Updated March 20, 2020.
• 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.
• Recycling Depots in Baddeck and New Haven are closed to the public. Businesses and residents are asked to please hold your refundable containers until the depots reopen.
• Transfer stations in Baddeck and Dingwall are closed to the public. Residents are to use curbside collections services.
• 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.
• As per public health officials, if you develop a fever, with a temperature of 38⁰C or higher, or a cough, please contact 811 for an assessment. If you need in-person assessment, 811 will refer you to a centre. Don't go to an assessment centre unless 811 referred you.
• Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus and at Health Canada (federal) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Here are some fact sheets:
It's a good time to check out the Victoria County Seniors Party Line.
Here is our Senior Safety Officers Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/seniorssafetycountyvictoria/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
The Seniors Party Line Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2982692748416847/
A couple other resources for folks to connect for support and assistance:
Council Update – March 9, 2020
• A gallery full of Victoria County firefighters were in attendance for a presentation from the Victoria County Fire Officers Association; an emotional presentation about the financial and mental costs of being a firefighter. The old system, with volunteers fundraising for life-saving equipment, no longer works for them. They requested a committee of council to be formed to address these and other issues. Council fully supported creating a committee.
• CBU student Duncan Matheson spoke about his study into making crosswalks more visible. Council saw merit and potential tourism benefits too. Council will write a letter of support for Duncan’s pilot project to decorate designated crosswalks for visibility.
• Council approved a motion to name the Baddeck recycling building The Jim Bradley Recycling Depot.
• Council will write a letter to the provincial department of Transportation, Infrastructure & Renewal requesting that once the Englishtown Ferry is back in operation that 2019 passes be honoured.
• Council requested that representatives from the provincial department of Natural Resources meet with council regarding signage at Uisge Ban Park.
• Council is exploring zoning for Ingonish and is looking into the high percentage of provincially protected space in the county
• Council noted that MP Jaime Battiste met with folks in communities North of Smokey
• Council is still looking for members of an Accessibility Advisory Committee – people who through personal experience can assist the municipality to identify and eliminate barriers.
• A reminder to community organizations that grant applications are available to help your organization. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2020.
Council minutes are posted on the Victoria County website once they have been approved. Find more council minutes here: https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
Council meetings are open to the public. Next session is Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5 pm at the Baddeck Courthouse, 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck.
The next meeting of Victoria County Municipal Council will be held at the Court House, Baddeck, on Monday, April 6, 2020. Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be held via Zoom teleconferencing. An agenda will be provided at a later date.
We are pleased to announce that we will be funding eight projects that have been proposed this year.
Tax Sale info & Properties (updated Mar 16, 2020)
The Accessibility Advisory Committee provides advice to the Municipal Council on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The committee plays a pivotal role in helping the Municipality of the County of Victoria to become an accessible community that complies with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).
We are looking for people who have first hand knowledge of what facing these barriers means. At least one half of the members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee must have a disability or represent an organization that represents people with disabilities. Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, or sensory impairment.
The committee is open to people without disabilities as well.
The committee will meet 6 times a year (may be more at start up). Meetings will take place in Victoria County. Mileage and meals will be paid (at the county rate).
Applications can be downloaded here or can be picked up at the Municipal Office at 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck. The deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m., Friday March 27, 2020. Your completed application may be submitted by mail, in person, or by email to:
Municipality of the County of Victoria
PO Box 370, 495 Chebucto Street
Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0
Attention: Accessibility Advisory Committee
Subject line: Accessibility Advisory Committee Volunteer
Looking for information on immigrating to Canada and settling on Cape Breton Island? The Cape Breton Partnership has lots of information to help.
Check out the 'New To Cape Breton' website here: http://newtocapebreton.com/
Find more information on the Cape Breton Partnership's other Immigration Iniatives here: https://capebretonpartnership.com/initiatives/cblip/