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Rees - New Way to Get Around

Maurice Rees, Shoreline Journal publisher, practices his new mode of safely walking around.  When his new walker is not appropriate, he uses a cane for stability.  (D Rees Photo)

By Maurice Rees

On Wednesday, July 31st, the same day as the August issue was published, I had a medical appointment in Halifax.  When I was getting dressed, there was a slight twinge in my lower back, but I didn't pay much attention to it.

As I drove into the city, severe pain in my lower back and left leg got worse and worse.  By the time I got to the Halifax Infirmary on Robie Street, I was almost in tears, and realized I was having serious sciatic nerve attack.

I had previous sciatic occurrences in 1987 (left leg), and 2000 (right leg), which certainly took their toll on mobility and strength of my legs, but being younger I was able to 'almost' recover after several physiotherapy sessions.  In 2000 if you can call it 'lucky', the nerve damage was so bad, it 'killed' the pain nerve.  Those who have suffered sciatic problems would agree 'no pain' is a blessing.  Since then I have had a 'gimp' in my step, but no pain until the unexpected attack on July 31.

At the Infirmary, once I got parked, it was time to head into my appointment.  When I exited my van, in normal fashion, the landing was not the same.  There I was lying in a clump in the parkade next to my van.  I was able to get straightened around and was able to open the door to stand up and get the things I needed for the appointment.  All seemed fine.  Except when I let go and intended to walk, there I was in a clump on the ground for a second time.

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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 in particular her Kitchen Korner.  Since November 2008 she 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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September 2019 Issue follows:

Rees' Pieces - September 2019

We Both Have Major Problems

Canada and United States of America have major problems needing immediate attention to permit each country reach its greatness. South of the border faces historical problems involving racism, white supremacy, gun control and maintaining their influence in all corners of the globe rather than solving internal problems for their own 330-Million residents.

Canadians hated the government of the day causing cancellation of the "long gun registry", whereas the United States has problems concerning ability to carry guns. Within 24 hours two massive shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio 31 people died and 51 were wounded. There will be an internal political battle whether or not Trump will take decisive action including asking the Senate to enact legislation, already passed by Congress, for his signature.

I’ll take our dislike for the long gun registry any day.

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Debert Airport Strategic Plan before council in September

By Crawford MacPherson

(In his report to council at the August 8th council committee meeting Crawford Macpherson, Director of Community Development reported staff are preparing a Strategic Plan for the Debert Airport which is projected to be ready for Council Committee meeting in September). The remainder of his report focusing on Debert Airport follows:

The Strategic Plan will combine previous assessments of infrastructure, and airport development opportunity into one document. The plan will include a program to explore two key, strategic business opportunities.

Municipal staff recently hosted the CEO Joyce Carter and a Paul Baxter, Vice President of Operations at Halifax Stanfield airport, for a tour of the Debert Business Park and the Airport. This was the second meeting with Halifax Stanfield officials this year and part of an effort to build relations and demonstrate how Debert can complement the growth plans at Halifax. Ms. Carter and Mr. Baxter acknowledged that Debert has the potential to complement their long-term growth plans.

Halifax Stanfield will be updating their 20-year master plan and committed to having their consultant visit Debert and meet with municipal staff. As Halifax expands their commercial cargo program and the passenger terminal, some existing support businesses will need to relocate. Debert is well positioned to support the aviation maintenance and repair business that may be displaced from prime airside locations at Halifax. Halifax Stanfield has in-house expertise that the Municipality may be able to draw upon as plans are prepared for growth around the Debert airport.

In July, municipal staff met with eight provincial staff from various departments and ACOA to discuss Debert Airport and its potential for economic opportunity. The meeting was hosted by David Oxner, the Executive Director of Transportation and Trade Corridors (TiR). The response was positive and has resulted in plans by NSBI officials to visit Debert Business Park and Airport in August to better understand the asset and how Debert may be a good match for their clients.

Special Olympics - Over 800 athletes from Nova Scotia participated in the Special Olympics 2019 Provincial Summer Games at Acadia University from July 12-14. Catherine McNevin wishes her son Mark good luck as he enters the Markie Bus for the trip. A large number of athletes were represented from Colchester. (Brown Photo)

Appending May Take 5 Years

By Maurice Rees

It may take up to five years for Millbrook First Nation to find out if its request to append additional property to Millbrook Indian Reserve No 27 has been granted.

As a follow up to the May issue headline story, "Will Millbrook Double?", we contacted Indigenous Services Canada for additional information regarding reserve creation for the Millbrook First Nation. Millbrook had assembled purchase of 13 individual properties and was applying to have the additional properties appended to existing Millbrook First Nation.

A response from Michael MacDonald, Communications Officer, Atlantic Region, Indigenous Services Canada stated the consultation and negotiation time lines for an Addition to Reserve vary as each Addition to Reserve proposal is unique.

MacDonald indicated questions regarding what the lands would be used for should be directed to Millbrook First Nation and the timeline to submit an Addition to Reserve for approval can vary on average between 18 months to five years. Each Addition to Reserve proposal is unique and may include work to address environmental concerns, title issues, third party interests or concerns arising from consultations.

In the original letter from Adrienne Murray, Lands Manager for Indigenous Services Canada the county was given an opportunity to reply to the request. We are attempting to get a copy of Colchester’s response.

As of June 2019, the Millbrook First Nation’s registered population is 1,931 with 905 people on reserve. Millbrook Indian Reserve No. 27 is located in the County of Colchester approximately eight kilometres from Truro, Nova Scotia.  

Firetruck – Bible Hill - Village of Bible Hill’s has accepted deliver of its new custom built 2019 Spartan Metro Star PumperTanker built by Fort Garry Fire Trucks of Winnipeg.  Features of the truck include: 20” raised roof, 400 horsepower Cummins diesel engine; Allison automatic transmission;  4,542 litre poly tank and a side mounted pump that delivers 4,731 litres per minute at 150 PSI. On hand for the acceptance ceremony were Fire Chief Joey Bisson and Bible Hill Village Commission Chair, Lois MacCormick. (Submitted)

Solar Program Creating Green Jobs

By Maurice Rees

Hospice Halifax is one of the first community organizations in Nova Scotia to install a solar electricity system under the province's Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. Dozens of other charitable organizations, Mi'kmaw bands, municipalities and academic institutions are also participating in the program.

Energy and Mines has reopened to applications for the third and final year. Over the past two years, the province has created two new solar programs - the community buildings program and the SolarHomes program. Over the same time period, solar energy use in Nova Scotia has grown by about 300 per cent.

A recent study indicates that the province could see more than 1,100 jobs in the residential solar sector by 2030 creating a sustainable industry for the long term.

Community buildings projects can be up to 75 kilowatts. Applicants propose a price per kilowatt hour for the electricity they will generate. Successful organizations will enter into a 20-year agreement with their electric utility.

The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the rate stability plan. Clean Foundation independently evaluates submissions and selects the successful projects. The application period is from June 24 to August 9. For more information visit https://www.novascotia.ca/solar/

Page One Briefs - September 2019

Stress Relief - I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day.

The International Day of Peace will be held at 11:00 am on September 20th at Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Bass River. Peace is a Dream Unfolding will be performed once again by Students of West Colchester Consolidate School will animate giant peace doves as they carry peace into the four directions, but only if the people, REMEMBER. All are welcome.

Colchester staff have completed contract negotiations with SPCA. The contract is due to start August 1st. Staff are now reviewing the wording contained in the Municipality’s Animal Control By-law to make sure it is current. The review is expected to be completed for September Council Committee.

On July 31, 2019, Colchester District RCMP obtained a warrant for the arrest of a man who has been charged with several offences recently in Colchester County. Shane Eldon Chapman, 34, of North River, is charged with: Impaired Operation of a Conveyance and Operating a Conveyance with a Blood Alcohol Concentration Over 80 mg%. The charges are in relation to two-vehicle collision that resulted in Chapman being arrested and charged for impaired operation of a conveyance. Chapman failed to attend scheduled court appearance and a bench warrant was issued by Truro Provincial Court. On July 31, police had not been able to locate him, and requested assistance from the public.


The best hockey players in the world will be coming to Halifax & Truro, Nova Scotia to compete in the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship. The tournament will begin March 31st to April 10th and Scotiabank Centre will host Team Canada’s pool.

17-game package includes:
1 Canada Pre-Competition
10 Round Robin Games (including 4 Canada games)
2 Quarterfinal Games
2 Semi-final Games
1 Bronze Medal Game
1 Gold Medal Game

To put down your deposit 
Call Ticket Atlantic 902-451-1221 or visit the box office.
Service fees for ticket packages are due with deposit. 

Scotiabank Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 2V9

Ticket Atlantic: Credit Card Charge Line: (902) 451-1221
Toll-free: 1-877-451-1221

  Event Line Recording: (902) 451-1202

Debert Land Sales appear to be gaining momentum. Colchester staff have been dealing with several inquiries to purchase land in Debert and expect to bring one or two sales agreements to Council in the early Fall.

The program to install solar panels on the roof of the Brookfield Sportsplex and the RECC has gone to tender. A bidder’s tour of the two facilities was held in July, with as many as eight companies in attendance. The tender closed on July 25 and an Information Item on the results of the tender is expected to be prepared for Council Committee’s August meeting. August 9 was deadline for the last round of applications under the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. At the direction of Executive Committee additional applications will be made for the arenas in Debert and Tatamagouche.

When Councillor Gibbs introduced keeping of bees in residential areas earlier this year, the matter became the responsibility of the Planning Advisory Committee. PAC has held its first meeting concerning the keeping of bees in residential neighbourhoods. The Committee reviewed the staff research to date and based on the staff recommendation, agreed to conduct greater consultation with the small scale, commercial bee farmers. Previously, staff were not aware of the number of small scale bee keepers in Colchester County and the number of bee farmers that could be impacted by new regulations.

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