News release

Argyle Communities to Receive Infrastructure Funding

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Argyle Communities to Receive Infrastructure Funding


A new construction and demolition debris disposal site will be built in the Municipality of Argyle because of a $300,190 project funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding of $200,126 was announced today, Nov. 15, by Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and by MLA Frank Chipman, on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Municipality of the District of Argyle will fund the $100,064 balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement.

"Improved infrastructure for our communities is a top priority for the government of Canada," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in the types of projects that help us achieve this goal."

Green municipal infrastructure to ensure effective wastewater management, safe drinking water and solid-waste management is the first priority under the program. Other priorities are the support of long-term economic growth, improved community infrastructure and the building of 21st-century infrastructure through better technologies, new approaches and best practices.

"To the residents of West Pubnico, this project will resolve a long-standing issue in the community," said Mr. Chipman. "This debris has to go somewhere, so it is important that it be managed and controlled in a proper facility."

The Argyle Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Site Project involves developing a landfill facility for the municipality to manage the disposal and recycling of construction and demolition debris. The nearest landfill site is now 40 kilometres away from West Pubnico -- a large boat-building centre. Project benefits will include a decrease in the volume of municipal solid waste sent to the municipal landfill, a reduction in soil and ground water contamination, the prevention of illegal waste dumping and the promotion of reducing and recycling techniques.

"Our local environment is very important to us," said Aldric d'Entremont, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Argyle. "With this infrastructure program funding, we can continue to foster our commitment to better solid waste management, something that will benefit generations to come."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects under the infrastructure program. To date, 86 projects have been announced, representing an investment of more than $123 million. Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo environmental assessment and final approval.

The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on the program's management committee.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

A new construction and demolition debris disposal site for the Municipality of Argyle got the green light today (November 15th).

Joint federal-provincial funding of more than two hundred thousand dollars was announced today (November 15th) by M-L-A Frank Chipman, and federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert Thibault.

The Argyle Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Site Project involves developing a landfill facility for the municipality to manage the disposal and recycling of construction and demolition debris.

This project will decrease the volume of solid waste sent to the municipal landfill, reduce soil and ground water contamination, prevent illegal waste dumping and promote reducing and recycling techniques.

The project is part of the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

-30-

Contact:

David Harrigan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-221-1435
Deborah Bayer
Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
Aldric d'Entremont
Warden, Municipality of the District of Argyle 902-648-2311
kjd            November 15, 2002        9:49 A.M.