JULY 2019
The first Council session in July was held on July 3rd  and dealt with business issues.  The second Council meeting in July will take place on July 17th and will see discussion on our programs and services and strategic priorities.  A third Council session will be held on July 31st.  Council sessions begin at 6 p.m.  To view the Council agenda's please visit our website or click here: Council Agenda

Questions & Answers for Parrsboro Wastewater
The Municipality of Cumberland acknowledges that residents in the community of Parrsboro have experienced a breakdown in communication regarding the status of a wastewater treatment facility and the resulting rate changes. This was not an intentional oversight, and we fully commit to being more open, transparent and timely in our communication moving forward. 
A document has been prepared with a list of common questions that have been asked, and the Municipality's answers. 

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Municipality of Cumberland hosts Pride flag raising
The Municipality of Cumberland in partnership with Cumberland Pride held an official flag raising ceremony to celebrate Pride Week in the Cumberland region. This is the first time such a ceremony has been held to raise a special interest flag in the municipality.
"I am pleased to see the Municipality celebrating the diversity within our communities," stated Warden Al Gillis. "I encourage all residents to participate in the many Pride Week events taking place throughout Cumberland County."

"On behalf of the Cumberland Pride committee I would like to thank the Municipality of Cumberland for taking this huge and important step in raising the rainbow pride flag this year as a show of solidarity, and for their continued support of the LGBTQ2+ community," said chairperson Emma Brown. "It is the ongoing support from our local communities that will continue to help us move forward in the fight for acceptance and equality."

All three service centres in the Municipality of Cumberland flew the Pride flag from June 11 to June 17. 

Pictured in the photo are (L-R): Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, MLA for Cumberland North, Joe van Vulpen, Deputy Warden for the Municipality of Cumberland and Brent Noiles from Cumberland Pride.
Colour Splash Event 
Thank you for joining us in celebrating PRIDE in Cumberland. Our Colour Splash event had a great turnout, and smiles were seen all around!

We had some interactive art (now on display at the Community Centre and at NSCC), some chalk play, loose parts play, a drumming circle, some fun music, and the Community Health Board and Teen Centre hosted a lovely BBQ.

We hope you all enjoyed, and plan to see us out again next year!!

Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark to welcome UNESCO evaluators from Spain and Greece in late July
Evaluators from UNESCO will be in Cumberland and Colchester counties in late July to evaluate the proposed Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark as a potential UNESCO Global Geopark. If the evaluators from Greece and Spain like what they see, a global geopark designation would come in spring 2020. One of the geosites within the Geopark boundary includes Partridge Island near Parrsboro (See photograph)

Visual: Tourism Nova Scotia photo - Contributed

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Students Receive Municipal Bursaries
Each year the Municipality provides a $500 bursary to a graduate at each of the schools located in Cumberland County.  The bursaries are awarded to students residing in the Municipality and pursuing their studies after graduation.  The 2019 Municipal Bursary recipients are as follows:
Advocate District School - Skye Berry, Amherst Regional High School - Kyle Walker, Oxford Regional Education Centre - Cassandra Hardie, Parrsboro Regional High School - Mason Siddall, Pugwash District High School - Nathan McIver, River Hebert District School - Bryson Porter, Springhill High School - Connor McCormick, Cumberland NSCC - Denice MacDonald.  Our Council and staff extend our congratulations to all graduates and wish them success in their future endeavors.  

BACK (lL-R): Brianna Legere, Chynna Williams, Kyler Hibberts, Dan King, Noah Harrison, Alex Crowe.

FRONT (L-R): Kennedy MacDonald, Brad Henwood, Erika Scott. 

MISSING: Cormac Smith 

Summer programs are ready to roll in Springhill. We have a great group of youth who are leading the charge, and are known as Outdoor Adventure Leaders. This includes  our Summer Supervisor, Erika Scott and our Su mmer Sport Coordinator, Alex Crowe. 

*Program spaces are still available. Contact the Community Centre at (902) 763-3000 for more information on registration.
(L-R)  Supervisor Nick Leopold, Outdoor Adventure Leader Brooke Shirley, Sports Coordinator Kelsey Dinaut, Outdoor Adventure Leader Erin Trottier, and Outdoor Adventure Leader Nicholas Hoar 

MISSING: Sports Coordinator Avery Harrison

*Program spaces are still available. Drop by the old CIBC (209 Main st) or call Kirsten at  902-664-9143 or Nick at 902-254-4995 for registration information.
Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program
In 2015, Canada and all other United Nations Member States, committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity by the year 2030.

In November 2018, we launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program to support projects aimed at:
  • building awareness of the 2030 Agenda
  • increase partnerships and networks
  • advance research
  • further Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda
We are currently accepting applications, on an ongoing basis, from organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding from the SDG Funding Program for projects that are up to 12 months in duration.

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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 may cover up to two-thirds of the direct and indirect costs of renovations, installations, and/or equipment. 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 currently being accepted for 2019-2020. All projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year, March 31st, 2020.

Deadline: August 1, 2019
MEC Community Grants
MEC's Community Grants program supports organizations that can demonstrate their commitment to at least one, and preferably both, of the following areas:

1. Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.
2. Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship.

Preference will be given to programs that can deliver on both criteria described. Capacity building may also be considered as part of applications related to the two focus areas.

*Your project MUST focus on at least one of MEC's core activities: hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, yoga, running and cycling

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge
As a partner in the Community Foundation of Canada Granting Program, Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge. RCF is offering grants of up to $15,000 to five youth-led projects in rural Nova Scotia that address diverse and urgent local priorities.

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities - all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. Later this year, RCF will also bring youth and community members together for 'Vital Conversations,' community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.

Deadline for applications is September 18, 2019.
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The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is looking for dynamic youths who want to demonstrate leadership and their commitment to their communities by volunteering their time to build a more accessible Canada.

The EAF Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for youths to have a direct impact in the lives of people with disabilities by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within their community or surrounding communities. Through this work, youths create greater awareness about accessibility needs and encourage organizations to apply for EAF funding to address existing accessibility barriers and build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Age-Friendly Communities Grant
The Age-friendly Community Grant Program provides funding up to $25,000 for projects that lead to more age-friendly communities. Projects funded through the program help advance the goals outlined in Shift: Nova Scotia's Action Plan for an Aging Population.

Projects must fall into one of two broad categories:
  • Age-friendly community planning: Consultation and community planning initiatives that result in robust action plans and age-friendly communities. These planning initiatives must be in partnership with local government and include consultation with and engagement of older adults, the broader community, and key stakeholders.
  • Community projects: Innovative projects (could be collaborative) to develop and/or implement programs, services, resources or events that support active, healthy living; help older adults stay connected to community life; maximize the economic and social contributions of older adults; and increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until 20 January 2020.

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2019 NS Provincial 55+ Games
Antigonish will be hosting the 2019 Nova Scotia 55+ Games. 
26 activities will be offered from August 1-August 3. 

Registration deadline is July 1, 2019


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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 
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