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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.

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The Shoreline Journal

October 2020


Rees' Pieces October 2020 - Is there an obstruction to finding doctors?

I think I am becoming cynical and every day seem to find it harder to appreciate that the province’s public servants and their corresponding departments hold the best interests of rural Nova Scotia and its residents in highest regard.

Let’s get one point straight, right in the beginning. If it wasn’t for farmers – dairy, beef, poultry, eggs, swine’ fishermen who put their lives in danger every time their vessels ply the oceans they are putting their lives in danger what would Nova Scotia’s economy look like?

Without farmers and fishermen, also foresters, what would they have to eat, or lumber to build a house, shed, or do repairs their cottage as they get out into the country on a weekend during the warmer days?

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Lenore Zann poses for a picture with Bill Elliott & the Killbillys after taking part in the recent Angel’s Diner Chicken Light Cruise in Glenholme and Bass River to thank truckers for their contributions during the pandemic. (Submitted)

Municipal voting ends October 17th

By Maurice Rees

There is less than three weeks for Colchester residents to make plans to get out to vote on Saturday, October 17th to decide who they are going to support. County residents who are a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age and were a resident of the Municipality of Colchester for six months preceding nomination day September 8, 2020) are eligible to vote.

Eric Boutilier, District 1; Geoff Stewart, District 3; Karen MacKenzie, District 6 and Tom Taggart, District 10 were elected by acclamation and have not had to mount a re-election campaign. For the Mayor’s position, Christine Blair is seeking re-election for her second four year term, is facing a challenge from former mayor, Bob Taylor, who was defeated by Blair in 2016.

Returning officer, Guy Wheeler accepted nominations on September 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7, 2020, the five business days before nominations closed on September 8, 2020. When nominations closed 16 candidates had filed papers for Districts 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 11.

In district 2, Bill Masters a veteran councillor since 2000 completed five terms, serving three terms as Deputy Mayor. Newbies vying for the seat are Heather Boyd and Laurie Sandeson. In District 4, Mike Cooper, who just completed his third term is being challenged by well known dairy farmer, John Vissers.

Lloyd Gibbs, who was first elected in 2012, in District 5 is being challenged by Colleen Doucette and Tim Johnson. Tatamagouche area councillor, Mike Gregory, in district 7, was first elected in 2012 and is being challenged by John Sellers.

Ron Cavanaugh who was first elected in District 8 in Council in 1988, serving two terms until 1994.  He was re-elected in 1997, and returned by acclamation in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 retired from municipal politics and did not reoffer. Three new entrants to municipal politics are battling to be Cavanagh’s replacement. They are Stan Hampton, Edwin MacQuarrie and Lisa Patton.

Marie Benoit and Susan Taylor are running against incumbent, Bob Pash, who was elected as Debert’s area councillor in 2016.

Wade Parker who was first elected in 2012 for District 11 is being opposed by Peter McCracken.

Colchester, in spite of CoVic-19 continued with a paper ballot, while many municipalities were offering electronic voting and paper ballot, while some including Cumberland will only accept electronic voting. Colchester’s advance polls are being offered on October 8, 13, 14 & 15. Election day is Saturday, October 17th.

2020 Provincial Volunteer Recognition

By Maurice Rees

In addition to the annual volunteer recognition awards presentation, which was delayed by CoVid-19 until September 28th, a new category, Nova Scotia Strong Award category was added to the long list. As a result of many acts of kindness following the April 18-19 mass shooting, six people were recognized during the livestreamed ceremony.

Recognized for their efforts were: Sylvia Beirnes, Tory Phinney, Jonathan Torrens, Matt Trecartin, Tiffany Ward and Alex White.

The awards were presented by Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Premier Stephen McNeil and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine to honour the hard work and dedication of Nova Scotia volunteers.

At total of 69 volunteers representing six regions of Cape Breton (9); Central (10), Fundy (9), Highland (12), South Shore (14) and Valley (13) Regions were recognized in addition to special awards for Family and Youth. The 2020 Family Volunteer Award was presented to: The Hudson Family comprising Karen Hudson, Ken Hudson, and Marsha Hudson-Ash, while the 2020 Youth Volunteer Award was presented to Laura Isaacs.

Recognized from the Fundy Region which comprises Cumberland, Colchester Counties and East Hants were: Holly Bernard – Millbrook First Nation; Gilbert Chandler - Mun. of East Hants; Al & Maxine Clarke, Town of Oxford; Kelly Countway - Mun. of Colchester County; Jax Gaudet – Town of Truro; Krista MacDonald, Mun. of the County of Cumberland; Anna McNutt, Village of Bible Hill; Michael Wilson, Town of Amherst and Glenda Young – Town of Stewiacke.

Lantz Truck Body designed a slide out for the back pack self-contained breathing apparatus.(Harrington Photo)



The Cliffs Are Growing

Submitted by Beth Peterkin

Business is booming at the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark! September has been a busy month already as we moved into our permanent office in Debert and welcomed a new member to our team.

Debbie Boehlen was greeted by Board members this week at the first meeting since she started work as the Administrative Assistant. Debbie brings a wealth of admin experience as she has run her own business for many years. Her love of the outdoors and education in both Forestry Technology and Geography gives her an excellent background for her work with the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. Debbie loves exploring the Fundy shore and is looking forward to visiting some of the geosites she has not yet seen.

The other exciting news for this month, is the Geopark’s move into our permanent office in the Debert Business Park. Renovations have been completed, and the official move in-date was September 8th. The Municipality of the County of Colchester has provided this office space as part of their ongoing financial support for the Geopark. "We appreciate and value the financial support of both Cumberland and Colchester counties", says Manager Beth Peterkin. "This is truly a unique municipal partnership and it’s what makes the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark such a strong organization." The business of the Geopark will be managed from the Debert office, although the staff will also be out in the field and visiting tourism partners throughout the 165 km length of the Geopark on many occasions.

Just to keep things busy and exciting, plans are underway to hire a Geoscientist to round out the staffing component. The hiring for that position is in process and advertising will start shortly. This third staff person will also be based out of the Debert office, but he/she will spend a great deal of time out in the field doing research, meeting community members and assisting with our education programs.

For information on the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark, visit our website at www.fundygeopark.ca We can be reached in Debert at 902-641-2225 or by email at manager@fundygeopark.ca and look forward to hearing from you.

Beth Peterkin, Manager, Cliffs of Fundy Geopark can be reached at manager@fundygeopark.ca , 902-641-2225

Shoreline Tidbits - Safe Restart Agreement Finalized

Nova Scotia will receive about $289 million through the federal-provincial-territorial $19 billion Safe Restart Agreement. The funding will be used to protect Nova Scotians from COVID-19 while safely reopening the economy.

"This investment will help us restart our economy while keeping Nova Scotians safe and healthy," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "Nova Scotia is working closely with the federal government and other provinces and territories to respond to COVID-19, and ensure individuals and businesses have services and supports they need to help ease the challenges."

Over the next few weeks Nova Scotia will receive federal allocations in the following areas: $77.3 million to increase testing and contact tracing, enhance mobile testing, enhance provincial border entry control and monitoring, upgrade data management and other measures; $30.9 million to support the health-care system with issues arising from a second wave of COVID-19 ($18 million) and expand access to mental health and addictions services ($12.9 million); $19.1 million for measures to control and prevent infections among vulnerable populations, including long-term care facilities; $77.3 million to support Nova Scotia's already established tracking and reporting system to continue to ensure an adequate supply of personal protective equipment is stockpiled and available; $17.4 million to help child care centres provide personal protective equipment and support new cleaning protocols and public health measures to keep children and staff safe while operating during the pandemic and $67.5 million to help municipalities address lower revenue from transit and taxes, as well as increased costs associated with COVID-19 infection prevention measures. This gives local governments the resources they need to continue to deliver essential programs and services for Nova Scotians.

More choices for local transportation

The province announced on September 24 it is reducing costs and administrative burdens for taxi and ride hailing services.

Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said, "The changes should help open the sector to healthy competition, reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and ensure our roads continue to be safe by keeping the medical requirement, which strikes a balance between business growth passenger safety.

The department is establishing a modernized, restricted Class 4 licence that no longer requires taxi or potential ride hail drivers to retake the road and knowledge tests. It will also reduce costs to drivers because the retests are no longer necessary. All other requirements for a Class 4, including a medical assessment, will remain.

Exempting drivers from the additional testing will also simplify the licensing process of upgrading from a Class 5 to Class 4 restricted. The new regulations come into effect immediately.

Improvements to be Made in Long-Term Care

Health Minister Randy Delorey announced September 21 government is preparing for future cases of COVID-19 with recommendations from two reviews of outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Infectious disease consultant Dr. Chris Lata of Nova Scotia and former British Columbia associate deputy minister of health Dr. Lynn Stevenson conducted a review of the COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood's Halifax campus.

Some of their key recommendations include: Improving infection prevention and control within the existing architecture at Northwood; reviewing and updating pandemic plans; creating a mobile infection prevention and control resource to support facilities facing outbreaks; addressing staffing challenges with more employees for housekeeping, resident care, screening and visits, and a human resources plan for the sector and clarifying roles and responsibilities within the Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority, restructuring their disaster response teams and improving communication

The Department of Health and Wellness will work with its partners to take immediate action to make improvements, including: ensuring existing long-term care rooms have no more than two residents each.

Since 2007, new facilities are built with single rooms and private bathrooms; establishing one mobile infection prevention and control response team in every zone to support facilities facing outbreaks, as well as an infection prevention and control resource person per zone dedicated to long-term care

-- ensuring there are processes in place for long-term care staff to get tested and return to work as quickly as possible; funding for all facilities to increase cleaning (staff and supplies); funding for small capital projects and equipment purchases to support infection and prevention control in long-term care facilities, such as lock boxes and carts for medications, hand-sanitizing stations, personal protective equipment (PPE) carts and room dividers and funding for staff who can be deployed as needed to manage outbreaks.

Gathering Limits for Participants in Performing Arts, Sports to Increase

Government is increasing the allowable numbers for participants in performing arts, sport and organized physical activity. Effective Oct. 1, the number of people who can participate in one of these activities without physical distancing will increase from 10 to 50. For most sports, this will allow full team practices and competition to resume, while for the performing arts, this will allow for larger rehearsals and performances. This change also applies to recreational league sports, like adult hockey, and drop-in activities, like open swims and skates. Unorganized or casual games, like pickup basketball or soccer in the park, must adhere to existing gathering rules of small groups of 10 without physical distancing within a maximum of 50 with physical distancing.

The gathering limit of 50 without physical distancing includes: players/participants, officials, coaches, instructors or anyone else who is required to be on or near the field of play and performers, directors, cast, crew or anyone else required to be within the performance space.

The limit of 50 applies to practices, competitions, games, rehearsals and artistic performances. While mask use is not required while doing physical activity, wearing masks and maintaining distance as much as possible continues to be encouraged for these activities.

The gathering limits for day camps and after school programs remains at 15; for events and performances is 250 outside with physical distancing and 50 per cent of a facility's capacity and up to 200 inside, with physical distancing and mandatory masks for spectators.

Investments in Museum Infrastructure

Museums play an important role in preserving Nova Scotia's unique history and culture and attracting visitors to the province. That is why government is investing more than $7 million to complete shovel-ready repairs and updates at 11 Nova Scotia Museum sites across the province.

"Our museums bring our rich and diverse culture and heritage to life and preserve Nova Scotia's history and our stories," said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. "This investment will help repair and restore aging infrastructure so our museums can welcome more visitors for years to come."

Among the projects is a $1.5-million renovation project at Highland Village in Iona, Cape Breton - its first upgrade in almost 20 years. A new welcome centre, new washrooms, updated landscaping and interpretive signs will improve the visitor experience.

This investment is part of the $230-million stimulus package announced in May. There are 28 Nova Scotia Museum sites across the province - 11 operated by government and 17 operated by local boards. No museums in Cumberland or Colchester Counties will receive funding for improvement upgrades.


Page One Briefs - October 2020


Masstown Hardware will hold an open house for their The grand re-opening will be on Oct 2nd 11am to 2pm. The occasion is to welcome new owners, Chris and Devin Thompson, and to acknowledge the contributions to community and business communities made by out-gong owners, Kurt and Noel Gratto. There will be several give away prizes including accommodations to Irwin Lake Chalets and a with BBQ.

Masstown Market is moving their annual Holiday Boutique traditionally located in the Garden Centre across the road to the Masstown Creamery location. "Christmas at the Creamery" will be elegant and spacious, featuring beautiful displays and décor while allowing plenty of space for social distancing. The new venue will be open at 10635 Hwy 2, Masstown from Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas.

As result of a resolution passed on September 15th by the Village Commission the Village of Bible Hill’s community hall and fire station building, located at 69 Pictou Road, to be known as ‘H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall’. The naming dedication takes immediate effect, as of the resolution date, September 15, 2020. In making the decision to dedicate the name of the community building, the Village Commission reflected on the late Mr. Boyce’s many significant contributions to the establishment and operation of local government, the fire brigade, and other community organizations, and the impacts of those efforts on building a strong and vibrant community as a whole, both during his working career and long after. The Village Commission is proud to adopt this fitting recognition in honour of an exceptionally dedicated and impactful resident.

The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) applauds the September 23 unanimous decision of the Ontario Divisional Court in Canadian Snowbirds Association Inc. v. Attorney General of Ontario to strike down part of Ontario Regulation 259 which terminated OHIP's Out-of-Country Travellers Program (OOCTP). In that decision, the Court found that, under the Ontario Health Insurance Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council does not have the legal authority to enact regulations which would revoke the OOCTP.

A new Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals Act and its regulations are now in effect. The act also creates the new Nova Scotia College of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals.

Four university students were each fined $1,000 for violating the Health Protection Act (HPA) over the Labour Day weekend. Between September 4 and 7, RCMP received complaints about four students from outside of the Atlantic Bubble not self-isolating. Three of the students were located in Antigonish and one was located in Wolfville. Upon further investigation, RCMP officers determined that the individuals were in violation of Health Protection Act. Police issued each of the students a Summary Offence Ticket under Section 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act for Failing to Self-Isolate.

At 3:05 a.m., September 5th, Colchester RCMP and EHS responded to a medical emergency in Earltown where a 24-year-old Colchester County man was pronounced deceased at the scene and two other adult males were taken to hospital in life-threatening condition. A preliminary investigation indicated all three ingested a white powder substance. Police suspect the substance could have contained fentanyl or another toxic substance. The substance was immediately seized and sent for testing. According to Health Canada, fentanyl is a very potent opioid and a few grains can be enough to kill someone. Our primary concern is public safety and we want people to ensure they are aware of what may be circulating and to take the necessary precautions or rethink choices they may be about to make.






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County of Colchester Emergency /

Grief Line / Help Line Numbers

Families of victims may contact Kelly Gratto-McCarthy at 902 843-4193 or 902 893-0677 for details on how to access the funeral support funding.

Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7. Call (toll-free) 1-800-668-6868

Morneau Shepell has opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. Call (toll free) 1-844-751-2133.

Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia are offering services to enhance the physical and mental health of adults, children, adolescents, and families. Contact 902-422-9183.

HOSPICE Colchester East Hants is also available for grief support by calling 902-893-3265.

For any community member requiring assistance finding the support they need contact Jennifer or Kaitlyn at the Municipality by calling 902-897-3185


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