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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

January 2021


Rees' Pieces - January 2021

Can you Become a Multi-Tasker?

As we say farewell to 2020, with the co-Vid-19 pandemic we should not spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror. As we spend more time than normal by ourselves or with those in our "very tight" family bubble, we have plenty of time to think about how we should look forward to consider how we can improve our "multi-tasking" skills.

If we don’t look ahead we will be caught "blindsided" by the things which are racing toward us, We need to immediately consider paying down Co-Vid debt and climate change.

Nova Scotia has moved from a budgeted surplus to at least a $778-Million deficit, mostly created by the government’s attempts to keep the economy moving and citizens from starving, or homeless.

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Many houses put up more lights earlier this season than in other years to brighten what has been a year of struggles. (Harrington Photo)

Mayor Blair's Seasonal Message...

Season’s Greetings & Farewell to 2020

This holiday season is surely different. We adjusted our plans and traditions in response to the pandemic, and many of us took time to both reflect and heal from the past year.

It was a difficult one for Colchester County and I know many were eager to put it behind them. As we bid farewell to 2020 and turn our minds to the fresh start that a new year brings, I would like to point to a few of the past year’s good-news stories here at the Municipality.

  • Colchester’s Municipal tax rates continued to be among the lowest in the province as Council approved no increase for 2020. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 our Municipality continues to fare well financially with reserves in place if needed.
  • Council approved a pedestrian bridge design; final pieces of one of the largest natural playgrounds in the province were installed; an Interpretive and Feasibility Study was completed; and many other site enhancements were added to the Fundy Discovery Site - all of which will continue to contribute to becoming an iconic attraction for our region.
  • Significant headway was made in bringing broadband internet to rural parts of Colchester as we signed a partnership with the Municipality of Cumberland, Develop Nova Scotia, and Xplornet for a $62.1 million project that will result in one of the largest optic fibre-based high speed internet networks in rural Canada.
  • On July 10, Cliffs of Fundy Geopark received international recognition by achieving UNESCO Global Geopark status. The designation will put the region on the world stage and will greatly contribute to future tourism development, and educational, scientific, and recreational opportunities in the area.
  • We continued to roll out our new brand and logo for Colchester that better reflects the vibrancy of our communities; launched our fresh new website (Colchester.ca); continued to engage residents through our growing social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter; and made Council meetings accessible to the public online via ZOOM.
  • Not-for-profit groups contribute greatly to the quality of life of residents in Colchester County through their many programs and facilities. Council granted $547,209 to support our community organizations in 2020!
  • Significant steps were taken to reduce our environmental footprint this year. Our Solar Colchester Program continued to assist residents in financing renewable energy for their homes; a Community Energy and Emissions Plan is being developed for the County; and we have supported several significant energy reduction projects including at the RECC, Brookfield Sportsplex, our Municipal Offices at 1 Church Street, and our Central Colchester Wastewater Treatment Facility. These projects have greatly reduced both energy emissions and expenses.
  • Following a successful Municipal Election in October, we now have a new Council with some fresh new faces and perspectives – including more women on Council than ever before in Colchester’s history. We welcome all new Councilors and look forward to a productive term of Council.

These are just a few examples of good things that resulted from the hard work and dedication of our staff and Council in 2020. While we will never forget the losses and challenges, we are encouraged to focus on the positive, and to support and to lean on one another as we go forward.

I hope you have enjoyed Christmas and your celebrations during the holiday season. On behalf of Council and the Municipality of Colchester, I wish all the best to you and yours, and a healthy, happy New Year 2021! Be well. Stay safe.

Christine Blair
Mayor, Municipality of Colchester


Coldstream Distillery to Add Equipment

By Maurice Rees

Colchester’s Coldstream Clear Distillery Ltd,, Stewiacke, is installing new manufacturing equipment at its Truro facility to meet growing demand for its products. The new equipment will allow Coldstream Clear Distillery Ltd to build on success of ready-to-drink products, as small and medium-sized businesses that scale-up their operations help to create jobs and grow the local economy.

Coldstream is Nova Scotia’s first producer of vodka-soda beverages. On December 8th, Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced a repayable contribution of $850,000 to Coldstream Clear Distillery Ltd to support the project.

The funding will enable the company to buy advanced manufacturing equipment so it can develop new products and more than triple its current production capacity. The increased production will allow Coldstream to grow its skilled workforce and meet demand for its ready-to-drink beverages outside of Atlantic Canada.

Many executives and government officials feel Small and medium-sized enterprises are critical to Canada’s economic recovery. ACOA’s announcement helps demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to help Canadian businesses not just survive, but thrive, in the new global reality.

The new processing equipment will increase the distillery’s production and packaging line from 72 cans per minute to over 250 cans per minute. As one of sixteen distilleries in Nova Scotia, Coldstream Clear Distillery currently has eight ready-to-drink products on the market.

The ready-to-drink product group is the fastest-growing category at the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC), with sales increasing by 89% from June 2019 to June 2020. The NSLC reported $7.8 million in revenue from Nova Scotia ready-to drink products in 2019.

The funding is provided through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, which helps businesses adopt innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and competitiveness.


Four Groups Receive $118,500 ECSF Funding          

By Maurice Rees

Four community groups have received $118,500 funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). None of the funding found its way into rural Colchester County areas, except Creamery Square in Tatamagouche, which received $39,000.

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia Delivers Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in areas of rural Nova Scotia impacted by COVID-19. 

Round 1 of ECSF was distributed over the summer and Round 2 launched on October 5, 2020. With Round 2, they invested an additional $235,700.00 through the ECSF towards local charities and other qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. In Nova Scotia the ECSF has supported projects totaling $561,280, including the following four projects in Colchester and Cumberland Counties: Northern Healthy Connections Society, Truro – Northern Region, $63,500.00; Creamery Square Association, Tatamagouche, $39,000.00; Book Clubs for Inmates, Truro, $10,000.00 and Cumberland Regional Library Board, Cumberland County, $6,000.00.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared over nine months ago, community-based charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability.  

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCFofNS) has been making small grants to rural community organizations since 2004, in an accountable and transparent way. Its grant programs have supported local groups whose work is focused on youth, environment, leadership, seniors, and rural innovation in the province, including Mi’kmaq communities.

For more information, contact: Jean Ward, Chair, Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCFofNS)  info@rcfofns.com. ECSF is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations and the Community Foundations of Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada.

Asymptomatic Testing Continues

By Maurice Rees

The rules around Asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 has changed again. The original deadline of December 18th to book for an asymptomatic test has been extended into January. Asymptomatic testing helps detect positive cases in people who do not have symptoms and limit the potential spread of the virus.

As new information is obtained, or a surge erupts, Premier McNeil and Dr Strang have constantly revised their advisories or brought in new restrictions and in some cases relented on previous ones. There are also new recommendations on testing for rotational workers and post-secondary students from outside Atlantic Canada coming back to Nova Scotia after the holidays.

Rotational workers are now asked to get two tests during their modified self-isolation. Since December 4, they have been asked to get a test on day 6, 7 or 8. There is now a recommendation to be tested on day 1 or 2. Workers must still complete the full 14 days of modified self-isolation, even if they have negative test results.

Starting January 4, post-secondary students from outside Atlantic Canada who return after the holidays and don't have symptoms should get one COVID-19 test on day 6, 7 or 8 of their self-isolation. They must complete the full 14 days of self-isolation, even if they have a negative test result.

"While asymptomatic testing is voluntary, it is strongly recommended as an added layer of protection for rotational workers and students, their families and households, and their communities," said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. "By getting tested, you're helping us detect the virus early enough to isolate household contacts before they can unknowingly spread the virus to others."

General asymptomatic testing is available for people who: do not have symptoms; have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days; have not visited a potential exposure location and have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

Appointments can be booked up to three days in advance through the COVID-19 self-assessment: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

Pop-up testing sites will also continue into the new year for general asymptomatic testing. Because they use rapid tests, the age limit is 16 and over at these sites. Appointments are not required for pop-up testing sites.

People who get a general asymptomatic test are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their test or results. People getting tested for other reasons can find their self-isolation requirements at http://www.nshealth.ca/what-do-i-need-know-about-covid-19-testing-and-self-isolation

A negative test result is a good indication that a person is not able to spread the COVID-19 virus at the time of testing but they could still become infectious in the next few days. People who receive a negative test result must continue to follow public health measures and if they develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment.

Everyone is reminded to keep their social circles small and follow public health measures including wearing masks, physical distancing, practising good hand hygiene, and staying home and completing the COVID-19 self-assessment if they have symptoms.

Quick Facts: Anyone with symptoms should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment and book a test if recommended - only call 811 if you cannot do the self-assessment online. More information about COVID-19 testing and pop-up locations is available at http://www.nshealth.ca/content/covid-19-testing  People can find self-isolation requirements associated with testing at http://www.nshealth.ca/what-do-i-need-know-about-covid-19-testing-and-self-isolation

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free). Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free). For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)






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County of Colchester Emergency /

Grief Line / Help Line Numbers

Families of victims may contact Kelly Gratto-McCarthy at 902 843-4193 or 902 893-0677 for details on how to access the funeral support funding.

Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7. Call (toll-free) 1-800-668-6868

Morneau Shepell has opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. Call (toll free) 1-844-751-2133.

Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia are offering services to enhance the physical and mental health of adults, children, adolescents, and families. Contact 902-422-9183.

HOSPICE Colchester East Hants is also available for grief support by calling 902-893-3265.

For any community member requiring assistance finding the support they need contact Jennifer or Kaitlyn at the Municipality by calling 902-897-3185


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