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 The flags will fly at half-mast until after the funeral is held on Friday, October 11, 2019.

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We are consulting with residents throughout Queens County as we begin the re-write of Region of Queens Municipality's Physical Activity Strategy. All are welcome to come and provide input on how the Region can support residents leading healthier lifestyles. Choose a location near you or a date that suits your schedule!

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October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. October was proclaimed Mi'kmaq History Month in 1993 by then Premier John Savage and Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. The purpose of Mi'kmaq History Month is to increase public awareness about the Mi'kmaw culture and heritage for all citizens of Nova Scotia. In recognition of this important month, the flag on the special purpose flagpole on the Liverpool Waterfront will fly the Santéé Mawióómi flag (also known as the Mí'kmaq Grand Council flag) for a two week period beginning on October 1, as per Region of Queens Municipality’s Operational Policy #84: Flag Flying.

2019 Mikmaq History Month

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Region of Queens Municipality is pleased to issue a public thank you to all who have supported recovery efforts during and after Hurricane Dorian passed over Queens on September 7th. Significant wind damage occurred to trees and power systems throughout Queens, and across Nova Scotia.  Hurricane Dorian is being called the most destructive storm to make landfall in Nova Scotia, with Queens and Annapolis Counties being the hardest hit in the province.

  • Nova Scotia Power crews and power crews from other provinces worked around the clock to restore power since the storm ended, with very few power outages remaining within Queens County.  These are believed to be new outages post-storm.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews have been hard at work to clear highways and roadways of trees and other storm debris. Roads in Queens County are all passable.
  • Fire departments throughout Queens County assisted the public in dealing with the results of the heavy rainfall and high tides associated with the storm. A number of Fire Halls and Community Halls provided electrical access to those without power to enable their electronic devices to be charged, and to power medical devices. Some even provided warm meals.
  • Military support arrived in Queens County on Sept. 10th in the form of two divisions – one removing trees in Liverpool and South Queens area, and the other providing support in the Caledonia area.  The military personnel were seen in many of our communities, and their support was greatly appreciated.
  • Region of Queens Municipality’s crews have also been working to ensure roadways are cleared of trees and storm debris in Liverpool. That work has been completed and storm water catch basins have also been cleared.  Work is ongoing to remove blown down branches from public parks and trails, and to restore other public spaces to pre-storm condition.
  • Thankfully, no loss of life resulted from the hurricane, however immediate concerns of residents included property damage and loss of food due to freezers and refrigerators being thawed after days with no power. A lack of running water in homes that were served by wells, with no electricity to operate their pumps caused some hardships. Lengthy periods of a lack of power was a major inconvenience to many, including the elderly and those with reduced mobility.
  • While there were residents and businesses in Queens who had their power and services restored within one day, many others were without power for almost a full week. Significant tree clearing to enable power restoration was required throughout Queens. Nova Scotia Power and their support crews did an excellent job, as have all others who have worked tirelessly to repair and restore services after the storm in very challenging conditions. The storm damage impact was overwhelming.
  • A storm surge tide occurred during the Hurricane, which again flooded the waterfront parking area. Past surge tides have been a hardship to some waterfront business, and the Region is expecting a consultant to soon complete and provide a Flood Mitigation Report for the downtown waterfront area for Council consideration. Coastal homes and areas were also impacted by the storm surge, with flooding in basements, roadways under water, and some beaches, parks and public spaces damaged by the effects of the strong storm surge and waves.
  • Shower facilities usage was provided at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool daily from 8:30am – 8:00pm to anyone who was experiencing storm related issues due to Dorian. The Municipality applied for funding from the Province of Nova Scotia, along with other South Shore communities, several months ago to assist with installing shower facilities in other areas throughout Queens County.  We have not yet had a response to our request. 

If there are still residents without power, please check to ensure that the power mast to your home is connected to your home (if it has been damaged, a qualified electrician will need to repair and inspect it prior to Nova Scotia Power restoring power.  Please report an outage to the Nova Scotia Power Customer Outage line: 1-877-428-6004.

The cleanup and power restoration in Queens became a major effort after Hurricane Dorian, and on behalf of Council  and staff at Region of Queens Municipality, I convey a huge thank you to our EMO Team, as well as all workers and volunteers who continue to support the needs of residents of Queens.

David Dagley

Mayor

Region of Queens Municipality

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.

If you are still without power and would like to have a shower, please note that the showers in the Fitness Centre of Queens Place Emera Centre will be open daily from Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 8:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for anyone who is experiencing storm related issues due to Dorian. Please bring all necessary toiletries.

Please go to the front desk to sign in. The front desk employee will be taking of a list of names in order of sequence and letting you into the shower room as showers become available.

For storm recovery updates, please refer to the Emergency Management section of the website

** Hurricane Dorian has concluded - recovery and restoration efforts continue in areas of Queens**

Hurricane Dorian Update 6, 10;14 a.m., September 13, 2019: An update from Nova Scotia Power (NSP) this morning advises that today there are 219 Power Line Crews and 45 vegetation management teams working exclusively in Western Nova Scotia for a total of 264 teams on the ground; the most of any area in Nova Scotia. They are focusing on getting the worst hit areas back on-line first including Milton and Greenfield area, but recognize that some will still be without power into the weekend. Any persons who are having their estimated time of restoration moved ahead should expect a call from Nova Scotia Power directly to inform them of this update. The on the ground work is taking much longer than usual due to the severity of the damage and the large number of outages.

NSP indicates that Dorian was the most destructive storm they have experienced, and its effects continue to cause outages. Trees weakened by Dorian’s hurricane-force winds continue to fall onto lines and cause new outages.  There were 10,000 new outages on September 11 and close to 40,000 in total since power restoration began on Sunday, September 8. As of 10 am. This morning, 14,935 NSP customers remain to have power restored. At the height of the storm, approximately 370,000 did not have power.

To help ensure power is restored as quickly as possible, NSP encourages customers to check to see if their meter mast is damaged. If it is, it needs to be repaired before power can be restored. To find an electrician, customers can call NSP at 1-877-428-6004 or visit www.nspower.ca/electricians.

As of yesterday, 60 additional power line crews from New Brunswick were secured and were on their way to Nova Scotia, following the cleaned up of damage in New Brunswick caused by Dorian. They are joining the 397 power line crews, 83 forestry crews and 68 damage assessment teams already dedicated to the restoration effort.

Residents can stay up to date on estimated restoration times via Nova Scotia Power’s outage map at nspower.ca or call by calling 1-877-428-6004.

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If you are still without power and would like to have a shower, please note that the showers in the Fitness Centre of Queens Place Emera Centre will be open daily from Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 8:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for anyone who is experiencing storm related issues due to Dorian. Please bring all necessary toiletries.

Please go to the front desk to sign in. The front desk employee will be taking of a list of names in order of sequence and letting you into the shower room as showers become available.

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Hurricane Dorian Update 5: 10:20 am, Sept. 12, 2019:
Residents who have damages to homes and properties may be intersested in reading the follwoing information pertaining to insurance.

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Hurricane Dorian Update 4: 9:00 am, Sept. 11, 2019:  There are still a number of residents of Queens County awaiting power restoration. For updates about anticipated power restoration in your area, please refer to the Nova Scotia Power Outage Map. If your area isnt on the map, be sure to report your outage online or by calling 1-877-428-6004.

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Hurricane Dorian Update 3: 9:45 am, Sept. 8, 2019:  Now that the rain and wind aspects of the storm have ended, it is time for clean up and restoration.  The public is asked to please stay off highways and roadways.  This will ease the work of crews who are clearing numerous hazards and debris still in place, and working to quickly restore services and storm related repairs.  Unnecessary traffic will hamper the work of the crews, and in turn slow restoration and repair efforts.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Hurricane Dorian Update 2: 1:45 pm, Sept. 7, 2019:  With the hurricane not anticipated to make landfall until this evening, the rain and wind is expected to continue.  The public is urged to shelter in place, stay indoors, and stay off the roads unless there is an emergency. Please stay inside until the storm ends. 

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Department of Transportation and Nova Scotia Power have removed their crews from the roads until it is safe for them to do so or required by EHS, Fire Services, or another emergencies.  The public are reminded to stay away from downed power lines, and to report trees on lines and outages to Nova Scotia Power’s Outage Centre 1-877-428-6004.

The public is reminded to take shelter inside and only travel if an emergency, and if so, the following facilities have advised us that they are open as charging stations:

Greenfield Fire Dept. Hall

Caledonia Fire Dept. Hall 

West Queens Recreation Centre

Port Medway Fire Department Hall

Liverpool Fire Department Hall

Mill Village and District Fire Dept. Hall

 

Stay safe everyone.

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11:39 a.m., Sept. 7, 2019: Rainfall warnings are likely to be expanded with future updates. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow, fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or a person away. Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

Avoid downed power lines.

Do not fuel up generators while they are running.

Run generators only in well ventilated areas.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts.

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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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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 August 12, 2019:  As noted last week, the Municipality has confirmed that after a review of the tidal wetland by an independent wetlands and environmental expert that the lands adjacent to Hank Snow Museum are not the cause of the extreme odour during certain times of the day over the past several weeks. 

During the past week, de-sludging of the primary lagoon cell as part of the South Queens Sewer Treatment Facility in Liverpool continued without any delay or interruption. This process is expected to be completed by the end of this week. When completed, odour associated with the Sewage Treatment Plant will be reduced significantly.

Additionally, air quality testing was performed on July 16, 2019, which included all of Liverpool and parts of Brooklyn and Milton. The tests performed collected air quality along streets at short intervals and tested for both hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane (CH4) gases. While there are no legislated or regulatory parameters around methane gas levels, all of the test samples showed levels that were insignificant. Methane is odorless and non-toxic to humans.

The tests for hydrogen sulfide showed elevated levels at three points around the actual sewage lagoons on Hank Snow Drive with several other locations around the lagoon showing levels under provincial regulatory levels. No areas of Liverpool, Brooklyn, or Milton outside of the lagoon cells showed any levels of H2S above the guideline limit of 3 parts per million in an hour (3 pphm/hr). The average concentration reading for all three communities was .027 pphm/hr with many points showing 0, including areas just outside the sewage lagoons. The tests were conducted by an independent agency that specializes in monitoring emissions and their location. 

Additionally, municipal staff carried out further testing along Milton Road, Liverpool, on July 31, 2019. This testing took place at two manhole locations during two different pumping cycles where a gas detector was used to detect for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane gas (CH4). At one and two foot measurements above both manhole locations, no gases were detected.

There will be a special announcement by Hockey Canada at Queens Place Emera Centre on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:10 p.m.  All are invited to attend and hear the news in person.  For those unable to be there in person, follow Queens Place Emera Centre on facebook and see the announcement on Facebook Live.

 

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