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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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plus notes from many communities and organizations such as:

Bass River, CCJS Student Council, Chiganois, Debert Elementary, Debert Legion, Great Village, Londonderry Council, MacCarell Villa, Masstown, Onslow Belmont, skating clubs & other groups

The Shoreline Journal

September 2017 Issue follows:


We Need to Promote our Area

Sometimes, when you follow the news as much as I do, it’s a hard decision on what to focus on in this space. There are so many events I’d like to comment on, but bring myself back to reality and say to myself, "How does that impact West Colchester?"

Yes, many of those events are of concern to us, but in the local picture it won’t affect us unless we have similar things going on here.

Take for instance, the riots and one person dead in Charlotteville, Virginia, then how President Trump presented three different reactions in three consecutive major statements….Saturday, Monday and Tuesday when he went off script and spoke directly from the heart.

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Enough is Enough!

By Linda Harrington

Nancy & Larry Jennings put the finishing touches on their more personalized version of a sign asking to “STOP the Irving OSCO gravel pit, save our Wetlands, save Little Dyke Lake” that has been
posted in several places around the community. They feel “Enough is Enough!” (Harrington Photo)

When Nancy and Larry Jennings bought a piece of land on the Little Dyke Road back in 1989, there were farm fields and woodlands as far as the eye could see. Nancy’s father had owned a farm house in the area since 1970 and she had always loved the peacefulness and tranquility of country living. Nancy says they hoped to start their own legacy with a country home to leave their children or grandchildren, so they started construction of their "forever" home in 1990. Little did they know those farm fields would eventually become gravel pits and tranquility would become just a memory.

The farmlands next to the Jennings property were transferred from AA Putnam & Sons, a well-known farming family, to MSD Enterprises (one of the brothers of the family farm operation) in the early 1990’s. Gravel excavation later began in the field about a quarter mile down the road from the Jennings boundary line. "It was a family owned business, with one dump truck and we knew the family so we weren’t bothered by things in the beginning," says Nancy. "The excavators eventually chewed their way close to our boundary line. Since we enjoyed good rapport with our neighbours, we still didn’t want to make waves, even though there were inconveniences."

Nancy and Larry Jennings said they put up with the day to day operations of a gravel pit in their back yard by telling themselves the gravel would surely run out soon. They hoped the pit would be cleaned up and life would return to being at least quiet, if not as scenic as when they bought their land.

Things continued to go from bad to worse. Pit one was just the beginning and the small family run business was eventually bought out by Irving owned OSCO. Pit 2 and Pit 3 were added in 2007. "Since the mid-1990’s we have watched the land around us being devoured more and more, by bigger and bigger machinery," says Nancy. "The few locally owned dump truck operators who used to travel the road have now been replaced by a steady, daily caravan of large tandem haulers and belly dumpers. We are, however, truly appreciative of the courtesy and respect most of these independent truck drivers demonstrate on their many runs in such close proximity to our house each day. Occasionally, there will be some overzealous use of jake brakes."

Nancy and Larry continued to live with the idea this would soon be over when the gravel ran out. It was at an information session held in April, when the Jennings first learned the gravel washing/crushing equipment was permanent, the pit operations would be expanded to another 75 acres and there was no end in sight. "That’s when it became personal," says Nancy. "When will enough be enough?"

The Jennings family says they have watched neighbours forced from their home due to the dust, noise and contaminated well water. They listen to a wash plant/screener running from 5:30am until dark each day and endure increased truck traffic by their home at all hours of the day.

"We feel imprisoned on our one acre of rural land and can’t imagine what this expansion will mean for us," says Nancy. "But we are no longer alone. The entire community is affected by the noise and increased traffic." Members of the Glenholme/Little Dyke Residents Association have called on the province to put a stop to the 75-acre expansion of the nearby gravel pit by Irving-owned OSCO. They have approached Community Council recently and signs of protest are being erected throughout the community. Putting up a sign on her lawn is what got Nancy thinking it was time to speak up. "When you stick your neck out to make a statement, you fear retaliation in such a small community but it must be done," she says with sadness. "People ask why we never spoke up before, having lived close to the gravel pits for many years and so we both decided it was time to tell our story. We honestly kept hoping it would come to an end but now we see it isn’t going away. Larry and I don’t want people to think we weren’t bothered by it because we certainly were. And most importantly, we want it to stop so we can retire here, have our grandchildren come and visit, and enjoy peace and quiet in our new screen room."

The communities of Glenholme and Little Dyke certainly have more than their share of gravel pits and it leaves many concerned citizens saying, "Enough is enough"!

Council Decides Against Repaving Agreement

By Maurice Rees

Colchester council at its meeting on August 31st is expected to wash its hands of involvement in or responsibility for the condition of provincially owned streets in sub-divisions. Council committee at its August 17 meeting decided to recommend to council the municipality not proceed with a new three year agreement with NS Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

CAO’s office received a copy of the province’s proposed new Three-Year Cost Share Agreement for Subdivision Streets. Council has entered into similar agreements in the past, with the last agreement covering fiscal years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18. The proposed new agreement covers fiscal years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The agreement applies to subdivision streets which are provincially owned and were created prior to 1995. It proposes 50% cost sharing for the paving, re-paving or double chip sealing of any provincially owned subdivision streets in the County of Colchester. Historically, provincial subdivision streets in Colchester County which were paved under this agreement have been funded 50% by the province and 50% by the fronting properties, based on a successful petition process.

The proposed new agreement covers not only paving of gravel roads, but also paving and double chip sealing of previously paved roads. The three year cost sharing agreement for fiscals 2015/16 to 2017/18 also covered paving, repaving and double chip sealing, however the agreement for fiscals 20012/13 to 2014/15 did not include repaving or double chip sealing.

The province has requested a response to the proposed new cost sharing agreement by September 15, 2017. The previous agreement has been a contentious issue with council, with many councillors feeling the municipality should not be responsible for 50% of the cost of provincially owned streets in sub-divisions.

With a poor record of successful completion of the petition process, which created hostilities towards staff at the public meetings when explaining the proposed projects and the cost implications to taxpayers for the 50% share, council committee decided on motions by Councillors Cooper and Gibbs it was approved not to renew a three year agreement with the province.

With Council declining to enter into a new agreement, Colchester would not be eligible for cost shared paving of provincially owned subdivision streets for three years. Around the table during discussion on the matter, it was suggested in future a sub-division developer would be responsible for street construction, paving plus laying the water and sewer lines.

By-election to be held October 21

By Maurice Rees

The resignation of Councillor Doug MacInnes from District 9, which was formalized at a special meeting of council on August 2nd has necessitated a by-election be held to represent a councillor for the area. Council committee is recommending to council at its August 31st meeting, the election be held Saturday, October 21, 2017.

The Municipal Elections Act (MEA) requires an election be held on a Saturday within 11 weeks from a council position becoming vacant. The maximum time would have been October 28th.

A recommendation brought forward by staff to council committee included the CAO be authorized to hire Lorraine Dawson as the Returning Officer. Estimated costs of the by-election, including those related to labour, space rental, advertising and signage, and other consumables is in the range of $13,000 - $20,000. An acclamation scenario would result in a lower cost.

A by-election date of Saturday, October 21, 2017 determines the following key dates to fulfill MEA requirements (working forward to the by-election date):

  • Tuesday, September 5 – First Mandatory Public Notification of By-Election
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Nomination Registration Open
  • Tuesday, September 19 - Second Mandatory Public Notification of By-election
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2 pm – Nomination Registration Closed
  • Wednesday, September 27 – Last Day of Nomination Withdrawal
  • Thursday, September 28 – Determination of Election Race vs. Acclamation
  • Saturday, October 14 – Advance Polling Open
  • Sunday, October 15 – Advance Polls Closed
  • Monday, October 16 to Friday, October 20 – Advance Polls Open
  • Saturday, October 21 – Election Date (if necessary)

Council committee approved October 21, 2017 as the election date and the CAO be delegated to hire Lorraine Dawson as the returning officer.

Millbrook First Nations will host their 19th annual Pow Wow on
September 1, 2, and 3. The schedule begins with evening
entertainment starting at 6:00pm Friday. Shown above is
Millbrook Pow Wow dancer Delta Augustine. More information
enclosed on page 10 and 11. (Photo submitted)

Page One Briefs - September 2017

STRESS RELIEF: I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later: I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew. I have a driver's license and my own car. I have ID that gets me into bars; The women I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant,... And I don't have acne. Life is great.

A Peace Ceremony is planned for September 21st at the Veterans Memorial Park, Bass River starting at 11:00 am. WCCS will be participating in "Peace is a Dream Unfolding". The students will be puppeteers for the giant Peace Doves (from the Jane Goodall Peace Initiative) which will, at the end of the ceremony move out into the world to spread peace. Organizers hope people of various cultures and faiths will attend the ceremony in a call for peace.  

Colchester North MLA and Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey will deliver the 2017-2018 provincial budget on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The 2017 draw for stamps that permit hunting of antlerless deer will be accepted until Aug. 31, at midnight. There are 5,000 antlerless deer hunting stamps available this year. The application fee is $8.04, plus HST. Qualified hunters can apply online, using a credit card at: https://novascotia.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/. They can also apply by calling 1-900-565-3337 to have the fee billed directly to their landline phone. An antlerless deer hunting stamp becomes valid when applied to a deer hunting licence and gives the hunter permission to hunt antlerless deer in the deer management zone specified on the stamp.

Five Islands Provincial Park has increased it’s landholdings with the transfer of four parcels of land from Crown owned lands to the provincial park. It has added a 76 hectare piece of land on the easterly side of the park. Three additional parcels of land known as Moose Island 79 hectares; Diamond Island two hectares and 0.4 hectare Egg Island have been added to the parks holdings. Completion of the land swap brings the park’s area up to 420.8 hectares from its original 339.4 hectares.

New Brunswick based Irving Tissue, with a large plant in Moncton, has announced construction of a $400-Million state-of-the-art tissue plant in Macon, Georgia. The new plant will create over 200 jobs and allow the company to double its ThruAir Dry capacity, increasing it by 75,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 15 million cases. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed in 2019 and is estimated to provide 1,000,000 person hours of work. At the height of construction, over 540 people will be working on-site. Irving Consumer Products companies include Irving Tissue and Irving Personal Care. Irving Tissue produces premium household store brand paper products for many of North America's top retailers, in addition to some of the top-selling tissue brands in the marketplace. Irving Personal Care is the only manufacturer of baby diapers and training pants in Canada. Irving Consumer Products is one of North America's leading manufacturers of household paper and baby diaper products.

The Truro Herbal Co. (THC) has awarded a contract to Lindsay’s Construction, Dartmouth for the development of a state-of-the-art 20,000 sq ft cannabis production facility on a 6.3-acre lot in the Truro Industrial Park. Completion is expected by early 2018.

The first session of the 63rd general assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature will resume at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, when the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia will read the speech from the throne.

Two film productions have been announced through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund by Nova Scotia Business Inc. Television series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes Season 25, produced by DHX-Hour Productions(NS)XXV Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $2,436,761 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $8,122,536. Short film, Pearls, produced by Mama's Pearls Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $15,149 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $48,869.

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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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