A scary time at the Baddeck Transfer Station today. A bag of ashes caught fire in the wagons. Fortunately, our staff found it & extinguished it before it could spread or be dumped on the tipping floor and no one was hurt. Please, DO NOT send your ashes to any of our sites or place them out for collection.
March 21, 2020 The Municipality of Victoria County’s goal for communications during the Covid-19 pandemic is to inform our residents, business owners and the greater community about any municipal impacts from this global event.
Our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and all residents of the Municipality of the County of Victoria.
Since earlier this week, the administration of the municipality has been operating under a Pandemic Preparedness plan. Delivery of essential services is a main concern. Non-essential services may be restricted in order to focus on providing the most necessary services to our community. During this time, we are following the advice and guidance of provincial and local public health officials who have the expertise to assess the level of health risk posed by a specific situation.
What you can expect to see on this page: • Municipal operations update (as they occur) • Links to federal and provincial resources • Other pandemic information that is well sourced, accurate and of interest to Victoria County residents
Municipal Operations Updates
As of Saturday, March 21, 2020:
• Transfer Stations in Baddeck and Dingwall are closed to the public. Only businesses and municipal collection vehicles will be given access to the sites. Residents are to use curbside collection services. • Both Transfer station hours (effective immediately) are Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm. • The Courthouse and all municipal offices are closed to the public. Property tax payments and water payments can be made online or by Canada Post. • The Tax sale planned for March 24, 2020 is postponed. Once a new date is decided, it will be posted at www.victoriacounty.com and in local newspapers. • The volunteer awards dinner planned for April is cancelled. • The council session for March 23, 2020 is cancelled. A decision on April council sessions will be made in the days to come. • Items for the ReUse Centre will not be accepted until further notice. • Water Utility operation will continue as normal, but staff will be minimizing public interactions. • Victoria County Transit has suspended operations as of Friday March 20, 2020.
Trying hard to be physically distant but not socially distant from your neighbours? It’s a good time to check out the Victoria County Seniors Party Line.
This is a service of the Victoria County Senior’s Safety Office and it happens every MONDAY between 1 pm and 3 pm. Originally created to help people in rural areas combat social isolation, it is a perfect way to connect during a global pandemic. Our Senior Safety Office Cassandra Yonder is the moderator.
There are a few ways you can connect:
Call toll free 1-855-703-8985. You will be prompted to provide a meeting identification number, which is 736 467 2255#. (Don’t forget the # sign!)
You can connect online at http://zoom.us/j/7364672255
Under the Health Protection Act, the RCMP are authorized to enforce the following orders:
• A business that does not practice social distancing (there are exemptions for grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies). • A business that hosts social gatherings of more than 5 people • A workplace that does not maintain a two-metre or six-foot distance between people/staff
Businesses can face fines of $7500 a day for every day they do not comply.
The RCMP have informed the municipality they will be enforcing these State of Emergency orders. If you see something that is concerning, please contact the RCMP office in your community. Baddeck RCMP: 902-295-2350 Ingonish RCMP: 902-285-2021
March 31, 2020 A few words from Warden Bruce Morrison:
On behalf of myself and Victoria County councillors, I would like to thank each and everyone of you. The COVID-19 global pandemic has clearly changed the way we live our lives. Everyone, including the municipality, is figuring out how to make our world work in this new reality. One thing is very clear: Victoria County residents and businesses are abiding by the public health protocols and making every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.We see it in the quietness of our communities and respect for social distancing in our public facilities.
This must continue; for our friends, our neighbours and for the future of our businesses. We need, now more than ever, to continue to follow the provincial rules. We are all in this together. • Stay home. When you can get out for some fresh air, maintain physical distancing by maintaining a six-foot distance (the length of a hockey stick) between you and other people. • When you get outside, stay in your own neighbourhood. Most trails are closed and the RCMP are monitoring these sites for those who are not following the provincial rules. Again, maintain a six-foot distance with other people. • If you see someone who you believe is not self isolating, treat them with kindness. Perhaps they need help and are unsure where to turn. Offer to help find them the help they need. Direct them to the resources. There are ways to help from a distance. • Get your information from reliable sources: Federal Government: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html Provincial Government: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus Victoria County: https://victoriacounty.com/covid-19/
Council commends Victoria County medical professionals, our doctors and nurses; our front-line grocery store workers and pharmacies staff, our janitorial and cleaning crews and others deemed essential by the province. These people are putting themselves at risk so that we can live in health. Finally, thanks to our own municipal staff– from on-site Public Works staff and garbage collections crews to water utility operators and administration personnel, all are working hard to keep the municipality running in these extraordinary circumstances.
Sincerely, Warden Bruce Morrison & Victoria County Councillors