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Bridgewater candidate roster for 2020 municipal elections

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The deadline for filing papers to run in the October municipal election and CSAP elections has passed, and the roster of candidates for elected positions in the Town of Bridgewater is as follows:

The office of MAYOR has been ACCLAIMED by David MITCHELL.

The one (1) position for CONSEIL SCOLAIRE ACADIEN PROVINCIAL (CSAP) member of the South Shore Region has been ACCLAIMED BY Diane RACETTE.

ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THE 6 COUNCIL POSITIONS. 

Candidates for Town Council are:

* Erin CARR 
* Stacey COLWELL
* Mike CONKLIN
* Cheryl FOUGERE
* Chad FRITTENBURG
* Sandra MADER
* Jennifer McDONALD 
* Andrew TANNER 
* Wayne THORBURNE
* Eric WADE

Electronic voting for the Town of Bridgewater will take place from Thursday, October 8, 2020 (start: 8:00 a.m.) until the close of the polls at 7:00 p.m. on ordinary polling day (Saturday, October 17, 2020). This equates to 10 days of voting opportunity anytime/anywhere between the hours of when the voting site is OPEN and the voting site is CLOSED.

For additional details, including how to vote, please visit https://www.bridgewater.ca/2020-election.



Hockey Canada cancels 2020 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup

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HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCEMENT
>>> Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup scheduled for December 2020 is cancelled; plan in the works to reschedule for 2021

CALGARY, Alta. – Following the cancellation of the 2019-20 hockey season and all national championships in March, Hockey Canada has worked tirelessly with its host organizing committees for 2020 and beyond.

While a tremendous amount of work has gone into planning the fall 2020 events, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a position where there is no further option other than to cancel three events, instead planning for their return in 2021 to the following communities:

-- The 2020 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, November 2 to 8 in Dawson Creek, B.C.

-- The 2020 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, December 6 to 12, in Bridgewater, N.S.

-- The 2020 World Junior A Challenge, December 13 to 20, in Cornwall, Ont.

The following statement is on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:

“At various rates, provinces from coast-to-coast-to-coast have started moving ahead with their phased re-opening, but as it has been since the season was cancelled, Hockey Canada’s priority remains the health and safety of all participants and the general public.

"We believe the decision to cancel these three events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic at the local level, as well as the international implications associated with these events.

"Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of our local host committees and event partners, including BC Hockey, Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey Eastern Ontario, NHL Central Scouting, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). We appreciate the commitment and support of everyone involved and we look forward to showcasing some incredible hockey to fans next year.”

Bridgewater Police Service -- Public update re: Phoenix Street incident

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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service

Media Release
September 1, 2020 9:00 a.m.
*UPDATE*

A 26-year-old Bridgewater man has been charged for multiple offences after police investigation. Christopher Richard Kilfoy was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on September 1, 2020. He faces charges of Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Causing a Disturbance by Fighting and four Breaches of Court Orders.

PROS # 20201256138
Contact: Danny MacPhee, Deputy Chief, 902-543-2464

On August 30, 2020, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Bridgewater Police Service Patrol officers responded to a 911 call for an altercation on Phoenix Street, Bridgewater. Shortly after, Bridgewater Police Service received a second related call that an adult male had been injured and is at South Shore Regional Hospital for treatment. After investigating the matter in depth, it was determined that the male at the hospital was slashed with an edged weapon by another adult male on Phoenix Street. The injured male has since been released from hospital after receiving treatment for moderate injuries. The other male remains in police custody while the investigation continues.

Based on investigative details Police believe that there were additional witnesses to this altercation and that the involved parties were known to each other. There is no known threat to the community. Please contact Bridgewater Police Service or Crimestoppers if you have information that could assist in this ongoing investigation.

PROS # 20201256138
Contact: Danny MacPhee, Deputy Chief, 902-543-2464

UPCOMING STREET/INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

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UPCOMING INTERSECTION UPGRADES IN AND AROUND BRIDGEWATER BUSINESS PARK + ST. PHILLIPS STREET PLAYGROUND

Work will begin late this week on a series of street and intersection improvements in and around the Bridgewater Business Park.

The project, being carried out thanks to a partnership between the Town of Bridgewater and Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR), is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow in and around the Bridgewater Business Park prior to construction of the new Highway 103 Interchange between Exits 12 and 13 next year.

The seven streets and intersections that will be upgraded as part of this summer/fall project include:

▪ The addition of a right-turning lane from Wentzell Drive on to Logan Road, plus new curb and gutter and sidewalk

▪ The addition of a right-turning lane from York Street on to Victoria Road, plus additional curb and gutter and sidewalk, and traffic light replacement

▪ The addition of turning lanes and intersection realignment at York Street and North Park Street, plus curb and gutter and sidewalk

▪ Street improvements (realignment) on North Park Street

▪ Improvements at the North Park Street and Wentzell Drive intersection

▪ Improvements at the St. Phillips Street and North Park Street intersection

▪ Improvements at the St. Phillips Street and Victoria Road intersection

Work is expected to begin this week at two locations: the intersection of North Park Street and St. Phillips Street, and on North Park Street (realignment). All seven improvement projects are expected to be complete before the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Motorists travelling through the Bridgewater Business Park over the next few months should budget extra travel time to reach their destination and are asked to travel through work zones with care.

As work begins at each project locations, you’ll be able to track work locations and plan your commute using mapping information that will be posted at www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

ST. PHILLIPS STREET PLAYGROUND
The work taking place at the intersection of St. Phillips and North Park Streets will mean the St. Phillips Street Playground will be closed to the public, beginning August 21.

While we regret this temporary closure, as street improvement projects are taking place, there will also be playground/park improvements taking place simultaneously at this site.

We look forward to sharing with the public when the new St. Phillips Street Playground is once again open and ready for public use.

Bridgewater Police Service -- Re: Pleasant Street altercation

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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service
Media Release
Date August 19, 2020

On August 19, 2020, at approximately 3 a.m., Bridgewater Police Service officers responded to multiple third-party complaints of an altercation on Pleasant Street, Bridgewater.

When police arrived at the scene they located a male laying on the sidewalk bleeding. The male was rendered first aid then taken to South Shore Regional Hospital by EHS with serious injuries. The male victim, in his twenties, remains in hospital. The injuries are consistent with being stabbed with an edged weapon. No weapon was recovered at scene. Information is limited due to the victim’s injuries and necessary medical treatment.

Based on investigative details Police believe that there were additional witnesses to this altercation and that the involved parties were known to each other. There is no known threat to the community. Please contact Bridgewater Police Service or Crimestoppers if you have information that could assist in this ongoing investigation.

PROS # 20201188309
Contact: Deputy Chief MacPhee, 902-543-2464

PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT -- 2020 PROJECTS

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The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating Pavement Management Improvements, including planing and paving beginning on Wednesday, August 26, throughout the Town of Bridgewater. The purpose of the work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide a better ride for our commuters and is part of the Town’s commitment to invest $600,000 in pavement renewal during the 2020-2021 budget year.

This summer’s project list includes:

- Aberdeen Road (LaHave St. to Elm St.)
- Brook Street (Jubilee Rd. to Smith Ave.)
- Churchill Street (Dufferin St. to Summit St.)
- High Street (Victoria Rd. to Empire St.)
- Jubilee Road (King St. to Brook St.)
- King Street (Town Line to Jubilee Rd.)
- Maple Street (Prince St. and Scotia St.)
- Miller Drive (Brady St. to Kydd St.)
- North Street (Aberdeen Rd. to Haven Dr.)
- Park Street (Intersection of Scotia St.)
- Pearl Street (Near Civic #59)
- Pine Street (King St. to Brook St.)
- Prince Street (Near Civic #130)
- Starr Street (King St. to York St.)
- Victoria Road (King St. to Pleasant St.)
- Victoria Road (Pearl St. to Town Line)

For a map of the work areas, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Wednesday, August 26, with a three-week completion date, weather dependent. Each section of pavement renewal will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.

What to Expect
Residents and business in and around work areas should expect traffic delays, dust, noise, and heavy equipment – all common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.

The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the work, however you should expect some traffic delays. We also ask that motorists take extra care to ensure worker and pedestrian safety while travelling through work areas.

Work Hours
Working hours are generally 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work, on schedule.

Special Needs
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact the following:

Town of Bridgewater – Engineering Department
Office Phone:  (902) 541-4370
Office Fax:  (902) 543-0421
Sandi Larkin
Project Manager

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Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection will continue. Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and on the Town’s website:  www.bridgewater.ca

The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work.

UPCOMING SMOKE TESTING – WASTEWATER SYSTEM

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Smoking Testing Areas 2020The Town of Bridgewater will be conducting some “smoke testing” of the town’s sanitary sewer system from August 17 through 21.

UPDATE: Additional smoke testing will be taking place in Bridgewater, August 24 to 26. Locations include:

  1. High St. (Empire St. – Dufferin St.)
  2. Dufferin St. (High St. – Hillcrest St.)
  3. Dominion St. (High St. – Forrest Hill Rd.)
  4. King St. (Starr St. – Town Limits on Southend of Town)

    Door-to-door notices will be delivered by staff to those in the testing area.

Smoke testing is a method used to find potential leaks and deficiencies within the wastewater system, such as cracks and breaks, which would not otherwise be easily located without more intrusive investigations, such as excavation.

The smoke testing of wastewater infrastructure is part of the Town’s ongoing Inflow and Infiltration Study, being conducted by DesignPoint Engineering and Surveying Ltd. The tests will be taking place in the month of August on the west (King Street) side of the river, with a focus on the central and southern ends of town.

Once exact locations are confirmed, residents living in areas where smoke testing will be taking place will be notified door to door.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SMOKE TESTING OCCURS
First thing’s first – it’s not really smoke.

During testing, a non-toxic, light gray, artificially created “smoke” – like a fog machine at a concert – is blown into access points (manholes) in the wastewater system. While not harmful to humans, pets, plants, it can be irritating to folks with respiratory issues. If you see testing taking place near a manhole and you have respiratory problems, you may wish to avoid travelling through the area.

If you are notified that smoke testing is going to occur in your neighborhood, you should make sure that all plumbing traps connected to your sinks, tubs/showers, and floor drains have water in them. This can be done by pouring three cups of water in them or running the faucet for 60 seconds.

Frequently used plumbing traps typically have water in them. However, if not frequently used, traps can go dry allowing smoke (and sewer gas) into your home.

If your plumbing traps have water in them as described above, the smoke should not enter your home during testing. If it does, it may be an indication of a defect in your plumbing and could mean sewer gases may enter your home, which can be a health hazard. If you notice this during testing in your house, you should contact your plumber.

Plumes coming from plumbing vents and manhole rims during testing is normal. Plumes located in other areas can indicate defects and will be noted and photographed.

Most homes will only be in the test area for one or two set ups, and each set up takes approximately 30 minutes. Smoke test crews will walk around the outside of your house and yard looking for smoke exiting the sewer system.

If you are home and see smoke inside or outside your home, you can notify a member of the test team on site.

 

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In-person regular Town Council meetings to resume Monday night

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BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL RESUMES IN-PERSON REGULAR MEETINGS MONDAY NIGHT

Last week, the Province of Nova Scotia relaxed COVID-19 protocols to allow municipal councils to once again meet in person.

The Town of Bridgewater will, therefore, resume in-person regular meetings of Town Council in Council Chambers at Town Hall beginning with the next regular meeting on Monday, August 10.

An agenda package for that meeting can be found here: https://www.bridgewater.ca/document-library/council-agendas-and-minutes/council-agendas/2020-council-agendas/1992-august-10-2020-regular-meeting-of-town-council/file

PLEASE NOTE THAT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE AS FOLLOWS:

All attendees (Council, staff, members of the public) will be required to wear a non-medical mask at all times when moving about within Town Hall.

Once attendees are seated in Council Chambers in accordance with six feet of physical/social distancing from others present, attendees may remove masks if they desire to do so.

Total attendance (including Council, staff, and the public) in Council Chambers for each meeting will be limited to a maximum of 18 people.

Public attendance will be limited to a maximum of five members of the public.

Any member of the public wishing to attend a Town Council meeting MUST pre-register with Town Hall by phoning 902-541-4385. This will allow the Town to collect contact-tracing information in the event of a potential exposure to COVID-19.

You will be asked to complete a COVID-19 health screening during pre-registration. Priority for public attendance will be given to delegations.

 REMINDER: Regular meetings of Bridgewater Town Council will continue to be live-streamed via the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page (@BridgewaterNS), allowing the public to watch the proceedings of each meeting from the comfort and safety of home.

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 26, 2020

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Media Release – For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)
Media Release

Date July 26, 2020

UPDATE (10:45 a.m.)


At approximately 9:00 p.m. last night, Lunenburg District RCMP received a call regarding an attempted stolen vehicle in Hebbville, Nova Scotia. RCMP, with assistance of Bridgewater Police Service, set up a perimeter to allow RCMP ERT to search the location for the suspect. 

After a thorough search of a wooded area in Hebbville, Tobias Charles Doucette was located and arrested without incident. Doucette was still only wearing shorts, with no shoes or shirt. No weapons were located during the arrest. Doucette suffered no injuries as the result of the arrest. He was assessed by EHS while in custody for his wellbeing.

Police were prepared for a safe resolution and are pleased that no one else was hurt during this event.

The police investigation is ongoing and Doucette is expected to appear at Bridgewater Justice Centre on Monday, July 27, 2020, for initial plea. 

Police again want to thank the public for their understanding and heightened sense of awareness over the past several days. Police are also grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes for Sgt. Bennett and K-9 Fergus as they continue with their recoveries.

PROS # 20201004511
Deputy Chief MacPhee

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 24, 2020

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Media Release – For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)
Media Release

Date July 24, 2020

UPDATE (Apx. 10:30 p.m.)

Earlier this afternoon, Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP responded to a possible sighting of Tobias Charles Doucette in the area of Glen Allan Drive in Bridgewater. After Police arrival a second possible sighting was received in the area of Hollingsworth Drive. Police believe these sightings were credible.

Police established a perimeter around the search area and attempted to locate Doucette into the evening hours, but were unable to do so. Bare foot prints were located in the search area adding to the credibility of the tips.

Tobias Doucette is arrestable for Attempted Murder and Assault. He is 6’2”, 220 lbs., brown hair, green eyes, and is 31 years of age. At last confirmed sighting, he was wearing no shirt, no shoes, and black shorts.

Police remind the public to remain aware that Doucette has not been located. We ask anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Doucette to call their local police agency immediately. The public is also reminded not to approach him.

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 23, 2020 -- 2130hrs

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Media Release – For Immediate Release

Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)

Media Release

Date July 23, 2020

UPDATE (Apx. 9:30 p.m.)

The search for Tobias Charles Doucette continues at this time.  There have been no confirmed sightings since the attempt to arrest Doucette near the LaHave River, Lunenburg County, NS, on July 21, 2020.  His current whereabouts are unknown.

Police and RCMP have investigated multiple tips and possible sightings throughout Nova Scotia that have been received from members of the community. 

Police remind the public to remain aware that Doucette has not been located.  Anyone who believes they have witnessed Doucette is asked to call their local police agency and the public is reminded not to approach him.

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

Bridgewater Police Service -- Situation Update -- July 23, 2020

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Media Release – For Immediate Release

Bridgewater Police Service (BPS)

Date July 23, 2020

SITUATION UPDATE

The search for Tobias Charles Doucette continues at this time, with RCMP currently leading search efforts in an area south of the Town of Bridgewater. Anyone who witnesses suspicious persons or activities possibly related to this case are asked to avoid contact and immediately call police.

Bridgewater Police Service is continuing to conduct a criminal investigation as a result of the incident that took place at the Bridgewater Hotel on High Street on July 20, 2020.

As part of the ongoing investigation, Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP are working cooperatively to follow up on the many tips that have been phoned in by the community. We would like to thank our residents for their continued vigilance and assistance during this time as BPS and RCMP work toward a safe and successful resolution to this case.

Sgt. Matthew Bennett, who was injured while responding to the initial domestic violence complaint, is stable and continues to rest and recover in hospital. Out of respect for the privacy of Sgt. Bennett and his family, we will be providing no additional updates at this time.

As the investigation and search for Tobias Doucette has unfolded over the past number of days, many businesses and individuals in and around the Bridgewater area have sent letters and messages of support and made donations in support of BPS and RCMP members. We are truly overwhelmed and thankful for the support that has been shown by our community during this challenging time.

Doucette>>>>

Tobias Charles Doucette is arrestable for Attempted Murder and Assault.  He is described as 6’2”, 220 lbs, with brown hair, green eyes. When last seen, he was wearing no shirt, no shoes, and black shorts.

PROS # 20201004511

Deputy Chief MacPhee

902-543-2464