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Your input is important! MPS Review Discussion Papers and Policy Direction Now Available for Input
Your input is important to us! Have your say by the June 30, 2019 deadline.
Public sessions: Help Shape Queens County's New Brand
What does Queens Mean to you? We would like residents to help us determine what makes Queens unique, and the special things about Queens that make it a great place to live, work and play. Come to a public session and provide your input.
Infrastructure Upgrades for William Street, James Street, and Bartling Avenue, Liverpool
June 7, 2019; Liverpool, NS: On Monday, June 17, 2019, upgrades will begin on the water and sewer system that serves the streets to the east of lower Waterloo Street, Liverpool, NS. Work will commence on William Street, James Street, and Bartling Avenue. This project is the first year of a multi-year project which will see upgrades to complete the lower Waterloo Street area. A key component of this project is to eliminate historic sewage outfalls from this area from the harbor and connect to the sewage treatment plant.
Work on William and James Streets and Bartling Avenue is expected to continue from June 17 through to late fall, 2019. Detours and traffic rerouting will be in place on the affected roadways. During the construction period, access to the work area will be restricted to local traffic and emergency vehicles only.
Over $70 million in capital upgrade investments throughout Queens County have been made by Region of Queens Municipality since amalgamation in 1996. Much has been accomplished in the past 22 years, with infrastructure investments to help to improve our environment, provide safe streets, sidewalks, and drinking water, as well as quality recreational facilities.
Canadian Classic Rock Concert at Queens Place Emera Centre
June 5, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia is preparing for the hottest concert on the South Shore this summer, an evening of Canadian Classic Rock featuring three legendary Canadian acts. Canadian chart toppers Honeymoon Suite will take the stage on Sunday, August 25, 2019, and will be joined by well-known hard rockers Teaze from Windsor, Ontario, and the iconic Matt Minglewood Band.
On August 25, 2019, fans at Queens Place Emera Centre will be “Burning in Love” with Honeymoon Suite, Teaze and Matt Minglewood Band! Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, in person at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, or online at Ticketpro.ca. There is a presale on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for those qualifying Queens Place Emera Centre Fitness members with 1 month, 3 month or 1 year memberships, or 1 month walking track memberships.
Canadian classic rock stars Honeymoon Suite were formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Dee in 1981. In 1983 the band was bolstered by the addition of Derry Grehan who quickly became the bands primary song writer and who soon after penned ‘New Girl Now’. On the strength of that single the band signed a deal with WEA Canada and soon after came the launch of the bands self-titled debut album in June 1984. From that album came hits such as re-mastered ‘New Girl Now’, ‘Burning in Love’, ‘Wave Babies’ and ‘Stay in the Light’. Next came The Big Prize, and hits such as ‘Bad Attitude’, ‘Feel it Again’, and ‘All Along You Knew’. A number of these songs became included in soundtracks for series shows, and movies. Through the late 1980’s, songs such as ‘Love Changes Everything’ and ‘Still Loving You’ hit the singles charts. Their extensive catalogue of music and recognizable hits, energetic stage presence and sizzling musical execution continues to shine through as the band entertains fans from across the world.
From 1977 to 1980, Teaze recorded and released 4 studio albums plus one live album based on their tour of Japan in 1978, and even played with April Wine at the old arena in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. After a 40 year hiatus, they are back! On April 6, 2019, Teaze reunited to play in their hometown of Windsor, Ontario for a benefit concert, meeting with huge success. Their catalogue includes timeless hits such as; ‘Sweet Misery’, ‘Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight’, ‘Boys Night Out’ and ‘On the Loose’ to name a few. TEAZE will head east to Liverpool NS for an exclusive comeback show, certain to lead to years of entertaining the world again going forward!
Matt Minglewood Band are a musical hybrid, a four member band with one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country and the other knee deep in rock. Matt Minglewood himself has long been known as a musical shape-shifter, with such well known hits as ‘Amsterdam, ‘Dorchester’, and ‘Can’t You See’. Their high-octane show has earned them the well-deserved reputation of ‘down to earth bearers of good will and good times’. Their diversity and broad audience appeal has made them a favorite on the Canadian touring circuit. In a climate ripe with ever changing musical styles, Matt’s artistic character has been defined by his simply remaining true to himself.
Check Ticketpro.ca for notices as the concert date approaches.
Partnership Agreement Approved for Inclusive Playground in Liverpool, NS
April 10, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality is entering into a partnership agreement with Autism Nova Scotia for a future inclusive playground to be built on Municipal lands in Liverpool, NS. The playground, unique in Southwestern Nova Scotia and the province, will feature inclusive play equipment and structures that supports use by all children and adults.
“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Autism Nova Scotia, and are proud that Queens County will be home to this wonderful asset which will give families of all abilities many fun experiences that they may not have had in the past,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Not only is the inclusive playground a benefit to local families, it is something that families from all around Nova Scotia will come to visit and enjoy.”
The proposed agreement resulted from discussions around a motion of Council approved on February 27, 2018, and rescinded on April 9, 2019, in which Region of Queens Council agreed to donate the land and a maximum of $25,000, and enter a renewable partnership agreement for a period of 5 years with Autism Nova Scotia to manage construction and ongoing maintenance of the playground. Under the provisions of the proposed partnership agreement, Autism Nova Scotia will prepare the design of the playground, and determine the suppliers of the equipment, as well as work with the local Queens County fundraising committee to raise the funds needed. Once funds have been raised, and the plans and equipment have also been approved by both partners, the Municipality will manage the project through to completion, own, and maintain the playground as an additional infrastructure asset of the Municipality.
"We deeply appreciate the partnership of the Region of Queens, as well as the tremendous vision and dedication of the many volunteers and supporters who have come together to create this inclusive outdoor recreation space for people of all ages and all abilities,” said Debbie Wamboldt, chairperson of Queens Universally Designed Playground’s fundraising committee and board member of Autism Nova Scotia’s South Shore Chapter.
The projected cost of the inclusive playground is approximately $450,000, with the local fundraising committee working towards reaching that goal through community and corporate fundraising efforts. The playground project will not proceed until sufficient fundraising is in place. One of the conditions of the proposed agreement allows Autism Nova Scotia up to two years to source the required funds. In the event that the funds are not raised in two years, the partnership agreement would terminate. Under the proposed agreement, the local fundraising committee will be eligible to apply for Region of Queens’ new Community Investment Fund grant program, and therefore the previously committed $25,000 is not included in the 2019-2020 budget, and not in the proposed agreement.
Redefining Retirement program to come to Queens County
April 4, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Queens County is one of three communities selected to participate in the next round of Redefining Retirement.
The program is free to participants. It is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors in partnership with Region of Queens Municipality. This program is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the contribution older adults make to their community and was successfully piloted in 2018 in Yarmouth, Windsor, and St. Margaret’s Bay.
Briefly: Redefining Retirement is a free, 5-part workshop series that helps older adults (typically 55+) answer such questions as: How can I make my retirement better? What am I going to do when I retire? In contrast to the many retirement programs that focus solely on finances, this program is about enabling older adults to determine how they will engage with their communities, deploy their skills, and connect with like-minded people once they ‘retire’. The program originated from the observation that even though many people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s (and even 90s) are ‘retired’ in the traditional sense, they still have important social and economic contributions to make. This program helps participants live fully and purposefully in their later years, to the benefit of all.
The workshops in the series are interactive and begin on April 30, 2019. Participation is limited to approximately 25 participants. Registration is now open by visiting the Redefining Retirement website at www.redefiningretirement.ca.
For more information, please contact:
902 717 6291
Council approves 2019/2020 Budget
Council approved the 2019/2020 Budget on March 26, 2019.
Click here to view the 2019/2020 Region of Queens Municipality General Operating and Water Operating Budgets and the 2019/2020 Region of Queens Municipality Capital Budget.
Click here for Mayor Dagley's budget speech.
Response Received from Kelly Cove Salmon Limited to Questions Submitted by Region of Queens Municipality Pertaining to Aquaculture Option for Liverpool Bay
March 11, 2019; Liverpool, NS: In February 2019, Region of Queens Municipality's Council sent a letter containing a list of questions to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited concerning the proposed expansion plans for Liverpool Bay. The list of questions was approved at the February 12, 2019 Regular Council meeting. The letter sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requested that the questions and correspondence accompany the company’s aquaculture application, should they choose to apply to expand create a new operation in the Bay.
Click here to read the cover letter from Kelley Cove Salmon Limited received today, March 11, 2019, and click here to read the the responses to the questions .
Message from Mayor David Dagley: World Junior Curling Championships 2019
This past week has been one to be remembered.
I was pleased to provide two speeches at the World Junior Curling Championships, and also pass out some keeper awards to the curlers. The exceptional quality of curling by the teams was evident. Congratulations to the medal winners, as well as all participating teams from around the world.
Not only did we experience exciting world junior curling draws, but we also had an opportunity to make connections with guests from across the Province, Canada, and the Globe.
During the week a large number of fans attended the Event, and our residents and businesses provided strong support and hospitality. Major sponsors included the Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, J and W Murphy Foundation and Region of Queens Municipality.
The World Curling Federation took a leap of faith that a small community such as Liverpool, Nova Scotia could successfully host a world class event, and we did. Support was received from all communities throughout Region of Queens Municipality.
We owe a huge gratitude for the vision and hard work of the dedicated volunteers of the Liverpool Championship Host Society in their bid to host the 2019 World Juniors. They and nearly 200 volunteers helped to successfully put Liverpool and Queens on the world stage. Our large number of volunteers allow Queens to showcase major Events.
I was told by Kate Caithness, the President of the World Curling Federation as well as other dignitaries attending, that everyone was pleased with the organization and professionalism of the World Junior Curling Championships, and that Queens Place Emera Centre and the quality of ice were exceptional. Visitors embraced our local hospitality, were very impressed with all of the citizens they encountered, and were happy to share their pleasurable experiences. Queens has worked hard to earn its great reputation.
There was a large visitation throughout our communities, as scheduling time actually permitted visitors to take in our local cuisine, shops, and natural beauty. Local accommodation providers were smiling. All visitors were impressed with Queens and our quality of life.
Each and every one of our residents, businesses and staff of Region of Queens Municipality are ambassadors of Queens, who strive to provide and receive this level of satisfaction from visitors who grace our doorstep.
I personally wanted to take the time to thank all of you for your extra effort to allow Queens to provide a very successful World Junior Curling Championships Event.
Please be proud of this wonderful collaborative accomplishment, as I am certainly very proud of you.
Mayor David Dagley
Research List to be Sent Regarding Proposed Aquaculture Expansion in Liverpool Bay
February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Over the course of several months, and with data gathered by staff and input submitted by local residents, Region of Queens Municipality’s Council has compiled a list of 24 questions to send to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited concerning the proposed expansion plans for Liverpool Bay. The list of questions was approved at the February 12, 2019 Regular Council meeting, and the letter to be sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requests that the questions and correspondence accompany the company’s aquaculture application, should they choose to apply to expand create a new operation in the Bay.
“Council has heard discussion, received letters and emails from the local residents and seasonal residents, has consulted with provincial representatives from Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, reviewed scientific data, and a presentation by representatives of Kelly Cove Salmon Limited. The list of questions we are sending them will inform the process undertaken by the Aquaculture Application Review Board,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. On September 7, 2018, Kelly Cove Salmon Limited applied for and received a six month scoping Option for Liverpool Bay from Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
To better understand the entire aquaculture licensing process, and how best to have meaningful input, in December 2018, most members of Council met with representatives of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. They learned that the new aquaculture application process is completely external to the Minister, and that any correspondence with the minister will not have an impact on the process. The Aquaculture Review Board is a separate entity, bound by the terms and processes of their Board; detailed scientific and technical data is a requirement. Public opposition or support of an application may also be submitted to the proponent during the Option period, or to the Review Board once they receive the application.
The list of 24 questions compiled by the Region of Queens Municipality will begin the process of understanding the scientific data currently available, and the potential impacts. Responses to the questions provided by Kelly Cove Salmon Limited will effect a more informed Aquaculture Review Board, should the company submit an application. The questions were reviewed with a local ad hoq committee who is opposed to the proposed expansion of aquaculture in Liverpool Bay. They declined to partner with the Municipality in the submission of questions.