Waste Collection Cancelled Feb 25, 2021

Waste Collection  has been cancelled today, Thursday, February 25, due to weather conditions for residents of Smelt Brook, Dingwall, Cape North and Bay St. Lawrence. Crews were able to complete areas of Neil’s Harbour and New Haven before it was cancelled. It is rescheduled to Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Council Recap

Council Recap – Feb 22, 2021

Council met for a full day Monday, February 22, 2021 – the first in a series of discussions regarding the Victoria County 2021-2022 budget and council priorities for the next few years.

The process of setting priorities provides council and staff with a road map. It has replaced the former method of developing a 5 – 10-year strategy. Council will revisit the current priorities periodically in the term for evaluation. Part of formalizing this process this year was to conduct a survey for residents. More information on both what residents said and what council determines will be provided in the coming weeks.

  • A Victoria County Youth Council will move forward. This is an initiative to teach youth about how municipal government works.
  • The Municipal Police Advisory Committee is still looking for two Victoria County citizen members to determine priorities, objectives, and goals respecting police services and to provide advice in the area. This committee does not exercise jurisdiction regarding complaints, discipline, personnel conduct, or internal management of the local RCMP. Send letters of interest, a brief biography and information on your skills & experience by 4 pm on Friday March 5, 2021 to leanne.maceachen@countyvictoria.ns.ca.
  • Jim Mustard presented to council regarding his Raising the Villages initiative.
  • Council will move forward on a graffiti bylaw to address spray painting along roadways.

Council minutes are posted on the Victoria County website, once approved by council. Find more council minutes here: victoriacounty.com/government/municipal-council/meeting-minutes/.

The next session of Victoria County Municipal Council takes place March 8, 2021 at 5 pm in the Council Chambers at 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck and will be live streamed on the Municipality of Victoria County NS Facebook page. If you wish to attend, please pre-register by calling 902-295-3231. Social distancing protocols are in place and a mask is required.

Council Committees

Committees of Council

The Warden is an ex-officio member of all Committees of Council. Listings are in alphabetical order.

Alderwood & Highland Manor

Nursing home oversight

Alderwood: Councillors Barbara Longva, Perla MacLeod, Paul MacNeil, Bruce Morrison, Fraser Patterson

Highland Manor: Larry Dauphinee, Barbara Longva, Jackie Organ, Norman MacDonald, Bruce Morrison


Age Friendly Committee

Oversees programs for all ages

Councillors Larry Dauphinee, Barbara Longva, Norman MacDonald, Bruce Morrison, Fraser Patterson (chair)

Audit/Budget Committee

Provides financial oversight, budget review & recommendations

All council

Citizen member: Graham Steele


Broadband Committee

Oversees internet and cellular issues

Councillors Larry Dauphinee, Paul MacNeil (chair), Fraser Patterson, Bruce Morrison

Housing Committee

Oversees all municipal housing issues, including a housing strategy

Councillors Larry Dauphinee, Barbara Longva, Norman MacDonald, Perla MacLeod, Bruce Morrison


Joint Police Advisory Board*

Oversees issues relating to policing in Victoria County

*The JPAB is in the process of being established.

Public Works Committee

Oversees public works, solid waste & all aspects of the 4 municipal water utilities

All Council

Seniors’ Safety Committee

Oversees senior safety for the municipality

Councillors Larry Dauphinee, Barbara Longva, Perla MacLeod (co-chair), Bruce Morrison, Fraser Patterson (co-chair)


Victoria County Transit Committee

Oversees affordable and available transit on non-specific routes (i.e.: Dial-a-ride)

Councillors Larry Dauphinee, Perla MacLeod (chair), Norman MacDonald, Bruce Morrison, Fraser Patterson

Victoria County Planning Advisory Committee

Oversees zoning and land use Districts 2 & 3

Councillors Perla MacLeod, Paul MacNeil, Bruce Morrison

Also includes representatives from the Village of Baddeck.

Community Members-At-Large: David Fairchild, Paul Harvey, David Parkinson


Other Committees

The following are appointments. Councillors are required to be members, by the organization or by a motion of council. All listings are alphabetical.

Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve

Oversees activities in the Bras d’Or Lake watershed

Councillor Perla MacLeod

Cape Breton Library Board (private board)

Oversees library functions around the county

Councillor Barbara Longva

Victoria County citizen member: Terry Murray

CEPI (The Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative)

A First Nations-led group overseeing environmental planning in the Bras d’Or watershed

Councillors Barbara Longva, Paul MacNeil (Co-chair)


Eastern District Planning Commission

Councillors Perla MacLeod, Paul MacNeil (alternate), Bruce Morrison

Inverness-Victoria Federation of Agriculture

Oversees agricultural land use and laws in Victoria & Inverness Counties

Councillor Fraser Patterson



Municipal & Mi’kmaq leaders working on environmental issues on the Bras d’Or Lakes

Councillors Barbara Longva, Paul MacNeil

Victoria County Home Support (private board)

Oversees the operation of Victoria County Home Support Service

Council Representatives: Norman MacDonald, Bruce Morrison, Jackie Organ, Fraser Patterson

Victoria Memorial Hospital Foundation (private board)

Fundraising/recruitment promotion for Victoria County Memorial Hospital

Council representatives: Perla MacLeod (alternative), Paul MacNeil, Bruce Morrison