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Colchester Honours and Remembers Those Lost During April 2020 Tragedy

April 15, 2021

As the anniversary of the tragic events of April 18 & 19, 2020 approaches, the Municipality of Colchester prepares to honor and remember the 22 lives and unborn child that were so senselessly taken one-year ago.

In remembrance, the Municipality will be lowering flags at its offices and facilities to half-mast and lighting the Municipal Office at 1 Church Street, Truro in blue. Other organizations and community members are encouraged to join in similar expressions of observance that may include hanging a flag in a window or tying Nova Scotia tartan to a mailbox.

In addition to deeply impacting local communities and the province it has been apparent by the outpouring of love and support received from around the country, and the world, that this tragedy has greatly affected many.

The Municipality of Colchester would like to thank all who have offered condolences, kind gestures, expressions of remembrance, and donations to support the community and victims’ families. All have been a light that has helped restore and lift spirits during a very dark and difficult time.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with all who continue to grieve and heal. We hope that comfort and solace may be found in those around us both now and in the days ahead,” said Christine Blair, Mayor of Colchester County.

 

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Lower Truro Water Spring

The Lower Truro Water Spring will be closed to the public from 8am to 4:30pm on Thursday, October 29th for necessary repairs. Thank you for your patience.

A Gift to Uplift Spirits

The Municipality of Colchester received a special gift of handcrafted Nova Scotia themed buoys this week to pass on to families of the victims and to survivors of the April 18 and 19 tragedy to help uplift their spirits.

The gift was received from retired Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Craig McCormick who first started making and selling the buoys from his home near Kemptville, Ontario to raise funds in support of the victims’ families.

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“When I first learned about the tragedy in Nova Scotia, I knew I wanted to do something to help and to let those affected know that they were not alone,” said McCormick.

Hundreds of buoys have been sold across Canada, and in the United States through McCormick’s Uplifting Spirits Facebook page with all proceeds going to the local Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society established to assist the affected families and communities.

“The location of each buoy sold is pinned on the Facebook page map. It is wonderful to see such widespread love and support from all over,” said McCormick. Four hundred buoys have been sold to date and sales are anticipated to reach over five hundred before the end of the year.

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“I’ve been making the buoys in an open-air workshop, but with the weather starting to change I expect production will be stifled for a bit. Though I hope to keep making them as long as people continue to ask for them,” said McCormick.

Colchester County Mayor, Christine Blair noted that the Municipality has experienced many generous acts of kindness in recent months. “From donations and thoughtful gifts, to encouraging letters, it is reassuring to know that we are in the hearts and minds of so many all across Canada,” said Blair. “We thank Mr. McCormick and all who have made such heart-warming gestures to help our community through these difficult times.”

For information on how to order an Uplifting Spirits buoy visit:
https://www.facebook.com/upliftingspiritsnovascotia

 

Strategic Priorities and Administrative Update

The following link provides an update on the status of Council's strategic priorities and serves to reflect the accomplishments during Council's 2016-2020 term of office. 

pdf Strategic Priorities Update (August 2020) (5.25 MB)

Upcoming Meetings

Council Committee/Council and Council Related Meetings

(All meetings start at 6 pm unless otherwise noted)

  • September 7th - Presentation**
  • September 16th - Council Committee
  • September 29th - Council
  • October 5th - Presentation**
  • October 14th - Council Committee
  • October 28th - Council
  • November 2th - Presentation**
  • November 10th - Council Committee
  • November 26th - Council
  • December 7th - Presentation**
  • December 9th - Council Committee

** Note - Presentation Meetings are held on an as needed basis. Please check with the Administration Office @ 902-897-3184 to confirm that the meeting is taking place. 

Go to the Meeting Agenda for the next regular scheduled Council or Council Committee meeting (posted as available).

Major Rural Broadband Network Taking Shape in Cumberland and Colchester

One of the largest optic fibre-based high speed internet networks in rural Canada is being built in the Municipalities of Colchester and Cumberland.   An Agreement between the Municipalities and Xplornet Communications Inc. was signed on August 21st following unanimous approval of both Councils.

 

Read more: Major Rural Broadband Network Taking Shape in Cumberland and Colchester