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Offshore Exploration Resolution - July 23, 2019

At the request of the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia, Lunenburg Town Council unanimously passed the following resolution at their Council Meeting of July 23, 2019:

WHEREAS a healthy marine environment is critical to industries like fishing and tourism that are the primary lifeblood of Nova Scotia coastal communities. 

AND WHEREAS it is the Town of Lunenburg’s responsibility to protect and nurture our local economies. It is also our right, and the right of our citizens, to be consulted on all major developments that might impact those economies. 

AND WHEREAS the catastrophic effect of a major oil spill at an offshore drill site is unthinkable, yet public knowledge of the risk and potential consequences of such a spill remains inadequate. 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Town of Lunenburg hereby calls for a full and independent public inquiry into the pros and cons of oil industry exploration in offshore Nova Scotia to provide our communities, who bear the lion’s share of the risk of a disaster in the offshore, a full appreciation of the extent of that risk and of the steps we can take to minimize it. We also call for a moratorium on all further oil and gas exploration in offshore Nova Scotia pending the completion of that inquiry.

NOT Wanted in our Wastewater System

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What you flush, pour down the sink/drain, or dump into a storm sewer doesn’t just disappear. It goes into our wastewater system and into the ocean. 

A wastewater system is designed to treat human waste and grey water only. Problem material in the wastewater system can cause “fatbergs” and clogs, damage household pipes, damage public sewer pipes and equipment, harm marine life and even public health.

The wastewater system is owned by the residents of Lunenburg. The cost to repair damage from inappropriate material comes back to you, the taxpayer.

You can help!

For businesses: See the Town of Lunenburg’s pdf Bylaw #34 Sewer Discharge (160 KB) for what businesses operating in the Town can and can’t dispose of in the wastewater system.

For residents and visitors: For what NOT to flush, pour down your sink, or dump in a storm drain - and how to better dispose of this material - visit our Wastewater Treatment page at: https://explorelunenburg.ca/wastewater-treatment.html

REWARDS: Fewer repairs = Cost savings; Cleaner wastewater = Cleaner ocean

Single-Use Plastic Update

At last night’s General Government Committee meeting, the Committee agreed to keep moving forward on the single-use plastic issue by passing the following motion: 

Motion: moved and seconded that a staff report be prepared advising what form of public consultation should take place with various stakeholders including Plastic Free Lunenburg, Region 6 Waste Management, Divert Nova Scotia and Lunenburg Board of Trade to develop a waste reduction and plastic reduction strategy for the Town. Motion carried.  

We’d like to thank Plastic Free Lunenburg for a wonderful job of community consultation to date. Their findings are a valuable part of future consultation the Town undertakes to build on. However, we must be clear that the Town is legally responsible to do its due diligence by conducting community consultation as a municipal government. 

By following our legal advice, we can build a solid, responsible foundation for any potential bylaw that can withstand challenge. 

The Town enthusiastically welcomes Coastal Action’s Ocean Friendly Nova Scotia program and encourages ongoing voluntary measures from our business, residents and visitors to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in our community.  

The Committee agenda package, including the legal opinion received, is available here: http://bit.ly/2LPYRfG

 

4th Annual Pride Flag Raising - July 19, 2019

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It was a gorgeous day for the 4th Annual Pride Flag Raising ceremony today in the Town of Lunenburg.

Speakers included Mayor Rachel Bailey; MP Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; Pastor Rick Pryce, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz, St. John's Anglican Church; and Shelley Rafuse, Lunenburg PRIDE.

A variety of community partners were also in attendance today, such as the Lunenburg Board of Trade, TD Bank, Second Story Women’s Centre, Lunenburg PRIDE, the RCMP, and the Lunenburg & District Fire Department.

The flag was raised - group effort! - followed by a BBQ and rainbow cake. Thanks to all who came out!

Read more for the inspiring remarks from the Town Crier (a.k.a. Deputy Mayor John McGee) and Mayor Bailey, as well as a photo album of the event.

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Project Lunenburg - Summer Engagement Update

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How to stay involved in Project Lunenburg this summer. 

Happy July! We are 5 months into Project Lunenburg, and have been hearing so many great ideas and aspirations for the future. Here are a few ways you can keep participating over the next couple months. 

What We Heard Reports

Three reports are now available on the Project Lunenburg website, covering the Individual Survey, Housing, and Transportation. Take a look to learn about the big themes and ideas that are emerging.  

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Photo Album: German Air Force Band Erfurt

The annual free concert from the Nova Scotia International Tattoo could not have happened on a more gorgeous day! Over 250 people came out to see the German Air Force Band Erfurt today.

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Photo Album: Canada Day in Lunenburg 2019

 Thanks to everyone who came out to the Community Centre to celebrate July 1st with us!

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Burning Permits Notice

During the wildfire risk season (March 15 to October 15) all domestic brush burning and campfires must adhere to daily Nova Scotia burning restrictions. This also includes the use of outdoor burning appliances such as chimineas, but does not include barbeques.

Please visit the online restrictions map (www.Novascotia.ca/burnsafe) before conducting any burning, but also taking local conditions such as wind into consideration. You can also call 1-855-564-2876 (BURN). 

Burning permits are still required within the Town of Lunenburg for open burning of piles, vegetation, etc and can be obtained from the Fire Inspector by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-634-4410 ext. 222. Please note that permits are not required for burning appliances such as chimineas, etc. Please refer to By-Law #51: Burning By-Law for more information.   

As an alternative to burning, we strongly encourage taking your items to the Town compost site located on Starr Street, which is open on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. until mid-November.

Burn safe this summer!

Pre Primary Program comes to Lunenburg Academy

From the South Shore Regional Centre for Education:

The SSRCE is excited to announce the location of the 2019-20 Pre Primary Program for the Lunenburg area.

The Pre Primary Program will operate out of Lunenburg Academy and will open on September 5, 2019. We are thrilled to be working with the Town of Lunenburg once again and can’t wait to welcome children and their families to the Pre Primary Program at Lunenburg Academy.

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Solid Waste Collection - Summer Compost

Reminder:

WEEKLY compost collection begins July 2, 2019 and ends August 23, 2019.