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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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December 2018 Issue follows:

December 2018 - Found shoelaces in Truro

Last month I started this column with a plea for someone to let me know where I could find shoelaces in Truro. I had been searching for ages, but without any luck.

Not long after the November issue was published, I received a call answering my plea. I was informed Shopper’s Drug Mart, Robie Street carried shoelaces in a special end aisle display across from the Canada Post outline in the back corner.

Luckily, I was able to get what I wanted. It wasn’t a large display, but it served my needs. It was in a Kiwi Collection display and included a limited selection of shoe polish. They even had leather laces for work boots. THANKS FOR THE CALL.

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Solar Energy program possible in 2019

By Maurice Rees

A residential solar energy program may be coming to Colchester in time for the 2019 construction season. Council committee approved a recommendation to Council to accept the proposal of Supernova Energy Solutions and that staff begin to design a ‘Solar Colchester’ program to encourage the installation of Solar PV systems in Colchester during a meeting on November 15th.

The decision was made following an update to council by Crawford MacPherson, Director Community Services, who stated an RFP has closed and five submissions were received. One was submitted after the deadline and disqualified. A second one took a different approach from the RFP and did not score well.

The remaining three proposals all have experience with solar PV projects and all included electrical contractors with "red seal" certified electricians that have experience with PV installations. Proposal three was disjointed and did not clearly indicate the role and relationship between their company and others mentioned in the proposal. This proposal had the highest property evaluation and design fee at $650.

After analysis of the submissions, staff recommended proceeding with Supernova Energy Solutions.

With Council approving the recommendation, staff would work with Supernova to design a program and
present to Council prior to implementation if desired. The program would be rolled out in the
Spring of 2019 for the 2019 construction season.

Program design would include marketing and educational materials, workshops in partnership with Solar Nova Scotia and administrative paperwork such as application forms and agreements.

Property owners can generate electricity which is either used by the property owner or returned to the grid through NS Power’s enhanced net metering program. Systems would be designed to meet the needs of the property owner and not to generate excess energy. Depending upon the energy use of a home, a system is expected to cost between $10,000 and $13,000.

It is not known what rebates or program incentives would be available, but Councillor Parker suggested from his investigation approximately $4,000 could be available. It is anticipated the municipality would pay for the upfront costs, and the homeowner would pay over a number of years.

Council meets to review Strategic Priorities

By Maurice Rees

During a special council committee meeting held on Monday, October 22nd, Colchester Council discussed several matters concerning Strategic Priorities. Minutes from the special October 22nd meeting, included in the council package for monthly committee meeting scheduled for November 15th, indicated the purpose of the purpose of the meeting was to review the Municipality’s Strategic Priorities.

A check of incoming emails from the municipal office revealed notification of the October 22nd and a subsequent meeting on October 29th was not forthcoming. (Normally, council staff have been very diligent in advising of upcoming meetings).

Since the meeting was held to discuss council’s Strategic Priorities, Mr. Rob Simonds, CAO, provided a brief introduction which included a review of the list of priorities as previously approved by Council, as well as a brief overview of the process for the meeting. Directors and staff would provide updates on their operational priorities, removing items that have been completed and providing opportunity to bring forward new items.

In his overview, Simonds said "it is important to keep in mind organizational capacity, such as
core/fundamental services, when adding items to the list of priorities. Once this process is completed, there will no longer be the one-page update included in the monthly Council package. The intent is to distribute a varied form of updates, most likely on a quarterly basis, with a written synopsis on
progresses to date".

Discussion was held on having flexibility to change the priorities, either by adding and removing items. The CAO advised that Council would have flexibility, possibly during the annual or bi-annual review rather than during the quarterly update reports.

One item on the agenda included Community Engagement which included Building a Municipal Brand that residents and communities want to engage with; Developing new channels of engagement such as E-Newsletter, website and social media; and, Promoting engagement options.

On another matter, minutes from the meeting revealed council discussed the lack of media attention on ‘good news’ stories such as the recent trip to Jordan for the Jordan Municipal Support Project; opportunities to self-promote; and, mechanisms to handle social media during adverse matters. CAO Simonds indicated "Staff are investigating options for promoting ourselves rather than relying on media, and having processes in place to have one spokesperson for media relations and Facebook and Twitter

Other items discussed included:

Economic Development
Secure and build on strengths including Debert Business, diverse economy with key sectors, location, excellent amenities and events, collaboration with Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP); • Strive to improve on weaknesses such as internet and transportation, healthy communities, environmental protection, and policy advocacy; and, • Attraction and Placemaking such as smart marketing, tourism with intent, and welcoming and inclusive places and events.

Community Engagement
Building a Municipal Brand that residents and communities want to engage with; • Developing new channels of engagement such as E-Newsletter, website and social media; and, • Promoting engagement options.

Debert Airport
Listed as one of the top five priorities of Council; • Community asset with potential for economic benefits;
• Compliment Debert as a whole; • Need to reignite the development of new hangars; • Reports commissioned – Land Use Plan and Airfield Pavement Assessment; • Events held – Mud Hero and Car Show; and,• Future possibilities such as monthly drive-in during summer months and large music festivals.

Debert Business Park (DBP) – Marketing / Business Relations / Land Development
• Completion of branding, website development and refacing existing signage; NSTIR to redo highway signs this Fall; Directional signage and highway billboard – project tentatively scheduled to take place during the Winter; • Continue to receive business inquiries on a regular basis; explore options for warehouse and small business start-up space; expansion of Kohltech and Tim Hortons; and new business, Lumina, on Ventura Drive; and, • Continue to clear and prepare land for development; and time to consider a Land Use By-law for DBP.

Fundy Discovery Site
Washroom building, landscaping at washroom and VIC, phase 1 of playground, upgraded highway signage, and raised dyke with trail completed; • Entrance signage, security audit, and website development underway; • Next phase of development includes playground phase 2, amphi-theatre,
road improvements, power and communication line management, interpretation planning and bridge design.

Possible amenities for the Fundy Discovery Site were discussed including a quality restaurant. Concern was raised regarding the issue of security at the site, specifically sufficient lighting. It was noted that timing is of the essence for proper security. The CAO advised that the building is wired for high resolution cameras, conversations have taken place with the RCMP to do walk-abouts on the property. Also, staff would look into having Commissionaires available for security on Halloween night.

Additional items under review are included in a separate story elsewhere in this issue.

BEWARE - Trouble on Hwy 104

By Maurice Rees

If the weather is unpredictable and you are travelling on Hwy 104 via the Cobequid Pass, BEWARE. Don’t expect any warnings on either of the two overhead highway signs located approximately 2.8 km west of Oxford (Exit 6) interchange and 1.75 km west of Debert (Exit 13) interchange. They are out of order.

It may take approximately $150,000 to correct and undetermined amount of time. NSTIR representative, Troy Webb, District Director, told CBC Radio on November 20th, the department may have to hard wire the signs with fibre cable to get the signs operational and it may take up to $150,000 to do so.

During a recent early winter storm when the Cobequid Pass was not safe to drive, electronic billboards on Highway 104 that could’ve given motorists advance warning that a section of the Cobequid Pass was shut down during Tuesday’s storm were out of order. That resulted in several motorists being stranded on the highway for several hours.

Councillor Tom Taggart added the highway problems to the council committee meeting in mid-November stating he had calls from constituents some of whom were held up for several hours when th3e highway was closed. Council members agreed to send a letter to NSTIR expressing concern and asking why and what is the protocol to ensure motorists are advised and who closes the highway.

In his radio interview, Webb indicated there had been previous problems especially with the solar energy source and that had been remedied early in summer 2018. He indicated the current problems are more directly related to internet connections.

62 Years; 24 as Chief

Dave Lundie, 80, the veteran Great Village Fire Fighter of 62 years, of which 24 were as chief passed away suddenly on November 24th. He continued as chief until his passed, even though in recent years he continued his leadership from a wheelchair, when in public.

Visitation was held Wednesday, November 28 from 1pm until time of Firefighter Tribute Service at 2pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, followed by the Reception. Donations in his memory may be made to the Great Village Fire Brigade. Please see complete obituary on Page 32



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STRESS RELIEF - Royal Canadian Corps Of Signals Prayer

Almighty God whose messengers go forth in every age giving light and understanding, grant that we of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals who spread the word of man to man may be swift and sure in sending the message of thy truth into all the world.  May we serve thee faithfully and, with the help of thy Holy Spirit, make such success of our soldierly duties on this earth that we may be found worthy to receive the crown of life hereafter, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

The television series, Cavendish, produced by Cavendish NS Productions Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $958,149 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $3,361,926 through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding

Andy’s Tire Shop has purchased A-1 Tires from the Atkinson family. A-1 had just celebrated its 40th Anniversary. There will be plenty of new faces in the new year as several members of the Atkinson family are leaving. Earle is finished on December 31st, brother Ross and his wife Sandra are also leaving. Earle indicated the remainder of the staff, including brother, Joe will be staying. Andrew Pye is president Andy’s Tire Shop, while Craig MacKenzie is general manager.

Patterson Law is welcoming two top tier associates to its ranks. Kyle MacMullin will focus principally on tax work and Anna-Marie Manley will focus on commercial litigation. "Kyle is an experienced CPA and Anna-Marie previously worked at McCarthy Tetrault, one of Canada’s top law firms. Patterson Law has offices in Halifax, Truro and New Glasgow. 

Bill Casey celebrated a special anniversary on November 21st. It was the 30th anniversary of his first being elected as a Member of Parliament. He is one of 32 Liberal MPs from Atlantic Canada, but has indicated he will not reoffer as MP for Cumberland-Colchester in the 2019 federal election expected October.

At 7:37 a.m. on November 2 a single vehicle collision occurred in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 104 just West of the toll plaza. The truck was occupied by a lone male driver, who was in critical condition when he was found in the overturned truck by another motorist. The driver was transported to hospital by EHS. He died in hospital later in the afternoon.

With Bill Casey not reoffering in the 2019 election a Facebook posting indicates Joel Henderson, Casey’s former Executive Assistant will seek the nomination. Scott Armstrong, who was MP in the Stephen Harper era, but lost to Casey when Liberal MP’s swept Atlantic Canada in the election which swept Justin Trudeau in as Prime Minister has already received the nod to be the Conservative candidate for Cumberland-Colchester.

A test of the public emergency alerting system is scheduled to take place today, Nov. 28 at 1:55 p.m. This is the second test this year of the Alert Ready system which includes cellphones. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. Participants in the national system include private and public broadcasters, cellphone service providers and government organizations. Not everyone received the alert on their mobile devices during the test in May for a variety of reasons, including device compatibility, settings and connection to a network. Nova Scotians who do not receive the alert Nov. 28 are encouraged to follow up with their service provider. Information about cellphone compatibility is available at http://www.alertready.ca

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