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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; 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
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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 as:

Bass River, CCJS Student Council, Chiganois, Debert Elementary, Debert Legion, Great Village, Londonderry Council, MacCarell Villa, Masstown, Onslow Belmont, skating clubs & other groups

The Shoreline Journal

May 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - May 2018 - Wood for Heat

Can you remember back to your younger days, especially if you lived in the country, when on cold winter mornings, father got up, built a new fire, or stoked the hot coals, filled up the stove with seasoned hardwood, and soon the entire room was toasty warm?

I certainly do, and still remember occasionally water was frozen in the glass on the table, as a result I’ve always liked wood heat.

On Saturday, April 7th, while attending the Central Woodlands Conference in New Glasgow, these memories flashed through my mind as I listened to Ian Ripley, General Manager, Athol Forestry Co-operative, Amherst present his views on using Wood for Heat to the 120+ attendees. His concept seemed very practical, as he outlined how his colleagues at North Nova Forestry Co-operative and Conform Ltd have been developing a plan for better usage of wood chips; replace fossil fuels, and keep money within the province rather than continuing major purchases for fossil fuels and Middle-Eastern oil.

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Medical Recruitment – a Priority

By Maurice Rees

Deputy Mayor Bill Masters wants Colchester to become proactive and ensure Colchester is rated highly on any search for additional medical professionals coming to Nova Scotia. Not trying to raise expectations, he suggested there should be a committee established comprising municipal units, the medical profession, community groups and the general public from Colchester to place greater emphasis on medical recruitment.

While chairing council committee on April 12th, he asked councillors to for a few minutes to bring forward some conclusions he has determined of what is not happening. He referred to a CBC report of the success in Goderich, Ontario after they addressed the problem and hired a recruiter. The town of 8,000 is now home to 18 doctors, a significant increase from 8 prior to its recruitment initiative.

The $19 million, 100,000 sq. ft Maitland Recreation Centre was built and a $2.1 million investment was made in the Goderich library, doubling its size. Maitland Valley Medical Centre – 18,000 sg ft modern facility is home to 15 doctors, 3 nurse practicioners and family health team.

The Ontario community examined what doctors required or wanted in order to relocate. One of the priority items was recreation and cultural services. As a result they built a new library and recreation facility.

Speaking on what he had learned about Goderich and what was required to entice doctors, Masters said Colchester already has most of the infrastructure, such as RECC, new library, modern new $200-Million hospital and much more.

Masters said his findings concluded Colchester is not even listed as needing more Medical Doctors as a result of some on-line research and he pointed to the fact, the provincial health authority had not even attend a conference / workshop on doctor recruitment.

With eager discussion on the matter council concluded a committee should be formed to initially consult with other municipalities, and then broader the inclusion. Mayor Blair, and Councillors Boutilier and Gibbs were appointed to the committee from council and will first contact Town of Truro.

Speaking on the matter, Councillor Taggart suggested council needs to focus on its core responsibilities of which social development is an important part. Councillor Stewart, who is current president of the UNSM, indicated a motion is forthcoming which will ask the province to hold a minister’s roundtable.

Councillor Gregory, representing the Tatamagouche area added they have a full complement of four doctors, but many people still don’t have a family doctor. He added, it was disturbing to learn at the hospital the emergency department will not even see you if you don’t have a family doctor.

Councillor MacKenzie suggested from what she has learned recreation and appropriate facilities are key to medical recruitment.

From the immediate interest from around the table it is anticipated council will work hard and fast to get a core committee organized and it will be expanded to include every segment within Colchester including medical profession, businesses, community groups, and other medical service providers.

Emma Purdy - Emma Purdy of Masstown is thrilled to have been accepted to attend the School of Alberta Dance this summer a for three weeks intensive program. (Submitted)

Ripley: Sell Wood Heat Not Chips

By Maurice Rees

Ian Ripley, general manager, Athol Forestry Cooperative Ltd, didn’t speak at the Central Woodland Conference to inform attendees Athol Forestry provides a wide array of forestry services to landowners including woodlot management plans, forest improvement services (planting, thinning, harvesting, etc.) and consulting services such as woodlot assessments, timber marketing and scaling of forest products.

Instead he spoke of the larger picture, not selling wood chips, but rather develop a province-wide initiative to sell wood heat.

Ripley said, "Our premise is woodlot owners need to step out of the market of selling low value forest products and into the market of selling heat.  We then can become price makers for our forest products and not price takers that others are offering".

Athol and other cooperatives are exploring developing a "turn-key" program for property owners and landlords to consider an oil to woodchip conversion. Professional foresters see the opportunity to improve the provincial economy, reduce energy costs, help improve the rural economy and not send hard earned money to overseas oil producing nations.

Selling the initial concept is the largest hurdle they face, but with their knowledge of Nova Scotia’s forests they are convinced the correct approach is to eliminate the need for fossil fuels to heat larger public buildings or a series of individually owned properties in existing downtown locations.

During his presentation, "Wood Chip Heat for Public Buildings", Ripley provided as an example the Tatamagouche Hospital as ideal for oil to woodchip conversion. Citing how the project could evolve, Ripley said, "The heat and hot water required could be produced with less than 150 cords of seasoned wood per year. A project of this size would have a capital cost between $400,000 and $600,000. The project site’s layout and distances are factors that drive the range in installation costs".

He continued, "The ideal project, a conversion, would result in woodchips providing 85-90% of the heating load and maintaining the oil for "top-up" and back-up the woodchip heating system.  The woodchip heating system would operative at 170-185 Fahrenheit, just like your hot water boiler at home does.

Ripley joined Athol as general manager in 2011 bringing a wide variety of knowledge from mechanical engineering to sales as well as personal experience with a woodlot. Established in 1977, Athol is a co-operative of independent woodlot owners with holdings located in northwestern Nova Scotia with membership exceeding 250 landowners, in excess of 45,000 acres under management.

Millen Grain Bins - A couple of grain bins are shown being reassembled along Hwy 4 in Glenholme. The younger Millen farmers, sons of Curtis and Ann Millen, have started to make their mark on agriculture in West Colchester. They are planning on becoming self sufficient in growing grain for their beef and pork operations. (Harrington Photo)

Council to Support Humboldt

By Maurice Rees

At council committee meeting on April 12th on motion by Councillor Boutilier, council agreed to support the tragedy in Humboldt with a $2,900 contribution. Originally Boutilier suggested a contribution to the GoFundMe initiative. However county solicitor, Dennis James advised councillors, the municipality could not contribute that way, but it would be okay to send directly to the Town of Humboldt.

In speaking on the motion, Councillor Stewart, who also serves as UNSM president voiced disapproval as he did not think it was appropriate, and in 2016 council did not support residents of Cape Breton, who suffered major loses during a Thanksgiving Weekend storm.

The administrative staff will work with the solicitor on how to prepare the $2,900 donation. The motion passed with Councillors Gregory, MacKenzie and Stewart opposing. The suggested motion will be brought forward to Council’s meeting on April 26th for final approval.

There is a strong possibility the committee’s motion may be discussed on the 26th and changes made to the final destination of the monies, yet still recognizing it’s sympathy with Town of Humboldt. The Shoreline Journal has learned since the meeting of April 12th some county residents are voicing disapproval of sending the money outside the county.

Some residents, who made private donation are not against the compassion, but feel it’s up to individuals to make such donation and it’s not a prudent way for council to spend taxpayer dollars. It is understood more than one councillor has heard from residents, who feel Humboldt should still be recognized, but council could better use taxpayer dollars by keeping the money in the county.

One loyal Shoreline reader, from the Brookside area, who has several years media and communications experience congratulated council on its compassion, but suggested the money should remain in the area to better serve residents. Another reader from the Five Islands area expressed similar feelings stating, I’ve made a personal donation, and people with compassion have donated over $15-Million.

A third loyal Shoreline subscriber from outside Debert said it’s rough enough living in rural Nova Scotia and if there are tax dollars available council could still honour the players and residents in Humboldt, but help some of the community groups, or work on initiatives to help locals who are struggling and need services improved.

Council will probably not change its decision to allocate $2,900 to recognize Humboldt, but how the money is spent may change at council’s meeting on April 26th.

Publisher to be Inducted

Shoreline Journal publisher, Maurice Rees, will be inducted into the Atlantic Journalism Hall of Fame at the 37th Atlantic Journalism Awards Dinner and Award Show (AJA’s) at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax on Saturday, April 28th.

Previously AJA had recognized journalists with a Lifetime Achievement Award, but in January this year established the Hall of Fame. Previous AJAs Lifetime Achievement award recipients will automatically become inductees into the Atlantic Journalism Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame has been established to recognize journalists and journalism builders who have made a significant contribution to the profession of journalism. Rees, who started journalism work while in High school in 1963, has a publishing career which spans six decades.

Other April 28th inductees into the newly created Hall of Fame include: Don Connolly, CBC’s Information Morning (42 years); Jim and Linda Gourlay, Jim 50 years, Linda, 20 years, Saltcapes magazine; Dirk van Loon, Liverpool, (41 years), Rural Delivery and Aleta Williams, posthumously, 40 years, The Evening News, New Glasgow. Williams was first African Nova Scotian woman in the province’s mainstream journalism industry.

AJA’s definitions include:

JOURNALIST: Recognized as an exceptional professional in the field of journalism either in print, radio, television, and magazines or online or teaching. Journalism would be this person's chosen and full time occupation and their journalistic works would be exemplary.  

JOURNALISM BUILDER:  A person who has worked to grow and foster the profession and industry of journalism. These individuals would have dedicated significant effort to enhance the image and credibility of journalism in Atlantic Canada and helped create avenues and platforms for journalistic expression, advancement and development.

Page One Briefs - May 2018

Stress Relief: Wife: "What are you doing?" Husband: "Nothing." Wife: "What do you mean nothing? You've been staring at our marriage certificate for over an hour!" Husband: "Yea, I'm checking the expiration date.

A 20-year-old man from Bass River faces charges of Robbery with a Firearm following an armed robbery on March 21 in Valley. On March 30, Nova Scotia RCMP shared details of the armed robbery and photos of the sedan on social media and through a news release. ‎The social media posts were shared more than 350 times. As a result of the social media posts, the suspect was arrested on March 30 and the vehicle was also located. Early in the investigation the passenger of the vehicle was identified, this suspect and victim are known to each other, he is still being sought by police.

WCCDA - West Colchester Community Development Association which was re-organized last year, will hold its Annual General Meeting at Victoria Hall, Bass River, 7 pm, May 8th. Interested local residents are invited to attend and become members. A brief general meeting will be held prior to the AGM to permit new members to vote at the AGM.

Aleta C. Cromwell, Truro has been selected as one of fourteen of the province's top lawyers being awarded the prestigious Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) designation. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mark Furey announced the Q.C. appointments on April 3. An official ceremony will be held at the Lieutenant Governor's House in May. An independent advisory committee makes Queen's Counsel recommendations to cabinet. Criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity and good character.

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce president, Joanne McRae, says the $828-Million infrastructure funding agreement signed by the province and Ottawa on April 10th said, "The long-term funding will allow the provincial government flexibility to allow for investment in a wide range of projects that will benefit the region such as climate related disaster mitigation, culture and recreation infrastructure and will improve the quality of life in rural communities." The chamber represents more than 400 member businesses and has been advocating on their behalf of more than 128 years.

Nova Scotia has launched The Mineral Resources Development Fund supports grassroots prospecting to more advanced mineral exploration. The fund replaces the $400,000 Mineral Incentive Program, which was created in 2012. This year $700,000 is available for mineral exploration programs, professional development, innovation, university research and training opportunities for young people. The Mineral Resources Development Fund has seven funding streams that focus on: early-stage prospecting and exploration; shared funding for more advanced exploration projects; marketing; research; education, outreach and engagement; innovation and major projects that may include regional exploration surveys, remote sensing, equipment purchases and more. Applications are now being accepted. More information about the fund and applications are available at https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/mrdp.asp .

Amendments to the Maintenance Enforcement Act and regulations will improve collection of court-ordered child and spousal support payments were passed by the House of Assembly in 2016. The changes increase the program's administrative authority to enforce orders, locate payors and share information. The newly proclaimed amendments will: allow program staff to revoke, suspend or prohibit renewal of drivers licences and vehicle permits for payors in default without notice; improve the flow of information between the courts and the program; simplify the process for dealing with payments that have gone unclaimed and transfer cases where administrative fees are owed to Service Nova Scotia for collection. The Maintenance Enforcement Program collects and pays out about $232,000 a day to families. It supports 14,200 Nova Scotia families. About 15,000 children rely on support payments made through this program. Nearly 96 per cent of all recipients in the program are women. For more on the Maintenance Enforcement Program, visit https://mep.novascotia.ca/en/resources

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Submission Deadlines 2018

Issue Deadline Published
January 2018 December 12, 2017 December 20, 2017
February 2018 January 23, 2018 January 31, 2018
March 2018 February 20, 2018 February 28, 2018
April 2018 March 20, 2018 March 28, 2018
May 2018 April 17, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2018 May 22, 2018 May 30, 2018
July 2018 June 19, 2018 June 27, 2018
August 2018 July 17, 2018 July 25, 2018
September 2018 August 21, 2018 August 29, 2018
October 2018 September 18, 2018 September 26, 2018
November 2018 October 23, 2018 October 31, 2018
December 2018 November 20, 2018 November 28, 2018
January 2019 December 11, 2018 December 19, 2018
February 2019 January 22, 2019 January 30, 2019

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