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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 - January 2015

I am not going to presume that dropping gasoline prices are going to solve many of our problems, but it sure has provided some temporary relief at the pumps. Being able to save $12-15 on each fill up, leaves a bit more change in my pocket.

Now if furnace oil prices would drop as much, the savings would be even greater. Early this fall, it took over a $1,000.00 to fill up with furnace oil. If over the next couple of months, a similar drop (30 cents a litre) on furnace fuel would come our way, we’d be saving approximately $250.00 or more on a 900 litre tank. Now that’s real savings.

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RO-water Release Approved

By Maurice Rees

Approximately 7-million litres of Reverse-Osmosis (RO) treated fracking water from shale gas test drilling in Kennetcook has been approved to be released into the Debert sanitary sewer system, but with strict conditions.  

Based on data provided by AIS, feedback and analysis done by Dept of Environment, the Municipality's Director of Public Works issue the approval on December 10, 2014. Approval will take effect 60 days (February 8th) from issuance, and is subject to a public appeal process, for which the deadline is December 29th.

The decision by council committee did not come easy. Although recognizing test results proved the water was safe, several councillors were concerned about how to prove that to area residents.

Releasing fracking water into the system has been under discussion since January 2014, when AIS applied for approval to release R-O flowback water into the system. During discussions and following public meetings held in Debert, AIS was informed that flowback water could only be released if it had gone through carbon filtration and Reverse-Osmosis treatments and testing done by outside agencies and labs proved the water to be safe.

The matter has been before council on numerous occasions and public meetings were held in Debert. At that time Reverse-Osmosis was discussed, with many of those opposed to fracking flowback fluids being released in the sewer system, being more comfortable if treated with R-O.

As was explained at the public meetings, Reverse-Osmosis is the process used by Canadian Armed Forces, when they are called upon to provide safe drinking water to refugees and those victimized by earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters.  

Before release of ROP-water on February 8th (following the 60 day approval period), AIS will treat a tank of water with carbon filtration and reverse osmosis and pump into a different tank. The municipality will engage the services of an outside firm to take tests of water before and after treatment. If those results are consistent with previous testing, they will be able to release water into the sewer system. Only if final testing is equal to or better than previous testing will the fluids be released.

Committee of council decided to hire an outside consultant to ensure they were able to prove to area residents, the water was safe as previously determined by Department of Environment, and Health Canada standards.

If the matter is appealed by area residents prior to the December 29th deadline, it does not mean the process will start over again, or that a series of public meetings would be held. Applications for appeal will probably be handled by staff and a committee of council, in consultation with other professional bodies including Health Canada and Nova Scotia Department of Environment, who would then report to Council.

The current approval is based only on volumes of Kennetcook flowback water, which are currently held in a series to tanks on the AIS property in Debert. No approval has been given, nor have AIS applied for permission to receive up to 20-million litres of fracking flowback fluids still on the test drilling site in Kennetcook. 

Plains Road Sidewalk Plan Abandoned

By Maurice Rees

When Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR) announced it was going to re-pave Plains Road in Debert in 2015, municipal staff moved a proposed sidewalk project from farther down in the multi-year capital expenditure list to the front of the list. The matter was brought before municipal council at its November meeting.

However, Councillor Doug MacInnes, District 9, saying rather than impose additional taxation on the people, it would be better to work to secure more jobs for Debert. At the November meeting he asked for public input via a public taxpayer meeting be held. Staff quickly arranged a public meeting, which was held Wednesday, December 10th.

During the council committee meeting on December 11th, staff and MacInnes reported 51 residents attended the meeting and a majority, by far, opposed the sidewalk, not because they didn’t want one, but because of the cost. The project would have cost $1.76-Million with $500,000 being taken from Gas Tax monies and the remaining $1.2-Million being raised through the active transportation area rate of 18.5 cents per $100.00 assessment, plus an additional 3.0 cents ongoing for maintenance.

Council removed the Plains Road sidewalk from the list and moved the McClures Mills connector sidewalk from the 2016/17 budget cycle to 2015/16. In his monthly column on Page 4, MacInnes pointed out that public input is important, because in this case council and staff listened to the residents.

Jack Sibley, "Mr. Blueberry" - Awarded Order of the Wild Blueberry

By Linda Harrington

Neri Vautour, Executive Director, WBANA-Canada presents Jack Sibley with The Order of the Wild Blueberry. (Harrington Photo)

One might say Jack Sibley has had a colorful career, shaded in hues of blue. He began his career as a teacher, then moved on to work at McCain’s in Woodstock but later made his way back to Nova Scotia and spent the next 30 years as a Wild Blueberry Extension Specialist, with the Department of Agriculture. A few years later, after he "retired" in 1994, he began work in promotions with WBANA Canada, where he spent the next 14 years, finishing off his 44 years in the wild blueberry industry.

Jack says he has also had a few "part time" careers, including spending over 25 years teaching music to children, which he thoroughly enjoyed. His family became involved in their own blueberry farm, which was later passed along to his daughter and his latest career has been as a comedian, making guest appearances as an entertainer.

Jack was instrumental in implementing the Recognition Book for the Wild Blueberry Industry. "This book is actually a history of the wild blueberry industry, through people, actual "self-made men"," says Jack, adding how fortunate he was to be able to travel to all areas of rural Nova Scotia, and meet these wonderful people.

At the Wild Blueberry Producers of Nova Scotia Annual Banquet on Nov. 21st, Neri Vautour, Executive Director for WBANA-Canada, presented Jack Sibley with a special award on behalf of WBANA. The Order of the Wild Blueberry was presented to Jack, "in recognition of exceptional service to WBANA and to the wild blueberry industry."

To further recognize Jack’s contribution to the industry, John and Judy Bragg, along with Bragg Group of Companies, were honored to endow the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie with a $25,000 bursary in the name of Jack Sibley.

Page One Briefs - January 2015


Nova Scotians with disabilities can now get an accessible licence plate for their motorcycles, instead of a placard. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to offer accessible motorcycle licence plates. Applications are available at www.novascotia.ca/snsmr/access/permits/forms/registry-motor-vehicles.asp#16253 Once completed, applications can be faxed to 902-428-2180, dropped off at any Access Nova Scotia or Registry of Motor Vehicles office, or mailed to P.O. Box 1652, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2Z3.

Colchester Municipal Council are inviting North Nova Cable and Seaside Highspeed to meet with council prior to the end of the year. Both firms have asked council for a letter of endorsement to include with applications for program funding with the Federal Government. Council is considering if the public will be invited to express their opinion on the quality of service offered by each company.

Jon Keddy, who is the developer of Walker Lofts, which will replace the former Walkers building on Prince Street, is contemplating including a proposed micro-brewery on the street level of the property with numerous apartments located on the second and third levels. as part of the lofts. Upwards of 40 potential investors attended an on-site meeting on December 6th.

Tom Taggart, councillor for District 10 has been selected as council’s representative to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Conference in London Ontario.

Jann Arden, a Canadian born singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author, will be taking her acoustic quartet to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre on May 8, 2015. Arden has released 12 albums with 19 top ten singles. In her career to date she has received 8 Juno Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year and in 1997 she hosted the Awards ceremony. Tickets went on sale December 13. Tickets start at $38.50 plus HST and service charges. Tickets can be purchased at the RECC Box Office, online at ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and at any ticketpro outlet.

Municipality of Colchester will be getting a new accounting software system over the next two years. Committee of council approved a $317,110 contract with Diamond Municipal Solutions. Over five years the system will cost in excess of $320,000.

Winners of the Shoreline’s annual subscription renewal contest with $25.00 Gift Certificates were: Maxine Richard, Londonderry - Bayside Pharmacy; Nancy MacLean, Bass River - Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap; Maureen Mills, Parrsboro - Masstown Market; Ellen Putnam, Debert - TshirtsRus.ca and Wendy & Tim Sears, Brookfield - TshirtsRus.ca.

5th Annual 90 & 90+ Birthday Party will be held in early May at the Economy Recreation Centre. Any resident from the areas of – Belmont, Debert, Londonderry, Wentworth, Masstown, Glenholme then along the shore to Parrsboro, onward to Diligent River, Port Greville and Advocate will be invited to attend. Previous invitees and attendees are in our database. We need the public to advise of those in their community (or lived there previously) who are 90 or 90+. Please contact Maurice Rees at 902-647-2968 or maurice@theshorelinejournal.com

HUMOUR CORNER - Son: Mum, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady. Mom: Well, you have done the right thing. Son: But mum, I was sitting on daddy's lap. 

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Submission Deadlines 2014

Issue Deadline Published
August 2014 July 22 July 30
September 2014 August 19 August 27
October 2014 September 23 October 1
November 2014 October 21 October 29
December 2014 November 18 November 26
January 2015 December 9 December 17
February 2015 January 20, 2015 January 28, 2015

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Maurice & Dorothy Rees, Publishers
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Box 41, Bass River, NS B0M 1B0
PH: 902-647-2968; Cell: 902-890-9850
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