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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

October 2017 Issue follows:

Cooperation should be mandatory

For many years I have voiced my opinion our successes have occurred because of our tenacity, regardless of what others have heaped upon on. Most recently, I’ve alluded to the first of our downhill run started during Confederation talks back over 150 years ago, when Ontario and Quebec needed us more than we needed them.

From the beginning they set out to rule with an upper hand, perhaps that it was called, Upper Canada. There are more MP’s in the Greater Toronto area (GTA) than the 32 in Atlantic Canada. Sure according to population numbers, they should have more representation. However, they don’t realize we actually hold the winning hand, if we play it. They don’t realize because we have not told or shown them.

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Two Candidates for District 9 By-election

By Maurice Rees

As of Friday, September 22nd two people had filed nomination papers for the October 21st by-election to elect a new councillor for District 9. Candidates are Bob White and Bob Pash. As of this writing there was still time for other candidates to file by the 2 pm, September 26th nomination deadline.

Rumours were not indicating there was a candidate in the offing, although several people had hoped a female might seek the seat, which became available when Doug MacInnes resigned earlier this summer.

Bob White owns and operates Wildflower Promotional Products & Apparel, Central Onslow. He had previously served as councillor for District 9 until he was defeated by MacInnes in 2012 municipal elections.

Bob Pash is owner of Robert Pash Auto Salvage, Debert. He serves the community as president of Royal Canadian Legion, Debert.

The election is expected to cost in the range of $13,000-$20,000 for labour, space rental, advertising and signage, and other consumables. Lorraine Dawson, who also handled the October 2016 municipal election details, has been hired as the Returning Officer.

The preliminary lists of electors has been prepared for the upcoming Municipal Special By-Election in District 9. Electors may find out if they are on the list of electors by contacting the Returning Office between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, before October 12, 2017 at 1 Church Street, Truro, NS, Ph 902-956-2437 or E-mail: ldawson@colchester.ca

Advance Polls will be open 12 noon to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 14, and Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Admin Building Debert Air Industrial Park 439 MacElmon Rd. Any elector may vote at the advance poll.

Unless one of the candidates dropped out of the race by Wednesday, September 27th, the following dates apply to the election process: Advance polls October 14th and 17th. Election voting will be held Saturday, October 21st.

Grade Primary Debert Elementary students Ryland Langille and Landon Millet show their drawings of what Stand Up. Speak Out. means to them. Students and staff from across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) together on Thursday, Sept. 14th to promote social justice, respect, anti-bullying and understanding. (Harrington Photo) More photos on page 16.

Truro Wine & Spirits Festival – October 14th

A new event will be held in the Industrial Building at the NSPE complex on October 14th. At 7:00 pm the doors will open for the BOTTLED Truro Wine & Spirits Festival. Additional features of the festival include: Great food, fantastic entertainment, and Nova Scotia wine and spirits.

Attendees can expect to sample from several of Nova Scotia’s favourite wineries, cideries, and distilleries; see entertainment by blues prodigy Garrett Mason; enjoy a customized 1920’s menu from Smokinstein and Route 6 food trucks; shop from select vendors; and try their hand at the indoor gun range with Hunt Indoors being on-site with their mobile pellet hand gun range. There will also be a casino corner. 

Tickets are $39 from the NSPEC Complex website at www.nspe.ca and include access to the event, 10 wine and/or spirit samples, a customized BOTTLED take-home glass.  Attendees can also purchase the $5.00 Truro Nissan Shuttle which will take them home to anywhere in the greater Truro area at 10pm

Christian Academy eyes East Court Road School

By Maurice Rees

The Colchester Christian Academy, currently located on Elm Street, has outgrown its current facility and has set its eyes on moving to the East Court Road School, when it has been declared surplus and is offered to the Municipality of Colchester.

Johanna Matthews and Cheryl McLeod, representing the academy, appeared before council at its September 12th presentation meeting. Other presenters during the evening were Colchester 4-H Council, Mattatall Lake Property Owners representatives and Susan Henderson representing Colchester East Hants branch of the Canadian Mental Health association.

Colchester Christian Academy was established in 1979 and has seen enrollment as high as 140 students for pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. It has a staff of 10 full time employees and approximately 60 volunteers. Current enrollment is 85 students from 50 families. In making the presentation it was noted the Academy does not have any debt, is operating on a balanced budget for 2017/18. The East Court Road school also included a gymnasium, which the current facility does not offer. Presenters suggested it might be possible to offer the gym to local organizations for evening and summer activities.

If the Academy gets the building, they plan to have a green space at the rear of the building for use by the students and also have it serve as a local park for those in the neighbourhood.

At the end of the presentation, Mayor Blair assured Matthews and MacLeod the matter would be sent to council for consideration, but as of the presentation, council had not been advised if or when the school would be declared surplus by CCRSB.

The Maritime Junior Limousin show took place September 9th and 10th, with 36 junior members- who traveled from all over the Maritimes including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and 45 limousin cattle participating. Members of the Top Fitting Team (L-R) Alex Smith, Amber Lloyd, William Cooper, with presenter, John Calvin Siddall. (Jill Renton Photo) More photos and story can be found on page 3.

Page One Briefs - October 2017

STRESS RELIEF: Older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.  It is NOT a memory problem. It is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers met the week of September 11th to discuss ways to ensure a fast, flexible and efficient immigration system to meet the needs of Canada, provinces and territories. Other key discussions at the meeting included promoting increased Francophone immigration outside of Quebec and the development of a pan-Canadian approach to dealing with asylum seekers. For more information and assistance on immigration in Nova Scotia, please visit www.novascotiaimmigration.com

Balmore Farm, Great Village will be hosting the National Junior Limousine Show August 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2018. In addition to approximately 70 young people from across Canada participating there will also be parents, Directors of the Canadian Limousin Board, and other interested persons attending the four-day event. Approximately 300 people are expected to register for the four day event.

Envirosystems will be hosting two open houses on Tuesday, October 3 at the Debert Hospitality Centre. One open house will be held in the afternoon and one in the evening. The purpose of these open houses is to provide area residents an opportunity to speak directly with the Envirosystems team regarding concerns about the recent odours and to find out about the steps are being taken in the short term and for the long term. The sessions will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Creative Auto Images is moving. On October 3rd, 2017, they will be opening in their new location at 100 Pictou Road in Bible Hill. They will be closed from September 29th to October 2nd while are moving. Phone and fax numbers remain the same.

Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller announced on Aug. 30 University of King's College president William Lahey will review forest practices and evaluate market access for private forest owners. Prof. Lahey is an associate professor at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law and a former deputy minister of environment. Prof. Lahey will carry out a review of existing forest harvest practices including strengths and weaknesses and the overall role of Crown wood supply throughout Nova Scotia. He will provide recommendations for improvement regarding how Nova Scotia balances long-term environmental, social and economic interests in managing the province's forests. He will deliver a final report to the minister by Feb. 28, 2018. The report will be made public after the review period. The terms of reference are available at https://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/Forest_Review/

The Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) have teamed up to provide greater support for Nova Scotia startups in the ocean and clean technology sectors. Six business acceleration programs will be delivered this fall, including a new Blue Solutions competition to find innovative ways to address problems in the ocean sectors. Innovacorp will manage the programs, which will provide funding and business guidance. The combined funding of $920,000 from the two governments will support startups through six initiatives: Blue Solutions, a competition to find innovative solutions to problems in the ocean sector; three programs to help ocean technology companies develop their products and business models and demonstrate their prototypes in a real-life setting and two programs to help clean technology companies address technical and business milestones and move closer to investment readiness. Of the $920,000, the Government of Canada is providing a $500,000 non-repayable contribution to this initiative under ACOA's Business Development Program. The province, through Innovacorp, is providing the remaining $420,000.

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Submission Deadlines 2017

Issue Deadline Published
March 2017 February 21 March 1
April 2017 March 21 March 29
May 2017 April 18 April 26
June 2017 May 23 May 31
July 2017 June 20 June 28
August 2017 July 18 July 26
September 2017 August 22 August 30
October 2017 September 19 September 27
November 2017 October 24 November 1
December 2017 November 21 November 29
January 2018 December 121 December 20

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