APRIL 2017
Municipal Planning Strategy/Land Use By-Law Review Update
We want your feedback!
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland is currently undertaking a review of the Municipal Planning Strategy/Land Use By-Law. This review will consist of an extensive engagement process that will involve meeting with various community groups, residents, businesses and organizations throughout the Municipality. Information gathered from these consultations will be used to address challenges and identify opportunities while harmonizing the Municipal Planning Strategy/Land Use By-Law. 

Council and municipal staff will be touring the Municipality during Spring and Summer in order to engage residents, businesses, and local organizations in the review and to gather feedback. One such event includes:
To find out more information about this exciting project, please visit Plan Cumberland .
A Heading Readers Will Notice
Drive thrus in Pugwash?
There will be a public open house to discuss drive-thru businesses in Pugwash on April 12th from 3:30 -  6:30pm at the Thomas Moore Church Hall 

Municipal staff will be there to ask and answer questions and collect your feedback.

We hope to see you there.
Solid Waste Special Collection Information Bulletin
Another year has arrived and before you know it, residents will be busy doing our spring cleanup, straightening up the yard for another year of summer enjoyment.
As part of that spring cleanup process, the Municipality of the County of Cumberland offers a County Wide Special Collection of solid waste that helps remove some of the burden for residents trying to get rid of their waste. In order to help to reduce risk of illegal dumping, the Municipality encourages residents to read our  Special Collection Information Sheet.
Springhill Downtown Infrastructure Renewal Project Update
Infrastructure replacement and road paving to begin May 2017
This is a $5 million dollar project that will begin this spring and will include infrastructure replacement and paving on streets from Church up to Princess Street. Many residents of Springhill will be driving on newly paved roads this year. The Clean Water, Waste Water Fund was approved last summer, with 50 per cent coming from the federal government, 25 per cent from the provincial government, and 25 per cent from the municipality.
The Municipality held an Information Session on March 23, 2017 to update residents on project timelines and to answer any questions they may have.  Another Information Session will be scheduled after the contractor has been hired and a roadwork timetable has been finalized.
Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee Bulletin 
The Municipality's Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee has released their latest bulletin, "What's that smell?". This bulletin raises awareness of smell sensitivities in the workplace and the potential for health problems for some employees. For more information on fragrances in the workplace, please see the  JOHSC Bulletin 17-03
Parrsboro Wastewater Treatment Facility Update
Parrsboro wastewater treatment plant to be built on former mill property
This treatment plant and collection expansion is proposed to service a population of 1906. The former Scott Mill property on Two Islands Road in Parrsboro has been selected by Municipal Council as the site of the wastewater treatment facility. At the March 15, 2017 Council Session, Council approved the $379,089 purchase of pre-selected equipment which will allow engineers to complete the detailed design of the wastewater treatment facility.

Construction is set to begin Spring 2017 and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.
Councillors' Corner
Springhill recreation program recognized at WomenActive Trendsetter Awards
Councillor Maryanne Jackson would like to congratulate everyone involved in the Springhill Fitness 4 Girls program on being recognized at this year's WomenActive Trendsetter Awards. The Trendsetter Awards took place in Halifax on April, 1 and was attended by the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and various other leaders in the province. 
Springhill Fitness 4 Girls provides female youth with an opportunity to be physically active in a supportive and motivating environment which focuses on building confident, healthy and strong females. This is a free after-school program that occurs twice a week and is designed to empower young women through body movement fitness, nutrition and education. During the program, participants are provided with healthy snacks, a guided body movement workout with our partners at Sculpt Health and Wellness and an opportunity to learn how to make healthy snacks. The partnership between Sculpt Health and Wellness truly has been the key factor in engaging, empowering and supporting the girls each day of the program. We are beyond thankful to Sculpt Co-founder/ President Ryan Reynolds and his fiancĂ© Lacey Rushton for their ongoing support, dedication and commitment to this program. The program has been going since January and will run until the end of May.   
Congratulations to all of those involved in this engaging and empowering program!
2017 Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championships 
Junior C Colts hockey team hosting the Maritime Hockey North Junior Hockey Championships
The Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community hosted the 2017 Maritime- Hockey  North Junior C Championship from March 29 to April 2, 2017.  The tournament featured the Baffin Blizzard, a team from Baffin Island, Nunavit, two teams from Nova Scotia, one from P.E.I., and one from New Brunswick.
CJSMA's Solid Waste App!
Never forget your garbage day again!
The Cumberland Central Landfill has made it even easier for residents to stay connected with waste management collection and programs.
Download the free Solid Waste Mobile App by searching for Cumberland County Solid Waste in the App Store. Use your mobile phone to view collection schedules, receive collection reminders and  service alerts for any interruptions to waste collection such as cancellations due to weather. Residents can also sign up online by visiting www.cjsma.ns.ca .
Wondering what goes where? Visit www.cjsma.ns.ca to use the new Waste Wizard and search our  database of over 300 items for disposal options.

CJSMA also provides sorting guides, information about upcoming Household Hazardous Waste events, FAQs, and information about provincial solid waste programs available to residents.

For more information about Solid Waste Collection Schedules and Routes in your community, please visit 
Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority.
Cumberland County's Vital Signs Report
Cumberland County Vital Signs 2016
Vital Signs pull together secondary information to capture and
present the realities, challenges, and opportunities in our
communities. They say that information is power, and so it follows that the report can be used in strategic decision-making and to create a common understanding of community to inspire local action and collaboration among businesses, non-profits, charities, governments, and individual citizens.
Council Session Dates 
April Public Council Sessions
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet    during the month of April on the following dates:

April 5, 2017 at 7:00pm
April 19, 2017 at 6:00 or 6:30pm

Council Sessions are held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers. 
Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunity Listings
Each month we try to provide our community with a list of current funding opportunities available throughout Nova Scotia as well as across Canada. Each grant listed below is provided by a different organization, as evidenced by the accompanying logo and website links.

To specifically view the Municipality of Cumberland County's grant offerings, please visit our Grant Programs page.

If you are interested in learning more about our grants, or if you need some assistance in filling out applications, please contact us.

Canada Post Community Foundation
Funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now available. The annual grant application process is open, and the deadline to receive applications is April 5, 2017. 

Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation's objective to support initiatives that benefit children.

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Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants
The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds.

Apply for up to $3,500 for public schools and daycares located on school Board/District property, including First Nation-operated schools on reserve.

Application Deadline is  April 13, 2017 (11:59 Eastern time)

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GoodLife Kids Foundation is only accepting requests for funding for ongoing physical activity programs for children with special needs-primarily physical and/or intellectual disabilities. 

Organizations which qualify for a GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant: 
* Canadian registered charity 
* Other qualified donees as identified under the Income Tax Act (Canada) 
     - Example: municipalities, elementary schools 

Selection Criteria: 
* Program provides the opportunity for ongoing participation in physical activity, primarily focused on children ages 4 to 14 years 
* Program has a clear outcome related to increasing physical activity for children with a disability * Grants of up to $10,000 will be considered

Deadline is April 14th, 2017.

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Festival and Community Event Development Program
The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) contributes to the well-being and prosperity of Nova Scotia's diverse and creative communities through the promotion, development, preservation and celebration of our culture, heritage, identity and languages and by providing leadership, expertise and innovation to our stakeholders. 

The Festival and Community Event Program provides financial assistance to small and mid-size community based festivals and events in Nova Scotia. The program considers funding up to a maximum of 75% of the proposed project cost. Projects must meet the program objectives.

April 15, 2017 (If the deadline date should fall on a weekend or holiday, applications that are received or postmarked for the following business day will be accepted.)

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FCC Agri-Spirit Fund
The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project (hospitals, medical centres, childcare facilities) and your city or town has less than 150,000 people, it may qualify for a donation between $5,000 and $25,000.

For 2017 we increased our total commitment to $1.5 million in honour of the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation, giving rural Canadians even more opportunity to make positive changes in our agriculture-based communities. 

Applications are open from March 13 to April 17.

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Connect to Innovate
The Connect to Innovate program will invest $500 million by 2021, to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities in Canada. In these communities, challenging geography and smaller populations present barriers to private sector investment in building, operating and maintaining infrastructure.

This program will support new "backbone" infrastructure to connect institutions like schools and hospitals with a portion of funding for upgrades and "last-mile" infrastructure to households and businesses. Canadians will have the opportunity to innovate and participate in our economy, democracy and way of life using new digital tools and cutting-edge services like tele-health and tele-learning.

The deadline for all applications is  April 20, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Noon Eastern Time
Community ACCESS-Ability Program
The Community ACCESS-Ability Program reflects the Government of Nova Scotia's commitment to persons with disabilities by providing equal opportunity and improved access to community facilities. This program offers cost-shared grants to community groups for accessibility related capital improvements.

 The grants cover up to two-thirds of the direct and indirect costs of renovations, installations, and/or equipment to a maximum of $10,000. The sponsoring organization must raise at least one-third of the funding from other sources. Organizations can receive funding for one project per year under the program.

Applications are accepted from  non-profit community organizations and  municipalities.

Key Dates
  • Applications will be accepted from April 1st to May 31st, 2017.
  • All projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year, March 31st, 
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Housing grants available for residents in Cumberland County
Housing Nova Scotia offers a variety of programs and services for residents throughout Nova Scotia. Their goal is to ensure all Nova Scotians can find a home that's right for them at a price they can afford in a healthy, vibrant community that offers the services, supports and opportunities they need.

Programs include:
Affordable Housing Projects
Financial Assistance and Grant Programs for Homeowners
Housing Programs for Landlords
Housing Programs for Seniors

To find out more information, please visit Housing Nova Scotia.
NS Hiking Summit April 28-30, Tatamagouche
Hike Nova Scotia's sixth annual Hiking Summit is April 28 to 30 in Tatamagouche. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes. The Summit is hosted by Hike NS, the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester, and supported by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

The deadline for registration is April 24, 2017. 

  Learn More and Register
Job Opportunities at CJSMA
The Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority is hiring for the positions of Packaging Line Worker & General Labourer. These are full time, seasonal positions. Deadline to submit your application is Friday, April 7, 2017.

For more information please visit CJSMA.
Nominations Open for Recreation Nova Scotia Awards
The Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) awards were initiated to pay tribute to those exceptional individuals, organizations, facilities and communities who, through their efforts and skills, made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of the recreation movement in Nova Scotia.

Recreation Nova Scotia is now accepting nominations for the 2017 RNS awards in all award categories

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Bring Kids' Run Club to Your Community
Doctors Nova Scotia is pleased to be offering our long-standing physical activity program, Kids' Run Club (KRC), to sport organizations across the province. This free, non-competitive running program has traditionally been implemented by schools, but can also be adapted to groups of any size and for kids of all ages. K

RC is a great opportunity for sport clubs/teams to provide team-building experiences and multisport exposure, help kids develop fundamental movement skills, and improve their physical literacy and fitness. It's also fun! Program materials include running logs and finisher's prizes (drawstring bags or water bottles). The timing is perfect to use KRC to help your athletes train as a team for a spring fun run!  For more information, contact Kerry Copeland at 902-483-5640 or 
kerry.copeland@doctorsns.com  or check out the link below.

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Happenings in Cumberland County
Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
Tax Preparation Clinics - Amherst  

 to  12:30pm

Hosted by NSCC Amherst ( 147 South Albion Street)
*Clinic location is wheelchair accessible.
* Prior and current year returns
*Does not serve clients that exceed the suggested income
Call to register: 902-661-3577
 to  4:00pm

Hosted by Maggie's Place (11 Elmwood Drive, Amherst)
*Prior and current year returns
*Does not serve clients that exceed the suggested income
Call for appointment:  902-667-7250

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Have you Changed your Mailing Address? 
Change of Address Form

To notify the Municipality of a change in your mailing address please fill out our Request for Change of Address form.

Forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to our office.

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If you know of an upcoming  program or event in your community that you would like to see included in our municipal monthly newsletters, please contact  Allie MacLean .

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