June 2013 Update

Summer is upon us, along with warm weather, busy preparations for the Growing Green Sustainability Festival in August, and most importantly, a new baby for our network coordinator! Leon de Vreede will be on parental leave for the summer months. In this absence CSN social media coordinator Elisabeth Bailey will be taking over the newsletter and other CSN duties.Congratulations to Leon and Cate on their beautiful son, Dylan Trueman de Vreede. In the meantime, let's see what's going on:

Upcoming Events

On Monday, June 10, 2013, Dr. Tim Webster (Applied Geomatics Research Group) will be in Bridgewater to present his recently completed flood risk study, entitled ‘Integrated River and Coastal Hydrodynamic Flood Risk Mapping of theLaHave River Estuary and Town of Bridgewater’.


This flood risk study was commissioned by the Town of Bridgewater to assist with the Town’s Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP) process. All Nova Scotia municipalities are required to prepare and submit Municipal Climate Change Action Plans (MCCAP) to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (SNSMR) by December 31, 2013.  


With the onset of climate change, public and privately owned built infrastructure and transportation networks along the LaHave River may be affected as sea level rises and other climate change-related impacts occur, resulting in environmental, economic, social, and municipal challenges. This flood risk study will assist the Town in developing a proactive stance on adaptation, based on an informed scientific understanding of how the river is likely to change in the future.


Dr. Webster will present the study twice on June 10, 2013:


  • Detailed presentation to Town staff and likeminded organizations: 3:00-4:00PM, in Council Chambers of the Bridgewater Town Hall
  • General presentation to Town Council, with a focus on the study’s findings: 6:00PM, in Council Chambers of the Bridgewater Town Hall. Since this presentation will be a part of a regular Council meeting, it will be recorded and televised on Eastlink TV the following week.


CSN members are welcome to attend either session.


For more information on this study, please contact Eric Shaw, Director of Planning, at eshaw@bridgewater.ca

Have you heard about the Local Food Awareness Week taking place from September 15th to the 21st? The Local Food Awareness Week will feature activities that raise awareness of local food in our region, organized by businesses, community groups, institutions, and citizens. As a valued member of our community we are asking for your help by hosting an activity. To get your creative juices flowing, we've developed six themes for programming, and some examples to consider: Sharing, Growing, Harvesting, Purchasing, Processing/Canning, Preparing. The Local Food Team will promote your activity and recognize your contribution in print and social media. 

Thanks for your help making Lunenburg and Queens Counties a more vibrant, healthy and resilient place to live. If you or your organization would like to host an activity to help highlight and enhance local food in our region please complete the attached form and return it by June 15, 2013. You can also complete the form online at



Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to the Events section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.

Sustainably yours, Elisabeth Bailey, CSN Social Media Coordinator

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