Regional Energy Strategy presented to Senate committee

Ron Robinson
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Welcome to the CREDA File, a monthly column on economic development issues and activities in Cumberland County from the files of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association.

The most important fossil ever discovered at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site is coming home to Joggins. The fossilized remains of Hylonomus lyelli, the earliest occurrence of reptilian life discovered and only found at Joggins, will be on display at the Joggins Fossil Centre throughout the 2011 season. The Joggins Fossil Centre invites you to join them on Saturday, April 23 for the public unveiling of the Hylonomus lyelli exhibit which has been made possible through the partnership between the Joggins Fossil Institute and the Atlantic Geoscience Society. At 2 p.m., Cambridge University vertebrate palaeontologist Dr. Jenny Clack will be giving a special presentation about the significance of this rare fossil.

In 2002, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly declared the 312-million-year-old Hylonomus lyelli fossil as Nova Scotia's Provincial Fossil. Hylonomus lyelli was discovered in a fossilized tree stump at Joggins in 1859 by Pictou-born geologist, Sir John William Dawson.

The fossil is on loan to the Joggins Fossil Centre from the Museum of Natural History, London and will be on display at the Joggins Fossil Centre from April 23 until Oct. 31.

The Cumberland Energy Office had the rare opportunity recently to present the Regional Energy Strategy for Cumberland County to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. The Energy Office is a partnership between the

Municipality of the County of Cumberland, the towns of Springhill and Parrsboro and CREDA. Cumberland Energy Officer Shawna Eason was joined by representatives from the three municipal units for the presentation on Feb. 28 in Halifax.

The Senate committee was given an overview of the Regional Energy Strategy which focuses on attracting and promoting renewable and alternative energy development to Cumberland County as well as identifying investment and attraction opportunities within the three municipal units. The presentation also discussed the goals of the strategy, deliverables accomplished to date, as well as strategic planning for the development of wind energy, geothermal (mine water in particular), tidal energy, solar energy and biomass.

Eason said the message they wanted to convey to the Senate committee is that "the Cumberland Energy Office and its partners are taking progressive steps to position Cumberland County as a hub for the development of green energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation." If you have any questions regarding the Regional Energy Strategy you can contact Eason at 667-3638 or

How would you like a chance to win a starring role in a Nova Scotia Tourism TV commercial? All you have to do is look into a video camera and tell people what you love about Nova Scotia in 60 seconds or less. There are lots of ways to enter the My Nova Scotia Contest, including signing up to record your audition when the My Nova Scotia audition bus comes to town. The bus will be in Amherst on Monday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Amherst Centre Mall. People auditioning will be asked to express what they love most about Nova Scotia in a compelling and enthusiastic manner while also shining a light on what is best about Cumberland County.

Twenty-one winners will be selected from the auditions across the province and those people will star in a TV commercial which will be airing from May 9 through to Sept. 26th. For more information on the contest, including other ways to enter, log on to

If you have any questions or want further information about CREDA phone 667-3638 or visit our website @ CREDA is Quality System Registered to ISO 9001:2008.


Organizations: Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, Senate committee, Joggins Fossil Centre UNESCO Cumberland Energy Office Joggins Fossil Institute Atlantic Geoscience Society Cambridge University Nova Scotia House of Assembly Museum of Natural History Standing Senate Committee on Energy Quality System Registered

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Joggins, Nova Scotia Pictou London Springhill Halifax Amherst

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