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April 7, 2017 – Liverpool, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Brookfield Mines Trail Association, the Region of Queens Municipality and the Astor Theatre Society will improve their community infrastructure as a result of investments by the Government of Canada. These investments support the vitality of organizations that bring in visitors to the area and support entertainment, food service, accommodations and other hospitality businesses. Furthermore, these projects will result in local purchasing of supplies and will create jobs for local contractors in Queens County.

The Government of Canada is investing $173,496 in three projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The support was announced today by Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South-Shore – St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.

An $81,000 contribution will help the Brookfield Mines Trail Association (BMTA) to undertake upgrades to the Gold Mines Trail - an18-kilometre shared-use trail that stretches between Caledonia and Colpton. The Gold Mines Trail is ideal for walking, cycling, skiing, ATV, and snowmobile use.

The funding will assist with brush clearing, installation of regulatory signage and gates, repairing sections of trail surface and completing construction of smaller bridges. The Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Off-Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund, has provided a combined contribution of $60,000 towards this project. The Region of Queens Municipality has also provided $5,000 in support.

A $55,263 contribution will also assist the Region of Queens Municipality replace the roof of the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre, in order to stabilize this important heritage property. The Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre is attached to the Astor Theatre and is also home to the Acadia First Nation’s Sipuke’l Gallery and other exhibit spaces.

Additionally, a $37,233 contribution is being provided to the Astor Theatre Society to complete upgrades to the main area and balcony seating. The theatre is the oldest performing arts venue in Nova Scotia. In 1917 when silent films were first introduced, this is where people came to the movies. During World War II, the cinema regularly featured war documentaries and newsreels.

The Astor Theatre / Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre is an important community hub in Liverpool which attracts large events such as the Liverpool International Theatre Festival the Privateer Days Commission. Additional support for this renovation project came from a donation of 435 lightly-used theatre seats from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

 

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“Upgrading local cultural and recreational assets helps attract tourists, supports small businesses, and ensures that these community resources are accessible to the residents of Queens County for many years to come. We want to help build a better Canada—one with a thriving middle class. Projects such as these support the Government of Canada’s goals.”

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Astor Theatre/Liverpool Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre and the Gold Mines Trail are important components of the cultural heritage and ongoing vibrancy of Queens County. The Government of Canada is pleased to support recreational and cultural infrastructure projects such as these that contribute to residents’ quality of life and encourage visitors to stay longer, and explore what our area of Nova Scotia has to offer”           - Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South-Shore – St. Margaret’s

“These are the types of community groups that are important to the fabric of the South Shore. Whether it be active lifestyle, active transportation or the arts – these projects will enhance opportunities and further promote our region as a great place to live, work and play.”  - Mark Furey, Business Minister and Lunenburg West MLA


“The Canada 150 Infrastructure funding will make a lasting impact in our community in many ways. We are pleased to be a recipient of funding, along with the Brookfield Mines Trail Association and the Astor Theatre Society, both of whom will be able to complete significant work. Trail improvements in North Queens for motorized vehicles and physical activity, and connecting theatre audiences to rich arts and cultural experiences are appreciated enhancements for Queens County. Replacing the roof of the historic Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre will ensure that the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre continues as a hub of downtown Liverpool, providing a home for numerous artists and cultural organizations for many years in the future.” - David Dagley, Mayor, Region of Queens Municipality

“Recreation and tourism is the future for rural communities in the South Shore of Nova Scotia in so many ways. With the help of ACOA and other Government agencies we plan to revitalize and expand our existing infrastructure to encourage good health and economic growth within our communities. We understand that we have a unique natural/historical landscape that attracts people from all around the world, and we are working as a community to make that accessible to all." - Hugh Kind, Chair, Brookfield Mines Trail Association

“The Astor Theatre Society is grateful to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for their kind donation of 435 seats and ACOA for their assistance. For over 100 years, the theatre has improved the quality of life for residents and has been a source of community identity and pride. This investment will ensure the Astor Theatre continues as a cultural, social, and economic centrepiece of the South Shore for years to come.”             - Michael Boudreau, Chairman, Astor Theatre Society

“We were pleased to donate the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall seats to help the historic Astor Theatre. This investment will further extend the life of the Astor Theatre, and contribute to the performing arts community in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.” - Diane Lemire, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO's Office, National Arts Centre

Background

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships, and support the Government of Canada’s commitment to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples.

April 7, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Queens Place Emera Centre and the Region of Queens Municipality are pleased to announce that Kentville, NS native Kevin Davison will take the stage to open for Tom Cochrane and Red Rider this June 28! The June 28th show at Queens Place Emera Centre is the only show Cochrane and Red Rider will perform in Nova Scotia.


Davison’s star continues to rise on the music scene and it may be noted that he is ‘Making Music and Saving Lives’. Jumping into the music scene with both cowboy-booted feet in 2009, he found himself in Nashville within a year in recording sessions with some of the best musicians in North America. With a career as a paramedic in his small hometown of Kentville, NS under his belt, Davison has recently made the switch from full time paramedic to a full time musician. He has dedicated his life to helping others while always carrying a tremendous passion for music.


Life’s journey has brought him to a place in time where music is taking a front seat. Davison has been nominated twice by Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association for country recording of the year, over the past few years. He was also nominated last year at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, and was also chosen as one of six country acts to participate in the Atlantic Discovery Program in 2015 with the Canadian Country Music Association.


Davison has had a whirlwind year, from performing at the late Constable Wynn's funeral in Alberta for 8,000+ first responders, the Prime Minister and a tv viewership of over 5 million; to hitting the Cavendish Beach Music Festival stage in Charlottetown, PEI and the first annual Canaan Country Music Festival with Brett Kissel.


His first single from his latest album, Only Human (released April 30th, 2015) was added to over 45 mainstream stations nationwide, and he has been featured on numerous radio stations, and television broadcasts - from Canada AM to CTV News and what seems like everything in between.
In February of this year (2017), Davison released the highly anticipated video for his single "When Those Sirens Are Gone." After six weeks, he received hundreds of messages from first responders around the world about the seriousness of PTSD, and has a whopping 225,000 views on YouTube.

Davison will be traveling from coast to coast in Canada and to the USA for shows in 2017. "I love where my career as a musician has ended up. I can play high energy country shows and still, at times, talk about my long career as a paramedic. I really have the best of both worlds", he said.
Tickets for Tom Cochrane and Red Rider with opening act Kevin Davison are on sale now at the Box Office, Queens Place Emera Centre or www.ticketpro.ca 1-888-311-9090. Get them soon they won’t last long! Celebrate Canada Day week in Liverpool NS.

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March 28, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The former Mill Village school will soon be filled with the sounds of youth eager to learn. The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality have agreed to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with the DEVI International Boarding School Society, in a move that will see the property transferred for a price of $1.00.


“Council is open to innovative ideas that will move our community forward, and the DEVI International Boarding School is a unique school for this part of the province,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Among the members of the board of the Society are Marcel and Mary Kuhn, community members who have operated a business in Liverpool, and helped to make a difference in the community through their offerings of free meditation for over a decade. We look forward to their success in this new venture.”


The DEVI International Boarding School Society is a non-profit society formed for the purpose of opening an international boarding school. The former Mill Village School will be renovated to house approximately 40 students in grades 6 to 10. The school will follow the Nova Scotia curriculum, with a special focus on the development of empathy, compassion and spiritual values, as developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. The school is unique, and has already gained interest as expressed by families from around the world. It is expected that the project will require an investment of approximately $200,000 by the Society to upgrade the property, and will provide an annual operating budget of $350,000 to $400,000 benefitting the local economy. The school is expected to initially support 7 or 8 full time jobs, along with volunteer support from Canada and overseas.


Next steps for progressing the project are to have the purchase and sale agreement signed; the property migrated; and preparation, execution and recording of the deed. The transaction is expected to close on or before May 31, 2017, with the DEVI International Boarding School Society projecting operations starting by December 21, 2018.

March 28, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality and the Queens Community Aquatic Society are continuing to examine the potential for an indoor community pool. At the February 14, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council approved a motion to:
1. Continue to work with the Queens Community Aquatic Society to develop a budget and business plan for an indoor pool project, including construction and operation, and return to Council for final consideration;
2. Commit to the development of the pool project as the priority recreation infrastructure capacity building project, including the deferral of all new funding commitments for new recreation services or recreation infrastructure, until the final decision to proceed or not is made; And,
3. Continue to inform and engage with the public on program and facility design, budget development, and financial implications.


At the March 28, 2017 Meeting, the following updates were provided:
• A project webpage will be available in early April on the regionofqueens.com website with all background information on the work to date for the public to view;
• A public solicitation for information (called a Request for Information) on pool builders and suppliers will be issued soon to provide the group better information on project options and costs.


The QCAS is a nonprofit organization formed in 2015 by residents with a vision and commitment to bringing a pool to Queens, which was in the original Queens Place Emera Centre design. The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality and QCAS has had ongoing meetings to discuss the possibilities and develop the information required for a sound community decision regarding whether or not to make a commitment to building and operating an indoor community pool.

March 14, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The Financial Conditions Index (FCI) report for the Region of Queens shows several areas in which the Region of Queens has out-performed the Rural Municipality Threshold in addition to surpassing the average of other areas also classified as Rural; these are known as “Green” rankings. There were also several “Yellow” rankings, areas in which the municipality is meeting the Rural Municipality Threshold, but is below the Rural Municipalities group average. There were only three indicators of the 15 areas that ranked “Red”, indicating that it does not meet the indicator threshold.

The indicators with a “Red” ranking are the Municipality’s uncollected taxes, 3-year change in tax base, and commercial property assessment. The Region of Queens has a higher than average percentage of uncollected taxes and have taken measures to work with residents to set up payment arrangements. In those instances where taxes remain unpaid for an extended period, or if payment arrangements have been unsuccessful, the Municipality places the property up for tax sale and therefore, this balance of uncollected taxes has been slowly declining over the past few years. The commercial property assessment and 3-year change in tax base indicators reflect minimal changes in commercial and residential assessment values.

Indicators in which the Region of Queens showed strength and surpassed the Rural Municipality Threshold were in the Budget Dimension, as well as the Debt & Capital Dimension. The Region of Queens plans for future projects through establishing budgeted reserve funds for upcoming projects. This allows the Region of Queens to reinvest in capital projects and infrastructure without exceeding reasonable debt capacity.

According to the Nova Scotia Municipal Affairs website, the FCI was designed as an early warning sign and provides a quick financial snapshot for each municipality, but is not meant to be a comprehensive assessment of performance for a municipality.

March 10, 2017; Liverpool, NS: 2017 is the year of great Canadian entertainment at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS. Eight time Juno award winning band the Barenaked Ladies will perform at Queens Place Emera Centre on Friday, October 20th, as part of their Canada 1 Five 0 Tour. VIP tickets will go on sale on Wednesday March 15 at 10 a.m. Atlantic time, and regular ticket sales will open at 10 a.m. Atlantic time on Friday, March 17, 2017.


“We are very pleased to be included in the Barenaked Ladies Canada 1 Five O Tour. The Barenaked Ladies are very well known in North America and around the world, so we expect this to be a very popular concert,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “2017 is a really exciting year for music lovers with the Barenaked Ladies coming to Queens Place in October, and Tom Cochrane with Red Rider coming on June 28.”


Known for their energetic style, New York Times pop critic Jon Pareles once described their performances as “It’s not easy to be hyperactive, brooding and whimsical all at once ... but the Barenaked ladies do just that”. Their music has been a near constant presence on the radio, with hits throughout their lengthy career, such as “If I had a Million Dollars”, “Pinch Me”, “One Week” and “Big Bang”. The Barenaked Ladies have been together for nearly 30 years, and have produced 14 studio albums, which have collectively sold more than 14 million copies. Among their awards are 8 Junos, which include Group of the Year in 1993; Children’s Album of the Year in 2009 for Snack Time!; Best Pop Album and Best Group, both in 2001; and an impressive triple win in 1999 for Best Group, Best Pop Album and Best Single. They have earned multiple Grammy nominations, and a US chart topping single with “One Week”, as well as the theme song for one of television’s most popular shows, The Big Bang Theory.


“The Region of Queens continues to gain momentum in event acquisition and execution. Led by a number of volunteer organizations, you’ll have the privilege to see former NHL greats at the Montreal Canadien Alumni Game March 30, and exciting Junior B playoff hockey – with your Liverpool Privateers- going on right now! Your first South Shore Expo Home/Sport and Travel trade show is brought to you by Darwin Event Group May 5-7, and in August, we’re happy to have the Hank Snow Tribute featuring Lisa Brokop, executed by passionate volunteers working hard on your behalf! Top that resume off with events coordinated by Queens Place, such as the Maritime Broomball Championships April 28 – 30 , Tom Cochrane and Red Rider June 28, RQM Canada Day celebrations July 1st and now Barenaked Ladies on their Canada 1-FIVE-0 Tour on October 20. Something for everyone to enjoy at Queens Place Emera Centre take in some of these simply extraordinary experiences,” said Steve Burns, General Manager of Queens Place Emera Centre.


The Barenaked Ladies will perform at Queens Place Emera Centre on Friday, October 20th, 2017; doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. VIP packages for the concert will go on sale on Wednesday March 15 at 10 a.m. Atlantic time (available for purchase on Ticketpro.ca and at Queens Place, starting at $115 plus ticket pricing plus tax and fees), and regular ticket sales will open at 10 a.m. Atlantic time on Friday, March 17, 2017 (Gold seating is $59.50 plus tax and fees and Regular seating is $49.50 plus tax and fees). Tickets are available in person at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS; at Ticketpro outlets; online at Ticketpro.ca; or by calling 1-888-311-9090.

 

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March 1, 2017; Liverpool, NS: A local non profit organization received Council approval to pursue their plan to convert the former Mill Village School into an international boarding school. At the February 28, 2017 Regular Council meeting, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved giving notice of its intention to enter into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with The Devi International Boarding School Society for the sale of the former Mill Village School property, located at 227 Medway River Road, Mill Village, NS, for a sale price of $1.00. A Public Hearing be held on March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 249 White Point Road in Liverpool, NS.

“Innovative thinking by the Devi International Boarding School Society will see a municipally owned property, which has been vacant since 2014, turn into a vibrant, economic driver for the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “When the Mill Village school closed in 2014, it was returned to the Region of Queens Municipality by the South Shore Regional School Board, and when no Municipal purpose was found for it, a Request for Proposals was issued, with no responses. In October, 2016, an unsolicited proposal came forward to breathe new life into a property that means a great deal to many in the local community. The idea is unique to the area, will contribute to community diversity, and provide local jobs directly and indirectly.”

Section 51 of the Municipal Government Act provides for a Municipality to sell or lease property at a price less than market value to a nonprofit organization that the council considers to be carrying on an activity that is beneficial to the municipality. As the property has an estimated value is more than $10,000 less than market value, Council is required to first hold a public hearing respecting the sale..

The property is approximately 5.8 acres in area and contains a circa 1960’s split level elementary school building that is 11,298 square feet in size. In May of 2015, the Region hired the services of a real estate appraisal firm to prepare a valuation of the property on the basis of improved land (with building) and also as vacant land. The market value came back at $45,000 for As Improved and $31,000 As Vacant. The annual cost for the Region of Queens Municipality to maintain the vacant former school is almost $10,000 per year in heating fuel, power and insurance.

The Public Hearing regarding the sale of the former Mill Village School to the Devi International Boarding School Society will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 249 White Point Road in Liverpool, NS.

February 28, 2017, Liverpool, NS: The sounds of “Life is a Highway” filled the lobby at Queens Place Emera Centre as the summer concert event for Southern Nova Scotia was announced today. Eight time Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane will be performing with Red Rider at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, NS on June 28, 2017.

“With such chart topping hits as “Big League”, “No Regrets” and “Boy Inside the Man”, we are excited to have the iconic Canadian musician Tom Cochrane taking our stage in the days leading up to Canada Day,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “It’s a great start to summer, the perfect Canada 150 celebration, and we welcome the Tom Cochran and Red Rider, along with their many fans from near and far, to Liverpool.”

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider are well known throughout North America and around the world, and are highly regarded in the music industry and by fans. In addition to Juno awards, Tom Cochrane was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, has a Star in Canada’s Walk of Fame, as well as being an Officer in the Order of Canada, and received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in 2013 for his significant charitable work. Cochrane has released 6 solo albums, with 15 singles on the charts in Canada, and with Red Rider has released an additional 8 albums that charted 16 hit singles on the Canadian charts. With a career spanning more than 40 years, selling over 6 million units worldwide, and achieving rare diamond sales status in Canada, fans will be excited to see these Canadian rock icons taking the stage on June 28 at Queens Place Emera Centre. Tom Cochrane announced in October 2016 that he would be on tour in celebration the 25th anniversary of the Mad, Mad World Album.

“This is Tom Cochrane’s only scheduled stop in Nova Scotia this year, and it is fitting it is at Queens Place Emera Centre, which continues to be viewed as a premier venue for acts and concert goers,” said Steve Burns, General Manager of Queens Place Emera Centre. “This show will sell out swiftly, and we expect an electric atmosphere that evening with enthusiastic fans from all over at Queens Place Emera Centre on June 28.”

Since opening in December 2011, Queens Place Emera Centre, located in Liverpool, NS, has developed a reputation as a concert destination, showcasing a concert with a world class performer or band each summer. The Beach Boys concert which took place in the summer of 2016 sold out in 100 minutes, and Blue Rodeo rocked Queens Place with a near capacity crowd in 2015. Other well known performers have included country music star Travis Tritt in 2013, and the legendary Charley Pride in 2014, both of which drew large crowds. The audience experience at Queens Place is incomparable, with great acoustics and sightlines to the stage.

Concert tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. Atlantic time, Thursday March 2, 2017 on the Ticketpro website (www.ticketpro.ca or call toll free 1-888-311-9090) , at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, or any Ticketpro outlet in Atlantic Canada. Tickets will be $69.50 plus taxes and fees, and $58.50 plus taxes and fees. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

February 14, 2016; Liverpool, NS: Identifying innovative ways to deliver core services is the challenge for today’s municipalities. Today, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved two shared services agreements at the regular Council meeting on February 14, 2017. The Region of Queens will enter into a shared services agreement with the Municipality of the District of Shelburne (MODS), in which a MODS Building Official will be appointed as a spare Building Official for the Region of Queens Municipality to access on an as-needed basis. As well, the Region of Queens will enter into a shared services agreement on a trial basis in which the Region of Queens Special Constable By-law Enforcement Officer will conduct specific service work in the Town of Lunenburg.

“Shared service agreements are something that Municipalities are beginning to explore, to ensure that services are provided in our communities while reducing the burden on the taxpayer,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are very fortunate at the Region Queens Municipality to have great employees who are well trained and experienced in specialty areas. ” Dagley noted that the shared service agreements are a way to have the expertise at hand, without committing to additional full time staff.

The agreement with MODS for a Building Official increases the staff compliment in Queens when the service is needed. At present, the Region of Queens has one full time Building Official, and one part time casual Building Official. Having an additional casual Building Official, ensures this critical service for development and economic growth is maintained.

The Town of Lunenburg has sought cost efficient ways to provide enforcement for a low number of Dangerous and Unsightly files reported by their residents. The agreement with Town of Lunenburg will limit the service provided by the Region of Queens Special Constable By-Law Enforcement Official to 35 hours per year. There will zero impact on the budget or service standard in Queens, as service provision is on a cost recovery basis.

“These shared service agreements are a good opportunity for us to examine whether shared services are beneficial in delivering our municipal services,” said Dagley. “Opportunities to partner and work together, including human resources, information technology, policing, sold waste management, and others, are continuously being explored for the long term sustainability of services.”

February 14, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Visitors and locals alike will continue to enjoy the unique attributes of Fort Point Lighthouse, with a revitalized, innovative flavor. On February 14, 2017, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved the proposal submitted by Lane’s Privateer Inn to operate Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, NS, on a seasonal basis for a three year period, beginning in spring 2017.

“We are excited about the special features, events and attractions that Lane’s is planning for the next three years at Fort Point Lighthouse. We are also fortunate to enjoy local entrepreneurial leadership that is creating exemplary ways to best leverage our local cultural and heritage assets. Folks are going to come from all over the world to experience Lanes at the Lighthouse.” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

“We are pleased that the Region of Queens has faith in us and shares our vision of the Lighthouse. It is a very special place to us as we grew up next to it and our Dad told us many stories of his childhood days and playing a the lighthouse. As mayor, he was instrumental in making sure that the lighthouse was restored and opened to the public as a museum. We are honoured to be part of that legacy,” said Susan Lane, Manager of Lane’s Privateer Inn. “We would like to continue with the Lighthouse Lunches and expand on this idea with more activities at the lighthouse making Fort Point a destination for families to want to visit again and again. We would like to incorporate live music, art and artisans at work, celebrate holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. We are also excited to modernize the video presentation so that it is more interactive and expands on the stories that Bert has been telling about growing up at Fort Point.”

In the spring of 2016, the Region of Queens Municipality opened the operation of the facility to proposals for its operation. Lanes Privateer Inn operated the facility as Lane’s at the Lighthouse for the 2016 season, offering picnic lighthouse lunches, ice cream, and tours of the lighthouse overlooking Liverpool bay, as well as dressing the facility up for Halloween, and being the site for a December wedding.

Fort Point Lighthouse is the third oldest standing lighthouse in Nova Scotia. It has stood at the mouth of the Mersey River since 1855, and was decommissioned in 1989. The Region of Queens Municipality opened it seasonally as an attraction, enabling the public to have the unique experience of being able to go inside a lighthouse, access the light, and turn the hand crank to sound the fog horn. There has been an average of approximately 6,000 visitors annually over the past five years.

February 2, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Concerns for safety and a decline in volunteerism has led two long standing Region of Queens Municipality’s volunteer fire departments to take steps to amalgamate. The Charleston Volunteer Fire Department has started the process of filing paperwork to transfer its assets to the Mill Village Fire Department. Both fire departments have seen declining membership for several years; the current level of 10 in at the Charleston Department is not a safe quotient. Public safety and volunteer capacity will be improved in Charleston, Mill Village and District through the amalgamation.

“We are supportive of the difficult choice that the Charleston and Mill Village Fire Departments have made to amalgamate their two forces. Ensuring community safety and the safety of their volunteer fire fighters was the primary concern of the Charleston Department when they approached the Mill Village Department,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The Fire Departments have been significant to community life in Charleston and Mill Village for generations. The Region of Queens has a great deal of respect for the foresight and community spirit of those who established the departments many years ago. We also thank all the volunteers past and present who gave tirelessly of their time to support the Charleston Fire Department and wish the current members of both departments well as they work through this partnership.”
Once the Charleston and Mill Village Fire Departments determined that amalgamation of the two departments was the route to take, Municipal staff met with the Fire Chiefs to discuss maintaining the current level of municipal funding. Fire trucks will be temporality stored at the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department until renovations have been completed to house them at the Mill Village Department. Assets from the sale of the Charleston Fire Hall and its lands will be used to fund the expansion of the Fire Hall, and applied toward new equipment.
There is expected to be little change in the delivery of fire protection services under the amalgamation, as the two departments are located less than 4 km apart. The total number of structures in the amalgamated fire protection area is 507, which was formerly distributed as 190 for the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department and 317 in Mill Village.

January 24, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Opportunities and challenges may require in-depth discussion that requires more time than allotted in a Regular Council meeting. The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved a motion on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 directing staff to start the process of establishing a monthly Committee of the Whole meeting, with the standing agenda to be built based on Council’s Strategic Priorities.

“Committee of the Whole is a means for us to be able to have a discussion on a topic that we want to explore, without having to make a decision on it that day, as occurs when items come to Regular Council Meetings,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens. “Adding a meeting that is solely for discussion, deliberation and receiving input from residents, will help us advance Council’s priorities and ensure Council has had an opportunity to learn as much as possible about a topic before it advances to Council for a decision.”

A Committee of the Whole is intended to facilitate the decision-making process of Council. The Committee of the Whole is comprised of all members of Council who participate in debate and discussion, and, when necessary, forward recommendations to Council for final decision. Meetings are not considered formal Council meetings, and, as such, are structured as a less formal process. Expected agenda items for upcoming Committee of the Whole Agendas will include strategic deliberation on the municipal role in tourism, as well as attracting residents to Queens, or ways to meet the Region’s recreational needs.

“Not all items discussed in Committee of the Whole will be brought to an upcoming Council meeting. Some items will be to provide background that will enable us to understand other issues, and some items will require a few meetings to determine if there is enough information or a desire to warrant recommending that a motion occur at a Regular Council meeting,” said Dagley.

Committee of the Whole will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Council Chamber of the Region of Queens Municipality, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS. Agendas for Committee of the Whole will be posted on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website ( http://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/council-agendas-minutes-audio )the Friday prior to the meeting. Final minutes will be posted once approved by Council. Similar to Council meetings, an MP3 of the audio recording of a Committee of the Whole meeting will be posted on the Region of Queens website, generally within 24 hours of the meeting.