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December 14 2018; Liverpool, NS:  On the heels of a successful inaugural event in 2018, the organizers of the  Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships announced the 2019 Championships will return to Centennial Park, Liverpool, Nova Scotia. North Nova Lumberjacks Society are making preparations for the Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships to be held on August 24 and 25, 2019 on the picturesque Liverpool waterfront.  

“We are a small nonprofit group trying to make a positive difference in the communities we host our events in while drawing attention to our sport.  The support we’ve received from Region of Queens Municipality and the south shore is like nothing we’ve seen since our inception in 2016. We are grateful for that support and are looking forward to hosting the most prestigious and highest level axe throwing competition in the country,” said Ryan McIntyre, Vice President and Founder of the North Nova Lumberjacks Society.

The 2019 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships are anticipated to draw top ranked double bitted axe throwing competitors from across the country, as well as from Europe, along with a large fan and spectator base to watch the competitions.  The 2018 event featured 54 competitors, including 15 international throwers.  Four countries were represented, including Canada, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden in the Men’s, Women’s, and Junior Divisions.  Over 1,000 spectators were in attendance at Centennial Park, Liverpool for the Championships. 2018 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championship winners in the Women’s Division were Anki Hedberg of Sweden with gold, Tess Billings of New Brunswick won silver, and the bronze went to Suzy Atwood of Barrington, NS.  The top positions in the Men’s Division were Udo Hofmann, of Germany in the gold medal position, silver ranking went to world champion Daniel Hedberg of Sweden, and Pierre Kaminski of Germany took the bronze.

 “We are proud to once again welcome competitors from across Canada, and around the world to Queens County.  The 2018 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships was a well-attended, and much talked about event, and the 2019 Championships will build on that success,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.  “Region of Queens Municipality is happy to be a sponsor of the 2019 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships.  This event is a good fit for Queens, with our rich forestry history and reputation for hosting unique, world class events and competitions.”

In addition to the 2018 Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships, North Nova Lumberjacks Society has successfully hosted Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018, 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, as well as sponsorship opportunities are available online: www.novalumberjacks.com

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This photo shows nine of the 21 staff recognized for their long service to the Region of Queens Municipality.  From left to right: Mayor David Dagley, Wayne Henley, Bill Leighton, Lloyd Wolfe, Colin VanBuskirk, Shelley Connolly, Alex Comeau, Audrey Wamboldt, Steve Burns, and Richard Lane.

December 11, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Region of Queens Municipality provides services and programs which impact the lives of residents and visitors alike.  A team of staff are employed by the Municipality to plan, coordinate, and respond to those services and programs.  Milestone achievements of staff were recognized with Years of Service Awards presented at the December 11, 2018 Region of Queens Regular Council meeting.

“The staff which were recognized today have a strong commitment to excellence in public service. Council is proud to recognize and celebrate the years of service and commitment provided by the skilled staff working in the diverse and varied operations in the Municipality,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  “All employees are positive ambassadors of Council and the Region of Queens, and they provide a high level of service.”

At the December 11, 2018 Council meeting, 21 of Region of Queens Municipality’s employees were recognized for five, 10, 15, 25, and 40 years of service; those employees collectively represent 240 years of employment.  Staff who have worked for the Region of Queens for five years are Steve Burns, Alex Comeau, Paul Dauphinee, Amy Hatt, David Kelley, Richard Lane, and Lloyd Wolfe.  Ten years of service was reached by John Berry, Bill Leighton, Frank Oickle, Meaghan Roberts, Neil Roy, Janie Ryan, Colin VanBuskirk, and Rodney Weagle.   Shelley Connolly, Wayne Hanley, Dwayne Hurshman, and Audrey Wamboldt were recognized for 15 years of service.  Reaching the 25 year mark is Tim Thorbourne; and Sherman Roberts marked 40 years of employment with the Region of Queens Municipality.     

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.

December 11, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  Improved internet service will soon be a reality at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS.  A motion was approved at the December 11, 2018 Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting to proceed with upgrades to the internet service at Queens Place Emera Centre, as outlined in a proposal received from Bell Aliant, in the amount of $65,670.77 plus HST.  The cost of these upgrades will be funded through existing budgets and reserves for Queens Place Emera Centre, specifically the Fundraising account and Equipment Reserve account.  

“Provision of reliable, high speed internet is an essential part of doing business. Many organizations who host events at Queens Place Emera Centre require a strong, reliable signal throughout the facility,” said David Dagley, Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor.  “We are pleased that upgrades will be in place prior to the 2019 World Junior Curling Championship, which takes place in February, 2019, and for future events to be held at Queens Place Emera Centre.”

Over the seven years that Queens Place Emera Centre has been in operation, solutions have been sought to improve internet service throughout the facility, with limited success.  Two proposals were received to provide reliable internet in the facility; Eastlink and Bell Aliant each submitted detailed proposals and pricing to improve wireless internet service.  Bell Aliant had the lowest price, providing 22 access points throughout the building, security appliances and professional service engagements. 

Queens Place Emera Centre is a municipally operated multipurpose recreation and cultural facility located at 50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool, NS.  The facility opened in December 2011, and is a well known concert venue and host of major ice sport championship events.

December 4, 2018; Liverpool, NS: On Friday, April 12, 2019, one of Canada’s best known country music stars will be performing in Liverpool, NS. Chart topping Brett Kissel will ignite the crowds at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia. It’s a show that country music fans will not want to miss; Brett Kissel will be joined by show opener Jason Price and his band, and local talent, Autumn Rae Carver.

“Fans from across the province will have a treat in coming to this concert, showcasing multiple Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) winner Brett Kissel,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality . “Queens Place Emera Centre has been described as one of the best entertainment venues outside Metro; to have Brett Kissel play here builds on a stellar reputation.”

Kissel began his musical career at the young age of 12 with the release of his first album, and in the years since, has performed with such country music icons as Garth Brooks and Charley Pride. With an armful of awards too plentiful to list, Alberta born Kissel is a fan favorite across Canada, and has broken into the US markets, winning the 2017 International Artist of the Year Award at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood, California. Known for chart-topping gold and platinum hits such as “We Were that Song”, “Guitars and Gasoline”, and “3-2-1”, Kissel is a near constant on the Canadian County music charts. Last year, Kissel completed the most comprehensive Canadian tour of all time, performing 120+ dates, hitting every single province and territory.

Opening for Kissel on April 12, 2018 is Lawrencetown, NS singer/songwriter, Jason Price, known across Nova Scotia for blending the honest tones of classic country with the flavour of current country, recorded his debut CD ‘Grit, Guts and Country Pride’ in Nashville, Tennessee. His second album is expected to be released in early 2019.

Special guest Autumn Rae Carver of Middlefield, NS is a local favorite having won Shore Idol at the South Shore Exhibition, performing with Terry Clarke, and more recently in June 2018, took the stage at Queens Place Emera Centre with the Washboard Union and Jason Benoit.

The concert is an all ages event, and alcohol will be served. Tickets are $62.50 plus tax and fee, and are available starting December 4, 2018 at 12:35 p.m. in person at Queens Place Emera Centre [contact: 902-354-4422] or through Ticketpro at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-311-9090.

 

November 27, 2018, Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality’s Council is focused on investing in the community, with expected dividends to be improved clarity, direction and fairness in grant funding for community organizations in Queens to allow for investments in local community infrastructure. Policy 11 – Community Investment Fund was approved at the November 27, 2018 Regular Council Meeting.


“The new policy for grants to local community based organizations replaces seven policies that were in existence prior to today, all of which pertained to funding. The Community Investment Fund Policy will be a more efficient policy, with clear criteria and reporting mechanisms across all grants,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.


The policy will take effect April 1, 2019, with investments in 2019-2020 and subsequent years of up to $175,000 per year. Prior to the implementation of Policy 11 – Community Investment Fund, grants to organizations had an annual budget of $50,000 per year, and eight other recreation grant programs in a cumulative amount of $18,750 per year. Grants to Community Organizations, along with Community Recreation Assistance Program, Sport Travel Assistance Program, Volunteer Training Assistance Funding, Facility Development Assistance (Major and Regular Category), and Tournament/Special Event Assistance Fund grants will all be discontinued on April 1, 2019, and applicants will be considered under the new Community Investment Fund.


“This policy will result in a major change to program delivery which we are confident will enhance efforts of community groups to improve infrastructure, programs and events in their local community,” said Mayor Dagley.


Applications for the new Community Investment Fund Policy will be located on the Municipality’s website: https://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/overview , and available next week.

October 11, 2018; Liverpool, NS: A partnership between Region of Queens Municipal Council and the Astor Theatre Society was approved to jointly fund the cost of a technical assessment study for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre. At the October 9, 2018 regular Council meeting, Council voted in favour of authorizing an expenditure of up to 15% of that cost, to a maximum of $5,000. The feasibility study is expected to cost approximately $20,000; currently, Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines is accepting applications for a funding program that may provide up to 75% of funding for feasibility studies on projects that have the potential to lower emissions and create local economic benefits. The Astor Theatre Society is a tenant of the municipally owned Astor Theatre, part of Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre, located at 219 Main Street, Liverpool, NS.


“We are optimistic that the feasibility study will recommend innovative, energy efficient options to heat and cool this historic facility, which is an arts and cultural gem in our community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Council was pleased that the Astor Theatre Society saw an opportunity to access a funding program to enhance the entire facility for patrons during all four seasons.”


Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre is a provincial heritage property and a national historic site constructed in 1902. The facility currently has no central air conditioning, and for decades, the lack of air conditioning and lack of controllable zoned heating has made its use frequently uncomfortable. An efficient HVAC system will make the entire facility more comfortable for visitors and tenants, and will reduce energy costs for the facility.


"The Astor Theatre Society is very gratified for the Region's support for this Energy study. Our goal in our Capital Plan is to plot a cost efficient approach to modernizing our HVAC systems and patron comfort in this important and venerable building. We feel this will enhance and promote enjoyable and full year round use of the building as a key Arts and Cultural hub for the Community," said Rick Gilbert, Vice Chair, Astor Theatre Society.


The funding program supports initiatives including public building efficiency, among other things that support energy efficiency and lowered emissions. Funding may be used for feasibility studies, community planning, public engagement sessions, program promotion, and demonstration projects. The application deadline is October 12, 2018.

We’re launching a new program – Welcome to Queens kits will be distributed to new residents of Queens, in an effort to help newcomers feel welcome, and  provide them with information about their new community while making a connection to the Region of Queens in the form of a personal welcome and information about how to reach out to us regarding services/programs offered. If you recently moved to Queens County, or if you know someone who has,  please contact us.  Details are in the poster.

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Liverpool, NS, August 29, 2018: Region of Queens Municipality officially launches the “Queens: Planning for the Future” project this week. Over the course of the next 18 months the Municipality will work with residents, business owners, seasonal home-owners, agencies and community groups to modernize the land use planning framework within the Region. Specifically, the project will result in an updated Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use (zoning) By-law. These documents guide how and where businesses, homes, farms, and new infrastructure can and should happen.


Councillor Heather Kelly, Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee, is excited to see the project get underway. “Queens: Planning for the Future is a chance to ask ourselves, ‘where do we want to be 10 or 20 years from now?’ and to define that picture of the future. We’ll be working with the public to establish a vision, and to identify what is needed to get us there. We want to shape our communities so they continue to be places where people want to live.”


Mike MacLeod, Director of Planning and Development, added, “This project will also help us get ahead of some challenges we will face in the future, such as climate change and an aging population. How can we balance the needs of our diverse rural and settlement areas? Do we have enough opportunities for seniors’ housing? Do we have the jobs and services to attract and retain young families? These are the kinds of questions we will be asking throughout the project.”


Starting now, the Region will be reaching out to ask, “What do you want your Queens to be?” and to engage in important conversations on specific issues, such as housing, agriculture, home-based businesses, coastal development, and more. The project is being carried out with
support from Upland Planning and Design Studio, who will be hosting events and presentations in communities throughout the region this fall.
Anyone interested in learning more about the project or participating in the process can review the project website, sign-up for the e-newsletter, send an email, or call the municipal office.

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August 22, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  As part of a nine person contingent from the Lunenburg/Queens Special Olympics chapter, five residents of  Queens traveled to Antigonish, Nova Scotia to join 900 Special Olympics athletes at the 2018 National Special Olympics Summer Games.

Jamie Belong, Rebecca Delaney, Rebecca Maule, Colby Oickle, and Ben Theriau competed in a variety of disciplines, and collectively brought home eight medals, including six gold, as part of Team Nova Scotia’s overall medal count of 134. To honour their achievements, the Region of Queens Municipality is hosting a reception on Wednesday, August 29th in the lobby at Queens Place Emera Centre.

The event will take place from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, and the public is welcome to attend and meet these athletes, and commend them on their outstanding performance and dedication.  “The Region of Queens is immensely proud of their accomplishments and the manner in which these athletes represented Queens and Nova Scotia during the 2018 Summer Games. We are pleased to host this reception and hope the public will come to meet and congratulate them” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. The Mayor also noted the commitment of the volunteers with the Special Olympics program and family support as being integral to their success. 

There will be some light refreshments provided by the Region of Queens, and The Snug café will be open for those wishing to purchase lunch.  

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

August 14, 2018; Liverpool, NS:  The audited financial statement and trust fund financial statements for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018  were adopted by Region of Queens Municipality’s Council at their August 14, 2018 Regular Council meeting.  An overview of the audited financial statements from the 2017/2018 fiscal year was presented by Paul Belliveau and Michael Metcalfe, of the firm Belliveau Veinotte Inc., independent external auditors appointed by the Municipality.  He previously reviewed the audited financial statements at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Audit Committee meeting on August 7, 2018.

“Prudent financial planning, strategic investments in our community, and careful budgeting remain a priority of this Council, and we are pleased that the Region of Queens continues to remain in a strong financial position,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

General operations ended the fiscal year, March 31, 2018 with an operating surplus of $138,233.  Higher than anticipated deed transfer tax revenue accounted for a large percentage of the surplus.  While the water utility operating statement was mainly static this year, the maintenance and repairs budget was overspent due to a water line break at the water treatment plant in February, 2018. 

The 2017/2018 Audited Financial Statement will be posted on the Region of Queens website at http://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/finance/financial-statement/audited-statement by the end of the week. 

July 24, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Partnerships enable much to be accomplished, and such is the case for repairs required to reopen the Trestle Trail Bridge in Liverpool, NS. Queens Rails to Trails Association’s request for funding support from Region of Queens Municipality’s Council was approved at the Region of Queens July 24, 2018 Regular Council meeting, in an amount up to $90,000 to be funded in 2018-2019 through a withdrawal from Gas Tax Reserve, subject to all funding being in place to advance the first phase of the upgrades.


“Council is happy to provide funds to support Phase One of the upgrades required to reopen the Trestle Trail Bridge, and join with funding partners from private sector and the province to ensure that this popular trail reopens,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Completion of repairs that will allow the reopening of the Trestle Trail Bridge will support future trail development by the Queens Rails to Trails Association which will connect east and west Queens.”


The Trestle Trail Bridge is part of the popular Trestle Trail which runs through Liverpool, joining the east and west side of the community by crossing the Mersey River. The bridge was closed in November 2014 due to a recommendation for immediate closure to vehicular and pedestrian traffic following an inspection by structural engineers. Estimates for repairs to the bridge a year following its closure were in the area of half a million dollars. In September, 2016, Council approved a Letter of Authority with Queens Rails to Trails Association for establishment of a shared use trail on the abandoned rail corridor in Liverpool. An agreement was signed in October, 2016 with Queens Rails to Trails Association turning over authority for construction, operation and maintenance of a shared use trail and related facilities for the abandoned rail corridor owned by the Region of Queens Municipality from Bristol Avenue to White Point Road in Liverpool, encompassing the Trestle Trail. The agreement required that prior to construction of the Trail or related facilities, that the Association and Municipality review and finalize the construction schedule, design, and construction standards. As well, the agreement states that the Municipality shall not be responsible for the cost of constructing, maintaining or operating any trails or related facilities within these lands.


The Region of Queens and the Province cost shared with the Queens Rails to Trails Association to provide the Region of Queens with a copy of an engineering report by CBCL Limited concerning short and long term costs over a 10 year period to repair the Trestle Trail Bridge only. The 10 year Class D estimate contained in the report for bridge restoration is estimated to be $1,570,000, with a contingency of 10% built in at each stage for engineering and 20% built in at each stage for cost overruns. The upgrades planned by Queens Rails to Trails are planned in three phases; Phase One is expected to begin in the coming months at an estimated to cost of $490,000, which will enable the bridge to reopen once critical structural work is completed. Queens Rails to Trails Association intends to begin Phase Two soon after Phase One, at an estimated cost of $950,000 for additional structural work. Phase Three is budgeted at $130,000 and must be completed within the ten year time frame. It should be noted that a Class D estimate is usually estimated at a 40% contingency for cost overruns, not 20%, however, future tender bids will determine actual project costs.


Confirmed funding for Phase One includes the Region of Queens commitment of up to $90,000, along with $150,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, and $250,000 from the J&W Murphy Foundation. Phase Two funding has $500,000 confirmed from the J&W Murphy Foundation, with the balance of $450,000 as yet unconfirmed. Phase Three funding estimated at $130,000 is currently unsecured.


Since 2010, Region of Queens Council has worked with organizations in Queens to conditionally permit off highway vehicle access to the Trestle Trail Bridge to create a recreational trail within Queens that would eventually connect to existing ATV trails in Lunenburg and Shelburne Counties.

July 10, 2018; Liverpool, NS: As time passes, communities change, trends shift and new practices emerge; Region of Queens Municipality is taking steps to continue to evolve with the shift in demographics, changes in the business community, climate change impacts, and other developments affecting the community. At the July 10, 2018 Region of Queens Council meeting, the contact for consulting services for the Review of the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) was awarded to UPLAND for a total cost of $138,000.


“There has been much change in Queens since 2009, and Council is pleased see the MPS and LUB review moving forward under the skilled leadership of UPLAND. The Region of Queens plans to build on the success of the community, and through engagement with our citizens throughout the review. The updated plan will serve our community’s needs now and into the near future,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.


Periodic updates to MPS and LUB documents are required by the Municipal Government Act; the current Region of Queens MPS and LUB were adopted by Council on July 20, 2009, and there has been much change in Queens County in the ensuing years.


A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued on May 4, 2018, with a deadline of June 15, 2018, to engage the services of an integrated land use planning and engineering consulting firm with expertise in land use planning to carry out a formal review of the Region of Queens Municipality’s MPS and LUB. The RFP identified that the project would be expected to take place over approximately 18 months in 2018 and 2019. Seven consulting firms submitted proposals, all of which were reviewed by a committee consisting of the Region of Queens Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) and Municipal staff. The proposal from UPLAND had the third highest project hours, second highest project hours by firm project manager, and the lowest overall project price. The Review Committee felt UPLAND’s experience with a similar project was an advantage; in 2017, the firm completed a review and consolidation of planning documents for the Municipality of Cumberland, which is similar to the Region of Queens Municipality in that it has a large geographic area, primarily rural with pockets of urbanized development, and extensive coastlines.


The scope of the project will encompass six guiding principles:
1. Building sustainable communities where residents have varied housing choices, and increased opportunities where to live, work, learn, volunteer, shop, and to have access to a variety of recreational opportunities;
2. Balancing the desires, needs, and unique qualities of our diverse urban and rural communities within the Region;
3. Expanding and growing the local population and economy;
4. Preserving and enhancing community character, the natural environment, and the Region’s sense of space;
5. Responding to climate change; and,
6. Engaging local residents, business community, community organizations, and external agencies and departments throughout the planning process.


The project is expected to start ion the next couple of weeks, and will provide plenty of opportunity for the public to become involved in helping to shape the future of their communities.