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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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The Shoreline Journal understands that rural communities want to know about news and events in their communities, so that's our focus, the things that directly affect our subscribers, sponsors and customers.  Watch for regular items: 

Rees' Pieces (Publishers) Letters to the Editor Community Calendar
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MLA Activity Report Community Centres Fire Brigade
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Dorothy's Kitchen Korner Poems & Photos Obituaries
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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

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January 2020 Issue follows:

Rees' Pieces-January 2020

- We are in the right spot

Residents of Colchester are among the luckiest people in Nova Scotia for a variety of reasons which includes: geography; among the lowest municipal tax rates in the province and a council who for the most part have made great decisions.

In retail, or locating a business such as fast food or gas bar, the fundamental rule is "location is everything". This holds true in Colchester’s case, as it is known as the "hub" of Nova Scotia. With over 50% of the 1.8-million residents in the Maritimes located within 90 minutes of the heart of the county, Colchester is positioned to reap the benefits.

Aviation is and will continue to be an important economic engines. Colchester is lucky to have the former CFB Debert airport in its midst. With Halifax International Airport busting at the seams, and focusing on the international global market it is growing so fast it is looking for ways to find alternative homes for some of the associated businesses. With "bigger fish to fry" - the global positioning – there is a consensus the handling small aircraft and other support operations could easily be relocated an hour away in Debert.

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By-election Candidates in Place

By Maurice Rees

Five candidates are vying to replace Lenore Zann, who resigned from her 10 year span as NDP MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River. Now they await for Premier McNeil to set a date for the by-election. Progressive Conservatives, Green Party, Liberals and NDP all have nominated candidates with Matthew Rushton announcing he will be running as an independent.

The constituency has been without an MLA since September. The by-election must be held by March 2020.

A few months ago Dave Ritcey was chosen by the Progressive Conservatives, while within the last month, the Liberals chose Allan Kennedy; NDP have selected Kathleen Kevany and the Green Party are placing their hopes on Ivan Drouin. Matthew Rushton, who was a liberal candidate in the last provincial election in the riding of Colchester South is running as an independent.

Dave Ritcey is Director of Community and Business Development for the Community Credit Union for Cumberland – Colchester. He’s following in the steps of his grandfather, Gerry Ritcey, served as a PC MLA for Colchester from 1968 to 1974 and acted as the Minister of Tourism and Industry.

Allan Kennedy, a well known long-time educator, has been chosen to represent the Nova Scotia Liberal Party in an eventual by-election. He edged out Alison Graham-Fulmore who also sought the Liberal nomination.

Kathleen Kevany beat out three other candidates who were seeking the nomination for the NDP for the upcoming Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River byelection. Other seeking the nomination were Daniel Criss, Joan Keller and Todd White. Kevany is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture in Bible Hill.

Ivan Drouin, a former manager of Mental Health and Addictions services with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Truro and an active volunteer in the community will carry the Green Party flag in the upcoming by-election. Drouin has been a volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Truro Francophone Community Centre and the Living Earth Council. He has two daughters and one grandson and resides with his wife in Truro.

2019/20 slate of officers (left to right)- Clint Verhuel- Captain, Greg Muise- Chief , Leo Morrow- Deputy, Sean Foley- Captain. Missing from photo was Darrell Currie- Deputy. See the images from the Onslow Belmont Fire Brigade Banquet on page 18 and 19. (Harrington Photo)

Season’s Greetings From Colchester!

Season’s Greetings to All

On behalf of Council and the Municipality of Colchester, I would like to extend the warmest of Season’s Greetings to all. As we approach the holidays and another new year, we take time to reflect upon the many blessings we have here in Colchester County.

We can be thankful for friends and family, for good neighbours, and for living in a beautiful part of the globe that enjoys peace, democracy, freedom and an abundance of resources that far exceed many parts of the World.

At this time of the year, may we be mindful of being kind to one another, giving to those in need, and may we all be dedicated to making Colchester a better place in 2020. Council will do its best to uphold its many priorities and goals, a few of which include:

  • To continue to spend wisely, be good fiscal stewards of our residents’ tax dollars and maintain one of the lowest municipal tax rates in Nova Scotia.
  • To continue to be strong leaders and environmental stewards through waste reduction and renewable energy initiatives like our award-winning Solar Colchester program.
  • To grow the economy in Colchester by investing in solutions to improve broadband rural internet, major event hosting, strategic tourism developments like the Fundy Discovery Site and Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and partnerships like the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity.
  • To address doctor shortages in our community through physician recruitment.
  • To foster better communication and engagement with residents ("Follow" us on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook, and subscribe to Alert Truro Colchester to receive notifications to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency).
  • To continue to invest in our not-for-profit organizations that are so essential to the vibrancy of our community and to the many services and facilities we enjoy here!

I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year 2020, and all the best this holiday season. Please stay safe, enjoy time with loved ones, and be sure to embrace this most wonderful time of the year!

Kindest regards to all, Christine Blair, Mayor

Pick your preference a sunset or sunrise at Newville Lake. On November 1 with the air full of salt spray, the colours are wonderful. (Lawrence R. Nicoll Photo)

FCM Report January 2020

- Climate Change Government’s Focus

By Tom Taggart

Most who read my monthly article are aware I am one of four representatives from Nova Scotia who sit on the national board of Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The four consist of one from Halifax, one from Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and two elected at large by Nova Scotia delegates. I have been one of the elected-at-large for the past 6 years. Maurice has asked me to begin to report on these meetings separately from my monthly article.

FCM Board meets four times per year. The November meeting is always held in Ottawa and is typically four days of meeting with MP’s from all parties as well as Ministers in what we call Political action days. Given that the new Government had just been formed and Ministers had only been appointed for a few days and many MP’s did not even have offices the November meeting was reduced to 3 days. We had speeches from three Political Parties during lunch breaks - Jagmet Singh, NDP; Chrystia Freeland and Catherine McKenna from the Liberals and Eric Duncan from Conservatives. All pretty much what you would expect, in terms of Party affiliation. However it was less interesting and educational in that it gave a bit of a view into where each party is heading during this government’s term.

There is no question everything the Government is planning, from Infrastructure to Agriculture, will be viewed through a climate change lens. The Prime Minister met with FCM Executive, I am not currently on the exec as, Atlantic Caucus Chair rotates through the four Atlantic caucuses and NFLD is the current member, but the message was the same Climate.

As Vice Chair of the Rural Forum I did get the opportunity to meet with Agriculture Minister Bibeau. I thought it was a good meeting, The Minister spoke about, her belief there is tremendous potential for growth in Canadian Agriculture and Agri Food. I advised that Colchester was home to Dalhousie Agriculture University, Perenia Agri-Food research facility as well as, the value of Agriculture to Colchester and the province. I requested should she be in the vicinity of Colchester that she take the time and I would arrange for tours of our growing farms.

I also had the opportunity to chair a round table discussion with the Rural Forum and Minister of Rural Economic Development, Minister Maryam Monsef. I was very pleased to see the passion she showed when discussing potential Rural Economic Development. By far the vast majority of questions and comments during the round table were about Rural Broadband and the challenges faced, in attracting any rural development or even retaining residents without an acceptable level of broadband service.

When the meeting was over, I had the opportunity to speak privately with Minister and her Deputy, so I took advantage to brief and Promote our upcoming World UNESCO cliffs of Fundy Geopark and its potential for Rural Economic Development.

FCM has asked that we make contact with our local MP’s especially new ones and brief them on FCM and the critical role we play in support of Municipalities across Canada. I have spoken with our New MP, Lenore Zann, and have a tentative meeting set for the week of December 16. I will take advantage of that meeting to promote Local Challenges as well as National Municipal Priorities. Project # 1 will be to enlist Ms Zann’s support to invite Minister of Rural Economic Development to tour Cliffs of Fundy World Geo Park sites.

That’s it for FCM for now. Next meeting will be in March

Tom Taggart is municipal councillor for Colchester District 10 and one of four Nova Scotians on the national board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Building Permits up $13-Million

By Maurice Rees

For the month of October 36 building permits were issued with a value of $5,238,183 compared to October 2018 with 37 permits totalling $5,234,100. Up until October 31, there have been 401 building permits issued in the ten month period with a value of $55,534,159 whereas in 2018 for the same period 340 permits totalled $42,549,478.

For period of April 1 to October 31 there has been approximately $13-Million more value with 348 permits totalling $49,304,597 whereas 281 permits for the same period in 2018 totaled $36,457,978.

Council gave First Reading to Sewer Use By-law Amendments Primarily the changes will require back-flow check valves on all sewer connections going forward.


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