MLA Lloyd Hines Appointed Minister of Natural Resources
July 24, 2015
Premier Stephen McNeil swore in Guysborough Eastern Shore Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines this morning at the Provincial Legislature in Halifax as the new Minister of Natural Resources.
MLA Hines was former Warden of the Municipality for over 20 years and worked very hard throughout his tenure as Warden to advance MODG and its various causes.
We wish Minister Hines the best of luck and look forward to working together in a new capacity.
Read a full story on the events of the swearing at the Chronicle Herald's website
Cutler's Brook Estates Subdivision
June 22, 2015
At the May 13, 2015 Regular Council meeting, Council passed a motion to move forward with the design for Phase 1 & Phase 2 of the "Cutler's Brook Estates" Subdivision proposed for Old Riverside Road in Guysborough.
This unique and forward thinking project signals to industry as well as existing and potential residents that MODG is ready for development and can address housing needs in the near future. The Subdivision will provide 10 serviced lots in Phase 1 and 36 lots in Phase 2.
A "fly-through" video can be seen here:
Tenders for the subdivision construction close on Friday, July 10th.
Canso Tax Rate Presentation
At the May 13th Open Public Council Meeting, CAO Barry Carroll provided a presentation to Council, Staff and members of the public outlining tax rates in Canso. A full copy of the presentation as well as the newsletter that was prepared and distributed to all residents of the former Town of Canso can be seen here:
Canso Tax Presentation .pdf
Canso Tax Rates Bulletin.pdf
Government Partners with 211 to Enhance Services for Seniors
Department of Seniors
January 12, 2015 10:34 AM
Starting Thursday, Jan. 15, seniors will only need to dial three digits to get information they need as the provincewide 211 service will handle inquiries about senior abuse and provincial programs.
211 Nova Scotia is a confidential information and referral service for community, non-profit and government services. It has information about thousands of services, is available 24 hours a day and has interpretation services for more than 100 languages.
"This announcement is very good news," said Bill VanGorder, chair of the Group of IX Seniors' Advisory Council of Nova Scotia. "Now seniors will have easy access to information to help them navigate the supports and services they need."
The non-profit 211 service was launched in February 2013, with financial support from the Government of Nova Scotia and the United Way. More than 120,000 Nova Scotians have called or used 211's online database to find services.
In its 2013 annual report, 211 reported about one-third of inquiries are about services for seniors. Requests ranged from preventing or responding to senior abuse, to information on programs and services that help people stay in their homes. Department of Seniors staff respond to 2,200 to 3,000 calls per year.
The two Department of Seniors information and referral lines that have been providing these services will be automatically re-directed to 211 until the transition is complete.
Staff at 211 recently had specialized training from the department to ensure it understands the types of challenges seniors face, especially with senior abuse. The department will continue to act as a resource to 211, to meet the needs of seniors.
"We know that sometimes reaching out for help, especially when you've always enjoyed a relatively independent lifestyle, is not easy," said Mike Myette, executive director of 211 Nova Scotia. "Our ultimate goal is to make the experience of getting help as positive and as stress-free as possible."
Calls to 211 are toll-free from any phone in Nova Scotia, and 211 also offers an easy-to-navigate online database at www.ns.211.ca .
GUYSBOROUGH RESIDENTS SOLIDLY BEHIND BLACK POINT QUARRY
December 3, 2014 (Guysborough, NS) – Residents in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough are solidly behind the development of the Black Point Quarry according to a poll commissioned by the Municipality last month. According to the poll, support for the Black Point Quarry is very high with 89% of those questioned in support of the project.
“The people in the municipality have told us they are eager to see the Black Point Quarry developed and for the local towns and communities to begin seeing the benefits,” said Vernon Pitts, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.
According to the poll of 350 residents, 79% said they expected the Black Point Quarry project to have a positive impact on the community. Most of those respondents said jobs and improvement in the overall economy were going to be the main positive impacts.
“Together with our partners Vulcan Materials and Morien Resources, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, including both the elected council and staff, have worked very hard to see this project move forward,” added Warden Pitts. “When private industry, the public and their government are all in agreement, great things can and in this case, will happen.”
The research was conducted by MQO Research of Halifax through telephone surveys of randomly selected Guysborough residents.
A total of 350 interviews were completed between October 24 and October 31, 2014.
For More Information:
Vernon Pitts, Warden
Cell: 902-870-6975 (c)
Barry Carroll, CAO
To View the full results of the poll click the following link: