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90+ Birthday Party!

The Shoreline Journal and South Cumberland News will be holding their annual 90 & 90+ Birthday Party on Saturday, May 6th at the Economy Recreation Centre. We are taking nominations for South Cumberland residents from Advocate, Port Greville, Diligent River, Southampton and Parrsboro. From Colchester County, life-long area residents, even though they might be residing elsewhere are invited from The Onslows, Belmont, Debert, Londonderry, Masstown, Glenholme, Great Village, Bass River, Economy, Five Islands and Lower Five Islands.

Only requirement is they are from the aforementioned areas and will turn 90 in 2017. If someone is older, but has not attended in the past, please nominate them. We need date of birth, mailing address, and phone number. A spouse and caregiver will also be invited. Once we receive nominations a letter and invitation will be sent via Canada Post. Applications should be received by April 12th. For more information contact: Maurice Rees, Publisher, Ph: 902-890-9850 or email: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com



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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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:

Rees' Pieces (Publishers)               Letters to the Editor            Community Calendar

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

Front Page Briefs                         

plus notes from many communities and organizations such:

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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April 2017 Issue follows:


Rees's Pieces


April 2017 - Watch out for excitement from West Colchester

Within the past couple of week more and more people are referring to Kevin O’Leary as Donald Trump of the north. In last month’s issue, the Shoreline Journal printed an article with a graph showing O’Leary was near the front of pack, primarily because of his name recognition. Following remarks in PEI, it’s entirely possible, he is downgraded. If picked as leader, it will be a long time before the Conservatives elects many MP’s from Atlantic Canada.

We have a total of 32 seats and would swing a big stick by providing enough seats to determine who did form the government. An ideal place to be, with others looking to us for support.

I’m not trying to change the focus of the Shoreline to a national audience away from taking care of and pushing forward to point the needs of those in West Colchester and Cumberland South.

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Karlee Burgess’s successes on the national and international curling scene in 2016 resulted in her being selected as the outstanding 16-20 female athlete during the recent Truro Sport Heritage Award Ceremony. Presenting her the award is Jason Cohanim representing award sponsor, big Dog 100.9 FM. More winners and their photos can be found on pages 26 and 27.


Grant to Non-Profits requests totals $511,106

By Maurice Rees

There were 32 presentations from non-profit organizations requesting $511,106.58 for a 2017 grant from the Municipality of Colchester on February 28th and March 1st. Three presentations from Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission ($200.000); Scotia Pool Society ($100,000) and Colchester County 4-H Club ($100,000) accounted for $400,000.00 of the total requests.

All presentations were well received by councillors, with the presenters being advised decisions would not be made until near end of April when council finalizes it’s budget and sets the 2017-2018 tax rate.

For the purpose of organizing the requests for the Shoreline Journal’s readership details of the grant requests have been divided into four categories and are included adjacent to this article.

The first category includes groups within the Shoreline Coverage area from Onslow’s along Highway 2 to the county line at Harrington River, plus Belmont, Debert and Londonderry. The second grouping is for organizations based in Truro, but serves the entire county. The third grouping covers the remainder of the county. The fourth group is the three groups requesting a total of $400,000. A short description of the three larger requests with more complete details of each is contained in separate stories elsewhere in this issue.

FPAC becomes corporate partner with FCM

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has become Corporate Partner of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to help advance shared priorities in the areas of economic growth, innovation and sustainable land-use management.

"Canada's forest sector provides more than 230,000 jobs in over 200 communities across the country—including many rural communities—so FCM welcomes them as a corporate partner," said FCM president Clark Somerville. "Tackling climate change and creating a green economy are FCM priorities, and Canada's forest sector will be an important partner for us in this regard."

Under the new agreement, FPAC will have the opportunity to share information and work directly with FCM's 2,000 member municipalities on policies and initiatives that address climate change and support local job creation. This includes having a role at FCM's national Conferences that allows for real-time exchange of ideas and issues that advance shared priorities.

Investigation launched into RCMP

The Information Commissioner has launched an investigation into the RCMP’s handling of an Access to Information Request made by Bill Casey.

According to the Office of the Information Commissioner, the RCMP has been deemed to have refused Casey access to a 2004 report, as it has been almost 100 days since his request was filed.

The 2004 report concerns the decision to locate a Operational Communications Centre in Truro. Now the RCMP is studying the possibility of moving the centre to its "palatial" headquarters in Halifax.

Casey says he was told a new report being prepared for Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, Commanding Officer of Nova Scotia "H" Division, on the Truro facility should be done in early March, and he hopes to receive a copy of that report, too. So far, Assistant Commissioner Brennan has refused to meet with Casey.

Public Comment Input Ends on March 31st

By Maurice Rees

The provincial government is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the key elements of a new a cap and trade program to ensure it is effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is flexible and adaptable, and supports a competitive economy. An opportunity for the public to comment on the program ends on March 31, 2017.

A discussion paper which outlines the principles and key design features being considered is now available on Nova Scotia's climate change website at www.climatechange.novascotia.ca On December 9, 2016, Nova Scotia endorsed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. At the time, Nova Scotia committed to establishing a cap and trade program to comply with the federal carbon pricing benchmark.

This feedback and research will be used to develop Nova Scotia's program and the regulatory framework that supports its implementation. There will be additional opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback throughout 2017.

Nova Scotia currently leads all provinces in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and has already reached the federal 2030 emission reduction target.

The Grand Circle is a group of the most famous national parks of the American Southwest, located in north Arizona and south Utah. The turret arch photo is part of Lawrence R. Nicoll’s 22 picture exhibit at the Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro. Although the exhibit will be held throughout the month of April, the actual official opening and reception is April 15th, same evening as the J. P.

Cormier concert. See more on page 2 of the South Cumbertland News on the reverse end of this newspaper. (Lawrence R. Nicoll Photo)

Page One Briefs - April 2017

Here’s the opportunity for a bit of stress relief. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. If you need a bit of refreshing: When I was a child I thought "Nap Time" was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.

Notice to Readers: The spring sitting of the provincial legislature will be called to session on April 25th. Many political watchers are speculating as soon as the provincial budget is presented on April 27th the premier might, within a day or so, call an election for May 30th. If that happens, we will change the publishing date of the June Issue. Our 2017 schedule lists the June issue as being published on May 31st. Should an election be called, as many suggest, we will change the publishing date to May 24th, which is one week earlier. As a service to readers we want you to have opportunity to read responses to a questionnaire we will circulate to all candidates for Colchester North and Cumberland South. If an election is called to be held on June 6th or later, our original publishing date will remain the same at May 31st.

Residents of Colchester are reminded they need to wait until the "large item" pick up of garbage to be held in May before they can put large items curbside on their scheduled pick up days. Even though the threat of major snow storms is over you still need to wait until sometime in May.

Government is hiring more than 80 students across the province this spring and summer. Fifty positions, from service jobs to land surveyors, have already been posted online and more positions will be posted during the coming weeks. Students will also be hired through internships and co-op placements directly with schools or will return to summer positions they successfully competed for in the past. Positions are based throughout the province. All the summer jobs are student positions. University, college and high school students are encouraged to apply. In the last twelve months, more than 50 per cent of all those hired into the public service have been 35 or younger. Since fall 2013, more than 1,800 public service positions have been filled by younger workers. To view the positions, as well as, other public service opportunities, visit https://jobs.novascotia.ca/go/Entry-Level-Opportunities/503017/.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Cinema 902, a TV mini-series, produced by Winter Light Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $243,200 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $760,000. The Halifax Explosion: 100 Years After, a documentary produced by Ocean Magic TV Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $78,590 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $271,000.

Veritas Catholic Books & Gifts will open its third outlet in Truro this April 2017. The latest store will be located within Immaculate Conception Church at 669 Prince Street, Truro. Veritas is moving the flagship store to Rockingham Ridge Plaza, 30 Farnham Gate Road, Halifax on April 3 after being a presence in downtown Halifax for over 22 years. Veritas in Enfield moved into larger premises in Parker Place Mall five months ago. Veritas also launched its ecommerce store in time for Christmas last year. To learn more about Veritas visit the website at www.veritasbooks.ca.

The RCMP and the provincial government are offering up to $150,000 for information about the murder of Elmer Yuill in 1991. In the early morning of Oct. 26, one or more people hid in the loft of Mr. Yuill's barn in Beaverbrook and shot him two times as he tended his cows. Mr. Yuill was discovered by an employee face down on the barn floor. Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/.

The province is providing support for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games by providing a $1 million contribution for one of the main venues at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. The funding for seating improvements at the university's Oland Centre. The upgrade will provide greater accessibility for athletes and their families. The existing bleachers, which were built in the 1960s, will be replaced by a new high-standard seating area for 1,500 people. Organizers estimate the 2018 National Special Olympic Games the economic impact on the area of the summer games and the 4,000 participants to be more than $5 million dollars.


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Submission Deadlines 2017

Issue Deadline Published
March 2017 February 21 March 1
April 2017 March 21 March 29
May 2017 April 18 April 26
June 2017 May 23 May 31
July 2017 June 20 June 28
August 2017 July 18 July 26
September 2017 August 22 August 30
October 2017 September 19 September 27
November 2017 October 24 November 1
December 2017 November 21 November 29
January 2018 December 121 December 20

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