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Take the Internet Performance Test
Help us improve Internet service Lunenburg County!
We’re mapping actual Internet speeds across Lunenburg County with the Internet Performance Test. The test takes less than 30 seconds to complete, and we want every resident in Lunenburg County to take the test before September 28, 2018.
Visit https://performance.cira.ca/SouthShore and click on the “START” button.
You can take the test as often as possible, as results vary over time.
No Internet as your residence? You can go to a connected facility (such as the public library, or a friend or family member’s home), visit https://performance.cira.ca/SouthShore and click on “If you wish to inform us of a location without internet access, click here.” You’ll be able to move the Map Pin to your location and submit your information.
1. Go to the Online Test while at your business or residence using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, click on https://performance.cira.ca/southshore
Important click “Yes” if asked to share your location. This will pin your location on the map.
Important please DO NOT enter the postal code. (This feature is being removed and impedes the accuracy of the test.
2. Click the blue START button on the top right of your screen.
3. Test Complete. Your upload and download speeds will be displayed, and your results added to the real-time map.
4. Share with your friends! The more tests we get, the better the results will be and the more likely our funding applications to improve broadband internet will be successful.
Note: If the test doesn’t completely run that means that your Internet connection performance is poor and having problems. This is also good information and your experience will be included in the results.
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
The Municipality has taken advantage of opportunities to improve services:
- 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.
- Partnered with the Province and EastLink and received Connect to Innovate funding, which will see the Municipality invest up to $246,800 in internet infrastructure.
- The Municipality also provided letters of support for two additional project applications made by other ISPs.
- 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 $246,800 in internet infrastructure in the work being done in Baker Settlement, 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.
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
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.
Your Government, Your Ideas
Join the Mayor, Councillors and staff to learn about the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year.
Each event will include a presentation from the Mayor, a Q&A session, and small group discussions about the Municipality’s strategic priorities for 2019/2020.
Monday, October 1 – Big Tancook Recreational Centre 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Monday, October 29 – Tri District Fire Service Station 1 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30 – Conquerall Bank Fire Department 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 – Lunenburg Fire Department 7–9 p.m.
Monday, November 19 – Mahone Bay Centre 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20 – Royal Canadian Legion – New Germany 7–9 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided. If you cannot attend this event and would like to submit your ideas, please complete the Your Government, Your Ideas survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YGYI2018
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.
Notice: The August 8 issue of the Progress Bulletin contains a significant error. On the second page of the story “Pretty tick assassins growing in popularity,” article writer Charles Mandel writes “In a Public Health Agency of Canada-led tick reduction program, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is working with Orkin Canada, a pest control company, to launch a residential pesticide spraying program in Nova Scotia.”
This is incorrect. Orkin is a private company operating their own private spraying service and has no relationship with the Municipality or the Public Health Agency of Canada. Neither the Municipality or the Public Health Agency of Canada is spraying pesticides on public or private properties.
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
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 are developing and funding 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
Council and CAO Expense Reports Now Available Online
April 28, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - The District of Lunenburg is now publishing Council and CAO expense reports online at www.modl.ca as part of the District’s commitment to open and transparent government.
“Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill has discussed plans to introduce a bill that would ensure all Nova Scotia municipal councils and CAOs post their expenses online, and we decided that instituting this policy now made the most sense,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.
Quarterly Council and CAO expense reports will be available at the end of the month following each quarter at: http://www.modl.ca/municipal-council/meet-the-council/expense-reports.
Director of Finance/Treasurer
District Welcomes Off Highway Vehicle Pilot Project
District Welcomes Off Highway Vehicle Pilot Project - press release available here
Tax Sale Surplus
Attention: Interest holders in any property sold at Municipal Tax Sale in the last 20 years
When a property is sold at tax sale for more than the taxes, interest and expenses owing with respect to the property, a tax sale surplus is created. The Municipality is obligated to hold this surplus in trust for 20 years. After 20 years, the surplus is transferred to the Municipality’s Capital Reserve.
Any person having an interest in a property at the time of the tax sale can apply to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an order directing the payment of all, or part, of the balance to that person. An application can be made to the Court at any time after the period of redemption has expired and before the expiry of twenty years from the date of the sale.
Inquiries can be made at the Municipal Office at 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater as to whether a surplus exists for a property sold in tax sale or by phone (902) 541-1329. An assessment account number is required.
PACE (Clean Energy Upgrades) Financing
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A combined total of $550,000 in financing is now available to residents in 4 municipalities for Clean Energy Upgrades to homes.
The Municipality of District of Lunenburg, Municipality of District of Shelburne, Municipality of District of Digby, and the Town of Bridgewater have partnered with Clean Foundation and the Province of Nova Scotia to provide Clean Energy Financing, also known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.
The financing allows homeowners to install clean energy upgrades such as insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, as well as high efficiency heat pumps and solar panels as part of the program. A Home Energy Assessment determines what upgrades a home is eligible for. The municipalities are offering a low lending rate (4%) for the upgrades. Residents will benefit from the Clean Energy Financing program by eliminating the large upfront cost of upgrades, and the ability to spread installment payments over a period of 10 years, repayable through charges attached to their property. Should the home sell, the remaining payments become the obligation of the new home owner. Lump sum payments can be made at any time without penalty. The financing is available on a first-come-first-served basis for the remainder of 2016 and into early 2017.
Through the Clean Energy Financing program, the four municipalities are leading the way in energy efficiency in the province. This program helps residents to reduce the long term costs associated with energy especially heating and cooling as these are a home’s largest energy costs.
Any homeowner in these 4 municipalities can contact Clean Foundation for more information or to receive an application: www.CleanEnergyFinancing.ca or by calling toll-free to 1-844-727-7818.