an agreement with Angela Ahmad, owner of Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Service, effective October 11, 2019, or as soon as possible following this date.
“Council is pleased to be able to enter into this agreement with Angela Ahmad, and feel that Taste of Saffron will be a great addition to the services provided at Queens Place Emera Centre. The proposal submitted by Angela Ahmad was well thought out, with a proposed menu featuring traditional canteen favourites, as well as some of the home cooked Indian dishes that have made Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services a popular local business,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
On September 18, 2019, Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services submitted an unsolicited proposal to operate the canteen at Queens Place Emera Centre, proposing a monthly rental from October 2019 through to March 31, 2020 as a trial. The proposal was discussed at the Queens Place Board of Directors meeting on October 1, 2019, and a motion was made that the Board recommend that staff negotiate an agreement for food and non-alcoholic beverages Queens Place Emera Centre, based on the proposal received on September 18, 2019. To accommodate a number of events at Queens Place Emera Centre, the agreement between Region of Queens Municipality and Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services will be in effect through to April 30, 2020.
“I have always enjoyed cooking and strive to use healthy ingredients in as many of my dishes as possible. I have been operating Taste of Saffron particularly at the Liverpool Market. I look forward to operating A Taste of Saffron from Queens Place Emera Centre. You will see me during major events such as the numerous hockey games during the current hockey season. I look forward to seeing you” said Angela Ahmad, owner of Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services.
Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services will open at Queens Place Emera Centre on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10am - 1 pm. Regular hours will start on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. For updates on hours and menu selections, follow Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services on Facebook.
Notice: Planning Advisory Committee meeting cancelled
The Planning Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday October 7, 2019 has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for November 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
Flags at Half Mast in honour of the former Premier of Nova Scotia John Buchanan
The flags will fly at half-mast until after the funeral is held on Friday, October 11, 2019.
Schedule of Public Meetings about Physical Activity Strategy Re-Write
We are consulting with residents throughout Queens County as we begin the re-write of Region of Queens Municipality's Physical Activity Strategy. All are welcome to come and provide input on how the Region can support residents leading healthier lifestyles. Choose a location near you or a date that suits your schedule!
October is Mi'kmaq History Month
October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. October was proclaimed Mi'kmaq History Month in 1993 by then Premier John Savage and Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. The purpose of Mi'kmaq History Month is to increase public awareness about the Mi'kmaw culture and heritage for all citizens of Nova Scotia. In recognition of this important month, the flag on the special purpose flagpole on the Liverpool Waterfront will fly the Santéé Mawióómi flag (also known as the Mí'kmaq Grand Council flag) for a two week period beginning on October 1, as per Region of Queens Municipality’s Operational Policy #84: Flag Flying.