• 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
For more information on the State of Emergency: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts
Today, March 22, 2020, Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services.
For a complete list: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200322001
They will clog the system (and who needs that problem now!) Put any wipes you use in the garbage.
Effective end of the day Friday March 20, 2020
• Transfer Stations will close to the public. Only businesses and municipal collection vehicles will be given access to the sites. Residents are to use curbside collection services.
• New Haven Recycling Facility will be closed. Businesses with recyclable material are directed to use the Dingwall Transfer Station.
• Baddeck and New Haven Recycling Depots will remain closed
• The Baddeck Transfer Station and Dingwall will be open for commercial entities and municipal collection vehicles only - Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm
This measure is part of Victoria County's measures to protect our staff and the public due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
Victoria County Transit, operated by Strait Area Transit (SAT) will suspend all service at the end of the day March 20, 2020 until further notice. This is due to the impacts of the Covid-9 pandemic.
Chairperson John Dowling said in a news release:
"The safety of staff and clients are paramount at this time and although this may cause
some inconvenience, the board of directors and executive director feel this is a
necessary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus."
For any questions, clients can contact Chairperson John Dowling at
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.