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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 - March 2015

Are We Brave enough?

The first anniversary of the release of the Ivany Report has just passed, and some people are starting to get restless. John Bragg a very important contributor to development and release of the report is unhappy with the apparent lack of moving forward and feels if something doesn’t happen soon we may have missed the short window of opportunity afforded by the report.

Bragg also stated the public service should be reduced by 15%. In an interview the other day on CBC Radio, Ray Ivany was a bit more conciliatory, but you could tell he is getting concerned, as all of us should be.

Read the full editorial...

EMO to provide flood damage relief

By Maurice Rees

If you suffered uninsurable losses from heavy rainfall on December 9th-12th, you can apply for financial help through the Emergency Management Office. Some eligible expenses are evacuation operations, restoring public works and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition and replacing or repairing basic, essential personal property of individuals, small businesses and farmsteads.

"Many residences and businesses in our community experienced significant damage from the heavy rainfalls," said Karen Casey, MLA for Colchester North. "The disaster financial assistance program will help homeowners and small businesses recover from their losses."

Tom Taggart, councillor for District 10 is concerned about uninsurable losses from similar flooding in September is not covered. Perhaps more localized, but flooding in September in parts of West Colchester area, apparently caused more damage than December’s disaster.

He’s particularly concerned about the losses incurred at Great Village Legion, Elm River Park and several private residences, but as of Friday, February 20th September’s damages are not covered.

"I encourage all constituents who believe they may qualify to make the necessary contacts and applications for assistance. This is an important program made available by the Province of Nova. Scotia," said Casey

Application forms are available online at www.novascotia.ca/emo and at Access Nova Scotia centres. For more information call toll free at 1-866-424-5620. The deadline for applications is April 30.

RASCALS to hold "drop-in mornings"

By Joy Laking

Pictured at left are a few of the folks at the first RASCALS meeting. (L-R); Front row: Joy Laking, Emily Lane, Karen Ewing, Back Row Anita MacLellan, Carol McNutt, Cathy Mazur and Jim Campbell. (Jim Wyatt Photo).


The new group, RASCALS (Rural Association for Sustainable Communities Along our Shore) had its first successful meeting on February 12. Rather than thinking of our shore as various isolated communities, the RASCAL group is hoping to take on initiatives that support the one large community of "our shore"; Five Islands to Masstown.

At the first meeting, attendees brainstormed about all the big and small initiatives that RASCALS might work on. Some of the initiatives are already being taken care of by existing community groups and our aim is to help these other groups with communications and volunteers, and whatever else they need.

It is anticipated a website and social media venues will be up and running soon. This will act as a community bulletin board for all of our shore’s groups.

Eventually, but not now it is hoped to we might also co-ordinate ride shares to events or town or doctors appointments and you’ll be able to volunteer and/or express your opinions on this website as well. Please just consider attending our next meeting. Everyone is welcome and all ideas are appreciated. Our next meeting is March 12, at 7 pm at the Joy Laking Gallery, in Portaupique. (If March 12 is stormy, we will meet on March 19.)

We are hoping to start a series of drop-in mornings. The cost is free, the idea is to meet your neighbours. These drop-ins will rotate throughout the community of "Our Shore", and we need volunteers.

We have three drop-ins scheduled for March. The hosts will provide tea, coffee, cookies and smiles. If the roads aren’t good, the drop-in will be cancelled. Here are the scheduled "drop-ins" for March: March 4: RASCALS drop-in, Heather Williams, 2563 Hyw #2 in Carrs Brook, big orange house on the top of the hill, Ph: 902-647 2550; March 11, Joy Laking and Jim Wyatt,, 6730 Hwy #2 at the Joy Laking Gallery sign in Portaupique) Ph: 902-674 2916 and March 18, Tom and Micheline Beaton, 4716 Highways 2, Upper Economy, next to the big three story house that looks like there is a lighthouse on the front. The Dutchman’s Cheese is within walking distance, Ph: 902- 647 2985. Red and white balloons will be on the mailbox!

Casey Meets Queen in London

By Maurice Rees


While in London for the reopening of Canada House in London, Karen Casey presented a painting on behalf of Nova Scotians. Casey is shown with Gordon Campbell, who became Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in September 2011, in front of the painting by Arthur Lismore - one of The Group of Seven . (Submitted)

Colchester North MLA, Karen Casey, met Queen Elizabeth II while representing Nova Scotia at the opening of Canada House at the Canadian Consulate in London, England week of February 16th. Within Canada House, Nova Scotia has a special room in which everything was made in Nova Scotia.

During the opening ceremonies, Casey presented a painting to Canada’s High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell, former premier of British Columbia. The painting done by a member of the Group of 7 was previously purchased by the Fountain family of Halifax, who donated it to the Nova Scotia Art Gallery. The painting has now been loaned to Canada House for a period of 10 years.

The carpet on the floor of the Nova Scotia room is hand woven with a Nova Scotia theme. The Nova Scotia room is important to Nova Scotia, because if provides an opportunity for the premier to meet business people from around the world who are interested in locating a business in Nova Scotia. Premier McNeil has already used the room and will be making another trip to London in May.

The Canada House official opening was followed in the evening by a State Dinner with Casey sitting at the head table with other head table guests, which included John Baird, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canada’s High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 19: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) meets Canadian artist Charles Pachter, from Pachter Hall and Moose Factory in Toronto, during a visit to officially reopen Canada House following an extensive programme of restoration and refurbishment February 19, 2015, in London, England. Canada House is the official home to the Canadian High Commission in the United Kingdom. The building was first opened in 1925 by King George V. MLA Karen Casey is seen in the background after having been officially welcomed by the Queen. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Page One Briefs - February 2015


Nova Scotia's 2014 peak tourism season saw a five per cent increase in accommodation revenues, the largest increase in room nights sold in one year since 2002 according to numbers released on January 29th. Nova Scotia welcomed 1.8 million visitors in 2014 as of November 30, with more than half arriving during the peak season of June to September. Overall visitation in some key markets was also up with New England accounting for the largest increase of 19 per cent. Detailed results can be found at http://novascotiatourismagency.ca/nova-scotia-tourism-performance

The second session of the 62nd general assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature will resume Thursday, March 26, at 1 p.m.

Nova Scotians can check to see when their road will be cleared by visiting the new plow tracker and plowing priorities websites. The goal is to provide another road condition tool to help Nova Scotians anticipate when it's safe to travel. The plow tracker site is a live snowplow activity map that uses moving plow symbols to show where trucks are working on Nova Scotia roads in real time. The plowing priorities site uses colour to depict plowing standards for each provincially maintained road. For example, a red-coloured road is cleared within eight hours after a storm. To visit the sites, go to http://novascotia.ca/tran/winter/plowtracker.asp and http://novascotia.ca/tran/winter/losmap.asp

Michel Samson, acting Energy Minister, is encouraging everyone to provide further input on a draft report that summarizes what it heard during Electricity System Review public consultations in the fall. The Energy Department will use the feedback in a final report, which will be tabled in the legislature this spring. Key findings from last fall’s review indicates Nova Scotians want: long-term rate stabilization and predictable electricity rates; more accountability and transparency in setting electricity rates and a focus on the environment and support for renewable energy resources, if it doesn't significantly impact electricity rates. An English copy of the report and a French executive summary are available online.

People can comment on the report before March 18 by visiting  www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture, emailing electricityreview@novascotia.ca or writing to the department.

Over the March Break, there will be three courses for youth offered at the Great Village Fire Hall, free of charge. We will present a first aid course for youth ages 7-11 which teaches them how to react in an emergency situation and when to call 911. Children attending this course will be asked to bring a lunch and the course will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and they will receive a certificate of attendance.

The second course is the Babysitters course. This course will also run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please bring your own lunch. It focuses on handling situations which may occur while youth are babysitting and includes some first aid skills. This is a certification course. Lastly, a CPR-C course will be offered during the week. This is open to anyone in the surrounding communities. All courses are being offered at no charge. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For further information and to register for any of these courses, please contact Kathy at 668-2613 or leave a message at 668-2784.

HUMOUR CORNER: A wife asked her husband: "What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?" He looked at her from head to toe and replied: "I like your sense of humor." 

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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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