No appeal: UARB decision to reduce councillors to nine will not be challenged by Kings County

KENTVILLE – With a single opposing vote, Kings County council has decided against appealing the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) decision to reduce council’s size to nine members and a mayor.

On July 11, the UARB issued a written decision stating council’s application to reduce its numbers to eight ignored a Stantec consultant’s recommendation and was created by its chief administrative officer in less than a day.

Council members spent three hours July 19 in a committee of the whole meeting discussing whether to appeal the UARB decision and whether a Halifax lawyer should brief council in-camera.

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Municipality of Kings – Electoral Boundary Review

On July 11 the UARB issued a written decision stating Council’s application to reduce its numbers to eight ignored a Stantec consultant’s recommendation and was created by its chief administrative officer in less than a day.

The report is worth the read, sows the several shortcomings in the council adherence to basic guideline for establishing electoral boundaries.

UARB 2016 Kings Decision

Kings County “Council of the Whole” will be considering an appeal of the Utility and Review Board`s decision on the municipal boundaries.

We need to have representation at the meeting and hope you can attend. If not possible contact your Councillor

An appeal is unbelievable considering the details of the decision, consider the following:

The UARB states its decision “principally relate to the conclusion that the consultants’ nine polling district scenario is much more sensitive to communities of interest” as is required by the Municipal Act and they “saw the eight polling district scenario developed by the CAO as being almost entirely insensitive to communities of interest.”

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OPINION: Leadership lessons from Pictou vote, Kings inertia

The recent Pictou County plebiscite and the inability of Kings County politicians to work together are clear evidence the policies of the McNeil provincial government in support of municipal governance change are not working.

It has been more than 40 years since the Graham Commission Report showed the urgent need for municipal reform in Nova Scotia.

The more recent Ivany Report made it clear Nova Scotians are facing a decline in our standard of living and that one of the barriers to progress is the inefficient structure of our municipal governments.

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Dumped by doc: Kings deputy warden says politics played role in losing doctor

At a loss to understand why Deputy Warden Hirtle would publicize a claim of mistrust  from a county resident.

Loss of trust in patient prompts doctor to sever relationship

LAKE GEORGE, NS – Kings County’s deputy warden has been informed via registered mail his doctor no longer feels it’s possible for them to “carry on a healthy, nurturing, professional relationship as physician and patient.”

Brian Hirtle received the letter, dated May 19, from his physician Dr. Kenneth Langille. It informed him that, due to recent events that have transpired between the two, Langille was concluding their doctor-patient relationship.

The letter stated Hirtle would be removed from the practice’s active patient list in 30 days. No further appointments would be made after that point and Hirtle would have to seek care from another physician of his choice.

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Rethinking our approach to local government

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