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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 initiated a redesign of the paper, with the addition of several colour pages in 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 added new features to the Journal; and since November 2008 has operated her own business, Dorothy’s T-shirt Factory, later renamed to “tshirtsrus.ca”.  The energetic couple have a busy schedule as they are also sales agents for Nelson Monuments and also travel frequently to annual Nova Scotian festivals selling t-shirts.

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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


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July 2016 Issue follows:


Rees's Pieces

July 2016 - Might it happen here? It did and will again.

Gradually this year, we’ve seen attitudes switch to what could be called mutiny or revolt throughout the American political scene. Then in the past week, Britons decided to end their 40 year marriage leaving the European Union.

Of course USA and UK are not the only places where there is unrest, but a lot of the other countries are not as democratic as the UK and neighbours to the south. In Canada, we often say, we don’t vote in a new government, we vote for the opposition as a way of showing displeasure.

In Britain’s case, no sooner had the votes been counted, and many were feeling guilty they may have made the wrong choice voting "leave" to show their displeasure. It worked, but to their horror.

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More hangars for Debert Airport?

By Maurice Rees

During its committee meeting on June 16th, council recognized David Henderson for his diligent work at the Colchester Municipal Recovery Facility. Mr Henderson, while working on the sorting line, rescued a number of items that may have great historical value and has turned them over to management. Among those items are two hand written diary/daily ledgers that date back to 1834, some photographs of an Alaskan Indigenous community from the early 1900’s and some class photographs from the old Truro Normal College.

Councillor Tom Taggart viewed the Normal School photos to find the graduation photo of his grandmother. Mayor Taylor presented Mr. Henderson with a framed Recognition Certificate.

At its committee meeting on June 16th Colchester Municipal Council agreed to add electronic cigarettes to it Smoke Free Outdoor Recreation Outdoor Policy. The policy had been created and approved by council in February 2012.

With municipal and school board elections upcoming on October 15th, municipal council approved a schedule of fees and expenses to be paid to people working or administrating during the election process. election polls. On matter raised by Councillor Tom Taggart complained that Lower Debert and Masstown voters should not be asked to vote at the Debert Legion. Council agreed this would be excluded from the approval and further investigation is needed.

On motion moved by Councillor MacInnes, seconded by Councillor Gregory, Council Committee recommends the proposed changes to the Terms of Reference for the Debert and French River Source Water Protection Advisory Committees, be accepted as presented by staff.

With the closing of the Waterville Airport and its relocation to CFB Greenwood, as well as local inquiries there is increased interest in new private hanger space at Debert Airport. If council wanted to proceed, staff have recommended the first step would be to clear and gravel a new pad approximately 210 by 300 feet, covering approximately 1.4 acres.

Estimated cost of site preparation would be approximately $150,000 with an additional similar amount required for paving once hangers were built. Councillor MacInnes and Blair put a motion to council that staff proceed with preparation of a gravel pad and necessary pavement to accommodate new aircraft hanger space to a maximum of $200,000 with source of funds being the Gas Tax. Motion approved by council. Still to be resolved is private sources will build the hangers or if the municipality might construct them then lease to individuals. Council is also aware there have been expressions of interest from private plane owners, who may wish to relocate to Truro from Halifax International Airport.

Councillor MacInnes indicated that efforts should be taken to record all traffic to the airport, because if in future council undertakes a major expansion, including lengthening the runways, comprehensive record s keeping on all traffic will be very important.

Wanting to work with and benefit from the successes of Perennia Innovation Centre, in August 2015, the Mayor and the Minister of Agriculture, along with staff, agreed to fund a joint study to investigate the possibility of creating a food based business venture park in conjunction with Perennia Innovation Centre.

The purpose of the study was to determine the key components that were required to support business development and success of start up businesses that "graduate" from the Perennia program.

Now that the study is complete, staff recommended a tour of the facility; an activity update and to receive the presentation of the report. Council chose June 23rd to tour the facility.

Lisa Madore captured this amazing photo of a bear in Debert recently. There have been increased sightings of bears in the local area. (Lisa Madore Photo)


RECC vying to host 2017 World Junior A Challenge

By Maurice Rees

Council approved $25,000 for the RECC’s bid to host the World Junior A Challenge Cup, December 10-16, 2017. Bids for hosting the event are due July 20, 2016. The cup is comprised of six Canadian teams, from east and west divisions, plus four international teams. 13 games would be played at RECC during the entire tournament.

The event would require 150 volunteers. Economic impact is projected to be $3-Million+, with other arenas also benefiting, plus the national and international television broadcasts helping to promote the area.

The event has a potential of $842,000 from ticket sales, with expenses of $582,000. Profit of $234,000 would be split three ways with an additional $26,000 deposited into a Legacy Fund. The host committee would receive $78,000.00. Break even is selling 43% of available seats (854 per game). On a basis of 65% sell-out, revenue would be $557,000; expenses of $520,000, with three way profit split of $33,000, and $3,600 to the Legacy fund. Host committee share would be $11,000. Total seats available per game is 1,987.

Councillor Stewart brought before council a situation evolved in Brookfield, where new Canada Post Community Mail Boxes are being installed and the old green ones are being left behind. One constituent called Canada Post, who replied to call the municipal councillor as it was the municipalities responsibility. Staff will follow up, as it appears to be happening in other areas. A similar amount was being requested from the Town of Truro, in the way of sponsorship, to cover the hosting fee, which much accompany the bid to host.

Council was asked to approve application to a June 9th call from Municipal Affairs under the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Council committee was asked to act quickly, because applications were due on June 27th prior to the month’s council meeting. The urgency was because the funding formulas changed with Federal Government providing 50%; the province 25%, leaving the municipality to fund only 25%.

Three projects were permitted, so the following three were recommended by staff: (1), Debert Pump Station 30 and Forcemain replacement at an anticipated cost of $1.3-Million. (2) Tatamagouche Sewer Replacements – Phases 3 & 4 valued at $500,000. The third project was Debert Gateway – Servicing and Stormwater Management valued at $750.000.00. On motion by Councillors MacInnes and Blair, the request was approved.

The monies would be spent only upon approval of 75% funding from the feds and the province.

Casey Advocates for Norwegian Veteran

On June 17th Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, raised the issue of veterans’ care in Question Period in the House of Commons. Casey made reference to Petter Blindheim, a veteran in Nova Scotia. Mr. Blindheim served with the Royal Norwegian Navy in the Second World War. His family wants Mr. Blindheim to be allowed by Veterans Affairs to live in the Camp Hill hospital in Halifax.

"We promised Canadians that we would repair the damaged relationship with our veterans. Can the government assure Nova Scotia members of Parliament and this House that every measure is in place for this veteran and all veterans like him?" asked Casey of the Minister during Friday’s question period.

The Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary, Hon. Karen Mc-Crimmon, responded on the Minister’s behalf.

Casey says that although Mr. Blindheim’s case is confidential, it has touched people across the country in a personal way.

"Like every Canadian I just want to know that Mr. Blindheim is receiving everything that an allied veteran of the Second World War is entitled to," says Casey. "They were the greatest generation, and they deserve the continuing gratitude of every Canadian." For more information, contact Bill Casey: 902-397-1305

Page One Briefs - July 2016

An apology is extended to the hardworking volunteer committees at Victoria Hall, Bass River and

Economy Recreation Centre executive. In the June issue they were listed as not making a presentation to Municipal council on March 3rd. Apparently I was late and missed a both groups appearing before council. My sincerest apologies.

The Debert Legion’s first run at the "Chase The Ace" permitted Wanda Frizzell to take home $6,844.60 on Saturday, June 4th. The venture was successful with $4,923,50 being raised for local charities and providing $4,583.50 for the Legion to continue to do its work. The branch plans to start another chase in late August or early September.

Tom Taggart, Councillor District 10 was re-elected on June 5th, as a Nova Scotia Representative, on the Board of Directors, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at the Annual Conference held in Winnipeg, earlier in June. 1,600 municipal leaders from across Canada gathered to discuss priorities and actions to build a strong country. Minister Justin Trudeau who opened the conference with a keynote speech and highlighted the importance of the federal and municipal orders of government working together on the next phase of infrastructure investments for Canadians.

Truro is close to being in the top 200 in Best Places to Live in Canada according to MoneySense magazine. The publication listed Truro in 218th place, just ahead of New Glasgow. Even though the placing is below 200, Truro and nearby New Glasgow were the only communities in Nova Scotia to make the list. Andrew Lake, president of Truro and Area Chamber of Commcere said, "The community is passionate about positioning Truro and Colchester for future success," he said. "The community has a history of demonstrating its pride, rallying behind a number of community building initiatives including being the inaugural recipient of Hockeyville and most recently the only Atlantic Canadian finalist in the Coors Banquet One Horse Town contest."

If you are thinking about being a Candidate for the school board in October’s municipal elections you missed the opportunity to attend school board candidate information sessions which were held throughout the province from June 14th to the 23rd. School board and municipal elections will be held on October 15. The information sessions are for potential school board candidates to learn the role and responsibilities of elected members and the positive impact they can have on the public education system. Additional sessions in both languages will be available online after June 23.

Additional resources for school board candidates include www.schoolboardelections.ca, https://www.facebook.com/NSschoolboardelections/?fref=ts and @SchoolBoardElec .

On June 16th the clock started to tick on the Energy East Project when it was identified the National Energy Board (NEB) will have 21 months to submit a report to the Minister of Natural Resources by March 16, 2018. The first hearing will be held in Saint John, NB on August 8th. Energy East is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline proposed to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. A new pipeline will be necessary from outside Ottawa to Saint John where a tank and marine terminal is suggested.

The Nova Scotia Government will invest a total of $6 million in immigrant settlement and integration in 2016-2017. The latest movement was a $175,000 announcement for two new, full-time immigrant settlement workers to support new Nova Scotians settling on the Cape Breton Island in a partnership with New Dawn Enterprises. The new partnership builds on the work of the Cape Breton Immigration Task Force.

Nova Scotians can provide feedback on the province's approach to managing greenhouse gas emissions from liquefied natural gas facilities by participating in an online consultation, starting today, June 16. Liquefied natural gas facilities in Goldboro, Guysborough Co. and Bear Head, Richmond Co. could be built in the next few years. Setting greenhouse gas performance standards for these facilities before construction starts will enable environment protection opportunities to be included in facility engineering and design. Proposed options for compliance include: Reducing emissions through facility design; contributing to a fund at $25 a tonne for carbon dioxide equivalent emissions that exceed the performance standard, with revenue going to climate change and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. The deadline for sending comments through an online consultation is Friday, July 29. The proposed greenhouse gas standard, frequently asked questions and the technical report are available at http://novascotia.ca/nse/resources/public.consultation.asp

A park has been created on Alice Street in Truro, part of a block in Truro’s East End that was chosen for an Affordable Housing and Beautification project by the former NDP government. The housing was built by Ron Meech of Meech Holdings and residents are now living there. The creation of the public park and playground is the final piece of the original plan.

The province is helping Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq communities secure better contracts by posting tender notices on the provincial government tenders website. "Glooscap First Nation recently approached us to post a tender for several construction projects," said Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis. "They wanted to connect with more suppliers and get the best possible value for their money. We are now making the same offer to all Mi'kmaq communities in Nova Scotia." Last year more than 3,000 public tenders were posted to the site at www.novascotia.ca/tenders . About 2,900 suppliers subscribe to the tender notification service and it has more than 1,400 Twitter followers. The province spends more than $800 million each year buying goods and services, about 75 per cent of which are purchased from Nova Scotia-based suppliers.

On June 2nd, George Caines, QC, David Read and Pete Luckett were inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, presented by Stewart McKelvey. The event was attended by c-suite executives from all corners of industry and raised $299,750 for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia. The 25th Anniversary celebrations will be held on May 31, 2017

New and existing social enterprises now have the choice to apply for designation as a Community Interest Company. Social enterprises use business practices to advance health, social, environmental, cultural markets, used clothing banks, community-owned wind farms and businesses run by charitable organizations. Effective June 15th legislation and regulations allow businesses formed under the Companies Act to be designated as a Community Interest Company. These companies will have characteristics of both businesses and non-profits, combining entrepreneurship with a social purpose. Community interest companies will be required to declare their community purpose, provide a community interest plan and report on their plan annually. They will also be restricted in the amount of dividends they may declare and will also be required to make financial statements public. The Department of Business is working with stakeholders to develop a social enterprise strategy.

Patterson Law's criminal law team is welcoming criminal lawyer Stan MacDonald, Q.C. MacDonald will be working from Patterson Law's Halifax Office. MacDonald will officially join Patterson Law July 1.

Margaret Sagar, wife of WWII veteran Alan Sagar, is supporting the Nova Scotia NDP’s call for a Veterans Advocate position to be established in the province. Sagar was recently in the media speaking about how her husband, Alan Sagar, has been denied access to care at Camp Hill.  Alan Sagar is an Allied veteran who served in the British navy during the war.  This case is similar to other cases that have been denied by Veterans Affairs Canada in recent weeks and months.

Perennia, the provincial development agency focused on creating growth in Nova Scotia’s agri-food and seafood sectors, has a new Board chair and vice-chair. The following appointments were made at the Perennia Annual General Meeting June 2nd in Kentville: Charles Keddy, Chair is owner and operator of C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc. and Keddy’s Farm in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Noël Després, Vice-Chair is President and CEO of Comeau’s Sea Foods Limited in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia. Milton Wood, Treasurer, is Director of Manufacturing with Oxford Frozen Foods in Oxford, Nova Scotia. Dannie Hansen, Secretary is Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation and Public and Corporate Affairs for Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd. in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Other board members-at-large are: Ray Ivany President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University; Christine Penney, Vice President Sustainability and Public Affairs at Clearwater Seafoods; Bill Hay is Chairman of Trucorp Investments Limited; Victor Oulton is part owner of WG Oulton & Sons Ltd; Don Sproule is an established businessman and former hog, turkey and chicken producer; and Edgar Samson, President and CEO, Premium Seafoods. Perennia is a provincially-owned development company that works with farmers, fishermen, processors and food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.  Services are offered in field services, food safety, and product development and commercialization.  It operates the Perennia Innovation Centre in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia which has a commercial pilot plant, product development and analytical labs, and start-up space for businesses.

Patterson Law, a Nova Scotia-based law firm, with offices in Halifax, Truro and New Glasgow has been invited to join Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. The affiliation offers Patterson Law access to nearly 7,000 lawyers in 233 global markets. The firm’s clients will benefit from local legal insight, local rates and world-class client service. Through Meritas, Patterson Law is able to offer clients in-depth knowledge of cultural and jurisdictional issues in all of the major markets around the world. Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms. Meritas membership is extended by invitation only, and firms are regularly assessed for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. Patterson Law was founded in 1928, and currently operates with 41 lawyers and 74 support staff. The firm has distinguished itself within the fields of business law, tax, commercial leasing and real estate, expropriation, civil and criminal litigation, insurance, labour and employment law, estate planning and family law.

Patterson Law, Truro office, has added two new associates to their team. Sylvie Theriault joins the corporate/commercial team and Kristy MacKinnon will focus on family law, commercial litigation, and labour and employment in Truro. Theriault chose to complete her legal studies at Université de Moncton so she could practice law in both French and English. The extra demands of her choice were recognized when she was awarded various bursaries for scholastic achievement. Theriault can be found outdoors in her off-hours, golfing, skiing and camping. White maintains that such well-rounded associates help Patterson Law keep its sensible and unassuming culture in place. Wyse hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and comes to Patterson Law after a career in public relations, most recently working for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

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