Latest News and Public Notices
News release: Bait Stations Being Installed in Municipality
July 19, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – This week, Dr. Robbin Lindsay, Research Scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is in the Municipality installing the first of 18-20 deer bait stations. The bait stations are part of an innovative tick reduction research project, the largest of its kind in Canada.
“The increasing prevalence of Lyme Disease in our community is a serious concern,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our Council believes it’s vitally important for the Municipality to get involved in trying to reduce tick populations, and in educating residents and visitors on the importance of tick checks. We’ve partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.”
“The bait stations will be stocked by September 1, and will target adult tick populations when they become active again in the fall,” explained Dr. Lindsay. “A common myth is that there are no ticks out in the summer, but that’s actually when there is the highest risk for contracting Lyme Disease. The nymphs are most active in the summer, and they’re more difficult to see because of their small size. It’s important to do a daily tick check after coming inside, and every night before bed. It’s one of the most effective ways of preventing Lyme Disease.”
- The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. The bait station rollers will apply Permethrin to the deer’s ears as they feed from the station, killing the adult ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
- A public education campaign will continue throughout the summer and fall, designed to encourage residents and visitors to conduct daily tick checks.
- Additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails has been installed to advise users of the presence of ticks in the area.
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is committed to building a community where people choose to live, work and play.
News release: Municipality breaks ground on first straight pipe replacement
April 30, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – Today, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg broke ground on the first straight pipe replacement in the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program. This project marks an important upgrade to the regional wastewater network, improving water quality in the LaHave River, and contributing to a cleaner environment in the District of Lunenburg.
“The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining clean waterways and a healthy environment across the country,” said Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am proud to see the LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement project underway. Together with our partners we are protecting the long-term health of the community for generations to come.”
The LaHave Straight Pipe Replacement Program is a green infrastructure solution that allows residents to have access to reliable water and wastewater services while safeguarding the health and well-being of the local waterway and ecosystem. Work involves removing up to 600 straight pipes that are currently discharging sewage into the LaHave River and replacing them with septic systems.
“The province is proud to collaborate with all levels of government to help restore the beautiful LaHave River to a healthy ecosystem,” said MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This is a great step to building a stronger, healthier place to live here and in Nova Scotia.”
“I am so pleased to see the work commence on the very first replacement,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We have received replacement applications for more than 114 homeowners with straight pipes to date. Through our funding partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and homeowners, we expect to replace between 75 and 100 straight pipes this year alone. We are well on our way to making the Lower LaHave River straight pipe free by 2023.”
This project is jointly funded by the Department of Infrastructure Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.
June 28, 2019 - News release: Eastlink Begins Fibre Installation in Baker Settlement
In July 2018, the province made Develop Nova Scotia, a Crown Corporation, responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to improve Internet access for Nova Scotians without reliable high-speed Internet. The Province also set aside $192 Million to invest in better Internet. Their goal is high-speed Internet reaching a minimum of 95% of Nova Scotians. Our Council recently received an update from staff on the progress being made on Develop Nova Scotia's work, and how MODL is working to ensure we receive funding for projects in our area.
Internet in the Municipality
Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. Our citizens need reliable Internet access for educational purposes, for accessing government services, for operating businesses and for quality of life.
On June 26, 2018 Council approved the Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy . This strategy will guide funding and project decisions related to Internet within the Municipality, and will see MODL invest up to $500,000 in Internet projects each year, together with provincial, federal and ISP partners.
Projects to Date
Council is pursuing multiple avenues for expanding internet service, with a total investment of $3,791,000 expected over the next two years, affecting up to 2,000 residents:
- Applied for and received $75,000 from the provincial government for a pilot project to construct a fixed wireless internet service in the Sweetland area. More than 80 residents are now connected to this tower, and we have gained a great deal of knowledge from this project.
- On May 11, the Federal Government announced an investment of approximately $1.48 million in the Municipality. The Government of Canada is helping the communities of Baker Settlement, Hemford, Hemford Forest, Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg in Nova Scotia get online with new or improved high-speed Internet. The Municipality will invest up to $233,486 in internet infrastructure in the work being done in parts of Baker Settlement, parts of Hemford and Hemford Forest. The work being done in Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg will be solely funded by the Government of Canada and EastLink.
- Project Update:
- Bakers Settlement - the permits are now in process. EastLink is targeting early Summer to launch.
- Hemford/Hemford Forest - There is a significant amount of build for this particular project, therefore EastLink is targeting the end of Summer to launch.
- Project Update:
- Partnering with TNC Wireless and the Federal Government to bring a new uncapped fixed wireless Internet solution to the northern areas of the Municipality. The new service will see nine 40-metre tower sites in the communities of Newcombville, Chelsea, Elmwood, Union Square, Walden, Nineveh, North River, Parkdale and Butler Lake. The project is expected to take three years to complete, with between two and six towers being operational by the end of 2019. Of the $2.15 million total program cost, the Municipality is contributing up to $193,857, with the Federal Government and TNC Wireless Ltd. providing the rest of the investment. As the project progresses, TNC Wireless will post a coverage map and construction information on their website at http://www.tncwireless.ca/
- Two new Internet towers are coming to the Municipality that will provide fixed wireless internet services for Big Tancook Island, and for areas surrounding the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Facility. This project, undertaken with partner ISP TNC Wireless, will see the construction of a 40-metre tower at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre and a 30-metre tower on Big Tancook. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. TNC offers uncapped packages with speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 25Mbps.
We have created a map to identify key internet infrastructure within the Municipality. 2017 Internet Map
Orange designates no high-speed internet
Blue designates Bell Fibre
Green designates Eastlink Fibre/coaxial
Internet Performance Test
Thank you to everyone who took the Internet Performance Test this fall. This data will be compiled to assist our funding applications to improve broadband internet.
Sweetland Pilot Project
Looking to sign up for the Sweetland project? Visit www.novascotiahighspeedinternet.com and click on the Sign Up button.
As part of the research undertaken for the development of the Municipality's Internet Strategy, we partnered with the Municipality of Chester and the Region of Queens to commission a report from iValley on the feasibility of an Internet solution. This report is now available , and has been reviewed by all Councils involved. We also reviewed the provincial government's middle and last mile strategies, lessons we learned from the Sweetland Pilot Project, and community engagement and presentations.
An Options Report was debated at the May 15 Policy & Strategy Committee meeting, and from that discussion, a final Internet Connectivity Strategy was developed and presented to Council on June 26, 2018.
Lyme Disease Information
Lyme Disease is a growing problem in Lunenburg county. The Municipality has committed to funding and working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada on a three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.
Learn about the progress of a Lyme vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which ticks transmit Lyme Disease?
The blacklegged tick (or deer tick) can transmit Lyme Disease. The American Dog Tick does not transmit Lyme Disease.
How do I do a tick check?
Carefully inspect yourself for any ticks, starting at your ankles and moving up. Take special care around your knees, armpits and head. Blacklegged ticks are very small, particularly during the nymph stage, so look carefully.
Will I get Lyme Disease if I get a tick bite?
If you remove a tick quickly (within 24 hours), you can greatly reduce your chances of getting Lyme disease. A black-legged tick has to be attached for a long time before the bacteria make their way into the body — somewhere in the window of 36 to 48 hours.
How do I remove a tick?
The right way to dispose of a tick is to use tweezers. Grab the part of the tick that's closest to the surface of the skin and pull up gently without twisting. Then make sure to wash the skin with soapy water immediately. Do not use a match, fingernails, needles, Vaseline or gas.
What do I do if I’ve removed a tick?
If you like, you can submit a tick for identification in NS to the Museum of Natural History. Watch for symptoms of Lyme Disease, and talk to your doctor if you suspect you've contracted Lyme Disease.
What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?
Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease usually start 3 to 30 days after you have been bitten by an infected blacklegged tick. Most people experience mild flu-like symptoms soon after being bitten, while a small number may have more serious symptoms, sometimes weeks after the bite. Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease may include:
- Rash, sometimes shaped like a bull's eye (Erythema migrans (EM rash))
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Why is there a vaccine for my pets but not for people?
There was a vaccine available licensed in 1998, but it was removed from the market in 2002. Today, French company Valneva is working on a new vaccine. For information on their work, you can visit https://www.valneva.com/en/rd/vla15
For more information on Lyme disease, please visit https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/lyme.asp
What MODL is doing
As noted above, the Municipality has committed to funding and working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada on a three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.
- The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
- We have funded a public education campaign which includes radio and newspaper ads, a social media campaign and pop up booths at community events.
- We have installed additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails to reinforce the importance of daily tick checks.
Lyme Disease Information presented to Council can be found at the following link, under "2017 Minutes, Agendas and Recordings", and then under "Policy & Strategy 05/16/17": http://www.modl.ca/municipal-council/agendas-and-minutes/policy-strategy-committee
District Welcomes Off Highway Vehicle Pilot Project
District Welcomes Off Highway Vehicle Pilot Project - press release available here