A Message from Mayor Wendy Donovan


Wolfville and Covid-19 – Together We Can Get Through This Safely

This is certainly an unsettling time. After a stressful and challenging spring, we did quite well through the summer and early fall. Now, as Nova Scotia enters the second wave of COVID-19 we know our residents are growing increasingly concerned. There is so much about this situation that seems out of our control. We share your concerns and are taking steps to help keep us safe. While these steps will undoubtedly help, the biggest and most important things for us to do are the things we have been doing for the past eight months:


a) Wear a really good mask, three layers if you can, in all public places;
b) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity where germs are possible, use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving public spaces;
c) Pick a small bubble of people with whom to socialize;
d) Remember to keep at least 6 feet away from people who are not in your family or immediate bubble;
e) Stay at your home if you feel at all unwell and take care to keep your family members safe if you are feeling unwell;
f) If you think you have some of the telltale signs of COVID take the self-assessment on the Nova Scotia Covid-19 website, or call 811 for a guided assessment. Depending on your results you will be directed to testing options.

Since early spring our CAO has met twice each week with representatives of the Acadia Student Union, Acadia’s Safety and Security, the RCMP and members of the local community to discuss the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents. In response to the current rise in cases in our Province a number of new initiatives are underway in Wolfville.

1. Rapid Testing Location in Wolfville:
We support the Province’s decision to proactively host a local Rapid testing location for asymptomatic residents in Wolfville. We encourage all asymptomatic residents over 16 years of age who would like to be tested to do so. Details on this will be available shortly and the Town will share them once confirmed.

2. Wastewater Information:
Wolfville has leveraged resources through our partnership with Acadia to conduct weekly testing of our wastewater at several locations. This research is still in its early stages and it is difficult to quantify what positive tests results mean. We are grateful that despite the research being in the early stages of testing and development, we, along with our partners at Public Health and Acadia are able to share these results with our community as a reminder that it is important to not become complacent and to follow all public health guidelines.

3. Excessive Gatherings:
The Town supports the Province’s decision to increase the fine severity for all individuals that attend gatherings outside of the limits set by Public Health. Since Tuesday’s announcement Wolfville’s RCMP proactively visited residences previously been involved with COVID or Nuisance Bylaw infractions to provide a warning about the elevated risks associated with larger gatherings and the enforcement approach that will follow any infractions.

Jeremy Oakes has joined the Town staff as our new Community Liaison and Compliance Officer. Jeremy will work closely with the Wolfville RCMP to monitor excessive gatherings in contravention of the Provincial Health Protection Act and Nuisance Party Bylaw. To report any Provincial Health Protection Act violations and Nuisance Party Bylaw infractions, please continue to contact the RCMP directly as they have been charged with this enforcement. For all other Town Bylaw infractions please contact Jeremy at 902.599.2866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Acadia has, and will continue, to follow up on any COVID or Nuisance Party infractions involving students to ensure that those not complying with Acadia’s COVID-19 Pledge and Student Code of Conduct are appropriately addressed. Further information on Acadia’s COVID response can be found at https://www2.acadiau.ca/covid-19.html .


4. Wolfville’s Retail, Food and Beverage Services:
The Town works closely with our local businesses to put into practice the recent public health directions on non-essential travel to and from HRM. This year our local businesses need the support of our wonderful Wolfville community more than ever. While our Wolfville Glows celebrations may look a little different this year, our businesses are ready to welcome customers both in store, and through curbside services, in a safe manner. We encourage all residents to shop local this holiday season and to wrap our support around our amazing local business community.


In closing we understand and share your fears and concerns. Please always feel that you can call either the Mayor or any of your Councillors if you feel something has been missed. We are here for you. If we have our mutual health, safety and wellbeing in mind, we will get through this and be even better for the experience we have gone through together.

Mayor Wendy Donovan.

News Release - Wolfville - Wastewater - Nov 27th

WOLFVILLE -- To keep the province’s communities safe from COVID-19 we need to follow the public health measures and be vigilant for the signs of the virus.

Acadia University, Dalhousie University and LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. have teamed up to determine the best way to test the wastewater coming from homes and businesses for traces of COVID-19. Wolfville’s municipal wastewater system is part of that research.

The researchers have detected COVID-19 in the town’s wastewater. This research is still experimental so can’t be considered definitive. But it could be a signal that COVID-19 is present in our community.

The Town of Wolfville has spoken with public health officials. In an abundance of caution, we ask all residents of Wolfville to closely monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
-- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
-- sore throat
-- runny nose/ nasal congestion
-- headache
-- shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

 

For Additional Information Contact:

Wendy Donovan, Mayor, Town of Wolfville 
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902-698-6342 

Sherri Turner, Acadia University
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902-698-2977

For public health questions

Department of Health and Wellness - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Town Council meeting Tuesday Nov 17th, 2020

There will be a Town Council meeting this evening online via Zoom from 6.30 pm.  The meeting will be available on the Town's Facebook Page, live, for all to listen and watch.

If you would like to ask a question or make a verbal comment during the Public Input session please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a zoom link.  

Thank you.

2020-21 Winter Parking Regulations - Town of Wolfville

The Winter Parking Regulations will be in effect from December 1, 2020 up to and including March 31, 2021 on all streets in the Town of Wolfville.

During the aforementioned period, parking of vehicles on the streets of the Town of Wolfville is prohibited from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and from one (1) hour after the start of a snowstorm to two (2) hours after the storm has stopped.

Physicians, fire and police officials are exempt from these Regulations while carrying out their official duties and operators of commercial vehicles while loading & unloading.

Any person who violates the Town of Wolfville Winter Parking Regulations will be liable to the penalty provided by section 293 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

A copy of the Town of Wolfville Parking Regulations will be on display at the Wolfville Town Hall, 359 Main Street or the Wolfville RCMP Detachment, 363 Main Street and other public buildings within the Town of Wolfville.

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Contact Wolfville's new Council 2020

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Volunteer as a Town Committee member!

 

Click Here for an application form:  

https://www.wolfville.ca/component/com_docman/Itemid,264/alias,1633-committee-application-form-1/category_slug,committees-and-task-forces/view,download/

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information

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Council Meetings - Tues Nov 3rd - 8.30 am

Your new Council's first Committee of the Whole meeting will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday, November 3rd starting at 8.30 am.

There will be a Special Town Council meeting straight after Committee of the Whole that morning.

Links to the Zoom meetings will be available on Monday for any member of the public that wants to speak during public question time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Both meetings will be on the Town's Facebook live for the public to listen and watch in the usual way.

Maple Avenue Compost Site 2020_Closing Date

The Town of Wolfville wishes to advise residents that the last day you can access the Maple Avenue Compost Site for the 2020 season is Saturday, November 21, 2020.

 

Town Council Meeting, Oct. 27th - Swearing in of New Council

The meeting scheduled for October 27th, 2020 will be a procedural meeting in Chambers to swear in the new Council only.  The meeting will be closed to anyone who is not on Council to comply with the Department of Health Guidelines surrounding COVID.  Regular meetings with Public Input will resume at the November Committee Of Whole Meeting via Zoom.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE TOWN OF WOLFVILLE MUNICIPAL ELECTION

HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2020 FOR THE TOWN OF WOLFVILLE:

 

MAYOR RACE:

Wendy DONOVAN - 1129

Carl OLDHAM - 996

 

COUNCILLOR RACE:

Mercedes BRIAN - 828

Mike BUTLER - 1308

Wendy ELLIOTT - 1235

Simon GREENOUGH - 602

Jennifer INGHAM - 1216

Jodi MACKAY - 1205

Isabel MADEIRA-VOSS - 986

Oonagh PROUDFOOT - 995

Suzanne STEWART - 811

Nicholas Ken Jin TAN - 490

Margaret WITNEY - 214

 

2012 - 37.29% voter participation

2016 - 31.7% voter participation

2020 - 48%  voter participation - Thank you, Wolfville!

Vote by Paper Ballot - Oct 17th - Lions Hall

As of 10 am today, Friday October 16th 37.2% of Wolfville electors have so far voted via the internet or the telephone.

Internet and telephone voting ENDS at 8 pm today, Friday October 16th!

Tomorrow, Saturday October 17th, is regular polling day and electors can visit the Lions Hall between 8 am and 7 pm to vote using a paper ballot - please wear a mask and physical distancing will apply.

The unofficial results of the Wolfville Municipal Election will be on our website once counting has been completed tomorrow evening, Oct 17th. Keep on voting, Wolfville!

 

Instructions on Voter Information Letters

It has come to the Town of Wolfville’s attention that there is wording in the Town’s Voter Information Letter for the current municipal election that says ‘COUNCILLORS  Vote for SIX of the following:’.  This is misleading. The wording should be ‘COUNCILLORS  Vote for up to SIX of the following:’   An elector is not required to vote for a total of six councillors and can vote for fewer if they choose. 

The instructions are clear and correct on the internet voting site - once an elector visits the site to cast their vote, it states: ‘Please select no more than SIX of the following:’ on the screen. The same message is included in the recorded message for anyone using telephone voting. 

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require further information.

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