The 2018 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set for Wednesday night at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., is part of Guysborough’s annual Come Home Week.
Inductees this year are Gordon Drysdale in the builder category, as well as Jean-Andre Pellerin and Gerald Fitzgerald, both in the individual athlete category. Angie Tavares, recreation director with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, said the wall of fame is a new initiative from the steering committee for the CLC.
Other events for the week include the 46 Annual Hoe Down on the Hill at the Boylston Provincial Park at 6 p.m. on July 24, and an outdoor 80s theme family night on the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex shinny rink and skating trail on Friday, July 27. Tickets for the Wall of Fame gala are on sale at the CLC.
A delegation from the Guysborough County Concerned Citizens group attended the regular committee of the whole meeting for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on Wednesday afternoon. The group presented a petition, signed by 578 people, asking for a temporary halt to the $11 million Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex proposed for the Shiretown of Guysborough. Group spokesperson Mary LeBlanc outlined the request of petitioners which included further community consultation with meetings in all districts of the municipality and a plebiscite on the question. The group also called for the immediate release of the projected budget for the Lifestyle Complex and a sustainability plan.
Following the Concerned Citizens delegation, MODG CAO Barry Carroll gave a presentation of the path of the Lifestyle Complex process starting in 2006.
Councillor for District 8 Fin Armsworthy went on the record during the council meeting stating that he would not support the project if it failed to get funding from both federal and provincial levels of government. The project has been pitched to provincial and federal counterparts but no decision on funding has been reached to date.
After council adjourned, MODG Warden Vernon Pitts said that council will go through the petition. He said the Concerned Citizens group had some pointed questions that will be answered.
The Guysborough District Municipality is hoping to play a role in a push by Nova Scotia Power’s parent company to provide clean energy to the New England market. Emera is seeking partners to supply that power to New England through a sub-sea cable, called the Atlantic Link, from New Brunswick to Massachusetts
Guysborough District CAO Barry Caroll says the municipality has registered as an interested party, with the intention of promoting the Melford area as a potential site for a large scale wind farm.
Carroll says Melford is an ideal location and it’s interested in talking to developers.
The municipality has more than 14-thousand acres in an Industrial Land Reserve in the Melford area.
A man with extensive experience in municipal government administration has announced his candidacy on District of Guysborough Council. Carl Bond will run in District 8. He was a deputy clerk with the former Town of Canso prior to dissolution and was a financial assistant with the District of Guysborough before changing careers last year.
Bond says one of his priorities if he’s elected is finding ways to reverse the tide of out-migration.
Bond says he decided to run at the urging of local residents.