Current press releases are shown below when issued.
Administration Office Closure
Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Building will be closed to public access at the end of the business day today (4:30 pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2020), until further notice, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Permit requests, applications, or information requests will be accepted by telephone, email, fax, or regular mail only. As always, bill payments can be made on-line, through one’s bank, or regular mail. Please contact the department offering the services you require:
* Administration Office general enquiries, Finance Department ... 902-354-3453
* Bylaw Enforcement, Building Inspection, Engineering & Works, Planning, Solid Waste Management ... 902-354-3455
* Economic Development, Recreation & Community Development ... 902-354-5741
* Administration; Office Fax: 902-354-7473
March 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting CANCELLED
Please note, Region of Queen’s Municipality’s March 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting has been cancelled.
Visitor Restrictions: Hillsview Acres Home For Special Care
March 22, 2020
Please be advised that Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care is now closed, as directed by the Provincial State of Emergency Direction, in which long term care facilities were 8 strutted to close immediately.
March 9, 2020
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has advised all Long Term Care facilities in the province to implement restricted access to long-term care facilities as follows:
If you have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, you may have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A 14-day post return to Canada visitation restriction is being implemented province-wide by the Department of Health and Wellness. We recognize the challenges that these restrictions may cause and we thank you for your cooperation and commitment to protecting those at risk.
Janie Ryan, Administrator
Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care
Cancellation of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women`s World Championships
March 9, 2020
In light of the recent cancellation of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women`s World Championships, our hearts go out to Team Hungary and all 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women`s World Championships players and their families, as well as to organizers, sponsors and fans. Cancellation of the March 2020 Championships is unfortunate, however we do understand the rationale for this recent decision based on current health concerns.
Mayor David Dagley
Region of Queens Municipality
Volunteers of the Year Chosen in Region of Queens Municipality
February 27, 2020; Liverpool, NS: The effect that volunteers have in a community is far reaching, impacting many areas of community life, much like how ripples spread outward when a stone is thrown into a body of water. Volunteers were selected to be Volunteers of the Year by Region of Queens Council at the February 25, 2020 Council meeting. Brenda Lawrence, of Brooklyn, and the duo of Natasha Slauenwhite and Cory Rodenhiser of Buckfield, were drawn from a pool of 10 nominations recognizing the hard work and dedication of 11 individuals nominated over the past year through the Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative; Natasha and Cory were nominated together in one nomination as they do much of their volunteer work together.
“Through the Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative program community members have a mechanism to recognize and show their appreciation for the volunteers who have made Queens a great place to live, work and play. Our community is enhanced through their provision of recreational opportunities, needed services, social connections and more,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are pleased that Brenda, Cory and Natasha will be honoured for their volunteer work and represent Region of Queens Volunteers at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2020.”
The Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative is a program launched in the fall of 2015 to showcase the efforts of volunteers in Queens County. Nominations may be submitted throughout the year by members of the community; the nominees’ biographies and photographs are posted on the Region of Queens website, Facebook and Twitter pages, enabling the community to learn about the volunteer work of their friends and neighbors.
From those nominees, Council chooses two Volunteers of the Year for the Region of Queens who will receive an award at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony held near Volunteer Week in April. The Province of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony honours approximately 70 volunteers from across Nova Scotia each year for their commitment and dedication to community life. The Provincial Volunteer Award is a once in a lifetime award. The ceremony is being held on April 27, 2020, in Halifax. National Volunteer Week takes places April 19 – 25, 2020.
From February 2018 through to January 31, 2019, 10 nominations were received for the Ripple Effect, representing 11 individuals. Those nominated were Terry Connolly of Brooklyn, Kieran Clattenburg of Liverpool, Catherine Croft of Mill Village, Sylvia Hurley of Liverpool, Brenda Lawrence of Brooklyn, Vina Moses of Mersey Point, Sharon Saulnier of Liverpool, Natasha Slauenwhite and Cory Rodenhiser of Buckfield, Debbie J. Wamboldt of Milton, and David Wightman, Liverpool
“Every volunteer who was nominated makes a big impact in their community, and those impacts ripple across our county. We value all of the time and work that volunteers do. it is challenging to select just two as Volunteers of the Year; and part of the challenge is to try to determine which act of volunteerism would have more value over another? All are important, so In the interest of being fair, we draw two names randomly,” said Dagley. “We are very fortunate in Queens to have many dedicated volunteers – the nominees this year are a great example of the passionate, energetic and skilled volunteers in Queens, however we know there are even more who deserve recognition. Residents are encouraged to thank those who make Queens a great place to live - make a Ripple Effect nomination!”
Photos and biographies of Ripple Effect nominees, along with a downloadable nomination form are posted on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/volunteering/overview .
Region of Queens Drafts New Planning Strategy
February 25, 2020; Liverpool, NS: Today, the Municipality of the Region of Queens reached an important milestone in the Queens Planning for the Future project, and is seeking public feedback on the draft Municipal Planning Strategy (“MPS” or “Plan”). Developed with input from residents, business owners, and elected officials, the Plan guides planning for land uses and the services that support them, to make the best use of limited resources and to address the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow. Specifically, the document guides how and where businesses, homes, agriculture, and new infrastructure can and should happen.
The Municipal Planning Strategy contains the overarching vision and policies—established in consultation with residents and business owners—for how land uses will develop and operate in the coming years. Two companion documents, the Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw, put this vision and these policies into action through nuts-and-bolts regulations. This Plan will also be used to inform other bylaws, plans, and capital investments (infrastructure) in the Region of Queens. The documents can be viewed online at the project website, below.
“Community planning is critical for the future growth of Region of Queens Municipality,” said Mayor David Dagley. “The revised MPS, Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw help to steer economic development, as well as future growth and development of our neighbourhoods. They also provide members of our communities with direction for usage of their properties while respecting our environment.”
Mike MacLeod, Director of Planning and Development, is looking forward to hearing what people think about the new policies. “The Region has worked hard over the past year to hear peoples’ thoughts on how Queens should develop. Now we’re really excited to find out if people think we got it right, and how we can improve.”
Over the next few weeks, the Region will be hosting public meetings throughout Queens. Residents are invited to learn about the Plan and see how the Land Use Bylaw is applied to their properties. Planners will be at the meetings to answer questions and get feedback that will be integrated in the final Plan and Land Use Bylaw.
The draft plan is posted online: www.queensplan.com Public meetings have been planned to so residents can learn what is new and provide feedback to the draft plan. Each meeting will start with a presentation, followed by a Q and A, and open house. Dates and locations will be posted on www.queensplan.com , www.regionofqueens.com , and on Region of Queens Municipality’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Increased Fibre Internet Coverage Approved for Queens County
February 7, 2020; Liverpool, NS: Reliable fibre internet service will soon be available for approximately 1,251 premises in Queens County. On Friday, February 7, 2020, Develop Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia announced that Bell Canada’s “Fibre to the Home Footprint Expansion” project in the Region of Queens Municipality was approved for funding through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative.
“This is an exciting announcement, and we are pleased that this project has been approved. Reliable high speed internet service is an essential service for residents and businesses. This approval is significant, the culmination of several years of collaboration with Develop Nova Scotia, internet providers, and Region of Queens Municipality to bring fibre internet to communities in Queens which have been previously underserviced by broadband,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
The Bell Canada Project will extend “Fibre to the Home” service of approximately 817 premises in the Central Queens area and to approximately 434 premises in North Queens. Region of Queens Municipality will contribute $435,500 to the project. Bell Canada has secured $487,000 from the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust through Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, with Bell Canada funding the balance of the $1,908,442 project. In 2019, Region of Queens Municipality also contributed $64,500 towards installing fibre backbone along Highway 210 and Highway 8 in North Queens. This investment by Region of Queens Municipality is making today’s announcement possible. It is anticipated that Bell Canada will commence initial work on this project within 30 days.
“This announcement is significant. Materials will soon be ordered and tree trimming undertaken, which will lead to residents being able to access internet speeds of up to 940 Mbps,” said Dagley.
Connecting premises in Central and North Queens is phase one of the project. Future phases are being pursued in an effort to connect other areas of Queens County that have been identified as having limited access or substandard internet service.
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