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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 - September 2015


Dog Days of August

Weather-wise, it wasn't an enjoyable spring and early summer, but once summer heat decided to come our way, it came with a vengeance. When I was younger and we lived on a farm in Northwestern New Brunswick, it was this type of weather I dreaded the most, because high humidity and it was haying time.

I don't know why, but I remember a couple of days when it was 104F, and we called them the "dog days of August", when everyone was in poor humour.

It was just as hot and uncomfortable last Sunday at the 34th Annual Sussex Flea Market. I didn't check the temperature, but some people said it was 38 with the humidex - try that on for a Sunday afternoon, without any shade and dismantling a couple of large tents and packing up the van, with about 15 large boxes. It was unbearable.

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CTCL Receives close to $70,000

By Linda Harrington

CTCL Funds Presented

MLA Colchester North, Karen Casey presented Sue Taylor, Business Manager for Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd (CTCL) with $15,000 to develop a business plan and $54,120 towards a new passenger van. The Provincial Funds were from the Transit Research Incentive and Accessible Transportation Assistance programs.(Harrington Photo)


Sue Taylor only recently started her job as Business Manager at Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd (CTCL) and she is already thrilled to receive close to $70,000 in Provincial funding.

MLA Karen Casey stopped by the CTCL office on August 13th to present Transit Research Incentive funds in the amounts of $15,000 to develop a business plan and Accessible Transportation Assistance Program funds of $54,120 towards a new 18 passenger van. The presentation was on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, who announced on July 15th that $366,000 in funding was being made available to 14 transportation organizations across the province.

The Cumberland County Transportation Society will also receive $7,500 to develop a business plan and $33,137 towards a five passenger bus.

Taylor said the money couldn’t come at a better time. "The new bus will be more efficient and will replace an old one that is starting to cost a lot in repairs," she says, noting the balance of the total bus cost will come from rider fees and a bank loan.

The CTCL has a total of five buses serving the whole county. The vehicles are pay-to-use at a cost of $5 for the first 5km, $7 for 10km and 75cents/km after that. The buses can be hired for charter rides at a cost of $2/km or $40/hr, whichever is the greater.

Taylor wants to clear up any misconceptions about usage of the CTCL buses. "These buses are available to anyone who needs them, in any area of the county. We have clients who take them to work and school, doctor appointments and shopping. They are wheelchair accessible but they are not the only use," she says.

MLA Karen Casey was pleased to be able to present the funding to the CTCL. "These buses are not meant to compete with commercial transportation but to compliment and make transportation more affordable," says Casey, who discussed the importance of this service for those on fixed income or for those who have no vehicle. "For some people it means the difference of being able to get a job or not."

Sue Taylor would like to see more people in the outlying areas of Colchester County utilizing the transportation. "It is possible for groups to charter the bus and making a run from up the shore into Truro, with the riders all sharing the cost, making it an affordable option."

The buses are available Monday- Friday from as early as 6:30AM during school hours, until 5PM. It is recommended to book 24 hours in advance, with office hours of 8:30-4:30. Charters are available for weekend booking, also.

We Are Off to the Polls

By Maurice Rees

Whether or not we like it, summer of 2015 will be remembered as one in which a federal election was called with one of the longest campaigns in Canadian History. In late spring and summer, the election date of October 19th wasn’t really in doubt, but speculation was rampant that we’d be facing a much longer campaign.

So far, the campaign has been low-key with all parties getting organized, training volunteers, ordering and placing signs, to be ready when the campaign hits high gear after Labour Day, making it essentially a 37+ intense campaign.

As of August 23rd, five candidates were in place, with Jason Blanch, who also ran in the 2011 federal election will again carry the banner for the Green Party of Canada. Other candidates are: Incumbent, Scott Armstrong, Conservative Party of Canada; Bill Casey who previously represented the area for many years under the conservatibes, but was kicked out of the party in 2008 has switched to carry the Liberal flag, and Wendy Robinson, who also ran in the 2011 election is returning to represent the New Democratic Party of Canada. Kenneth Jackson, who previously ran in the provincial election for the Liberals in Cumberland South has entered the federal race as an independent.

A visit to Elections Canada website on August 23rd revealed only three of the five candidates has filed nomination papers:

  • Scott Armstrong, Conservative Party of Canada, Office Ph: 902-893-8679; Graham Long, Official Agent and Myles Johnson, auditor.
  • Jason Matthew Blanch, Green Party of Canada; Bruce W. McCulloch, official agent; and Stacey Campbell, auditor.
  • Kenneth Jackson, Independent, Office Ph: 902-669-2019; Karen Anne Jackson, official agent and Rhonda Lynn McIver, auditor.
  • Liberal Candidate, Bill Casey was filing his nomination papers at the Elections Canada Office, Truro on Monday, August 24th.
  • We were unable to confirm, when Wendy Robinson, flag-bearer for the NDP would be filing her papers.

Anyone wishing to run in the October 19th Federal Election must file their papers by Monday, September 28th. The complete list of confirmed candidates across Canada will be available on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Those who may be away and unable to vote on October 19th will be able to vote in the advance polls held on Friday, October 9th, Saturday, October 10th, Sunday, October 11th and Monday October 12th

In the 2011 Federal election, Scott Armstrong won re-election with 21,041 votes. Wendy Robinson, who represented the NDP placed second with 9,322 votes. Jim Burrows carrying the Liberal banner polled 7,264 votes. Jason Blanch who also represented the Green Party of Canada finished a distant fourth with 2,109 votes. Jim Hnatiuk, representing the CHP Canada (Christian Heritage Party) received the support of 375 voters.

You Could Win Tickets to Grand Slam of Curling

By Maurice Rees

The Shoreline Journal and tshirtsRus.ca will be giving away 140 tickets to The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling which will be held at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre October 27 – November 1. Grand Prize in the free ticket promotion will be two Full Event Passes.

The Masters is the second stop on the expanded seven-event 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling schedule and features 15 of the top men’s and 15 of the top women’s curling teams from around the world. Last season’s Masters event saw Brad Gushue, from St. John’s, N.L., defeat Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen in a thrilling men’s final and Edmonton’s Val Sweeting beat Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden to capture her first career Grand Slam title.

The event is anticipated to be one of the largest events ever held at the RECC. Curling will get underway with the Opening of the round robin draws at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27th.

Four Round Robin draws will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with starting times at 8:30 am, noon, and 3:30 pm and in the evening at 7:00 pm.

If tie-breakers are required they will be held 9 am on Saturday, October 31st followed by the men’s quarter final at 1:00 pm with the ladies quarter finals at 6:00 pm.

Both men’s and women’s semi-finals will start at 9:00 am on Sunday, November 1st. The men’s final will start and 1:00 pm, with the Women’s Final closing out the six day event at 6:00 pm.

To win tickets entry ballots for the event will be available at tshirtsRus.ca, 94 Esplanade, Truro commencing on September 1. No purchase is necessary. Those interested in entering the draw only need to fill out a ballot at the store. Ticket winners will also receive a free customized t-shirt to be worn to the events.

The Shoreline Journal and tshirtsRus.ca tickets will awarded as follows: 130 tickets for the Opening Draw at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27th; four passes to all round robin draws, two passes to the Quarter final games, and two passes to the finals. The Grand Prize of the Shoreline Journal and tshirtsRus.ca Grand Slam of Curling will be two passes to the entire six day event.

Full event passes, plus weekend passes (Friday night round-robin draw plus all playoff rounds) and single draw tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, online at ticketpro.ca, or by phone at 1-888-311-9090.

Bass River Heritage Days were held on August 8th under beautiful sunny skies. Above, Bob Burns pulled the original Bass River Chair Factory Whistle. See photos on page 10 in the September issue.

Victoria Hall Renovation Fund growing

By Wendy Cox

The Bass River Community Victoria Hall has been raising money for the last four months to put a new roof on the hall and for other upgrades. The support they have received from the community has been wonderful. The bottle drive has been an ongoing success raising over $800 so far, and it's still on, so if you have refundables at home or cottage just drop them off in the bin outside the hall.

We plan on doing this until the end of October and then again in the spring. Save your refundables during those hose snowy months for us. We are half way to putting a steel roof on. Hope this can be done before winter.

Maurice Rees, publisher of the Shoreline Journal called me the other day, offering the support of the Shoreline, buy conducting a special Subscription Drive in the area. He’s doing a mailing to every home served by the Bass River Post office, approximately 310 homes.

For every subscription purchased, the Shoreline will donate $11.50 to the Victoria Hall renovation fund.

Details will be in the flyer sent to each home, as well as being in the September issue. If you are interested in participating, please have your letter postmarked by Monday, September 21st.

The next big fundraiser is on Friday September 11th at the Hall. This is where you'll be able to listen to our own Bass River-raised Julia McLellan and her best friend, Mike Cox, entertain us; playing along with them we have our talented local musicians, Bill & Mike Elliott and Robert MacDonald. This will be an amazing evening of talent. Julia resides in Toronto and has been involved in many musical theatre productions, one being the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz which travelled across Canada and the states. Buy your tickets at Dominion Chair or at the Marigold Center and support the hall.

We want to thank everyone who has helped so far whether it be donating a pop bottle, a baked good, or a monetary contribution at the store jar or by a donation in the mail. The support of the community shows we are doing what you want. Remember it’s your hall too

Our next meeting is Wednesday September 2nd at 7pm at the hall. Hope to see you there.


Page One Briefs - September 2015

Everyone and anyone who is interested in "Our Shore" ( Masstown to Five Islands) please consider coming to RASCALS ( Rural Association for Sustainable Communities Along our Shore).. Next meeting is Wednesday September 23, 7 pm at the Joy Laking Gallery in Portaupique. This is an important meeting because we will discuss our continuation and our goals and what projects we might do. Need more info? Call Joy 902-890-8730.

Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is receiving $187,525 from the Government of Canada for a capital renovation project, which was announced by Scott Armstrong on July 27, 2015. Of the $187,525, $87,525 is being contributed by the Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, an $80,000 contribution from the Innovative Communities Fund of ACOA. Contributions have also been made from the Municipality of Cumberland, the Town of Parrsboro, and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

A 28 year old male from Colchester County was arrested on August 20th and will be charged with Production of Marijuana, Breach of Probation, and Firearms offences following a search of a property at 339 Station Road, Great Village. RCMP seized 60 marijuana plants, an illegally stored loaded firearm and removed a Rottweiler dog from the property. A Crime Stoppers Tip provided RCMP with the information they needed.

The Municipality of County of Colchester has been slow to publicly announce Ramesh K. Ummat resigned early in August as Chief Administration Officer. Apparently he is taken up a new position as the lead executive for a major water treatment plant. The municipality is in discussions with a head-hunting firm to find a replacement.

Labour costs are the largest single expense for the Province of Nova Scotia at $5.2-billion per year representing 52% of all tax revenue spent. In a statement issued on August 19th, Finance and Treasury Board Minister, Randy Delorey said the last round of wage agreements were among the most lucrative in Canada outpacing economic growth and have added hundreds of millions of dollars to our province's expenses. In his statement he continued, "Our new approach to collective bargaining clearly states that we will protect and preserve the services Nova Scotians need. Furthermore, we will not ask taxpayers to shoulder a heavier tax burden to fund wage increases. There is only so much money available". If frontline public employees can find ways to operate more efficiently and if those changes create concrete savings, we are willing to share those savings with our hard-working employees. The government’s entire approach to collective bargaining has been posted for all Nova Scotians to see. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/PublicServiceSustainability/

Debert may soon get a new water reservoir as the result of a pre-election funding announcement that The Federal and Provincial governments have committed over $2 million to help construct a new water tower as well as update the aging water control system. The entire project has been in the works for years, and will cost in excess of $4-Million.


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Submission Deadlines 2015

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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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