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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 - May 2015

Consultation Lacking

Premier Stephen McNeil best rein in all is cabinet ministers and lay down the rules in caucus to be as committed and as transparent as he has indicated his government is going to be throughout his tenure.

For a year, the young government seemed to be doing just fine, and wrinkles were few and far between, but since the turn of the year it’s been one calamity after another.

Just to be sure "calamity" was the proper word, I Googled "calamity" and here is what popped up on the screen: ca∑lam∑i∑ty - kəˈlamədÁ/ - noun: calamity; plural noun: calamities. Meaning: an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster.

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$6.353-Million for Tidal Power Project

By Maurice Rees

Parrsboro’s quest to have the tidal power generation become reality inched a bit closer earlier in April when Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, announced $6.353-Million funding to OpenHydro Technology Canada for the Bay of Fundy Tidal Stream Project.

Open Hydro Technology Canada has teamed up with Emera Inc to form a consortium to test turbines for future tidal power generation. The project, which is situated at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, is composed of an array of turbines that will simulate the cost and performance of a commercial tidal farm in harsh conditions. At over 16 metres, the Bay of Fundy has the highest tidal range in the world. . The conditions found in the Bay of Fundy are demonstrably harsher than other tidal sites around the world, representing a significant engineering challenge in developing technology to turn the flow of water into electricity in a cost-effective manner.

Even though the force of the tides in the Bay of Fundy pose many challenges, the unique site has the potential to supply thousands of homes with clean and renewable power by harnessing its tidal energy.

OpenHydro will deploy a 4MW array (two 2MW turbines) at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, demonstrating the cost and performance of a commercial tidal farm. The project will validate the turbine spacing effects, control strategies, connectivity and cabling installation needed to deliver an operational tidal turbine array.

Designed for the harsh conditions of the Bay of Fundy, each OpenHydro turbine is mounted on a subsea gravity base that is placed on the seabed. Each unit is expected to produce 2MW at a cost of 14.7 cents per kWh by 2020.

Green Labs to Get $1.7-Million

By Maurice Rees

Acadia and Dalhousie Universities along with McKinstry have partnered with Green Power Labs Inc. in Dartmouth to develop an advanced building energy management system, which will use high-resolution climate forecasts to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Green Power Labs Inc will receive $1.7-Million to develop the systems to improve energy efficient for commercial buildings, which are responsible for 33 percent of total energy use and emit 35 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas, with heating and cooling being the largest user.

Current automated building management systems (or BEMS) can achieve up to a 13.5 percent reduction in energy consumption. Predictive Building Control systems are an emerging best practice in building energy management. They have the potential to achieve additional reduction in energy consumption, however, by only 11.5 percent.

Green Power Labs is developing an advanced building energy management system with predictive building controls, which use high resolution climate forecasts – frequent forecasts for a smaller area – provided by SolarSatData™ for Buildings (SSDB™). SSDB™ is expected to reduce energy consumption in buildings by an additional 6.5 percent on top of the 11.5 percent energy savings being offered by the emerging predictive building control systems.

Shoreline Wins Award for 90th Birthday Party

By Maurice Rees

The Shoreline Journal was presented with the trophy for “Outstanding Community Engagement” at the 43rd AGM of Newspapers Atlantic. The entry was for the Shoreline’s 4th Annual 90 & 90+ Birthday Party held at Economy Recreation Centre in May 2014.

The Shoreline Journal’s Annual birthday party for area residents who are 90 & 90+ won top honours in an Atlantic wide 2014 competition in the Outstanding Community Engagement category. The award was presented at Newspapers Atlantic 43rd Annual Convention and Awards Gala Banquet held in Halifax on Saturday, April 25th.

The Shoreline Journal won the award was the 4th Annual 90 & 90+ Birthday Party held in 2014. The 5th Annual party is being held at the Economy Recreation Centre on May 9th, with approximately 100 invited guests expected to attend.

Newspapers Atlantic is an association representing 63 community newspapers in the four Atlantic Provinces. The annual Better Newspapers Competition (BNC) attracted hundreds of entries in the 26 categories. Earlier this winter volunteer judges from community newspapers from across Canada whittled the entries down to three finalists for each category.

In the Outstanding Community Engagement category, the Shoreline Journal beat out entries from the Lewisporte Pilot and Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin. The award was presented to Maurice Rees, publisher by Fred Fiander, President Newspapers Atlantic held at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Halifax at the Gala Awards Banquet concluding two days of intense workshops and round tables.

Publisher, Rees said, "It will be a great pleasure to show the award to the 5th Annual Party to be held on May 9th in Economy. The birthday celebrants really enjoy our annual party and they will be elated to learn even at the age of 90 they are still be being recognized and "their party" has been recognized for "Outstanding Community Engagement" by several experienced newspaper professionals from across Canada" who served as volunteer judges".

Since the Shoreline Journal was purchased in January 2008 by Maurice and Dorothy Rees, the Shoreline Journal and staff have been recognized in several local, regional and national competitions. In 2009 it was a finalist in the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce New Small Business Award presented annually by RBC, Royal Bank, Truro, NS; a 2010 standing finalist in Best Overall Ad category of the Better Newspaper Competition for Atlantic Canada.

In 2010, Maurice Rees, publisher was presented with a Silver Quill (25 years) Service Certificate by the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. In 2011 he received an award as the "Outstanding Classified Sales Person" in Atlantic Canada for his efforts in 2010. In 2013 he was presented with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association Sold Quill Certificate and Pin for 50 years continuous service to the newspaper industry.

Fred Fiander, left, president of Newspapers Atlantic presents Maurice Rees, publisher, with the associations “Outstanding Community Engagement” award at the annual conference in Halifax on April 25th.

Page One Briefs - April 2015


Thousands of Nova Scotia hunters are expected to take part in the application process for the 2015 annual moose licence lottery for, 345 licenses will be available in five moose-management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties -- the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. The application process closes at midnight, Sunday, May 31. The draw will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 18, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and will also be broadcast on the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters website at www.nsfah.ca Winners will also be notified by mail.

David and Sara Simmons of Pure Holsteins in Little Rapid, NL were chosen as the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for the Atlantic region at a recent OYF event in Moncton, NB. The third generation farm couple will represent their region at the Outstanding Young Farmers national event later this year in Edmonton.

The Blue Marble Initiative- was held on Earth Day, April 21st at West Colchester Consolidated School, Bass River. Students were introduced to many environmental issues. Apiarist Tony Phillips talks to students about the role of bees.

Angus Eisses drops his postcard in the mailbox, sending his concerns about stopping hunting and saving the planet off to government officials. The first Blue Marble Initiative was held at West Colchester Consolidated for Earth Day 2015, April 21st.

See Linda Harrington’s coverage on pages 12 and 13.

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Submission Deadlines 2015

Issue Deadline Published
January 2015 December 9 December 17
February 2015 January 20 January 28
March 2015 February 17 February 25
April 2015 March 24 April 1
May 2015 April 21 April 29
June 2015 May 19 May 27
July 2015 June 22 July 1
August 2015 July 21 July 29
September 2015 August 18 August 26
October 2015 September 22 September 30
November 2015 October 20 October 28
December 2015 November 17 November 25
January 2016 December 15 December 22

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Maurice & Dorothy Rees, Publishers
The Shoreline Journal
Box 41, Bass River, NS B0M 1B0
PH: 902-647-2968; Cell: 902-890-9850
E-mail: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com