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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.

Maurice has extensive experience in the community newspaper & advertising field, and has been running several businesses in Maitland for the past few years. 

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The Shoreline Journal

May 2021


June 2021 - Be Strong! Be Brave! Be First! Be Safe!

Prior to and since Confederation, Nova Scotians have exhibited traits of strength, bravery, compassion, and doing what has been right for country and colleagues. A year after CoVid-19 took over our lives, we have continued with these traits. Most of us went even further, by demonstrating a willingness to obey, when then Premier McNeil said, "Stay the Blazes Home". Heeding his request resulted in Nova Scotia being Canada’s leader in fighting the virus and the safest province in Canada.

This has lead to many wishing to move here, including former residents deciding now is the time to "return to their roots". Some people are purchasing properties in a virtual manner, without ever viewing the property. Prices have escalated to historic highs and the number of properties sold continues to escalate.

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Chambers Turning up the Heat

By Maurice Rees

Three Chambers of Commerce in northern Nova Scotia, representing 825 members are turning up the heat on the Rankin government. Amherst, Pictou and Truro and Area Chambers are calling upon government to support small business by allowing them to open to customers by appointment.

In the co-signed letter sent to the Premier’s office on Thursday (May 20), as well as to government department officials and MLAs, the chambers delivered a collective message that current lockdown restrictions are creating disparity between small business and large corporate-owned businesses.

"There’s no time more important to be clear with our small businesses that the Province sees them as important to our economy," said Ron Furlong, Executive Director of the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce. "Especially as we struggle through this third wave, with the general population engaged in doing their part through vaccination, and as we can see an end in sight."

The chambers are asking government to amend restrictions to allow small businesses to offer sales on an appointment basis with limited hours for customers from their own municipality, stringent COVID-19 public health measures in place and contact tracing records maintained to limit risk.

"We appreciate the provincial approach to the economic realities of the pandemic has been one of collaboration with the business sector so we trust our suggestions will be given priority," said Jack Kyte, Executive Director of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce.

Sherry Martell, Executive Director of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, said businesses are sharing that there has been a significant drop in sales in recent weeks as they attempted to engage customers through curbside pick-up or online sales. The Truro-based chamber is currently offering E-Commerce support to business in central Nova Scotia, however, their Executive Director said poor access to high-speed internet and cell service continue to be an impediment for many rural businesses trying to enter the online market place.

"Many of our small businesses are sitting on stock that they cannot move for a number of reasons and they are scared and losing hope for the future," said Martell. "We support public health in its efforts to restrict the spread of the virus, however, small businesses are willing to work with government to ensure public safety is not compromised beyond current restrictions with a tightly controlled approach to appointment only customer service during the lockdown."

For more information about E-Commerce support for small business in central Nova Scotia visit www.trurocolchesterchamber.com or email ec@tcchamber.ca

Businesses in the respective chamber areas are encouraged to contact: Sherry Martell, Executive Director, Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, 902-895-6328, ed@tcchamber.ca Jack Kyte,

Executive Director, Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, 902-759-9785, jdkyte@ns.sympatico.ca or Ron Furlong, Executive Director, Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce, (902) 667-8186, ronfurlong@icloud.com

The Wentworth Falls offers a wide spectrum of colours and beauty.

(Lisa Madore Photo)



Mass Casualty Commission Releases Participation List

On May 13th, the Mass Casualty Commission released the approved list of those who applied for Participation (Standing). The decision names individuals and groups who will be Participants in its proceedings. The announcement of the Participation Decision marks the first public proceeding of the independent Commission.

The Commission received applications from more than 60 individuals and groups interested in participating in all or part of the Commission's work. The Commission’s mandate includes investigating what happened leading up to and during the events of April 18 and 19, 2020; policing; community safety; and violence, including intimate partner violence.

Following the Participation Decision, the Commission's next steps include ongoing engagement with those most affected; investigation into the events of April 18 and 19, 2020; research and policy work; finalizing the Rules of Practice and Procedure; and engaging with Participants and planning public proceedings.

The following individuals and groups have been granted the opportunity to participate in the Mass Casualty Commission proceedings.

1.  Those Most Affected: The Orders in Council directed that certain groups of people who were most affected by the mass casualty would be granted the right to participate. The following have indicated an intention to exercise this right.

A.   Families of the Deceased (15): Bagley Family; Beaton Family; Blair Family; Bond Family; Campbell Family; Ellison Family; Goulet Family; Gulenchyn/Madsen Family; Jenkins Family; McCully Family; McLeod Family; O'Brien Family; Oliver/Tuck Family; Thomas/Zahl Family and Webber Family.

 B.  Individuals (12): Lisa Banfield; Beverly Beaton; Mallory Colpitts; Darrell Currie; Adam Fisher; Carole Fisher; Leon Joudrey; Tara Long; Andrew MacDonald; Greg Muise; Bernie Murphy and Deb Thibeault.

2.   Other Individuals from Whom More Information Is Required: The Commission also received applications from eleven Applicants from whom more information is required to better assess their potential contribution. The Commission is inviting them to provide a written submission with more details about how they propose to participate.

3.   Group Applicants: A number of groups and organizations applied for an opportunity to participate in the Commission's process based upon their interest in various aspects of the mandate. In order to ensure an expeditious review of the issues in the mandate, while making the best use of government funding, some Participants will be grouped into coalitions.

a.  Victim Advocacy Organizations: Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC), Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC), and Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police – National Working Group (CACP NWG), Coalition

b.  Health-Related Organizations: Nova Scotia Nurses Union (NSNU); Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) and Along the Shore Health Board (ATSHB).

c.  Firearms Organizations: Canadian Coalition for Gun Control (CCGC) and Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CCFR)

d.  Justice Organizations: BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and East Coast Prison Justice Society (ECPJS) Coalition and Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA).

e.  Gender-Based Organizations: Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, and Wellness Within Coalition; Feminists Fighting Femicide (FFF) and Persons Against Non-State Torture (PANST) Coalition; Women's Shelters Canada (WSC), Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS), and Be the Peace Institute Coalition and Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia (EFMNS)

f.  Police-Related Organizations: Atlantic Police Association (APA) and Canadian Police Association (CPA) Coalition; National Police Federation (NPF); Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association (NSCPA); RCMP Veterans Association of Nova Scotia (RCMP-VANS) and Truro Police Service (TPS).

Volunteers Recognized with Awards

By Maurice Rees

(For more details on the volunteers and pictures of some of the winners, please see our coverage on Page 14 and Page 15 in this issue).

Even though CoVid-19 has cancelled in-person presentations, the Municipality of Colchester and the Town of Truro were able to select worthy volunteers for special recognition. As part of the Provincial Volunteer Recognition program, both local governments submitted nominees to the province-wide event. A virtual presentation event has been delayed by the province and will be held at a later date.

Municipality of the County of Colchester chose Crystal Blair, Glenholme as their Provincial nominee. Blair gained fame last spring when she kept her Petro-Pass Restaurant open to provide free meals, to truckers, who were facing a lack of places to eat, while travelling the roads.

Glenn MacKinnon represents the Town of Truro in the province-wide competition, MacKinnon was selected by the town of his many years of service in the local sporting community. Prior to his retirement his activities included coaching basketball, hockey, soccer, archery, volleyball, badminton, floor hockey, and golf.

2021 Royal Pettigrew Recreation Leadership Award went to Mike Forbes. As a dedicated father of two young children, Mike still finds time to be an outstanding community volunteer. He is the Vice President of the Tatamagouche Minor Hockey Association as well as the coach for the Under 11 team.

Headlining the list of individual winners from West Colchester were Anita MacLellan, Economy; Stacey Culgin, Belmont and Doug MacInnes, Onslow. Culgin and MacLellan had been nominated by The Shoreline Journal.

Other individual Awards were presented to: Nigel Leggett, John Corlett, (posthumous), Jessica Frenette, Amanda Weatherby, Leanne Roberts and Betty Byers.

Community Groups Awards were presented to Five Islands Volunteer Fire Brigade, (nominated by The Shoreline Journal), The Willow Lodge Bingo Volunteers and The Ladies Auxiliary of the North River Fire Brigade.

Youth Volunteer Awards were presented to Mataya Veno and Delani Underwood.

Family Volunteer Awards were presented to Jol & Maura Hunter, Wayne & Linda Mingo, Allen & Laurie Treen and James & Kristelle & Family.

Corporate/Small Business Awards were presented to: Fulton’s Pharmacy-Tatamagouche (Chris & Wendy MacLean); Dexter’s Butcher Block- Dexter Rundle-Woolcock and Diane’s Restaurant- Five Islands, which was nominated by the Shoreline Journal.

Sherry Alexander and Harold "Butch" Borden were also given awards by the Town of Truro.

Setting Priorities for Capital Projects

By Maurice Rees

Councillor Parker brought back to council the possible repaving of Old Courthouse, which he previously understood had been on priority list in 2018. He was of the opinion the matter had not moved forward since he had introduced the matter during a meeting in 2018 and wanted to know why.

Public Works Director, Michelle Newell explained the 2018 motion was defeated and had not been brought back to council even though it appeared to Parker other projects had jumped the cue, been added and completed.

On a motion by Parker, seconded by Councillor Cooper, council approved that similar Capital Budget items should be brought back to council in June for review and establish priorities for the coming year. The capital budget planning is done on five year cycles, but will be reviewed annually in June.

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Dr Stephen Ellis has been acclaimed as the Conservative candidate for Cumberland-Colchester in the next federal election. Ellis, a long serving Truro family doctor, was selected when David Phillips, announced he was withdrawing from the race. Initially there were three candidates, but District 10 Councillor, Tom Taggart, earlier withdrew and since has announced is candidacy to run provincially in Colchester North due to long serving MLA, Karen Casey has announced she will not run in the upcoming provincial election.

Area rates pay for new sidewalks was the information Councillor Taggart pushed for confirmation during council’s committee meeting on May 13th. During discussion on the awarding a tender for a new sidewalk in Hilden, someone around the table stated Active Transportation inputs, the funding source for new sidewalks, are levied across the entire municipality. Public Works Director, Michelle Newell confirmed area rates are only applied against properties in the close vicinity of the new infrastructure.

Colchester council agreed to recognize several fire departments for longevity: Bible Hill Fire Department for its 75th anniversary; Brookfield for its 75th in 2020 and Salmon River who in 2021 are celebrating their 60th anniversary.

Bible Hill’s formal request to get a share of the Gas Tax, was brought back to council by Councillor Parker on Nay 13th. When discussion was concluded, Scott Fraser indicated he would submit a report to council for the end of month.

Harmony Heights School Signage Colchester staff were asked Is there any signage for the Harmony Heights School, which could be provided by the municipality? Michelle Newell, Public Works Director reported the municipality has not provided signage during her tenure. Councillor Boutilier said Colchester should not get involved in signage for schools. Councillor Taggart could not remember similar instances. Council discussion concluded suggesting the principal approach NSTIR as most signs have similar template.

Bike Racks Councillor Parker said a lot of new people have moved into the area who are dedicated cyclists. Some of them have mentioned to him, they have not noticed bike racks on municipal trails. After suggestion to look at active transportation and fitness, it was agreed to refer to Recreation Department staff to provide report to identify possible sites for racks. Councillor Cooper indicated racks not be put in retail locations, while councillor Sandeson should not put in middle of trail with access to agriculture field as it might upset farmers.

Village Line stop sign A stop sign at the recommendation of RCP was removed for paving and sidewalk construction. Councillor Parker stated the location is at a point where ownership of road changes and that Bible Hill has been getting lots of calls about the lack of the sign and speeding is a problem in the area.

On motion by Councillor Boutilier to form an ad hoc committee to review policies for the Grants to Non-Profits was referred to the nominating committee for a report. It was suggested four councillors should form the committee. Rob Simonds, CAO suggested perhaps August should be established as completion date because deadline is January 31st. Boutilier stated there needs to be greater clarity on acceptability of who could apply and what amounts. Councillor Parker, who was the sole vote against the motion, stated the matter was redone in 2017 and all that is needed is to follow policy.

Seniors’ College of Nova Scotia is offering a Public Lecture entitled "Welcome Home: Newcomers to Nova Scotia". It will be presented by Nabiha Atallah, Advisor on Strategic Initiatives, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). It will be held on Thursday June 3, 2021 at 10 am via Zoom. This Public Lecture is open to everyone but you do need to register in advance: https://form.jotform.com/211085010612236   For more information, www.thescans.org

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