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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

February 2018 Issue follows:

February 2018 - Revolution 2018

Late last fall a long range weather forecast suggested Eastern Canada, particularly Nova Scotia would be milder this winter and instead of an abundance of snow, we’d get milder fluctuating temperatures, with possibility of freezing rain due primarily to a warmer Gulf Stream.

Early in January with several days of frigid cold weather we were in tune with the rest of Canada, with many provinces setting many coldest days of the year records. One day I thought the early fall milder weather forecast was out the window.

However, things have changed. Temperatures are milder, and the southern part and Eastern Nova Scotia sure have been getting their fair share of freezing rain. Cumberland and Colchester have been spared freezing rain. Although we have had lots of rain, winds continued after the rain stopped so we avoided major icy road conditions.

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Colchester Finds Market for Plastics

By Maurice Rees

Details were not available, but the good news at Colchester Council on Thursday, January 25th was Colchester has found a market to take it’s low grade plastics. The news was revealed by Wayne Wamboldt, Director Solid Waste, who during discussion on solid waste, stated he had received confirmation earlier that afternoon a source to take the plastics had been found.

Wamboldt who did not identify the county, but said it was offshore. He continued by saying his preference would be a "home grown" solution, so there would not be reliance on an offshore country or burying plastic.

Wamboldt’s good new revelation came during council’s discussion on solid waste, which had been placed on the agenda by councillor Tom Taggart, who has a passion for studying solid waste and serving on various committee. Taggart is chair of the Northern Region’s solid waste chairs committee and has attended many meetings at the provincial level.

Taggart’s aspiration for the motion was for council to hopefully approve a ban on single use plastic bags. The topic is being discussed at all municipalities. Taggart said his committee had contacted seven municipalities in the northern region and although not all had responded, the results to date were 50/50.

During discussion, Mayor Blair mentioned the council’s working committee, comprising herself, deputy mayor Masters, Councillor Taggart and staff had only met one time.

Taggart stated that a provincial chairs meeting with Minister, Iain Rankin, the minister indicated if there was to be a province-wide ban here would want a province-wide consensus. Film plastics comprise 5% of the recycle total, and the Northern Region chairs will only approve a ban if municipalities representing 70% of the population are in agreement.

Council indicated it wanted to have additional details on the impacts to residents, businesses and also impact on the plastics industry before making a decision.

In other matters relating to solid waste an information item confirmed council’s decision securing True North Tax to review HST claims relating to the Wind Turbine project and newly constructed compost facility resulted in the county getting a rebate of $244,185.85 HST rebate.

True North did not have an upfront fee for the HST audit covering the period of 2013-2017, but was paid $73,838 (30% of the recovery) as its fee for the service.

Tyson from the Discovery Center chats with Grade 1 and 2 students before they enter the planetarium set up in the gymnasium at Great Village Elementary School.

Biosolids – Heavy Lifting Required

By Maurice Rees

Colchester council has to do some heavy lifting and make some astute decisions to reduce the cost of handling biosolids which has increased from projected $268,000 for disposal at the Kemptown Balefill facility for a 122 month period commencing February 2016 to a projected cost of $423,000 in the current year ending March 31, 2018 for shipping to Envirem in Miramichi, NB.

Information and various potential options were presented to council by Michelle Newell, Director Public Works at a January 9th presentation session requested because of ongoing discussions concerning biosolids, which are a by-product of treating sewage or wastewater. Contrary to popular belief, they are not formed of the solid organic material entering the treatment plant, but instead are mostly comprised of dead bacteria which were utilized in the treatment process to breakdown harmful organic matter. They also contain inert solids.

Tracking and calculating cost of biosolids becomes complicated, because since 2015 three entities have been involved with the municipality: Fundy Compost, the municipality’s balefill facility and since February 2017 Envirem in Miramichi, NB.

The handling of Biosolids has become a topic of significant discussion since Fundy Compost, Pleasant Valley advised council it would stop accepting biosolids in February 2016. (Two separate stories elsewhere in this issue provide details on how Colchester generates biosolids and where they go).

In the past council has received information at with the addition of another building at the Kemptown facility, it would be possible to handle biosolids, or council could explore the creation of a "clay platform" to handle biosolids outside in a way similar to treatment of biosolids in Miramichi. Further details about these possibilities are contained in a separate story elsewhere in this issue.

During Newell’s presentation deputy mayor Masters queried the possibility of reducing costs by purchasing a truck and driver to handle transportation. Transportation is calculated at $1,200 per truckload totalling $169,400 per year.

Several additional stories covering various aspect of Newell’s presentation to council are printed elsewhere on these feature pages in this issue.

Envirem operates 8 waste management facilities and two truck shops in the Maritimes. Their 100 acre facility in Miramichi is located near the Miramichi airport and includes a compost bagging facility as well as a composting site. They employ 40 people in Miramichi, with 3 to 6 of the employees operating the composting site. They compost 100,000 tonnes of material each year and most of the biosolid compost is used for non-bagged bulk manufactured topsoil.

In curing biosolids similar to Envirem in NB, councillor Stewart who is also president of Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) voiced the opinion council should explore the possibility with local suppliers as there is a supplier of lime, we have woodchips and sawdust, plus Truro Agromart is also involved in distributing the cured biosolids from Envirem.

In her comprehensive presentation to council on how to approach handling of biosolids, Newell, provided an overview of what options could be considered based on a review of various methods which included: Digestion at a capital cost of $5M-$10M, excluding operating costs; Lime stabilization in a contract with N-Viro requiring $3.5-Million for a new facility, plus operating of $785,000 per year; Lime Stabilization using RDP Technologies was determined as not being feasible, because in addition to the operating costs - $450,000 - being about the same as current expenses with Envirem, plus approximately $4.5-Million for building and equipment.

A batch drying process would have operating costs of $320,000 per year, in addition to capital costs of $9.3-Million. Another possibility could be greenhouse drying technology, but unaffordable with $10.5-Million capital cost and $870,000 for annual operations. To establish a facility to handle in-house composting at Kemptown using a new building is projected to require a new covered building, new equipment, and a curing pad, with a total estimated capital cost of $1.7M. Annual tipping costs, based on $40 per tonne at 4,300 tonnes per year, would be $172,000, and shipping costs are estimated at $110,000 per year. Additional expense would be required to increase solids content from 17% to 20%.

Considering the municipality is examining the possibility of a waste-to-energy project, which would handle a lot more than biosolids, council expressed in interest in exploring duplicating Envirem’s method of curing biosolids on an open air clay pad.

For council’s consideration Newell outlined other possible considerations which could involve working with the suppliers of dewatering equipment to improve solids content above 17%. A simple increase from 17% to 18% solids can reduce the tonnage of biosolids by 5.5 %; switch to shipping four days per week with larger trailers and other considerations are ongoing.

She concluded her presentation with the observation that because waste-to-energy is being considered and biosolids could be a feedstock the Municipality may not wish to spend capital funds on a biosolids stabilization facility at this time, but to look for ways to significantly reduce costs of the Envirem contract or to consider an open air clay pad.

The Mark Webb home on River Road, Debert was one of the finalists in the Debert & Area Community Christmas Lighting Contest. (Submitted)

Page One Briefs - February 2018

STRESS RELIEF: I don't have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights."

Colchester District RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two snowmobiles that were stolen off a parked trailer at a business on the Hub Centre Dr. in Upper Onslow during the overnight on December 27. The snowmobiles are described below as: 2013 green and white Arctic Cat F800 with NS plate: HP675 attached and 2004 yellow and black Ski Doo MXZ with NS plate: DX339 attached. If you have any information about this incident, please call Colchester District RCMP at 902-896-5000 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Isobel Susanne HARRISON wife of Colchester South MLA, Larry Harrison passed away peacefully on December 31, 2017 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. (See full obituary on the Obituaries Page of this issue.

Marlee Lewis, Bass River / Upper Economy has been hired as coordinator of the Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark Project to assist the steering committee in preparing its application for a Geopark for the Bay of Fundy area from Advocate down to Parrsboro and along the shore to possibly include Bass River and Portapique area.

John Lohr, MLA for Kings North announced on January 8th when the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia formally launches its leadership selection process within the next month he will put his name forward to be on the ballot to seek the PC Party leadership today

Television airings of the Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championship of the 3 half-hour episodes of Lumberjacks, filmed in Truro last June is as follows: NS Lumberjack Championship TV schedule:

Game TV: Sunday mornings at 7:30am (check local listings – time may vary): Episode part 1 of 3 – Feb 11; Episode 2 of 3 – Feb 18 and Episode 3 of 3 – Feb 25. Wild TV: Lumberjacks airs 3 times per week.  Airtimes for January airings were: Central Time - check local listings: January 8, 11:00am; January 12, 5:30pm and January 13, 4:00pm. All episodes now available for free on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/5V_uGKJxl2g

The Canadian National Axe Throwing Championships will be held August 25 & 26, 2018 in Victoria Park, Truro. Ryan McIntrye and his colleagues who have successfully organized the Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships in Truro for the past two years have confirmed axe throwers from Ireland will be competing.

Ernst and Young LLP (EY Canada) could earn a rebate of up to $2,488,500 over five years if it creates at least 150 jobs with the opening in Halifax of its first Canadian-based Global Centre of Excellence for Robotic Process Automation Service. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) who approved the payroll rebate, estimates the company would spend $34,650,000 in salaries. It is estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $4,065,000 through their income and consumption taxes. The company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 150 new jobs.

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is making it easier for investors to find out if those latest and greatest investment opportunities are potentially scams and have launched a new Investor Alert Database on its website. Investor alerts are published by the commission to warn of unlawful investment raising schemes that the commission learns are being directed at Nova Scotians. The commission's new Investor Alert Database lists all companies, individuals and websites for which the commission has issued investor alerts since 2014. The database is at https://nssc.novascotia.ca/investor-alert-database

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July 2018 June 19, 2018 June 27, 2018
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