Month: January 2017

January 26th Meeting

January 26th Meeting

Sorry for the delay in posting this month, unfortunately I have been under the weather for a week! Hope none of you get this virus, it is nasty.  To make matters worse, my husband has it and I have to listen to his man cough! LOL

So this is what is happening in the Municipality of Yarmouth:

The Western Regional Economic Network has hired a project leader to complete an application to the Federal Government for funding to improve rural internet. This has to be done in haste because of short deadlines.  We have had two applications made by local groups to the Provincial Government but have not heard of any approval yet. Let’s hope we make some gains in this area.  The MoDY approved the Municipality of Barrington to join the WREN.

We want to open the door to discussion with the neighbouring municipalities about a possible satellite office for a Marine Centre of Excellence in our area. The federal government is funding a huge new centre in Dartmouth. Since we depend on the fisheries industry  and considering the latest problem with all of the dead fish in the area, we felt it important that this area be part of any ongoing research.

It is evident that more information be obtained from both the Ministries of Environment and Department of Natural Resources with regards to shoreline protection (riparian buffer zone).  Although we do have a bylaw, it is very difficult to enforce. Area residents must understand the negative impact that excavation has on our shoreline, the last thing we want is more of our lakes polluted with blue green algae. We will be consulting with environment and DNR to see about possible consequences.

We will be participating in Purple Day , Epilepsy Awareness, which is March 26th and the month of March is epilepsy awareness month.

We will be addressing the well drilling program by creating a policy in our next bylaw and policy committee meeting. We want to be ready to support constituents with being able to fund well drilling through their taxes when the provincial government passes legislation allowing us to move forward.  Many thanks to those of you who have been helping people with water issues. It is greatly appreciated.

Loren Cushing suggested planting a grove of trees in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday.  He has offered to gather information on possible locations and costs.

Last August, resident Shonda Irving made contact with various levels of government looking for support to suggest the Irving Oil company  paint the tanks on Bunker’s Island with the Canada Flag.  It would be a great gesture for Canada’s 150th Birthday.  I have been in contact with Irving and they have agreed to do something in 2017 to make their property more attractive.  They do not know yet what that will be but appreciated Shonda’s suggestion of the flag.  They have offered to consult with Municipality as their ideas unfold.  Nice that something will finally happen on Bunker’s Island.

I have been receiving a number of calls about the poor quality of some of the roads in our district.  The information does get passed on to the Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure and  Renewal. Unfortunately, I have no control at the speed at which repairs are made.  We will be meeting with Don Houston soon so if you notice signs are down or missing, please let me know and I will pass on the information.  We are needing a Main Shore Road sign in downtown Port Maitland, particularly for ambulance purposes and the Ross Durkee Road sign is broken!

The Lake George Fire Department is continuing to raise funds for a new building. Please help by attending Meat Bingo on Thursday nights!

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Stay healthy and safe!





Riparian Buffer otherwise know as the Shoreline

Riparian Buffer otherwise know as the Shoreline

Attended the Planning Advisory Committee meeting and there was considerable discussion about the Riparian buffer zone which is the land at the edge of the of a shoreline. They have vegetation which is strongly influenced by the water which includes bushes, trees and flowers native to the area.  If the area is excavated, it can cause great harm to the environment including polluting the lakes with blue green algae. The above picture demonstrates the destruction of the zone.

The Municipality of Yarmouth has a bylaw (see below) which should help prevent the destruction of the shoreline, unfortunately either people are not aware or are choosing to ignore it. Please take good care of our lakes, they are an important resource and we want to be able to enjoy them now and in the future.


4.26.1 In all zones where development is undertaken on a lot which borders a watercourse

an undisturbed buffer of 12 metres (40 ft) is required to be maintained between the

high water mark on either side of a watercourse and any structure or developed

portion of the lot. Infilling or removal of material is not permitted within the buffer

except for minimal disturbance incidental to a permitted undertaking. In the

watercourse buffer area the natural flora and fauna is to remain substantially

undisturbed except for penetrations for wharves and boat launches. Moderate

thinning of tree cover in the buffer area to enable views is permitted and good

ecological practices designed to minimize disturbance of natural shoreline areas are

encouraged when undertaking all activities and developments within the buffer and

all developments on properties abutting watercourses in the Municipality. (see MPS

Part 3 and Policy 3.1.9)

4.26.2 On any lot subject to the requirements of Section 4.26.1 of this by-law the required

buffer supersedes any minimum yard requirement which may be less than the

required buffer.


Port Maitland Beach Sign

Port Maitland Beach Sign

Great news for our area. Just received an email from the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources who has asked staff to work with the Departments of Communications, Culture and Heritage as well as TIR to install a Port Maitland Beach Sign on the 101 Highway! A great start to develop our area as a tourist attraction.
Committee of the Whole January 11,2017

Committee of the Whole January 11,2017

Presentation by Frank Grant, Yarmouth Recreation

A couple of highlights:

Check out   A wonderful website highlighting community recreation, of note are all of the trails that are available in the county.

X country skis and snow shoes are available  for loan free of charge at the municipal building through the week and at Ellenwood Park on the weekend. Free x-country ski lessons are available and can be arranged through Yarmouth recreation.


Community Housing Option Initiatives through Collaboration and Engagement

Presentation by Denise Vacon

Denise gave a very interesting presentation on Choice and the importance of collaboration of all levels of government and the private sector to provide safe  and affordable housing for our residents.  Unfortunately low income earners are often having to choose between paying for rent and having food on the table. Housing is the stabilizing force in one’s life.  1 in 5 people in our community are living in poverty. One piece of good news is that the provincial government is offering 50,000 to developers to assist in creating more affordable housing, up from 20,000.  It is so important that everyone have a safe, warm and dry place to live.–engagement-yarmouth.html

Western Regional Enterprise Network

Presentation by Angelique LeBlanc

The mandate of the WREN is to inform, connect and accelerate.  They are presently working on: Rural Internet, business retention and expansion, a productivity pilot project, land and asset database,and  supply chain mapping. Issues for business include the quality of the workforce (attitudes, arriving on time for work), internet and transportation for employees.   The Summit 2017 will be held in April.

The WREN is very active working with the stakeholders to improve the economy in South West Nova.

Business discussions included:

Dead fish issue and the need for ongoing research.

Rural Internet

Canada 150 Project

Attendance at  the Chamber of Commerce presentation by Amanda Dean, Insurance Bureau of Canada, re dealing with disasters.


The Domtex Building