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Top female players to gather in Nova Scotia to begin season-long road to 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro

 CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team will kick off the 2019-20 season on the East Coast when it heads to Liverpool, N.S., for the annual BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, a training camp aimed at helping develop and evaluate the nation’s top female players.

The camp, set for Sept. 9-15 at the Queens Place Emera Centre, will see players split into two teams – Red and White – for a series of on- and off-ice sessions, including two intrasquad games and two match-ups against local junior hockey clubs over their seven-day stay on the South Shore.

“Council and residents of the Region of Queens Municipality are thrilled that Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team have selected the Queens Place Emera Centre to host the annual Fall Festival,” said David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Hockey fans in the region and across Nova Scotia are excited for the opportunity to watch the top female hockey players in the country, and we look forward to attending the games as the team prepares for the upcoming season.”

The roster for the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, will be announced in the coming weeks, but fans can reserve their spot to watch Team Canada by purchasing a ticket package for $20 plus fees and taxes at TicketPro.ca or the Queens Place Emera Centre box office. The package includes one ticket to each of the four games, which run from Sept. 11-14.

“We are excited to bring Canada’s National Women’s Team to the community of Liverpool for seven days of highly-competitive games and practices, and to provide young hockey fans the chance to watch their role models at an affordable price,” said Ryan Robins, director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “This camp will provide fans in Liverpool and surrounding communities the opportunity to watch the top female players in Canada as they begin for the road to the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Nova Scotia next spring.”

All practices are free and open for the public to attend. Media accreditation for the BFL National Women’s Team Fall Festival, presented by Sobeys, can be requested online.

“Hockey Nova Scotia continues to focus on the growth and development of the game, and providing opportunities for young girls to play hockey,” said Amy Walsh, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled that Canada’s National Women’s Team is coming to Nova Scotia as we believe this is just one of the many initiatives in the 2019-20 season that will help put female hockey in Nova Scotia in a great place moving forward.”

Halifax and Truro, N.S., will host the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship from March 31-April 10. Canada’s National Women’s Team will look to capture its first world championship gold medal since 2012, and first on home ice since 2007 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man.

Canada’s National Women’s Team has won 10 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship 10 times, in addition to eight silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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June 7, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  On Monday, June 17, 2019, upgrades will begin on the water and sewer system that serves the streets to the east of lower Waterloo Street, Liverpool, NS.  Work will commence on William Street, James Street, and Bartling Avenue. This project is the first year of a multi-year project which will see upgrades to complete the lower Waterloo Street area.  A key component of this project is to eliminate historic sewage outfalls from this area from the harbor and connect to the sewage treatment plant.

Work on William and James Streets and Bartling Avenue is expected to continue from June 17 through to late fall, 2019.  Detours and traffic rerouting will be in place on the affected roadways.  During the construction period, access to the work area will be restricted to local traffic and emergency vehicles only.

Over $70 million in capital upgrade investments throughout Queens County have been made by Region of Queens Municipality since amalgamation in 1996.  Much has been accomplished in the past 22 years, with infrastructure investments to help to improve our environment, provide safe streets, sidewalks, and drinking water, as well as quality recreational facilities. 

Waterloo east Infrastructure Upgrades

June 5, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia is preparing for the hottest concert on the South Shore this summer, an evening of Canadian Classic Rock featuring three legendary Canadian acts.  Canadian chart toppers Honeymoon Suite will take the stage on Sunday, August 25, 2019, and will be joined by well-known hard rockers Teaze from Windsor, Ontario, and the iconic Matt Minglewood Band. 

On August 25, 2019, fans at Queens Place Emera Centre will be “Burning in Love” with Honeymoon Suite, Teaze and Matt Minglewood Band! Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, in person at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, or online at Ticketpro.ca.  There is a presale on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for those qualifying Queens Place Emera Centre Fitness members with 1 month, 3 month or 1 year memberships, or 1 month walking track memberships.

Canadian classic rock stars Honeymoon Suite were formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Dee in 1981. In 1983 the band was bolstered by the addition of Derry Grehan who quickly became the bands primary song writer and who soon after penned ‘New Girl Now’. On the strength of that single the band signed a deal with WEA Canada and soon after came the launch of the bands self-titled debut album in June 1984. From that album came hits such as re-mastered ‘New Girl Now’, ‘Burning in Love’, ‘Wave Babies’ and ‘Stay in the Light’. Next came The Big Prize, and hits such as ‘Bad Attitude’, ‘Feel it Again’, and ‘All Along You Knew’. A number of these songs became included in soundtracks for series shows, and movies. Through the late 1980’s, songs such as ‘Love Changes Everything’ and ‘Still Loving You’ hit the singles charts.  Their extensive catalogue of music and recognizable hits, energetic stage presence and sizzling musical execution continues to shine through as the band entertains fans from across the world.

From 1977 to 1980, Teaze recorded and released 4 studio albums plus one live album based on their tour of Japan in 1978, and even played with April Wine at the old arena in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.  After a 40 year hiatus, they are back! On April 6, 2019, Teaze reunited to play in their hometown of Windsor, Ontario for a benefit concert, meeting with huge success.  Their catalogue includes timeless hits such as; ‘Sweet Misery’, ‘Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight’, ‘Boys Night Out’ and ‘On the Loose’ to name a few. TEAZE will head east to Liverpool NS for an exclusive comeback show, certain to lead to years of entertaining the world again going forward!

Matt Minglewood Band are a musical hybrid, a four member band with one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country and the other knee deep in rock. Matt Minglewood himself has long been known as a musical shape-shifter, with such well known hits as ‘Amsterdam, ‘Dorchester’, and ‘Can’t You See’. Their high-octane show has earned them the well-deserved reputation of ‘down to earth bearers of good will and good times’. Their diversity and broad audience appeal has made them a favorite on the Canadian touring circuit. In a climate ripe with ever changing musical styles, Matt’s artistic character has been defined by his simply remaining true to himself.

Check Ticketpro.ca for notices as the concert date approaches.

April 10, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality is entering into a partnership agreement with Autism Nova Scotia for a future inclusive playground to be built on Municipal lands in Liverpool, NS. The playground, unique in Southwestern Nova Scotia and the province, will feature inclusive play equipment and structures that supports use by all children and adults.


“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Autism Nova Scotia, and are proud that Queens County will be home to this wonderful asset which will give families of all abilities many fun experiences that they may not have had in the past,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Not only is the inclusive playground a benefit to local families, it is something that families from all around Nova Scotia will come to visit and enjoy.”


The proposed agreement resulted from discussions around a motion of Council approved on February 27, 2018, and rescinded on April 9, 2019, in which Region of Queens Council agreed to donate the land and a maximum of $25,000, and enter a renewable partnership agreement for a period of 5 years with Autism Nova Scotia to manage construction and ongoing maintenance of the playground. Under the provisions of the proposed partnership agreement, Autism Nova Scotia will prepare the design of the playground, and determine the suppliers of the equipment, as well as work with the local Queens County fundraising committee to raise the funds needed. Once funds have been raised, and the plans and equipment have also been approved by both partners, the Municipality will manage the project through to completion, own, and maintain the playground as an additional infrastructure asset of the Municipality.


"We deeply appreciate the partnership of the Region of Queens, as well as the tremendous vision and dedication of the many volunteers and supporters who have come together to create this inclusive outdoor recreation space for people of all ages and all abilities,” said Debbie Wamboldt, chairperson of Queens Universally Designed Playground’s fundraising committee and board member of Autism Nova Scotia’s South Shore Chapter.


The projected cost of the inclusive playground is approximately $450,000, with the local fundraising committee working towards reaching that goal through community and corporate fundraising efforts. The playground project will not proceed until sufficient fundraising is in place. One of the conditions of the proposed agreement allows Autism Nova Scotia up to two years to source the required funds. In the event that the funds are not raised in two years, the partnership agreement would terminate. Under the proposed agreement, the local fundraising committee will be eligible to apply for Region of Queens’ new Community Investment Fund grant program, and therefore the previously committed $25,000 is not included in the 2019-2020 budget, and not in the proposed agreement.

Council approved the 2019/2020 Budget on March 26, 2019.

Click here to view the 2019/2020 Region of Queens Municipality General Operating and Water Operating Budgets and the 2019/2020 Region of Queens Municipality Capital Budget.

Click here for   Mayor Dagley's budget speech.

March 11, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  In February 2019, Region of Queens Municipality's Council sent a letter containing a list of questions to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited concerning the proposed expansion plans for Liverpool Bay.  The list of questions was approved at the February 12, 2019 Regular Council meeting.  The letter sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requested that the questions and correspondence accompany the company’s aquaculture application, should they choose to apply to expand create a new operation in the Bay. 

  Click here to read the cover letter from Kelley Cove Salmon Limited received today, March 11, 2019, and click here to read the the responses to the questions .

February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Over the course of several months, and with data gathered by staff and input submitted by local residents, Region of Queens Municipality’s Council has compiled a list of 24 questions to send  to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited concerning the proposed expansion plans for Liverpool Bay.  The list of questions was approved at the February 12, 2019 Regular Council meeting, and the letter to be sent to Kelly Cove Salmon Limited requests that the questions and correspondence accompany the company’s aquaculture application, should they choose to apply to expand create a new operation in the Bay.

“Council has heard discussion, received letters and emails from the local residents and seasonal residents, has consulted with provincial representatives from Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, reviewed scientific data, and a presentation by representatives of Kelly Cove Salmon Limited.  The list of questions we are sending them will inform the process undertaken by the Aquaculture Application Review Board,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.   On September 7, 2018, Kelly Cove Salmon Limited applied for and received a six month scoping Option for Liverpool Bay from Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

To better understand the entire aquaculture licensing process, and how best to have meaningful input, in December 2018, most members of Council met with representatives of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.  They learned that the new aquaculture application process is completely external to the Minister, and that any correspondence with the minister will not have an impact on the process.  The Aquaculture Review Board is a separate entity, bound by the terms and processes of their Board; detailed scientific and technical data is a requirement.  Public opposition or support of an application may also be submitted to the proponent during the Option period, or to the Review Board once they receive the application.

The list of 24 questions compiled by the Region of Queens Municipality will begin the process of understanding the scientific data currently available, and the potential impacts.  Responses to the questions provided by Kelly Cove Salmon Limited will effect a more informed Aquaculture Review Board, should the company submit an application. The questions were reviewed with a local ad hoq committee who is opposed to the proposed expansion of aquaculture in Liverpool Bay. They declined to partner with the Municipality in the submission of questions. 

The Aquaculture Review Board’s processes and procedures can be found online at https://arb.novascotia.ca/board. Read the letter sent by Council here .

February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS:  Evening Council meetings will now be part of the schedule in Region of Queens Municipality.  Following a one year trial period of quarterly evening Council meetings, a motion was approved at the February 12, 2019 regular Council meeting to change the scheduling of Region of Queens Council meetings to include one meeting each quarter to be held in the evening.  Council will meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber at the Municipal Building, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS, and for the first meeting of each quarter of the fiscal year, an evening meeting will be held in a different geographical location in Queens; the meeting scheduled for the first Tuesday of April, July, October, and January will be held in West Queens, North Queens, East Queens, and South Queens, respectively.

“The changes to our meeting schedule are about making meetings more accessible to the public. In holding meetings in the evening, in locations across the Municipality, those who are unable to attend a meeting in Liverpool or during the daytime will have opportunities to attend and experience the process,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  “Evening meetings are no longer in a trial stage.  We hope to have more public engagement as people become aware of this change, and come out to a meeting.”

Dates and locations of Council meetings are posted on Region of Queens website https://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/council-calendar-for-cg.  Agendas for Council meetings are posted online the Friday before a meeting: https://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/council-agendas-minutes-audio.  Notice of meetings are also posted the week prior on Region of Queens Municipality’s Facebook page: @RegionofQueens.

February 12, 2019; 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. Two volunteers were selected to be Volunteers of the Year by Region of Queens Council at the February 12, 2019 Council meeting.  Lauren Amirault and Raya Stewart, both of Liverpool, NS, were drawn from a pool of 16 nominations recognizing the hard work and dedication of 17 individuals nominated over the past year through the Ripple Effect Volunteer Initiative; one of the nominations received was for a couple who does much of their volunteer work together.

“The Ripple Effect Volunteer initiative program is in place to allow community members to recognize and show their appreciation for the volunteers who have made an impact in their lives.  Volunteers in Queens County do much to enhance our community, providing needed services, recreational opportunities, social connections and more,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  “We are pleased that Raya and Lauren will be honoured for their volunteer work and represent Region of Queens Volunteers at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2019.”

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 the week prior to 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 1, 2019, in Halifax. National Volunteer Week takes places April 7 - 13, 2019.

From February 2018 through to January 31, 2019, 16 nominations were received for the Ripple Effect, representing 17 individuals.  Those nominated were Lauren Amirault of Liverpool, Katharina Cochrane of Liverpool, Larry Cochrane of Liverpool, Alex Doggett of Hunts Point, Debra Hansen of Hunts Point, Karleigh Huskins of Brooklyn, Faye Levy of Brooklyn, Dan MacLaren of Brooklyn, Barbara Ross of Liverpool, Bob Sanford of Liverpool, Raya Stewart of Liverpool, Chuck Taylor and Deborah Sponagle-Taylor of Liverpool, Lorraine ‘Cookie’ Trainor of Liverpool, Kathy Veinot of East Port Medway, Cathy Williams of Port Mouton, and Colleen Wolfe of Liverpool. 

“Each of the volunteers who were nominated play very important roles in our community, and all of their contributions are valued.  It is challenging to select just two as Volunteers of the Year; how can anyone determine the value of one act of volunteerism over another?  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 .  Due to the high volume of nominations received on or near the deadline for nominations, nominations for the 2019 award are being added online as biographical information is finalized. 

February 12, 2019; Liverpool, NS: An application for a development agreement to erect a cellular telecommunications tower in Liverpool, NS has been declined by Region of Queens Municipality’s Council. The proposed location for the tower was on privately owned property located near the end of Meadow Pond Lane in Liverpool, which is zoned R6 -Mixed Use Coastal Residential. A telecommunications tower does not fall under the list of permitted uses in the R6 zone, however, Council has provisions in the Region’s Municipal Planning Strategy to consider approvals of such uses by way of a development agreement.


The applicant, Eastlink, held a public meeting on November 21, 2018 to provide information to the publicregarding the plans for the tower. Region of Queens Municipality held a public hearing on January 22, 2019 to provide opportunity for the public to make oral or written presentations respecting the proposed development. A number of local residents and property owners spoke at the hearing, stating concerns of potential health impacts to residents in the proximity, decreased property values, and future plans for multi-unit residential development. Several written submissions were also received prior to the hearing, and provided to Council for their consideration.


“Council carefully deliberated the advantages and disadvantages of approving the development agreement to allow the telecommunications tower to be erected. In the end, Council determined that while telecommunications towers are necessary to provide our residents, businesses and visitors to Queens with reliable communications, the proposed site wasn’t an appropriate location for the tower. Approval was not given to the applicant,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

January 22, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Queens Daycare Association will become the owners of the building that they have called “home” since they began operations in 1984. At the January 22, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting, Council approved a purchase and sale agreement with Queens Daycare Association, selling the non profit organization the former Mount Pleasant School building and properties for $1.00.


“Queens Daycare provides a valued service to families in Queens County, and Council is happy to be able to provide them with the facility and 3 acre lot for the nominal fee. Their proposal to purchase the facility indicated that the building and grounds meet their needs, and will allow for them to expand and grow their programs, should they choose to do so,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “We wish them much success as they take ownership of the property.”


The 57 year old former school was declared surplus by Region of Queens Municipality in September 2017, and the tenants were advised to find alternate arrangements by the end of June, 2019; Municipal staff initiated a request for proposals (RFP) in October 2018, seeking offers to purchase the property. The proposal submitted by Queens Daycare Association was accepted at the November 27, 2019 Council meeting, and Council approved entering into a purchase and Sale agreement with the Association for a sale price of $1.00. A public hearing respecting the proposed sale, as required by the Municipal Government Act, was held on January 8, 2019, with no objections presented from the public. The closing date for the sale of the property will be or before July 2, 2019.


“The purchase of the building enables us to continue to provide licensed childcare to families in Queens County. That is why we, as a volunteer board, have accepted this additional financial responsibility. We do this for the families, the children and as our commitment to our community,” said Donna Dexter, Board Chair of Queens Daycare Association.

January 8, 2019;  Liverpool, NS:  Region of Queens Municipal Council is applying for federal and provincial government funding support to remove sewage from two outfalls into Liverpool Bay;  at the January 8, 2019 Council meeting, Council voted in favour of submitting a funding application under the Green Environment Quality Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  The proposed project has an estimated cost of $4,493,530.00+ HST, and involves the area of Waterloo Street below the intersection of Waterloo and School Street, as well as William Street, Bartling Avenue, and James Street. 

“Region of Queens Municipality has been involved for several years in remediating historic sewage outfalls.  Work on the lower end of Waterloo Street, Bartling Avenue, William Street, and James Street is a significant project, which would benefit greatly from the support of this funding,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.

The project, if approved, is expected to take place over a three year period.  Maximum funding available is up to 40% federal contribution and up to 33.3% from the province.  The balance would be funded by the Region of Queens Municipality.  Decisions regarding whether the application is approved are not expected until spring 2019.