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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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August 2019 Issue follows:

Rees' Pieces - August 2019

Dog days of Summer are Coming

With some of the high heat and extreme humidity, we have already had a taste of what will be ahead during the annual infliction of "Dog Days of Summer". If it has been a while since you have heard the term, think back to how you felt for a few days a week or so ago.

Those are the required days in August to give field crops and our gardens the heat units and cooling overnights a quick rush towards maturity and can happen anytime once the strawberry season is over. The high temps and humidity with cooling overnight also contributes to why so many save their vacation until August. They are also a prelude to Nova Scotia’s hurricane season, if we are to experience one and a reminder "School’s In" is just around the corner.

We are a little over a month away from the "crazy" six weeks of a federal election campaign. I’m not going to comment on the possible outcome, because everyone has either a belief or hope. Political pollsters have been busy gearing up for the mad rush to determine who is up, who is down, and what is trending.

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Will GeoPark Include Palliser site?

By Maurice Rees

Will the former Palliser property, now owned by the Municipality of Colchester, be included as part of the Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring GeoPark complete with UNESCO designation? Councillor Tom Taggart and others were told featuring the Bay of Fundy would elevate this proposal, when approved, to be "#1 GeoPark in the World". Committee members realized, the proposed GeoPark area would instantly rise to be in the top three iconic areas of the province.

The two UNESCO evaluators from Greece and Spain suggested all parts of the Bay of Fundy should be included. They are of the mindset it is important to promote geology of the area, but in this instance since the Bay of Fundy is one of the seven wonders of the world focusing on tides would have greater appeal and global recognition would be much higher.

The site, just off Hwy 102 at the Truro exit has thousands of vehicles passing by on a daily basis is now owned by the Municipality of Colchester. The site has been renamed "Fundy Discovery Site" and is undergoing a $-Multi-Million phased development plan.

GeoPark committee members listened intently to the recommendations from the evaluators. For decades the business and municipal leaders have felt the shore was an important area, but still undiscovered. They have been banking on the GeoPark raising the profile of the area and being a catalyst to increase economic well-being through tourism and not destroying the areas pristine assets.

When the evaluators suggested a path to become #1 Geopark in the World capturing the interest of Millions of people, local committee members instantly they realized they were on the right track and the Bay of Fundy shore between Joggings and Truro would quickly rise to be in the top three iconic areas in the province, rivaling Peggy’s Cove and Cape Breton for top spot.

A decision to include the site and other parts of Colchester as part of the GeoPark will be up to Municipal officials but that was the recommendation of the two GeoPark UNESCO appointed evaluators who visited Cumberland and Colchester areas for a two day evaluation tour on July 27th and 28th.

The evaluators can not mandate the site’s inclusion, but it is expected their final report to UNESCO headquarters will include the recommendation and suggest the level of successes achievable. Dr Nickolas Zouros, who is president of the Global GeoPark Network and credited as the founder of GeoParks lives in Lesvos, Greece. Both he and his colleague, Dr Asier Hilano, from Basque Coast, Spain, were overheard to state, if the Pallliser site is included in the GeoPark, the area will become the #1 GeoPark in the world.

The two member evaluator team visited the Cumberland areas on July 27th and received presentations from several federal, provincial and municipal public officials. A demonstration of Indigenous dances in full regalia costumes, plus local citizens, including a 5 year old girl who stole the show were included in the presentations. In addition to touring many sites, a helicopter ride was scheduled to view the Cape Chignecto Park area and Joggins Fossil Cliffs, which already has UNESCO designation. John Calder, Senior Geologist in the province has been project leader and responsible for driving them from place to place.

On Sunday, July 28th the trip included a visit to Five Islands Lighthouse Park then to Cobequid Interpretive Centre, (CIC), which is sporting a new sign, "Cliffs of Fundy GeoPark Welcome Centre". While at the CIC Anita MacLellan, who has spearheaded the operation of the site since opening in 1995 was able to explain the area’s history, culture, geology and the actions of the high tides. To say the evaluators were impressed with the displays and explanations at the CIC is an understatement. They were overheard making comments about the quality of presentation, but each time came coming back to "Bay of Fundy" should be the main focus. The remainder of the day included lunch in Five Islands, a visit and tour of the Five Islands Provincial Park, then a trip to Wasson Bluff once the tide had receded. Sunday evening, Anita MacLellan said the evaluators were "blown away" with the tour to the provincial park then Wasson Bluff.

Back in Parrsboro on Monday morning they are expected to make comments on what they have learned, and to provide recommendations on what the committee should do to improve the application and implement process.

They travel to Halifax to catch an early Monday evening flight. The committee, including Councillor Tom Taggart, is attempting to adjust the travel schedule to give them opportunity to visit the former Palliser site and explain to municipal officials why they recommend the site should be within the GeoPark designated area.

Marlee Leslie, GeoPark Coordinator prepares to answer a question from Dr Asior Hilano during the GeoPark evaluators tour at Cape d’Or evaluation tour on July 27th. The evaluators completed their visit in Parrsboro on Monday, then rushed to the Halifax airport for an evening flight. (Rees Photo)

Lenore Zann Wins Nomination

Lenore Zann won the Cumberland-Colchester Liberal nomination to succeed Bill Casey, who is retiring after being the area’s representative in Ottawa for 30 years. The nomination meeting was held at the Holiday Inn, Truro on Saturday, July 27th.

Constituency officials had wrestled with possibility of holding nomination speaks and voting in Cumberland area and Colchester, but choose to eliminate speeches in Cumberland and offer only voting in Amherst. Amherst’s ballot box was transferred to Truro and included in the overall count.

It is estimated approximately 80 voted in Amherst, while Truro’s afternoon meeting attracted in the vicinity of 220-250 supporters.

Jim Hardiman, a retired Colonel from the Armed Forces, and Joel Henderson, Bill Casey’s former Executive Assistant were the other candidates seeking the nomination. Members voted on a preferential ballot, which permits them to list first, second and third choices should the nomination not be secured on first ballot.

Zann’s success in winning the nomination will require her to resign as MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River. Lenore Zann was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Truro-Bible Hill in 2009 and was again elected as MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River in 2013 and 2017. On June 9th she resigned as a NDP MLA announcing she would sit as an Independent.

In the same speech celebrating 10 years at the MLA, Zann followed her choice to sit as an Independent by simultaneously announcing she would be seeking the nomination as a Liberal in Cumberland-Colchester to replace Bill Casey, who is retiring after representing the area for 30 years.

Across the province three PC MLA have decided to run federally. They have resigned their seats effective July 31st. Now a former NDP seat will be up for grabs.

Premier McNeil who has been pressured by the PC switching MLA’s not to leave their constituents without representation. McNeil has promised an early call for by-elections. Pundits are suggesting he will call by-elections in the four constituencies soon with possible voting on Tuesday, September 17th or 24th.

Brooklynn Warman from Londonderry (centre) dropped by North Star Masonic Lodge #74 to express her thanks to the Lodge for the $2,250 Bursary she received to assist her to attend St. Mary’s University, Halifax.  Congratulations were extended by Worshipful Master, George Hudson (left) and Jack Johnson (right) Chairman of the Lodge’s Bursary Committee.  (Submitted)

Shore Road Residents Upset

By Maurice Rees

Residents of Shore Road, just outside Glenholme, are raving mad and upset no one informed them what was going to happen over the next few days. Instead of providing a treatment of dust control on the gravel road, as they have been requesting, a demolition crew showed up to chip and mangle roadside trees and brush.

It all started to happen on Friday, July 12th, when Nova Construction, hired by Nova Scotia Transportation Infrastructure Renewal, started chipping along the road. By the end of the day hundreds of trees had been mangled with chips being strewn in the ditch, on lawns, driveways, in cornfields, pastures full of grazing cattle and children’s play areas of the homes.

Although not the responsibility of the municipality, it didn’t take long for residents to contact local councillors and the municipal office. District 10 councillor, Tom Taggart, received several calls, toured the site and contacted municipal staff, who in turn made contact with TIR staff to make them aware of residents concerns.

Mayor Blair got involved even though it isn’t a municipal issue, nor come under her jurisdiction. She indicated she has spoken to residents and TIR and it was her understanding TIR was taking care of the matter.

The worst section so far is between Upham and GPorter. Some residents didn’t mind because they thought it was about clearing for power lines but that is not what’s happening at all. Calls from several residents to TIR went unanswered, nor had they dropped by to talk to residents.

In the past residents have complained and a couple of years ago took their concerns to municipal council requesting pressure be put on TIR to have dust control applications applied to the roadway. In fact they had been expected dust control applications would have been applied earlier this year.

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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

APOLOGY: In last month’s (July) issue, it was inadvertently recorded Councillor Taggart voted Nay when in fact he supported live streaming of Council meetings. In error, it was reported Councillors Cooper, Parker and Taggart voted "NAY" on possibility council might consider live streaming of council meetings. That was in error. The motion was carried with Councillors, Masters, Cooper, Gibbs, Pash and Cavanaugh voting NAY. My apology for the inaccuracy with regard to the matter. Staff is to investigate and report to council.

Mandy Moore, Community Health Board Coordinator for the Along the Shore Community Health Board is searching for community champions who wish to use their expertise by becoming a board member. The next meeting is scheduled for September 9th. Mandy can be reached at 902-890-4383, or AmandaM.Moore@nshealth.ca

Debert Baptist Church has reverted service time back to 10:30 a.m. The change became effective July 14th. Former Shoreline owner and publisher, Ken Kennedy, Lic, has suggested people come for a coffee and help the congregation welcome Rev. Hudson Trenholm.

Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program
We see the program as a positive for the industry," said Victor Oulton, President of Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture when speaking on the provinces $500,000 bursary program. This program will provide high school and university students working on farm, family farms included, with funding to put towards their education He continued, "This is a step towards inspiring the youth of our province to consider pursuing a career in agriculture. Whether it is on the farm or in a supporting role – youth in agriculture remain valued and essential to the future of our industry." Applications will be available on September 1.

Three building permits helped push Colchester’s May building permits up to $18,569,950 almost $12,5-Million above same period in 2018. On May 30th an institutional permit valued at $2.5-Million was issued to Dalhousie University for a Cox Road project. On May 22nd, two permits were issued to The TDL Group Corp for a $10-Million addition on MacElmon Road, and a separate permit for alterations valued at $530,000.

A total of 38 Development permits were issued for Colchester for month of May 2019 compared to 27 in 2018. Seventy-four development permits have been issued in year-to-date.

This year, 11 organizations will receive funding under the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program to buy or modify accessible vehicles. Cumberland County Transportation Society will receive $51,794 to purchase a 9 passenger van. Eighteen organizations will receive funding under the Community Transportation Assistance Program to support annual operating costs. Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd will receive, $172,492, while Cumberland County Transportation Society will receive $146,360.

Plans are well underway for Nova Scotia Music Week, November 7-10, Truro. Award Nominations were originally scheduled to close July 16th, but were extended on week to July 23rd. Cost of each submission was $30. This will be the third consecutive year the event has been held in Truro.

The Government House Summer Tour Program began on June 28, and runs until Monday, August 26. Government House in Halifax is the official residence and office of the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, who is the Queen's representative in the province. The current lieutenant governor is Arthur J. LeBlanc.

Guests can enter Government House through the main entrance on 1451 Barrington St. Parking is not available at Government House, but is available on surrounding streets and lots. Admission is free and guided tours will be conducted Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over the next 30 years, the number of extremely hot days in a year is expected to more than double in some parts of Canada. Extreme heat can put your health at risk, causing illnesses like heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Those who are most at risk include older adults, infants and children, people who have chronic illness including breathing difficulties, and those who work or exercise outside.

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