District of Guysborough

Posted at 11:37 am on April 19, 2018

Following its most recent budget deliberations, council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to serve notice of withdrawing from the

Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts

Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. Warden Vernon Pitts said the municipality did not serve notice because they are definitely leaving the ESREN but stated the municipalities must give a year’s notification if they are contemplating leaving.

Pitts said council is considering the move because of budgetary reasons. With the district raising its tax rates recently and cutting programs by 25 per cent, Pitts said the ESREN is no different. Down the road, he said, if things don’t turn around for the Guysborough District, it may have to be leave but added it is too early say.

“We were faced with the predicament of either we give notice to the REN or we withdraw funding from our own economic development office and we will not be withdrawing funding from our own economic development office,” said the warden.

Posted at 9:17 am on April 19, 2018

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to give just over $2,300 to Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue. Warden Vernon Pitts said the group requested a tax levy, which he said is what fire commissions receive. Pitts said council decided against the levy and based their funding on 50 cents per resident.

Pitts said he feels the province should partnering with such funding, noting a high percentage of searches are conducted on Crown property.

Posted at 8:23 am on March 27, 2018

Local municipal officials expressed their concerns to a bill that would allow the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to sell or lease land below market value and

A copy of the bill amending the Municipal Government Act

offer tax concessions.  They appeared before the Legislature’s Law Amendments Committee yesterday.

One of those who made a presentation to the committee was the Warden of the Antigonish County Municipality, Owen McCarron.
Similar comments were made by Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher and Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts.  The bill, amending the Municipal Government Act, has passed second reading.
The committee has indicated they will send the bill back to the legislature without amendment for third and final reading.

Posted at 10:43 am on March 13, 2018

Officials with the District of Guysborough aren’t happy with a bill introduced in the Legislature they say creates an uneven playing field.

A copy of the bill amending the Municipal Government Act

The bill, introduced last week, would allow the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to sell or lease property at a price less than the market value.
Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts says his municipality has always purchased and sold land for development purposes  at market value, so this proposed change is concerning.
Pitts worries if this bill is passed, it could potentially pit one municipality against another.  The municipality has written a letter to the province expressing its objections to the bill.
The municipality adds that that if the province is going to open up the Municipal Government Act for CBRM, it should do the same courtesy to the District of Guysborough

Posted at 11:44 am on November 16, 2017

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is fully supporting a review of the province’s criteria on deciding what lands are protected. This comes after the Mining Association of Nova Scotia announced that they want to propose changes in the province in regards to the parks and protected areas plan.
The municipality, in a release indicates the association’s proposal would mean a better balance between rural economic development and land protection. The Municipality says that greater flexibility could mean an increase in mineral exploration, which can address the population decline in the area.
They also note that previously, the economic prosperity of the area was built on industry such as forestry and fishing. Mineral exploration, however could offer an opportunity to address the population decline by improving employment in the area.

Posted at 10:18 am on November 2, 2017

Drilling has commenced in Goldboro, with the Municipality and contractor hoping to strike gold. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough says that

Gold Nugget

Anaconda Mining has initiated a 6000 metre drill in the area, spending a total of 1.2 million dollars in Goldboro.

Warden Vernon Pitts says that hearing news of drilling in the area is very exciting for residents, the municipality and Anaconda Mining:
Pitts says that people of the area are also on board with the idea of a gold mine opening in Goldboro.
President and CEO, Dustin Angelo says that he is confident that they’ll be able to expand the production, as they have found traces of gold further down the plunge. Angelo says that the future for Goldboro looks very good.
Angelo says disruption to the area during the drilling will be very minimal.

Posted at 1:02 pm on August 22, 2017

The former Commercial Cable telegraph relay station in Hazel Hill, Guysborough County will soon be torn down.  Three years ago a local group that had been trying to preserve the building, the Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society, announced it had exhausted attempts to find a sustainable use for the structure.  The society had indicated plans to dismantle the building and turn the site into an historical ruin but the old relay station is still standing.
District of Guysborough CAO Barry Carroll says the municipality will move ahead with demolition after discussions with the society.
The station, which relayed telegraph messages between North America and Europe, was built in 1888 and closed in 1962.  Among the many messages the station transmitted was the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Posted at 6:16 am on May 5, 2017

Local wind power projects are playing a role in helping Nova Scotia Power in attaining record renewable energy targets. 
The utility says last year, 28 per cent of the electricity used by Nova Scotians came from renewable resources.  That topped the previous record of 26.6 per cent in 2015.  A decade ago, only 9 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity was renewable.
In Guysborough County, the Sable Wind Farm and wind turbines in Mulgrave, Melford and Goldboro produce electricity to power five thousand homes.  Sable Wind is a partnership between the District of Guysborough and Nova Scotia Power.  Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts says he’s pleased with the municipality’s contribution to renewable energy.
In Antigonish County, the Glen Dhu Wind Farm and other wind turbines at Irish Mountain, Fairmont and Maryvale produce enough electricity to power 22-thousand homes.

Posted at 1:58 pm on April 21, 2017

The provincial Ombudsman’s office is recommending the Guysborough District Municipality review its current travel and related expense policies, and ensure hospitality spending is clearly defined.
The report was ordered after the Ombudsman’s office received a complaint from a resident claiming reckless spending for out of province meetings, and  municipal credit cards were used for cash advances and personal expenses.
While it found no wrongdoing, the report raised concerns about the district’s travel policy.  It cited the example of a 2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in Niagara Falls, where the Guysborough District’s expenses were the highest among Nova Scotia delegations, at more than 24-thousand dollars.  It also pointed out significant increases in travel expenses logged by former Warden and now provincial cabinet minister Lloyd Hines; from 16-thousand dollars in the 2009-2010 fiscal year to 44-thousand in 2011-2012.
In a statement current Warden Vernon Pitts says he’s pleased with the report which shows there was no misappropriation of Municipal funds.  Pitts says council has already amended policies which included most of the recommendations in the report.

Posted at 8:43 am on January 16, 2017

Municipality of the District of Guysborough has discussed the feasibility of a multi million dollar build for Chedabucto. Warden Vernon Pitts spoke to the media about plans for the proposed Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. The MODG plans to put the $10 million project out to tender later this month and will award the contract in March if council votes to approve the project.


The project is missing funding from the federal and provincial government, but Pitts is hopeful that some money will come from infrastructure programs at both levels of government. If the funding needed is not secured, Pitts said the municipality could decide to build the project on their own even if that meant borrowing money.