Municipality of the District of Guysborough

Residents' News



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
Tel:  902-533-3705
Cell: 902-870-6975 (c)
Barry Carroll, CAO
Tel: 902-533-3705 


To View the full results of the poll click the following link:

December 3, 2014 Press Release 


Notice of Court Order
Fogarty Expropriation

Take Notice that a court proceeding is being held in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Hfx No.431696 to determine title to two pieces of land in Guysborough County bearing PIDs 35044056 and 35214014, belonging to the heirs at law of Joseph Fogarty. 

Any person wishing to obtain further information about this proceeding may view the materials filed in this proceeding on the Municipality’s website at 

Any person with an interest in these lands should contact Tipper McEwan of Stewart McKelvey at PO Box 997, 1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 900, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2X2 (, 902.444.1743 or appear at the Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1S7 on January 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.



Stan Rogers Fundraising Concert
August 21, 2014

MODG would like to congratulate all of the organizers and performers who put a great deal of effort into the Stan Rogers Fundraising concert which was attended by over 3,000 loyal fans last night at the Halifax Metro Centre. 
See the link below to read the details on the event covered by the Chronicle Herald.




Canso Report Card

April 25, 2014

An update on the Canso Integration process is provided here.  In issuing this flyer, the Municipality is providing a fact based list with no narrative of the taxation changes and work done to date in Canso, along with the work planned for this year. 

Canso Report Card


March 21, 2014 


Re: Goldboro LNG.



Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, Hon. Randy Delorey granted formal regulatory approval for the proposed $8.3 billion Goldboro LNG development to be located in Goldboro, Nova Scotia. In 2012, Pieridae Energy Canada announced its intention to develop a liquefied natural gas export facility at Goldboro. The development will be located within the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Goldboro Industrial Park. 

The facility will provide an east coast export terminal to supply both the European and Indian markets. The MODG has been working with multiple developers interested in capitalizing on Goldboro’s strategic location, deep harbour and existing natural gas infrastructure.

“Today’s announcement represents a very significant milestone in the evolution of the Goldboro LNG development. Mr. Alfred Sorensen and his team can now move forward with confidence to take the next steps in the advancement of the project. On behalf of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, we would like to recognize the cooperation we received from both the Federal and Provincial Government in completing a thorough review of this major development” said Warden Vernon Pitts.

“The Municipality will continue to work closely with Pieridae as they progress toward a final investment decision in 2015. With today’s announcement we will see increased activity going forward at Goldboro. As mentioned in the recent Ivany report, 59% of all employees in Nova Scotia work in companies that employ more than 100 people. This project has the potential to be a “game-changer” and its impact will be felt by all residents of Nova Scotia” said Pitts.


For more information contact:
Warden Vernon Pitts
Home: 902.533.3597
Mobile: 902.870.6975


CAO Barry Carroll

Office: 902.533.3705 Ext 228



February 19, 2014

Premier McNeil State of the Union Address


Watch the following clip of the Premier's address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce yesterday in Halifax. His visit to Guyborough on February 6 to make the funding announcement for our hospital expansion made a lasting impression on him as he identifies MODG and what we have accomplished as one of the champions in rural Nova Scotia in his speech.



September 13th, 2013


 Guysborough - The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) is pleased to announce that the sale of waterfront lands at Melford was finalized and transferred today to Melford International Terminal Inc. (MITI). The Government of Nova Scotia has also confirmed that the sale and conveyance of lands from the Melford Industrial Reserve to MITI was concluded today.

MITI and its partners will construct a new, “state-of-the-art” container terminal, intermodal rail facility and a logistics park on these lands. Strategically located on the great circle route, Maher Melford will be the closest east coast port to Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal. With no air or water draft restrictions, ice-free, and navigational depth exceeding 90 feet (60 feet at the berth) the Terminal will be one of the few North American East Coast ports capable of handling the world’s largest containerships.

“It’s a milestone day for the development of this project and our Municipality couldn’t be happier with the news that the land transactions have been completed”, says Vernon Pitts, Deputy Warden of MODG, “The people of our community deserve a lot of credit for standing by the Municipality, MITI, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Federal Government as various milestones leading to the sale were completed”.

“This land transaction supports efforts to make Nova Scotia even more globally competitive by strengthening its presence as a North American gateway,” said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Duff Montgomerie. “We believe in this project and that selling these lands at their market value to MITI is good for the people of the Strait region.”
“On behalf of Melford International Terminal Inc. and our partners, I want to thank the Council of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough and their residents for doing the heavy lifting to ensure that these properties were secured and I also want to thank the Province for their cooperation in working with MITI on the purchase of the appropriate properties from the Melford Industrial Reserve”, stated Paul Martin, President of MITI. The President and CEO of Maher Terminals (MITI’s Operating Partner) Gary Cross, in Elizabeth, NJ, acknowledged the milestone reached today as a very significant and important step forward for the project.
For more information:

MODG- Deputy Warden Vernon Pitts (h) (902) 533-3597 (c) (902) 870-6975
Barry Carroll, CAO (c) (902) 870-0121
GOVERNMENT OF NOVA SCOTIA- Bruce Nunn, (h) 902-424-5239 (C) 902-476-6454 E-mail:
MITI -Richie Mann, Vice President, Marketing, MITI (902-406-3435)



Information Bulletin

Re: Canso Infrastructure

Residents of Canso were mailed a copy of the following newsletter outlining the progress on the Canso Integration Plan.
A copy of the newsletter can be found by clicking the following link Canso Infrastructure Information Bulletin

January 29, 2013
Media Update

MODG's efforts to ensure that sustainable, renewable energy becomes a reality in the Municipality, by way of the proposed 13.8 megawatt Sable Wind project in the Canso/Hazel Hill area, was recently featured in an article in the Chronicle Herald.
Click the following link to read the entire article.