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The Shoreline Journal is a monthly community newspaper based in Bass River, Nova Scotia, and serving the Fundy Shore/Glooscap Trail from Truro to Parrsboro.   See submission deadlines...

Established in 1994, the paper was originally published as the West Colchester Free Press by Ken Kennedy Publications, and later renamed to The Shoreline Journal.  In January 2008 The Journal changed hands and is now under the management of  the husband and wife team of Maurice & Dorothy Rees.  They have initiated a redesign of the paper, with the addition of several colour pages each issue. Each monthly issue concentrates on the many community events which involve residents of all ages, from the elderly to the very young, and those young at heart.  A primary focus is those activities which involve students, whether it be school or 4-H club activities.

Maurice has extensive experience in the community newspaper & advertising field, and has been running several businesses in Maitland for the past few years.  Dorothy is a lady of many interests who has already added new features to the Journal; and since November 2008 has operated her own business, Dorothy’s T-shirt Factory, which has been  renamed to “tshirtsrus.ca”.  The energetic couple have a busy schedule as they are also sales agents for Nelson Monuments.

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The Shoreline Journal understands that rural communities want to know about news and events in their communities, so that's our focus, the things that directly affect our subscribers, sponsors and customers.  Watch for regular items:

Rees' Pieces (Publishers)               Letters to the Editor            Community Calendar

Heritage Notes                            Sports Events                       Classified Ads

Senior Affairs                               Nature Notes                       Credit Union News

MLA Activity Report                      Community Centres              Fire Brigade

Favourite Pet Photo                      Parish News                        4-H Clubs

Dorothy's Kitchen Korner               Poems & Photos                  Obituaries

Front Page Briefs                         

plus notes from many communities and organizations such:

Bass River, CCJS Student Council, Chiganois, Debert Elementary, Debert Legion, Great Village, Londonderry Council, MacCarell Villa, Masstown, Onslow Belmont, skating clubs & other groups


Rees' Pieces - July 2015

OH, what to do or think

Some days things are so contradictory, one doesn’t know which way to turn.

Here’s an example. The province is bearing down on motorists texting or using a cell phone while driving, yet General Motors is running a television ad campaign promoting WiFi in some models. Does that mean GM is encouraging people to break the law?

Fracking for natural gas is prohibited in Nova Scotia. If you watch CNN, there’s a USA government ad stating it has become a global leader as a natural gas producer and exporter, because of fracking.

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StartUpNew York

A new opportunity to grow your business. Welcome to StartupNY http://startup-ny.com/

Special Op-Ed by Maurice Rees, Publisher

(I don’t want anyone to think, I’m suggesting any of our business leaders and entrepreneurs should leave Colchester County or Nova Scotia. However, I watch a fair amount of CNN, after our local newscasts supper or late night, rather that watch some of the tv-evening soaps.

After several occasions of seeing an ad for "StartUp-NY", I decided to check online to find out about all the hype. They certainly have some attractive incentives, so thought it would be worthy to share with Colchester’s the Mayor and Councillors, plus all Shoreline Journal Readers).

Thinking of Colchester in particular, we have a few assets some of which are unique to us and could play a major role in "StartUP-Colchester": The Debert Airport is the most "fog-free" airport in Atlantic Canada; Dal Agriculture Campus; Perinna and all leading research work being conducted at Agri-Tech Park; very strong diversified Agriculture Campus; relatively strong manufacturing sector and proximity to the Bay of Fundy to name just a few.

The following is what I found at the http://startup-ny.com/ website in less than five minutes. It’s taken word for word.

What is START-UP NY?

START-UP NY offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State.

Partnering with these schools gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources and experts in key industries. 

Who is START-UP NY for?

To participate in START-UP NY, your company must meet the following requirements: be a new business in New York State, or an existing New York business relocating to or expanding within the state; partner with a New York State college or university and create new jobs and contribute to the economic development of the local community.

Your company should belong to one of the many eligible industries listed here:

Advanced Materials & Manufacturing:

New York is at the forefront of technology, boasting a wide range of advanced materials & manufacturing businesses – from special alloys to engineering polymers, and more. Materials produced in New York State provide the "enabling technology" for sectors such as electronics, computers, telecommunications, transportation, aerospace, medical equipment, construction and consumer products. 

Biotech & Life Sciences:

Countless medical discoveries have been made in New York. From vaccines to protect against polio, diphtheria and smallpox, to lifesaving antibiotics to breakthrough DNA discoveries – companies in New York State continue to lead innovation in biosciences. The State’s exceptional research infrastructure – over 30 academic research centers – is ranked third in the nation in number of grant award for research institutions, supports resident bioscience companies and is key in attracting exceptional staff. 

Cleantech & Renewable Energy:

Cleaner, greener energy development and deployment is a priority for New York State where we are transitioning to more resilient, less polluting, renewable energy technologies and products. NY leads the US in wind and clean technology patents and new energy storage products and systems often as the result of university-industry collaboration cultivated at more than two dozen Centers of Excellence and Centers of Advanced Technology.

Food & Beverage:

36,000 farms use 7-million acres to produce an array of food and beverage products in New York State. Access to fresh milk helps make NY the leading producer of yogurt. Field crops, fruits and vegetables returned $2.7 billion to farmers. Resources coupled with world class education institutions such as Cornell, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville, Schenectady Community College and the Culinary Institute offer a wide range of agribusiness programs.

Optics & Imaging:

More than 30,000 New Yorkers were employed at firms in the Optics and Imaging industry in 2012.  These technologies are enablers of productivity and efficiency, have broad impacts and are at the core of all communications. R&D and skilled talent are the lifeblood of these industries.  NY strategically invested in both for the last 20 years and as a result leads the nation in combined public and private R&D.  A continuing stream of advances in these sectors pours from the state’s top universities and commercial laboratories.   

Tech & Electronics:

NY is #3 in high tech employment, providing a workforce for many key industries such as data processing and computer facilities management. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Polytechnic Institute has over $20 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners and a statewide footprint. 

Transportation Equipment:

Did you know that 45% of all rail related expenditures are made in New York thanks to the influence of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – one of the largest transportation authorities in the world.  New York is also the largest producer of equipment for the transit industry.

What companies do not qualify to participate in START-UP NY?

The industries listed below are not typically eligible* to join START-U NY, but may be eligible for one of the many other business incentive programs offered by New York State: Retail and wholesale businesses; Restaurants; Law and accounting firms; Medical or dental practices; Real estate management companies/brokers; Hospitality; Retail banking and Utilities and energy production

How do I get started?

  1. Submit the Pre-Qualification Form to find out if you are eligible.
  2. We’ll help find the right school for you to partner with based on geography and academic mission.
  3. Work with the school you’ve been matched with to complete a Business Application.

Getting started is simple:

The first step is to fill out the START-UP NY registration form to tell us more about your company and your goals. Are you looking to start a new company or relocate to New York from out-of-state or expand an existing New York State company? Under START-UP NY all three options are eligible as long as you’re creating net new jobs in New York State. If you have already identified a school that you’d like to work with, please list the school in the registration form, or if you don’t have a preference, we’ll find the right fit for you. Once your registration is complete, we’ll be in touch soon.


START-UP NY connects businesses and schools based on geography and academic mission. We’ll help find the right school for you to partner with, and once your company has found a school match you’ll submit your START-UP NY application to that school.  


If your application is accepted by the school, then the school will submit the application for review and approval from New York State. Once your application is approved by the state, you’re all set to open for business. 

Kent Homes facility to Ship Components?

By Maurice Rees

Might the former Kent Homes facility in Debert Industrial Park become a manufacturing facility to build ship components under the federal ship building program? If Bill Casey has his way, it will.

Former MP Bill Casey who is the Liberal Candidate for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley for this fall’s election has recently approached Senior Officials of J.D. Irving Ltd to point out the potential for the Irving organization to build ship components in Cumberland Colchester under the federal ship building program.

Casey met with Mr. Jim Irving, Co-CEO of J.D. Irving Ltd, and Mary Kieth, VP Communications to discuss potential opportunities. Casey focused on vacant industrial buildings which are suitable for steel fabrication and for manufacturing ship structures and components. In a June 23rd letter to Irving and Keith he drew reference to the 98,000 sq ft former Kent Homes property in Debert Industrial Park and the 80,000 sq ft Robb Engineering facility in Amherst.

As part of his letter, Casey noted several assets of each of the buildings as follows:

Building No 1 is the former Kent Homes factory. This 98,000 ft.˛ building has a wide range of uses as it has few obstructions in the factory interior. It includes overhead cranes, office space, engineering area, stock rooms etc. Thousands of steel frames and structures were fabricated in this factory during its years of operation. The plant has a large fenced-in compound and includes considerable area for secure storage and parking. It has easy access for transport. This building is already owned by the Irving group and has been dormant for several years.

Building No 2 is the former Robb Engineering plant in the Amherst Industrial Park. Robb Engineering built many of the large bridges and buildings in this region and also fabricated structures for the offshore oil and gas industry. This building is 80,000 ft.˛ and is mostly clear-span. It includes interior overhead cranes as well two large outside gantries designed to move and store heavy steel. Again, there is considerable workspace and yardspace. It has close access to rail and highway transportation routes. It is available for rent or purchase.

In addition to suggesting two available former fabrication and manufacturing facilities, Casey was also heralding the area’s existing workforce. He said, there are experienced trades people from the steel fabrication facilities in the area. The Nova Scotia Community College has schools in Amherst, Springhill and Truro which would be prepared to work with your firm to ensure that you have the quality workers you require to produce ship components in either one of these buildings. The NSCC in Truro boasts highly skilled graduates who could supply your technical expertise requirements, further enhancing Irving’s commitment and reputation of providing high-paying jobs for well-qualified Nova Scotians.

CCRSB eliminates 36.1 NSTU positions
By Maurice Rees

The closure of three CCRSB schools has resulted in a savings of $900,000 which permitted the board to reduce its projected deficit from $3.32-Million to $2.42-Million, before taking action to implement addition cuts. Part of the cuts was the elimination of 36.1 full time equivalent NSTU positions, of which 17 are due to declining enrollment. The budget was passed at the CCRSB board meeting on June 23rd.

To balance the budget, CCRSB’s elected Board has made the following reductions: School buses/routes, $111,000; 5.5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions in property services: bus drivers with additional duties and custodial staff, $193,500; Major maintenance, $131,000; 36.1 FTE Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union positions (17 FTE due to declining enrolment) – achieved through attrition, $1.8 million; Programs, services & supports – Education Services, $158,500 and Shared administration – Central Office, $25,000.

CCRSB has a total revenue budget of $202 million for the 2015-2016 school year. The input of $7.6 million in provincial revenue for targeted initiatives, permitted the following to be included: Continuation of the Grade Primary-2 class cap of 20 students, Class Cap of 25 students for grades 3 and 4; Two new Options and Opportunities sites in CCRSB (Cobequid Education Centre and River Hebert District High); Continuation of Student Support grants for all schools; Increase in the number of Reading Recovery teachers and increased funding for Mathematics support.

Additional funds for Early Literacy/Reading Recovery and Mathematics is being held at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Declining enrolment remains a challenge for all school boards across Nova Scotia. For CCRSB, a decline in the funded enrolment of 433 students for the 2015-2016 school year has led to a reduction of 17 FTE NSTU positions from a staff of 2,700 for over 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

SCCC Emergency Department closed 19 times in 2015

By Maurice Rees

The Outpatient / Emergency Department at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro has been closed a total 19 times for a total of 219.5 hours since January 1 until May 31, 2015. The only reason given was no physician was available.

In the month of June SCCCC has been closed on three additional occasions. The 12 hour closures from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm occurred on June 15, 24 & 26th. No physicians available were given as the reason.

The centre, which gained fame a few years ago when it became one of the first Collaborative Health Care facilities in the province, was not able to provide the services of collaborative nurse practitioner during any of the instances when a doctor was not available.

In an attempt to ascertain what is being done to reduce the frequency of closures, I spoke to Tony Kiritsis, Communications Director, Department of Health and Wellness, Halifax. Kiritsis said the closures were an operational matter and directed me to the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The new authority has five regional zones, and I was directed to contact the Northern zone, covering Colchester, East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou county areas, of which encompasses the Parrsboro area. Eileen MacIsaac, lead communications staffer for the Northern Regional Zone, who works out of the New Glasgow office was not readily available, but did return the call shortly thereafter.

Her response is as follows, "Most of the closures at the Parrsboro Collaborative Emergency Centre over the past few months were due to an unexpected lack of physician resources that started in March. We have been able to stabilize the service with the use of locums (temporary physicians). Overnight access was not affected during the closures".

She continued, "Physician coverage is expected to improve this month (June). Parrsboro residents continued to have access to the primary health care clinic in Parrsboro (with same day/next day access) that remained in place 7 days a week".

All 19 closures were for a 12 hour period from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm with the exception of May 26th when it was closed for 3.5 hours from 8:30 am to 12 noon. The emergency department at SCCCC was closed three days in January; five instances in March; seven in April and a total of four instances in May.

Specific dates of the 19 closures are: January, 2, 5, & 7; March 4, 18, 20, 27 & 31; April, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 21 & 23. In May the emergency department was closed from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm on May 1, 11, 15 and from 8:30 am to 12 noon on May 26.

Yard Sale Starts at Mingo’s Corner

By Clair Peers

The West Colchester 75km yard sale on July 11 & 12 starts at Mingo's Corner, Onslow just past the Hwy 102 exit all the way to Parrsboro on the #2 highway all day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

New to the event this year you will finger food and refreshments at "In the Village Café in Great Village at the former St James United Church. They will also be barbecuing on the front lawn. The staff at Onslow Trading & Clair’s Antiques, Great Village co- sponsor & promote this event at no cost to the community

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Welcome to Glenholme

Colette Wyllie is one of the first to have her photo taken with the new “Welcome to Glenholme” road sign. The community signs are sponsored by the West Colchester Development Society and will be installed in communities along Hwy # 2. They have a fresh wonderful look along the roadway and will mark the entrance to each community. (Submitted)




Approximately 177 Canada Summer Jobs for students with a value over $438,189 are being created locally throughout the entire riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley according to information released by Scott Amrstrong, MP, for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. Across Canada the program will create 35,000 jobs for students. The work experience helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year.

In late May, Nova Scotia Power warned customers about a telephone scam in which a caller poses as a NS Power representative demanding money via a pre-paid credit card, or PayPal stating the customer’s account is in arrears and the person must immediately pay the balance owing or their power will be disconnected. The caller directs the person to buy a PayPower prepaid credit card, and then phone a 1-888 or 1-866 number to make payment, or to transfer funds via PayPal. Customers should report any attempted fraud to local police.

The committee now administering Bass River’s Community Victoria Hall has been busy raising money for a new roof on the hall and other upgrades. Events to date include a very successful afternoon of music, bbq and bake sale. The next fundraiser is collecting refundables. A bin has been placed at the side of the hall. Just drop your bagged refundables in it. If you need them picked up call Wendy Cox at 647-2720.The kitchen and washroom facilities will be opened on July 11 for the big yard sale weekend, selling hot and cold refreshments, bbq hot dogs and a few sweet treats. The next meeting is Wednesday July 14, 7 pm.

Ken’s Korner is not available this month, as he and Val have been busy moving to Truro.

Heather MacKay of the Great Village Learning Network is seeking photos of Great Village area from days gone by. She only needs to be able to copy them for a project she is working on. Anyone with photos can contact her at greatvillagelearningnetwork@gmail.com

Candidates for the three main line parties have been chosen for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley for the October 19th election. Scott Armstrong incumbent will carry the flag for the Conservaties; Bill Casey, a former MP, who represented the riding for a number of years has switched parties to carry the banner for the Liberals, while Wendy Robinson, who currently serves as Mayor of Stewiacke was chosen at represent the NDP at a nomination meeting earlier in June.

Gary Adams, a 27 year veteran in the education system and most recently the Senior Staff Advisor of the Halifax Regional School Board has been selected as the new CCRSB Superintendent of Schools, replacing Gary Clarke who retires July 31st.

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