E-News Bulletin--March-April 2016-In This Issue

In this issue:

  • Update on Board of Directors
  • UNSM Board Report - March 11, 2016
  • Upcoming Workshops/Events
  • UNSM’s Gas Tax Fund Project Spotlights
  • Federal Issues
  • FCM
  • Provincial Issues
  • Other Issues
  • Railway Proximity Guidelines
  • Articles - New Decision may Limit Prosecution of Historical Bylaw Offences - Cox & Palmer
  • Articles—Risk Management Considerations – Frank Cowan Company
  • Obituaries

President's Activities

For a list of the President's activities over the past month, click here.

Update on UNSM Board of Directors
UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from January meeting
Upcoming Workshops/Events/Initiatives
Provincial Issues
Federal Issues
Other Announcements

Update on UNSM Board of Directors

Update on UNSM Board of Directors


Congratulations to Mayor Jeff Cantwell, Town of Wolfville, who has been elected as the Towns Caucus Representative on the UNSM Board of Directors. 

The UNSM would also like to thank Councillor Greg MacArthur, Town of Truro, for putting his name forward to serve on the UNSM Board.



PRESIDENT--Mayor Cecil Clarke, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
VICE-PRESIDENT--Councillor Laurie Murley, Town of Windsor
IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT--Warden Keith Hunter, County of Cumberland
REGIONAL CAUCUS CHAIR:  Councillor Bill Karsten, Halifax Regional Municipality
RURAL CAUCUS CHAIR:  Mayor Don Downe, District of Lunenburg
TOWNS CAUCUS CHAIR:  Mayor Pam Mood, Town of Yarmouth
REGIONAL CAUCUS REPRESENTATIVE:  Councillor Clarence Prince, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
REGIONAL CAUCUS REPRESENTATIVE:  Councillor Jennifer Watts, Halifax Regional Municipality
RURAL CAUCUS REPRENSENTATIVE:  Warden Linda Gregory, District of Digby
RURAL CAUCUS REPRENSENTATIVE:  Deputy Warden Fraser Patterson, County of Victoria
TOWNS CAUCUS REPRENSENTATIVE:  Mayor Jeff Cantwell, Town of Wolfville
TOWNS CAUCUS REPRENSENTATIVE:  Mayor David Walker, Town of Bridgewater
AMANS REPRESENTATIVE:  Mr. Greg Herrett, CAO, Town of Amherst


UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from March 11 meeting


  1. The Board agreed to work with the Solid Waste Regional Chairs group on matters around solid waste and the engagement of the UNSM membership in the issues.
  2. CAP Update: The Board supported an engagement strategy around a review of the CAP involving the PVSC, AMA, UNSM and the province, as we now have commitment from the NDP and the Conservatives to serve on a review of the program
  3. Municipal Energy Learning Group: a proposal came from a number of municipalities to establish a group that would exchange information on municipal energy matters. The Board directed staff to host a one day session with those interested to gauge interest and to discuss opportunities to develop the concept. UNSM will pursue funding.
  4. UNSM supported an application for a summer student under the federal summer jobs program to develop a directory of funding programs for municipal projects and initiatives.
  5. Advocacy Days: the Board decided to host a breakfast of MLAs to garner attention to UNSM's willingness to work with the province on common priorities. The breakfast was held April 6, and there were some 15 MLAs plus their executive assistants who attended. Five Ministers and the leaders of the Conservative and NDP parties participated.




UNSM's Gas Tax Fund Project Spotlights Highlighting Best Practices and Innovation in Nova Scotia's Municipalities

UNSM is pleased to release its first two Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) Project Spotlights for:

  • Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Grand Lake Multi-Use Path: An Active Transportation Project;
  • Municipality of the County of Colchester’s Compost Handing Facility Project

These project spotlights can be found on UNSM’s website at: http://www.unsm.ca/project-spotlights.html

As part of the support UNSM is providing to Department of Municipal Affairs to administer the 2014-24 GTF agreement, it is developing a number of project spotlights to highlight best practices and innovation in our municipalities. The project spotlights are meant to raise the profile of local GTF initiatives and recognize the value and benefits these municipal projects provide to their communities.

If you have a GTF project you would like to propose as a project spotlight, please contact Debbie Nielsen at UNSM ( or (902) 423-8312).