October 17, 2020 is election day for Municipalities across Nova Scotia. We are in unprecedented times. For all of us, dealing with Covid-19 has been a challenge. We have also had droughts during the past 4 years. The health and safety of our residents is priority. It is imperative that the residents of the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth pay attention to the decisions being made by council. Not exciting to watch but important, council meetings are usually available on FB live which I requested during my first year. Transparency is so important. Since the pandemic began, we have been meeting via zoom which are recorded and then posted. All of our meetings are available on youtube.com. Please take some time to see how your councillors vote on important matters.
One recent decision was to switch to electronic voting. While it wasn’t everyone’s first choice, it was the right thing to do during Covid-19 for residents and staff. We have chosen to use http://www.intelivote.com/ a system widely used across Canada.
There will be three ways to vote via: phone, computer or a kiosk at the Municipal building. You will receive a PIN number and instructions in the mail, please do not share this with anyone unless they have signed a proxy allowing them to help you. DO NOT SHARE with election candidates. The Voting Days have been set from October 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM until October 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM so you can vote anytime during that period.
If you need help, please call the Voters Help Line 902-742-7159!! Most importantly VOTE!
Stay safe, stay heathy!
My sincere apologies for not posting on this website in 2020. Could it be that I just wanted this year to be over, it is possible! After moving my mom to Northwood, yes Northwood, she started to deteriorate and passed away in February at 94 years of age. My mom had wonderful life, a terrific sense of humour and three dedicated daughters! We all miss her dearly but thankful she passed before the Covid-19 pandemic started in Canada. It was very hard to watch the news and hear about all of the deaths at Northwood. I truly hope lessons have been learned and that the provincial government takes the necessary steps to improve long term care.
Following mom’s passing, I lost my aunt Shirley and then mom’s longtime boyfriend Al, none due to Covid-19, thankfully. After that, a fairly new but dear friend passed. We all meet those people with whom we have an instant connection and Shaun was one of those individuals. We worked together to bring “The Lighthouse” production to Yarmouth. It was so much fun and I hoped that we would have the chance to work together again but that was not meant to be. RIP Shaun. Needless to say, the first few months of the year were not pleasant.
Covid-19 hit, what can I say, a challenge for everyone. As a Municipal Councillor, there were many discussions and decisions to be made. Would we get cases in Yarmouth County, would residents be able to work, would schools close, would people be able to pay taxes, would MODY be able to pay bills and what should we be working on and how could we help???? So many unanswered questions. I am an elected board member on the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities. We worked on getting support from the Provincial government for our taxpayers. An excellent experience! Fortunately we did fare better than many areas. Now it is time to move forward.
So, I am offering to represent District 4 in the election on October 17, 2020.
Over the next few weeks, I will post my accomplishments over past four years and the direction I think we should be heading. We have much on the go which I would like to see completed.
Please call or send an email if you have any questions. Stay tuned I have a lot to share. Follow me on FB and Instagram. I have continued to post on FB in 2020 and share important information from the Municipality.
Stay safe, stay healthy!