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The following letter was submitted to the Herald in response to a recent story about the effect that the oil field work in Western Canada has had on Liverpool and area.

We'd like to thank Chris Folk, Craig Chandler and Robin Anthony for their letters to the editor in the Opinion section of the Herald; the letters showed their community pride, and helped to spread the news that Queens County is rebounding with a revitalized business community through. There have been a lot of great comments on social media that praise businesses in Liverpool and the rest of Queens County.


Letter to the Editor:  In a community that has worked hard to re-invent itself, it is a shame that in focusing on such a small percentage of Queens County’s population (total approx. 11,000) who has chosen to go to the oil patch for work, the DeMont article of October 23, 2015 missed the much larger story. Ours is a story of resilience, and the remarkable bounce-back following the closure of several of our large employers. Our community has moved forward, with rarely a look back.

Our business community has grown by leaps and bounds since the closures of a few years ago. There are a net of 29 new businesses in the county ranging from a brewery (Hell Bay) to a wonderful dress shop (Lilieth Boutique). Existing business have enjoyed the resurgence in our community with increased traffic. Some well established businesses have changed hands and have taken on a new lease on life.

The hospitality industry has had a boom year, some of which could be attributed to the low Canadian dollar but much more so to the visitors who come to enjoy the celebrations and the arts and culture for which our community is noted. Queens Place Emera Centre, the Astor Theatre, and a wide assortment of community organized, top notch festivals have played a big role in supporting the success of the hospitality businesses. On a sunny day in summer, Main Street, Liverpool looks almost European with its sidewalk cafes and busy eateries.

The former Mill site has transformed into a centre of innovation, and an industrial park, with Cellufuel and Unify Energy as tenants. They are the first of much technologically leading edge, first-of-their-kind businesses who will draw from across the world to see innovative technologies at work.

All of this has been accomplished through a realization that if we are to move ahead, much of the effort must come from ourselves. We cannot depend solely on others to help us.

There has been a large influx of new residents as people move into our community attracted by our climate, our vibrancy and our reasonably-priced properties. They are helping to fuel the new vitality of Queens, but, don’t just take my word for it. Rather, come and see for yourself and, as I tell meetings and conventions when I have the opportunity to welcome them, ‘we like you to come with your wallets full and to leave with them empty’ for there are so many unique and special things in Queens, you will want to spend your money here.


Christopher Clarke, Mayor
Region of Queens Municipality




Now that the rest of the province has heard about the positives, let’s set our sights on continuing to build pride in our community. One of the best ways to do this is by shopping locally. Supporting local businesses means checking locally for our needs and wants before shopping elsewhere. You may not be able to get everything you want locally, but you will be surprised at what you can get from our local shops, cafes, and service providers. If you can’t get what you need here, by all means go where you need to. The more you shop locally, the more money you put directly into local economy, the more merchandise and services they can offer and the more jobs they can supply.




June 24, 2015, Liverpool, NS: What is 113 years old, houses items over 8,000 years old, and can make people laugh, cry, sing, dance and create?

The Region of Queens Municipality is looking for your help to figure that out – the Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre building has recently undergone a renovation and a re-birth and is hosting a contest to help them “Name that Building”.

Take a look around the facility, think about the current uses, dream about the possibilities, and reflect on its history – then submit a name in the “Name that Building” contest. The contest is open until August 31, 2015 and the winning entry will be announced on September 12, 2015.

Submissions are accepted by:
* Private Message on either the “Region of Queens” or “Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre” Facebook page,
* or fill in a ballot in person at the Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre (219 Main Street., Liverpool).

Be sure to include the name you come up with for the building, your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

In the event that two or more identical or similar names are submitted and that name is the one chosen, a draw will be held to determine a winner from all those who submitted the same name.

The winning entry will receive a $100.00 gift card.

June 23, 2015, Liverpool, NS: With a unanimous vote by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality’s Council, the Region selected a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Richard MacLellan will start work in mid-July, bringing with him 15 years of management experience in both the government and commercial energy/marine sectors. His career has spanned nine years at the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), most recently as Manager, Energy and Environment. He will begin work at the Region of Queens Municipality in mid-July.

“We are very fortunate to be welcoming Richard MacLellan to the team,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “He has a great reputation as a strong leader of staff, and is an innovative thinker.”

MacLellan has been employed by Halifax Regional Municipality since 2006, and has been Manager of Energy and Environment since 2011. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities award in February 2015, and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM)Climate Leaders award in November 2013. While working with the HRM, much of his focus was on policy and strategy development, project budgets, and staff management.

MacLellan will be the 3rd CAO of the Region of Queens Municipality since its formation following amalgamation in 1996. David Clattenburg was the first CAO, and retired in 2011. From 2011 until the present, Kathleen Rafuse has been CAO, and will retire this summer. “We have been fortunate over the past 19 years to have had such strong CAOs in David Clattenburg and Kathleen Rafuse. I have had the great luck to work with both of them,” said Clarke. “Their knowledge, sound financial planning, strategic thinking and commitment to the community has placed Queens on sound financial footing, and elevated us to a well respected position provincially.”

There will be a short period of overlap as MacLellan familiarizes himself with the community and the position, and Rafuse finalizes the projects in which she has been involved.

“The Region of Queens Municipality has a great reputation across the province; there is business incubation throughout the county, and lots happening there. I was keen to apply for this position because of the strong economic and cultural possibilities in Queens that Council, staff, and community has worked hard to cultivate,” said MacLellan. “It was clear during the recruitment process that my values and interests closely align with those of the Municipality. I am pleased to have this opportunity, and am excited to begin work.”

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June 15, 2015 Liverpool, NS: It is a community celebration, the start of something new, and it is all starting as the Summer Solstice begins! On June 21, at 1:39 p.m., a transformation will occur. As the Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer, the grand opening ceremony of the Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre marks the beginning of a new community centre for arts, culture and creativity in Liverpool. It also marks the opening of the Sipuke’l Gallery. The Gallery features First Nation artists’ work, and a permanent rotating display of artifacts from the Mersey River dating back over 4,000 years. June 21 is also the kickoff for the “21 Days of Summer”, a three week period of music, art, entertainment and more taking place all over Queens County. It encompasses more than 50 musical performances, and many entertainment options. The grand opening ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. on June 21.

“To see this historic building reinvented as an innovative centre supporting arts, history and culture is a very positive development for Liverpool’s cultural and creative communities, the business district and the public,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The Liverpool Town Hall is a focal point in Liverpool and for Queens County, and now it will be open year round for community use and enjoyment. As well, the “21 Days of Summer” roster of events and entertainment is an exciting three weeks to be part of. Our volunteers deserve credit for making an exciting start to summer.”

As the opening day also coincides with National Aboriginal Day, there are celebrations of the First Nation culture as part of the opening event, including a smudging ceremony, the Mi’kmaq Honour Song, drumming, and hoop and jingle dancers.
“In Queens, we’re known to take celebrations seriously,” said Norm Amirault, Director of Recreation and Community Facilities for the Region of Queens Municipality. “The re-opening of the Town Hall is the start of a full week of events to mark the occasion. There are live musical performances, including a 40 year retrospective of musicals performed by the Winds of Change Dramatic Society, as well as children’s events, a historical photography show and author readings. And that’s just the start! The community has a jam packed schedule of events for the “21 Days of Summer”. Privateer Days festival, drag racing, and over 50 live musical performances are all part of the fun. This 21 day celebration features concerts by Rawlins Cross and Blue Rodeo. Liverpool and communities in Queens County are an awesome place to be this summer, and it all starts on the Summer Solstice.”

Gavin Raddall, Summer Ambassador for the Region of Queens Municipality will be live tweeting updates about these events at @regionofqueens. Details about the opening week activities can be found on the “Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre” Facebook page. Events during the “21 Days of Summer” are listed at

The Liverpool Town Hall is located at 219 Main Street, Liverpool, and with the grand opening slated to start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.


Upgrading to Main Street infrastructure will take place over spring/early summer in the area of Main Street that runs between Market Street and Reese Street. Detours will be indicated with signage in the affected areas, and will follow the attached Traffic Control Plan.


Please be advised that effective 9 a.m. today (May 26, 2015) that Main Street, Liverpool will be open from Market Street to Court Street for one lane of East bound traffic.

As a result, the detour through Water/Carten/Corvette/Reese Streets will be closed, and become a dead end (ie; no access to Main Street from Reese Street) so that construction can progress.

The route to Queens General Hospital will be from Market Street to Main Street, and up Court Street.

If you have any questions, please contact 902-354-3455.

The shift in the economy in Nova Scotia has been challenging, with much attention focused on balance between the provision of services and a tax rate that residents and businesses can manage. The Region of Queens Council approved a budget that includes a two cent increase in residential and resource tax rates. There is no increase to the commercial tax rates. The residential and resource rate for District 13 (Liverpool) is $1.87/$100 assessment, and for Districts 1 – 12 is $0.99/$100 assessment. The commercial tax rate for District 13 is $2.95/$100 assessment and in Districts 1 – 12, it is $2.07/$100 assessment.

"The outlook all over Nova Scotia is about belt tightening. We are in the same situation here in Queens. Payments that Municipalities typically receive from government and institutions have been decreased, while the levies Municipalities are required to pay have increased," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "Nearly one and a half cents of the tax rates hikes are attributed to the things we have no control over."

Capital projects being undertaken this year in addition to the water and sewer projects in Brooklyn and Liverpool also include work being done on the Bridge in Milton. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is building a new two lane bridge to replace the single lane bridge currently in use. It will be relocated somewhat closer to the falls which will require the sewage pump station, piping and force-main to be relocated.

There will also be a reserve fund built up over five years to cover the costs of the review of the Municipal Land Use Bylaw, which the Region is required to do periodically. The community is in a redevelopment stage, following the closure of the Bowater mill.

"This is the third consecutive year that we have been able to hold the commercial tax rates without an increase," said Mayor Clarke. "Liverpool has the third lowest commercial tax rate in the province, and this serves as a draw for those considering communities in which to open a business. Over nearly three years since the Bowater closure, we have seen many small businesses start up in Queens, and want to continue to see growth in our business community."

The 2015-2016 Region of Queens Municipality Budget will be posted on the Region's website at .

April 1, 2015, Liverpool, NS: One of Canada's best known musical groups is coming to Liverpool, NS this summer. An evening with legendary Canadian rockers, Blue Rodeo will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Showtime is 9:00 p.m.

"We are excited that Blue Rodeo will be performing at Queens Place Emera Centre, and hope to see fans from across the province enjoying the music that has made them international recording stars," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "Queens Place Emera Centre has been described as one of the best entertainment venues outside Metro and we look forward to having Blue Rodeo appear on our stage."

The list of hits over the decades has been long. Songs such as "Try", "Lost Together", "Rose Coloured Glasses" and "Til I am Myself Again" have influenced and touched Canadians over the years. The July 10th concert is Blue Rodeo's only Nova Scotia stop on their Atlantic Canadian swing.

"We always love coming to Nova Scotia. Lots of friends and wonderful musical audiences," said Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo's lead vocalist. "This will be our first time in Liverpool, and we are excited to come and play. And hopefully the snow will be gone by then!"

Blue Rodeo has been one of Canada's most successful bands, and is known for creating one of the most unique and influencing sounds in Canadian music. Since their first live gig 30 years ago and 13 studio albums later, this iconic band led by original members Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and Bazil Donovan, has sold more than 4 million records. Blue Rodeo has won 11 Juno Awards – five of which were for Best Band, played world tours, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, boasts a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor have received the Order of Canada. In May, 2014, the band accepted a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in performing arts.

"Blue Rodeo music has been the soundtrack to many Canadian's lives over the years," said Steve Burns, General Manager of Queens Place Emera Centre. "Having them take centre stage at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool will be a dream come true for many fans around the province."

Pre-sale tickets will be available starting April 1st at 1 p.m. until April 4th, 2015. Sale to the general public opens on Sunday April 5th, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at Queens Place Emera Centre in person [contact: 902-354-4422] or through Ticketpro by contacting or calling 1-888-311-9090.

The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality, along with Management and Staff of Queens Place Emera Centre, invite you to attend a special press conference to announce a concert coming to the facility this summer.

What: An exciting announcement about a summer entertainment event at Queens Place Emera Centre

Where: Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS

When: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public, and all are welcomed to join us. We sincerely hope you are able to attend!

February 26, 2015, Liverpool, NS: After more than 31 years working in municipal government, Region of Queens Municipality Chief Administrative Officer Kathleen Rafuse has announced her upcoming retirement. She will retire in August, 2015.

"I have had the great pleasure of working with Kathleen in both of my terms as Mayor, and can honestly say that she is a very competent person, and she will be missed by Council, staff and those who have worked with her in other areas," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "Kathleen has been instrumental in moving many projects and initiatives forward for our community. The opening of Queens Place Emera Centre, and the focus on business development have brought new challenges to our municipality. Kathleen has played a very large role in moving these types of initiatives ahead. She played a huge part as we re-invent ourselves as a Region, both with new undertakings and modifying the standing ones to fit into the new Queens."

Starting her career in 1984 with the Municipality of Queens, Rafuse has been CAO of the Region of Queens Municipality since 2011, and before that she was Director of Finance from the time the Region was formed in 1996.

On Feb. 19, 2015, the province announced that there is funding available in response to damages suffered during the heavy rainfall and flooding which occurred between December 9th and 12th , 2014. Click here to download the media release with details about the program, and click here for an application.

The areas involved in the program are: Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings, Hants, Colchester, Cumberland, and Pictou counties.

Individuals, small businesses and not for profits must have their claims presented by an April 30, 2015 cutoff date.

Click here to read the South Shore Regional Enterprise Network Inagural Board Appointed press release.

Jan. 28, 2015, Liverpool, NS:  CelluFuel, an innovator in alternate fuel technology development, is taking applications for the lead position in its start-up operation, located at Port Mersey Commercial Park in Brooklyn, Queens County.  The Lead Operator/Technician position will be the first job created at the plant, and this person will work with the Project Manager to oversee the construction and start-up of the plant.  It is expected that four to five additional positions will be hired in spring of 2015.

"It is exciting to hear this news.  There has been much anticipation in the time since CelluFuel announced that they would locate the demonstration stage of their operations here in Brooklyn," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  "It took time to get equipment manufactured, and their investors and financing lined up, but now that those things are in place, the community will notice things starting to move quickly.  It is exciting to see the first of the jobs posted."

CelluFuel was the first company to announce they would set up operations in the former Bowater Mersey site, when the province of Nova Scotia began developing a portion of the 80+ acre site as the Innovacorp Demonstration Centre in 2012.  The company has an exclusive license to develop the production of synthetic renewable diesel fuels from wood fibre.  On Sept. 3, 2014,  the company CEO Chris Hooper, along with investors and representatives, announced that they had secured the nearly $5 million required get the company operational, and projected that the equipment would be arriving in Nova Scotia in the first half of 2015 with start-up of the project beginning shortly thereafter.

"We are excited to make this first of what we expect to be several job postings for this project," said Chris Hooper, CEO of CelluFuel Inc. "We have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality and it is now fully underway. We believe that the wealth of experience within the community will be a critical component of our future success."

The job posting for the Lead Operator/Technician can be seen on the South Shore Opportunities website.  The successful candidate will be involved in the establishment of this project in the early stages, and will be trained at the technology provider's facility in Europe.

The CelluFuel plant in Brooklyn will be a first of its kind in Canada, and is targeted to produce 1.25 million liters per year of high-quality diesel fuel.  The project brings an innovative opportunity for the development of the forestry industry and rural economic development in Nova Scotia in a clean, renewable and sustainable manner.