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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

07-26-2019 - W/WH CAO Appointment

Press Release - July 26, 2019 - W/WH CAO Appointment Mark Phillips has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the new municipality resulting from the consolidation of the Town of Windsor and the Municipality of the District of West Hants. He begins his new job September 16.

Kevin Latimer, Chair of the Coordinating Committee responsible for bringing the two municipalities together, said Mr. Philips, the current CAO of the Town of Kentville, was selected following a national search.

A graduate of Acadia University, Mr. Phillips has been Kentville’s CAO for the last eight years and for the last year has also served as interim Public Works Director for the town. In addition to his kinesiology and sport management degree from Acadia, Mr. Phillips has completed and is engaged in both Provincial and National Advanced Certification in municipal government including Local Authority Administration from Dalhousie and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership affiliated with York University. Mr. Phillips has experience in many aspects of municipal operations including emergency services, planning, parks and recreation, economic development, public infrastructure and strategic planning.

Windsor Mayor Anna Allen and West Hants Warden Abraham Zebian both expressed enthusiasm for the new CAO.

“As Windsor and West Hants come together to move our region towards an exciting future we are confident that our new CAO will help us embrace the possibilities with open minds and hearts” said Windsor Mayor Anna Allen.

Warden Zebian adds “This is a great day for our new municipality. We’ve found a terrific candidate right here in our own backyard. Mark has a track record of successful municipal leadership and I’m confident will help lead us to further growth and prosperity in the region.”

The two municipalities agreed last year to merge and asked the province to pass legislation to facilitate the amalgamation. Mr. Latimer was appointed chair of the Coordinating Committee in December and, since then, the Committee has been meeting regularly to address the key issues that need to be settled before the yet-to-be-named new municipality begins life on April 1, 2020.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Mr. Phillips. “The two municipalities took the bold step of creating a new governance structure designed to more effectively deliver services to residents of these municipalities. The communities are far better positioned to succeed within the new regional municipality than they would have been possible had they stayed apart. I’m very excited to participate with the elected officials, staff and the community to leverage the many assets the region has to offer to its current and further residents and businesses.”

Prior to becoming CAO in Kentville, Mr. Phillips was for 12 years Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services in Kentville. 2 He is a member of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He’s an executive member of the Valley Wildcats Hockey Club and a founding member of Devil’s Half Acre Motorcycle Rally