We are celebrating the 8th edition of National Francophone Immigration Week from November 1 to 7—our first week in Clare as a welcoming Francophone community. This year's theme, “Ma couleur francophone,” promotes the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, histories and accents.
Francophone and Acadian communities have made Francophone immigration a national priority for their demographic and economic development needed to sustain the linguistic duality that defines Canada.
On behalf of Council for the Municipality of Clare, I would like to thank the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for entrusting our community with this promising three-year pilot project, in which $697,887 will be invested in Clare to promote the positive impact that French-speaking immigrants have on the Municipality of Clare.
National Francophone Immigration Week is a time for all Francophones to be proud of their thriving inclusive Francophone communities and to be involved in building an identity that is rich in its diversity.
Coinciding with National Francophone Immigration Week, the Municipality of Clare and la Société acadienne de Clare are proud to announce the signature of an agreement with the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that will promote the region as a welcoming Francophone community thanks to a three-year pilot project.
A partnership between the Municipality of Clare and la Société acadienne de Clare, the goal of Communauté francophone accueillante (CFA) de Clare is to help make the community of Clare more welcoming for all and to ensure that all members of the community (including employers, the host community, community leaders and local authorities) have a positive attitude towards newcomers, notably those who wish to settle in French.
“The Municipality of Clare remains focused on bringing growth and vibrancy to the community: we are investing in our public spaces, we are spearheading a housing strategy and we are investing in high-speed Internet in the area,” says Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare. “Our community is motivated to welcoming new faces to benefit from and to be part of this growth.”
Through activities and special services, CFA de Clare will aim to promote inclusive leadership, equitable access to reception and settlement services, economic and employment opportunities and community-based engagement. The IRCC will fund $697,887 for projects and activities in Clare for 2020–2023, the duration of the project.
“This project is designed to be driven by and for the community,” states Natalie Robichaud, Executive Director of la Société acadienne de Clare. “The more we share our stories with newcomers, the more we discover our commonalities, and the more we value the benefits of diversity.”
For more information about CFA de Clare, visit facebook.com/CFAClare/.
About National Francophone Immigration Week
Organized by La Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada, the eighth edition of National Francophone Immigration Week from November 1 to 7, 2020, represents the pride of flourishing in inclusive Francophone communities and of being involved in the construction of an identity rich in its diversity. Across the country, many activities will bring together Francophones, whatever their origins, and promote exchanges.
This year’s theme, Ma couleur francophone, will provide opportunities to open a dialogue on the reality of systemic racism, which many immigrants suffer and to learn about other cultures. For more information, visit immigrationfrancophone.ca/en/.
Little Brook, NS – October 29, 2020: At the official swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, October 28, Ronnie LeBlanc of District 7 was unanimously appointed Warden of the Municipality of Clare for a third mandate.
The year 2020 marks 20 years in municipal politics for Mr. LeBlanc. He has held the position of Warden since 2012.
“It has been my honour to work for the residents of Clare over these last 20 years,” says Mr. LeBlanc. “I look forward to sitting at the table with Council, municipal staff and business and community stakeholders to continue to find solutions to our challenges and to promote and celebrate our achievements.”
Yvon LeBlanc of District 8, who is serving his second term on Council, was appointed Deputy Warden. Councillors Nil Doucet (District 1), Danny Hill (District 2), Carl Deveau (District 4), Brian Comeau (District 5) Éric Pothier (District 6) and newly elected Councillor Philippe Gaudet (District 3) were also sworn in.
Priorities for Council for the Municipality of Clare include the completion of a high-speed rural Internet project, overseeing a study on low-income housing, improving accessibility in Clare’s public spaces, encouraging a healthy economy through tourism, business opportunities and immigration, ongoing doctor recruitment and preparing for the 2024 Congrès mondial acadien.
The Municipality of Clare wants all families to celebrate Halloween safely. The Government of Nova Scotia has compiled a list of handy tips for trick-or-treaters and treat-givers for staying safe, helping reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protecting others during Halloween: https://novascotia.ca/protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus/halloween/
Are you handing out treats this year or would you prefer not to participate? Feel free to click here for printable signs that you post on your door or window:
Remember: if you are feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating, stay home. Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Little Brook, NS – October 20, 2020: Following the Official Addition by the Returning Officer on October 20, the official results for the 2020 municipal and CSAP elections in Clare are as follows (* Incumbent):
▪️ Blerina BERBERI – 78 votes
▪️ Nil DOUCET* – 443 votes
Total votes: 521; participation rate: 55.5 percent
▪️ Danny HILL – ACCLAIMED
▪️ Félix (à Innocent) COMEAU – 145 votes
▪️ Lisa DOUCETTE – 116 votes
▪️ Philippe GAUDET – 244 votes
▪️ Philip MEUSE – 30 votes
Total votes: 535; participation rate: 64.5 percent
▪️ Carl DEVEAU – ACCLAIMED
▪️ Brian COMEAU – ACCLAIMED
▪️ Kevin COMEAU – 220 votes
▪️ Shawna COMEAU – 134 votes
▪️ Eric POTHIER* – 248 votes
Total votes: 602; participation rate: 73.2 percent
▪️ Ronnie LEBLANC – ACCLAIMED
▪️ Yvon LEBLANC – ACCLAIMED
▪️ Michel (à Earl) COMEAU – 1145 votes
▪️ Marcel COTTREAU* – 1380 votes
▪️ Leon DUGAS – 610 votes
▪️ Rachelle LEBLANC – 1408 votes
Voter turnout in contested districts remained unchanged compared to the 2016 municipal and school board election at 64 percent.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, polling locations for the 2020 municipal and CSAP elections were reduced to two—the Meteghan Fire Hall and the Municipal Office. A number of public health protocols were implemented to ensure the safety of voters and of election workers, including required social distancing, the wearing of face masks and frequent sanitizing of surfaces.
Electronic voting was also made available to voters in the 2020 election. Of all votes cast, 86 percent were submitted online and by telephone, compared to 67 percent of electronic votes in 2016.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 municipal and school board elections, and congratulations to the winning candidates!