Local Improvement By-Law Public Hearing
January 17, 2018
Take notice that Municipal Council intends to consider the adoption of a Local Improvement By-Law at its regular meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the Council Chambers of the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building, Upper Nappan.
At this meeting, and prior to consideration of adoption, Council will hold a Public Hearing during which members of the public may express opinion in support of, or in opposition to the by-law. Prior to the hearing date opinions or comments may also be submitted to the Municipal Clerk via email or regular mail.
The purpose of this By-Law is to establish the manner in which the Municipality shall impose, fix, and enforce payment of charges for local improvements.

Ad Re: Notice of Adoption of Local Improvement By-Law
Tax Sale Notice
Tuesday January 23, 2018 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland will hold a Tax Sale on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers commencing at 10:00am.
Tonka Truck - Disposal of Surplus Municipal Asset
Tonka Truck available for donation to local charity or not-for-profit organization
The Municipality has a portion of the 2017 Christmas Parade Float, a large yellow plywood Tonka Truck, that is currently a surplus asset. As per the Disposal of Surplus Municipal Assets Procedure this asset is available for donation to a local charitable or non-profit organization free of charge.  If no local charitable or non-profit organization is interested in acquiring this truck then it will be offered for sale to the public by sealed tender.

For more information, please contact us .
Springhill's Annual Chilli Willi Winter Carnival
New Hours at the Ross Anderson Pharmacy Teen Centre 
60th Anniversary Pugwash Conference on Climate Change- A Powerful Roadmap for Small and Rural Communities   
Conference report urges municipalities to act on climate change 
The Cumberland Energy Authority, in partnership with the Centre for Local Prosperity and Thinkers' Lodge, organized a two and a half day intensive retreat with 24 global and regional Thinkers, representing all aspects of community life, to focus on actionable, locally-focused and forward-motion Climate Change plans.

We believe this retreat can be a significant part of fostering a Climate Change Movement in Atlantic Canada.  This retreat was a beginning, a first step toward what we hope will be an ongoing and positive movement generating new ideas and innovations to help our communities survive and thrive in the midst of changes to come.

2017 Climate Change Retreat and the Human Prospect Thinkers Lodge TRAILER
2017 Climate Change Retreat and the Human Prospect Thinkers Lodge TRAILER

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Coats for Cumberland 2018
Successful Coats for Cumberland Campaign
Over 500 coats were given out at the the Amherst Centre Mall.  
Along with the Amherst store we had partners run stores in Oxford, Parrsboro, Pugwash, Springhill and Wentworth.   Several of those sites are set up and left unmanned for distribution and often receive donations as they operate so tracking how many coats are given is not possible.  Based on previous years and numbers of bags, we expect it was approximately 250 to 300 coats throughout the satellite stores. 
Many coats have already been redistributed to The Adult Bridge Service Centre and the Salvation Army Thrift shops as well as the Amherst Food Bank.
A few comments from our recipients:
  •  "My son will be warm walking to school."
  •  "I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. They come in very handy for those families with single parents or low income families."
  •  "I would like to thank you for the clothes and the jackets because I have lost my husband and I am having a hard time."
  •  "Thank you so much Coats for Cumberland!  We have used this program for several years having 3 children it help us out a lot!! Thanks so much!!!"
Empowering Beyond Barriers and approximately 1,000 people who felt the warmth of Cumberland County's kindness once again would like to say THANK YOU! 

  Link to Cumberland News Now story
A Whittler in Our Midst
Springhill resident Faron Young: A whittling story
Excerpt from Saltscapes story
It was the large tree stump near the sidewalk at the front of their property that first caught his eye. Faron Young and his wife Joyce had just moved into their home in Springhill, NS; he began to study the stump, its lines and angles, and within a couple of years, he knew exactly what to do with it. But even Faron, a wood carver for more than 30 years, couldn't predict what would happen after he carved his vision of a wood spirit into the street-facing side of the trunk, along with the words, 'Touch for luck, health, fortune.' Neighbours worried it would be vandalized but after three years, the wood spirit has inspired only curiosity, even devotion.
"There is an elementary school down the street and when the kids walk to and from school, they all touch the wood spirit," Faron said. "We've had someone bring a lottery ticket from the store across the street and rub it against the tree. Adults on their morning walk touch it every day. The other day, a pair of women walked by then one ran back and hugged the tree. I'd like to know her story."

Read the rest of the story here
Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet  during the month of January on the following date:

January 17, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm

The Council Sessions will be held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers. 

All are welcome to attend!
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.

Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program
The Age-friendly Communities Grant program, administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, supports community planning and collaborative, innovative projects that support the goals of promoting healthy, active living and enabling older Nova Scotians to age 'well' - in place, connected to community life.

The Department of Seniors is accepting grant applications under two categories:
  1. Age-friendly Community planning:Support for consultation and community planning initiatives that result in robust action plans and facilitate the creation of Age-friendly Communities. These planning initiatives must be in partnership with local government and include consultations and engagement of older adults, the broader community, and key stakeholders throughout the entire process.
  2. Community Projects:Collaborative, innovative projects to develop and implement programs, services, resources or events that support active, healthy living, help older adults to age 'well'-in place connected to community life and increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults (50+).

Deadline: February 1, 2018


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Community Development Grant
Available through Communities, Culture and Heritage the Community Development 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.

Applications will be accepted between April 1st and February 1 of a given fiscal year pending legislative approval of the budget.

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Canadian Tire Jumpstart Accessibility Grants
Two separate funding streams:  

1. Accessibility-Enabling Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants up to $50,000 for projects designed to help organizations enable general accessibility within their facilities. Where possible, applications should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from Federal/Provincial/Territorial and/or municipal governments. Up to 14 Accessibility-Enabling Grants will be awarded annually;

2. Inclusive Design Innovation Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion & accessibility for children of different abilities. On an annual basis, Jumpstart will award: 

a. Up to four grants valued at $250,000
b. Up to two grants valued at $500,000
c. Two grants valued at $1,000,000

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Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP)
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) helps with the cost of home heating for low-income Nova Scotians who pay for their own heat. Rebates range from $100 to $200. 

You can apply between October 16, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The winter 2017-2018 applications are now for those who are eligible as per the following criteria:

· Single household: $29,000 or less (after tax) annual income.
· Family household: $44,000 or less (after tax) annual income.

Small Business ACCESS-Ability Grant
Dear Business Association and Operator,
Do you want to open your business to a growing market?
About one in five Nova Scotians identifies as a person with a disability. The Nova Scotia Government is now offering a $1 million-dollar fund to support business owners who want to improve accessibility to their businesses.

The Nova Scotia Government will fund up to two thirds of projects that will make your business more accessible to persons with disabilities for trade or employment through the Small Business ACCESS-Ability Program.

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Investors Group Community Coaching Grants
Calling all organizations, big and small! Are you hosting an event that will educate and develop coaches or coach developers in your community? 

The Investors Group Community Coaching Grant program has grants available for organizations that bring coaches and coach developers of community-based sports together under one roof to learn, train, and network with each other. 

Applications are welcomed for events scheduled to run April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

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2018 Provincial Volunteer Award Nominations
Volunteers touch the lives of all Nova Scotians in so many ways and contribute significantly to building our communities, connecting people to one another and providing valuable programs and services.

The Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards 2018 are an exceptional way for the Province of Nova Scotia to say, 'thank you' to the many volunteers that contribute to the well-being and vitality of our communities every day.

The Provincial Volunteer Awards are open to all Nova Scotians. We encourage submissions by and nominations of volunteers representing Nova Scotia's rich diversity.

Volunteers can be nominated for a Provincial Volunteer Award in one of three categories:
1. Representative Volunteer Award
2. Volunteer Youth Award 
3. Volunteer Family Award

Nominations close February 16, 2018
Joggins Fossil Institute seeking new board member for fundraising
The Joggins Fossil Institute (JFI) Association is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that works in partnership with three levels of government, the private sector and the community to protect, present and promote the natural heritage values of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the award winning Joggins Fossil Centre. The Joggins Fossil Institute is led by a 12-member board comprised of federal, provincial, and municipal government representatives, residents of Cumberland County, members of the scientific community, and members at large. Members of the Board are appointed for a two-year term.

The Joggins Fossil Institute is currently seeking applications for a board member who has interest and experience in fundraising. Applications for membership should be submitted to the Joggins Fossil Institute in hard or digital copy by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 5th, 2018 to: Mr. Don Trenholm, (Chairman, Joggins Fossil Institute) Joggins Fossil Centre,100 Main Street, Joggins, Nova Scotia, B0L 1A0 or info@jogginsfossilcliffs.net.

For further information on application requirements go to the homepage at www.jogginsfossilcliffs.net and click on News or contact Dr. Melissa Grey, Curator at the Joggins Fossil Institute, 902-251-2727 Ext. 227.
Happenings in Cumberland County
The following is a calendar of activities being hosted at the Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in the month of December.

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.
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.

Calling for Submissions for Next Month's Newsletter!
Send us information about your community events and programs!

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 .

Bill Payments

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