Statement from the Warden

The tragic events of this past weekend will remain etched in the minds of many for years to come. It is hard to imagine something so devastating and senseless happening in a close-knit rural community, like those so many of us call home.

On behalf of Council members, staff, and all residents of the Municipality of Barrington, we extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Constable Heidi Stevenson, to the loved ones of the other victims and to the people of Colchester County.

In honor of the victims, our flag is flying at half-mast at our Municipal Administrative Centre and we are flying a Nova Scotian flag for each victim along the Cape Sable Island Causeway.
There are no words to explain or to try to make any sense of these tragic events. The work of the RCMP and supporting police forces undoubtedly saved countless more lives and in times like these, we are reminded of the sacrifices made every day by our first responders who help and protect us. We thank you for your service and stand by you during these difficult times.

Finally, the impact of tragic events affects us all in some way – especially when they are so close to home. Remember that we are stronger together and if you know someone in need of help, please tell them to reach out. The phone lines below are available to help:

  • Nova Scotia 24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167
  • Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
  • Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 crisis support line that is bilingual: 1-844-751-2133

Municipal Offices Closed Until At Least May 4, 2020

All five municipal units have made the decision to close their municipal offices until at least May 4th, 2020 in light of the extension of the State of Emergency issued by the Province due to COVID-19.

Although the offices remain closed all municipal units continue to provide the services it can during COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to call their municipal office if you they any questions or visit the municipal websites and social media channels for current updates. The following measures remain in place as they continue to work under a provincial State of Emergency:

  • All non-essential services, such as by-law enforcement, is reduced, in favor of
    more critical municipal services.
  • All recreation related activities are suspended until further notice.
  • All municipal related travel is suspended until further notice.
  • Interest charges are being waived until further notice.

The municipal units want to remind residents that this is a time in which we need to come together and think about each other. Helping our neighbors and those most vulnerable, along with our personal safety is important. There is no doubt that these challenging times can cause anxiety and stress but there is no need to panic. The residents of Shelburne County are resilient, considerate and supportive which will all help make the best of this situation. Please stay home when you can, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet. Stay Safe!

Finally, being prepared and staying informed is vital and we encourage everyone to continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.

Municipal Offices Closed Until At Least April 20, 2020

All five municipal units have made the decision to close their municipal offices until at least April 20th, 2020 in light of the extension of the State of Emergency issued by the Province due to COVID-19.

Although the offices remain closed all municipal units continue to provide the services it can during COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to call their municipal office if you they any questions or visit the municipal websites and social media channels for current updates. The following measures remain in place as they continue to work under a provincial State of Emergency:

  • All non-essential services, such as by-law enforcement, is reduced, in favor of
    more critical municipal services.
  • All recreation related activities are suspended until further notice.
  • All municipal related travel is suspended until further notice.
  • Interest charges are being waived until further notice.

The municipal units want to remind residents that this is a time in which we need to come together and think about each other. Helping our neighbors and those most vulnerable, along with our personal safety is important. There is no doubt that these challenging times can cause anxiety and stress but there is no need to panic. The residents of Shelburne County are resilient, considerate and supportive which will all help make the best of this situation. Please stay home when you can, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet. Stay Safe!

Finally, being prepared and staying informed is vital and we encourage everyone to continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.

Additional Municipal Measures to Reduce Spread of Covid-19

This morning, all five municipal units in Shelburne County, involving the Mayors/Wardens, senior staff, Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) personnel and a staff representative from EMO NS, met again via teleconference to
discuss the implementation of additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus all while continuing to provide essential services. 

Here is an update on the municipal measures being implemented as of 4:30 p.m. today, March 17, 2020:

➡️ All municipal offices and facilities will be closed until April 6th, 2020. This closure will be reassessed as necessary.
➡️ All non-essential services, such as by-law enforcement, shall be reduced, in favor of more critical municipal services.
➡️ All recreation related activities are suspended until further notice.
➡️ All municipal related travel is suspended until further notice.
➡️ Interest charges for the month of March are being waived.
➡️ The Regular Council meeting of March 23rd is cancelled.

The Municipality will continue to operate and provide the essential services to its residents. Here is what is continuing:

➡️ The main phone line of 902-637-2015 will remain open and will be answered by Staff.
➡️ Staff will have remote access to the phone system, their e-mails and the municipal server.
➡️ Property Services will continue to maintain wastewater equipment and perform testing, clean garbage cans and remove snow.
➡️ There will be no change in garbage collection.
➡️ The landfill will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
➡️ Taxes can continue to be paid online through your banking institution by searching for “Barrington” as a payee, through our website at https://ipn.paymentus.com/rotp/mob or by phone through your financial institution.
➡️ Urgent building inspections will be prioritized and completed during the closure.
➡️ Fire Services and EMO will continue as normal.

Residents are encouraged to visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the provincial response.

Thank you for helping with the community effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Staying Informed about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Shelburne County, NS, - Following the Province’s press conference on Sunday, March Shelburne County, NS, - Following the Province’s press conference on Sunday, March 15th, all five municipal units, involving the Mayors/Wardens, senior staff, Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) personnel and a staff representative from EMO NS, met via teleconference to discuss the coronavirus and to ensure measures are in place to provide essential services and protect staff and the public.

At this time, all municipal offices in Shelburne County remain open but this will continue to be monitored daily. For the protection of our staff, residents and visitors we are requesting that anyone visiting municipal offices or facilities respect the social distance of six feet and to continue to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands.

In the coming days, the Municipalities will meet regularly and continue to work togetheras the Federal and Provincial Governments provide updates on the status of the virus in our communities, the Province, the Country and abroad. As updates are published, we will share them on our municipal websites and social media platforms. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and do what you can to be prepared and stay informed. We appreciate how the people in Shelburne County have come together in this time of need and how they are always ready to support each other. We would also like to thank all the Health Care workers for their dedication and commitment.

Some key messages delivered by the Province at their press conference, is that we must work together; this is a time in which we need to think about others; and we must continue to protect those most vulnerable. Effective March 15th, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, the Province is requiring anyone who has travelled outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon return, even if you are symptom-free. If you are aware of anyone returning to the Country and refusing to self-isolate, we urge you to call Public Health at 902-875-2623. This is our opportunity to avoid the worst of this virus by working together. These types of actions will help slow the spread of the virus and reduce the size when it peaks. Minimizing interactions with others will also help control the virus and will help protect health resources, enabling them to respond effectively to those diagnosed with the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, encouraged us all to avoid all non-essential travel and to continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands often, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoiding touching your face and cleaning high touch surfaces often. Being prepared and stayinginformed is vital and we encourage you to continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.

Finally, at the press conference, the Premier stated that we need to rely on Public Healthand on evidence-based science to make decisions. It is important that we get ourinformation from reliable sources and 811 is a great source of information. To help youbetter understand if you need to talk to 811, please visit 811.novascotia.ca to take asimple questionnaire.

For further information the press release can be found athttps://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200315002.