As we continue to navigate the unknowns of COVID-19, the Cape Breton Partnership is working with all levels of government to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our businesses and economy.
With several new government programs announced, we know there will be many questions about how to access this support. We want you to know that the Cape Breton Partnership is here to help. We will work with you; our businesses, to navigate the many unknowns and provide guidance and assistance as more information becomes available.
We have also uploaded a number of helpful resources to a COVID-19 Resources for Business page on our website ( https://capebretonpartnership.com/covid-19-resources/ ) and are hosting Helping Businesses Respond During COVID-19, a webinar series on topics identified by our business community. You can register on our website. To date we have hosted sessions on accounting, innovative business models, legal issues, social media marketing, e-commerce and business continuity during COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 around the world has been unprecedented, and our main priority continues to be the health and wellness of our employees, clients and community. Our hope is that you are able to take the necessary precautions and focus on staying healthy and safe at this time.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.
Economic Development Officer – Victoria County
Office: 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck
If you wish to donate money, Feed NS helps all Nova Scotia registered food banks. Their info is found here:https://www.feednovascotia.ca/donate/donate-money
You can also donate directly to Victoria County Food Banks. The funds will go directly to that organization.Simply click on the link to begin the donation process.
North of Smokey food bank (Ingonish, NS): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/?q=north+of+smokey+food+bank+ns
Helping Hands South of Smokey (Baddeck, NS): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/?q=helping%20hands%20south%20of%20smokey%20ns
Barra Food Bank Society (Iona, NS): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/?q=iona%20food%20bank%20ns
The Victoria County Water Utility recognizes that access to a clean, safe water supply is very important to ensure personal health and maintain hygiene, and for the sanitation of health care facilities, businesses and households.• We are taking actions to protect the public, our employees while continuing to provide essential services to our customers during the pandemic.
To help our customers, we are making the following temporary adjustments:
Customers experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation are asked please contact the Victoria County Water Utilities billing office at 902-295-3669 to discuss payment arrangements.
(FROM VICTORIA HIGHLAND CIVIC CENTRE TO THE OVERPASS)
With the COVID-19 restrictions on gathering and trail use, together with deteriorating conditions on the unfinished portion of trail, it has been decided to close the trail until the planned spring/summer work has been completed. In particular, the area around the brook is melting and the rain forecasted may make it unsuitable for use.
The Municipality of the County of Victoria is providing residents with STOP signs for their homes.
They can be found in grocery stores around the county.
Copies that you can print at home are available here: Resident Stop Signs
The meeting took place via teleconferencing. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8tN6t3KfinI
• Village of Baddeck Commissioner Bill Marchant spoke to council via teleconferencing from Vancouver to ask that the county support improvements to the Baddeck Community Wharf and waterfront in Baddeck. The proposal is from Develop Nova Scotia. Council agreed to fund $25,000 of the first phase, but did not commit to future support.
• Discussion took place during the Tax Update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic effects on tax collection. The Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and the NS Federation of Municipalities are looking for a province wide solution to help provide relief on property tax payments. Meetings are ongoing.
• Municipal operations continue with a skeleton staff. Both recycling centres remain closed to the public.
• There are a few issues for the provincial department of Transportation, Infrastructure & Renewal around the municipality, mostly due to the disappearing snow and the time of year: signs down along roads in Washabuct/Iona; a manhole collapsing in Ingonish and potholes on the main street in Baddeck.
• Councillors expressed concern for residents and businesses in the tourism and fishing industries while the Covid-19 shut-down continues.
• Council commends all residents and businesses for following the provincial orders and staying home and closing their business doors. It has not been easy, but for the common good of all.
• Council extends thanks to all frontline workers who are keeping things running while the rest of us are sheltering at home. It was moved and seconded that each councillor will purchase small denomination gift cards from Tim Hortons, to be distributed as a way of thanks.
• Another council session will take place April 20, 2020, via teleconferencing. Minutes will be posted the following day at https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
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: www.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.
Warden Bruce Morrison & Victoria County Councillors