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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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January 2018 Issue follows:

Rees' Pieces - January 2018 - A Solution to Iain Rankin’s Tight Rope

The attitude of North Americans, including decisions to become more vocal and stand up against the establishment, is changing quickly. In the almost 15 months since Donald Trump was elected president, more and more people are coming forward with accusations they have been abused.

It might not be totally visible in Colchester County but there is a trickle down affect, which probably will become more prominent in months to come. So let’s go back and review a few things. In fall of 2016 the "Hollywood tape" in which candidate Trump made statements of what he was able to do as a culmination of being prominent and powerful did not deter others from electing him as president.

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No Cash at Bell Aliant

By Maurice Rees

Your cash will not be accepted at Bell Aliant effective January 1, 2018. Starting in January if you wish to visit a Bell Aliant store to pay your landline or cellphone bill, you can only do it with a debit or credit card as the company has adopted a policy of no cash.

To provide background data regarding this matter, here’s how things evolved. A colleague tipped me off by relaying earlier that day his wife was informed by a Bell Aliant staff member at their store in Truro Mall, that effective January 1, 2018, she would not be able to pay cash. Only debit or credit card would be accepted.

The next day I called the store and the details were confirmed. The lady on the other end of the phone mentioned that it was due to changes in their electronic machines and cash would not be accepted and the same applied to MacQuarrie’s (payment opportunity) and also to Eastlink because the technology was the same.

During the conversation Bell’s rep stated that all the time we were making payments we were not paying Bell, but rather another company who handled this process for them She also said, "during all this time, we were only taking "cash as a favour".

Not comfortable someone at Bell Aliant would speak on behalf of MacQuarries and Eastlink, I called both companies, who denied any knowledge and cash would certainly be welcome. I then followed up with a posting on our Facebook page, plus contacting other media.

Very soon, I was contacted by CBC’s Maritime Noon and did an interview. Soon a letter to the editor of the Chronicle Herald was on my list. (It’s published on Page 4 of this issue). As soon as the letter was published, I was contacted and subsequently did two interviews on the Rick Howe Show on 95.7.

I don’t mean to editorialize, but I felt strongly Bell Aliant’s decision would be harmful to seniors or those who did not have a chequing account of debit / credit card, I continued my rant.

I contacted the Ombudman’s office in each province, but each advised since Bell is a company there was nothing they could do, because they only deal with matters regarding governments and crown corporations. Since the Shoreline Journal is a member of Newspapers Atlantic, an association representing community newspapers in Atlantic Canada, I contacted the local association. Sister associations across Canada, representing approximately 600 member newspapers were also contacted.

Through all of this it is interesting not one, municipal, provincial or federal elected representative has made a public comment.

I’m still interested in continuing the battle. People with similar feelings can contact me at: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com

Hubtown Ad Challenge - Mia Perry is interviewed by Jonathan Torrens (left) as Laurie Jennings looks on, during the debut of the Hub Town Ad Challenge Finalists. Mia directed the submission for Masstown Market. All five ads have been posted at https://www.facebook.com/HubtownAdChallenge/. You can go to the page and vote for your favorite up until noon on Friday, Dec. 22nd. The one with the most “likes” will be chosen as the winner. (Harrington Photo)

Council Approves $2,500 Grant

By Maurice Rees

A request for $9,000 for Halifax Cheer Elite to bring to 2018 events to Truro evolved into considerable discussion at Council committee meeting on November 16th. The Cheerleading provincials will be held April 21 and 22 is expected to draw 1800 people to the event at RECC. Financial data supplied with the application projects revenue of $50,500, and expenses of $33,950, including $9,200 for rental of RECC. The organizations surplus income would increase from $16,550 to $19,050, after council committee’s decision to approve $2,500 with councillors Parker and Boutilier voting Nay.

Council committee spent considerable time discussing possible changes to the grants for non-profit organizations, but failed to reach a final decision. The matter has been referred back to staff to report back at council’s monthly meeting on November 30th.

Council is considering grants up to $1,000, based on financial need, would require a presentation before council the first year, then every fourth year. They might establish two categories. Up to $5,000 for the preceding scenario, but grants in excess of $5,000 would automatically require a presentation before council.

Council’s review of the program came about as a result that last year, they received three applications totaling $400,000, which increased the total ask to over $600,000 far above a much lower budgeted amount. The matter was referred back to staff to provide a completed report on November 30th.

Current granting programs include: Municipal Funding for Insurance for Not-for-Profit Organizations; Grants to Non-Profit Organizations; Economic Development Grants; Community Trail Funding Program; Community Park Funding Program; Recurring grants (without annual application) to certain not-for-profit organizations and Contributions to the Truro-Colchester Event Attractions Committee.

There was an action item presented to council which outlined the total budget for Not-for-Profit Insurance program is $24,000. As of the October 15th fall deadline 27 applications with policy premiums totaling $32,447.07 having been approved for $9,653.40 out of the total $19,305.80 qualified amounts. Basically, the grant pays for 50% of the insurance cost up to a maximum grant of $1,000.00.

Two applications were not accepted because the organizations do not have charity status.

Councillor Parker asked for an update on disposition of the East Court Road school property and if the process could be finalized before the end of the year. Solicitor, Dennis James, outlined the process council must follow and it probably would be near the end of February, however, with a speedy process on following all regulations, it might be possible to hold a public meeting at council’s only meeting in December.

Details of how soon disposition of the former school could happen will not be known until Council’s council meeting on November 30th.

Councillor Taggart who is a member of the regional solid waste board, as well as the Divert NS board referred to forthcoming changes and asked for all councillors to study the documents that are being circulated regarding provincial solid waste programs. He mentioned that solid waste costs are increasing for all municipalities and that revenue from the sale of recyclables has dropped considerably. He has asked for a full analysis of solid waste stream to be prepared by Wayne Wamboldt, Director of Solid Waste and Scott Ferguson, Director of Finance.

A brief discussion regarding agriculture lands and a report by Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture which states that across the province 40% of all agriculture lands is in dance of encroachment. A round of congratulatory applause was extended to Councillor Geoffrey Stewart, on being selected at President of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

Dr. Ewing Receives Peace Award

By Maurice Rees

Dr. Karen Ewing has been awarded the 2017 YMCA Peace Award for the creation and successful operation of the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park and for creation of the Blue Marble Initiative, a peace and environmental initiative created by Ewing in 2015.

The YMCA Peace Medallion, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, has been granted by Y’s across Canada as a reminder a more peaceful world is possible, community by community, and that everyones efforts are necessary.

As part of YMCA Peace Week, YMCAs across Canada present the YMCA Peace Medal to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, demonstrate a commitment to the values of P-E-A-C-E through contributions made within their local, national or global community.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the YMCA Peace Medal. Since 1987, more than 1,900 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized for their peacebuilding work with YMCA Peace Medals.

This year Cumberland YMCA honoured Dr. Karen Ewing of Upper Economy with this prestigious award at the Veterans Memorial Park Board meeting on November 19, 2017 by Jeff MacNeil, a representative from the Cumberland YMCA. Accompanying the Medallion was a certificate designating Dr. Ewing as a Peacemaker.

During 2017 Veterans Memorial Park year hosted a silent Candlelight Peace Vigil in February; a Holocaust Remembrance Service; International Day of United Nations Peacekeeping; Peace Day Celebration and a Remembrance Day Service. The Peace Day Celebration saw the launch of "Peace is a Dream Unfolding", a story written by Dr. Ewing and brought to life by students from WCCS using giant Peace Doves puppets created from the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Program.

In 2015, Dr Ewing started the Blue Marble Initiative which empowers the idealism of youth. This initiative encourages innovative, compassionate pathways to sustainability, equality, justice, peace and survival for all creatures who share this planet.

The Peace Medal was developed in 1987 by the International Committee at the YMCA of Fredericton. That year, this committee of volunteers and staff was tasked with developing Peace Week support materials for YMCAs across the country.

Inspired by efforts of Jim and Kay Bedell in raising awareness of the 1982 United Nations Disarmament Conference by walking from New Brunswick to New York City to attend it, the Committee decided to institute an award, a peace medal, to be given by YMCAs across the country each year to people like Jim and Kay.

The Peace Medal is now used across Canada during Peace Week to recognize the achievements of individuals or groups who - without any special resources  - demonstrate in their lives and activities the values expressed by PEACE (participation, empathy, advocacy, community, empowerment) and serve as models of what all of us are capable of achieving if we choose.

Jeff MacNeil, a representative from the Cumberland YMCA presents Dr Karen Ewing with the 2017 YMCA Peace Award. The presentation was made at the Veterans Memorial Park board meeting on November 19tyh. Accompanying the Medallion was a certificate designating Dr. Ewing as a Peacemaker. (Submitted)


Page One Briefs - January 2018

STRESS RELIEF – I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names.  So, please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too. And another one: If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees.

Lead With Your Heart's Mental Wellness Group, Truro will resume meetings in January, on the 17th at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall at First United, located at Queen St. and Lorne. Peter Bakes from the Medicine Shoppe in Truro Mall, will be guest speaker. He a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Mental Health Association will talk about his 'Bloom Program'.

By-mid December, Canada’s new vehicle market was on pace for its first ever two million unit year. Through November, sales are up a very strong five per cent, on pace to easily eclipse the two million threshold for the first time ever in Canada. Sales have been particularly strong in Nova Scotia, where they have grown by 12.2 per cent so far this year.

Jim Merriam, Parrsboro and Audrey and Logan Spencer, Great Village names were drawn as winners of the Shoreline Journal’s annual subscription promotion, which includes those who renew subscriptions early. Their subscription expiry date will be extended for one year.

The Nova Scotia government has accepted an arbitrator's decision to give civil servants in the largest public sector union a four per cent wage increase under a six-year deal. The province's original stance was that it could only afford a 3.5 per cent increase over four years for members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

On December 7th Nova Scotia set the legal age for marijuana use at 19 and with less than 24 hours advance notice advised NSLC, it will be the province’s retailer distributing weed through its liquor outlets and online sales.

Canada's climate plan will help industry and all levels of government take firm strides towards meeting 2030 climate commitments while fostering clean economic growth. As implementation proceeds, governments will continue to build stronger partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, based upon the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership, and draw upon the views and expertise of Canadians in taking action on climate change. The Government of Canada is collaborating with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation on climate action through three separate tables. The Prime Minister and national Indigenous leaders have committed to creating these permanent tables, which will each prepare periodic reports to provide updates, perspectives and proposals.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will be holding its 2018 Annual Conference in Halifax. Colchester council has approved all Council members wishing to attend 2018 Conference be permitted to do so.

Centre for Local Prosperity, inspired by the original 1957 Pugwash conference on nuclear disarmament, gathered a group of international and regional Thinkers to engage in intense reflection and dialogue on what is now the most serious threat facing humankind – global warming and its impacts on small rural communities. The "Roadmap for Small Rural Communities" begins to outline a way forward for local communities. A documentary of the Thinkers Retreat is due to be released in early 2018. To view the report go to: http://centreforlocalprosperity.ca and follow the appropriate links. Additional information about the centre can be obtained by sending an email to: info@localprosperity.ca

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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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