Over the past week I have received emails asking the Town to cancel Canada Day. I have struggled with exactly what to say but simply put, Canada Day, in Wolfville, will be a time for reflection.
This is a time for opening our hearts and minds to information that is difficult to accept - but accept we must.
Like many, I am still learning about the true nature of residential schools.As the daughter of an Irish Catholic father whose life was awash in poverty before he came to Canada, I grew up feeling fortunate to have been born in this Country, at this time. I learned about the history of Canada as “two solitudes” – the English and the French, with little knowledge of First Nations other than the fleeting glimpses in my history books of interactions with explorers and fur traders.
Several years ago, at a regional Rotary event I took part in a Blanket Exercise, and for the first time, I began to grasp the dark history of my Country.
As Canadians, we are a people who want to be better.With blinders removed, we can now stare down our past, right the wrongs, and forge a different future founded on a clear-eyed knowledge of the past and have hope for our future.
In Wolfville, Canada Day 2021 will be different.
It will be quieter than previous years.In part, due to the ongoing pandemic, in part out of awareness and respect.
This should be a day to reflect and recommit to a vision of a Country, for all people and cultures – a true mosaic.
This is also a time to be hopeful and to reflect on the positive things we have done as a Country and a community, confirmation that we can do better than our past might suggest.Wolfville – residents of the Town, members of area churches, members of service clubs, local businesses - gave of themselves and their resources to support the resettlement of several dozen Syrian Refugees.
Our Town is an active member of the Kings Diversity Committee, seeking ways to better understand all people in our community and ensuring that our policies and approaches do not exclude people of colour or expression.Wolfville undertook the province’s first Accessibility Study and now uses the accessibility lens in all infrastructure, program, and service initiatives.
We gleefully celebrate the queer community.
We have a council with a female mayor, five female councillors and a councillor who is openly and unabashedly gay – who received the most votes last October.
I do not believe any of these things would have happened in the year I was born. In my lifetime, we have become a more caring, more responsive, more inclusive Country.
Of all the memes and posts that have found expression on social media this week, the one that most touched me was a comment from Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation.
“All we ask of all of you listening is that you stand by us as we heal and we get stronger and that we all must put down our ignorance and accidental racism of not addressing the truth that this country has with Indigenous people,” Chief Delorme said. “We are not asking for pity, but we are asking for understanding. We need time to heal, and this country must stand by us.”
This Canada Day is a time for reflection, opening our hearts and minds to information that is difficult to accept, but accept we must. We offer support and new understanding.This new understanding is how we commit to being the best Country and people that we can be, and how we commit to becoming the mosaic to which we aspire.
Mayor Wendy Donovan
This new program is Trans & Queer-Friendly, while welcoming all "teens" (aged 11 - 17).
We are offering a new program for Adults (18+) to learn Ukulele.
Join us again this summer, every Sunday morning for Yoga at Waterfront Park!
The Town would like to advise residents of a major water break on the top half of University Ave.
Residents in the area may experience a drop in water pressure or no water at all until the repairs are completed.
Following repairs, residents may experience discoloured water, and should flush their line through an unscreened faucet like a bathtub or an outside garden bib until the water is clear.
On Tuesday, June 15, there will be a Meeting of Town Council at 6:30pm.
You can listen and watch live on the Town's Facebook page.
Please be aware that Facebook comments are not monitored during the meeting.
As a resident or visitor to Wolfville, you may have noticed intermittent sewer smells during the past month. Some of the odours can be attributed to the annual spreading of manure on our surrounding agricultural fields, but there have also been intermittent sewer smells coming from the sewer treatment plant (located on the north-east side of town along the dykes).
Over the past year, extensive upgrades have been completed at the plant in order to improve treatment levels and the quality of effluent being discharged. In order to complete the upgrades, the aeration system for the lagoons had to be turned off over the winter and early spring. The aeration system was switched back on in May, and although the dissolved oxygen levels in the lagoons are now improving, it has also led to increased odours as the biological process restarts to the way the plant is designed.
The odours are improving and are expected to dissipate over the coming weeks. Staff continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, while making the necessary changes to transition out of this phase as quickly as possible.
On Tuesday May 4th there will be a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 8.30 am, immediately followed by a Special Town Council Meeting.
Both meetings are via Zoom.
Listen and watch live on the Town's Facebook page (please note that Facebook comments are not monitored during the meeting)
Is your total income less than $30,000 per year (the total income includes the income of all members of the same family residing in the house)?
you own and live in the house?
Application Forms can be found here: Application Form
You will be required to provide a copy of your 2020 Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency showing line 150 - Total income (for each person).
Deadline for applications to be subitted to Town Hall is July 30, 2021
If you qualify, the $750 Property Tax Exemption will be deducted from your Final Tax Bill in September 2021.
Contact 902-542-3294 if you have questions.
At the April 20th Town Council meeting Mayor Donovan proclaimed May 17th as the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:
At the April 20th Town Council Meeting Mayor Donovan proclaimed May 2 - 8, 2021 as Emergency Preparedness Week: