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News release: Residents Asked to Participate in Internet Performance Test
Taking the test at https://performance.cira.ca/southshore will help provide a basis for regional high-speed broadband planning
July 19, 2018 - Residents and business owners in three municipalities on the South Shore can now use an online test to reveal the performance of their Internet service – a measurement that will aid the region’s broadband development. The project is being cost shared by three municipal units.
The Internet Performance Test (IPT) was developed by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as a way to collect highly detailed information about the quality of internet service. The IPT measures some 100 different Internet connection factors beyond the speed of the network, to give planners information on latency (how much delay is in a connection) and the ability of your computer to connect with the latest Internet Protocols. The IPT is being administered in Atlantic Canada by the non-profit group i-Valley, which also helped to develop the tool. The IPT will map the ‘digital divide’ for our rural communities, and help municipalities prioritize those areas with poorer service.
Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, stated that “Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. We have been proactive in developing a Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy, and investing in projects bringing better Internet to our municipality. The Internet Performance Test will give us information that will help us continue to invest in Internet and create a community in which families choose to live.”
“The use of broadband communications is fundamental to improve our economic, environmental and social well-being,” said Allen Webber, Warden, Municipality of the District of Chester. “Broadband is cited as a number one factor in choosing a residence location. Businesses also need broadband in order to compete in the digital economy; if we have world-class standards, we give them a better chance to be world-class businesses.”
Mayor David Dagley of the Region of Queens Municipality added, “The time is right to pursue regional broadband network improvements. Provincial and federal funding will become available to enable Municipalities that are prepared, to support high speed network construction. Our Municipality will continue to source funding towards improving internet service in Queens, which has become an essential service. All residents are encouraged to take the speed test to help ensure that our current networking status is clarified, to enable proper funding applications to be prepared”.
A one-button test
The IPT is community-specific to the South Shore. People in their home or business just click on a URL and launch the test, which only takes 30 seconds. Within that time, the test analyzes more than 100 variables that range from speed to quality - all the factors that could be slowing a resident down or affecting the reliability of their service.
The IPT results are displayed for everyone on a map of the region, colour-coded to highlight service quality. A red zone is poor; a blue zone is good. The IPT ranges from zero to the new national speed goal of 50 Megabits per second (Mbps).
The further the speed drops below 25 Mbps the redder the map gets; the faster the speed the bluer it gets.
Those without any Internet connection can go to a connected facility, browse to the South Shore IPT Web site, and click on “If you wish to inform us of a location without internet access, click here”. They will then have the opportunity to place a pin on the map. They can also contact their Municipality’s Economic Development Officer to provide their address by phone.
The tests are location-specific, registering each house or business as the buttons are pressed. People are encouraged to take the test as many times as possible, as speed results may vary over times of day.
In addition to creating a baseline for network planning, the IPT helps communities obtain evidence-based performance data for their community that will provide support for funding applications to governments to ensure sufficient broadband access.
Please click on this link to use the South Shore Internet Performance Test:
The test will be run continuously over the coming months. Residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Municipality of the District of Chester and Region of Queens Municipality will receive reminder notifications to take the test through several methods, including postcards at key locations in the community, flyers, social media posts, website posts, and through newspaper and radio. All residents, regardless of whether they have good internet service, poor internet service or no internet service are encouraged to take part in the test. The higher the rate of participation by residents, the more accurate the final data will be, which will provide a map that shows accurately the areas with substandard internet service.
For further information please contact:
Sarah Kucharski, Communications Officer, MODL
Phone: (902) 541-1328
Erin Lowe, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Chester
Phone: (902) 275-2599
Heather Cook, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Region of Queens Municipality
Phone: (902) 354-5741
News release: Bait Stations Being Installed in Municipality
July 19, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – This week, Dr. Robbin Lindsay, Research Scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is in the Municipality installing the first of 18-20 deer bait stations. The bait stations are part of an innovative tick reduction research project, the largest of its kind in Canada.
“The increasing prevalence of Lyme Disease in our community is a serious concern,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our Council believes it’s vitally important for the Municipality to get involved in trying to reduce tick populations, and in educating residents and visitors on the importance of tick checks. We’ve partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.”
“The bait stations will be stocked by September 1, and will target adult tick populations when they become active again in the fall,” explained Dr. Lindsay. “A common myth is that there are no ticks out in the summer, but that’s actually when there is the highest risk for contracting Lyme Disease. The nymphs are most active in the summer, and they’re more difficult to see because of their small size. It’s important to do a daily tick check after coming inside, and every night before bed. It’s one of the most effective ways of preventing Lyme Disease.”
- The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. The bait station rollers will apply Permethrin to the deer’s ears as they feed from the station, killing the adult ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
- A public education campaign will continue throughout the summer and fall, designed to encourage residents and visitors to conduct daily tick checks.
- Additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails has been installed to advise users of the presence of ticks in the area.
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is committed to building a community where people choose to live, work and play.
Media advisory: Rainbow Flag Raising
July 10, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, residents and members of the media are invited to join members of the community, Council and staff in celebrating Pride by raising the Rainbow flag at the Municipal Building.
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Municipal Administration Building
210 Aberdeen Road
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO SERVE ON - SOUTH SHORE AGRI-INNOVATION PARK ASSOCIATION BOARD
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will be welcoming the development of the Agri-Innovation Park to its Municipal Industrial Park on Harold Whynot Road. The purpose of the Park is to advance the agriculture industry in the South Shore and to create an innovative centre for new enterprises and products.
An Agri-Innovation Park Association has been formed to oversee the development and operation of the Park. The Association established a Board to be responsible for the supervision and stewardship of the operations and activities of the Association. The Association has requested that Council appoint one Councillor and one Member-at-Large to sit on their Board.
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is seeking expressions of interest to fill the member-at-large position on the Board. Any resident of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg with an interest and experience in agriculture is invited to submit a letter of interest on or before Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The letter of interest should include a brief description of your interest in the Board’s work and how you can contribute to the Committee’s discussion.
The Board meets approximately five (5) times a year.
Subdivision Bylaw Review Round Table Events
Subdivision Bylaw Review Round Table Event
Tuesday, July 10
Drop in anytime between 7pm and 9pm
Italy Cross Fire Hall
Thursday, July 12
Drop in anytime between 7pm and 9pm
Northfield Fire Hall
Each Round Table event will follow the same format. We will have four tables set up, with a focus on a single topic each:
- Aggregate amount and aggregate type
- Professional Engineer certifying that the private road was constructed as per the design
- Flag Lots
- Open Spaces
Staff and independent contractors will be on hand to answer questions, while a facilitator will lead the discussion and a notetaker will record the comments made at each table. At any time, attendees can choose to switch to a new table to discuss another topic. As these are drop in events with no formal presentation, the doors will open at 7pm and the event will end at 9pm, and attendees can drop in anytime during these hours. The goal of the event is to ensure Council members have heard from stakeholders about these specific topics.
Last minute attendees may be accommodated if there are seats available; however, registering in advance guarantees your spot.
Calling all Responsible Dog Owners
It’s the time of year when people enjoy getting outside and walking with their dogs and family.
A couple things that can turn this pleasant adventure into a misadventure is for you or your family member to step in dog waste or have another dog approach you, your dog or family member.
Dog owners are reminded that the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Dog By-law requires dog owners to pick up their dog’s waste and to have their dog under their control. The best way to have your dog under your control when they are in a public place or around other people and animals is to have them on a leash.
A natural misconception is that dog waste is natural fertilizer. Dog waste is high in nitrogen and phosphorus and other disease-causing bacteria and parasites that are harmful to the environment, humans and other animals. Make this a good summer and be a responsible dog owner by cleaning up your dog’s waste and having them under your control in public places.
Cpt. LaHave's Treasure Hunt and Silent Auction; A PRO Kids Fundraiser
Cpt. LaHave's Treasure Hunt and Silent Auction
Cpt. LaHave’s Treasure Hunt and Silent Auction is the biggest PRO Kids fundraising event of the year! This event will hold many activities for both youth interaction and parental engagement. Some of the activities/ amenities include; treasure hunt, live music/ entertainment, food/ beverage stand, face painting, a picture board, and silent auction. With goals of showcasing the amazing charity and providing fun for the entire family, we’re excited to showcase our commitment to recreation and fun here on the South Shore with a treasure hunt for the ages! Summer is an excellent time to get outdoors with your family and friends, and this event allows people to do so. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get involved in your community, Cpt. LaHave’s Treasure Hunt and Silent Auction is a great platform for organizations and community members to make an impact in the upbringing of a child’s life. The District of Lunenburg Recreation Department invites you to be part of the excitement!
This event will be held at the MARC in Dayspring! To attend, children administration costs is $2, adult cost is $5, and to purchase a family administration pass which covers 5 peoples entry for $10. The event is held on Friday August 10.
All donations to support PRO Kids are welcome!
What is PRO Kids?
PRO Kids stands for Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids. It was developed by the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario and is now implemented in many communities across Canada. PRO Kids provides financial assistance to children and youth from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg who, due to lack of funds, are unable to participate in recreation opportunities provided! Including but not limited to; sport teams, music, art, other recreation opportunities, and assistance with cultural activities. This program strives to remove financial barriers to ensure every child and youth has an opportunity to participate in all fields of recreation.
If you would wish to donate or seek any further information on the event please contact us at (902) 530-3285.
News release: Municipality passes 2018-2019 Budget
May 8, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg approved the 2018/19 operating and capital budgets at its meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
The Municipality approved its annual operating budget with revenue of $29,991,200 and a surplus of $83,000. The capital budget is $12,818,400. This budget maintains the Municipality’s track record of strong financial management, while continuing to meet the needs of residents.
“This Council is dedicated to ensuring the Municipality is a place where people chose to live. Through the Budget process, Council must balance provincial and federal priorities, long-term initiatives, immediate needs and opportunities, and feedback from public engagement sessions. The information gathered informs Council’s strategic priority setting process, which in turn informed the Budget document preparation,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.
“We have maintained the tax rate while investing in important projects such as expanding access to high speed Internet, moving forward with the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program and the introduction of an innovative project around Lyme Disease that is comprised of an educational campaign and bait station research. We are also investing in the future with the design of a new municipal Administration building, funded through depreciation reserves. We are committed to using taxpayer dollars effectively and responsibly.”
The 2018-19 budget focuses on four key themes:
- Making Life Affordable–by maintaining the tax rates and providing tax rebates and other programs for residents.
- Building the Local Economy–through partnerships with the business community and initiatives such as high-speed Internet, investment attraction and agriculture.
- Protecting the Environment–through the LaHave River Straight Pipe Program and investments in wastewater treatment and floodplain mapping.
- Investing in our Community–by supporting a tick awareness campaign and bait station research program, and by providing various recreational opportunities across the Municipality through programming, parks and facilities.
The Municipality ended the 2018/19 fiscal year with a forecasted surplus of $1,306,000, which is the thirteenth consecutive year with an operating surplus.
Elana Wentzell, CPA CMA
Director of Finance and Municipal Treasurer
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
News release: Municipality breaks ground on first straight pipe replacement
April 30, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – Today, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg broke ground on the first straight pipe replacement in the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program. This project marks an important upgrade to the regional wastewater network, improving water quality in the LaHave River, and contributing to a cleaner environment in the District of Lunenburg.
“The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining clean waterways and a healthy environment across the country,” said Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am proud to see the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement project underway. Together with our partners we are protecting the long-term health of the community for generations to come.”
The LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program is a green infrastructure solution that allows residents to have access to reliable water and wastewater services while safeguarding the health and well-being of the local waterway and ecosystem. Work involves removing up to 600 straight pipes that are currently discharging sewage into the LaHave River and replacing them with septic systems.
“The province is proud to collaborate with all levels of government to help restore the beautiful LaHave River to a healthy ecosystem,” said MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This is a great step to building a stronger, healthier place to live here and in Nova Scotia.”
“I am so pleased to see the work commence on the very first replacement,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We have received replacement applications for more than 114 homeowners with straight pipes to date. Through our funding partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and homeowners, we expect to replace between 75 and 100 straight pipes this year alone. We are well on our way to making the Lower LaHave River straight pipe free by 2023.”
This project is jointly funded by the Department of Infrastructure Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.
JULY & AUGUST MEETING SCHEDULE
MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG
JULY & AUGUST MEETING SCHEDULE
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Council meeting schedule for the months of July and August is as follows:
- Finance Committee – July 3, 2018- commencing 9:00 a.m.
- Council – July 10 & 24 and August 28, 2018 – commencing 9:00 a.m.
- Policy & Strategy Committee – July 17, 2018 – commencing 9:00 a.m.
The public is cordially invited to attend these meetings.