e-News Bulletin - July- August 2012

President's Message

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Deputy Warden Jimmy MacAlpine

The UNSM was granted the authority to award six Diamond Jubilee medals to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The Diamond Jubilee Medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. A Nominating Committee was struck consisting of myself, UNSM Vice President, Councillor Jim Smith, and Town Caucus Representative, Mayor Carl Chisholm. The Committee received sixteen eligible applications, all of which were strong candidates. The following six candidates were selected based on years of service as a municipal elected official, number of years on the UNSM Board, and years of service as a Mayor, Warden or Deputy Mayor/Deputy Warden:

  • Bill Cox (former Mayor, Town of Shelburne)
  • Warden Lloyd Hines, District of Guysborough
  • Mayor Billy Joe MacLean, Town of Port Hawkesbury
  • Councillor Lee Nauss, District of Lunenburg
  • Mayor John Prall, Town of Berwick
  • Mayor Carroll Publicover, Town of Bridgewater

The medals will be awarded to the above individuals at the UNSM Fall Conference.

The Towns Task Force continues to receive comments from municipalities on the initial draft report. Deadline to submit comments to the UNSM office is August 27. The Task Force will take into consideration all feedback received. The final document will be presented at the Fall Conference.

Nova Scotia Initiates Independent Review of Regional Development Authority Model

An expert panel is reviewing the Regional Development Authority model and will report back to the province with recommendations on the best approach for helping to create good jobs, grow the economy and build stronger and sustainable communities.

Health Canada Announces Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study

Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will conduct a research study to explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by, and objectively measured in, people living near wind power developments.

Halifax Regional Municipality v. Canada (Public Works and Government Services), 2012 SCC 29 - Case Comment (Payment in Lieu of Taxes on Federal Properties)

By: Daniel M. Campbell, Q.C. and Andrea Isabelle, Articled Clerk, Cox & Palmer

This decision from the Supreme Court of Canada is an important one for municipalities with federal historic properties, who will not now be denied the full amount of payments in lieu of taxes (PILTs) based on the value of those properties. The Court unanimously and unequivocally held that, for the purposes of PILT calculations, national historic sites must be given full land value and cannot be presumed to be without value because of the lack of commercial development potential.

FCM’s Efforts to Bridge the Gender Gap in Municipal Governments are Achieving Real Results, One Election at a Time - Karen Leibovici, FCM President

British Columbia and New Brunswick recently reached the United Nations’ goal of 30 per cent as the minimal percentage of elected women required for government to reflect women’s concerns. They join the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut who reached this milestone on their way to parity.

RRFB Appoints New CEO

The Resource Recovery Fund Board Ltd. (RRFB Nova Scotia) appointed Jeff MacCallum as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Board, effective September 3, 2012.

Nova Scotia Tourism Agency CEO Named

Patrick Sullivan is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. Mr. Sullivan, who has 20 years of leadership and marketing experience, will start on August 13.

Canadian Urban Transit Association Launches Campaign to Raise the Importance of Investing in Public Transit

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) announced on July 6 the launch of its summer-long online campaign to underscore the importance of making public transit a central pillar of the next Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.

Town of Bridgetown Hires New Chief Administrative Officer

The Town of Bridgetown has hired Rachel Turner as the new CAO. Ms. Turner has been employed in municipal government for the past 15 years working for the towns of Berwick and Wolfville in several different positions. Most recently she was Director of Human Resources and Administration and Town Clerk with the Town of Wolfville. She started her new job on August 7.

Funding to Help Grow Mineral Sector in Nova Scotia

Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker announced on July 13, a grant program to attract new mineral exploration investment and help bring new projects closer to development. The program will fund exploration activities and provide training and business development to support industry.

Canadian Urban Forest Conference Announces Program for 2012 Conference

The 10th Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC10) is taking place in London, Ontario October 2nd – 4th. With dynamic Speakers from across the Country presenting on a diverse range of urban forest topics, the Conference program will be of interest to urban forest professionals as well as community based experts.

Federal Government Announces Greater Choice of Local Telephone Service for Rural Canadians

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced that the Federal Government will uphold a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision to eliminate monopoly phone services in Canada.

Previously, a few rural areas were protected from competition by regulations that allowed for only one incumbent service provider. By eliminating these monopolies, the CRTC's approach is consistent with the Government's policy to decrease subsidies and increase consumer choice. Canadians in all regions will now be able to choose the service provider that works best for them.

One Million Dollars for Woodlot Owners to Access Land

The province is making $1 million available so private woodlot owners, including those in Queens County and the South Shore, can access more of their forest land.

The provincial fund is helping woodlot owners build and maintain woodlot roads.

Canadian Wind Energy Association says Wind Energy is Safe; Calls for Moratorium would put Significant Clean Energy Investments and Jobs at Risk

Calls for a moratorium on wind energy development pending results of a Health Canada study are not warranted because the balance of scientific and medical evidence to date clearly concludes that sound from wind turbines does not adversely impact human health, says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

Green Toolbox - For Growing Sustainable Municipalities - July-August, 2012

mapleleafFrom UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office July-August 2012

For more information about the initiatives included in the Green Toolbox, please contact Debbie Nielsen, Municipal Sustainability Coordinator at 423-8312 or e-mail: .

Green Toolbox - Events: July-August, 2012

Switch Open Street Sundays

September 9th From 9 AM To 2 PM

On Sunday, September 9th, a 2km route on the Halifax peninsula will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to walkers, runners, bikers, in-line skaters, strollers, dancers and much more. Inspired by the growing number of successful “open street” type events hosted in cities across the globe, Switch is about promoting healthy and active living, in a fun and festive community-based atmosphere. This will be the first Switch in HRM, with the hope of making it a regular event.

To find out more about Switch Open Street Sundays.

Green Toolbox - News & Resources: July-August, 2012

Municipality Of Guysborough Taking The Lead With Large-scale Wind

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) was awarded one of three contracts under Nova Scotia’s most recent RFP for large-scale wind to develop the 13.8 MW Sable Wind Project near the communities of Canso and Hazel Hill. This is the first large-scale wind farm to be developed by a municipality in Nova Scotia. Work is expected to start on the ground in 2013, with construction being completed and turbines in operation during the 2014 calendar year. The Sable Wind Project is expected to produce enough energy to serve approximately 4,600 homes.

For more information about the project, please visit Sable Wind.