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Photo Lisette Gaudet: 2007The Municipality of the District of Clare is pleased to welcome you to our bilingual Internet website. As you surf our site, you will discover a wonderful Acadian community that is rich in culture and heritage.

Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the Province of Nova Scotia that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

With an approximate population of 8500, we are located at the south-western tip of Nova Scotia, an Atlantic province of Canada (North America).

A well-known Acadian region, Clare occupies the western half of Digby County. Most of the Municipality's settled areas are located along Saint Mary's Bay, a sub-basin of the Gulf of Maine.

The Municipality is mainly inhabited by Acadians and conducts its business in both French and English, although over 75% of the residents of Clare are able to communicate in both official languages the most commonly used language is French. The French-Acadian language and culture play an important role in the lives of the residents of the Municipality of Clare.

The Acadians of Clare are famous for their warm "joie de vivre", reflected in our vibrant music, festivals, culture and way of life.

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Municipality of the District of Clare Boundary Review

The Municipality of the District of Clare has engaged Stantec Consulting Limited to review the size of its municipal council and review the boundaries from which its councillors will be elected. At a public meeting on Tuesday, January 16, Stantec presented research into council size including the results of an online survey that obtained 512 responses from Clare residents. Based on the findings of that research and the input from more than 60 citizens who attended the past meeting, Stantec has developed boundary scenarios for polling districts from which five- and eight-member councils may be elected.

Your District Council currently has eight members, including a Warden chosen by Council members from among themselves to act as their Chair. The eight-district scenario will support continuation of the current council size. It will show necessary adjustments to the current council boundaries to ensure that the numbers of electors in each district are reasonably balanced while respecting the integrity of Clare’s communities. The five-district scenario involves more substantial alterations necessary to create five new districts while respecting the same priorities from which a council of five could be elected.

Stantec will present the boundary scenarios through maps and a formal presentation at a second boundary review public meeting to be held at the Clare Veteran’s Centre on Tuesday, February 6th, or, in the event of inclement weather, Thursday, February 8th, at 7:00 p.m. Stantec’s consultant will look forward to hearing the views of all interested citizens on the boundaries proposed as well as the size of council reflected by each scenario.

Following this public meeting, Stantec will recommend a preferred council size for consideration by Clare District Council with boundaries from which to elect councillors.

The decision of Council following review of Stantec’s recommendations will form the basis of an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for approval of the size of Council and related electoral district boundaries. If the application is approved, it will fix the size of Clare District Council and the boundaries of its electoral districts for Clare’s next municipal election.

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