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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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plus notes from many communities and organizations such as:

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

March 2018 Issue follows:

March 2018 - Be Prepared: Get Less, Pay More

The spat between Alberta and British Columbia, unless solved soon, will affect all Canadians and Nova Scotians should get prepared. It might evolve into a Constitutional crisis, or the break-up of Canada as we know it today.

If the three Green party members, who are keeping the British Columbia NDP party governing the province aren’t convinced to back off there could be a 2018 BC provincial election, less than a year since the Liberals gave up governing.

We might not realize two provinces squabbling over an approved pipeline to carry Alberta bitumen through the Rockies to a BC port for shipment overseas will have much of an impact on the east coast. However, it would have an significant impact and sooner than we want to think about it.

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Cannabis as an Economic Engine?

By Maurice Rees

Might the legalization of Cannabis later this year be a possible source of economic growth for Colchester County? Councillor Wade Parker wants to find out.

At council meeting on February 23rd, Parker said he was not speaking in favour of Cannabis, but since it’s going to be legalized and there will be several growing facilities required might Debert, with an airport and lots of land, be a potential site for additional facilities.

He referred council to two upcoming conferences, one in Saint John, NB and another in British Columbia and of the two he would suggest the National Cannabis Conference in Victoria, BC in late April as it will be a larger convention. It was his suggestion the matter should be explored, possibly the county should send representatives and if possible have a booth.

If the county was to proceed, he said he’d be willing to spend a weekend in a booth explaining the benefits of Debert. Council asked staff to investigate and report back to council.

Dietitian Nathalie Roy shows Paul Scothorn a simple smoothie chart for healthier eating, one of the many resources available at the Dairy Farmers of Canada information booth. (Linda Harrington Photo

NSPE Without Staff

By Maurice Rees

NSPE and Truro Raceway are without staff as result of an announcement on Friday, February 23rd all staff at Truro Raceway had been dismissed. The sudden announcement also included Joe Nicholson, NSPE general manager. Nicholson has been replaced by business consultant, Darrelyn Hubley, who delivered layoff notices to staff.

It is not clear who will operate the facility, but raceway operations are going to be split from the exhibition commission. The horsemen’s association will be renting the raceway from the provincial exhibition.

Racing has been scheduled to resume in April. Further details are expected to be forthcoming from Agriculture Minister, Keith Colwell’s office in the coming weeks. The advisory board which Colwell had put in place in recent years has also been relieved of responsibilities. 

Preliminary details indicate the Truro Raceway will be managed by the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association, who will be renting the track, stables and related facilities from the NSPE for $200 per month. 

The NSPE Commission has a debt of $1 million, of which approximately $500,000 is owed to the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board. On a weekly basis the cost has been approximately $20,000 when everything is considered including overhead and wages.

Colwell has stated all local suppliers will be paid and he’s looking forward to being able to meet with local municipal officials to set out a plan for the NSPE’s long-term future. 

Alton Gas Posting Trespassing Signs

Rebecca Cope-Moore says, "The RCMP officers come with Alton Gas when they try to do work or hang up signs like these ones. They are protecting Alton Gas’s interests more than they are protecting us as peaceful water protectors and treaty rights holders". She was referring to Alton Gas posting signs outside the Treaty Camp at the Shubenacadie River naming water protectors on site as trespassers and criminals.

Grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors have been holding down a protection camp at the Shubenacadie River for nine months to prevent Alton Gas from dumping thousands of tons of salt brine into the sacred river every day. They are outraged by Alton Gas’ bully tactics and intent to resume work on the project without allowing Sipekne’katik to complete its community consultation process.

The Alton Gas project proposes to create two salt caverns by solution mining an existing salt deposit, dumping the salt brine in the Shubenacadie River, and filling the resulting caverns with gas. The company’s mixing channel, designed to mix the brine into the river water, filled with mud almost immediately upon its creation. Additionally, Alton Gas is eight years behind schedule, has a number of lapsed and defunct permits, and has cancelled two of the four caverns it originally planned to create.

Alton Gas has been interfering with Sipekne’katik’s self-made consultation process. The band has recently hired a person to do Community Consultation on this project and others. Now, the company is trying to intimidate and harass water protectors, and paint us as criminals."

"Sipekne’katik has been developing its own consultation process – we want to tell Canada how we will be consulted, and not have that dictated for us," says Dorene Bernard. Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative (KMKNO) does not represent Sipekne’katik.  "Alton Gas is trying to bully us here at the river by calling us criminals, and bully our band council into signing an impact benefit agreement. All we’re doing is defending our treaty right to this river and protection of the watershed.

Treaty Camp water protectors are calling on the Government of Nova Scotia to stop Alton Gas from proceeding with their project while Sipekne’katik completes its consultation process.

Truro Sports Heritage Society Awards Dinner

By Donald Cameron

The public is invited to attend the annual Truro Sports Heritage Society Awards Dinner Sunday, March 4 at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel. The event will recognize the many outstanding 2017 athletic achievements by local athletes and teams as well as deserving coaches and volunteers. Athletes of various ages from 12 to 93 will be honoured from a wide variety of sporting activities and backgrounds.

Hosting the event will be Bruce Rainnie, the well-known former CBC TV commentator and sports announcer. This past year Bruce became the Executive Director for the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

Recently Bruce travelled to Korea where he again took on the challenge of providing CBC TV Olympic sports action coverage in the Pyeongchang ‎Olympics. Bruce will speak at the awards dinner about his experience of covering the Olympics and the various interesting experiences he has had with athletes and competitions from around the globe.

Tickets are $25 for students and $40 for adults. The deadline for ordering tickets is February 27. Tables of ten are available for group purchase. Groups that would like to sit together are encouraged to make the arrangements as soon as possible as the event usually sells out.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Sara at 1-902-957-0084 or sara_mckenna@hotmail.com

A great way to enjoy March Break is to try something new. Rock climbingat the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro offers a good work out and lots of fun. (Submitted)

Page One Briefs - March 2018

Stress Relief: Death: After Bob died, everyone gathered at his funeral. Then the minister started to speak: "He was a model husband, a decent man, a terrific father..." The widow then makes a motion for her son to come to her. "What is it mother?" he whispers. "Dear, go check the casket, I think we're at the wrong funeral.

Chief Bob Gloade, Millbrook, is recuperating at home after suffered a massive heart attack after playing hockey at the Brookfield Rink on Sunday, February 11th. Three zaps from a defibrillator were administered to bring him back prior to being transported to the QEII in Halifax. He says the event has caused him to ensure he changes his eating and exercise habits, including giving up smoking.

Susan McCallum has been appointed Executive Director of Colchester Community Workshops replacing Don Hoadley who retired in January. "We would like to congratulate Susan on her appointment and look forward to working with her in the years ahead to continue to grow this great organization" said Dave Mills, Chair of the Board. McCallum served as the Operations Manager since 2009, and has been with the Colchester Community Workshops since 1989. The Colchester Community Workshops provides service to 80 clients with intellectual disabilities, operating nine programs. Some of these programs include Buttons and Ribbons production, the New-to-You Store, the Intercolonial Café, and the Community Employment program.

Deputy Premier Karen Casey, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, met with Atlantic premiers and federal ministers serving on the Atlantic Growth Strategy leadership committee to discuss progress and next steps on the strategy. The meeting was held at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel, Moncton on February 20th.

Margaret Trudeau will be the keynote speaker at the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s 69th Annual Gala to be held at the Best Western Glengarry, Truro on June 13, 2018. "Mental Health is a significant societal issue whose time has come, says Dianne Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.  Mental Health impacts individuals, families, business and communities. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate and engaging speaker than Mental Health Advocate Margaret Trudeau". The event schedule includes: 6:00PM—Reception and 6:30PM—Banquet & Speaker. Tickets are $60 Members or $75 Non-Members. Ticket deadline: May 25, 2018 to: cris@novascotia.coop or (902)893-8311.

The annual 90 & 90+ Birthday party sponsored by the Shoreline Journal will be held at the Economy Recreation Centre on May 12th. If readers know of someone in their community who is over 90 or will turn 90 in 2018 please advise the Shoreline Journal by April 1st. E-mail: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com or call: 902-647-2968.

On February 2nd the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union chose to end its partnership on the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. A release from Education Minister, Zach Churchill said, the council's work led directly to class caps being put in place sooner in junior and senior classes; 139 new teachers were added to classrooms resulting in class caps in all grades across the province; a province-wide attendance policy and seeking ways for teachers to spend more time teaching and less time on paperwork. The NSTU withdrawal was as a result of implementing many recommendations of the consultant’s report.

On January 29th Nova Scotia Power announced it is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program, which is offered annually to students seeking higher education in a variety of educational programs across the province. In 2017 40 scholarships were awarded totaling more than $120,000. For more information, scholarship applications and deadlines, visit www.nspower.ca/scholarships.

Tariffs on frozen wild blueberries exported from Canada into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) member countries, including Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia, will be eliminated when the CPTPP takes effect in the coming months. Currently tariffs on Canadian frozen wild blueberries range from 5% in Malaysia and 9% in Japan to 30% in Vietnam. The information was revealed by Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester on January 29th, who has advocated on behalf of wild blueberry producers for concessions.

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Submission Deadlines 2018

Issue Deadline Published
January 2018 December 12, 2017 December 20, 2017
February 2018 January 23, 2018 January 31, 2018
March 2018 February 20, 2018 February 28, 2018
April 2018 March 20, 2018 March 28, 2018
May 2018 April 17, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2018 May 22, 2018 May 30, 2018
July 2018 June 19, 2018 June 27, 2018
August 2018 July 17, 2018 July 25, 2018
September 2018 August 21, 2018 August 29, 2018
October 2018 September 18, 2018 September 26, 2018
November 2018 October 23, 2018 October 31, 2018
December 2018 November 20, 2018 November 28, 2018
January 2019 December 11, 2018 December 19, 2018
February 2019 January 22, 2019 January 30, 2019

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