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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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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: 

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Heritage Notes Sports Events Classified Ads
Senior Affairs Nature Notes Credit Union News
MLA Activity Report Community Centres Fire Brigade
Favourite Pet Photo Parish News 4-H Clubs
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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October 2019 Issue follows:

October 2019 - Bright Future Ahead

Recently when I started to think about the theme of this month’s column, in some ways, I felt like a frog on a lily pad. There were so many options I could not decide which one would be the best landing.

I could focus on: ongoing activities and apparent disrespect for USA residents; how the populist movement is changing UK politics; what might be the underlying themes of the Federal Election; the forest sector once outcome of Northern Pulp situations are finalized; why Colchester’s council voted not to meet with Bible Hill’s Commissioners, or official opening of Fundy Discovery Site Phase 1.

All potential subjects except Fundy Discovery Site would have negative overtones and I don’t like being negative.

Instead, I decided on several positive subjects very important to Cumberland and Colchester: Approval of the Cliffs of Fundy GeoPark application; impact on the economy when broadband initiatives are announced; Debert Airport becoming a regional hub and mobilizing communities for self-betterment.

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No Bible Hill Meeting

By Maurice Rees

Colchester councillors will not meet with Bible Hill commissioners. A motion to meet with Bible Hill was voted down at the August meeting of council held on August 29th. Voting in favour of the motion were Councillors Eric Boutilier, Wade Parker, Bob Pash, Karen MacKenzie and Mayor Blair, but it was not enough to arrange to meet.

Discussion and the motion evolved from a letter, dated July 16, 2019 from Lois MacCormick, Chair, Village of Bible Hill Commission in which she complained about council’s refusal to participate in cost-sharing, via Gas Tax Fund, for a waterline expansion and sidewalk project in Bible Hill that had been requested in a letter on October 2018, yet a the next council meeting they approved a similar request from Village of Tatamagouche.

Her letter continued village commission revised their request in a letter dated March 26th and they had not received a reply, nor were they aware the matter revised request had been discussed at council. Councillors then queried staff, who indicated they were not aware of the March 26th revision. CAO, Rob Simonds, indicated he did not know what happened, and said, "I own this, and don’t know, but I will find out". Council will ask Bible Hill to resubmit the request.

McCormick’s questioning council’s decisions upset councillors, who felt her suggestions were out of order. Councillor Taggart said he was willing to meet with Bible Hill Commission, but not on the Gas Tax Fund. Other councillors voiced similar feelings, and suggested the commission should be working through the two area councillors, which might solve many issues prior to coming to council.

Area councillor, Wade Parker, indicated there is discontent and suggested discussions be held to clear the air and explain where each party has responsibilities. Tatamagouche area councillor, Mike Gregory, interjected in his area he constantly meets with local groups and the village commissioners and feels he has been able to solve many issues locally and many are not even brought to council.

Gregory suggested Bible Hill councillors should adopt a similar strategy, which would improve relationships.

Councillor Bill Masters indicated Bible Hill should not exclude local councillors and while discussions with councillors would be helpful, it will provide opportunity for area councillors to provide input.

A second letter from chair, MacCormick, included repaving of J-Class Road and acknowledgement the village appreciated the opportunity to have a seat at the quarterly Colchester meeting with NSTIR held on April 23rd. On questioning, Colchester councillors were informed the transportation committee suggested Bible Hill be part of the quarterly meetings.

As result of a series of letter exchanges, Colchester informed Bible Hill to contact NSTIR directly concerning requests for repaving. Bible Hill had asked Colchester to consider recommending to NSTIR the repaving of Brite Avenue, a J-Class roadway. Bible Hill feels it has been getting mixed signals: County says to contact NSTIR, then at the April 23rd quarterly meeting, NSTIR informed the meeting participants that requests for repaving must come from Colchester, as municipality, and Village requests would not be entertained.

MacCormick’s letter concluded with an outline of which roads have been requested for repaving including: Brite Ave, East court road, Avon Street, a small portion of Fenwood Ave and others, each day (such as Allison Ave, and Wright Ave) continue to deteriorate and are in need of cooperative attention.

Debert, Little Dyke, Fort Belcher & Old Barns Included

By Kathryn Morse

New areas on the Bay of Fundy are being internationally recognized as key wildlife habitats for imperiled shorebirds, thanks to a successful initiative led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners. Shorebird habitats in Cumberland Basin, near Amherst, and in Cobequid Bay, near Truro, have been recognized by leading international conservation scientists and were announced to mark World Shorebirds Day on September 6.

The two new areas, along with two previously recognized areas (Shepody Bay and Minas Basin), have been collectively designated a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN). The new areas, both in Nova Scotia, include beaches and mudflats at Minudie and Amherst Point (near Amherst), and shorelines at Debert, Little Dyke, Fort Belcher and Old Barns, where shorebirds rest and feed in summer before migrating south.

The Landscape of Hemispheric Importance designation for the two new areas was decided unanimously by the governing council of WHSRN, an international science-based program that coordinates conservation efforts for migratory shorebirds in North, Central and South America.  The Landscape of Hemispheric Importance designation includes habitats in Shepody Bay and Minas Basin that were recognized in 1987–1988 as important for shorebirds.

WSHRN’s recognition of the Fundy coastal habitats is based on results of multi-year research conducted by Mount Allison University, Environment and Climate Change Canada and international researchers — aided by tiny radio transmitters attached to migrating birds — that confirmed how important Bay of Fundy feeding areas are for many species. Results showed that semipalmated sandpipers in particular are more reliant on beaches and mudflats in Debert and Minudie than previously understood. Semipalmated sandpiper populations have declined by 50 per cent since the early 1970s, part of a global decline in shorebird populations due to habitat loss, climate change and other factors.

The WHSRN Landscape of Hemispheric Importance designation will not change activities permitted on privately owned coastal land, but it will provide a stronger structure for NCC, other conservation organizations, landowners and all levels of government to work together to protect migratory birds. The semipalmated sandpiper migration is one of the world’s longest and most extraordinary wildlife migrations, and coordinated conservation efforts are needed to ensure this natural wonder continues.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada would like to thank the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and Donner Canadian Foundation for their financial support.  NCC would also like to thank the Province of Nova Scotia, Province of New Brunswick, Millbrook First Nation, Fort Folly First Nation, Minudie Heritage Association, Cumberland Wilderness Society, Cumberland,Colchester, Dorchester and Sackville municipal councils, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Birds Studies Canada, Parks Canada, Joggins UNESCO Fossil Cliffs, Mount Allison University and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

Kathryn Morse is Atlantic Director of Communications, Nature Conservancy of Canada, T: 902.405.4334, Ext. 3304 kathryn.morse@natureconservancy.ca

Several ways to Vote on October 21st

Electors can choose from several voting options which best suits their schedule. They can vote:

  • on election day on Monday, October 21, 2019;
  • at one of the advance polls, open from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, October 11; Saturday, October 12; Sunday, October 13; or Monday, October 14;
  • throughout the election period at one of over 500 Elections Canada offices. To vote at an Elections Canada office, electors must apply before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. Application forms are available at Elections Canada offices or online;
  • on select campuses from Saturday, October 5, to Wednesday, October 9, 2019, using the special ballot process; or
  • by mail. Electors must apply to vote by mail before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
    • Application forms to vote by mail are available online. They are also available at any Elections Canada office, or can be requested by calling 1-800-463-6868.
    • Electors voting by mail should plan ahead. They must allow time for their voting kit to reach them and for their marked ballot to return to Elections Canada.

Returning officers may also set up voting kiosks in locations where electors may not be able to vote using traditional voting options. This includes: electors working in isolated areas, such as mining and oil field camps or lighthouses; electors in acute care hospitals; or electors who observe cultural or religious practices that restrict them from voting on specific dates. Eligible electors who live in long-term care facilities can vote by regular ballot at a mobile polling station in their residence. For more information on this option, please contact your Elections Canada office.

To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The list of accepted pieces of identification is online.

Voting and identification rules are different for incarcerated electors and Canadian electors who live abroad. Electors who are members of the Canadian Armed Forces can now vote at a military polling station established at their unit or base, or use one of the voting options listed above.

Elections Canada is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.

Page One Briefs - October 2019

Stress Relief – We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That's CONFIDENCE.

A 100TH birthday party open house for Fran Forman who will be turning 100 years young on Monday, Oct 21 will be held at Debert Court, Sunday, Oct 20 from 2-4. Best wishes only for those which to help celebrate Fran’s milestone.

Futureworx Nova Scotia Works Centre in collaboration with TEAMwork Cooperative are hosting the first EmployABILITY Business Breakfast: the Economics of Inclusion on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the Best Western Glengarry, Truro with keynote speaker Mark Wafer. his event is sponsored by the Community Credit Union and Community Wealth Strategy In recognition of DEAM - Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is the month of October.

Public housing across Nova Scotia will receive energy efficiency improvements as the result of an $11 million investment from the province. The upgrades will take place at 100 public housing structures in 51 communities across Nova Scotia. The work will include upgrading exterior cladding, installing attic insulation and installing energy efficient windows and doors. These improvements will significantly reduce heating and cooling costs and provide a more comfortable living environment for residents. Additionally, solar panels will be installed on five buildings to produce electricity.

Nova Scotia Power and parent company Emera. Have made a $50,000 donation to Feed Nova Scotia to help support Nova Scotians who are experiencing food insecurity in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. Feed Nova Scotia distributes food on a regular basis to a network of 143 member agencies, who collectively support at least 42,000 Nova Scotians each year. Each day, the charity distributes about 8,000 kg of food.

The provincial government has added $6 million to the Nova Scotia Film Fund, for a total budget of $26 million for 2019-20. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, NSBI has announced 51 productions with funding commitments of more than $18.4 million, based on $62.6 million in Nova Scotia spending by productions that have accessed the fund. There were 49 productions in total last fiscal, with a total funding commitment of $22.9 million

Jolene MacEachern of Debert has been appointed as a member of Invest Nova Scotia's board of directors today. George Karaphillis of East Bay, Cape Breton Regional Municipality was appointed at the same time. Both serve four-year terms on the board. Ms. MacEachern is manager of the Industry Liaison and Innovation Office at Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus in Truro, responsible for the agriculture and aquaculture portfolios. She co-owns Folly Farms, a 300-acre, 130-cattle dairy farm and understands the crucial role of data in successful farm management and the way we feed the world. For more information on Invest Nova Scotia, visit www.novascotia.ca/business/invest/.

Rugby in Nova Scotia schools will look different, but it is returning to Nova Scotia high schools. The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) board of governors banned rugby last May. The ban lasted only a couple of days before being overturned by Education Minister Zach Churchill. Churchill decreed the sport’s spring season continue and that concerns about safety be addressed over the summer. Administration of the sport was temporarily taken over by Rugby Nova Scotia. Discussions held over the summer are continuing. An email was sent to schools on September 16th which announced some of the changes including lowering the tackle height from the shoulder down to the waist in all youth competitions.

To assist those who had to discard food as a result of being left without electricity during Hurricane Dorian, Premier Stephen McNeil announced on September 17th the government will donate $50,000 to support Feed Nova Scotia, which helped care for those most in need by distributing food across the province. Nova Scotia's donation matches a $50,000 donation made by Nova Scotia Power and parent company Emera in honour of their customers, who showed such support and kindness in the aftermath of the storm.

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