Category: News

  • Government Documents Reveal What Happened To Our Beloved Foghorn

    Government Documents Reveal What Happened To Our Beloved Foghorn

    If you only moved to Lunenburg within the last several years, it’s possible you may have never heard the mournful Battery Point foghorn.

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  • Lunenburg County Wheels Offers Opportunity To Car-less

    Lunenburg County Wheels Offers Opportunity To Car-less

    Fear not car-less, unlicensed or auto-averse Lunenburg County-ites — Lunenburg County Wheels has expanded its service area, providing more opportunities for you to explore and enjoy our beautiful region.

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  • Introducing Barnacle Election Central: Your Source For Lunenburg County Municipal Election Updates

    Introducing Barnacle Election Central: Your Source For Lunenburg County Municipal Election Updates

    (Illustration: Carmen Cumming) This October, the people of Lunenburg County – you! – will cast votes for 39 municipal officials. These votes will determine the leadership and priorities of our municipalities […]

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  • “Tonight Was The First Time Any Of Us Were Seeing The Budget,” Says Lunenburg Mayor On Day Of Vote For Operating Budget

    “Tonight Was The First Time Any Of Us Were Seeing The Budget,” Says Lunenburg Mayor On Day Of Vote For Operating Budget

    The 24/25 draft Operating Budget is the largest in Lunenburg’s history at $10,825,000. Council is expected to vote on approving the budget at their upcoming May 14 meeting.

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  • Lunenburg Councillor Raises Concerns On Increase In RCMP Spending – Town Researching Alternatives

    Lunenburg Councillor Raises Concerns On Increase In RCMP Spending – Town Researching Alternatives

    “I still don’t feel we get enough coverage for paying $65,500 additional this year, and since ‘22 we’ve been increased by $122,924, and I do not see any additional coverage or support,” said Councillor Jenni Birtles.

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  • Lunenburg CAO Apologizes For Comments Accidentally Livestreamed During Private Meeting – Council Cancels Plans For Emergency Meeting

    Lunenburg CAO Apologizes For Comments Accidentally Livestreamed During Private Meeting – Council Cancels Plans For Emergency Meeting

    Mayor Jamie Myra told the Barnacle on Thursday morning, before the CAO’s apology was published, that Town Council planned to have an emergency meeting in the evening regarding this issue, but this was cancelled.

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  • Town of Lunenburg Scheduled to Vote On 2024/25 Operating Budget  This Tuesday

    Town of Lunenburg Scheduled to Vote On 2024/25 Operating Budget This Tuesday

    The process surrounding this year’s budget is a marked departure from previous years, where the budget would be reviewed by the Committee Of The Whole before proceeding to a Council meeting.

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  • “Keep Politics out of Municipal Affairs” – MODL Council Rejects Gaza Ceasefire Motion

    “Keep Politics out of Municipal Affairs” – MODL Council Rejects Gaza Ceasefire Motion

    Councillor Kacy DeLong said she heard from a “great number” of residents in her district that Council should pass a ceasefire motion given the horrifying and heartbreaking events of the conflict, a sentiment echoed by councillors Michelle Greek and Leitha Haysom. 

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  • Lunenburg Council Makes Portion of Blockhouse Hill Surplus In Surprise Vote

    Lunenburg Council Makes Portion of Blockhouse Hill Surplus In Surprise Vote

    Mayor Myra said he voted against making the land surplus because he said he would first need to see design options include off-street parking for some additional number of units, which might require more land than the land in question for the motion.

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  • Locals Dismayed by Bridgewater Cineplex Closure

    Locals Dismayed by Bridgewater Cineplex Closure

    Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell says many people have reached out about the future use of the building.

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  • Lunenburg Yacht Club Puts Accessibility in Focus in Leadup to 2024 Mobility Cup

    Lunenburg Yacht Club Puts Accessibility in Focus in Leadup to 2024 Mobility Cup

    There are only three fully accessible accommodations within the Town of Lunenburg limits – a fact Gale Fullerton, Manager of the Lunenburg Yacht Club, found out while booking rooms for the upcoming Mobility Cup.

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  • Canadian Heritage Minister offers collaboration on Lunenburg’s pitch for UNESCO funding

    Canadian Heritage Minister offers collaboration on Lunenburg’s pitch for UNESCO funding

    The Barnacle was present for the Minister of Canadian Heritage’s first visit to Lunenburg, when Pascale St-Onge met with Town of Lunenburg leadership at Town Hall on Monday.

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  • Lunenburg CAO Jamie Doyle announces resignation

    Lunenburg CAO Jamie Doyle announces resignation

    The Town of Lunenburg announced Wednesday that Jamie Doyle, Chief Administrative Officer has tendered his resignation, effective May 10, 2024.

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  • Bluenose Academy Faces Capacity Strains 

    Bluenose Academy Faces Capacity Strains 

    If you have kids attending Bluenose Academy, you have likely received recent emails about classroom changes due to capacity issues. But what is the school’s capacity? Despite the building staying the same size, that number keeps changing.

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  • South Shore Looks Forward to Star-Studded Future

    South Shore Looks Forward to Star-Studded Future

    If you were on the streets of Lunenburg last August, you might have been surprised to find yourself surrounded by Christmas trees and fluffy fake snow. This was set dressing for Christmas Island, a Hallmark movie production. It’s among many productions that have chosen our region as a backdrop in the past few years.

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  • News Briefs: March 2024

    News Briefs: March 2024

    You can proceed with building the luxury seasonal beachfront condo you’re dreaming of without getting a red stamp from any pesky planners telling you, “No, it’s going to collapse into the ocean in ten years.”

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  • Exciting renovations in the works for Lunenburg Opera House

    Exciting renovations in the works for Lunenburg Opera House

    Music lovers, thespians, and film buffs alike can look forward to exciting updates to the Lunenburg Opera House.

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  • MODL Flirts with Short Term Rental Tax

    MODL Flirts with Short Term Rental Tax

    The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) is gearing up to introduce a marketing levy this spring, aiming to generate revenue dedicated to promoting shoulder season tourism.

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  • Lunenburg Mayor Jamie Myra addresses vision for proceeding with Blockhouse Hill ahead of vote on whether to make lands surplus

    Lunenburg Mayor Jamie Myra addresses vision for proceeding with Blockhouse Hill ahead of vote on whether to make lands surplus

    When Town of Lunenburg Council meets on Tuesday evening, they are expected to vote on whether to determine lands on Blockhouse Hill surplus. They will also vote on whether to proceed with drafting development rules for a 256-unit housing development on the site.

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  • Town of Bridgewater calls for sustainable ceasefire in Gaza following community action

    Town of Bridgewater calls for sustainable ceasefire in Gaza following community action

    The Town of Bridgewater called for a sustainable ceasefire in Gaza in January, following community action including several local rallies and a presentation in December by the group South Shore Ceasefire Now (SSCN).

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  • Lunenburg Council Replaces Deputy Mayor In Surprise Vote Based on Cornwallis Street Renaming Comments, Remote Meeting Attendance

    Lunenburg Council Replaces Deputy Mayor In Surprise Vote Based on Cornwallis Street Renaming Comments, Remote Meeting Attendance

    In an interview, Councillor Peter Mosher explained his motivations for removing Ed Halverson from the position of Deputy Mayor include Halverson publicly saying council “got it wrong” when they voted to rename Cornwallis Street to Queen Street in late November, and attending three consecutive council meetings remotely via Zoom instead of in person.

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  • Lunenburg confirms report informing Council on Cornwallis Street renaming misrepresented survey data and omitted 103 comments

    Lunenburg confirms report informing Council on Cornwallis Street renaming misrepresented survey data and omitted 103 comments

    The Town of Lunenburg has confirmed the report that informed Town Council on their decision to rename Cornwallis Street to Queen Street in November – produced at a cost of $2,000 by a consultant – misrepresented survey results data.

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  • New Bridgewater Seasonal Overnight Shelter Finds Community Support

    New Bridgewater Seasonal Overnight Shelter Finds Community Support

    This winter, for the first time, adults experiencing homelessness on the South Shore can access an overnight shelter in downtown Bridgewater at  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

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  • Proposal For Rockweed Harvesting In Lunenburg County Must Be Restarted Due To Error In Public Notice

    Proposal For Rockweed Harvesting In Lunenburg County Must Be Restarted Due To Error In Public Notice

    An application process by Scotia Garden Seafood Inc. to renew an existing lease for rockweed harvesting in Lunenburg County for 15 years is invalidated and must be restarted as a result of an error in their public notice, reopening a period where the public will be able to make objections to the application.

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  • Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy Calls For Public Objections to Rockweed Harvesting Proposal

    Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy Calls For Public Objections to Rockweed Harvesting Proposal

    The Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy (KCC) is calling for immediate public action in response to a proposed 15-year lease for rockweed harvesting along the Lunenburg County coastline. 

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  • Lunenburg votes to replace colonial legacy of Cornwallis Street with Queen Street

    Lunenburg votes to replace colonial legacy of Cornwallis Street with Queen Street

    Lunenburg’s signs for Cornwallis Street will be taken down and replaced with Queen Street, replacing one reminder of our bloody colonial origins selected in the mid-18th century with one voted on by Town Council on Tuesday.

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  • Second Bridgewater rally for Gaza ceasefire draws more than 150 demonstrators

    Second Bridgewater rally for Gaza ceasefire draws more than 150 demonstrators

    A large gathering rallied outside South Shore-St Margaret’s MP Rick Perkins office in Bridgewater over the weekend as part of a pan-Canadian day of action demanding the Canadian government support a ceasefire in Gaza.

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  • A New Harbour View Haven on the Horizon

    A New Harbour View Haven on the Horizon

    All private rooms. All private bathrooms. A harbour view. This is what Harbour View Haven should look like by 2027.

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  • Guinea pigs in need: Bridgewater volunteer seeks fosters amidst housing crisis

    Guinea pigs in need: Bridgewater volunteer seeks fosters amidst housing crisis

    Hande Barutcuoglu usually hosts three pairs of guinea pigs and fosters out about six. Those numbers are almost three times higher right now, as her intake waitlist grows. The difference from last year? Our housing crisis.

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  • Bridgewater protestors call for ceasefire in Gaza

    Bridgewater protestors call for ceasefire in Gaza

    A large crowd turned out for a rally in Bridgewater demanding a ceasefire in Gaza last week on Sunday, October 29.

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  • Should I Stay or Should I Go to Lunenburg? A Lunenburg County Summer 2023 Tourism Briefing

    Should I Stay or Should I Go to Lunenburg? A Lunenburg County Summer 2023 Tourism Briefing

    Though Lunenburg County’s beaches and towns were quite crowded this summer, there was a noticeable decline in visitors compared to summer 2022.

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  • PET OF THE YEAR: Mural Would Memorialize Mini the Cat

    PET OF THE YEAR: Mural Would Memorialize Mini the Cat

    “Mini was part of the community. She came to our restaurant every morning, she was part of the family.”

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  • Cycle tourism a budding opportunity in MODL with Active Transportation Plan

    Cycle tourism a budding opportunity in MODL with Active Transportation Plan

    The plan aims to bolster active transportation options, expand the current network, and enhance connectivity throughout the municipality.

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  • Blockhouse Hill Listening Session Met With Ongoing Public Concerns

    Blockhouse Hill Listening Session Met With Ongoing Public Concerns

    More than 150 people packed the Lunenburg Fire Hall on September 14 for the Town of Lunenburg’s first public engagement session on the Blockhouse Hill Design Project.

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  • South Shore Asian Mart Opens in Bridgewater

    South Shore Asian Mart Opens in Bridgewater

    When Mona Crisostomo immigrated to Canada from the Philippines four years ago, she scoured the grocery aisles in Bridgewater for flavours of home but found few options.

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  • South Shore Sustainability Summit Offers Opportunity to Connect on Climate

    South Shore Sustainability Summit Offers Opportunity to Connect on Climate

    If our recent historic fires and flooding have you considering how you can engage with the climate crisis, mark your calendar for the South Shore Sustainability Summit.

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  • A news chat with MP Rick Perkins on the Online News Act

    A news chat with MP Rick Perkins on the Online News Act

    In a conversation with Rick Perkins, Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margarets, he In the ensuing conversation, he shared his thoughts on the Online News Act and the role of the CBC in Canada’s digital media landscape.

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  • The data is out: see who voted in Lunenburg’s mayoral by-election

    The data is out: see who voted in Lunenburg’s mayoral by-election

    One person voted between 4 and 4:59 a.m., and it was on the last day of voting. They may have finally formed their decision in a dream.

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  • Local farmers pushing through despite weather, uncertain future

    Local farmers pushing through despite weather, uncertain future

    Sisters Rebecca and Jessie McInnis run Spring Tide Farm, a small-scale, certified organic vegetable and cut flower operation in Lapland, Nova Scotia. This is their third season growing in Lunenburg County and they have noticed the weather becoming more extreme in both precipitation and temperature year after year.

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  • Mayor Myra: Board of Trade President Jamie Myra voted next Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg

    Mayor Myra: Board of Trade President Jamie Myra voted next Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg

    Jamie Myra spoke with The Barnacle about what he thinks it means that he won the election for Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg, and what comes next.

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  • Lunenburg makes development decisions days before Mayoral election

    Lunenburg makes development decisions days before Mayoral election

    The Town of Lunenburg Council met on Wednesday and approved $76,000 in new spending for an RFP for designs to revamp the Town’s Civic Square – maybe with underground parking and a new building – four days before a new Mayor is elected. Read our full roundup of the August 8 council meeting.

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  • Old Bridgewater Arena to Become Home to South Shore Players

    Old Bridgewater Arena to Become Home to South Shore Players

    The second floor of Bridgewater Memorial Arena at 123 Empire Street will soon be home to local theatre group South Shore Players. The theatre group is set to move in just in time for their November/December production of A Christmas Carol.

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  • New Co-operative Hopes to Bring Stable Housing to Mahone Bay and Beyond

    New Co-operative Hopes to Bring Stable Housing to Mahone Bay and Beyond

    “During my lifetime, housing went from being a place to live, a place to raise a family to the best investment you ever make. Which I think is really wrong-headed.”

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Duncan Kroll

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Duncan Kroll

    Anyone who attends Lunenburg’s Town Council meetings will inevitably run into Duncan Kroll. Duncan has loyally attended most of the town’s public meetings since he moved to Lunenburg eight years ago.

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  • Cricket A Growing Sport in Lunenburg County

    Cricket A Growing Sport in Lunenburg County

    Last month, the Lunenburg Cricket Club hosted the Maritime Mallu Cup during the Lunenburg Craft & Food Festival, which consisted of 10 Atlantic cricket teams protecting their wickets in a weekend-long tournament.

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  • Mayoral hopefuls share visions for leading Lunenburg at The Barnacle’s candidates’ debate

    Mayoral hopefuls share visions for leading Lunenburg at The Barnacle’s candidates’ debate

    More than 150 community members packed into the Lunenburg Fire Hall for a Mayoral candidates’ debate hosted by The Lunenburg Barnacle. Watch the recording and read the transcript here.

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  • Community Celebrates Work Towards Reopening of Second Story Women’s Centre

    Community Celebrates Work Towards Reopening of Second Story Women’s Centre

    Approximately sixty people gathered in the Lunenburg Fire Hall two weeks ago and raised sparkling cider in a toast to Second Story Women’s Centre, as the organisation continues a process of rebuilding and aims to re-open by the end of summer after temporarily closing this February.

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  • Bridgewater & Area Lions Club Food Pantry Services Increasing Gap in Food Security

    Bridgewater & Area Lions Club Food Pantry Services Increasing Gap in Food Security

    A Feed Nova Scotia report from May shares staggering numbers on food insecurity in Nova Scotia. In 2022, nearly 1 in 4 Nova Scotians were living in food-insecure households, a […]

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  • Lunenburg aims for autumn to share results of Cornwallis Street renaming survey

    Lunenburg aims for autumn to share results of Cornwallis Street renaming survey

    The Town of Lunenburg estimates results of a survey to rename Cornwallis Street should be presented to Town Council in early fall, approximately seven months after the survey ended. Following […]

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  • Gale Fullerton, Lunenburg Yacht Club General Manager, announces bid for Mayor

    Gale Fullerton, Lunenburg Yacht Club General Manager, announces bid for Mayor

    Fullerton shared a release with media contacts today detailing her announcement. Her release says she will “focus on responsive leadership and effective communication for the best possible future of the Town of Lunenburg.”

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  • LUNENBURG COUNCIL ROUNDUP: Town selects MacKay-Lyons for Blockhouse Hill designs despite councillor’s call to postpone, silence on petition signed by third of electorate

    LUNENBURG COUNCIL ROUNDUP: Town selects MacKay-Lyons for Blockhouse Hill designs despite councillor’s call to postpone, silence on petition signed by third of electorate

    Council is pursuing residential designs for Blockhouse Hill and Upper King Street, and accepted a petition from Friends of Blockhouse Hill signed by 679 people without discussion.

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  • Bridgewater to Host First-Ever Pride Parade

    Bridgewater to Host First-Ever Pride Parade

    “We’re making history,” says Steve Ellis, Chair of Lunenburg PRIDE.

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  • Ancient Forests Outside Bridgewater will Continue to Provide Healing Under New Leadership

    Ancient Forests Outside Bridgewater will Continue to Provide Healing Under New Leadership

    The healing power of the ancient hemlocks on 200 acres of forest outside of Bridgewater will now once again be shared and felt by Mi’kmaw elders, knowledge keepers and youth. 

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  • LUNENBURG VOTES 2023: Special Election to be held August 12, Councillor Halverson and Board of Trade President Myra intend to run for Mayor

    LUNENBURG VOTES 2023: Special Election to be held August 12, Councillor Halverson and Board of Trade President Myra intend to run for Mayor

    Lunenburgers will decide their next Mayor, and likely a new councillor, at the height of summer – The Town of Lunenburg is holding a Special Election on August 12, 2023.

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  • Town of Lunenburg CAO warns of long-term financial outlook, lists tens of millions in anticipated costs to maintain assets

    Town of Lunenburg CAO warns of long-term financial outlook, lists tens of millions in anticipated costs to maintain assets

    Lunenburg’s CAO emphasized the need for the Town to have a comprehensive financial plan rather than “running year-by-year, crisis-by-crisis,” in a report listing tens of millions in anticipated capital spending.

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  • The Chester Playhouse to re-open in August

    The Chester Playhouse to re-open in August

    The Chester Playhouse will open its doors to the public once more on August 26 after a long period of renovations.  The Chester Playhouse building has operated under various names […]

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  • Mahone Bay Town Council to hold Special Meeting on RCMP services

    Mahone Bay Town Council to hold Special Meeting on RCMP services

    In light of significant increases to the Town of Mahone Bay’s police services budget, Mahone Bay Town Council will meet in July to discuss the value of RCMP services.

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  • Lunenburg Town Council approves 23/24 operating budget to disapproving gallery, addresses Friends of Blockhouse Hill

    Lunenburg Town Council approves 23/24 operating budget to disapproving gallery, addresses Friends of Blockhouse Hill

    As Council gathered to approve the town’s 23/24 operational budget and a presentation by Friends of Blockhouse Hill, a majority of the audience who attended in person made their disapproval of Town’s handling of these issues outwardly apparent.

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  • Town of Lunenburg increases spending on planning and development, new staff in 2023/24 budget

    Town of Lunenburg increases spending on planning and development, new staff in 2023/24 budget

    Anticipating an increase of more than $1.2 million in revenue, the Town of Lunenburg’s operating budget to be approved by council next week sees a significant increase in funding for staff salaries and $175,000 for planning on the development of Blockhouse Hill.

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  • Matt Risser, outgoing Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg: The Barnacle Interview

    Matt Risser, outgoing Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg: The Barnacle Interview

    Matt Risser, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg, invited The Barnacle for an interview in Lunenburg Town Hall, held on the morning of April 25.

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  • Business Owners, Residents Express Disappointment Over Lack of Communication on Food Truck Bylaw

    Business Owners, Residents Express Disappointment Over Lack of Communication on Food Truck Bylaw

    Dozens of people showed up to Lunenburg Town Hall on Tuesday, April 11 to voice concerns to Town Council about a controversial vending bylaw.

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  • Town of Lunenburg says they cannot say why they are pursuing sale of Lunenburg Academy

    Town of Lunenburg says they cannot say why they are pursuing sale of Lunenburg Academy

    The Town of Lunenburg says they cannot speak to why they are pursuing sale of the Lunenburg Academy building, because this decision was made during a private “in camera” meeting of Town Council.

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  • Matt Risser announces resignation as Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg

    Matt Risser announces resignation as Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg

    Matt Risser is resigning as Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg, the Town of Lunenburg has announced in a release.

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  • Town of Lunenburg notified Parks Canada of intention to divest Lunenburg Academy in 2022, letter reveals

    Town of Lunenburg notified Parks Canada of intention to divest Lunenburg Academy in 2022, letter reveals

    The Town of Lunenburg is interested in divesting the Lunenburg Academy for private development and considers this a “high priority”, according to a letter the town sent to Parks Canada in April 2022.

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  • Hundreds turn out for community rally addressing Second Story Women’s Centre

    Hundreds turn out for community rally addressing Second Story Women’s Centre

    The Lunenburg Fire Hall was at capacity on Friday for a community meeting on the status of the counselling and support centre.

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  • Community Rally Planned to Support Second Story Women’s Centre After Staff Resignations

    Community Rally Planned to Support Second Story Women’s Centre After Staff Resignations

    Second Story Women’s Centre, the only dedicated counseling and support center for women and gender-diverse people in Lunenburg County, is closed until further notice following the resignation of eight staff members in February.

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  • Friends of Blockhouse Hill group organizes to oppose Lunenburg RFP for residential development plans

    Friends of Blockhouse Hill group organizes to oppose Lunenburg RFP for residential development plans

    Over three days, more than 385 people have joined a Facebook group organizing a citizen’s group opposing the Town of Lunenburg’s plan to seek designs for potential development on Blockhouse Hill.

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  • Lunenburg postpones review of Cornwallis Street renaming survey

    Lunenburg postpones review of Cornwallis Street renaming survey

    The new name for Cornwallis Street in Lunenburg is to be selected at an undetermined date after Town Council agreed to take extra time to review more than 300 submissions on the matter received through public consultation.

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  • Future of Old Fire Hall a mystery more than one year after loss of NSCAD artist residency

    Future of Old Fire Hall a mystery more than one year after loss of NSCAD artist residency

    The abrupt closure of the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency is an enigma for many artists in the area – and the future of the space remains uncertain.

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  • Proposed changes to South Shore Centre site excite Bridgewater councillors

    Proposed changes to South Shore Centre site excite Bridgewater councillors

    Bridgewater’s LaHave Street could see a major change in appearance if town planning staff suggest amending the Municipal Planning Strategy to accommodate changes sought by the owners of the South Shore Centre mall.

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  • Lunenburg to consider housing development proposals on Blockhouse Hill, plans closure of campground in 2024

    Lunenburg to consider housing development proposals on Blockhouse Hill, plans closure of campground in 2024

    This summer is set to be the last for the Lunenburg RV Park and Campground on Blockhouse Hill, as the Town prepares to consider proposals for conditions of sale for housing development on the land – a move the Lunenburg Board of Trade says would not be as economically prudent as letting the campground they operate…

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  • Anti-LGBTQ+  graffiti in Liverpool may amount to a hate crime, say police

    Anti-LGBTQ+  graffiti in Liverpool may amount to a hate crime, say police

    Police continue to investigate vandalism in Liverpool in January as mischief, but say they are mindful the acts may amount to a hate crime – a position Lunenburg Pride says […]

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  • Lunenburg seeks new name for Cornwallis Street

    Lunenburg seeks new name for Cornwallis Street

    You may soon see E’se’katik Street, Reconciliation Street, or – huh – Queen Street, replace Cornwallis Street on signs across Lunenburg. These are some of the options suggested by the […]

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