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Cumberland-Colchester Connected Communities Initiative

Cumberland Colchester Connected Communities Vision: 

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester’s shared vision, as articulated in a Cumberland-Colchester Memorandum of Understanding, is that our entire geographic area will be served by a state-of-the-art continuously upgraded communications network that includes capacity for reliable, affordable, highest-speeds internet access, as well as mobile telephone, community Wi-Fi, and internet-of-things uses such as ‘smart agriculture’, 5G and other future applications.

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester consider high-quality, cost-effective internet services to each home in our communities to be an “essential service” – a service no less important than electricity or services like water or sewer. To reach our Connected Communities Vision, the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester identified our first step as increasing access to highspeed internet with the goal of reaching 100% of our households with actual highspeed internet.

To reach our first goal, the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester have partnered with an industry leader and leveraged other government funding for the Cumberland-Colchester Highspeed Internet Project. More details about this project can be found in the links below. We will continue to add information about this project as it becomes available.

Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester Getting Major Rural Broadband Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 7 February 2020

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester have taken a huge step toward their goal of being one of Canada’s most digitally connected rural places. They are teaming up with Xplornet Communications and Develop Nova Scotia on a high-speed internet project that will see $60 million invested in the region.

Xplornet will deploy nearly 700 kilometres of optic fibre to offer up to 100 Mbps fibre-to-home and fixed wireless services on their network, which will reach more than 21 700 currently underserved households and businesses. A further 2300 addresses will have access to improved satellite service that will reach up to 50 Mbps by the completion of the full network. The three-year project is aiming for 100% high-speed availability in Cumberland and Colchester.

Read more: Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester Getting Major Rural Broadband Network

Province Funds Colchester Projects to Reduce Emissions

The Province is helping to reduce emissions in Colchester County by investing in two new clean energy and transportation projects.

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, recently announced a total of $170,000 for two projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program.

“Nova Scotia continues to be a national leader in reducing emissions to fight climate change,” said Ms. Casey. “Communities across the province understand the urgency and importance of reducing emissions, and they want to do their part to benefit from Nova Scotia’s cleaner energy future. These investments support innovative local ideas that will help grow the green economy and create jobs in every part of our province.”

The Municipality of Colchester will receive $100,000 to design a pedestrian and active transportation bridge at the Fundy Discovery Site in Lower Truro to link a network of trails north and south of the Salmon River.

The Municipality will also receive $70,000 to develop a community energy emissions plan to help guide Colchester to a low-carbon future.

“These projects are wonderful examples of Colchester County’s commitment to active transportation, sustainability, and carbon reduction. We’re happy to be doing our part to address climate change while promoting healthy living and an enhanced visitor experience at the Fundy Discovery Site,” said Christine Blair, Mayor of the Municipality of Colchester.

For more information contact Devin Trefry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3182.

Council's Ruling Regarding Personnel Matter

At its meeting on January 30, 2020, Council for the Municipality of the County of Colchester received the findings of an investigation carried out by Rebekah Powell, an independent investigator, into a complaint by an employee of the Municipality of the County of Colchester as a result of a comment made by Councillor Robert “Bob” Pash, District 9.

The Municipality took the complaint seriously, moving immediately to retain the investigator and ensuring the matter was addressed in a timely way. In the course of the investigation, and in the absence of a Code of Conduct, reference was made to the Municipality’s Respectful Workplace Policy, the law on harassment and sexual harassment as well as provisions of the Human Rights Act.

Read more: Council's Ruling Regarding Personnel Matter

Colchester Leads Waste Management Change Abroad

Darlyne Proctor, Waste Reduction Manager with the Municipality of Colchester is one of two Canadian solid waste management technical advisors assisting a foreign-aid initiative in the Middle East called the Jordan Municipal Support Project. She recently returned from her third visit to Jordan since 2018 as one of several Colchester County representatives that have provided peer support to rural municipalities facing capacity challenges from the influx of refugees welcomed into the country. Proctor reflects on her experiences and how the project has assisted Jordan’s waste management practices in an article released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM): No Time to Waste.

The Municipality of Colchester is one of three municipalities representing Canada in this multi-year project and was selected for its achievement in solid waste management, including diversion, recycling, and public education initiatives.

Other delegation members who have travelled to Jordan since the project’s inception include Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair, Councillor Tom Taggart, Councillor Eric Boutilier, Economic Development Officer, Mark Austin, and Chief Administrative Officer, Rob Simonds. The Jordan Municipal Support Project is implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by Global Affairs Canada.

For more information see Federation of Canadian Municipalities Article: No Time to Waste Or contact Devin Trefry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3182

2019 Service Recognition

The Municipality of Colchester’s 2019 Service Recognition recipients were thanked and acknowledged recently at a reception and Council Committee meeting held on December 12th.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all recipients for their many years of dedicated service to our County!

5 Years

Gladys Anderson, Recyclable Sorter/Labourer; Scott Fraser, Director of Corporate Services; Suzanne Graham, Administrative Support Clerk; Todd Jones, Recyclable Sorter/Labourer; Gerald LaPatha, Recyclable Sorter/Labourer; Heather Maddigan, Finance Manager; Doris Wile, Recyclable Sorter/Labourer;

10 Years

Douglas Carter, Recyclable Sorter/Labourer; James Cook, Utility Worker/Traffic Controller; Ashley Crowe, Scale house Operator; Kelly Gratto-McCarthy, Human Resource Specialist; Richard Haight, Wastewater Collection Worker; Mike MacKinnon, Building/Fire Inspector; Meaghan MacLean, Recyclable Sorter/Labourer; Tamara Marchbank, Planning Technician;

15 Years

Clay Drummond, Baler Operator; Mark MacCallum, Janitor; Hilary Paquet, Parks and Trails Coordinator; Corey Reid, Heavy Equipment Mechanic; Terri Robblee, Active Communities Coordinator;

20 Years

Pam Macintosh, Planner; Darlyne Proctor, Waste Reduction Manager; 25 YearsMannie Withrow, Manager of Inspection Services

2019 Service Recognition December 19, 2019

From left to right, back row: Cory Reid, Scott Fraser, Meaghan MacLean, Heather Maddigan, Suzanne Graham, Kelly Gratto-McCarthy, Darlyne Proctor, Pam Macintosh, Christine Blair, Doris Wile, Todd Jones, Gladys Anderson, front row: James Cook, Hilary Paquet, Tamara Marchbank, Gerald Lapatha.