Municipality of the County of Inverness

Municipal Team Member Wins Innovation Expert Safety First Award

MEMBERTOU, UNAMA’KI – Municipality of the County of Inverness team member Krista MacInnis was recognized as a Safety Innovation Expert during the 2022 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium held by the Cape Breton Partnership May 4, 2022 in Membertou First Nation.

MacInnis is the Public Works Administrative Assistant for the Municipality and has recently led the implementation of the software platform SiteDocs. SiteDocs is a safety management software that helps organizations streamline operations with digital forms, ensure compliance with real-time monitoring and improve overall safety practices across the Public Works Department. She has also hosted training sessions for staff on SiteDocs and has rolled out the platform for the entire Department. Beyond this, MacInnis is a long-time Municipal Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee member and works diligently to keep her colleagues and the residents of Inverness County safe every day.

As per Safety First in Cape Breton, the Innovation Expert Award is given to individuals or businesses who have used innovative methods to educate and train their employees about safe work practices. Nominees also understand the importance of due diligence and have embraced innovation to solve and implement a plan or program to identify possible workplace hazards and carry out the appropriate action to prevent accidents or injuries.

Municipal Council and staff would like to congratulate Krista MacInnis on this well-deserved recognition, and thank her for her dedication to safety at work, at home and in her community.

Municipal Council and Staff Mourn the Passing of Warden Laurie Cranton

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – The Municipality of the County of Inverness regrets to announce the death of Warden Laurie Cranton yesterday evening.

As Warden since 2020 and Councillor for District 2 (Grand Étang/St.-Joseph-du-Moine/the Margarees) since 2016, Warden Cranton was a kind and dedicated voice for residents across Inverness County. He was especially proud of his work to advocate for improved accessibility, roads and bridges and recreational trails in the County.

“It has been both a pleasure and an honour to work alongside Warden Cranton over the past four years,” said CAO, Keith MacDonald. “Laurie continually had the best interests of the Municipality and the residents of Inverness County at heart, and he will be deeply missed.”

“Laurie’s legacy will live on, and he will be remembered as a kind, supportive, inspirational leader and advocate for the Inverness County, District 2 and the accessibility community,” said Deputy Warden Bonny MacIsaac. “Warden Cranton will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and the numerous organizations to which he generously volunteered his time and support.”

The Municipality of the County of Inverness Council and staff would like to express their deepest condolences to Warden Cranton’s family and friends. The Municipality requests that media be respectful of Warden Cranton’s family’s privacy at this time and direct all inquiries to CAO Keith MacDonald.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUINTY: Accessibility Advisory Committee

 The object of the Accessibility Advisory Committee is to provide advice to Council on identifying, preventing, and eliminating accessibility Barriers to people with Disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives, and facilities. The Accessibility Advisory Committee plays a pivotal role in helping the Municipality become an accessible community and meet its obligations under the Accessibility Act.

Eligibility:

  1. One (1) member of the public must be appointed to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, for a term of three (3) years;
  2. Must be at least 18 years of age;
  3. Must be a resident of the Municipality of the County of Inverness for at least the last six (6) months before making an application and must continue to be a resident of the Municipality throughout the term of the appointment;
  4. Must not be ineligible for an appointment pursuant to the Municipality’s Public Appointment Policy;
  5. All members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee shall serve without pay; and
  6. The Accessibility Advisory Committee must meet at least six (6) times per year, or otherwise as needed to fulfill its duties.

To see the complete Accessibility Advisory Committee Policy and the Public Appointment Policy, please visit: https://invernesscounty.ca/government/policies-a-z/

To apply, visit: https://invernesscounty.ca/eservices/forms-a-z/

Council Congratulates Inverness County ECMA Nominees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2022

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – The Municipality of the County of Inverness Council would like to formally congratulate the East Coast Music Awards nominees from Canada’s Musical Coast. Nominees from Inverness County and We’koqma’q First Nation include:

  • 2022 Event of the Year – Blueberry Jam (Mabou Ridge)
  • 2022 Visual Artist of the Year – Sara Rankin (Mabou)
  • 2022 Blues Recording of the Year – Jon Hines (Judique)
  • 2022 Group Recording of the Year – The Town Heroes (Inverness/Mabou)
  • 2022 Indigenous Artist of the Year – Morgan Toney and Shift From Tha 902 (We’koqma’q First Nation)
  • 2022 Inspirational Recording of the Year – Morgan Toney
  • 2022 Rising Star Recording of the Year – Morgan Toney
  • 2022 Rock Recording of the Year – The Town Heroes
  • 2022 Song of the Year – The Town Heroes
  • 2022 Songwriter of the Year – The Town Heroes
  • 2022 Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year – Jimmy Rankin (Mabou) and The Town Heroes

As well, some members of the Choeur Virtuel de l’Acadie (nominee for the 2022 Artist Innovator of the Year) reside in Chéticamp.

“Municipal Council and staff are very proud of the talented artists nominated for a 2022 East Coast Music Award, as well as all artists who contribute to the vibrant and creative culture of Canada’s Musical Coast,” said Warden Laurie Cranton.

Voting for the East Coast Music Awards Fans’ Choice is currently open. Vote at https://www.ecma.com/ecma-2022/fans-choice/.

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RELEASE: Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee Seeking Feedback

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25th, 2022

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee Seeking Feedback

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – The Municipality of the County of Inverness Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking public feedback on accessibility barriers and challenges individuals face in communities throughout the County. Feedback can be provided via participation in community video conference engagement sessions as well as an online survey. The feedback will assist the Accessibility Advisory Committee determine the highest priorities that need to be addressed in order to create accessible communities.

“One of the first and essential steps in developing the County’s Accessibility plan is to seek the public’s input on the accessibility issues residents are experiencing and impacting their lives,” said Warden Laurie Cranton, member of the committee. “These engagement opportunities will aid the committee in helping the Municipality become accessible and meet its obligations outlined in the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.”

The engagement sessions will take place Tuesday, February 8th from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. To register for either session or complete the survey, residents can visit www.invernesscounty.ca/accessibility. Paper copies of the survey can also be obtained by phoning 902-258-7960.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee provides advice to Council on identifying, preventing, and eliminating accessibility barriers to people with disabilities within municipal programs, facilities, services, and initiatives. The committee also plans to play a role in educating businesses and organizations, while influencing the community to take steps to becoming more inclusive for its residents and visitors. For more information on the Accessibility Advisory Plan or to learn about upcoming public meetings, please visit www.invernesscounty.ca.

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Media contact:

Karolyn Aucoin

Communications & Community Engagement Specialist

Municipality of the County of Inverness

902-258-7513

karolyn.aucoin@invernesscounty.ca

 

Municipal Water/Wastewater Operator Recognized with Prestigious Award

PORT HOOD, N.S. – Providing clean, safe drinking water is a critical aspect for protecting public health, and it takes a team of dedicated operations staff to meet water quality standards and regulatory requirements. As a hard-working member of the Municipal team that provides this service, Water/Wastewater Operator Mark Copley has been presented with the Operational Excellence Award for Drinking Water Operations. The accolade, awarded annually by the Maritime Provinces Water & Wastewater Association (MPWWA), was presented to Mr. Copley ‘In Recognition of Dedication to Operational Decision-Making, Assistance to Co-Workers and Community Involvement’.

Municipal Council presented the plaque from the Maritime Provinces Water & Wastewater Association to Mr. Copley during the September 2nd Regular Council Meeting as well as congratulated him on his achievements.

As a Municipal team member since July 2012 and a Senior Water/Wastewater Operator since October 2020, Mr. Copley has been involved with operating water treatment facilities throughout the County in Chéticamp, Inverness, Mabou, Port Hood, Judique, Port Hastings and Whycocomagh. He monitors the operation of all treatment facilities, both on-site and remotely as required to ensure proper operations, performs water quality tests, submits samples to accredited labs as required and works with management to address facility maintenance and treatment needs. His experience and ability to effectively transfer knowledge to other co-workers is invaluable and helps ensure the safety and cleanliness of drinking water across the Municipality. Along with his commitment to his work in service of Inverness County residents, Mr. Copley is also an active volunteer in the community of Inverness.

“[Mr. Copley] regularly provides valuable input with management regarding major decisions related to drinking water facility operations, and he’s a well-liked and valuable citizen throughout the County,” said Alan Benninger, regional representative for the MPWWA. “Operators like Mark work hard behind the scenes in their communities and he is very worthy of this award.”

“Council is proud of the hard work and dedication Mark has shown in his role. This recognition is well-deserved,” said Warden Laurie Cranton.

The MPWWA is an operator-based organization with over 850 members who are dedicated in their efforts to provide the communities they serve with drinking water and wastewater services that are protective of public health and the environment.

Inverness County Remembers Dr. Jim St. Clair

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S. – Municipality of the County of Inverness staff and Council were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Jim St. Clair of Mull River on May 11, 2021.

Author, teacher and historian, Jim had a life-long enthusiasm for genealogy and family history. Among countless other accomplishments, Jim was the long-time genealogy editor of the Inverness County Participaper, a culture and heritage periodical published by the Municipality. He was also a founding member of the Inverness County Council of the Arts and worked tirelessly to establish culture centres like the Inverness County Centre for the Arts and the Strathspey Performing Arts Centre.

The folks in his part of Cape Breton knew Jim as a dedicated friend, teacher, mentor, and storyteller. Researchers often came to his door looking for information on their ancestors, and found not only the facts, but the story behind the facts. These stories, told in a deep and warm voice, wove together local anecdotes and oral narratives with historical details of time and place, bringing the past alive for all who listened.

Jim’s death is a great loss to all who knew him and to the Municipality as a whole, and he leaves behind him a more knowledgeable and connected Inverness County due to his work. Municipal Council and staff would like to extend sincere sympathies to Dr. Jim’s family and friends.

 

2021 Heavy Garbage Pickup Schedule

To download and print the schedule, click here: 2021 Heavy Garbage Pickup

Inverness County to Celebrate Volunteers with New Recognition Program

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S. – The Municipality of the County of Inverness is calling for residents to nominate dedicated volunteers that deserve to be celebrated as part of a new recognition program.

The Municipality is unable to host the Annual Volunteer Awards and Dinner this year due to COVID-19 related public health restrictions. Instead, the Municipality will highlight one volunteer a week through its social media channels, website, and the Participaper. Along with their certificate of recognition, the volunteer of the week will be awarded with a gift certificate from a local Inverness County business of their choice.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to nominate deserving volunteers who have made a significant impact on their community this past year. The early-bird deadline for nominations is February 26th, but nominations are accepted until April 23rd. Names of all early-bird nominees will be put in a draw to have a chance to represent Inverness County at the Provincial Virtual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on April 26th, 2021.

“This year has seen people go above and beyond in service of others,” said Warden Laurie Cranton. “From helping seniors with groceries, to organizing virtual entertainment events, to maintaining trails and planning recreation activities, and everything in between, volunteers kept us all safe and connected during a global pandemic.”

To nominate someone today, visit https://invernesscounty.ca/eservices/forms-a-z/ or contact Lisa Organ at lisa.organ@invernesscounty.ca.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: By-Law Amendment

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

By-Law Amendment for the Municipality of the County of Inverness

Please take notice that Council of the  Municipality of the County of Inverness intends to consider and, if deemed advisable, to amend:

By-Law 30: Capital Cost of Sewer and Water

The amendment is to add Section 14 (m), which reads “In the area served by the Inverness Sewer and Water System, namely Silverwood Lane, the frontage rate is hereby set at $47.77 per lineal foot for sewer and water.”

A copy of the proposed by-law amendment can be inspected online by clicking this link or at the office of the
Municipality of the County of Inverness, 375 Main St., Port Hood, NS

Written or oral presentations (in favour or opposition) to the by-law amendment can be made before Council at the Public Hearing to be held:

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
1:00 pm in Council Chambers
375 Main St., Port Hood, NS

Please also take notice that the Public Hearing will be followed by a regular meeting of Municipal Council  at 1:30 pm on December 3rd, 2020 at the same location. Second Reading of this By-Law will be given at this time.

If you have any further questions, please call 902-787-3500.