Book of Condolences:
The NS government has set up an online book of condolences for those who lost their lives last weekend.
People wanting to offer their condolences can do so by going to, https://novascotia.ca/condolences . People can leave public comments and condolences on a Facebook group or send private messages through an email address.
The Baddeck Waste Management Facility and Dingwall Transfer Station are only open to businesses and contractors that have waste that is essential for disposal. If residential customers have material that is not part of our weekly curbside collection program arrangements can be made with a local contractor to bring the material in for disposal or wait until we resume full operations. Please note that heavy garbage has been rescheduled until early fall.
Council Recap - April 20, 2020:
• Dave Parkinson, chair of the Doctor Recruitment Citizen’s Committee spoke to council regarding his committee’s efforts to recruit medical personnel to Victoria County. The committee plans to develop a locum program, explore service expansion and is developing a website.
• Councillors brought forth some area concerns for the provincial department of Transportation, Infrastructure & renewal including shoulders of roads eroding in District 1 (Iona) and along the Cabot Trail in District 5 (Ingonish Beach).
• Residents are reminded that our waste management facilities remain closed to the public. If renovating, please either stockpile the material until our facilities reopen or hire a commercial company to deliver it.
• This was an historic Victoria County council session as it was the first ever live-streamed over the internet.
Council minutes are posted on the Victoria County website, the day following the meeting (during the COVID-19 pandemic). Find more council minutes here: https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
The next session is Monday, May 4, 2020, beginning at 5 pm. The session will be conducted via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. The video will be posted at www.victoriacounty.com the following day. Check out our other Council Videos - find the Council Video link at the top of the main page or find us on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWVnwwH6_4p9s0bFz0Px3FA.
The Cape Breton Partnership is Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization, and administers economic development on behalf of The Municipality of the County of Victoria, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the Town of Port Hawkesbury, The Municipality of the Counties of Inverness and Richmond, and the First Nation communities of We’koqma’q, Eskasoni, Membertou and Wagmatcook.
With staff located across the island, the Cape Breton Partnership focuses on three things; promoting our Island as a great place to live and invest; growing a culture that celebrates creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and connecting entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed. Right now, this is more important than ever to our business community across the island.
To protect the health and wellness of the Cape Breton Partnership’s employees, clients and community, offices are temporarily closed however employees are working from home, committed to understanding what our economy will look like into the future, and exploring how best to support businesses now and going forward.
With several new government programs being announced, we know there will be many questions about how to access this support. The Cape Breton Partnership will work with our local businesses to navigate the many unknowns, and provide guidance and assistance as information becomes available. In the meantime, there are number of helpful COVID-19 business resources available on the Cape Breton Partnership’s website - https://capebretonpartnership.com/covid-19-resources/ .
In addition, the Partnership is able to provide supports for business in a wide range of other areas including business advisory services, training, exporting, networking, immigration, investment attraction initiatives and more.
To learn more about the Cape Breton Partnership, check out:
Facebook: Cape Breton Partnership
Linked in: Cape Breton Partnership
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.