The Shoreline Journal and The South Cumberland News are monthly community newspapers based in Bass River, Nova Scotia, and serving the Fundy Shore/Glooscap Trail from Truro to Parrsboro and further north to Advocate Harbour.   See submission deadlines...

Established in 1994, the Journal 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  Maurice Rees.  He 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. 

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November 2023 - Has the pin been pulled on the grenade?

For several years we have been getting this uneasy feeling that some groups or individuals with lots of power and determination, for their own benefit, have been slowly plotting to reduce or, in some cases, eliminate totally individual or perhaps an entire society’s rights.

For years, I have had then uneasy feeling pre-WW II, similar thoughts against USA had been contemplated, or had been started. This past week my presumptions were confirmed. I’ll explain in a moment.

Being a newsy, when I watch television, it is a news network. CNN and MSNBC are my favourites. One evening, Rachel Maddow, an American television news program host and political commentator. Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show, a weekly television show on MSNBC. She announced publication of a new book, PREQUEL, Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism. She revealed that in the 30’s Germany was working with a group of congressmen, senators and prominent business people to overthrow the USA government. In fact, some politicians were kicked out of their party. Some of the culprits actually faced jail time.

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2023 Specialty Award Recipients Nova Scotia Strong Award Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Truro

Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Volunteers embody the core values and the resilient vision of the Truro/Colchester community, as exemplified by the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC). At the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, the value of volunteering goes deeper and well beyond the number of hours that volunteers contribute. Understanding and recognizing that value has been the key to the organization’s success because most volunteers want to know and experience the impact they are having.

The RECC Volunteers provide value through their leadership and governance and by setting strategic direction as a member of the Board, by raising needed funds, building community alliances, and executing fiscal oversight. RECC Board members help raise the profile of the organization, open doors and bring important perspectives from members and stakeholders. The value of a board’s role goes well beyond the number of hours spent preparing for and attending meetings. Board members also bring cultural competencies to the organization that expand the capacity to serve diverse populations and create bridges with new stakeholders. And of course, many other volunteers provide direct hands on support services that have increased the impact of RECC programs and major events. Together through strong volunteerism and a dedicated staff team, the RECC was able to remain resilient through the pandemic and offer the region a comfort centre during Hurricane Fiona. This was then capped off with the delivery of a free “Re-Ignite the Spirit” campaign featuring a variety of free live entertainment

opportunities for residents and using this platform to recognize the contributions of front-line workers. See the rest of the regions Volunteer Awards on pages 10, 11 and 12




CoC – Kyle Legacy

Kyle Nolan, Northern Lights Aerial Photography, Portapique accepts the Small Business Start-Up Legacy Award from Sherry Martell, Executive Director, Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce. The award includes $2,500 cash and in-kind support from several chamber members. (Submitted)


Bridge: Not Everyone Happy

By Linda Harrington

Several options were discussed, but the consensus of the meeting "concluded each of the bridge proposals presented pros and cons and not everyone would be happy" with the final outcome of the new bridge to be constructed in Bass River 2024-25.

It was almost a full house as over 60 people gathered at the Victoria Hall, Bass River on Sept. 28th to revisit a discussion about the proposed location for a new bridge to replace the existing Hwy 2 structure between the Veterans Memorial Park and the Dominion Chair General Store. There were varied opinions on what location would be best, considering existing businesses, pedestrian traffic (including young children, to and from school), costs, traffic patterns and infringement on the existing parks in the community.

Colchester North MLA Tom Taggart hosted the meeting, providing an opportunity for concerned citizens to express their concerns and opinions and to ask questions of those in charge of the project.

Greg Chisholm, Construction Manager for Dept. Of Transportation Northern District said it is hoped tenders for the new bridge and deconstruction of the existing bridge could go out this fall with the project beginning in the Spring/Summer of 2024.

At a previous meeting a Pedestrian Traffic Survey was requested, and this report was presented by Greg Chisholm and Luke Crocker, Construction Engineer with Dept. Of Public Works. The proposed new location would include a stop sign on Hwy 2 for traffic coming from the direction of Truro and a sidewalk on the north side of the bridge (with potential for a sidewalk on both sides). Pedestrians would be able to cross on Maple Avenue and then walk along the north-side sidewalk. Traffic coming from the Parrsboro direction would not have a stop sign but a reduction in speed was a consideration for the new design.

The proposed new bridge location further up Maple Ave has a wooden arch bridge design, allowing an increase of about 6 feet allowing for more water flow underneath.

Many residents have been concerned about past flooding. Long time resident Jim Grue said he had seen lots of floods over the years and noted the river used to be dredged every few years to remove gravel. Tom Taggart said he hoped to be able to address some of these flooding issues in the future but the flooding down river was not part of the bridge proposal at this time.

There were four bridge locations considered during the planning stages. One involved moving the road over, passing through the site of a former gas station and come up the right side of the river. This would be more intrusive to several properties, potentially doubling the cost and could have environmental risks when disturbing contaminated soil. Traffic would no longer pass by the General Store.

Many local residents were very concerned about the impact the latest bridge proposal could have on Veterans Memorial Park. MLA Taggart assured them he had been working hard to keep any encroachment to a minimum. There was much discussion about exactly how much of the Park will be changed and ensuring protection for the existing memorial trees.

Erma Cox, a former principal at West Colchester Consolidated School put together an informative presentation looking at another option. This option would move Highway 2 from its existing location at the corner onto to what is known as the Feed Mill building and Elliott house. This option would not impede on the Veteran’s Memorial Park location and give more operational space to the General Store.

Tom Taggart noted the engineers had looked at the option Erma presented (this resembles what was known as Option 2) but it was determined to get proper elevation on Maple Ave to meet Hwy 2 at required angle, the General Store would have to be demolished.

There was also concern about the edges of the road currently washing away along Maple Ave., down to the store. This was something Public Works needs to look at in the future, perhaps installing a larger culvert.

After much discussion, it was concluded each of the bridge proposals presented pros and cons and not everyone would be happy. The engineers would be made aware of new suggestions and see if anything else could be done, especially making sure Veterans Memorial Park had the least amount of disturbance possible. Greg Chisholm said talks would continue with stake holders, including the owners of the General Store to see what can be done in front of the store to make it safer for traffic and pedestrians. MLA Taggart said he would look into options of moving the bridge slight distances from the proposed location, to investigate if any of the concerns could be addressed

Funding to Support Municipal Infrastructure, Innovation

Four area municipalities will receive $208,478 out of a total pot of $703,762 announced for 16 province-wide municipalities under the Provincial Capital Assistance Program for 2023-24 to support infrastructure and innovation.

The area municipalities are: Town of Stewiacke - $85,000 for Phase 5 well water study; Municipality of the County of Colchester - $85,000 water and sewer capacity studies; Town of Oxford: - $27,526 for Foundry Street water main replacement project – design and Municipality of the District of East Hants - $10,950 for a generator for the waste management centre.

George Lloy, Mayor, Town of Stewiacke said "During the last fiscal year, the Town of Stewiacke realized unprecedented growth. The Provincial Capital Assistance Program funding will provide essential funds to facilitate the water infrastructure upgrade to meet the current demands of our town and anticipated demand in the future."

Three projects under the Municipal Innovation Program for 2023-24 will receive $450,120 comprising:

Municipality of the District of Clare and Municipality of the District of Shelburne, $195,120 for inter-municipal planning strategy; Alternative Resource Energy Authority - $249,000 for municipal electric utility modernization (Town of Mahone Bay, Town of Berwick and the Riverport Electric Light Commission) and Town of Yarmouth, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, Municipality of the District of Argyle and Acadian Shores Tourism Association - $6,000 for Yarmouth County interactive accessibility map.

Small Business Start-Up Legacy Award
Kyle Nolan, Northern Lights Aerial Photography

The Small Business Start-Up Legacy Award celebrates promising start-ups in the region with a $2,500 cash prize and in-kind support from local businesses. Eligible applicants must be local entrepreneurs, demonstrating the uniqueness of their ventures and the positive impact the grant and support will have on local business growth and job creation.

Northern Lights Aerial Photography, a family-run business based in Portapique, NS, is the recipient of this year’s Start-up Legacy Award. This recognition is a testament to their exceptional journey from adversity to success and their dedication to providing innovative drone services.

Founded by Kyle Nolan who overcame a challenging childhood marked by substance abuse and social assistance dependency, Northern Lights Aerial Photography has emerged as a beacon of resilience and ambition. His transformation from a laborer in the oil patch to an Electrical Union member, specializing in wind and solar projects across the United States and Canada, is a testament to his determination.


As a small business owner, he exhibits visionary leadership, adaptability, and a customer-centric focus. Kyle’s understanding of the evolving drone industry and commitment to safety positions him as a formidable player in this sector.

Northern Lights Aerial Photography offers a range of services, including drone inspection, rooftop inspection, photography, videography, map making, 3D modeling, and custom projects. Their dedication to excellence, innovation, and social responsibility underscores their commitment to both clients and the community.


With a long-term vision to lead in innovative drone solutions, he aims to set industry standards, forge lasting partnerships, and contribute positively to society and the environment.

This award recognizes Kyle Nolan's remarkable journey and his mission to provide cutting-edge aerial solutions to diverse industries. His core values of excellence, innovation, safety, customer-centricity, integrity, and social responsibility guide his pursuit of excellence. 

Please join us as we congratulate Northern Lights Aerial Photography for receiving the 2023 Small Business Start-Up Legacy Award. We ask Kyle Nolan to please step forward. 

Shoreline Journal Tidbits November 2023

Improved Response Times for FOIPOP Requests

Response times for Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act requests improved in 2022-23, according to the annual report by Information Access and Privacy Services. While the volume of requests remained high, 80 per cent of requests were completed in 30 days or fewer, up from 76 per cent in last year's report.

Medic Monday Recognized Paramedics

On September 25, more than 1,200 paramedics across the province are being celebrated as Nova Scotia marked Medic Monday.

To support the lifesaving work of paramedics and to recruit and retain more of them, the Province has: provided a tuition rebate to paramedics who agree to work in Nova Scotia for at least three years following graduation; provided a retention bonus to recognize the hard-work of paramedics in Nova Scotia; added a new Emergency Health Services (EHS) LifeFlight airplane to transfer non-critical care patients from Yarmouth and Sydney to Halifax for tests and treatment and added a nurse to the 911 medical communications centre to manage non-life-threatening calls so paramedics can focus on emergencies.

Nova Scotia Celebrated Volunteers

Nova Scotians who generously volunteer their time to enrich their communities year after year were honoured on, September 25, at the 49th annual Provincial Volunteer Awards ceremony in Halifax.

"This year, volunteers have been instrumental to the success of large-scale celebrations, including the 2023 North American Indigenous Games, and responded to extraordinary challenges due to severe weather events," said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. "The level of dedication and courage that I have witnessed will remain with me for years to come. I thank all volunteers for their service."

Sixty-seven volunteers were chosen to receive representative awards. Three specialty awards will also be presented at the ceremony in Halifax: the Youth Volunteer Award, the Family Volunteer Award and the Nova Scotia Strong Award. Details about the award recipients are available at: (See additional coverage, with bios, photos and introductory message on Pages ??? - ??)

Nominations for 2023 Human Rights Awards

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is inviting the public to submit nominations for the 2023 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards until November 3.

Award categories are: Youth (up to age 20) - for work that promotes equity and inclusion, advances understanding of human rights and its importance in empowering youth to advocate for themselves, their peers and their communities; Individual (age 21 and older) - someone who demonstrates leadership and whose work has contributed to change in their community by advancing equity, inclusion, and the value in promoting and protecting human rights; Group/Organization - its collective action serves to protect dignity, advance equity, promote inclusion, and raise awareness of human rights in Nova Scotia; Dr. Burnley Allan (Rocky) Jones Award - presented to an individual of African descent whose work reflects and builds upon his legacy of championing racial equality, advancing justice and fostering socio-economic empowerment and Wel'lukwen Award - presented to an L'nu individual (youth or adult), group or organization whose work advances the rights of Mi'kmaq/Indigenous people while creating a just, equitable and inclusive society.

The 2023 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards will be presented in Halifax on Friday, December 8, in recognition of the United Nations International Human Rights Day on December 10. More information about the awards and the nomination form are available at: 

Eileen Alma named Coady Institute ED

A familiar face with more than 30 years of experience in the development sector has been selected as the new Executive Director of Coady Institute. Eileen Alma was appointed to the position for a five-year term beginning immediately.

For the past 16 months, Eileen has been serving as interim Executive Director while a committee led by St. Francis Xavier University Academic Vice-President and Provost Dr. Amanda Cockshutt conducted the search process. Representatives of the university’s Board of Governors, faculty, Coady staff members, and Coady partners served on the committee.

Public Prosecution Adds Equity, Diversity Strategist

Equity and diversity strategist Angela Johnson joined the Public Prosecution Service's executive team effective Tuesday, October 3, after being seconded from the Public Service Commission (PSC). As Director of Equity and Strategic Relations, Ms. Johnson will help guide and support the PPS in growing a more diverse workforce and will be an important resource for the PPS's Equity and Diversity Committee. Ms. Johnson will establish relationships with diverse communities to foster understanding at the PPS of the issues and concerns within those communities.

After several years working as a television producer, host, associate director, reporter and researcher in film and television, she joined Communications Nova Scotia in 2004. In 2006, Ms. Johnson was one of three people responsible for developing the strategic overview and implementation of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and one of its first staff members until 2010. She then worked in a senior communications capacity with various government departments.

After working with Engage Nova Scotia as director of strategic relations responsible for developing a framework to engage diverse and cultural communities in the Province's growth, Ms. Johnson joined the PSC in 2017 to develop and lead a plan to support employee/internal communications across government, which led to her current role as the Director of Corporate Employee Communications and Strategic Relations for the provincial government.

Making Communities Resilient to Climate Change

Communities across Nova Scotia will be able to do more to prepare for, and respond to, climate change with a $15.4-million top-up to the Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund. The additional funding will extend the program to 2028 and help more Nova Scotians and communities respond to climate change, prepare for extreme weather events, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and switch to clean, renewable and more affordable energy.

"This past summer was extremely difficult for people across our province with unprecedented wildfires and flooding - events that we should expect to see more of because of global climate change," said Environment and Climate Change Minister Timothy Halman. "The additional funding we are announcing today will help more Nova Scotians to prepare and plan for climate change so that we lessen its impacts and make our communities stronger and more resilient."

The fund was launched with $15 million available over three years. The first call for proposals generated 102 applications requesting $37 million in funding. To date, more than $3.7 million for 14 projects has been announced.

The call for the second round of applications will be announced in the coming weeks. Those interested in receiving notification can register for the fund's mailing list at: 

Review of Information, Privacy Legislation Launched

Nova Scotians have until November 30 to provide their input on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act as part of a review of the 30-year-old legislation.

The review of the FOIPOP Act is part of a comprehensive review of the information access and privacy legislative framework in Nova Scotia. An internal working group will also be looking at the Privacy Review Officer Act, the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act and Part 20 of the Municipal Government Act.

The group's work will include a review of past recommendations by the former information and privacy commissioner and targeted consultations with the commissioner's office, government departments, municipalities, the media, legislative caucus offices and public bodies affected by the legislation.

Submissions are welcome from all Nova Scotians, and the deadline is November 30. They can be made online at or by mail: Department of Justice, ATTN: FOIPOP Modernization, P.O. Box 7, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6.

The working group will prepare a package of legislative options and recommendations for submission to the Minister of Justice to be tabled in the House of Assembly.

Two Judges, Interim SiRT Director Appointed

Two new judges - Alonzo Wright, KC (King's counsel) and Mark Heerema, both of Halifax - have been appointed to the provincial court effective September 28.

Mr. Wright has practised criminal law since 1996. A senior Crown attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, he was responsible for handling some of the most complex, high-profile criminal cases in the province, including sexual assaults, homicides and cyber crime. In December 2022, he was appointed Director of the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT).

Mr. Heerema graduated with a master of law from the University of Cambridge and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2007. He soon joined the Public Prosecution Service's special prosecution team as a Crown attorney. He handled complex, high-profile cases including sexual assaults, fraud, aggravated assaults, homicides and dangerous offender applications. Mr. Heerema is also published in the areas of mental health law, criminal law and constitutional law.

With these appointments, the provincial court will have a full complement of judges.

With Mr. Wright's appointment to the bench, Erin Nauss has been appointed interim Director of SiRT. Ms. Nauss has 17 years of legal experience and joined the Department of Justice in 2007 as a solicitor. She has been a legal advisor to SiRT for many years and has advised senior Department of Justice officials on various matters, including the Police Act. A permanent director for SiRT will be appointed and announced at a later date.

Increased sales growth food and beverage sector

Sales for Canada’s food and beverage sector are forecast to surpass $164 billion, exceeding initial projections by 3.2 per cent, according to the 2023 Food and Beverage Report Mid-Year Update from Farm Credit Canada. While positive news, a number of considerations continue to weigh on the sector.  

Both food and beverage manufacturers saw a strong increase in nominal sales in the first half of 2023, with an increase of 8.4 per cent for food manufacturing and 7.3 per cent for beverage manufacturing. Grain and oilseed milling, and bakery and tortilla products led in growth with increases of more than 15 per cent year-over-year. However, the growth rate in the sector is more modest when accounting for inflation.  

A slower growth in the second half of the year is expected as consumers are careful with their grocery budgets. 

A decline in consumer spending caused by inflation is putting pressure on food and beverage margins, which have been compressed since 2019. For the beverage industry, gross margins are nearly 50 per cent lower. In the food sector, margins are on average 11 per cent below the pre-pandemic level. 

Coastal Property Owners Consulted

The Province is contacting people who own coastal property in Nova Scotia and inviting them to provide their input on how to plan and adapt development along the coastline in response to climate change.

"Climate change is impacting our coastline; the impacts are concerning and put structures, ecosystems and people at risk," said Environment and Climate Change Minister Timothy Halman. "This consultation delivers on our government's commitment to reach out directly to coastal property owners so that they can take part in the critical conversation on the path forward."

This will be the first time the Province is contacting coastal property owners directly to ask for their input on how to protect coastal structures and ecosystems, and keep people safe. Property owners will be mailed a postcard with information about the consultation and how they can share their input: online at: m by mail to Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change, ATTN: Climate Change Division, P.O. Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8.;  by email to 

The deadline for submissions is November 7.

Front Page Briefs - November 2023


We are Sorry… if we gave the wrong impression. On page 14 of the October issue in the coverage of Hearts Haven Memorial Playground,, a single column photo may have given the impression, Dax’s Playground, sign was provided by Colchester Signs & Promo. It was not. Another firm provided the sign. We apologize to all those involved.

A Remembrance Day service and wreath laying will be held at Veterans Memorial Park on November 11th. Parking is limited. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 10:45 am. A reception following the service will not be held.

Just so you know, I’m looking forward to getting a copy of a newly released book, PREQUEL, by American MSNBC television show host and podcaster, Rachel Maddow. Promotion of the book says it explores USA experiment with fascism back in the 30’s, 40’s and onward, when several congressmen, senators and prominent business people tried to develop a plan to overthrow the government. Is there a connection from 80 to 90 years ago.

4-H Provincial Show in Windsor last weekend in September brought out the best from 4-H members around the province. The annual showcase is reported to be the largest 4-H showcase in Canada. Two Colchester 4-Hers won top awards at the event. Marion Porter was selected as Grand Champion Overall Judge, while Luke Hendsbee was selected as Grand Champion Overall Showperson. Several reports of various classifications of winners and champions from Colchester, Cumberland and Halifax East Hants are scattered through this issue. Next issue, we anticipate providing the judging results in many of the various livestock categories, including those who whose category also includes "Royal Team? The Shoreline Journal sponsored 8 individual award at the 2023 show.

2024 4-H Provincial Show site has not been announced. An announcement is not expected until January. Local 4-H volunteer administration personnel and local clubs are hoping the show will return to Colchester. In addition to clubs, and leaders, the three day event can attract a crowd of up to 10,000. Any area selected to host the show receives a large local economic boost.

AGM of Cliffs of Fundy GeoPark will be held Oct 30th at 7pm over ZOOM. Contact office at 902-641-2225 for ZOOM link to attend meeting online.

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