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Municipal Parks to Re-Open May 4

Consistent with the Provincial announcement easing some restrictions during the State of Emergency, the Municipality of Colchester is in the process of re-opening its parks.  The anticipated opening date is Monday, May 4th.It is important to note that all playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.The Cobequid Trail remains open. When participating in any outdoor activity, take precautions to protect yourself and the people around you.

  • You must practice social distancing during all activities. That means staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from people you don’t live with.
  • Plan your activities only with the people you live with. Gatherings are limited to 5 people or fewer.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Limit non-essential travel. You should use the parks and trails in your local area, if possible.
  • Keep your hands clean. If you have hand sanitizer, bring it with you.
  • Follow cough and sneeze etiquette. Consider wearing a non-medical mask.

West Colchester Residents Request Privacy be Respected

Residents of the community of Portapique and surrounding area of West Colchester have requested that media please respect their privacy at this time as they grieve and heal from this senseless tragedy.

They have requested that media not enter their community or contact them.

“We appreciate the condolences and the love that has been expressed to us from all across the country. However, residents have asked the Municipality to convey this request to the media on their behalf. Please leave the community to grieve. The presence of cameras and contacting community members for comment is just too much to bear at this time,” said local Colchester County Councillor, Tom Taggart.

As all can appreciate, this has been a very traumatic event for the community. Thank you for respecting this request.

Colchester Offers Funeral Support to Families of All Victims

Monday evening (April 20) Colchester County Council held an emergency meeting related to the tragic events that occurred in our communities over the weekend.

Much sorrow and heartfelt sympathies were expressed along with concern for the families, friends and neighbors most affected.

At the meeting a motion was quickly tabled to support the families of victims left devastated. Council moved to contribute up to $5000 to help offset the funeral expenses of each victim.

“Council shares the incredible heartbreak that so many are feeling at this time. The families of the victims are left to grieve such incredible loss. We felt that this was one way we could alleviate concerns related to funeral costs and allow families to fully focus on healing.”

In memory of those lost, the flags at our Colchester Municipal Offices continue to be flown at half mast.

County Administration will put staff in place to help navigate any community member who needs assistance finding the support they need throughout this difficult time.

Residents are reminded that the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7. Call (toll-free) 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

Morneau Shepell has opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. Call (toll free) 1-844-751-2133.

HOSPICE Colchester East Hants is also available for grief support by calling 902-893-3265.

A Message of Condolences

“Words cannot describe the depth of sadness we are feeling as we mourn those lost to this senseless tragedy. The news has been shocking and for many of us, we are still coming to terms that this nightmare is indeed reality.

On behalf of Colchester County Council I would like to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt sympathies to all the families, friends and community members affected. Our hearts go out to you.

We especially acknowledge RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson who was killed in the line of duty as she bravely worked to serve and protect her community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and the entire RCMP organization. Moreover, we thank all first responders for their selfless courage and heroic efforts and extend our profound appreciation for all involved.

In memory of those lost, the flags at our Colchester Municipal Offices are being flown at half mast.

For those affected by these tragic events and in need of help, please reach out.

  • The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).
  • Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).
  • Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. The number is: 1-844-751-2133

In closing, as we learn more details about the tragic events of April 18th &19th  and the true impact to our community, we would encourage all to show love and support to one another as we process this unfathomable event together. We will get through this difficult time."

Mayor Christine Blair On behalf of Colchester County Council

2020 Spring Clean-up Replaced by Year-Round Alternative

No 2020 Spring Clean-Up Program for residents of Colchester County due to COVID-19

To assist each household with bulky waste disposal you will be able to place two large items curbside on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day for pick up.  This bulky waste collection is only for properties that are currently eligible for residential curbside collection. 

Two bulky item collection begins for Municipality of Colchester residents on May 4, 2020 and will continue until March 31, 2021.   The program will be reassessed throughout the year to evaluate if it will continue or if Spring Clean Ups will be reinstated for the Spring of 2021. Only residential properties that are three units or less, apartment building (four to six units) and nonprofit organizations that have applied for residential curbside collection are eligible. Please refer to your collection schedule to ensure that materials are placed out on the appropriate collection day. 

Items are to be placed within 10 feet of the road by 7:00am on your collection day.

The maximum weight of individual items cannot exceed 50lbs or one cubic meter in size, except for furniture and appliances.

Call the Helpline at 902-895-4777 for further information or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What's InWhat's Out
Appliances (max. one of each type) Automotive parts/batteries
Bedsprings & mattresses Hazardous, explosive or toxic waste
Broken glass (safely packaged) Commercial or business waste
Furniture Liquid wastes
Hot water tanks/Oil tanks – emptied Construction debris of large volumes
Lawn furniture Tires
Toys (bikes) Propane tanks
Max. weight of bundled items-50lbs Small Loose Materials
Carpet 3ft. lengths (50 lbs max) Electronics (TV, Microwave, Computer, Printer, Stereo, VCR, DVD Player, etc)
Bundle of wood – (50 lbs max)  

Note

Electronic Drop off depots are closed at this time due to Covid 19.  Please continue to hold on to your electronic recyclables.  To find a depot when re-opened visit: Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)  (Subway Bottle Exchange, Bible Hill; TNT Recycling, Shubenacadie, and Tatamagouche Recycling, Tatamagouche).

Blue Bag Recycling Resumes April 8, 2020

Blue bag residential curbside collection will resume on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Please have blue bags curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day.

Recyclables sorting at our Materials Recovery Facility remains suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration. These measures are being taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Material will be stored on site. The site remains closed to the general public.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in sorting your materials properly.

Reminder, due to the holiday weekend, there will be no collection on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13, 2020.

For the latest information about Colchester’s Solid Waste services please visit our website at www.colchester.ca or call 902-895-4777 (Colchester Waste Helpline) follow us on Facebook or Twitter.