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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


The Shoreline Journal

June 2016 Issue follows:


Rees's Pieces

If you think bureaucracy is too large in Nova Scotia, read the following then formulate your own opinion.

As many of you have noticed, and I have written extensively on it, some of the largest and most profitable companies around have been accepted under NSBI’s payroll rebate program, and in most cases, the jobs are located in Halifax. For instance last month, I reported about $28-Million had been given to RBC, TD Insurance, Mobivity and Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME) during the past year.

Read the full editorial...


Cyber and some officers of Truro Police Service lined up today to help bring attention to Mental Health Awareness week from May 2-8. (Submitted)


Council awards $79,100 to Non-Profit Organizations

By Maurice Rees

By the end of January approximately 40 applications were submitted to Colchester Municipal Council under its Grants to Non-Profit Organizations program. Total ask from the non-profit organizations throughout the municipality was $267,569.41. On April 28th, as part of setting the 2016/2017 budget council approved funding totaling $79,100. Eight applications totaling $35,400 were transferred from Grants to Non-Profit to Economic Development Grants. Seven of the eight were awarded $30,400.

On March 3rd, twenty organizations appeared before council to formally present their requests. The groups appearing before council included:

Colchester Community Support Society (formerly The Food Bank), lead presenter was Barry Johnstone, who asked for $10,000 in seed funding to initially support the society’s need to develop a long-term solution with a new building. (No Funding)

The New Annan Meeting House Association: Presented by Joan Jamieson, the group asked for $2,500.00 assistance to complete installation of metal roofing on the main building. Additional work will be needed to complete repairs on a smaller building at the back of the main building. (Awarded $1,000)

Riverside Community Hall Association: The association serves the areas of Portaupique, Portaupique Mountain, Montrose and Highland Village. Virginia Roberts making her first appearance before council asked for $7,099.13 in funding to cover three areas – $3,200 for a new 16’ x 20’ storage shed; $2,901.63 for tables and chair, as the current ones have been repaired, but are not usable, nor safe and $997.50 for a 3 section stainless steel sink, which will permit the association to meet health food regulations to hold fund raising dinners and lunches to increase their sustainability and offer a broader range of services to the community. (Awarded $4,000)

Cobequid Interpretive Centre: In her presentation Anita MacLellan requested $2,941 to upgrade the parking lot, a flag pole to fly the Acadian flag, plexiglass and other materials to construction mounted displays. The centre is the only unaltered WWII Observation Tower in Canada. (Awarded $2,000)

Colchester County 4-H Council: Appearing on behalf of the council, Vice President, Don Conrod, asked for $10,000 to help get the council to a sustainable position, so it can focus on program delivery rather than spending so much time on fundraising. (Awarded $5,000).

Five Island Senior Citizen’s Assn: Ron McBurnie and Rose Lewis appeared on behalf of the association seeking $2,700.00 for outside repair and painting of the building, which is available for people to use for special events. (Awarded $800)

Stewiacke Valley Historical Society: The society is seeking $2,958 to repair and paint the upstairs room of the museum, which has 20 foot ceilings and has not been painted or repaired for 40 years. (Awarded $2,000)

The Tatamagouche Boatshop at Creamery Square: Keith Driver, boatshop manager, requested $5,000 to construct a storage shed to store supplies of boatbuilding lumber and replace the shop table saw. (Awarded $2,500)

Brule Community Centre Association: Beverly Foston was seeking $1,000 to install siding on the building as part of a multi-year program, rather than painting. (Awarded $1,000)

Downtown Truro Partnership: Debbie Elliott, Executive Director, appeared before council seeking $4,000.00 to help defray cost of fireworks on July 1st. A similar request is being made to the Town of Truro. (No Funding)

Great Village Community Association: Steve Mazur asked council for $300 to help defray half the costs of dumpster rental and transportation to the balefill to clean out 20 years of garbage at the associations former community centre building, which has been sold. (Awarded $300)

Colchester Transportation Cooperative Limited (CTCL): Susan Taylor requested $10,000 to assist with the cost of winter and summer tire replacement Fully outfitted, tire replacement costs for all buses averages $12,000 per year. (Awarded $10,000)

Truro Farmer’s Market: Appearing on behalf of the Market, Margaret Congdon asked for $1,900 to help offset the cost of having local musicians play at the Market. In 2015, the market had total expenses of $91,000 with revenues of $88,676 for a loss of $2,386. (No Funding)

Canadian Mental Health Assn (CEH Branch): Susan Henderson asked council for $3,000 to be used for recreational activities and outings for members of the association’s Friendship Club. (Awarded $3,000)

Other groups from the Shoreline’s coverage area, who applied for funding, but did not make a personal presentation to council included:

Bass River Community Centre (Victoria Hall): $4,000 for a new floor, insulation and repair of a wall. (Awarded, $3,000)

Economy Recreation Centre: $8,975 to replace 14 single pane 50 year old windows in the West Room, East Room and Front Entrance to reduce oil consumption and increase comfort level. (Awarded, $4,500)

Lower Onslow Clarke Cemetery: $500 to assist with cost of brochure, advertising and printing materials and to hold an open house this summer, with the goal to increase sale of plots. (No funding)

Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park: Seeking $2,500 to build a new podium; additional granite stone installed, plus a wheelchair ramp. The park hosts three services a year: Holocaust Remembrance, International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers and Remembrance Day. Anticipated costs of the three services for a five year period is $13,500.00 with electricity costs estimated at $4,054 for the same period. (Awarded $1,500)

During budget deliberations, a total of eight applications, asking for $35,400, were moved from Grants to Non-Profits to Economic Development Grants. Six of the eight were in Shoreline country. They are as follows:

Debert Days Family Association: Presenter, Marie Benoit explained how the volunteer organization has come together and will be hosting Debert Days on August 10-14. Debert Days were last held about 10 years ago, but the community wants to re-start a multi-day event. Their total ask was $8,400.00. (Awarded $8,400).

North Nova Lumberjack Society: Ryan McIntyre appeared on behalf of the society seeking $5,000.00 to assist with operating costs of the inaugural Nova Scotia Pro Lumberjack Championships, a professional athletic lumberjack competition on June 4, 2016. (Awarded $5,000).

TOPS NS: Rilla MacDougall explained the organization will be hosting approximately 1,200 people at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre on May 27 & 28 for the annual Provincial Recognition Days and needed $5,000 to offset costs of the RECC and an AV equipment technician. (Awarded $5,000)

Colchester County 4-H Pro-Show: The Pro-show committee is seeking $5,000 to assist in hosting the Pro Show (September 30-Oct 2), which attracts approximately 7,500 to the area. Costs of renting the NSPE Grounds has increased dramatically in the last couple of years and is expected to be in excess of $36,000. Last year the event was held in Windsor with facility rental at approximately $15,000, but the committee wants to continue having the event in the central region, even if on a rotational basis. (Awarded $5,000)

First United Church & St James Presbyterian: Wendy Pratt & Susan Greaves requested $1,100 to assist with food and advertising costs of Bell Fest 2016. 120 performers are expected to participate in the hand bell choirs, of which approximately 100 will be from PEI, NB and other parts of Nova Scotia. The event will be held June 3 & 4. (Awarded $1,100)

Truro Theatre Society: Now entering its third year, the society was seeking $5,000 to assist with the early July production of Hamlet, with most of the money being used for advertising, costumes, props and actor refreshments according to Lenore Zann, who will direct the play. The event is expected to attract an audience of approximately 1,000. (No funding)

Tax Credit for donations to Food Banks

A tax credit equating to 25% of the value of fresh produce will be given to farmers who donate to food banks in Nova Scotia encouraging donations of fresh produce. Farmers have for many years given graciously to Nova Scotia's food banks, but we not compensated.

First introduced by Kings West MLA and current Minister of Health Leo Glavine in 2013, this new incentive for farmers to donate surplus food opens up huge doors of opportunity while ensuring food banks across the province have fresh, local, nutritious produce.

Here's how the program works: 

Donations of fresh, surplus produce can be made to a registered food bank by an individual or corporation carrying on business as a farm. Farmers will receive a tax credit equal to 25 per cent of the fair market value of the donation. The donations must be distributed free by the food bank to reduce poverty and will also be eligible for the charitable donation tax credit. 

The tax credit will be retroactive to January 1 of this year and is estimated to cost approximately $300,000.

The food bank tax credit will provide some tax relief for farmers while putting good agricultural products on the table of Nova Scotians who need it. 

2016 Tattoo: Canada’s Best-Kept Secret

Pipes, drums, bands, acrobats, gymnasts, pageantry, historical commemoration, comedy, drill teams! The Tattoo is ready to wow audiences from Canada and beyond with what promises to be yet another amazing week of performances. Performers from Canada, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States are taking the stage from June 30 to July 7 at the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax. The June 30, July 4, 5 and 6 performances take place at 7:30 p.m., while those on July 1, 2, 3 and 7 are matinees at 2:30 p.m.

The historical themes of the show include the centennial of the No. 2 Construction Battalion and the centennial of the Battle of the Somme, in particular the Newfoundland Regiment’s losses at Beaumont-Hamel in Picardy. As always, the Tattoo’s annual theme Bond of Friendship will be woven throughout the show.

In addition to the show, the Tattoo’s popular Canada Day Parade, presented by Sobeys, will take place on July 1 at 10:30 a.m. The Tattoo Festival will take place on July 4, 5 and 6.

The Tattoo is delighted that, for the first time, its Festival will be hosted on the Halifax Waterfront and at select Sobeys locations. The Tattoo Festival, including free, noon-time performances will take place on July 4, 5 and 6.

The 2016 Tattoo takes place from June 30 – July 7 at the Scotiabank Centre. Tickets are available at the Scotiabank Centre Box Office, at www.ticketatlantic.com, or by phone at 902-451-1221.

Page One Briefs - June 2016

The westbound lane of Highway 104 from Londonderry to Westchester Station, about 19 kilometers, will be reduced to one lane for paving, patching, widening, installation of rumble strips and guardrail throughout the summer with an estimated completion date of Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk.

Debert Military Museum is now open for visitors but there will be an Official Opening held on June 4th with the Flag Raising at 11:00AM, followed by refreshments. All are welcome to attend.

China is Nova Scotia's second largest trading partner. Exports to China totalled $420 million in 2015, an increase of more than 50 per cent from 2014. In comparison, Nova Scotia exported $490 million to the entire European Union in 2015.

By January 1, 2017 Labour Standards Code changes will align the types of employment records employers are required to keep in the three Maritime Provinces. The changes will: align record-keeping requirements among the three Maritime provinces; clarify language around record-keeping requirements and eliminate unnecessary record-keeping requirements. Nova Scotia introduced its changes on April 27th. Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick also introduced changes in their legislatures this spring. Changes will not take effect until Jan. 1, in all three provinces.

The RCMP is seeking the public's assistance to identify two men who may have been involved in the theft of a chain saw from a truck in Lower Truro on May 8th near 1 p.m. an unknown man took a chain saw from a truck parked at Giant Tiger in Lower Truro. He put it in the back of another truck in the parking lot and walked away. RCMP obtained security footage from the store of the two men who got into the second truck in the hopes that this might help get the chainsaw back to its rightful owner and identify the suspect.

The stolen chain saw is a Stihl chain saw and was in an orange hard plastic case. RCMP are asking anyone who can identify these men to contact Colchester District RCMP at 902-893-6820 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit a tip by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

The Credit Union Small Business Loan Guarantee Program recently passed a significant milestone by disbursing more than $100 million in loans since 2003. In 2014, government increased the provincial guarantee on term loans from 75 per cent to 90 per cent. The total guarantee amount available for lending also increased from $25 million to $50 million. The program has supported almost 2,000 businesses over the past 13 years. About five per cent of loans default. Credit unions administer the program and provide loans to small businesses and social enterprises, ensuring lending decisions are made in the community. Government partners with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council to provide the guarantee and management of the portfolio.

Everyone is encouraged to use the BurnSafe map rules to reduce wildfire risks. The colour-coded map at www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe shows when burning is allowed or not allowed. The map is updated daily at 2 p.m. The same information is also available by calling toll free 1-855-564-2876.

Burning brush or campfires is illegal and unsafe between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on any day.

On April 25th, Environment Minister Margaret Miller dismissed two remaining appeals on the industrial approval provided to Alton Natural Gas Storage LP for the proposed brine storage pond in Colchester County. The environmental assess of the project was completed in 2007. The decision letters can be found online at http://novascotia.ca/nse/issues/alton.asp

Government is repealing the 1928 Blueberry Associations Act. The act has not been used in many years and is no longer relevant. All matters associated with it are now dealt with through other pieces of legislation. "Last year, growers exported $123 million worth of Nova Scotia blueberries and government announced $1.08 million over three years to increase the amount of land for the blueberry growing industry. Blueberries account for half the value of fruit production in Nova Scotia.

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Submission Deadlines 2016

Issue Deadline Published
March 2016 February 23 March 2
April 2016 March 22 March 30
May 2016 April 19 April 27
June 2016 May 24 June 1
July 2016 June 21 June 29
August 2016 July 19 July 27
September 2016 August 23 August 31
October 2016 September 20 September 28
November 2016 October 25 November 2
December 2016 November 22 November 30
January 2017 December 12 December 20

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