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Colchester Courage Awards Accepting Nominations Until Oct 31

The Municipality of Colchester is accepting nominations for its inaugural Colchester Courage Awards. The new annual award program is intended to recognize those within the Municipality who have performed acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril or bravery in hazardous situations. Due to Hurricane Fiona the deadline for nominations has been extended until 4:30pm on Monday, October 31, 2022.

“This will be a great opportunity to acknowledge those within our communities who demonstrate extraordinary courage in the face of danger or in challenging circumstances,” said Mayor Christine Blair. “Often these acts go largely unrecognized. The Colchester Courage Award is a way that we can show our appreciation and celebrate those who, in many cases, have put others before self.”

The award was first proposed by Colchester’s District 8 Councillor, Lisa Patton. Council unanimously supported the concept and on May 26, 2022, approved the Colchester Courage Award Policy. The Policy details criteria for nominations, the granting process, and how awards will be presented.

The Colchester Courage Awards are anticipated to be announced and presented at a special ceremony as part of the Council meeting to be held later this year. Nomination forms and more information is available by calling 902-897-3184, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by clicking the following link: https://www.colchester.ca/3650-colchester-courage-award-policy-with-form-may-2022/file

Post-Fiona Tree & Yard Debris Collection Program

Colchester to Initiate Post-Fiona Tree & Yard Debris Collection Program

The Municipality of Colchester will be initiating a post-Fiona Tree and Yard Debris Collection Program beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2022.  Collection will begin at 8 am in Zone 4 (Brookside, Nuttby, Bible Hill areas), Zone 6 (Greenfield, Harmony, Salmon River areas), and Zone 2 (Debert, Belmont, Masstown areas), and will progress to other collection zones throughout the County as these are completed.

  • Material must be placed at/along roadside by 8am on October 11, 2022. Be careful not to block sidewalks or roadways with material. 
  • Size of material allowed – Up to maximum 6 ft. length. No limit on diameter (width).
  • Tree and yard debris only. NO construction or demolition waste.
  • Brush and larger material may be picked up at different times. Be patient. All eligible material will eventually be picked up.
  • Be aware of crews and heavy equipment that may temporarily block roadways or reduce traffic to one lane during this collection.
  • Drop off at the Kemptown Waste Management Facility remains open during regular hours.
  • Tipping fees for tree and yard debris continue to be waived for Colchester County residents until November 18, 2022. 
  • Regular waste collection (garbage, compost, and recycling) schedules have resumed. 

Updates will continue to be posted to our municipal social media channels (e.g., Facebook), website (Colchester.ca), shared via local radio, and the Recollect Waste Collection App.  Residents may also contact the Solid Waste Helpline at 902-895-4777 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

County Council to Finalize Post Fiona Yard Debris Collection Plan

Colchester County Council will meet Thursday evening, September 29, 2022, to finalize plans for yard debris collection throughout the municipality.  This has been a topic of concern for many residents since post Fiona recovery efforts began.

Given the large geographic nature of the municipality; the need to ensure plenty of notice is given; and to allow time for residents to gather materials - a multi-day plan designed to cover all quadrants of the municipality will be proposed.  Additionally, it is recognized that residents may benefit from having time to leverage recently announced Provincial funding contributions of $250 for residents to clean up their properties.

Options for spoiled food compost drop-off are also being explored in areas where regular compost collection is not scheduled to take place in the immediate future.  Further updates on potential drop off locations and special collection details will be shared as soon as available on the Municipality’s website (www.colchester.ca), social media channels, to those subscribed to the Colchester Solid Waste App, and will be available by calling the Solid Waste Helpline at 902-895-4777.

Also, reminder that tipping fees for yard debris delivered to the Colchester Waste Management facilities in Kemptown will be waived until Monday October 3, 2022.   For all other waste drop-off, only cash will be accepted until power is restored to the site.

The Municipality would like to thank residents for their patience during this challenging time.

Public Auction - Disposal of Surplus Equipment

The Municipality of Colchester held a public auction to dispose of surplus equipment on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Bids were reviewed and successful bidders contacted. 

Bidders are reminded to pick up their items on Wednesday, June 29th between 2pm and 6pm at 15 Ventura Drive, Debert. Bank draft or cash will be accepted as payment.

ALL EQUIPMENT WILL BE SOLD “AS-IS” AND THE MUNICIPALITY IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE OPERATIONAL CONDITION OF THE EQUIPMENT AT TIME OF SALE.

 

Colchester unites with municipalities from across Canada to drive recovery

Several Council members from the Municipality of Colchester recently attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. Themed Together for Recovery, the conference allowed thousands of municipal leaders from across the country to gear up for recovery and focus on building stronger, more inclusive, and resilient communities—together. During the conference Colchester’s Deputy Mayor, Geoff Stewart was elected as 2nd Vice President on FCM’s Board of Directors and Mayor, Christine Blair was re-elected as one of four Nova Scotia representatives on the Board and will become the new Atlantic Caucus Chair.

“After two years of working tirelessly on the frontlines to support Canadians during the pandemic, there’s still much work to do to tackle our country’s greatest challenges, like the housing crisis and protecting our communities from climate extremes. We must also resolve the RCMP retroactive pay municipalities are now faced with,” said Stewart. “Municipal leaders were loud and clear in Regina: we’re eager to continue working with our federal partners to take these issues head on, because when our orders of government work together, we move this country forward.”

In his role as 2nd Vice President and FCM Board member, Stewart will help set policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members from coast to coast to coast.

“If we want to get this recovery moving, we need to be in touch with what is happening every day in our communities and make sure that local issues are brought to Ottawa,” said Stewart. “We know that our country’s recovery starts in our communities—where people live, work, and raise families—and as frontline governments, we understand the challenges people face in their daily lives. That makes us key to Canada’s recovery and we’re coming back home from this conference energized and eager to work with our federal and provincial partners to get the job done.”

“Our Council values being involved in the conversation at the national level, and we benefit greatly learning from and networking with our fellow Canadian municipal leaders,” said Blair. “We look forward to contributing to work that we know will not only benefit Colchester County, Nova Scotia, but municipalities all over the Country.”

Over four days, more than 2,200 participants took part in Canada’s fullest gathering of municipal leaders since 2019, where they had the opportunity to connect with their federal counterparts through a series of keynote addresses and meetings featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc, Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities Andrew Scheer, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Attendees also prepared for the coming recovery through a trade show and numerous workshops focused on crucial municipal issues like housing affordability and rural growth—among others.

Delegates also passed resolutions calling for national action on four issues reflecting their local community needs: modernizing the Canada Community Building Fund; addressing period poverty in Canada; implementing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee relating to missing children and unmarked graves; and streamlining support for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.



Former Salmon River School Property - Public Meeting

The Municipality of Colchester will be holding public meetings to discuss community survey results and potential development concepts relating to the former Salmon River School property.
Please join us online on Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm-8pm, or in-person on Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm-8pm at the Harmony Heights Elementary School (masks required within school).

Community Meetings:

Virtual/Online: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm-8pm
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and receive Zoom meeting link

In-Person: Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm-8pm
Harmony Heights Elementary School, 25 Cedar Drive, Salmon River (masks required within school)

Unable to attend but would like to know more?
Contact Devin Trefry by calling 902-897-3182 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Salmon River Elementary School Property Survey Results (edited January 4, 2022)

Salmon River Elementary School Property Survey Summary (edited January 4, 2022)