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The tragic results of the loss of so many innocent lives in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19 will remain with us for a long time. Along with all of Nova Scotia, our residents mourn with the families and their communities, including the death of a courageous member of our Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the families impacted by this tragedy.

The grief, shock, and sense of sorrow that result from the loss of lives affects us all, as we mourn the victims. It is challenging in this time of self-isolation to feel comfort from loved ones to help us through, and the reassurance often found from a simple hug is not possible now. I urge you to reach out to your loved ones by phone or over the internet, to make a connection, and help each other to manage the grief. We are all in this together, and no one should have to feel alone.

There are resources available to help all Nova Scotians during these difficult times. Please reach out, or recommend that a family member or friend do so if they need support.
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).
Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. The number is: 1-844-751-2133.

Our deepest gratitude is extended to the courageous members of the RCMP and Halifax Regional Police for their work to bring an end to the devastation.

Flags at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Administration Offices and former Town Hall will be flown at half mast as a remembrance to those who lost their lives.

Stay safe,

David Dagley
Mayor

April 20, 2020

Click here to read Mayor David Dagley’s 2020-2021 budget speech.

 

View the 2020-2021 General Operating/Water Operating Budgets and Capital Budget  here .

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.


Sincerely,
Mayor David Dagley
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 .

 

Brenda Lawrence Twitter Feb. 6 2020

Natasha Slauenwhite Cory Rodenhiser Twitter Jan. 28 2020

 

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.

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
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

December 10, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Region of Queens Municipality’s skilled workforce provides services that are important to the lives of Queens County residents and visitors.    Staff employed by the Municipality are skilled in areas required to plan, coordinate, and respond to municipally coordinated programs and services.  Milestone achievements of staff were recognized with Years of Service Awards presented at the Region of Queens Regular Council meeting held on December 10, 2019.

“Council is proud to recognize these milestones celebrating the working careers of staff.  Those receiving awards today have shown their commitment to public service and excellence,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  “We are privileged to have municipal employees who remain dedicated to their work, while making it their career.  All staff are much appreciated and respected by Council and the residents of the Region.”

Sixteen employees from various departments within Region of Queens Municipality were recognized for five, 10, 15, and 25years of service; those employees collectively represent 170 years of employment.  Staff who have worked for the Region of Queens for five years are Denise Covey, James Dean, Harold Freeman, Jamie Legge, and Scott Orme.  Ten years of service was reached by Cindy Conway, Wanda Horton, Kelley-Anne Hurley, Robin McKinnon, Candice Weare, and Richard Wolfe.  Heather Cook, Corina Huphman, Jennifer Keating-Hubley, and Sally Wolfe were recognized for 15 years of service.  Reaching 25 years of employment with the Region of Queens Municipality is Scott Rhyno.     

The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens are diverse, and include departments of Planning and the administration office, Engineering and Public Works, parks and playgrounds, Queens Place Emera Centre, the Municipal landfill and recycling facility, as well as Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care.  Service Awards are presented each year in December by Council to staff as they achieve 5 year milestone increments. Years of service for staff employed by either the former Municipality of Queens or former Town of Liverpool prior to the amalgamation are carried forward and added to their employment with the Region of Queens Municipality.

 

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October 21, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  During the Fall AMANS Conference in Digby last week, Region of Queens Municipality was presented the ‘Workplace for Wellness Silver Award’.  This award was presented for the Municipality's commitment to improving the health of its employees and elected officials.

Thank you to Norm Amirault, Wendy Connors and Mallory Plummer for organizing ‘Workplace Wellness Week’ activities over the past two years. 

A big thank you as well to KayLee Oickle for all she does year round to promote health and wellness amongst staff and Council; she inspires and motivates all, and her dedication is appreciated.

2019 Municipal Workplace Wellnes s Silver Award1

October 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: The canteen at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS, will soon be serving up tasty snacks and delicious meal options under a new management agreement. At the October 8, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, a motion was unanimously approved to enter into an agreement with Angela Ahmad, owner of Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Service, effective October 11, 2019, or as soon as possible following this date.

“Council is pleased to be able to enter into this agreement with Angela Ahmad, and feel that Taste of Saffron will be a great addition to the services provided at Queens Place Emera Centre. The proposal submitted by Angela Ahmad was well thought out, with a proposed menu featuring traditional canteen favourites, as well as some of the home cooked Indian dishes that have made Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services a popular local business,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.


On September 18, 2019, Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services submitted an unsolicited proposal to operate the canteen at Queens Place Emera Centre, proposing a monthly rental from October 2019 through to March 31, 2020 as a trial. The proposal was discussed at the Queens Place Board of Directors meeting on October 1, 2019, and a motion was made that the Board recommend that staff negotiate an agreement for food and non-alcoholic beverages Queens Place Emera Centre, based on the proposal received on September 18, 2019. To accommodate a number of events at Queens Place Emera Centre, the agreement between Region of Queens Municipality and Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services will be in effect through to April 30, 2020.


“I have always enjoyed cooking and strive to use healthy ingredients in as many of my dishes as possible. I have been operating Taste of Saffron particularly at the Liverpool Market. I look forward to operating A Taste of Saffron from Queens Place Emera Centre. You will see me during major events such as the numerous hockey games during the current hockey season. I look forward to seeing you” said Angela Ahmad, owner of Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services.


Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services will open at Queens Place Emera Centre on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10am - 1 pm. Regular hours will start on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. For updates on hours and menu selections, follow Taste of Saffron Food and Catering Services on Facebook.

September 19, 2019, Liverpool NS: A strategy to guide the Region of Queens Municipality’s activities to encourage residents to lead healthier lifestyles is being developed, and public meetings and input will be very important to the process.

The Region’s existing strategy is 10 years old, and needs to be updated to reflect changing times and lifestyles. “The Region of Queens was one of the first municipalities in Nova Scotia to develop a Physical Activity Strategy, and it has served us well,” according to Mayor David Dagley, “but it is now out-of-date and needs to be re-written to reflect the current status and needs of our communities.”

A call for citizen representatives to form a steering committee to assist with this process had a large response, which Dagley says will add value to the process. “We conducted a call for Expressions of Interest for two citizens to sit on this group, and were delighted to get seven residents from throughout Queens who wanted to be a part of the group,” says Dagley. “Council appointed all applicants, as these residents represent most of Queens geographically, and their community knowledge and interest will be of great benefit to the final report.” The citizens appointed to this Committee are Dr. Celeste Johnson, Lindsey Reinhart, Stacy Thorburn, Mya Uhlman, Hubert Rodden, Taryn Jollimore, and Tara Smith.

The Steering Committee has met twice over the summer with various community representatives and stakeholders, and is now planning a series of public meetings to receive more feedback. The first two meetings are planned for Monday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm at the North Queens Community School, West Caledonia Road, Caledonia, and Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 pm at the Liverpool Lions Hall, Gorham St., Liverpool. Meetings will also be held in Greenfield, Port Mouton, and Port Medway in early October. Details about dates and locations will be posted on the Region of Queens Website and Facebook page.

“Public attendance at these meetings is encouraged so the Region can produce the best and most effective strategy it can to guide our activities and allocate resources towards physical activity and healthier lifestyles” said Dagley. He noted that a final report is expected to be received by Council in December.

For more information on this initiative, please call the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department at 902-354-5741.

August 15, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Volleyball players in the North Queens area can enjoy a game on the newly restored beach volleyball court in Caledonia beginning on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  At the July 9, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, Council approved a request to install a new beach volleyball court adjacent to the North Queens Aquatic Centre, where a beach volleyball court was built in 1997.  The newly constructed court is now open, and ready for organized programs and recreational use.

“Council is pleased to provide funds to install a new beach volleyball court in Caledonia.  Members of the community requested this municipal recreational space be developed, and with a recent resurgence of interest in the sport in the area, it will be a well-used site in the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “The court will be usable for three seasons of play, and provide residents and visitors in Caledonia and area with another opportunity for outdoor recreation.”

The beach volleyball court was constructed to the guidelines and recommendations of Volleyball Canada.  The minimum size of a beach volleyball court for triples, fours and sixes to compete is an area of 46 feet by 79 feet with a sand depth of 12 to 16 inches, and a permeable liner laid under the playing surface to prevent weeds growing within the playing surface.  Approximately 180 tonnes of appropriate sand was required. Council approved funding of approximately $7,400 plus HST for the costs associated with the rebuilding of the court, funded from Region of Queens Gas Tax fund.  A new net system was purchased by local residents who fundraised in the community for its purchase.

Although the beach volleyball court has just opened, there are already an assortment of activities planned.  Members of the community have plans to run volleyball programs at the new court, and have tournaments planned as well.  Twice a week in August and September, there will be organized pick-up games of volleyball for ages 14 and up, held on Wednesdays from 6 until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 until 5 p.m., beginning Sunday, August 18, 2019.  A volleyball skills development clinic for ages 8 through 13 will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  A 4 on 4 Recreational Volleyball Tournament for ages 14 and up will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019; six teams may register to play.  Another tournament is being planned for September, with the date to be announced.  For information on the tournaments, pick-up volleyball games or the volleyball skills development clinic, please contact Sheila Apostolofski at 902-682-7222.

The beach volleyball court is located at 9708 Highway 8, Caledonia, NS, beside the North Queens Aquatic Centre.

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