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Thinking about running in the March 7th, 2020 election for the new Regional Municipality? Do you know if you meet all the qualifications to run? Have you thought about how you will run your campaign? Do you know what will be expected of you as a Councillor or the Mayor?

We'll cover all the topics you need to know and will answer all your questions at Campaign School. Check out the dates below.

  • November 9 (9am-noon) Ardoise Community
    Recreation Center, 3 Ardoise School Road, Ardoise
  • November 20 (6-9pm) Avondale Community Centre,
    50 Avondale Cross Road, Avondale
  • December 4 (1-4pm) Hants County War Memorial
    Community Centre, 78 Thomas Street

To find out more about Campaign School contact our
Returning Officer, Rhonda Brown at rbrown@westhants.ca or
902-798-8391 ext. 110.

Latest Updates

Management Without Borders Project

The Town of Windsor and the Municipality of the District of West Hants are being watched by other municipal players in Canada and business leaders as we make our way through the consolidation process and are undoubtedly wondering if it will be successful. The question is, how will we know if it is successful?

To assist us in determining the success of the consolidation, Dalhousie University has partnered with us through the Management Without Borders (MWB) school program.

The outcome of this project is to produce a document to share with other municipalities in Nova Scotia and across Canada who are considering a merger. The document will include relevant performance metrics to assess if the merger has been successful. When possible, the document will provide benchmarks for these metrics, which will be determined by analyzing the state of affairs with West Hants and Windsor being separate.

Some possible topics that will be addressed within the performance metrics include opportunity costs, taxation, economic development, community identity, governance, services and service level measures.

The students were provided some preliminary information and will present their project outline to the Co-ordinating Committee in the next couple of weeks.

The Management Without Borders Team Profile is shown below.

  • MBA/JD Candidate from Memorial University – Economics, Legal research, Political Consulting, Data Analytics, Policy Analysis
  • MPA Candidate from Wilfred Laurier University – Policy Research, Municipal Experience, Policy Analysis
  • MREM Candidate from University of Delhi – Honours economics, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Data Management, Financial Markets
  • MREM Candidate from McGill University – Policy Implementation, Social sustainability, Performance Indicator Research, Engagement
  • MBA Candidate from Dalhousie University – Financial Modelling, Data Analytics, Internal Process Improvement, Change Management
  • MI Candidate from JNTU University – Data Analytics and Visualization, Data Management, Information Management

The Team will produce their work and present it to the Co-ordinating Committee by December 2019.

This project is being championed and sponsored by our Co-ordinator, Kevin Latimer.
 

Our Management Without Borders Team

Our Management Without Borders Team

Governance Review

At its April 15 meeting, the Co-ordinating Committee voted to put forward eleven districts for the new Regional Municipality. The scenario, presented as part of the presentation by John Heseltine of Stantec Consulting Ltd, results in a mayor, elected at large, and eleven councillors representing the new Regional Municipality.

The decision aligns with input received from our residents through the community consultation meetings and surveys along with interviews conducted of the councillors and CAO’s of both the Municipality and the Town. The Co-ordinating Committee’s application to the Utility and Review Board for approval of the decision is scheduled to be heard in June 2019.

The polling district map can be seen here

Check out some of the recent news articles from local outlets regarding consolidation:

The Platform and Visual Identity for Consolidation Communication Approved

Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, information stations will be set up at community events across the region to provide an overview and update on consolidation, answer your questions and gather feedback. A list of the community events will be included on this website in the coming weeks.

News Releases

04-16-2019

At its April 15th meeting, the Co-ordinating Committee voted to have a mayor, elected at large, and eleven councillors representing the new Regional Municipality. The vote took place after the Governance Review presentation to the Co-ordinating Committee by John Heseltine of Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Governance Review was conducted in two phases, the first to determine council size and the second to define boundary and polling districts. The decision aligns with input received from residents through community consultation meetings and online and paper surveys along with interview contributions from the councillors and CAO’s of the Municipality of the District of West Hants and the Town of Windsor. The Co-ordinating Committee’s application to the Utility and Review Board for approval of the decision is scheduled to be heard in June 2019.

Co-ordinator Kevin Latimer acknowledged the leadership and thoughtful deliberations of the Committee, Councils, CAO’s and staff in reaching a final decision. He stated that, “a good decision had been reached, one that has been informed by good public engagement and feedback from the entire region and places the best interest of the new Regional Municipality front and center.”

The Co-ordinating Committee also heard from Robert Johnston who will be conducting the search for the new CAO for the new Regional Municipality. The national search will take place over the next eight to ten weeks and will include stakeholder engagement to ensure that the best possible candidates are brought forth for consideration by the Co-ordinating Committee. It is expected that a final offer will be made to the successful candidate in June.

The Co-ordinating Committee approved amendments to its Terms of Reference to ensure that the document remains current, reflects the practices of the Committee and to ensure transparency. The amendments enable the Co-ordinator to enter contracts on behalf of the Committee, acknowledge the new project administrator position, confirm that in-camera minutes are kept and recorded on a private and confidential basis and that approved meeting minutes and agendas are posted to StrongerRegion.ca as soon as possible for information purposes.

The next meeting of the Co-ordinating Committee takes place on May 6 at 6p.m. in the Town of Windsor Chambers.