FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTIC CANADA – Sunday, May 26, 2019 – The Congrès mondial acadien 2024 (CMA2024) will be held in Nova Scotia. The members of la Société Nationale de l’Acadie (SNA) Board of Directors decided on the bid put forward by Clare and Argyle to host this major quinquennial event.
The announcement was made on Sunday at the head office of the national Acadian body in Moncton, New Brunswick.
“The municipalities of Clare and Argyle showed us an Acadie that is dynamic, proud and overflowing with ideas. We are confident that the organization of the CMA 2024 is in good hands,” said Louise Imbeault, President of the SNA.
Natalie Robichaud, member of the Southwest Nova Scotia bid committee, said it was a dream come true.
“Our bid committee is overjoyed that the Acadian region of Southwest Nova Scotia has been chosen to host the Congrès mondial acadien in 2024. You are all invited to come live your Acadie in our wonderful and welcoming region. We’re going to have a great time!”
Ms. Imbeault also highlighted the quality of both bids submitted for judging, that of the Baie-des-Chaleurs region of New Brunswick and Gaspésie and that of Southwest Nova Scotia.
“We had two well-rounded bids before us, with teams that showed us they were very capable of bringing a project of this scale to fruition. The SNA Board of Directors had a difficult choice to make. The decision was made based on a handful of key points.”
It was a rigorous selection process. After a first round of selection, both candidates were asked to submit a full bid document. An evaluation committee was then assembled to tour both sites. Thereafter, a recommendation report was submitted to inform the deliberations of the SNA Board of Directors.
The host region will soon form a Congrès mondial acadien organizing committee. By November, the SNA and the organizing committee will negotiate a memorandum of understanding to outline the responsibilities of both parties in organizing the CMA.
Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.
Incorporated in 1880, the Municipality of Argyle is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 7,900 residents. The Municipality of Argyle is home to the province’s first wind farm and the Village of Pubnico, the oldest Acadian region still inhabited by the descendants of its founder.
La Société Nationale de l’Acadie is a non-profit federation comprised of the four francophone associations representing the Atlantic provinces, as well as the four youth associations. The SNA also includes affiliate members from Atlantic Canada, Maine, Québec, France and Louisiana. Its mandate is to represent the Acadian people at the Atlantic, national and international levels.
In the photo: President of la Société Nationale de l’Acadie, Louise Imbeault (right) and Executive Director of la Société acadienne de Clare and member of the Southwest Nova Scotia bid committee, Natalie Robichaud
THE CLARE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL will grant a $300.00 exemption on property taxes to persons whose TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME(S) for the preceding year was less than nineteen thousand ($19,000.00).
YOU MUST RESIDE IN YOUR OWN HOME
In order to receive the exemption for 2019 you will have to fill in a form which you may obtain from your Councillor or from the Municipal Office at 1185 Highway 1, Little Brook. If you qualify, the form must be returned to the Municipal Office by no later than FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019.
WE REQUIRE A COPY OF YOUR 2018 INCOME TAX NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT.
(Applications will not be considered without copies of all household income tax notices of assessment.)
MAKING A FALSE DECLARATION IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE ANNOUNCES BALANCED OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2019-2020
The Municipality of Clare has announced a balanced operating budget of $9,417,735 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Once again, there is no increase to the residential tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessment or the commercial tax rate of $2.07 per $100 of assessment. The Municipality continues to invest in the community’s health, safety and heritage, as this year’s budget indicates.
The Clare Health Centre and the Municipality’s doctor recruitment strategy are two key essential public health services that continue to receive financial support from the Municipality of Clare. This year, $634,493 (or 7% of total tax dollars) will go towards the Municipality’s commitment to public health services in Clare.
The Municipality of Clare will contribute once more towards such protective services as the Security for Seniors program—a service that is highly valued in the community, as well as law enforcement, fire protection and building inspection services. A total of $2,413,653 (or 26% of total tax dollars) is slated for protective services in Clare.
Following a consultation process with the Municipality’s fire departments, this fiscal year also marks the start of a municipal strategy to replace aging fire trucks in Clare. In all, $350,000 (or 4% of total tax dollars) will go toward the purchase of a fire truck this year.
Ten local projects have been granted funding by the Municipality of Clare through its Grants to Organizations program. Each year, the program awards a total of $40,000 in financial assistance to individuals, organizations and groups in Clare that contribute to the community’s recreational, cultural and tourism sectors.
The Municipality will also help fund several local projects aimed to preserve the heritage of the region and to promote community development. Furthermore, the Municipality will continue to support such signature events as Festival acadien de Clare and Gran Fondo Sainte-Marie. In all, $1,147,244 (or 12% of total tax dollars) will go towards community development.
Finally, the Municipality maintains its commitment to offering its services in English and in French to the community. All Council meetings are held in French and simultaneously translated in English, information is communicated in both official languages and municipal employees are happy to serve residents and visitors in English and in French.
Property owners in Clare should expect to receive their tax bills in the mail in the upcoming days. Municipal taxes are due June 30, 2019.
Click here for a detailed overview of the 2019-2020 budget.
Click here for an overview of how your tax dollars are spent in Clare.
Click here to view the Volunteer Fire Service Vehicle Assessment.
Click here for Grants to Organizations recipients for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.