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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  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 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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The Shoreline Journal

May 2022

May 2022 - Help rescue thousands of Ukrainians

The grass is getting greener, frogs are chirping, birds are building nests, people are raking lawns and working in the garden and it’s getting warm, but we are not out of it yet. Early in the day on April 24th, I heard a weather forecaster mention possibility of snow for parts of Nova Scotia.

Even though the days are getting longer, and in fact we are two months away from the longest day of the year, then it will be two or three less minutes of daylight every day. Didn’t mean to appear negative, anything but. However as time passes by quickly, within a month, farmers will be cutting silage and getting the balers repaired and ready for another hot summer.

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By Maurice Rees

We all are aware the high level of compassion Nova Scotians show for one another and how dedicated they are to help "others in trouble". When Russia invaded Ukraine just over three months ago, my thoughts focused on "what can we do to help?"

After a lot of thought and learning Nova Scotia is already home to over 9,000 of Ukranian descent, like a lightening bolt it struck me, we should become leaders in welcoming Ukrainians who are fleeing the ravages of war and need a safe welcoming place to call, "their new home".

Then I wondered how the Shoreline Journal could become a catalyst to make it happen. Finally, I settled on developing a Facebook page / site, which would encourage Nova Scotians to provide safe lodging for two or three months, for Ukrainians, who had been approved for immigration to Canada.

Finally, our technical people have been able to develop and launch within the past week, a Facebook site - facebook/com/welcomeukrainens

This Page is completely open to the public for any to post on or ask questions; it's not a Private Group page, no membership needed. You can choose to Like or Follow it to keep up with ongoing postings. (If communicating with others via an email use: www.facebook.com/welcomeukrainens and it should be a live link. If printing it or giving it out verbally you just say: facebook.com/welcomeukrainens . No capitals are required, no www.)

As publisher, I did not want to complicate things, or for people to assume, we were going to be involved in the approval process, or sourcing people wishing to relocate to Nova Scotia. The objective was to develop a database or listing of people who would wish to provide accommodations or billet Ukrainian refuges into their home for a short period of time, provide accommodations, food and help get them situated. Information on our capacity to accommodate will be shared with appropriate government departments.

Ideally, based on our level of compassion, I set a target for Nova Scotia to accommodate 10,000 to 20,000 immigrants. Yes, it is a large number, but if we collectively decide to move forward we can do it. As homeowners, and business executives, we are investing time, money and our expertise to provide a new home, but think of it this way:

Nova Scotia has a shortage of labour in all areas: hospitality, construction, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry. A large number of them can help build a stronger Nova Scotia and be contributors to our economic betterment.

After watching many, many hours of television reporting, I personally am amazed at high level of proficiency of Urkrainians, especially their command of the English language. My confidence is extremely high a large number of refugees from Ukraine would help to increase population in rural Nova Scotia; provide more students for rural schools, and with their talents and work ethic we would be happy to have them part of our society and working with us to build a better Nova Scotia.

Rural residents, for decades, have been heroic in helping each other. In each of the rural communities, people work together and each community has a leader. Here is what I hope will happen. Leaders in the community will take up the challenge, consult with their neighbours, develop a list of families wishing to accommodate Ukrainians and how many they can accommodate. By developing a list of accommodators in each community the immigrants will not be alone, as there would be several other families / people who have suffered the same fate of being invaded by Russia and driven from their homes.

Along the shore from Truro to Parrsboro there are many large homes, which are occupied by an older couple who could accommodate three or four people or more. If we extend the arm of friendship, it is amazing what could be accomplished.

I am hopeful if we work together to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, we go far beyond our local community, by reaching out to friends and relatives in other areas, and promoting the idea on Facebook. Here’s a simple to do list:

  • Seek help from others in your community to see who will accommodate, how many can be accommodated locally, to develop some critical mass for each area. (Gather the names and number jas if a petition).
  • Post the number of participants and how many they will accommodate.
  • Send email to: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com, so we can record the capacity information of the community.
  • When we have developed some critical mass, we will share more detailed information with the powers that be with names of community collectors, accommodators, and numbers to be hosted submitting information to required government departments.
  • Contact friends and relatives in other communities, to do local canvassing.
  • Let’s build an informal group to communicate regularly, post updates on Facebook, and strive to accommodate as many Ukrainian refugees as possible.
  • Can we reach the target of 10,000 – 20,000?

If you have questions, advice, concerns please contact me at 902-890-9850 or maurice@theshorelinejournal.com


Portapique receives Community Spirit Award

By Maurice Rees

Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, when presenting the Community Spirit Award to the community of Portapique found a new friend, Cadence Kraan, who attended the event with her family, to accompany him to walk down the stairs at the Peg. (Contributed)

The community of Portapique which for decades has been locally famous in its own way was presented with the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award on April 13th following gaining global attention as the site of Canada’s largest mass murder in April 2020. The prestigious award celebrating power, strength, and diversity of vibrant communities across Nova Scotia was presented by Lt Gov, Arthur J LeBlanc was accepted by community resident, Erin MacKinnon, on behalf of residents, who practically filled the Peg. It was interesting to notice many of the attendees were youth from the community. The award profiles the community’s achievements and increases their visibility through a formal recognition program.

The community of Portapique was honoured to receive the award at a beautiful event hosted April 13 at The Peg in Masstown following being nominated by the Truro Rotary Club.

"The Rotary Club of Truro was thrilled to nominate the community of Portapique for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award last year," said Rotarian, and Community Build Up+ project lead Alana Hirtle. "The energy and time which the residents have already put into this project has been inspirational."

Though the Award was actually for 2021, the celebration had to be delayed for numerous reasons, including covid restrictions. That didn’t dampen the spirit in the room that evening. In his remarks Lt Gov LeBlanc referred to the resiliency of the community and revitalization of the Riverside Community Hall, the fact the hall will be used year round and a modern playground was completed last fall. In 2022 the existing hall will be de-engineered, then reconstructed on a foundation, and an extension added to include other infrastructure including a full size commercial kitchen.

Former municipal councillor, now MLA for Colchester North spoke briefly saying he is proud of the community, and how the tragedy seemed to turn many local residents into leaders showing what the community is all about. Taggart forecasted on the path they are now on, residents are showing what the community is all about and Portapique will become one of the leading communities along the shore. He added they will use the new playground and other almost unique things forming part of the "build-up" project as an iconicj "go-to" community.

The event was emceed by local resident and hall trustee, Andrew MacDonald.

"The award celebration gave the community something positive to focus on at a difficult time," said Hirtle. "It was a wonderful evening of friendship and camaraderie."

Up to four Nova Scotian communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria. Communities selected for the award promote citizen engagement, civic pride and a positive outlook on the future.

After the events of April 2020, the residents of Portapique came together; a new sense of community was formed, and a plan was created to move forward in a positive way. With the support and leadership of the Rotary Club of Truro, the Community Build Up + project was formed.

So far, $433,000 in cash has been donated to the project, and $86,000 of in-kind donations. A beautiful playground designed and constructed by Cobequid Consulting has been installed, and plans have been finalized for a new, larger community hall which should break ground in May. The total estimated cost of the project is $822,000 which means $300,000 of in kind and cash donations are still needed to complete this project.

"We’re very excited to be starting Phase 2 of the Build Up + Project," said Hirtle. "The new Portapique Community Hall will offer programming for residents from multiple partners, including the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, and Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre. It’s going to be a resource for residents all along the shore to use."

Donations can be made through the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia www.weriseagainfund.ca Donations larger than $20 will quality for a charitable tax receipt.

Front Page Briefs- May 2022


Adults 70 and older in Nova Scotia can now book an additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at their local pharmacy or drop-in clinic. The second booster dose for people 70 and older is administered at least 120 days after the first. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended for the second booster, but people who cannot receive those mRNA vaccines for medical, but people who cannot receive those mRNA vaccines for medical reasons may opt for Novavax.

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