The Shoreline Journal and The South Cumberland News are monthly community newspapers based in Bass River, Nova Scotia, and serving the Fundy Shore/Glooscap Trail from Truro to Parrsboro and further north to Advocate Harbour.   See submission deadlines...

Established in 1994, the Journal 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  Maurice Rees.  He 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 Like us on Facebook to keep up to date along the Shoreline!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. 

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Rees' Pieces June 2024

- Significant Changes Coming

There are major changes happening, which will cause Colchester to be the undisputed leader of the pact, bar none. Colchester’s stock has been gradually rising as the most successful municipality in the province. Our geographical positioning, as HUB of Nova Scotia has always helped us when transportation became a factor. It has always been beneficial to be one hour and a half driving distance of 1.5-Million people in three provinces.

Onejk could speculate that should the three Maritime Provinces ever unite, Truro/Colchester should be the capital – not because it is the financial/monetary capital, but for other more efficiency and prudent reasons. Think along with me and we’ll list a few: Basically fog free; not a port city – less like to be bombed or invaded; less drug importation; adjoining Bay of Fundy coastal communities have UNESCO designation for a Global GeoPark; decommissioned army base comprising around 3,000 acres of raw land that also includes an airport – although upgrading is needed. Most of these are natural wonders, which nobody can take away.

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4,600 jobs; $314-Million Income

By Maurice Rees

4,600 Full time equivalent Positions, during construction and direct household income of $314-Million was the projection given to Colchester Council when they received a presentation on Scotia Port from Dr. Ernest Korankye of Endurance Equities on May 6th.

ScotiaPort is a joint 50/50 partnership between Endurance Equities & Millbrook First Nation. The board comprises of two members from Endurance Equities and two from Millbrook First Nation. Endurance Equity directors are: Matthew Stokes & Dr. Ernest Korankye. Millbrook First Nation directors are: Chief Bob Gloade & Claire Marshall.

Will Colchester become the Fort Mac employment centre of the east, as a key player in maritime trade and logistics? One could easily think that way when listening to Dr. Ernest Korankye of Endurance Equities during a presentation to Colchester Council on May 6th. The 17 page visual presentation given by Dr. Korankye Scotia Port aims to accomplish: We will be Atlantic Canada’s first and only inland port; Modernize transportation efficiency and sustainability for Nova Scotia. Leverage 2,300 acres of land in Colchester County into 2,300 acres of economic opportunity. Be a net-zero operation sustained by renewable energy infrastructure via a 900 acre solar farm and boost economic activity to rural Nova Scotia communities.

Scotia Port is an inland port comprising: Rail Terminal; Logistics & Distribution Park; Industrial & Manufacturing and Commercial.

Quick Facts: Other parts of the presentation included ScotiaPort will increase supply chain efficiencies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make goods transportation in Nova Scotia more efficient. Improved supply chain logistics will be achieved through a sustainable, short-haul rail shuttle between Colchester County and the Port of Halifax.

ScotiaPort will provide needed container terminal space, cargo warehousing, logistics and distribution infrastructure, which is expected to increase in demand as the Port of Halifax and volumes of cargo increases. An interchange connecting ScotiaPort to Highway 104 will be a critical factor in unlocking the area's potential.

We'kopekwitk Terminal will be the first development within ScotiaPort. The terminal is a partnership between Millbrook First Nation and Canadian Rail Equipment Works and Services (CREWS).

Municipality Of Colchester County - ; Colchester County becomes a key player in maritime trade and logistics; Diversifies local economy creating a stable economic foundation for the future; Enhancement of the nearby Debert Industrial Park; Improved emergency response as a result of an additional exit/egress; Opens additional development possibilities on the south side of Highway 104.

Incremental impacts to tax base of an estimated $31.5 million in additional commercial tax revenue over five phases; Job creation for local residents; Boost to local businesses; Other potential economic development opportunities include export focused and synergistic advanced manufacturing opportunities.

Regional Impacts - Potential to mitigate the labour supply pressures on long-haul truckers throughout the region by offering a drop zone at the convergence of Nova Scotia’s major road and rail connections; Opens the door for significant Indigenous employment and career opportunities leveraging that community’s more favourable demography; Removes trucks from roads, reduces idle time, all contributing to green house gas emissions reduction.

Offers a boost to rural regions outside Halifax Regional Municipality and by being a catalyst for new dynamic business activities and will result in significant upgrades and enhancements to local infrastructure and utilities.

Stewart In, Mills out

By Maurice Rees

Colchester’s Deputy May Geoff Stewart has announced he will seek the Mayor’s position in the October 2024 municipal election, while Truro long standing Mayor Bill Bills has announced he will not seek re-election as Mayor Town of Truro.

Geoff Stewart is a small business owner from Brookfield and currently serves as Councillor for District 3 and Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester, a role he has held since 2018. A former President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities, Geoff is a leader on the National Stage, serving as the First Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He will ascend to the presidency of FCM at its AGM in Winnipeg in June.

Geoff and his wife Joanne, along with their two grown children and five grandchildren, enjoy camping, being physically active, and listening to live music as much as they can.

Mills has been mayor for 27years, but has been on council for 37. He was first elected to office in 1987 as a councillor for Ward 1, Mills became mayor of Truro in 1997 – 27 years ago – after a brief stint as a councillor in his hometown of Amherst.

Mills entry into municipal politics goes back to 1979, when he won a one year term on Amherst council, his hometown. Three months into his term, he had a job offer in Truro. He would continue to reside in his hometown while commuting between Truro and Amherst to keep his seat. Becoming established in Truro, he ran In 1982. Although he lost, Mills remained positive. Mills would run again in 1987, this time taking his seat on council.

After ten years as a councillor, Mills became mayor of Truro in 1997.

Bridge Tender $7,527,489

By Maurice Rees

On April 19th, Balodis Inc, Westville was awarded tender for construction of the new bridge in Bass River for a contract valued at $7,527,489. In the public eye for several years and following several public consultation sessions, the tender call by Nova Scotia Public Works closed on April 12th, 2024.

During the design phases several models and options were presented to the public. At first design involved traditional cement girders, but these were rejected, partially because they these would raise the road bed level about 7-9 feet above current levels and would have necessitated an intersection between Hwy 2 and Maple Street which was unacceptable for residents. Three of the initial options would have impaled access to the Dominion Chair Factory store to the point it would have serious negative economic impacts.

In his quest to have the final version of bridge as "near perfect as possible", MLA Tom Taggart suggested Public Works look at the Roger Bacon Bridge in Nappan. Back to the drawing boards, a suitable wooden suspended design was selected which would meet Taggart’s approval of lower bed level; more appealing to the history of the area as major supplier of lumber and not impact Dominion Chair Factory Store.

At tender closing three bids were received: Balodis Inc, Westville, $7,527,489; Dexter Construction, $$9,164,350 and Zutphen Contractors Inc., $9,812,825. As the lowest tender submitted, Balodis was awarded the contract.

NS Power has been busy realigning the power poles. Construction will begin immediately, before end of May. The new routing of Hwy 2 to Maple Street will cut across the existing entrance to Veteran’s Memorial Park, requiring a modified realigned entrance to the iconic park; and eliminate the location of the Lumber mill heritage display to a new location.

When construction is complete, traffic safety will be significantly improved, because a stop sign will be erected from Hwy 2 (traveling west) onto Maple Street. Hwy 2 traffic traveling easterly will make a 90-degree right turn to get across the bridge and back onto Hwy 2 toward Great Village.

Our investigation has resulted in learning the road and bridge deck level will only about three feet higher than existing because the bridge is suspended, and not supported by large concrete girders which would have required 7-9 foot rise in bridge deck. Tender documents suggested a construction period of 17 months, however MLA Taggart suggested he was informed, the bridge could be finished by end of 2024.

Front Page Briefs - June 2024


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The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame will be announcing the 2024 inductees at a media conference on June 3, at 11am, at the boardroom in The Canada Games Centre. 

Cliffs of Fundy Geopark will hold a networking session followed by it AGM at the Economy Rec Centre, Economy starting at 7 pm.

Portapique Community Centre will be officially opened at 12:30 on Saturday June 1st. A day of activities will be held from 9 am to 4 pm including a kitchen party with the Elliotts and Friends from 1-4pm.

The annual Wentworth Recreation Centre Show and Shine will be held on the ball field on Saturday, June 22nd from 10-4pm. Other events will include the popular canteen throughout the day, starting with a 9am Breakfast.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce Mayors and Chief's Breakfast will be held at Legends Gaming Centre, 15 Legends Ave, Millbrook June 4th, 2024 starting 8:30 am with buffet breakfast.

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