With so many different types of social media (twitter, facebook, flickr, LinkedIn, to name a few!) I can’t always guarantee that I will see your concerns if you post or comment on one of these media sites. 

If you have a concern please EMAIL ME at or CALL ME at 902-539-2144. ​ If it is important to you - I want to hear about it!   



The CBRM will be selecting students for summer 2017 programs by lottery on Thursday June 1st, 2017. The draw will take place at 5:00 pm. (See attached)

For students who wish to be considered for employment, the following procedure will be followed:


1. The Municipality is committed to providing students with meaningful employment opportunities. 
Students eligible for summer employment must:
• Be graduating from grade 12 and pursuing post secondary education; or
• Be returning to full time post secondary education during 2017;
• Be willing to work where the job requires, which may not always be in the students home community;
• Not previously employed through the student lottery with CBRM;
• For students assigned to the Recreation Department, must consent to the carrying out of a Search of the Child Abuse Register and a police check by CBRM.
2. Ensure that you know the name of your Councillor and your District Number. This must be correct on your application. If you do not know who your Councillor is go to the following website: . You will have to provide your civic address in order to use this tool.


1. Collect an application from the CBRM Citizen Service Centre location in Sydney. Applications will also be in the Recreation Department of the CBRM, or you can contact me and I can email you an electronic copy or print one off for you. 
2. Attend the lottery on
Thursday, June 1st at
5:00 at the location indicated below. Students or student representatives must personally deposit their application in the draw.

Lottery will take place on
Thursday, June 1st at 5:00 pm at the following Locations;

District 1 Memorial High School
District 2 Memorial High School 
District 3 Coxheath Arena
District 4 Coxheath Arena (Councillor STEVE GILLESPIE)
District 5 C200
District 6 C200
District 7 Brookshaven Recreation Hall
District 8 Albert Bridge Fire Hall
District 9 Reserve Mines Senior & Pensioner Club
District 10 Dominion Fire Hall
District 11 Breton Education Centre (Use Cafeteria Entrance)
District 12 St. Michael’s Polish Hall


January 31, 2017 - CBRM's ONLINE BUDGET SURVEY  
CBRM's online budget survey is now available. Please take 5 minutes of your time and give the municipal government some feedback on services and issues in our community.

Click here or go to CBRM website

​January 28, 2017 - UPDATE

I want to take a moment to clarify something that came up several times this week while talking with residents of my district. As a CBRM councillor I was offered the choice of submitting mileage and expenses for travel and related district work and getting reimbursed or taking the $140.00 a week travel allowance. I chose neither option because 1/3 of my salary is tax free and I believe this is sufficient to cover expenses. I have not submitted any receipts and have no intention too.

In addition I was offered a cell phone and free unlimited package which I also turned down because I already have a personal cell phone and plan so I just integrated my CBRM work on my own phone and pay my own bill. 

I did not enroll in the pension plan because of my views on term limits for councillors, I did not enrol in the benefits package because I have current coverage. Travelling off island to attend conferences is something I have not done or plan to do because to me it is not fiscally responsible and there are more cost effective ways to use technology for training and education.

I appreciate that this may not be possible for other councillors given the size and geographical location of their districts and the additional costs they incur because of these factors. I am also blessed to have a career, in addition to being a councillor, that allows me the time and flexibility to serve my community.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions.

January 1, 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Just a reminder the CBRM FREE skate hosted for the County Arena in Coxheath is Saturday December 31st from 12 to 2pm. It's open to everyone so we hope to see a good crowd. My wife, my son and I will be passing out the hot chocolate and I'm buying!

December 23, 2016 – WATER BREAK UPDATE
Water main break in Sydney River Will affect areas of Coxheath and Sydney River. You will see low water pressure and some discoloration. Crews are working on it now.

December 18, 2016 – WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS
Please help me get something done about the condition of our winter roads this by calling Nova Scotia Transportation at 902-563-2245 and registering your concerns.  Once you register your inquiry or complaint then we can track it and see how long it will take to get to your road plowed.

This is a new service and if we use it properly maybe we can get our roads done quicker and better.

Feel free to call me with any questions. They have a new system to collect areas of concern.  Don’t forget to please EMAIL ME me as well so I can follow up with them and your MLA. The province needs to know this is getting worse every year.

In the event of an outage, customers are encouraged visit the outage page
for updates on estimated restoration times.

You can call their outage line 24/7 at 1-877-428-6004. They also have accounts with Twitter and Facebook.

December 14, 2016- Nova Scotia Province's Winter Plow Tracker
The province and the CBRM clear snow from roads differently – and District 4 snow removal is done by the provincial government (not by the CBRM).  The CBRM waits until the snow stops and then sends all their fleet out at one time whereas but the province starts clearing roads as soon as the snow starts and they don't stop until its done. This is because all highways and major routes such as Westmount Road, Coxheath Road, Kings Road, etc must be kept clean at all times to the best of their abilities. I'm told this is legislative. I will be communicating with both departments in the future to review protocol and when I know more I will pass it on!  Here is a great Provincial Tracking website where This may be helpful to you to track activity in our neighbourhood.

 This Provincial Tracking website shows the winter maintenance activities taking place on provincially owned and maintained roadways including all of District 4. This may be helpful to you to track activity in our neighbourhood.

 Don't forget to CALL Nova Scotia Transportation (902) 563-2245 to inquiry about when your street will be plowed.  This is a new service and if we use it properly maybe we can get our roads done quicker and better.  Don’t forget to CALL me too at (902) 539-2144 (or email me at so I can follow up.


Community Updates & INFO  for Residents of District 4