On October 17th
Christine Blair for Mayor of Colchester County
Experience Leadership Action
Blair offers for a second term as Mayor of Colchester.
September 7, 2020
Christine Blair has re-offered for a second term as mayor of Colchester with residents headed to municipal polls on Saturday October 17th.
First elected as Mayor in 2016, Ms. Blair has been involved with municipal politics since 1992. She served three terms as a municipal Councillor: 1997-2000 representing Bible Hill and Valley; and 2008-2016 representing Bible Hill and Brookside. As Mayor, she has been a member of all 10 standing and all ad hoc committees of Council. She represented the County on a number of Boards and Commissions, including the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark Society as Vice President and Vice Chair of the Board.
During her terms as Councillor, she served as Chair, RCMP Police Advisory Board; Chair, Dangerous and Unsightly Premises Committee and was a member of the County Flood Advisory Committee, Sewer Use Appeals Committee, Joint Taxi Bylaw Committee, and a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the new hospital.
In 1992, Ms. Blair became an elected Commissioner for the incorporated Village of Bible Hill and served in that position for 13, years, three as Chair. She was also the inaugural President for the Association of Nova Scotia Villages.
Prior to public service, Ms. Blair was Executive Assistant to a Nova Scotia Minister and MLA: Executive Assistant to the NS Commissioner of Forest Enhancement; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of the NS Department of Natural Resources; and Office Manager, NS Forest Products Association. She held the position of Returning Officer, Elections Nova Scotia, for the NS Electoral District of Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River for 21 years and seven provincial elections until 2017. Ms. Blair also assisted with the private family business, R&B Blair Sales & Service, North River, for 35 years.
As a Volunteer, Ms. Blair is a 25-year member and past President of the Rotary Club of Truro; President, Bible Hill Cemetery Company; Consulting Director, Association of Nova Scotia Villages; Official Board Chair, St. David's United Church, Bible Hill. She is Past Session Chair, St. David's United Church; Past President of the United Way of Colchester; Past Treasurer, NS Forestry Association; former tutor for adult literacy with FutureWorx; past Board member, Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce and CoRDA.
Ms. Blair was invited by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through the Joint Municipal Support Project to be a keynote speaker for International Women's Day in Aman, Jordan. She represented the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark at the 15th European Global Geopark conference in Seville, Spain, 2019.
Ms. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Business Administration diploma from Acadia University. She is married to Bill Blair, has two sons and two grandchildren. She enjoys water colour painting and travel.
Media & Events
Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce 130th Anniversary
September 11, 2020
A social distancing photo from my attendance at the 130th Anniversary celebration for the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce at the Colchester Historeum on Friday. Displays on local businesses over 100 years old featured Wilson Fuels, MacQuarries Pharmacy, Carter’s Paints, and Stanfields.
In the photo are Sherry Martell, Executive Director; Matthew Mossman, VP; Ron Smith, President and me.
Covid-19 Adds a New Twist to the Political Process
August 27th, 2020
Filing nomination papers in 2020 was certainly different with personal protective masks and desk shields. I filed my nomination papers on August 27th for my second term as Mayor of Colchester County - A pleasure to meet with Guy Wheeler, the Municipal Returning Officer for Colchester County
Rural Broadband Coming to Colchester - August 2020
Colchester County, in partnership with Cumberland County, has embarked on one of the largest optic fibre-based high speed internet networks in rural Canada. Colchester County signed an agreement on August 21st with Cumberland County and Xplornet to bring this service to our rural communities. This is a $61.1 million project, with Xplornet investing $34 million, the province $21.1 million and the two municipalities a combined amount of $6 million. We worked very hard for two years to put these agreements and this project in place. It will have long term, significant and far-reaching impacts on Rural Colchester and Cumberland Counties. It opens the way for business, remote working from home, economic development, and provides opportunities that otherwise might not have been available to our residents. It was a very special moment for me as Mayor, to sign the documents on behalf of Colchester County to make this happen. The project has begun and is expected to be completed in three years.
Ribbon Cutting on the UNESCO Cliffs of Fundy Geopark - July, 2020
July 10, 2020
The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark designation came after a lot of time, hard work, and sheer determination to reach this goal. The announcement was made on July 10, 2020 by UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris and is anticipated to be a catalyst for tourism growth in Nova Scotia. It was in 2016 that the first community and organizational meetings began to take place along the shore, as this venture needed to be a community based initiative. The Mi’kmaq community believed in the initiative and became part of it. Boundaries reach from the Fundy Discovery Site in Lower Truro to Apple River in Cumberland County. This is a 50/50 partnership with Cumberland County, an unprecedented municipal partnership of which we are very proud. As a UNESCO Global Geopark, the Cliffs of Fundy joins four others in Canada and 160 internationally. We are now on the world stage.
Election Day Poll: Saturday, October 17 - 8:00 am until 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 8 - 12 noon until 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 13 - 12 noon until 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 14 - 12 noon until 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 15 - 12 noon until 8:00 pm
Voter Information Cards will be sent out to electors giving the locations for voting. Please note your location. You are encouraged to vote in the advance polls. All health directives will be followed.
Please wear your personal protective mask at the polls.