The Victoria County Water Utility recognizes that access to a clean, safe water supply is very important to ensure personal health and maintain hygiene, and for the sanitation of health care facilities, businesses and households.• We are taking actions to protect the public, our employees while continuing to provide essential services to our customers during the pandemic.
To help our customers, we are making the following temporary adjustments:
Customers experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation are asked please contact the Victoria County Water Utilities billing office at 902-295-3669 to discuss payment arrangements.
The following are resources provided by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Online Resources from Nova Scotia Health Authority
ICAN, a 12 week program focusing on anxiety. This program is now open to Nova Scotian’s to self-refer and is delivered by Strongest Families, a NS based organization. The program combines telephone based coaching and self-directed work. Information about ICAN and the link to self-refer can be found here: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus-home/coronavirus-covid-19-resources
Mindwell U is a free online challenge that takes just 5 minutes a day, and can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device. The Challenges teach basics in mindfulness to lower stress and increase resilience. The Challenge also teaches “mindfulness-in-action” so people don’t need to stop what they are doing to become calmer, present and more focused. Info on the program and sign up can be found here: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus-home/coronavirus-covid-19-resources
TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) TAO Self-Help is a free and private online resource that is available to all adults in Nova Scotia. It includes interactive activities and videos for people experiencing challenges with mental health or substance use. People have the option to choose topics to explore and go at their own pace.
NSHA social media pages have lots of information too:
*NEW* Online Peer Support Groups - happening this week! Connect with your peers, with similar lived experience, in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment facilitated by our experienced Peer Supporters. https://www.facebook.com/PeerSupportNS/
The Municipality of the County of Victoria is providing residents with STOP signs for their homes.
They can be found in grocery stores around the county.
Copies that you can print at home are available here: Resident Stop Signs
March 31, 2020
A few words from Warden Bruce Morrison:
On behalf of myself and Victoria County councillors, I would like to thank each and everyone of you.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has clearly changed the way we live our lives. Everyone, including the municipality, is figuring out how to make our world work in this new reality.
One thing is very clear: Victoria County residents and businesses are abiding by the public health protocols and making every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.We see it in the quietness of our communities and respect for social distancing in our public facilities.
This must continue; for our friends, our neighbours and for the future of our businesses. We need, now more than ever, to continue to follow the provincial rules. We are all in this together.
• Stay home. When you can get out for some fresh air, maintain physical distancing by maintaining a six-foot distance (the length of a hockey stick) between you and other people.
• When you get outside, stay in your own neighbourhood. Most trails are closed and the RCMP are monitoring these sites for those who are not following the provincial rules. Again, maintain a six-foot distance with other people.
• If you see someone who you believe is not self isolating, treat them with kindness. Perhaps they need help and are unsure where to turn. Offer to help find them the help they need. Direct them to the resources. There are ways to help from a distance.
• Get your information from reliable sources:
Federal Government: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Provincial Government: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Victoria County: www.victoriacounty.com/covid-19/
Council commends Victoria County medical professionals, our doctors and nurses; our front-line grocery store workers and pharmacies staff, our janitorial and cleaning crews and others deemed essential by the province. These people are putting themselves at risk so that we can live in health.
Finally, thanks to our own municipal staff– from on-site Public Works staff and garbage collections crews to water utility operators and administration personnel, all are working hard to keep the municipality running in these extraordinary circumstances.
Warden Bruce Morrison & Victoria County Councillors