Councillor Martin E. Bell
District 2 - MODL
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My position on aquaculture (fish farming) operations.
[posted February 11th 2020]

With the possible establishment of open-pen fish farms, we the local council are being told this is a tremendous opportunity for us and our residents. We could see several sites like Cherry Hill, Blandford, Northwest Cove and St. Margaret’s Bay having farm licenses issued for additional aquaculture (fish farming) operations. The first fact is aquaculture licenses are issued by the Province of Nova Scotia and not by municipal units. Some may therefore say I should not have an opinion on the matter. I want to say this is a tremendous risk for us and our residents, so I believe I do have a say as I have a great interest in my neighbourhood and those who live and share the communities in my neighbourhood region.

LaHave River Straight Pipe Initiative
The prospect of a straight-pipe-free LaHave River has been a priority for me for several years. I have always found it difficult getting the support at the municipal level to try to remedy this problem. I have always been told that at the municipal level we should just worry about an “education and awareness campaign”. The main issue here is that ...

Internet to Rural Areas of Nova Scotia
We as a Council have been aware that rural high speed internet is not the best in many parts of our municipality. While this is not an area where a municipality normally has any direct responsibility we have expressed what we are hearing from the general public to our MLA and MP. Canada as a whole has some of the slowest broadband speeds among the developed nations. This is a market in which over 90% is controlled by ...

Lyme Disease: [posted Dec. 20th 2019]
In talking to constituents after making a number of residential visits and attending several “Your Government/ Your Ideas” meetings, I hear one of the concerns that residents continue to express concern over is the spread of Lyme Disease. I do point out that this topic is already featured among MODL Council’s priorities.

Back in 2018 we launched the bait station and public education projects. MODL Council has committed to the completion of these two components of the Lyme Disease Response Project.

I would like to point out that this is the largest project of it’s kind in Canada! This topic remains one of the most important ones to residents participating in our public engagement sessions. The proposed outcome for 2020/21 is to complete the third year of the public education campaign and bait station research.