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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  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.

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The Shoreline Journal

October 2021


Rees' Pieces - October 2021 

Did Houston paint himself in a corner?

If there is only one thing to be said about Tim Houston PC and opposition leader, now Premier Houston is for at least eighteen month run-up to the provincial election, he was consistent in his message health care was broken and had reached crisis proportions.

It worked.

At the end of August he was sworn in as premier who along with his MLA’s controls 31 of 55 seats in the legislature. It will take several years to determine the answer, but with one consistent message for well over a year, has he effectively painted himself into a corner?

Read the full editorial...

District 10 election heating up

By Maurice Rees

MacInnes out; Taylor and Lomond in; Lewis not decided.

District 10 residents may be feeling some sort of election has become a monthly event. November 6 they will go to the polls in a special by-election for District 10. The special November 6th, Colchester District 10 by-election to fill the seat left vacant when long term councillor, Tom Taggart, resigned following his election as MLA for Colchester North.

Since the election was announced, activity for candidates has included one declared candidate withdrawing from the race; two area women announcing their candidacy and another saying she has not made a decision.

Those wishing to put their name forward have until October 12th to fill the necessary paperwork. Nominations will be accepted by appointment during Municipality of Colchester office hours commencing September 30th, 2021. All nominations shall be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on nomination day, Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. Guy Wheeler, who was returning officer in the municipal election in fall of 2020 has returned to the position for the by-election.

Last month’s issue of the Shoreline Journal included an announcement by former District 9 councillor, Doug MacInnes, he would be offering for the vacant seat because about 15 months ago he changed his residential address, and now lives within the district. In mid-September, MacInnes announced, due heavy work commitments at Wilson’s Heating was withdrawing his candidacy and will not be filing papers to fill the seat.

Londonderry residents Victoria Lomond and Rebecca Taylor have announced their candidacy and will be filing paperwork when accepted at the municipal election. Lomond and Taylor’s candidacy announcements are printed elsewhere in this issue.

Many have speculated area resident, Serena Lewis might be encouraged to fill the vacant council position. The Shoreline Journal contacted Serena who replied, "I haven’t made any decision on this. I have had a few people inquire if I would. No papers have been submitted".

Those wishing information on the by-election or to book an appointment are asked to contact the Returning Officer, Guy Wheeler at 902-956-9592.

Spider's Web - This is what is known as a Garden Spiker, however Lisa Madore refers to them as “Web Writers”, because they always write in their webs.  This spider was making her Web on Lisa’s deck in Debert. (Lisa Madore Photo)

Municipalities to receive additional $32-Million

The Houston government has moved quickly to provide an additional $32 million to help municipalities pay for crucial services as promised during their election campaign. The Municipal Financial Capacity Grant is paid to municipalities and towns that need assistance to fund a standard level of services such as police, fire protection and transportation.

The Town Foundation Grant is provided as recognition of the particular challenges faced due to local road responsibilities and assessment bases. The extra funding will be given to municipalities this fall through these two programs.

"Municipal services are among the most important in our day-to-day lives. Over the years it's become more expensive, and municipalities and towns have told us they need more help from the province. We promised to double this payment to municipalities while we negotiate the memorandum of understanding, and we are keeping our promise," said John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "I will work with municipalities across the province to ensure all of our programs are meeting the needs of our communities and our residents."

Bioblitz (also known as a biological survey) where groups went to the Geosites of Ward Falls and Five Islands Provincial Park estuary trail to document the biodiversity of these areas of the Geopark. (Cliffs of Fundy photo)

Update: Mass Casualty Commission

The following update is an attempt to explain how the public sessions will be conducted. In some ways, it is a message to the media on what is expected of them in conducting themselves in their professional capacity. In another way is it a message to the general public to ensure they understand the steps being taken to ensure they are comfortable and treated with empathy.

The Mass Casualty Commission have Community Open Houses scheduled for late September to share information with community members about their work. Capacity is limited inside the venues. Members of the media who wish to attend are requested to arrive early. The commission will work to accommodate time during the first half hour of each open house. It is the commission’s goal to make sure attendees are comfortable speaking freely with Commission members. The media as been asked not film anyone at the events without their permission. Photos of the open houses will be posted to the media centre www.MassCasualtyCommission.ca 

Those interested in speaking with a Commission spokesperson, please reach out in advance. When possible and appropriate a media opportunity will be arranged. Additionally, any interviews with members of the public will not be arranged by the Commission and we ask that if members of the public choose to speak with media that interviews are done in designated media areas, which in some cases will be outside the venue, depending on capacity.

The purpose of the Open House is to share information and to answer any questions community members may have about the inquiry process. Please note there will be no evidence or facts shared during these open houses and the structure at each venue will be the same.

The open houses are an opportunity for Commission team members to meet with community members, answer questions and share information about how we are approaching our work. We recognize the sensitive nature of the events and thank you in advance for being respectful of all involved.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, please email media@masscasualtycommission.ca

June to September was a busy time

The Cliffs of Fundy newsletter reports the past three months have been spent getting out and talking to as many people as possible! The small in numbers staff have been working to expand their network of business partners and volunteers. The staff have run so many different programs with people whose interests and lifestyles are diverse have been helping staff to look at some these spectacular places. They have been able to lead Guided Walks to the following locations: Thomas Cove, Economy; Ward Falls, Dilligent River; Cape Chignecto, West Advocate and Cape d'Or, Advocate Harbour.

They were able to partner with some amazing local experts and offered some Special Guided Tours, including: Horseshoe Cove and Cape d'Or with Laurie Currie of Local Guy Adventures; Black Rock at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) with staff Sandra Currie and Five Islands Provincial Park to the Old Wife Formation with local knowledge holder Carol Corbett. 
Also accomplished in the June to September time frame were a number of public, outdoor special events, including:

  • A Sustainability Forum for the NS Gov't with feedback submitted to be considered in the NS Sustainable Development Goals Act and Clean Plan for Climate Growth;
  • The Fundy Food Trail, in conjunction with Food Day Canada on Saturday, July 31st where a number of businesses down the shore offered specials and appeared on an interactive map for a self-guided food tour of the Geopark! 
  • Our first ever Bioblitz (also known as a biological survey) where groups went to the Geosites of Ward Falls and Five Islands Provincial Park estuary trail to document the biodiversity of these areas of the Geopark. 

Special days since June were observed: July 10th: The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Designation Birthday; July 31st: Food Day Canada; August 09th: International Day of Worlds Indigenous Peoples and August 26th: International Dog Day.

The Cliffs of Fundy participation in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event was held September 18th 2021, which was National Shoreline Cleanup Day!. This cleanup in Colchester County focused on Little Dyke Beach (at the Bay near Little Dyke Lake); Saints Rest in Bass River, and Five Islands Lighthouse Park.

The events required pre-registration and Municipality of Colchester assisted with the three clean-up projects.  

Members of the guided tour to Thomas Cove relax and watch the tide coming in. (Cliffs of Fundy photo)

Page One Briefs- October 2021


Thursday, September 30 is a provincial holiday. Provincial government offices, public schools and regulated child care will be closed. Businesses will have the choice, as they do on other occasions, to remain open in the observance of Truth and Reconciliation Day, which will be an annual holiday on September 30th.

Truro’s Annual Fall Craft Market will be held at First United Church, 711 Prince St., Truro on Saturday, November 6th 9:30 am – 3:30pm.  Proceeds to the ongoing work of the United Church Women.

At the September 16th Colchester Committee meeting council delayed filling the various committee positions, due to resignation of former Councillor Tom Taggart, until the new councillor for District 10 is sworn in following the November 6 special by-election.

On evening of Sunday, September 26 NS Health issued a Public Service Advisory of potential exposure to CoVia-19 at Sugar Moon Farm (221 Alex Rd., Earltown) on September 23 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, October 7.

Bonnymans' Wild Blueberries and Natural Products Ltd have become members of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce. From the vibrant community of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia – a village on the Sunrise Trail surrounded by ocean, forests, and farms – Angus Bonnyman runs Bonnymans’ Wild Blueberries & Natural Products Ltd. Since 1971, Bonnymans' family has grown wild blueberries in Northern Nova Scotia, with over 200 acres of fields in production today. The company offers both spray-free and conventional frozen wild blueberries in 2kg and 30lb boxes, as well as juice berries, honey, and wild blueberry soap to retailers, food service establishments, fundraisers, and directly to consumers.

A rally was held 11:30am Thursday, September 23 at the DFO headquarters, 1 Challenger Dr. Dartmouth called attention to the Department of Fisheries and Ocean's violations of Mi'kmaw Treaty Rights in recent months. In media releases in advance of the rally stated, "All Mi'kmaq people have the right to fish for a moderate livelihood. This is protected by the treaties and affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1999. Treaty rights are enshrined in Canadian law through the constitution, which is the highest law in the Canadian legal system. However, despite these rights, the Department of Fisheries & Ocean (DFO) has been harassing Mi’kmaw fishers –even arresting youth and a Mi’kmaw chief– asserting this treaty right". 

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