Presentation by Frank Grant, Yarmouth Recreation
A couple of highlights:
Check out SouthShoreConnect.ca 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.
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.
Canada 150 Project
Attendance at the Chamber of Commerce presentation by Amanda Dean, Insurance Bureau of Canada, re dealing with disasters.
The Domtex Building