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June 5, 2018

Family man, supporter of the community and respected pillar of the business community are words that people will use when remembering Blair Douglas of Caledonia. Sadly, Blair passed away on May 29, 2018, leaving behind a community that mourns his loss, and family grieving the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. Blair was well known throughout Queens County and a strong supporter of North Queens. The Douglas family owned and operated N. F. Douglas and Company Ltd. from 1875, supporting community initiatives over many decades.

In addition to being a good corporate citizen, Blair was well known for his volunteer efforts in the community. He served previously on the executive of the North Queens Board of Trade, coordinated Canada Day events, was an advisor to the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association and a founding member of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. Blair was also part of the founding committee for the North Queens Business Hub, collaborating with the North Queens Fire Association for the wonderful new facility that houses both the North Queens Fire Department and the North Queens Business and Innovation Hub. Blair previously served as past chair of the North Queens Medical Centre Foundation, and was a man who championed and financially supported his community of Caledonia, North Queens, and Queens County at every opportunity. He shared his vision of what Queens could become as a part of the seven-member Transition Advisory Team who developed recommendations for economic recovery in Queens following the closure of the former Bowater Mersey mill in 2012.

Few have touched as many local lives as Blair Douglas, and I am honoured to have known him. His loss will be felt deeply by many. May his wife Jean and family find comfort in the fact that Blair made Queens County stronger through his actions, knowing his legacy will continue in Queens. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

 

Mayor David Dagley
Region of Queens Municipality

May 31, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Top ranked competitors from across Canada and Europe will converge on Liverpool, Nova Scotia on August 25 - 26, 2018 for the inaugural Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships. The event, the first national championship in Lumberjack sports to be held in Nova Scotia, will be held in Liverpool’s Centennial Park, overlooking the Mersey River, coordinated by North Nova Lumberjacks Society.


“Queens County has a rich forestry history, and Council is pleased to welcome Canadian and international participants as they compete for top honours in axe throwing on August 25 -26, 2018 in Centennial Park, Liverpool, Nova Scotia,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “We are happy to be a sponsor of the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships. Events of this nature build on Queens County’s reputation as a host of unique, interesting, and successful events.”


Approximately 80 competitors are expected to take part in the two day competition, projected to draw approximately 1,000 daily spectators. Among the challengers are 10-15 European competitors, including World ranked athletes from Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Prizes will be awarded in men’s and women’s divisions.


“We are thrilled to be hosting this historical event and showcasing our beautiful province to axe throwers from all over the world. We are grateful to the community of Liverpool and the Region of Queens Municipality for their enthusiasm and support and look forward to hosting an exciting community event in August,” said Ryan McIntyre, President and Founder of North Nova Lumberjacks Society.


North Nova Lumberjacks Society successfully hosted Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships in 2016 and 2017, which were nationally televised. Promoting the sport of Lumberjack skills and its athletes, hosting elite level competitions, promoting the community, and contributing to the local economy through attracting spectators and competitors are the values of North Nova Lumberjack Society. Further information about the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships is available online: www.novalumberjacks.com.

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Pictured in the photo (left to right): Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley; Ryan McIntyre, President and Founder of the North Nova Lumberjacks Society; and Steve Burns, Region of Queens Municipality’s Manager: Events, Promotions & Sponsorship in Centennial Park, on Liverpool’s waterfront, where the inaugural Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships will take place on August 25 – 26, 2018.

Since becoming an amalgamated Municipality in 1996, Region of Queens Municipality has been able to invest approximately $70 million in capital upgrades to our infrastructure throughout Queens County that has helped our environment, provide safe streets, sidewalks, and drinking water, as well as quality recreational facilities. We are proud of the work that has been completed over the past 21 years and that work will continue in 2018-2019.


Work will begin on Monday, June 4, 2018, continuing the Brooklyn Water and Sewer Project from the corner of Brooklyn Shore Road and Markland Avenue for 600 feet to 85 Brooklyn Shore Road. The project involves installation of water and sewer pipes and a sewer pump station to be located at Brooklyn Waterfront Park; the work is expected to take place throughout the spring and conclude in early autumn. As a result of the construction, the section of Brooklyn Shore Road from Markland Avenue to Brooklyn Waterfront Park will be closed to all vehicular traffic; pedestrians will have access through the area as practical and reasonable during the construction period. Region of Queens staff has met with property owners and residents of the area to discuss the project, and to mitigate potential negative impacts from the project.


Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly. The patience and understanding of the public is appreciated during the construction period.

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May 28, 2018; Liverpool, NS: National Health and Fitness Day is being celebrated on June 2, 2018 in communities across Canada, with a variety of activities planned to encourage people to be active. Senator Nancy Greene Raine (retired), Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Olympic gold and silver medalist, and one the best known names in Canadian skiing, will be taking part in National Health and Fitness Day events in the Region of Queens Municipality to mark the occasion. Greene Raine will join Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley for a Community Family Walk at Pine Grove Park in Milton at 4 p.m. She will also make an appearance at the Mersey Skatepark during the “Skateboarding Fundamentals” session at approximately 3 p.m., and will take part in the 3:15 p.m. Public Skate at Queens Place Emera Centre.

“We’re pleased that Nancy Greene Raine is able to take part in several of our National Health and Fitness Day activities in Queens County and embrace our local hospitality. This a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to Queens to meet a Canadian skiing legend, a two time Olympic medal winner and an inspirational athlete who is a role model to many for leading a healthy active lifestyle,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

The Community Family Walk begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Pine Grove Park, 44 Hwy.8, Milton, NS. Greene Raine and Dagley will lead the walk through the trail system at Pine Grove. The walk is approximately 2 kilometers on groomed trail surfaces, amidst stands of century old white pine trees, with plantings of azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons in various stages of blooming. The public are encouraged to attend and enjoy a walk with Greene Raine, a Canadian skiing icon. The Community Family Walk is a rain or shine event; participants should dress for the weather. Earlier in the day, she will be making an appearance at the Mersey Skatepark for a “Skateboarding Fundamentals” workshop at approximately 3 p.m. The Mersey Skatepark is located at 72 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS. Greene Raine is also planning to take part in a Public Skate at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, beginning at 3:15 p.m.

In her role as a Senator for British Columbia, Greene Raine was and continues to be an active promoter of National Health and Fitness Day since the National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, became law in December 2014. Greene Raine is known throughout Canada and around the world for her successful nine year ski racing career, during which she won three U.S. Championship titles and nine Canadian titles; a silver medal in the slalom and a gold in the giant slalom at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France; and a total of 13 World Cup victories in a two year period, the most by any Canadian and still one of the top overall averages today. She retired from ski racing at age 24, but has remained active and involved in the sport over the years, developing Whistler, BC and Sun Peaks near Kamloops, BC as skiing destinations, as well as coaching, advising and serving on committees that promote and support amateur skiing. Greene Raine was a member of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s “Task Force for Sport for Canadians” in 1968, and was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2009 , retiring on May 11, 2018, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, her name was added to Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1999, is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and along with Catriona Le May Doan, Rick Hanson, Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky, lit the Olympic cauldron at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

May 17, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  In advance of National Health and Fitness Day 2018 on June 2nd,  Region of Queens Municipality’s Recreation and Healthy Communities Department will be offering events leading up to this national program, providing physical activity and healthy programs in Milton and Caledonia. 

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Region is partnering with Milton Canoe and Camera Club to host a family paddle at 6:30 pm. Participants will meet at the Morton’s Wharf across from Morton House on highway # 8 in Milton to enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Mersey River. There is a maximum of 20 people for this program, and participants are asked to bring their own PFD if they have one. All skill levels are welcome, with a maximum of 4 people per boat, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $ 2/person or $ 5/family, and pre-registration is requested by Monday, May 28th by calling the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at 902-354-5741.    The program will not take place in the event of heavy rain or high wind to ensure safety.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Health Coach Elise Johnston is offering the "What Does Being Healthy Mean to You?" workshop at the North Queens Hub in Caledonia, 9793 Highway #8. This workshop is for anyone interested in improving their health, be it weight loss, stress management, improved sleep and moods, reduced medications, and/or more energy.  Elise will guide participants through a process of self-reflection and insights on how to build motivation and personalise their journey towards a healthier lifestyle, with participants leaving with actionable items towards improved health. "What Does Being Healthy Mean to You?" will take place from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on the 30th, and the cost is $15.  To register please call the Recreation and Community Facilities Department at 902-354-5741 by May 28, 2018.

National Health and Fitness Day is the first Saturday in June annually.  Communities across Canada mark the day with local events to celebrate being active, promote the use of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness facilities, and encourage a more active lifestyle for Canadians. The Region of Queens Municipality has hosted National Health and Fitness Day events since the National Health and Fitness Act received Royal Assent in 2014.  In 2017, the Region of Queens Municipality was among the 270 cities, towns, and municipalities that participated in this initiative across Canada.

For more information on these and other activities of the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department, call 902-354-5741.

May 17, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  As part of National Health and Fitness Day 2018, the Region of Queens Municipality’s Recreation and Healthy Communities Department will be offering a “Turf and Surf” weekend on June 2nd and 3rd, 2018.

For the "Turf" portion on June 2nd, which is National Health and Fitness Day in Canada, the Homegrown Skateboards crew will lead an afternoon of activities from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Mersey Skatepark, Queens Place Drive, Liverpool. Jesse Watson and Jefferson Muise from Homegrown Skateboards will be on hand to help with trick tips, balance and momentum strategies, and physics homework; and the focus of this session is to provide a welcoming, easygoing environment to anyone interested in starting to skate or continuing to develop their existing skill set.

There will be individual and group instruction starting at 2:00 pm, with park etiquette, use of the various parts of the park, use and knowledge of personal gear, calculated risk in trick development, and personal safety among the topics covered.  The event is open to all ages and skill levels, but if you are interested in the instructional session, you must preregister by May 30th by calling the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at (902)-354-5741. The cost for this session is $ 10.00.

The final part of the "Turf and Surf" weekend is an introduction to surfing with Jeff Norman. Jeff is an accredited surf instructor who has been operating a local surf shop since 1998. This one-hour session will take place at 10:00 am on June 3rd at White Point Beach Resort. Cost for this session is $25.00, which includes wet suits, boards, instruction, and a Resort Day Pass. Class size is limited to 10 participants and is open to ages 12 and up.  Preregister by May 30th with the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at (902)-354-5741.

National Health and Fitness Day is the first Saturday in June annually.  Communities across Canada mark the day with local events to celebrate being active, promote the use of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness facilities, and encourage a more active lifestyle for Canadians. The Region of Queens Municipality has hosted National Health and Fitness Day events since the National Health and Fitness Act received Royal Assent in 2014.  In 2017, the Region of Queens Municipality was among the 270 cities, towns, and municipalities that participated in this initiative across Canada.

For more information on these and other activities of the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department,  call (902)-354-5741.

May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:   Littering is a concern in communities across Nova Scotia; the Council of Region of Queens Municipality has taken steps to support those who conduct roadside clean ups to reduce roadside litter.  A motion to approve the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program was passed at the May 8, 2018 Regular Council meeting.  The Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program supports community groups that clean a portion of highway in their community, with a grant of $100 per kilometre, along with the required safety supplies, gloves, and garbage bags.  

“Litter is a concern in every corner of Queens, and there are a number of community organizations that conduct litter clean ups in their areas as a community pride initiative; they have a desire to keep Queens clean and beautiful, and Council appreciates and values those efforts,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Some groups have registered their clean up area with Adopt A Highway, and commit to twice annual litter clean ups.  Other groups are not affiliated with an organized litter removal program, and do clean ups as needed.  Their work to pick up litter makes an impact, and is an example to others.”

An ad hoc litter abatement committee made up of Community members, a few Region of Queens staff, and some Council members, has been working on projects that educate residents about litter and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle.  The ad hoc litter abatement committee brought forward the idea of establishing a program where community organizations could apply to clean up an area, and receive a financial support in return.  The budget implications of the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program are $3,000 for the grants, and an additional $2,500 budgeted to cover the gloves, bags and safety supplies.  

Incorporated non-profit community organizations or groups within Queens are eligible to apply once per fiscal year for funding, and must supply proof of approval from Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for their litters clean up.  Funds are available on a first come, first served basis, at a rate of $100per kilometre, including both sides of the road, to a maximum of $300 per year.  Program guidelines and an application form are available by contacting Scott LeBlanc, Solid Waste Management Clerk at 902-354-3455, and they will also be posted on the Region of Queens website (http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/works/overview ) by May 11, 2018.


May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Volunteers are the backbone of any community, offering wide variety essential and recreational programs.  At the May 8, 2018 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, Council approved a total of $10,000 to six recreational organizations through the Facility Development Assistance Program.

 
“From roofs to floors, new construction to repairs and renovations, the funding awarded today will help these organizations to offer their programs and services more efficiently, in locations all over Queens.  Council is pleased to support these organizations, and we look forward to seeing the groups continue their great work in our communities,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


The Facility Development Assistance Program offers assistance to community groups in making renovations, construction, or acquisition of facilities for public recreational purposes.  Community groups are required to provide half of the project funding through their own fundraising efforts or though in-kind contributions, and may request up to half of the project budget through a Facility Development Assistance Grant.  One Major category grant is given each year, in the amount of $5,000, to a project with a minimum budget of $10,000.  This year, the Milton Canoe and Camera Club received that funding for their project at their new location; the project involves site work, foundation repair, construction of a storage building with an accessible washroom, new docks, and relocation of their existing boathouse.  The project is estimated to cost a total of $135,906.


Five Regular Category grants were awarded, totaling $5,000.  Queens County Fair Association received $1,250 for their $4,045 project which involves installation of lighting for the playground on the Fairgrounds, exterior plugs to allow for additional programming at the facility, and replacement of stall floors in the horse barn to prevent injury to the animals.  North Brookfield Community Hall will be able to complete a partial roof replacement and exterior painting with the $1,100 they were awarded towards their $3,407 project which will prevent interior damage due to leakage.  Queens County Soccer Association is relocating their summer program to the soccer field on Waterloo Street, Liverpool, and was awarded $950 to purchase and place a storage shed at that location.  Their project has a $3,005 budget.  Queens Archers Association submitted a budget of $2,735.23 to replace the floor in their club house, and received $900 toward that project.  The west side of Hollow Log Rifle & Pistol Association will be resurfaced with vinyl siding as a result of the approval of $800 in support of the organization’s $2,530 project budget.


Facility Development Assistance Grants accept applications each spring, with a deadline in mid-April each year. The guidelines and application forms can be found online at: http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants/facility-development-assistance-program

May 8, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Privateer Park and Centennial Park, located on Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s  waterfront are soon to have two significant additions that reflect the areas’ history.  At the May 8, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, Council approved a motion to authorize the Terrence “Tiger” Warrington support committee to place its commemorative statue in Privateer Park, Liverpool, NS in June 2018,  and also approved a motion to authorize Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #38 to seek out an appropriate field gun for placement in Centennial Park in 2019.

“Queens County has a varied and diverse history, and passionate volunteers with a desire to celebrate the history of the community and our residents.  Council is pleased to approve a prominent location to showcase the statue of Tiger Warrington, a beloved local boxer who reached international fame as a result of his skill,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We are also happy to allocate a spot in Centennial Park, across the street from the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #38, for placement of a field gun.  Our veterans have served our country, and placement of a field gun will help the public and veterans to remember the sacrifices that were made in pursuit of the freedoms we now enjoy.”

There are limited financial implications resulting from consenting to locations for the statue and field gun; each will require a concrete pad, costing approximately $3,000 each.  The Terrence “Tiger” Warrington support committee intends to reimburse the Region of Queens Municipality for the costs, while there is no funding dedicated to the base for the field gun in the current fiscal budget.  It will be budgeted in the 2019/2020 budget.

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Upcoming Construction:   Union Street Water and Sewer Project to Begin Monday, April 30, 2018

Since becoming an amalgamated Municipality in 1996, Region of Queens Municipality has been able to invest approximately $70 million in capital upgrades to our infrastructure throughout Queens County that has helped our environment, provide safe streets, sidewalks, and drinking water, as well as quality recreational facilities.  We are proud of the work that has been completed over the past  21 years and that work will continue in 2018-2019.

Work will begin on Monday, April 30, 2018, on the section of Union Street from Main Street to Church Street, and also on Mill Lane.  The project involves replacement of century old water and sewer pipes and installation of a new sanitary storm sewer;  the work is expected to take place throughout the spring and conclude by the end of summer .  As a result of the construction, the section of Union Street from Main Street to Church Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic; sidewalks will be open as practical and reasonable during the construction period.  Region of Queens staff has met with property owners and residents  of the area to discuss the project, and to mitigate potential negative impacts from the project.

Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly.   The patience and understanding of the public is appreciated during the construction period.

 

 At the April 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality, approval was given for the 2018/2019 Operating, Water Utility and Capital Budgets. 

Click here to read  Mayor Dagley's budget speech , and click the links below to see the planned investments approved to take effect in the Region of Queens this year.

Infrastructure Investments

Investment Readiness

Community Development Investments

Investments in Community Engagement

Investments in Our Local Economy

Investments in Council and Staff

 

Following Region of Queens Municipality's public budget deliberation sessions on March 27, 2018 and April 10, 2018, the following draft documents have been released.  The 2018/2019 Operating, Capital and Water Utility budgets will come to the April 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipal Council for approval.  The Council meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber at the Region of Queens Administration Offices, 249 White Point Rd., Liverpool, NS;  all are welcome to attend.  

Draft Budget Documents:

   Draft 2020 Vision "Strategic Priorities for Growth by Investing in Our Community and People"

  Budget Review Power Point, April 10, 2018

  Draft 2018/2019 Operating and Water Utility Budget, April 11, 2018 9:30 a.m.

  5 Year Capital Investment Plan, 2018 - 2023