Community Advisory: Kings Transit Authority

The Town of Berwick requested the new Kings Transit Authority bus route:
1. To make Kings Transit more accessible to more residents of Berwick,
2. To better serve the Kings Mutual Century Centre and its patrons

As part of an ongoing review of their bus service Kings Transit will monitor the changes recently made to bus routing in Berwick, and make adjustments this summer in response to community feedback, with the ultimate goal of improved access to the Kings Mutual Century Centre on Veteran's Memorial Drive


Rural Nova Scotia Municipal Utility Takes Step Into The Future



Rural Nova Scotia Municipal Utility Takes Step Into The Future



Berwick, N.S. Rural Nova Scotia is leading the low carbon energy transition movement through an advanced energy storage pilot project.


Equilibrium Engineering (Kentville, NS), StorTera (Scotland, UK) and Dalhousie University’s Renewable Energy Storage Lab have partnered with the Town of Berwick to develop an intelligent energy storage system. The project would increase the market uptake of renewable energy, save customers money and provide value to Berwick Electric (the electricity grid operator).


The partners were in Ottawa, ON recently and pitched their proposal to Natural Resources Canada as part of the Power Forward Challenge that brought firms from Canada and the UK together to collaborate on energy distribution projects.  Thirty-seven (37) projects were initially submitted, seven (7) were shortlisted and three (3) proposals were approved.


The $3.2 million project will explore an innovative business model that couples solar PV, battery storage, and energy efficiency upgrades for residential users. Those efforts will provide a pathway for utilities to increase electrification and deliver deep greenhouse gas reductions. The business and financing model leapfrogs regulatory cost of service model issues, merging the behind-the-meter values of energy storage with grid operator values, and makes the energy system of the future achievable now.


We’re going where very few have gone to date, it’s exciting times in the energy world,” says Town of Berwick Mayor Don Clarke. “There’s an opportunity here for us to take further control of our energy costs, and continue to develop our renewable energy strategy. This would build upon the success of our 25 MW wind farm developed with other Nova Scotian municipal electric utilities. Because we own our utility we understand the commitment we make to the residents of the town for reliable, green, economic power.





Media Contacts:

Jeremy Lutes, Principal, Equilibrium Engineering, Canada



Mayor Don Clarke, Town of Berwick


Call for Police Advisory Board Community Members

Town of Berwick

Police Advisory Board Community Member Positions

Do you know what’s happening in your Town? Would you like to have input into what’s being done? Volunteer! Get involved! The Town of Berwick is currently recruiting for three citizen members to serve on the Police Advisory Committee. The Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every other month.

The role of community board members are to bring community perspectives to community safety and provide advice to Town and the Police.

For more information or an application, please contact Chantal Pineo-Atwood at 538-8068x4006 or for an electronic copy.

Town of Berwick: Tax Sale Process

Tax Sale Process

Preparations are now under way for a Tax Sales to be held on May 4, 2018. If you are a taxpayer in the Town of Berwick and your tax is two or more years in arrears, your property could be sold at tax sale.

For those accounts in arrears, a Preliminary Notice of Tax Sale will be mailed to the property owner(s) at the current address on file on January 3, 2018.

From the date of this notice, the tax payer has fourteen (14) days to settle their account or to contact the Municipal Office and make payment arrangements by January 17, 2018.

Once the preliminary notice has expired, a title search is conducted on the property and the costs associated with this search become part of the expense of the sale and a lien on the property.

A formal Notice of Tax Sale is prepared next and comprises the arrears of rates and taxes, interest, legal and title search costs, land registration fees, advertising charges and administration costs.

This formal notice of tax sale is mailed to the account holder via registered mail. Sixty (60) days after the date of the Notice of Tax Sale, the property will be advertised in Annapolis Valley Register on March 4, 2018.

There is a sixty (60) day period from the date of this notice where the account holder has the opportunity to pay their arrears, plus all costs incurred to date of payment.

If full payment is made within these sixty days, then the property does not get advertised in the Annapolis Valley Register and is pulled from the sale.

The first public advertisement will appear no sooner than sixty days from the date on the Notice of Tax Sale.

A second notice is published within the thirty (30) days prior to the sale.

A physical poster is also displayed in a prominent place on the property slated for sale.

The property owner has up to the day before the sale (Sale Date: May 4, 2018) to pay their account balance and avoid having their property auctioned at the sale.

Berwick Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law Amendment Public Hearing Rezoning of 136 Orchard Street, PID 55237150

The Berwick Town Council passed First Reading on October 10, 2017 and will now hold a Public Hearing concerning possible amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw. This is regarding a proposed rezoning application at 136 Orchard Street.  The Public Hearing will be held on November 14, 2017, beginning at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers.

Don Regan

Proposed Rezoning Lands of the Town of Berwick, Orchard Street

The Town of Berwick has acquired lands generally bounded by Orchard Street and Spartan Avenue, formerly lands of West Point Homes Limited (PIDs 55243836, 55380844, 08131120).  These lands are proposed to be rezoned to enable their use and development for public recreation purposes.


The Town’s Planning Advisory Committee will be holding an information and consultation meeting to discuss the proposed rezoning.


The meeting will provide information about the development of the property as a green space recreational area which would include such entities as a bike skills park, walking trail and more.  Town staff will discuss details about the proposed development including the type of facilities that are planned and the phasing of the development.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 236 Commercial Street on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Don Regan, CAO

Town of Berwick

Phase 2 of the Kings Mutual Century Centre

Phase 2 of the Kings Mutual Century Centre

The Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick recently awarded the tender for the much anticipated phase 2.  Phase 2 will consist of the Larsen Curling Centre, home to the Berwick Curling Club, the Willowdale Farm Fitness centre fully equipped aerobic and strength training facility and the Eden Valley Wellness Centre. Other renovations will include additional dressing rooms and minor upgraded to the arena and existing spaces.

The successful tender went to Lindsay Construction of Dartmouth the amount of $4,240,000 keeping the overall project costs at approximately $5 million. Site preparation will begin soon followed by continued construction. The entire project will be completed by the spring of 2018.

John Nichols, chair of the Kings Mutual Century Centre Building committee says “we are pleased to award this project to such an experienced company as Lindsay, we look forward to working with them over the next several months”.

The Curling Club, Fitness Centre and Wellness Centre will be a great addition to the Apple Dome Arena, walking track, Wilson’s Community Centre and the Berwick Lions Club that were part of Phase 1 opened in 2010.

The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have each provided $1.6 million to the project. The community has raised most of the remaining $1.8 million and will continue to fundraise to meet additional costs.

Please click HERE for more information about the Sod Turning event. 

Minor Ball & Somerset Soccer Registration Opportunites


THURSDAY, APRIL 20 - 6 TO 8 PM       
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 - 6 TO 8 PM             


SUNDAY, APRIL 2 - 1 TO 3 PM             



Town Hall Grand Opening A Success

Town Hall Grand Opening A Success

Thank you to all who came out to support the new Town Hall on Wednesday evening, and to those who continue to show support and pride in this great community. We are so excited to call the new Town Hall home.

Click HERE for the feature article from


Please join The Town of Berwick, Berwick and District Library, and The Annapolis Valley Regional Library Administration Office in celebrating our new community facility. 

Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30-8pm. 

There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to tour the new building. 

236 Commercial Street, Berwick, Nova Scotie

We hope to see you there!

Flag Day Celebration

“On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Every year since 1996, when Parliament declared February 15th as National Flag of Canada Day, we celebrate our beautiful flag.”

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Berwick Library
All Ages Welcome!

See our calendar for poster and more information!

March Break Camp

Join us over March Break for some FUN!

March 13th - March 17th
Daily from 8:30am - 4:30pm
Ages 5 - 12
Berwick Town Hall Gymansium
Cost: $18/day

Activities include, skating, crafts, outdoor play, gym time, library fun, “Clayground Tile Painting”, as well as interesting Guest Speakers!!

To register visit us at the Berwick Recreation office, call Carol at (902) 538-8616, or Email

Berwick's Winter Carnival

Saturday, February 11, 2017

7:30 to 10:30 am Family Breakfast at the Masonic Lodge
110 Mill Street, $7 for adults, $3 for children.

10 am to 2 pm Fun Fair – Berwick Fire Hall
(Sponsored by The Berwick & District Nursery School)

12 noon to 2 pm Build a Snowman
Find Katie & Carol from the Recreation Department at the back doors of the Berwick Fire Hall

4:15 to 5 pm Free Skate
Kings Mutual Century Centre

6:30 to 8 pm Toboggan party at the back of the Grand View Manor
Look for the lights!! Free hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep you warm!!

Winter Tea Social

January 30, 2017 1:30-3:00pm
Everyone Welcome

  • Learn safety tips for your home and community
  • Meet your local community health team
  • Hot beverages and snacks provided
  • Free home assessments available
  • Connect with others

Please the check the Calendar of Events for a more detailed poster and information for RSVP


3 January, 2017

For all of you who have signed up for Direct Load Control, we regret to announce that we are deferring implementation until later in 2017. Delays in getting Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approval for the Customer Premises Equipment applied extra time pressure, and your Berwick Electric Commission and AMG Energy, the company operating Direct Load Control on your behalf, decided that any excess haste could endanger smooth implementation and trouble free operation.

The semi-annual draws will still be held in June and December 2017 and all Berwick Energy Partners will be eligible. Please stay tuned.

For further information, call AMG Energy at 902.542.5223 or send an e-mail to The good folks at AMG Energy will be pleased to answer any questions you may have

Berwick Smart Town Hall Press Release

Berwick Creating First “Smart Town Hall” in Collaboration with Cisco, Hanatech and i-Valley

The Town of Berwick announced today that it will be home to the first “Smart Town Hall” in Nova Scotia.  In collaboration with Cisco, Hanatech and i-Valley, the new Berwick Town Hall will employ ultra-high-speed networking and digital solutions to transform the community hub into a smart building. 

“Our public service, business and community members will be served by advanced digital network technologies that enhance civic work, innovation, research and outreach,” said Berwick Mayor Don Clarke. “These technologies will yield numerous operational savings and make the building easier to manage and maintain.”

“The smart design also future-proofs the new Town Hall as it establishes a digital foundation that combines flexibility, high-capacity and the ability to easily accommodate new features that can be incorporated at a later date.”

“Cisco’s Smart+Connected™ Communities portfolio of solutions offers a holistic approach to transforming public spaces into smart, connected communities,” said Rod Murphy, VP Sales, Atlantic for Cisco Canada.  “Berwick’s new Smart Town Hall is seen as the seed for digital applications that could manage town infrastructure including connected parking, traffic, lighting, education, healthcare, safety and security, and remote access to government services; it will also help to break down silos between town agencies, citizens and private companies.”

Among the current features of the new Smart Town Hall are:

·         Smart Council Chambers: A super-speed network will connect the Town Council Chambers to world networks, allowing members to engage in virtual video meetings with global experts or other Annapolis Valley councils.

·         Unified Communications: An advanced and scalable Unified Communications platform delivering integrated voice, messaging, and video capabilities; an Internet-Protocol (IP) telephony system that can expand as the Town Hall needs to grow; and, a secure and mobile instant messaging platform that allows town employees to stay connected from anywhere.

·         Innovation Hub: A dedicated room will offer a 1-gigabit connection for entrepreneurs and innovators, providing them with the high-speed link needed to develop solutions that require high data transfers like 3-D printing or virtual healthcare.

·         Smart Library: The same super-speed network will be available to the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, which is co-locating in the Town Hall, opening up the potential for online seminars and further book-sharing.

“Because the ‘spinal cord’ of the building will be digital, one fibre optic cable replaces the normal bundle of separate cables,” commented Ali Nafarieh, VP and Co-founder of Hanatech. “From one source, we can control systems like video surveillance, door entry, climate control, lighting and other building functions.”

Hanatech will serve as the chief contractor on the project and specializes in smart buildings.

“The Berwick Smart Town Hall is not being created in isolation - it is the first piece in the concept of ‘Smart Annapolis Valley’ - a program endorsed by the mayors and wardens in the region,” said Terry Dalton, President of the not-for-profit association i-Valley. “We have been working with a number of communities regionally to transform them into smart communities that combine new, emerging technologies with applications that increase business-level innovation, lower costs, attract investment and accelerate business, environmental, and social development; this all begins in Berwick.”


About the Town of Berwick

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Berwick is the little town with lots to offer. Berwick is safe, affordable and boasts an excellent quality of life. It is home to a range of diverse shops, restaurants, farmers' markets and is only minutes away from the Annapolis Valley's two community college campuses and Acadia University. Come to visit or stay and see why Berwick is Nova Scotia's fastest growing town! Visit or contact Mayor Don Clarke,  


About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems, and Cisco IOS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.


About Hanatech

Halifax-based Hanatech provides innovative and reliable networking designs, professional IT consulting services, technical support, and training opportunities for enterprise organizations, business, small offices, and homeowners. Hanatech provides integrated elegant, easy-to-use and cost-effective Smart Home and Office Security & Automation Solutions. For information, please see or contact Ali Nafarieh,


About i-Valley

i-Valley is a not-for-profit association working with mayors, wardens, business leaders, civic planners and academia, dedicated to facilitating the transformation of the Annapolis Valley to a Smart Region.  The goal of “Smart Annapolis Valley” is to drive efficiencies in such vital areas as energy, healthcare, business, and social engagement.  Smart communities are those which use digital tools and services to achieve the higher employment, better income, more sustainable environment and better education that are universal traits of such communities. For information, please see or contact Terry Dalton,



Sports Hall of Fame Deadline

The Berwick Sports Hall of Fame Committee have started to meet and plan their induction for June 2017. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017. Nomination forms are available from Carol at the Berwick Recreation Department If anyone is interested in joining the Committee, please feel free to contact Mike Trinacty at

Berwick Energy Meeting

Berwick Residents! Thursday September 1st @ 7pm there will be a meeting at the Berwick Lions Club led by your Berwick Electric Commission. Come learn about energy supply and management and the significant strides taken by your town. Have a question? Get it answered.

Find out how you can contribute to Berwick's energy future with Mayor Don Clarke, CAO & Berwick Electric Commission Superintendent Don Regan and AMG Energy CEO Dr. Jim Retallack.

There will also be two draws for prizes following the meeting. The prizes are one of two $50 vouchers to the Driftwood Restaurant and the Union Street Café, kindly donated by those two fine establishments. The winner must be present at the meeting and at the time of the draw. Look for your ticket in your post office box or get one at the Town Office. One ticket per Berwick Electric Commission customer.