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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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November 2019 - The ice is too thin

The trade war between USA and China will have very negative impact on Nova Scotia. The changing pattern for export destinations for Nova Scotia has been declining since the Age of Sail.

Our ancestors talked about Nova Scotia’s sailing ships sent to sea as soon as they were launched. Piled high with lumber they returned with molasses and rum from Jamaica. Built in rural Nova Scotia, our ships touched shores around the world. We were famous for shipbuilding expertise; captains who knew their way around the world and the ability to conduct trade.

Since WW II instead of global trade, we focused on north-south transactions. As trade with USA continued to occupy more of our time, we de-emphasized travelling the world.

Now we are in the cross-hairs of Trump’s battle with China.

The crippling result might not be critical for a few years.

However, here is where we are headed and why.

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Never a Sick day, Still Working at 88

Downey Thompson, 88 year old, ELCO’s most senior employee of Elmsdale Lumber is congratulated by Forestry Minister, Ian Rankin, for perfect attendance and never missing a day’s work, due to illness, in 73 years at the company. (Rees Photo)

By Maurice Rees

Downey Thompson, now 88, holds an employment record not many people will be able to surpass. Still active at Elmsdale Lumber, Elmsdale, Thompson is still active and proudly wears the title, "most senior employee". He has never missed a day’s work, due to illness in 73 years. In 2012 he was inducted into the Nova Scotia Forestry of Hall of Fame.

In 2017, Downey Thompson celebrated 70 years of continuous employment at ELCO and two years later he is still active using his experiences to help mentor other younger professionals.  At the age of 15, Downey Thompson accepted a job with Elmsdale Lumber Company. JB Wilber, company founder, quickly realized Downey was a hard worker and a quick learner.  Downey was soon promoted to Woodlands Manager and is responsible for the acquisition of the vast majority of ELCO’s current timberland holdings.  JB and Downey shared a mutual respect and lifelong friendship.  Following JB’s death, Downey worked with Robin (JB’s son) to ensure the continued good health of ELCO.  He continues to offer that same mentorship to our next generation, Mark Wilber.

In 2004, Robin promoted Downey to Senior Woodlands Advisor and at the same time appointed Downey’s son Stephen Thompson (current General Manager) to Woodlands Manager of ELCO. Stephen shares the same passion for ELCO and the forest industry as his father and the Wilber family.

At a presentation to Colchester County council, Robin Wilber, stated the company founded in 1917 has never laid off an employee. The statement requires a bit of clarification. The company did lay off some employees following completion of a modernization program. The ELCO management team are very committed to offering full-time, year-round employment.  They are very dedicated to finding work for employees when normal production is "taking a break" because of mechanical issues or economic issues.  During a recent economic meltdown it is believed ELCO was the only sawmill in Nova Scotia that offered continuous employment.

ELCO is proud of its record of continuous employment.  In the past 20 years, ELCO has experienced only two short layoffs.  Both were for scheduled interruptions in production due to modernization projects.  Management works tirelessly to ensure they offer full-time, year-round employment.  Dedication to employees has paid off with employee loyalty and dedication. At the end of 2016, 35 of ELCO’s 50 employees had tenures of more than 20 years; many of them started at ELCO when they were in their early teens and have been with ELCO ever since.

Zann wins for Liberals

By Maurice Rees

Lenore Zann succeeded in holding Cumberland-Colchester for the Liberals capturing 36.% of the total vote of 45,450 and replacing long time MP, Bill Casey who served the area for 30 years. Valid ballots counted was down slightly from 46,392 to 45,450 from the 2015 federal election.

Zann garnered a vote count of 16,672 (36.8%) to 16,219 (35.7%) for Conservative candidate, Scott Armstrong, who had mounted a come-back after losing his seat to Bill Casey in 2015 when the Liberals won all 32 seats in Atlantic Canada.

There were a total of eight candidates on the ballot for the October 21, 2019 vote in addition to Zann and Armstrong for the mainline parties. Jason Blanch, Green Party received 6,015 votes (13.2%) compared to 1,650 in the 2015 election. Larry Duchesne waving the NDP flag received 5,451 votes (12%) compared to 2,647 for Wendy Robinson, NDP candidate in 2015.

Other candidates included: William Archer, People Party Canada, 608 (1.3%); Matthew Rushton, Independent, 232; Jody O’Blenis, 144 and Stephen Garvey, NCA, 109.

In 2015 Liberal sweep Bill Casey received 29,527 votes (63.7%) to Scott Armstrong, Conservative, 12,257 (26.5%). Wendy Robinson representing NDP was a distant third with 2,647 and Jason Blanch, Green Party at 1,650. Other 2015 candidates included Kenneth Jackson, IND, 181 and Richard Plett, IND, in last place with 70 votes.

According to Statistics Canada, Cumberland-Colchester lags behind other area in ranking for household median income of $53.2K; compared to Nova Scotia’s, $60.8K and Canada wide $70.3K.

Firefighters to be Covered by WCB

Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Labi Kousoulis, has proposed amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act that will ensure all volunteer firefighters have access to WCB workplace injury insurance. This coverage includes access to the cancer presumption.

There are more than 6,000 volunteer firefighters in Nova Scotia. About half do not have WCB coverage, though some have private workplace insurance. The starting cost of WCB coverage is estimated at $48 per volunteer year. A fire department with 120 volunteers would pay $5,760 per year.

Firefighters help keep Nova Scotians safe every day, putting their own health and safety at risk. That is why government is ensuring all volunteer firefighters have access to Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) injury insurance coverage.

"Right now, firefighters across the province have different levels of coverage depending on where they live," said Mr. Kousoulis. "They put their lives on the line for us. In turn, these changes will ensure they are supported and have access to coverage when they need it."

The changes will also expand the definition of firefighter to include federal firefighters, giving them access to cancer presumptions and create authority to limit and extend presumption through regulation. Government will be consulting this fall and winter regarding expanding the list of cancers.

There are about 700 paid firefighters in Nova Scotia.

Leaning Tree - Hurricane DorIain knocked down many trees causing electricity outages to up to 300,000 NS Power customers. There were many instances of trees dangerously leaning across roads. Glenda Morrissey, MA, ICADC, Truro took this picture and with many people trying to report outages was unable to report the danger. (Glenda Morrissey Photo)

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 STRESS RELIEF: When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her. That's TRUST.

Bells of Peace will be tolled in Great Village on November 11, 2019 at 5:00p.m. by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72. The bells will be rung by Comrade Arthur Chisholm, 95 years old . He will be assisted by James Johnson.  This tolling of the bells will be Canada-wide and will ring in every province and territory at precisely 5:00 pm local times. 

The Annual Christmas Dinner for Wheels to Meals program in Great Village will be held Monday, December 2nd at the Great Village Legion at 12 noon. Catering, cooking and serving will be provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Great Village Volunteer Fire Brigade with all food expenses for the event sponsored by the Shoreline Journal. Admission, $10.00 with all proceeds going to the brigade auxiliary.

Additional donations accepted for the Legion building fund.

Amendments introduced on October 10th will provide flexibility and more options to Nova Scotians to participate in municipal elections. The proposed changes include: vote in advance polls at a central polling place outside of their electoral district; extending polling hours if voting is disrupted on election day by an emergency; increasing maximum number of electors from 700 to 1000 for each polling station; provide clarity that members of boards, commissions or committees will not have to take a leave to run in a municipal election and increase the number of days, from 5 to 7, so returning officers have more time to receive nominations

Beyond Boxings Annual November Fight Card will be held November 30, 2019 at the Glengarry Best Western. Doors open at 6 pm, fights start at 7:00 pm. Event is organized to support local athletes and see some of the best amateur boxers that the Maritimes have to offer. General tickets $20 and ringside $30 in advance - $5 more at the door. Advance tickets available from members or at the following locations: Hub Cycle, GNC, Cat Shack or Keith's Gas Bar.

Changes to the House of Assembly Act, introduced by Mark Furey, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, will make it clear when members of the legislative assembly must resign if running for office for another level of government. MLAs will be required to resign once they are selected by a federal political party, or if running as an independent candidate, once officially nominated as a candidate under the Canada Elections Act. Resignation will also be required once MLAs have been officially nominated to run in a municipal election, or once selected by a political party to run in another province's election. Municipal policy must address whether a councillor resigns, takes a leave of absence with or without pay or outlines the duties in which a councillor can participate.

The province's electoral map will be re-drawn with changes which include reinstating the constituencies of Argyle, Clare, Richmond and Preston. The changes also include a move to digital boundaries. Access to new interactive digital riding maps will make it easier and more convenient for Nova Scotians to find information related to electoral ridings. The changes will increase the number of provincial electoral districts from 51 to 55.

Nova Scotia reached a solar electricity milestone when Anne Giovannetti added a solar electricity system to her home in Sydney River making her the 500th home connected under the SolarHomes rebate program. Under the program, homeowners can receive a rebate of up to $8,500 on the cost of installing a solar electricity system. Home solar installations in Nova Scotia have roughly tripled over the past 12 months. Solar power can save homeowners up to $1,500 a year on their energy bills; the province is investing about $16 million in the program over four years and the SolarHomes program is delivered by Efficiency Nova Scotia. Information: https://www.efficiencyns.ca/residential/services-rebates/solarhomes/

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