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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

October 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - Octoberber 2018

We can do more!

This month there are several important events which bear mentioning.

Fire Prevention Week will be celebrated October 8-13. Unfortunately, we really only highlight the dedication and care of community of hundreds of volunteers once a year. If we were doing what we should be doing, from the sidelines, we should be praising the time they invest into our community on a weekly or daily basis.

Fighting fires is not the only responsibility of these precious volunteers. They are first responders. In many cases well over 85% of the time they leave work, or their family it’s an accident or medical call. Being the first on the scene they see some of the most tragic sights any human should experience.

It’s far different than a nurse or medical doctor in emergency. Even though hard on the mind, these people trained for it and are well paid in their profession.

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Great Whites are here


Myra, a 9 foot immature Great White Shark, has been seen in Economy & Five Islands. She was tracked on August 30, 31, Sept 01, & 02 in the Minas Basin off Economy / Five Islands area by Darren Porter who
has several electronic tracking instruments in the Bay of Fundy. She was tagged on July 15, 2016 same day as Pumpkin. Porter says Pumpkin visited the pier in PARRSBORO too. (Darren Porter Photo)

By Maurice Rees

The Great White Sharks are here. See our Facebook postings for pictures of Myra and Pumpkin. Thanks to Darren Porter, the weir fisherman from Bramber, Hants County, the Shoreline Journal has received a photo of "Myra" who pinged his electronic receivers in Economy and Five Islands areas. Porter supervises 42 electronic receivers which have been placed in strategic areas around the Bay of Fundy.

Porter has also tracked "Pumpkin", a nine foot male, who visited the Parrsboro wharf at the end of August. The sharks also captured the interest of Colleen Jones, veteran CBC reporter, who became famous as the most winning female curler in Canada. Jones ventured out onto the Bay of Fundy spending a few hours aboard Porter’s boat, and filed several reports on both radio and television.

People have a natural fear of sharks, but at the same time are intrigued by them. The adrenalin starts to rush when the topic is "Great White Sharks". Porter spends considerable time checking the 42 receivers which he also placed around the bay, many of them in the Minas Channel, in the vicinity of the FORCE site which included the now bankrupt Cape Sharpe turbine, which is owned by OpenHydro.

We posted the photos of Myra and Pumpkin on Facebook at 11:21 pm on September 2nd. Within 48 hours Myra’s photo reached over 39,000 people. At press time, the posting had reached 44,166 people, while a similar posting of Pumpkin visiting the Parrsboro wharf reached 5,595 people.

Myra is a nine foot immature great white female shark and was recorded in Economy & Five Islands on August 30, 31, September 1 and 2. She was tagged on July 15, 2016. Pumpkin, an immature male great white was also tagged the same day.

For the first time in history a great white shark was tagged in Canadian waters by the Ocearch expedition an American group who arrived in Nova Scotia on the weekend of September 14th. They expect to spend approximately three weeks looking for sharks. They hope to tag mature females and track them to a birthing site. Some believe as waters get warmer and food sources move around, it could be possible the great whites are using Nova Scotia waters for birthing.

On Wednesday evening, September 19th, the M V Ocearch sailed out of Lunenburg heading for the Cross Island area where there is and abundance of seals, the preferred diet of great whites.

Ocearch is best-known in Nova Scotia for tagging Hilton, a celebrity, great white shark who frequently visits the Mahone Bay area. Satellite tracking has shown instead of Mahone Bay area, Hilton is now hanging around off Cape Breton.

Some researchers think Hilton could be going after food, moving with temperature changes or he could have been forced out of the area around Mahone Bay by a bigger shark competing for what may be a mating territory. Other researchers have suggested Hilton could have grown big enough, himself, to barge into territory he was not able to get to in previous years.

The On Thursday, we expedition successfully tagged a three metre juvenile male, believed to be about 20 years old. The tag applied to the shark will pop off in about nine months. When it pops off the shark the tag will float to the surface and transmit information to a satellite. The tag will have recorded data relating to location, depth of water, temperature, food sources and proximity to the coastline.

Waste: Miller out, Royal In

By Maurice Rees

Royal Environmental Group, previously Truro Sanitation, submitted a winning bid of $8.415-Million beating out Miller Waste Systems submission of $9/131-Million to become the new contractor for County of Colchester commencing November 1, 2018.

Both bids were significantly under staff’s calculation of what pricing might be for the five year period. Staff had budgeted $9.975-Million which included the 2017/18 final year of Miller’s pricing under the soon to be expired contract, plus a CPI escalator of 1.7% for each of the next five years. The Royal bid for five years is $1.559-Million less than staff’s projections.

At its meeting on August 30th, Colchester Council authorized Council Committee to award the contract at the September 13th committee meeting. The tender award was approved on motions of Councillors Parker and Cooper for Option #1, which includes up to three special large bags of leaf and yard waste from residences.

The tender call was issued in July to include, County of Colchester, plus Towns of Truro and Stewiacke. Closing was August 22nd. Bids were opened in the presence of representatives from the two proponents. Royal Environmental will now sign a separate contract with each municipality.

About a dozen members of the audience addressed the panelists during a debate on fracking held September 13 at the Northumberland Community Curling Club, Pugwash. The audience addressed concerns on royalties, health issues, and wildlife, while others spoke about their positive experiences working in the field. (Submitted)

To frack or not to frack -  Debate on fracking draws large crowd in Pugwash

By Raissa Tetanish

No matter where you go, you’ll find people both for and against fracking.

And it was no different in Pugwash the night of September 13 as about 150 people gathered inside the curling club for a debate.

Gerard Lucyshyn spoke on the positive aspects of fracking, while Michael Bradfield brought about the negative.

Lucyshyn, vice-president of research at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, said technology has evolved since fracking first began, and drilling horizontally became a game changer. It allows companies to drill the equivalent depth, but horizontally out after initially drilling about 7,000 feet down.

Cement casings are inserted into the drill holes, before a perforating gun is inserted that, when discharged, creates holes in the rock in all directions. A mixture of water, sand, and chemicals is then pumped into the fractures, expanding them, and gas flows out of the hole when the fluid is pulled out.

According to information from March 2017, Lucyshyn said there are 2.71 trillion cubic feet of natural gas under Cumberland County. About half of that could be recovered.

"We’re looking at an asset sitting in the ground. We’re looking at an asset that you could exploit. All you have to do is access it," he said, noting the asset could be worth between a $75 million to $235 million provincial royalty at the current royalty rate.

But Lucyshyn says people are afraid of perceived threats and avoid what feels dangerous.

"Every industry that we have in this country – renewables, non-renewables, any other historical industries – the same thing. As that industry matures, it becomes safer, it becomes better, it becomes more efficient. That’s economics. It is becoming more efficient," he said.

But Bradfield, a retired Dalhousie University professor who sat on the Wheeler Commission, disagrees.

"The basic proposition is you don’t just look at the benefits, you look at the costs. We’ve heard some of the benefits, but I’ve got a few warnings," he said.

"The costs from fracking are not just environmental. Even before we talk about the huge methane release from fracking, the economics say it doesn’t matter about those things, we shouldn’t do it for economic reasons."

He said the government has to create a regulatory regime to make the fracking industry safe, complete with a set of regulations. Information – such as water and air quality, unemployment rates, wage levels, and distribution by income – has to be gathered beforehand to see what type of effect the industry has.

Bradfield questioned why, if the public is being told regulation is being done well in Alberta, that province has 15,000 orphaned wells that will deteriorate over time, which means leaking methane and adding to greenhouse gasses.

"You have to have monitoring once you start…right through to the decommissioning. Who’s going to watch those wells after they’re shut down? The long-term costs are going to continue, but who is going to do it?"

After the audience had heard from both sides, they had the opportunity for comments, and to ask questions of both panelists.

Barb Harris, with the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, addressed some health issues.

Lucyshyn had initially mentioned the Wheeler Report, released in 2014, noting there was no evidence of catastrophic threats to public health in the short and medium term that would ban fracking outright.

Harris said there were only a handful of studies complete by the time the Wheeler Report was released, however 1,300 peer-reviewed scientific studies have been done since then.

"The evidence is overwhelmingly negative," she said, adding 84 per cent of the studies that discussed health impacts found elevated health hazards, including reduced health of infants born to mothers living within three kilometres of a well site during pregnancy, and increased leukemia and asthma rates.

She also spoke about the radioactive materials that contaminate the fracking wastewater that has come out of Nova Scotia’s small fracking industry.

"Naturally-occurring radioactive materials – NORMS. That was one of the biggest challenges in the very few, little bit of fracking that has happened here, was how to dispose of NORMS. It’s not just in the wastewater – it contaminates pipes, it contaminates the materials used in fracking."

Kelly Deveau lives in Dartmouth, but has property in Collingwood so wanted to be at the debate. He’s spent three decades working in the fracking industry and admits he’s passionate about the subject.

"Lots of people here are being scared. They’re being fear-factored here," he said. "I’m a living study. Thirty years – I’ve handled the chemicals, I’ve pumped the chemicals, I’ve used the chemicals. I don’t have five arms, I can run a 5K right now, I could carry anybody out of here on my back. I’m not dying from anything that fracking has ever done."

Deveau said he’s proud of Nova Scotia, but he watched his now-grown children grow up through electronics because he had to leave the province to work and put them through college.

"Everybody here is worried about certain things, well why don’t you worry about everybody in Nova Scotia? I’ve got 200 friends in Alberta from Nova Scotia that would be back here in a heartbeat. Two hundred people that would buy a house. Two hundred people that would raise kids, buy snowmobiles, boats, groceries, hotels. It goes on and on and on."

Deveau started at the bottom, and is now employed as a frack consultant. Everything he does shows exactly what chemicals are involved, and at what stage.

"Fracking is far less dangerous than the pulp mill spewing stuff in Pictou," he said. "Open your minds, that’s all I ask."

Raissa Tetanish is editor, The Light Tatamagouche. We swapped stories. She provided a story on the Fracking debate in Pugwash and the Shoreline provided a story from Colchester Council committee meeting on Tatamagouche issues. The meetings were held at the same time.

Wentworth Blueberry – Pink Sunliner

A vintage pink Sunliner was chosen as the People’s Choice Winner. at the Wentworth Blueberry Festival. See story and more photos on page 16. (Photo Submitted)


Page One Briefs - October 2018

STRESS RELIEF: Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up. That's HOPE.

Facebook postings concerning Great White Sharks swimming in area waters have reached thousands of people since the end of August. A posting about PUMPKIN visiting the Parrsboro wharf reached 5,557 people. By far the most people reached in any posting on The Shoreline Journal’s Facebook page showed a picture of Myra, a female Great White, who was tagged on July 15, 2016 same day as Pumpkin. She's a 9 foot (2.7 meter) immature female and pinged Darren Porter’s electronic receivers in Economy and Five Islands. Myra’s posting reached 44,040 people as of September 12th.

Masstown Creamery milk is now on the shelves. The company indicates cream, butter and cheese will be available soon.

Tenders closed on August 30th for the replacement of the roofing (approximately 410ft by 70ft) on the

Debert Industrial Mall at 475 MacElmon Road in Debert, N.S. Results are expected be announced soon.

$50,000 for Bible Hill Community Pool

Scotia Pool has received $50,000 for infrastructure upgrades. Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell, was joined by Deputy Premier Karen Casey to deliver the cheque to members of the Scotia Pool Society on September 4th.

These funds will ensure the 45-year-old pool receives new brick work this fall. The facility is leased to the Scotia Pool Society for $1 a year. Active volunteers fundraise for ongoing operational support.

Swimming is a great low-impact activity that people of all ages can use to improve their health. It is especially important for our growing population of seniors. Aspiring tri-athletes, and children learning swimming safety, are also regulars in the five-lane 25-metre pool.

Membership surged by 400%

Membership in the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party has surged leading up to the deadline to purchase a membership and be eligible to vote in the leadership race. As of the deadline, Party membership during the leadership race had increased by over 400%.   

The leadership candidates are:  Julie Chaisson, Cecil Clarke, Tim Houston, John Lohr, and Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin. The Party has chosen a one member, one vote system of voting, weighted for equality of constituencies. Each constituency is allocated 100 points and votes will be allocated proportionally.

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Submission Deadlines 2018

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January 2018 December 12, 2017 December 20, 2017
February 2018 January 23, 2018 January 31, 2018
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May 2018 April 17, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2018 May 22, 2018 May 30, 2018
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