Other Announcements--Summer 2016
UNSM Long Service Completion Award Program
If you have been an elected official for over ten years, and are retiring from Municipal Government, you are eligible for the UNSM Long Service Completion Award. This Program recognizes those elected officials who are retiring (either voluntarily or as the result of dissolution). The Award is on request, and you will be sent a Scroll which includes your Name, Municipal Unit and Years of Service. More information is available on the UNSM Website: http://unsm.ca/long-service-award-program.htm. Click here for the Long Service Completion Award Form.
Information on Grant Programs
Our summer student, Lisa Jones, has developed a data base of funding programs. One identifies programs municipalities are eligible for, and the other, non-profit community groups are eligible for. Watch for an announcement the information has been posted to our website.
Municipal Success Stories
UNSM's summer student Lisa Jones also prepared success stories that have been posted to myonensmunicipal website. These included stories on: the Gran Fondo Cycling Experience, the Mobile Food Market, Greenlink Trail, Big Brothers, and 9 Municipalities Collaborating on IT/Finance matters, and Helping Vulnerable Populations with Health Matters.
Nova Scotia Power Launches Upgraded Outage Map
Nova Scotia Power has launched a redesigned outage map in response to recommendations made after post tropical storm Arthur in 2014.
Users also have the ability to zoom in on specific streets and neighbourhoods. NSP said it is completely functional on mobile phones and tablets.
The changes are part of a greater upgrade to the communication methods NSP uses to get in touch with customers during large outages.
The ability for customers to get information from Nova Scotia Power after post tropical storm Arthur was challenging. That particular storm cut power to 245,000 Nova Scotian customers. Full restoration took one week.
Consultants hired by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board made 32 recommendations on how NSP could improve its performance and the utility promised to implement 31 of them.
NSP said it will hire additional weather forecasters, improve its restoration performance, redesign its automated outage line and fortify its website to withstand high-traffic volumes.
The upgraded map should be available to all users within 24 hours.