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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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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 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 2019 Issue follows:

Rees' Pieces - May 2019

Organ donation plan, the right move.

The past month has been full of twists and turns. Seems like everything is jumping all over the place. Along with varied weather we had high winds, which knocked down some magnificent barns, and flipped over some trailers, in between plenty of rain, and the occasional snow squall. Then next day everything was calm.

I was pleased to see the government bring in and pass "assumed approval", where it applies to organ donation. In 95% of the cases, I detest and am against assuming people’s approval. Remember the public’s uproar with the Telco’s and cable companies.

However, I feel where it comes to organ donation, it was the right move.

Read the full editorial...


Gould Family Fire  - Peter and Andrea Gould, and their two daughters lost everything in a house fire on Station Road, Londonderry on April 5th. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for those who want to help. (Harrington Photo)

Quality of Life Survey – Complete it

By Maurice Rees

In late April, thousands of households in Colchester County will be receiving invitations in the mailto participate in an online survey about their quality of life.

In an information item to council, Devin Trefry, advised council, "As active leaders in the Colchester region, it is important that Council be aware of the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative, that is being led by Engage Nova Scotia, with the support of Nova Scotia Community College and a local leadership team".

Staff of the Municipality have been involved in the local leadership team established to ensure
that citizens in our region understand the importance of the survey and complete it if it arrives in their mailbox. With that in mind, Council is asked to encourage their constituents and people in their networks to complete the survey if they receive it and to inform them of its importance.

High survey participation will ensure creation of a unique Quality of Life Report for Colchester. With these results, it will be easier to understand what’s most important to the health and happiness of people throughout the community at unprecedented levels, paving the way for better decisions.

Approximately 1 in 4 people will receive Quality of Life Survey. Those requiring assistance in filling it out, help is available by calling 211 or by visiting a local library.

Millbrook to double?

Or Millbrook to increase 230%?

By Maurice Rees

Millbrook First Nation is seeking to more than double its acreage by adding an additional 942 acres to its existing 720 acres. Details of the request were contained in a letter to Mayor Christine Blair from Adrienne Murray, Land Management Advisor, Indigenous Services Canada – Atlantic Region.

The first paragraph of the letter, dated April 8, 2019, stated, "I am writing to inform you that Millbrook First Nation, by way of a Band Council Resolution, submitted a request for a Reserve Creation to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) ….".

The matter was originally scheduled for discussion in "closed session" during Colchester’s monthly meeting on April 25th, but at the request of councillor, Tom Taggart, the matter was moved to the open session of the meeting.

Millbrook has acquired 13 parcels of land and has requested the lands be set apart as "Millbrook Indian Reserve No 27D". The letter did not indicate acreages, but Councillor Taggart, informed council the existing reserve lands total 720 acres and the 13 parcels total an additional 942 acres.

The April 8th letter from Adrienne Murray, stated, "I encourage you at this time to offer any technical comments that you may have about this proposed reserve, and that you please submit your comments by June 7, 2019".

In general terms, location of the 13 parcels can be identified as an extension along Hwy 102, on the same side as Truro Power Centre westerly to Irvin Lake Road. PID numbers of the 13 properties are listed in a separate adjacent spreadsheet.

As outlined in the April 8th letter, under existing legislation, "The Government of Canada has discretion to create reserve lands and add land to existing reserves in accordance with Canada’s Addition to Reserve / Reserve Creation Policy Directive".

During discussion councillor Taggart expressed concern about the loss of tax revenues, with further development of the lands, and the negative impact it would have on further development within Truro’s and the County’s existing business parks. He referenced there are significant savings to businesses, who locate on First Nation lands.

Taggart mentioned to council after a drive-through the Truro Power Centre he identified 17 businesses who either were previously located within Truro or would have located there or the county.

As part of the Reserve Creation process the First Nation is responsible for negotiating agreements with local governments on issues such as service provisions, by-law harmonization, tax consideration, land-use planning and dispute resolution.

The letter also stated, "Local Government and the Province are encouraged to work with the First nation using, a "good neighbour" approach, which involves good will, good faith and reasonableness in discussions between First Nation and other Governments".

Colchester council has the month of May to provide its rebuttal. The matter is expected to include discussions with legal counsel and further discussion at May’s committee meeting and monthly council meeting at the end of May.

Will RCMP be out?

By Maurice Rees

Is Colchester Council gathering information with the intention of eventually cancelling the RCMP’s contract to provide policing services?

Will Truro Police Service be an alternative choice?

If one studies recommendations from budget deliberations, it is a realistic assumption. In approving the 2019/2020 budget, under the "POLICING" category, council’s budget calls for a reduction of 3 officer’s salaries with the savings to be credited to the appropriate budget account.

A recommendation approved from the April 15 and 17th budget meetings stated:

  • An invitation be extended to the Truro Police Service to make a presentation to Council on providing policing services to Colchester County, and;
  • Council approved writing a letter to the Department of Justice within 14 days
    requesting further details as it relates to staffing of the district offices inclusive of names
    and/or regimental numbers of all authorized positions as well as status of each position, and;
  • Based on the policing review of Cumberland County, Council give consideration to
    carrying out its own review for Colchester County.

For months council has been concerned about the number of dedicated RCMP officers being below contract levels, due to illness, injury or other reasons, and the salary amounts for fewer on-duty officers was not being credited to the county. If memory serves correctly, at times the local detachment’s contract commitment for available officers was down by three or four officers, and this had been observed for lengthy periods of time without any cost reduction.

Barn Collapse - There were lots of power outages in the area due to trees on power lines as high winds plummeted the province on April 3rd and 4th. This barn on Staples Brook Road, Debert blew down on Wednesday, April 3rd. (Harrington Photo)

Page One Briefs - May 2019

STRESS RELIEF: I don't mean to brag but, I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

"The Ten Thousand Villages-Truro team is making a difference in the lives of artisans and food growers around the world by selling exquisite, handcrafted gifts, home décor and food items", says Brenda Leenders, sale organizer. The Little Flower Workshop would be happy to announce that Ten Thousand Villages Truro is hosting a Festival Spring Sale at St. Andrew's United Church, 55 King St. Truro, Friday, May 3 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Special Event Friday, May 3rd at 7 pm. Reshaping Agriculture Education Across East Africa. Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University. Admission is Free!

Sport teams, legions, religious organizations and other non-profit groups can now apply online for ticket lottery permits. The new online service will make it easier and faster to organize fundraising events. Previously, qualifying charitable organizations had to wait 5-10 days to receive ticket lottery permits. With the new service, they can apply for and receive permits instantly using a laptop, tablet or a mobile phone. Ticket lottery permits are issued for fundraisers with a maximum prize value of $4,000. To apply for a permit, visit: https://beta.novascotia.ca/ticket-lottery-permit-single-draw-ticket-raffle-prizes-4000-and-under

Several positions are available on Agencies, Boards and Commissions and people have until May 22 to apply to the province's more than 150 agencies, boards and commissions. Applications are now being accepted and all Nova Scotia residents are eligible to apply. The application deadline for some opportunities is Wednesday, May 22. Applications for many other positions are accepted year-round. To find out more and to apply, visit https://www.novascotia.ca/abc or call 902-424-4877 or 1-866-206-6844.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. The documentary tentatively titled, I Want to Be Old Like Olive, produced by Dream Street OL Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $105,326 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $363,194. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding

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