NEXT MEETING!
The next meeting of the Malpeque Bay Community Council is
Wed., November 18, 2020 at 7 pm Kensington Town Chambers.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!

The PEI Government is working to improve access to health, social and community services in rural PEI.

As part of this process, you are invited to fill out this 5 minute survey on the types of health, social and community services you would like to see in place in rural PEI.


Your responses are anonymous, meaning no private information like your name and address are being collected.

Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund

The availability of stable, high-speed Internet infrastructure is critical for access to essential resources and public services, and to enable economic growth and diversification.

The Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund provides financial assistance to local Prince Edward Island internet service providers (ISPs), communities, and businesses for the installation of infrastructure for enhanced broadband services.

Through this program, support is provided for increased service levels, improved access, and consumer choice across Prince Edward Island with a focus on rural communities.

For more information, click here: Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund


NEW COMMINITY NAVIGATOR FOR CENTRAL PEI!

Peggy Miles is the new Community Navigator for Central PEI through CBDC – She will be working with individuals and groups from the rural areas between Summerside & Charlottetown, north and south shores.

Her role is to welcome both international and domesticnew residents to Central PEI, helping them to navigate such things as housing, transportation, education, recreation & social activities found in the community, and more. She is also available to work with existing residents for community education related toNewcomers.

Attached is a flyer with more info about the services provided. The flyer is a great way to let new people in the community know about the supports that are available to them. The first page is for folks who may have language challenges; the second is a little more in depth: Central PEI Community Navigator - flyer

If you'd like to join the Facebook Group for the Central PEI Community Navigator, please send a request to join here: Central PEI Community Navigator - facebook request


TREES FOR 100th ANNIVERSARY!

The Irving Family is donating spruce seedlings to local Lion Clubs across Canada to commemorate their 100th anniversary. The seedlings are free. Anyone who would like to plant seedlings is asked to call 902-836-5060 and leave your name and telephone number and someone will get back to you.

FOR YOUR ATTENTION!
COVID-19

Any resident who may require assistance during this Pandemic is asked to call Joanne at 902-836-5029 or one of the members of Council. We will do our best to help you out.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of the disease; runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, difficulty breathing (severe cases) please call 811 and they will triage and direct you appropriately. Stay well.

Below is a link to Provincial Government updates on COVID-19:
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19




DISCOVER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

The Red Cross rely on volunteers from all walks of life who bring different skills and experience to the Canadian Red Cross. From helping during emergencies and disasters to sitting on committees and project teams or providing customer services and office support.

As a volunteer, you can make a big difference in your community.

Please visit www.redcross.ca to explore volunteer opportunities.

KENSINGTON FOOD BANK

Please remember that Food Banks need our help, especially now! The Rural Municipality has made a $500.00 donation to the Kensington and AreaFood Bank to help purchase some food items for families in our communities. If you require assistance please call 902-836-5060 and leave your name and telephone number. Someone from the Food Bank will respond to you ASAP. Alternatively, you may call a member of Council or Joanne at 902-836-5029 for further information.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET COMING FOR RURAL ISLANDERS

Thousands of Islanders living in rural Prince Edward Island will soon benefit from having access to faster, more stable Internet service.

The Province has signed federal-provincial agreements with Bell Canada and Xplornet, as well as a funding arrangement with local Internet provider Air Tech Communications Inc. through the PEI Broadband Fund.

    "Government knows how crucial it is for Islanders to have stable, high speed Internet to access job and education opportunities, grow businesses, connect with public services and for overall quality of life. I want to thank Islanders for their patience as we develop this unique "Made for PEI" plan to enhance Internet and improve the lives of the people in our province."
    - Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Matthew MacKay
"Our government understands how important it is to connect rural communities on the Island and across the country to high speed Internet, and we have a plan to connect all of Canada by 2030. Since 2017, we've invested to connect over 900 communities already," said the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "Through partnerships with the province, municipalities and service providers, we will continue to create jobs and a higher quality of life for Islanders, and rural Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

In March 2019, the federal and provincial governments committed to investing over $36 million towards the Bell Canada and Xplornet projects.

"Bell is pleased to partner with the Government of Prince Edward Island to enhance broadband connections for Islanders in rural communities," said Glen LeBlanc, Bell's Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair, Atlantic. "As the leading builder of Canada's communications infrastructure, including here in Prince Edward Island, Bell recognizes that investment in broadband Internet is an investment in the economic potential of entire communities."

"We are very proud to be serving residents of Prince Edward Island today and are looking forward to expanding our fibre-based services, enabling us to serve more homes with faster speeds, and unlimited data plans, in the months ahead," said Xplornet president and CEO Allison Lenehan. "We thank the Province of Prince Edward Island for the opportunity to work together on this exciting project that will deliver amazing broadband to rural Islanders."

The PEI Broadband Fund provides financial assistance to Island communities, business and Internet Service Providers. Air Tech Communications Inc. is the first local ISP to receive support from the fund.

"Air Tech Communications Inc. is pleased to have the support of the Government of Prince Edward Island through the PEI Broadband Fund to assist in increasing its capacity in the Richmond / Grand River, and surrounding areas," said Air Tech Communications Inc. owner Kent England. "This is a preliminary step towards expanding service levels using both enhanced wireless and fibre infrastructure in this area to help us meet the growing needs of our customers now and in the future."

Another new recipient of the PEI Broadband Fund is Eastern Fabricators Inc. They are the first Island business to receive support from the fund.

"We are very happy about the funding support from the PEI Broadband Fund and the increased level of capacity it will provide to our day to day business operations given that we've grown substantially over the last few years," said Eastern Fabricators Inc. business development manager Chris Chaisson. "We can now continue to grow and provide our customers with the level of service experience required to meet their business needs."

Islanders can visit Internet Plan to learn more and view approved projects of the PEI Broadband Fund.
Media Contact:

Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
902-394-6368
hpsmacdonald@gov.pe.ca.

Backgrounder

Island communities, businesses and Internet Service Providers can apply for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for a project approved through the PEI Broadband Fund.

For more information for communities, visit: Broadband Fund for Communities.
For more information for businesses, visit: Broadband Fund for Businesses.
For more information for Internet Service Providers, visit: Broadband Fund for Internet Service Providers

PARTNERS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT


Dianne Doucette, president of the Kensington Senior Surfers, outside that group’s headquarters, the Kensington Seniors Centre. A new agreement between the Town of Kensington and municipality of Malpeque could see the building’s parking lot paved. - Colin MacLean - Read more

Elizabeth Irving, Manager, Indian River Farms, addressed Council at their meeting on July 10th at the Spring Valley Hall. A very informative document was prepared and presented by Ms. Irving.

To read a copy of this document, please click here:
Indian River Farms Document Handout.           

From left to right...Wayne Crosby, Herb Clark, Ghislaine Duplain,
Paul Brown, Brian McKinnon and Ted Andrews


The 2019 Malpeque Bay Community Councillors are:
  • Paul Brown, Mayor - 902-432-4704
  • Herb Clark, Deputy Mayor - 902-888-9645
  • Ghislaine Duplain, Councillor - 902-388-1442
  • Ted Andrews, Councillor - 902-888-9608
  • Brian McKinnon, Councillor - 902-598-8531
  • Wayne Crosby, Councillor - 902-448-3203
  • McCarvill Joanne - Administrator 902-836-5029
  • Email: communityofmalpequebay@gmail.com

    The Municipal tax rate for the fiscal year 2019-2020 remains at 6 1/2 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    Council meets six times a year and receives a small stipend. Some of the items the former Council was working on includes the completion of our Official Plan, the development of an Emergency Measures Plan and is researching options that may be available to the community to bring reliable internet to all residents of Malpeque Bay.

    We would like to hear your ideas. If you are interested in being part of your community council, please contact Joanne McCarvill at 902-836-5029 or email communityofmalpequebay@gmail.com.


  • IRRIGATION PONDS

    The construction of irrigation ponds is unregulated by the the Department of Community, Land and Environment (CLE) but in order to help guide farmers CLE, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Potato Board, and the Federation of Agriculture worked together to develop this - guidance document.



    THESE IMPORTANT BYLAWS WERE ADOPTED AT
    THE APRIL 11TH OPEN COUNCIL MEETING:


    Remuneration Bylaws

    Grants Bylaws

    Tax Rate Bylaws

    Reserve Funds Bylaws




    Community Funding Available

    All applications must meet the criteria listed on the schedules.
    For further information contact Joanne McCarvill 902-836-5029
    or one of the Members of Council.


    Why PEI?


    THE RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MALPEQUE BAY
    includes the seven school districts of Baltic, Darnley, Hamilton, Malpeque, Indian River, Sea View and Spring Valley.


    Farming, fishing and tourism make up a large part of the local industries.

    The lovely beaches along the shores are a huge drawing point to tourists around the world.

    There is an abundance of quality accommodations, golf courses, fresh local seafood, Malpeque oysters, lobster, mussels & fresh organic vegetables. Life is good, so come and stay in Malpeque Bay!

    Malpeque Bay is one of 36 sites in Canada, designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites). It is a coastal lagoon system protected from the open sea (Gulf of St. Lawrence) by a 25-km long coastal sandspit and dune formation.

    The Bay is a nesting site for the globally threatened wader, the "Piping Plover". It is also an important staging area for very large numbers of geese and ducks during spring and autumn migration periods. For more information about Birding on P.E.I. , click here.




    To request a copy of the P.E.I.
    Visitors Guide & Highway Map,
    Value Vacations & Coupon Book.
    CLICK HERE


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