Articles

Obituaries--December 2013

Mr. Stewart McMillan Bishop, former Municipal Employee with the County of Colchester

Mr. Gordon Samson, former Warden for the County of Richmond

Mr. Frederick Roy Maltby, former Councillor for the Town of Amherst

Green Toolbox--Announcements and Information--December 2013

FRACKING REVIEW PANEL NOW ACCEPTING PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS

The Province’s review of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in Nova Scotia was initially to be conducted internally; however, it was announced recently that the President of Cape Breton University, Dr. David Wheeler, has been commissioned to lead the review.  As of early December, Dr. Wheeler assembled a technical advisory group of 3 experts to study the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of fracking.  Work is now underway to establish an advisory panel of 8 to 10 people and, once the full panel is in place, papers will be produced and public consultation will begin in January.  The first part of the public consultation process will focus on online comments, with public meetings planned for February.  

The review process is currently set up to receive submissions from the public (until March of 2014), which will become written evidence for the panel to consider.  To provide a submission, or for more information about the review process, visit:  www.cbu.ca/hfstudy/project-status or contact the review administrator at .   

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ARTICLE SERIES:  ARTICLE # 1
COURTESY OF UNSM’S ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

CYCLING COMMUNITY GROWS LOCAL BUSINESS

By Renee Hartlieb

Wilma Raaymakers used to be a Fashion Buyer in the retail clothing industry, but after too many years of travelling and being absent from her kids’ lives, she needed a change. When The Trellis Café in Hubbards came up for sale seven years ago, she leapt at the chance to do something completely different.

Little did she know that her role as restaurant owner would become so entwined with the cycling and active transportation scene in Nova Scotia. It all started in 2006 when the Route Enhancement Committee of the Aspotogan Peninsula (aspotoganroute.org) was formed to keep the many cyclists using Route 329, called the Aspotogan Loop, safe on the road.

Green Toolbox for Growing Sustainable Municipalities--December 2013

From UNSM' Municipal Sustainability Office--December 2013

TIPS FOR GREENING YOUR WORKPLACE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

During this holiday season, we need to show extra care for the environment.  With a little effort and imagination, we can significantly reduce the impact of our holiday activities and purchases.  Here are a few borrowed tips to help make this holiday season “green”:

  • Send an e-card to wish your staff and constituents happy holidays -  it’s cost-effective, can be personalized and produces no waste.
  • Green your office party - select organic and local food, send out e-invites, avoid using disposable crockery, cutlery and glassware, asWording for Articlek AV suppliers to use LED lighting only and/or create a Christmas tree by using recycled material (a great team challenge)
  • Buy recycled wrapping paper and use natural materials such as raffia, string and dried flowers to decorate presents. You can even try wrapping gifts in old maps, comic pages or reusable items such as scarves or tea towels (for other creative ideas), click here.
  • The “greenest” gifts are no gifts at all.  Consider organizing an activity that you can do together as a staff – this way you can enjoy other’s company and not have to take stuff home that you may not use.  
  • Consider buying fair-trade products, organic treats and other eco-friendly gifts for your co-workers, such as an iPhone solar recharging case or solar powered bike lights for getting back and forth to work safely (for more “green” gift ideas, visit: www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/green-gifts and www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/gift-ideas/green-gifts).
  • Consider donating to a charity or environmental organization rather than exchanging
    gifts with co-workers.
  • Organize a recycling gift drive by inviting your co-workers to bring in any gifts they do not want or never use, or old toys their kids have grown and donate them to a local charity.
  • Use LED lights to decorate your office and municipal Christmas trees as they are 90% more energy efficient than incandescent lights.
  • Remember to turn off your holiday lights when you leave at night. This will save money on your energy bill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Regenerate over the holidays - make sure you take time with family and friends to reinvigorate and recharge while away from the office.
  • Make a “green” New Year's resolution before returning to work in 2014.

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

Green Toolbox--Events--December 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

COMMUNITY ENERGY COALITION FORUM
FEBRUARY 6TH, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
255 JOHN SAVAGE AVENUE, DARTMOUTH

A newly-formed provincial-wide Community Energy Coalition (CEC) is looking to launch its vision for community sustainable energy at the Renewable Energy Conference in Halifax this spring. The CEC will explore how to dramatically scale-up sustainable community and co-operative energy, while collaborating to get the right energy mix for Nova Scotia.  To create this reality and before the launch of the CEC, you are invited to attend a planning forum on Thursday, February 6th from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.

This gathering will describe the CEC initiative, support secured to-date, and how you can get involved and bring value to the process. The forum will conclude with discussions about the purpose, structure, functions and priorities of the CEC in preparation for its formal launch at the 2014 Renewable Energy Conference in April

If you would like to participate in the CEC forum on February 6th, please confirm your attendance with Frank Gallant () by Friday, January 31.

FCM’S SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 11-13, 2014
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND CONVENTION CENTRE, CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

The 2014 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) is heading to Charlottetown, PE. Find out how you can make your community safer, stronger and greener - come and join hundreds of your municipal colleagues as they meet to discuss how to adapt for extreme weather events and overcome today's challenges to local sustainability.

Running under the theme Sink or Swim: New Approaches to Adaptation and Resilience, this year's SCC will deliver an action-packed, three-day learning experience, complete with a full day of advanced training, networking opportunities and Island hospitality. Whether your municipality is just getting started with its sustainability programs or well down the green road, the SCC will meet your needs with content that appeals to big cities, smaller urban centres and rural and remote communities.

For more information about the SCC in Charlottetown,  click here

10TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
MARCH 7, 2014
THE DALHOUSIE CLUB, DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

E-News Bulletin--December 2013

President's Message

Dave Corkum--face on resized

Mayor Dave Corkum

 

I would like to thank the membership for supporting me as your new President at the November Fall Conference. I will be working hard on your behalf to advance municipal issues.

My goal for the year is for all of us to open our minds to change for the betterment of our municipalities to promote future fiscal sustainability.

A special thank you to the Fall Conference Organizing Committee and UNSM staff for organizing a great conference. The membership had many positive comments about the conference as indicated by the evaluations submitted.

For those of you who do not know me, I would like to provide a bit of background on myself. I have served on the UNSM Board since 2008, holding positions of Town Caucus Chair, Vice President, and now President. I also served as the Chair of the Towns Task Force, Chair of the Resolutions Committee and Chair of the Fall Conference Planning Committee. I have been a member of the Kentville Town Council for over 15 years, serving as Mayor since 2005. My full-time job is as a Real Estate Appraiser. In this capacity I am a member of the Nova Scotia Appraisers’ Association and the Canadian National Appraisers’ Association. I am also a Dale Carnegie Graduate. I am married to my wife Susan, and we have four grown children.  

I would like to introduce the Board of Directors for 2013-14:

•    Mayor David Corkum, Town of Kentville (President)
•    Councillor Russell Walker, Halifax Regional Municipality (Immediate Past President)
•    Warden Keith Hunter, County of Cumberland (Vice President/Secretary Treasurer)
•    Mayor Carl Chisholm, Town of Antigonish (Town Caucus Chair)
•    Mayor Bob Taylor, County of Colchester (Rural Caucus Chair)
•    Councillor Claire Detheridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality (Regional Caucus Chair)
•    Councillor Laurie Murley, Town of Windsor (Town Caucus)
•    Deputy Mayor Greg MacArthur, Town of Truro (Town Caucus)
•    Mayor Don Downe, District of Lunenburg (Rural Caucus)
•    Warden Bruce Morrison, County of Victoria (Rural Caucus)
•    Councillor Bill Karsten, Halifax Regional Municipality (Regional Caucus)
•    Councillor Clarence Prince, Cape Breton Regional Municipality (Regional Caucus)
•    Rennie Bugley, CAO, County of Cumberland (AMANS Representative)