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The Municipality of Clare would like to congratulate from a distance the 2020 graduates of École secondaire de Clare and SMBA - Home of the Stingrays. From June 19 to 23, the electronic billboard next to the Clare Veterans Centre will be dedicated exclusively to our grads.

Congratulations to all of you for your achievements, your efforts and your perseverance. Caps off to a bright future!

As per the Municipality’s Fire Prevention By-Law:
All fires requiring a permit must be set between 5 p.m. and midnight. In the event of a burning restriction, all burning permits will be invalid for that time period.

Permits can be obtained from the Fire Chief in your area at no cost.

The permit holder shall:

  • Monitor the fire at all times
  • Burn small piles
  • Extinguish the fire before leaving
  • Have on site suitable equipment to extinguish the fire
  • Create a perimeter around the fire to prevent injury to all individuals present

Supervised fire pits and small contained bonfires for family enjoyment do not require a permit under the Municipality’s Fire Prevention By-Law but may be banned by the Department of Lands and Forestry in the event of a burning restriction.

Every person who fails to comply with this Fire Prevention By-Law is subject to a fine not to exceed Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) or, in default of payment of the fine, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months.

A copy of the Fire Prevention By-Law can be viewed at www.clarenovascotia.com or at the Municipal Office (1185 Highway 1, Little Brook, N.S. B0W 1Z0), between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Fire Chiefs for the Clare Firefighters Association
Havelock: Laurie Moses,  902-841-1818
Hectanooga: Louis Mazier,  902-769-7469
Little Brook: Michel LeBlanc,  902-769-2480
Meteghan: Alain Comeau,  902-769-7568
St. Bernard: Daniel Gaudet,  902-841-0413
Salmon River: Daniel Kiley,  902-307-9451
Southville: Doug Cromwell,  902-308-2258

Burning restrictions are set at 2 p.m. daily. To check restrictions, check online at novascotia.ca/burnsafe or phone 1-855-564-2876 for daily burning restrictions. Department of Lands and Forestry Burning Permits are still required for: Industrial Land Clearing, Agriculture, Building Construction, Blueberry Crops.

Starting Monday, June 15, we are happy to advise that the office of the Municipality of Clare will once again be open to members of the public (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). To ensure the safety of everyone we ask members of the public visiting the municipal office to:

  • practise physical distancing at all times;
  • respect that a maximum of 2 members of the public can line up inside the waiting area, both upstairs and downstairs; others can line up outside;
  • read and follow the directions on the signage;
  • make appointments in advance if you wish to speak to a specific staff member – go to www.clarenovascotia.com/en/contact for direct contact info;
  • refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell.

If you wish to pay your municipal taxes, please remember that the following remote options are available:

  1. Through most online financial institutions;
  2. By e-Transfer (please call our Tax Clerk at 902-769-2031 to arrange a payment);
  3. By credit card (please note that a 1.75% service fee will be applied);
  4. By mailing a cheque (please make cheques payable to Municipality of Clare, 1185 Highway 1, Little Brook, NS B0W 1Z0).

Given that the Université Sainte-Anne campus is still closed to the public, the Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your patience.


Little Brook, NS – June 8, 2020: The Municipality of Clare, in partnership with Fierté CLARE Pride, held a pride flag raising ceremony to usher in the first edition of pride week in Clare.

The goal of Fierté CLARE Pride, which runs from June 8 to 12, 2020, is to show love and support from and towards the LGBTQ2 community with a week of fun, informative and inclusive programming for everyone. Due to physical distancing directives, the event was broadcast live through the group’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FierteClarePride ).

Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare, spoke about the value of inclusion. “This evening, we celebrate the diversity of our community and we affirm the importance of friendship and respect for all our neighbours, including those in the LGBTQ2 community. We are here to share and we are here to listen.”

Last year, the Municipality of Clare was one of 50 municipalities across Canada to hold a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada as well as to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This initiative helped encourage more events that promote inclusion within the community of Clare.

Tristan MacAlpine, member of the Fierté CLARE Pride committee, reflected on the changes he has seen in the community in the last year alone, including the inauguration of a rainbow crosswalk at Université Sainte-Anne, where he studies Social Work.

“That night inspired me to keep pushing for progress. So earlier this year I approached Natalie Robichaud of the Société acadienne de Clare to talk about a couple of ideas that we could bring to the community. And long story short, here we are today at our second official pride flag raising and our first ever Fierté Clare Pride.”

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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.

The Acadian community of Clare, Nova Scotia, is hosting its first ever Pride Week from June 8 to 12, 2020. A partnership between the Municipality of Clare, la Société acadienne de Clare, Université Sainte-Anne, the Enchanté Network and Rising Youth, the goal of the event is to show love and support from and towards the LGBTQ2 community with a week of fun, informative and inclusive programming for everyone. In order to respect physical distancing directives due to COVID-19, the event is taking place entirely online. Let’s celebrate Clare Pride Week 2020: physically apart, together in heart.

Media Contact / Interviews:
Ronnie LeBlanc
Municipality of Clare

Amy Paradis
Communications Officer
Municipality of Clare

Happy Pride Week, Clare! The Municipality of Clare is a proud partner of the first edition of Fierté CLARE Pride, taking place from June 8 to 12, 2020. The goal of the event is to show love and support from and towards the LGBTQ2 community with a week of fun, informative and inclusive programming for everyone. In order to respect physical distancing directives, all activities will take place entirely online on Fierté CLARE Pride’s Facebook page (facebook.com/FierteClarePride).

The activities star tonight, with a Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at the municipal office. Tune in on Fierté CLARE Pride’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. to watch the ceremony live!

Let’s celebrate Clare Pride Week 2020 - physically apart, together in heart.

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Little Brook, Nova Scotia
B0W 1Z0

Phone: 902-769-2031
Fax: 902-769-3773

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Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

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