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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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September 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - September 2018 - Turmoil – the Rising Tide

I can’t think of anyplace which is not suffering from turmoil. It has been a roller coaster month.

South of the border, it’s been a daily diet of revelations concerning numerous investigations of President Donald Trump by Mueller and legal entities in New York. Then massive wild fires in California, not to forget nearly 600 wild fires raging throughout British Columbia.

British Columbia needed help. Over 20 firefighters from Nova Scotia have gone west. This past weekend haze from BC arrived in Nova Scotia, causing the sun and moon to turn bright orange, and a strong smell of smoke in the air. I was amazed how strong the aroma has been in Maitland, especially in the evening.

The Conservative policy convention in Halifax, which attracted 3,000+ delegates got blindsided by Maxine Bernier, he quit the party and is starting his own. Bernier is not expected to gain many followers east of Quebec. Out west, especially in Alberta, there are many who feel much the same as Bernier on similar topics.

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Debert Days - Grand Marshall presentation Maria Irving-Benoit and Shannon Delaney presented Fran Forman with a plaque recognizing her contribution as Parade Grand Marshall for 2018. Fran is one of our 90th birthday celebrants. She was born in 1919, which means she will be 98 years young on October 21 of this year! More Debert Days photos can be found on page 3 of this Shoreline Journal.

Dilemma - By Maurice Rees

There are times when a journalist is caught between a rock and a hard spot. Often it happens when investigations reveal there is a dilemma between editorializing or representing the fact. (In 56+ years, I have seen it both ways in abundance). In the following paragraphs you will understand my dilemma whether I was being a professional journalist or using the power of pen to editorialize. I’ll let you draw your own conclusion.

The most recent occurrences involve the bankruptcy of OpenHydro, the proponent and majority investor in Cape Sharp Tidal, operator of the tidal turbine in Minas Channel. As soon as news of the Insolvency filings in Dublin courts on July 25th news started to surface many small businesses in the Parrsboro area where facing the possibility amounts owing to them would take a while ore they might never get paid. One operator who provided marine services for deployment of the turbine was owed over $150,000.

At first I read newspaper reports including The Irish Examiner, Dublin, Ireland, who broke the story in the July 26th edition providing an account of court activity. It was disturbing for the following reasons of how things of how things evolved in Nova Scotia, as follows:

During the week of July 20th, and previous, workers were staying at motels, cottages and rented homes in the Parrsboro. These workers needed to eat so they were dining at local restaurants, while putting the bill on the company’s tab.

The turbine was transported up the Bay of Fundy earlier in the week and was deployed at its berth on the FORCE site starting on July 22. Deployment was completed without mishap and it was connected to the electrical grid on Sunday, July 24th.

On July 26th Ann O’Louglin authored a story in the Irish Examiner stating Naval Energies, the largest shareholder and creditor of OpenHydro appeared before Ms. Justice Caroline Costello who appointed Michael McAteer and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton as joint provisional liquidators.

An excerpt from the Irish Examiner stated, "Ms. Justice Caroline Costello said she was satisfied to appoint Michael McAteer and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton as joint provisional liquidators to the Dublin based OpenHydro Group Ltd and its subsidiary Open Hydro Technologies Ltd after being told both companies were "seriously insolvent" with debts of approximately $280-Million".

The Irish Examiner further stated "that on top of what the parent had already invested in the Irish group it was projected that OpenHydro would make further losses of $128-Million between now and 2026.

My conjecture was that big companies and legal firms can’t move that fast and it was likely plans were "in the works" even while the turbine was being towed by a barge up the Bay of Fundy. If so, there could be legal implications for companies involved.

Emera has a 1+% investment in OpenHydro, and a further 20% in Cape Sharp Tidal, owner of the turbine. Emera also had a seat on OpenHydro’s Board of Directors and further involvement in Cape Sharp. Stacey Pineau, a spokesperson for Emera said their representative vacated his position on the Board of Directors in March.

An online search on August 1 revealed Open Hydro Naval Energies – Board of Directors listed Christian Richard as a Non-Executive Director. Christian Richard is Vice President, Special Projects at Emera Inc. where he is engaged in business development projects focused on providing cleaner affordable energy. Christian brings expertise in the energy sector and industrial operations, having held senior roles at an electric utility and an international forestry company. Christian holds an engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick and a MBA from l’Université de Moncton. (See link at: http://www.openhydro.com/company/board-of-directors.

Since Cape Sharp owned the turbine and had just announced successful deployment into Minas Channel, I sent the following email to Stacey Pineau, spokesperson on July 30th as follows:

I have received several calls from local and provincial suppliers, including restaurants and accommodations in the Parrsboro area concerned about when they will receive payment for services provided during the recent deployment.

Do you know how many provincial and local service providers there are; how much is owned and when will they receive payment?

Here is her response received on July 31st:

At this time, Emera’s focus is ensuring that the receiver/liquidator has a plan for the continued environmental monitoring and safe operation of the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine that is currently deployed in the Bay of Fundy until they determine a final plan for it.

We understand that the receiver is actively taking steps to put a team in place to manage the Cape Sharp Tidal assets as soon as possible. We appreciate the difficult position this uncertainty puts many local businesses in and we are actively reinforcing the concerns of suppliers, partners and others involved in the project with the receiver. Thanks, Stacey.

To find out what activity was taking place to protect small business owners in Nova Scotia on August 2nd, I sent the following email to Steve Sanford at Department of Mines and Energy:

With the filing of OpenHydro for insolvency in the Irish courts there are a lot of unanswered questions and extreme concern from local suppliers, who are unsure if they will get paid.

  • What is your department or other provincial government departments doing to with regards to this situation?
  • Ensure a management plan in put in place quickly to provide management of the turbine?
  • Ensure proper Environmental Monitoring plans are operational – as outlined in applying legislation?
  • Ensure there is prompt payment to local suppliers, many of whom are small Parrsboro businesses – who provided accommodation, food services, and provided other services as required?

At least one supplier indicated there are received outstanding invoices for services for removal and /or the last deployment months ago.

It is a shame and ironic that two days after deployment, and one day after (Sunday, July 24th), when the turbine is reported to have been connected to the grid, OpenHydro’s major shareholder and largest creditor was in Irish Courts, on Monday, July 25th, filing claims for Insolvency.

Do you have a listing of local suppliers who are unsure when or if they will be paid?

To his credit, on August 8th, Steve replied with: I have just realized this email failed to send. My apologies. Steve.

Here is the content of the reply email which did not get sent:

Hi Maurice,

These are great questions and we certainly share these concerns. Some we have answers, others we continue to monitor as this process progresses.

I’ve copied our communications director and will make every effort to have answers to these questions for you tomorrow; to the extent we can answer them.

Thank you for taking interest in this matter and looking to provide a balanced report for those impacted and or interested in this. Steve

Here’s part of my dilemma, and how the government department communications section don’t answer the question, but reply with a weak spin. The following reply was received on Friday, August 10th:

Thanks for your questions, Maurice.

Contingency plans are the responsibility of the companies that own the turbine, and Stacy Pineau at Emera can provide more information. The Department of Energy and Mines’ role is to verify that the turbine is in compliance with its license. This situation cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely and we will continue to watch this process closely.

With regard to businesses impacted by this situation, this remains a corporate issue. It is up to the private companies that own the turbine to settle these business matters. We know that Emera has asked the receiver (Grant Thornton) to consider payments to businesses owed as this insolvency process progresses.

The department does not have a list of local businesses that are impacted. That information would be part of the insolvency process.

Hope this helps with your story,

Here are some of my problems:

It seems there was very little concern within the public service about the blight of small rural business owners, who are now owed money for a project so heavily promoted by government.

  • Why are large foreign multi-nationals permitted to operate in the province without posting security bonds – against environmental damage, or "stiffing" small businesses because they don’t want to pay or activities in bankruptcy courts, thousands of miles away?
  • When something goes wrong why do larger companies, including Emera and government personnel seem to run and hide, don’t accept responsibility, or fail to show an urgency or compassion for the problems being face by much smaller Nova Scotia family owned businesses?
  • What should government be doing to protect small businesses?
  • Do you feel government doing enough to protect small business from future instances?
  • What do you think should be done?

The coverage area of The Shoreline Journal and South Cumberland News is full of small family owned businesses. Helping to protect them is my priority. I want to help address your concerns, but I can’t and don’t feel comfortable doing it alone. I seek your input.

Please send your thoughts – for or against. E-mail: maurice@theshorelinejournal.com

Music Week to attract 100+ artists

Over 100 artists will take to the stage during Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro, Nova Scotia, November 1 to 4 with over 80 acts included in today’s first of two artist announcements. The first round of artists announced on August 14th includes representation from Country to Hip Hop and everything in between.

The second round of artists will be announced on Tuesday, September 11 along with the full festival schedule.

Nova Scotia Music Week will shine the spotlight on Country music this year with Canadian Country star and Pictou County native George Canyon performing at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, in Truro, Friday November 2nd.

Throughout his career Canyon has won multiple Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. Canyon has also been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, regularly performs all over the world, and has acted in a number of films, television shows, and stage plays.

Tickets for George Canyon and festival wristbands went on sale on sale August 17th, at www.nsmw.ca

This peaking duck is actually a Pekin Duck, patiently waiting for Emma Crossan, Clifton Club to enter the Waterfowl Showmanship Class. This issue of the Shoreline Journal features many photos from the 4H competitions during the 2018 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition. See pages 18, 19 and 20.


Public debate on Fracking – September 13th

By Maurice Rees

A public debate on Fracking will be held at the Northumberland Community Curling Club, Pugwash on Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 pm. The public debate is sponsored and organized by The Six Rivers Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Cumberland Council.

The Topic chosen by the Chamber of Commerce is: "Resolved that Fracking will be beneficial to Cumberland County" is designed to open the public debate "for" and "against" and will garner a lot of attention.

Speakers have been chosen for both sides of the question and will be moderated by: The Honourable Elizabeth Roscoe, Retired Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Speaking in favour of fracking will be Gerard Lucyshyn, VP of Research Frontier Centre of Public Policy and Economic Lecturer at Mount Royal University, Calgary, while the guest speaker against fracking will be Michael Bradfield, Retired Professor Economics, Dalhousie University. John Carebaris has agreed to be the masters of ceremony.

Audience discussion will be encouraged. Public admission is free.

Background information for hosting the debate came as a result of a few Chamber of Commerce members got into a discussion on fracking. The Pugwash area based members concluded with their feeling Cumberland County is one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest provinces and we may have lots of gas.

Following the initial discussion they researched and learned more about gas reserves and fracking issues then decided to organize a public debate. Part of their research suggested the county could be sitting on over a billion cubic metres of natural gas. Forther examination concluded in the west where fracking is a regular occurrence a cubic-metre of gas retails at about $C 1.50, whereas in Nova Scotia the price is over $C 10.00.

Other observations revealed Nova Scotia annually buys over $150 million worth of South American coal to pollute the atmosphere making some of our electricity. Natural gas would drop our polluting by 2/3’s and of course we wouldn’t need to buy the coal.

Based on their research members concluded, "If we have gas and if it can be fracked in an economically and ecologically sustainable way then should we not, as reasonable persons have an honest factual debate on the pros and cons of fracking?"

Chamber members with these reasons, "That’s why even in the face of a real prejudice against fracking, they have a responsibility to take this educational risk".

The feeling amongst the SRCC officers is it is their leadership duty to our membership and to our public is to promote open mindedness toward both old and new business and economic opportunities and especially to those that have the potential to be mutually beneficial to all.  This debate is intended to set that example.

The Chamber has indicated this debate is an educational exercise in a public forum and it is explicitly not intended to be side tracked into promoting political views nor polarized opinions. The intention is to deal solely with the facts relative to "the question",




Page One Briefs - September 2018

STRESS RELIEF: Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, who has been sitting on the Nova Scotia Supreme Court since 1998 with over 40 years experience has been appointed Acting Conflict of Interest Commissioner effective July 31. He will take on the role in addition to his chief justice duties. The role of the commissioner is to provide advice and recommendations on possible conflicts of interest involving provincially elected officials and public servants.

Landlords and tenants in Nova Scotia will be able to resolve disputes via telephone, making the process faster and more efficient. With over five-thousand dispute resolution applications a year, Nova Scotia is only the second province to replace in-person hearings with telephone hearings. As of September 4th, all hearings in the province will be conducted over the phone. Other options will be available for people who cannot participate in telephone hearings due to health conditions.

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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
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
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January 2019 December 11, 2018 December 19, 2018
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