APRIL 2019
Easter Hours for our Municipal Service Centres
The Service Centres located in Upper Nappan, Springhill and Parrsboro, which provide the functions of tax and water billing and collection, building permits, zoning, etc. will be closed on Friday, April 19, 2019 and Monday, April 22, 2019.  They will re-open on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Our Community Centre and Public Works Departments will be staffed during the above mentioned dates and times.
The first Council session in April will be on April 3rd and will begin at 6 p.m. and will deal with business issues.  The second Council meeting in April will take place on April 17th and will begin at 4:30 p.m.  The second meeting will see discussion on our programs and services and strategic priorities.
Grants to Organizations
The deadline for municipal Grants to Organizations applications was March 31st. We are now in the process of reviewing the applications submitted, and they will then be presented to Council for review as part of the 2019-20 budget process.

The grant application deadline was for grants requesting more than $3,000. If your organization wishes to apply for a grant that is less than $3,000 they can be submitted throughout the year, but they are dependent on how much money remains in the budget.

***For those looking to apply for a municipal grant in 2019, please be advised that there is an updated application form available on our website, along with updated guidelines. Please ensure that you check our website for revised application and guidelines before applying.***

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie at mprendergast@cumberlandcounty.ns.ca or by phone at (902)667-2470.

Local Grants Approved by Council in March 2019

Wallace Area Development Association (WADA)
To help purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be on site at the Wallace and Area Museum. The community room at the museum is used to hold meetings as well as other events.   $900
River Hebert/Joggins and Area Development Association
To assist with the cost of new signage to promote the area. $717.50

Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark Community Meetings
Tuesday April 16th, 6:30pm at the Bass River Fire Hall
Thursday April 18th, 6:30pm at the Advocate Fire Hall
Tuesday April 23rd, 6:30pm at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro
Thursday April 25th, 6:30pm at The Peg at Masstown Market
The purpose for these meetings is to share that we have progressed to the point of an international evaluation this summer, and to share updates with the community and opportunities for involvement.
For more information, contact the Cliffs of Fundy Coordinator, Marlee Leslie at coordinator@fundygeopark.ca 
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Expanding our Adapted Equipment Loan Inventory
Multiple barriers can stand in the way of fitness and leisure for persons with disabilities. One such barrier is access to specialized equipment that will meet their needs. Not only is the equipment specialized, it's expensive. This program hopes to decrease barriers to participation in sport and recreation by offering free equipment that will open up opportunities for physical activity. We hope this will be the beginning of many supports we can bring to this population.

We were granted funding through the Community Health Board Wellness Funds last month for an accessible beach mat, and we will be adding a hippocampe and a beach wheelchair to the line-up, as well! Exciting times!

Current Inventory  
We recently received funding from all three Community Health Boards (CHBs) to help us fund the placement of an accessible beach mat for easier mobility at Heather's Beach. This Is the only provincially supervised beach in the county, and there is a large amount of traffic through there.

The beach wheelchair will always remain at Heather's Beach, and it is able to be used in conjunction with the accessible beach mat. With the beach wheelchair, people will be able to go directly into the water, and will not require transportation for lugging a large piece of equipment around with them.
This piece of equipment is called a "hippocampe" and it can also be used to take a user out on to the beach, and into the water, but it can be used on trails, snow, and many other terrains, as well. This would be available for any county resident to borrow for three weeks at a time through our equipment loan program.
Update April 3, 2019
In our last update we advised that during the commissioning process operators had become concerned with the reliability of the chlorine injection system and that chlorine skid equipment was ordered. We have now been advised that the equipment is anticipated to be delivered April 23rd. Contractors are on standby to begin installation on that date.
We had previously advised that air release valves were being replaced and those installations have been completed. It is anticipated that this will aid in the mitigation of the aesthetic issue of aeration.

Staff continue to familiarize themselves with the system in anticipation of distributing water.

The next planned update regarding the status of the Pugwash Water System is following the meeting with the contractors and project management group that will take place on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019.
Summer Student Employment Opportunities
All summer staff positions for Springhill and Parrsboro will be posted and open for application in April.

Keep your eye on our website for the postings.

Cumberland Energy Authority Hosts the 4th Annual Energy Symposium On  Thursday, May 2, 2019.
The development of on-shore Natural Gas is a controversial topic with the potential for dramatic impacts on Cumberland County and Nova Scotia.  With Cumberland likely being home to the largest gas deposits in NS any potential developments would likely see a strong focus here.

The 2019 Energy Symposium will be focused on the topic, and will allow for community learning and discussion with expert speakers.

If you are interested in attending this FREE symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill, please register below.  Although it is a free event, attendees are encouraged to register so that catering can be arranged as lunch is provided. 

Dual Stream Recycling
Cumberland County's method of collecting recycling material changed on December 1, 2018 with a mandatory switch to two/dual stream recycling. Market conditions (keeping paper/fibre products separate results in a cleaner product, which brings a better price when sold) and the fact that Cumberland County was the only facility in Nova Scotia that was not operating under a two stream system were a couple of reasons for the switch.
Dual or Two Stream Recycling requires residents and businesses to place all paper products, such as newspapers, cereal boxes, cardboard, office paper, for example, in one bag and containers such as milk cartons, glass jars, cans, and plastic containers, to name a few, in a different bag.   The simple way to look at it is that you are required to keep all your paper products in a different bag than your containers.
Not sure where something goes? Try the online sorting tool  or phone CJSMA at 902-667-5141.

Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority (CJSMA) manages solid waste for Cumberland County, Amherst and Oxford and are also available on Facebook at "Cumberland Central Landfill"

Find the sorting guide on the CJSMA website.

Clean Nova Scotia has additional information you may find useful.
Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada. They can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, rapid melting of a thick snow pack, ice jams, or more rarely, the failure of a natural or man-made dam.
To reduce the likelihood of flood damage
  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your residence to ensure that water moves away from the building.
  • Consider installing a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in basement floor drains.
  • Do not store your important documents in the basement. Keep them at a higher level, protected from flood damage.
If a flood is forecast
  • Turn off basement furnaces and the outside gas valve.
  • Take special precautions to safeguard electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment.
  • If there is enough time, consult your electricity or fuel supplier for instructions on how to proceed.
  • Listen to media reports for evacuation routes from your area.
  • In floods, in a rural farm setting, sheltering livestock may be the wrong thing to do. Leaving animals unsheltered is preferable because flood waters that inundate a barn could trap animals inside, causing them to drown.
Find more tips on what to do in case of flooding at the Government of Canada Public Safety website or the Red Cross website.
John has been working for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland since 1994, so this is his 25th year as a municipal employee. John works out of Upper Nappan, and he has four Public Works employees reporting to him.
Chris has been working for the Municipality, or for the former Town of Parrsboro, for the past 19 years. He operates out of the Public Works garage in Parrsboro, and he has five employees reporting to him.
This is Andrew's 12th year working for the Municipality, or for the former Town of Springhill. Andrew operates out of the Springhill Public Works garage and he has a staff of twelve Public Works employees reporting to him.
The Municipality operates three separate Public Works garages. One located in Upper Nappan, one in Parrsboro, and another in Springhill.  The Operations Supervisors (John Burbine, Chris Clarke, Andrew Thomas) at each location supervise and manage a number of Public Works staff, each with a variety of responsibilities.

The Operations Supervisors are responsible for managing and operating the ten waste water treatment plants throughout the county, which includes waste water collection and waste water treatment.

They also manage and supervise four water treatment plants in the county, and they are responsible for water treatment and water distribution.

In Parrsboro and Springhill, the Public Works staff also care for the roads, which includes snow removal and maintenance.   There are a number of other miscellaneous type of responsibilities that the Operations Supervisors manage, including lawn maintenance in Parrsboro, hanging Christmas decorations, and much more.
SCHOOLS - Register now and be entered to win $2,000 and an At My Best Signature Play Day!
At My Best Play Days have been developed to kick-start healthy habits or celebrate participation in At My Best through a day of fun and games. From activity suggestions to sample schedules, PHE Canada supports schools in planning their celebration with access to free, downloadable resources upon registration.

Register by April 15, 2019 to be eligible to win a Signature Play Day. If chosen, you will receive:
  • a visit from Rae the Star and PHE Canada
  • a nutritious snack and exciting activity provided by Saputo
  • $2,000 grant for initiatives that support the At My Best philosophy from PHE Canada and Saputo following your event
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Prevention Innovation Grant
Sexual violence continues to remain hidden and victims are frequently blamed and stigmatized. Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable.

Primary prevention approaches work to change environmental factors and social norms known to contribute to sexual violence (ex. sexism, media and marketing practices, technology, harmful use of alcohol, etc.), while also promoting healthy relationships, consent and fostering safer spaces and strong communities.

Funded projects are working towards some of the following outcomes:
  • Better understanding of healthy relationships and norms.
  • Increased engagement of men and boys in sexual violence prevention work.
  • Youth have a clearer understanding of what consent is and why it is important.
  • Decrease in the hypersexualization of women and girls.
  • Increase in positive, non-violent perceptions of masculinity.
This year, grants up to $5,000 are available. 

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The Atlantic Internship Program
The Atlantic Internship Program i s now  accepting applications  for Summer student internships. Your organization can receive up to $7,000 in wage subsides. 

Venture for Canada connects university and college students with startups and small businesses to support the professional development of Canadian students and the growth of the Atlantic Canadian economy.  

Proudly funded by the Federal Student Work-Integrated Learning mandate, the Atlantic Internship Program is driving systemic change in the skills development system at the post-secondary level, to effectively align technical, foundational and "work-ready" skills of PSE students with the skills required by Canadian employers.

There are over 120 student candidates from Atlantic Canada interested in working with small & medium sized businesses, start-ups and non-profits.
Community Development Grant
The Department of Communities Culture and Heritage Community Development Grant program will accept applications beginning on April 1, 2019.

This grant is designed to support activities and initiatives which respond to the recreation and physical activity goals and priorities of communities and the Shared Strategy for Recreation in Nova Scotia: Active Living, Inclusion and Access, Connecting People and Nature, Supportive Environments, and Capacity Development.

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Canada Post Community Foundation
Funding will be allocated to projects that will generate maximum impact, creating lasting change for children and youth (up to the age of 21), in the following areas:
  • education programming to help children reach their full potential
  • programming supporting healthy children
  • building safe, kid-friendly communities
  • services for children and youth with special needs and their families
  • programs that promote the interest of children and youth
  • mental health programs for children and youth
Deadline: April 5, 2019 
Sport Fund Community Grant Program
Through the collaboration between Sport Nova Scotia, Support4Sport, Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Canada and Manulife, Sport Fund looks to increase  sustainable quality sport programs  in Nova Scotia. Is your club and/or organization working to develop sport by starting a new program or looking for equipment, coaching/ leadership etc., program development to be able to support your new or enhanced initiative?  

If you are interested in applying for Sport Fund, please contact your Regional Sport Consultant to discuss your project and arrange for a consultation. A consultation is your best bet to creating a sustainable program and accessing funding! 

Deadline for applications is April 15th, 2019. 

Fundy Region Sport Consultant - Courtney Nicholson-Patriquin
Set up a consultation via phone at: 902.896.4813 or via  email
Consultations recommended to be booked by April 1st. 

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Springhill Arena 
The ice is now in the process of being removed for the season. We would like to thank all who participated and utilized our arena and look forward to seeing you next season.

As our ice surface is being removed, the Richard Calder Arena will be used for a number of events and, starting April 15th, will be used as an "Open Arena" for the public and the Ross Anderson PharmaChoice Teen Centre.

Follow the Springhill Recreation Department Facebook page for schedules & events!

For more information on any of our events or programs contact:
Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
6 Main St.,
PO Box 1000
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
Phone: (902)763-3000
Fax: (902)763-3012

IGNITE - Activating the Potential for Experiential Tourism in Rural Canada
Hosted in South River (Northern Algonquin Provincial Park), Ontario from May 12 - 16, 2019

IGNITE is a three day experiential learning retreat (spread over 4 days) designed for rural tourism businesses and communities.    IGNITE training is experiential and combines elements of a best practice mission, community development and experiential travel training. 

The Program involves a combination of physical activity, cultural interaction and engaging with companies who are well known and respected in the Explorer's Edge region of Ontario.

Learn to achieve extra-ordinary things that differentiate your tourism offerings!
*Delegates will be reimbursed 50% of Mission costs through GMCA (Gros Morne Co-operating Association) - to a maximum of $1,500.  A claim form will be provided at the end of the mission and will need to be filled out in full with original receipts. Learn more about recovering delegate costs.

Culinary, Farm to Table Learning Opportunity
Toronto - Peterborough, Ontario
May 5 - 10, 2019

A large proportion of visitors to Atlantic Canada are looking for opportunities to connect through our food and drink experiences.  These are intimately linked to what we grow and harvest from both the land and sea. With such a heightened emphasis on the "culinary" experience there exists an opportunity for Atlantic Canadian destinations to share their culture and history through food and drink. This mission will concentrate on how primary industries, chefs, brewers, distillers and wine makers have partnered with their destinations to provide unique culinary experiences.  

*Delegates will be reimbursed 50% of Mission costs through GMCA (Gros Morne Co-operating Association) - to a maximum of $1,500.  A claim form will be provided at the end of the mission and will need to be filled out in full with original receipts. Learn more about recovering delegate costs.

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Paw Life Coffee Co. is a new micro roaster that uses only specialty grade coffee beans and roasts them just for you! We strive on quality and freshness and even include our Roast Date on the back so you can be sure you are getting high quality fresh coffee. Our roastery is home based. Bags are available at Bliss Crystal Cafe in the Dayle's Market and at Park Your Paws in Amherst. Orders can also be made through our Facebook page and local delivery and pick up can be arranged. Don't forget, we also donate 10% to animal shelters/rescues! Enjoy delicious coffee while knowing that you helped an animal in need.....come on and get your paws on a cup today!
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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.
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