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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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April 2018 Issue follows:

Rees's Pieces - April 2018

- $120-Million will certainly help

Premier McNeil’s March 15th announcement of $120-Million gleaned from offshore gas royalties to be used to solve problems related to lack of high speed internet service around the province is definitely good news, providing achievable solutions are sought.

It’s very understandable why some people will be skeptical. Since the original massive roll-out was announced with mega-$$$, there has been announcement after announcement problems would be solved.

Not only were subsequent mega-dollars announced, a lot of time and expense evolved for consulting studies with minor results. Might it have been more helpful if the message to residents, pleading for acceptable high speed internet service in rural areas, might have asked for their input and to find ways to get local community groups and municipalities involved in solution development and financing?

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Council writes off $10,497 in taxes

By Maurice Rees

Colchester council agreed to write-off $10,497.36 in uncollectable taxes at its committee meeting on March 8th. The 2017 amount is up from $5,952.97 for the previous year. Of the 11 properties seven involved mobile homes totaling $5,257.90, representing 50% of the outstanding amounts.

Another amount was for land in Great Village, amounting to $1,314.56, which in 2014 was transferred to Her Majesty the Queen and should have been exempt. Similarly, land in Tatamagouche owing $1,180.78 was an entry error as it had been transferred to the Queen in 2014 and additional balances were not paid by the previous owners.

Truro Reliable Roofing was listed as owing $2,692.48 for tipping fees at the Kemptown facility, but the company has ceased to operate and owners are not locatable.

Will Fibre Speed Internet Come to Colchester?

By Maurice Rees

Premier McNeil’s announcement on March 15th more than $120 million in one-time funding will be used to help expand and improve high-speed internet service to homes and businesses across the province could be good news for Colchester area residents. The funds for the initiative are being sourced from offshore revenues generated within the last 20 years.

Many claim high-speed or service equal to fibre speed is "a right" and Nova Scotia is lagging behind. Last summer Colchester Council allocated $9,000 for a study and was to receive a staff report in November. At last check, staff had not even started the analysis or issued an invitation for a consult to assist.

Councillor Tom Taggart who is also a director of the national body, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is expected to bring the matter back to council soon, based on what he has learned at recent FCM meetings in Ottawa. Cumberland-Colcheser MP, Bill Casey is feeling the heat from residents, businesses and municipalities within his constituency to help bring fibre speed internet to the area.

Last year Annapolis County approved an initiative to invest approximately $14.8-Million of from its coffers to go along with funding from the province and Ottawa to complete a $21.4-Million roll-out of fibre speed service to the entire county. Being the first such project, it has run into regulator snags and is about a year behind schedule. The county anticipates contract signing soon, which would be followed be approximately 300 days of construction and installation.

Not to editorialize, but if Colchester residents want fibre speed service, they need to get involved, help find private sector investment and communicate with municipal, provincial and federal representatives. Sources indicate a small group of citizens are attempting to develop a plan for presentation to elected representatives and to seek some levels of private sector funding.

Village Follies Dinner Theatre

The annual community performances of Village Follies Dinner Theatre will be held at 7:00 PM on May 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, and 12th and a matinee on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 PM.

All include a delicious three course meal at the Debert Legion. Tickets are just $35 each. To order tickets phone 902-986-1710.

Practice for Village Follies Dinner Theatre production “I Fought the Law” are in full swing at the Debert Legion. Tickets for the performances are still available by phone at 902-986-1710. Left to right- Lynn Macpherson, Paul Gamble, John Harrington, Malcolm Macpherson, Lisa Gamble. (Harrington Photo)

Bios - Male Athlete of the Year - 15 and Under

Robyn Deveau, Property Guys, presents Noah Berniquer with the 15 and under male athlete of the year award. The 34TH Truro Sport Heritage Awards were presented in a gala event held at the Best Western Glengarry. Many of the awards are featured on various pages of this Shoreline Journal. (Photo by Sheryl Deuville)


Noah Berniquer

Noah is a superior multisport athlete who has been a dominate figure in every sport he has participated in this year. Representing Central Colchester Junior High he placed 1st in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and javelin in districts, regional’s and at the provincial level. He placed 4th in the high jump at provincials. He was the starting goal keeper with an undefeated record all season in soccer, which resulted in the team becoming the district and regional champions. He is co-Captain for the CCJH Volleyball team who finished 2nd at the District/Regional Championships. He is also a left fielder for the Colchester Royal U-18 Men’s Softball Team and competed at the National Championships where the team placed 4th out of 12.

He has received the NSSAF Good Sport Award, Coaches Choice Award and Track & Field MVP all through his years at CCJH.

Owen Mullen

Owen is a very talented, quietly confident junior golfer with the Truro Golf Club who has a bright future in golf ahead of him. He has placed 1st in the Bantam Division at several Junior Invitational Tournaments around the province with a 1st overall in both Amherst and Bell Bay. He was the overall champion at the Truro Golf Club Boston Pizza 2017 Junior Club Championship. At the provincial level, he ranks 5th in the Player of the Year standing, he is also the Central Zone Junior Player of the Year.

Owen currently competes in amateur competitions at the local and provincial levels where he will have the opportunity to advance to Atlantic and National competitions.

Matthew Jones

Matthew is a very strong multisport athlete who demonstrates a great attitude as well. He embraces playing against higher level competition which shows that he is a next level athlete. His athletic ability is proven time and time again in Track & Field, Basket ball, Soccer and Badminton.

Matthew won the gold medal in the Men’s 14-15 High Jump in the NS Provincial Championship and the silver medal in the Men’s 14-15 High Jump at the Atlantic Track & Field Champions. While there, he also was a member of the 4 x 100 Relay that captured gold. Matthew was selected to represent Nova Scotia in the Men’s Midget High Jump at the National Legion Track & Field Championships in Manitoba where he placed 6th and tied for 4th place in jumping height.

In Basketball, Matthew was named to the BNS U15 Provincial Team which captured the Bluenose Classic Championship for the teams division where he was also named Tournament All-Star. While not on the court, Matthew was a member of the CC Riders U15A Boys Soccer team who won the Soccer Nova Scotia U15A boys provincials. Back on the court in Badminton, Matthew and his partner won NSSAF Districts and Regional’s in Intermediate Mixed Doubles, bronze at provincials and were named co-MVP’s of the BHJH Intermediate Badminton Team. He was also named MVP of the BHJH varsity soccer team, MVP of the varsity volleyball team, and won the BHJH Male Athlete of the Year in June.

Page One Briefs - April 2018

Stress Relief: At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for. If that wasn’t enough: Old age is coming at a really bad time.

The day-long Central Woodland Conference, part of the 2018 Woodland Conferences series, will be held at Summer Street Industries, 72 Park Street, New Glasgow, Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Emily Gratton, Truro was elected as a member of the Communications Committee, Canadian Kennel Club at a meeting of the club’s board of directors held in Etobicoke, ON on March 17th and 18th. She will be joined on the committee by Jean Delisle, Trina Gallop and Corrie Horne. She was advised via Email on March 20th b y Lance Novak, Executive Director.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce 128th Annual Awards and Dinner Gala will be held April 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Best Western Glengarry. Two prestigious awards, for which nominations closed on March 16th, will be awarded for  BDC Business Person of the Year Award and Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award. Guest speaker will be Senator Daniel Christmas. Tickets are $50+hst for members and $60+hst for non-members.

March 15th was the official start of the wildfire risk season. Check the BurnSafe website at novascotia.ca/BurnSafe for counties and municipalities where domestic burning of brush and campfires are permitted or restricted. Burning restrictions apply until Oct. 15. Between March and April during the last five years, firefighters fought 295 wildfires in Nova Scotia. The BurnSafe map is updated daily at 2 p.m. to show if domestic burning of brush and campfires is permitted that day. The burning restriction information on the BurnSafe map is also available, in a recorded message, by calling toll-free, 1-855-564-2876 (B-U-R-N). The BurnSafe map applies only to domestic burning. Industrial burning still requires a paper permit from the Department of Natural Resources.

Colchester County has been identified as one of the areas for a new centre or centres for child care. It’s part of an $8.9-Million plan announced by the province to up to 1,000 new spaces. Across the province up to 500 spaces in 15 new regulated child care centres being created in communities in need of child care. $6.9-Million spread over two years will support a new infant incentive for child care providers. The remaining $2 million has been designated as a one-time grant in 2018-2019 to support existing centres to convert their space to meet the changing child care needs of their communities. Up to 500 new child care spaces will be created in the home-based regulated child care setting.

The Liberal 2018 National Convention will be held at the Halifax Convention Centre, Argyle Street, Halifax from Thursday, April 19th to Saturday, April 21st. It will include special guests, keynote speakers, policy conversations and training opportunities for volunteers and supporters.

130 new pre-primary classes will be added this fall, in 87 school communities across Nova Scotia. This year, the department will be seeking a partnership with a licensed child care provider to deliver pre-primary as a pilot project in Kings County. This fall, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will deliver the provincial Pre-primary Program through its Grandir en francais program. Families who live within a school community that is offering pre-primary and wish to register their child for the program, can contact their local school board to learn more about the registration process. For a full list of the new pre-primary locations and more information about the program, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary

Former federal justice, Felix Cacchione, has been appointed director of the province's Serious Incident Response Team(SiRT). Mr. Cacchione spent 32 years on the judicial bench and recently retired from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. He replaces interim director John Scott, who was appointed to replace SiRT's first director, Ron MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald held the position since SiRT became operational in 2012.

The Atlantic Abilities Conference, a comprehensive conference for families, educators and professionals focused on these three pillars: Mental Wellness, Physical Wellness and Learning Abilities, will be held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel September 27-28, 2018.

The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation into a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 59-year-old Moncton man just before midnight on March 3, 2018. The incident occurred on Pictou Road in the community of East Mountain, Colchester County. Colchester District RCMP had attempted to stop the vehicle earlier after receiving a complaint of an impaired driver. As a result, the RCMP referred the matter to SiRT.

Lynne Godlien has been appointed as Perinnia’s new Chief Operating Officer.  Godlien has been at the helm of Perennia as interim CEO for the past year and has been with the company in progressively senior positions since 2001, most recently as Director of Marketing and Communications. Perennia is Nova Scotia’s development agency focused on advancing Nova Scotia’s agriculture and seafood sectors.   Its mission is to help farmers, fishermen and food processors be prosperous and profitable.

Cumberland District RCMP, Oxford is working to identify the individual(s) responsible for five structure fires, which resulted in the destruction of four abandoned buildings in recent weeks. S/Sgt. Craig Learning, Detachment Commander of Cumberland District RCMP said, We need the community's help to solve". Between February 5 and February 27, a total of five fires were reported in the Collingwood area. Four out of the five buildings, all unoccupied homes, were destroyed: February 5, abandoned home on Wentworth Collingwood Rd; February 20, two abandoned homes on Wyvern Rd and February 27, two additional abandoned homes on Wyvern Rd destroyed by fire.

Dr. Viliam Zvalo will start his new position as Chief Executive Officer. Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc on April 4th. He joins Perennia from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario where he has led their world crop program since 2014. Under his leadership non-traditional crops such as okra, Chinese long and Indian round eggplant have began to find ground on Canadian farms. Prior to his time at Vineland, he was a team lead and senior specialist for 13 years at Perennia, focusing on all vegetables crops. Zvalo has a PhD in Plant Physiology/Soil Ecology and an Executive MBA from St. Mary's University. He replaces Lynne Godien, who has served as interim CEO.

Mount Saint Vincent University is set to launch new graduate programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), including a new Master of Arts in Education in TESOL, a revised Master of Education (Curriculum Studies): TESOL, and new certificate and diploma programs. The new MA and revised MEd programs will launch this September, with the certificate and diploma programs targeted to launch in two years. The certificate and diploma programs will be offered in two streams – one focused on teaching adults and the other for teaching children/youth. The MA and MEd programs cover both. While these programs will be initially offered on-campus, the intent is to offer them online as soon as possible. For more information on the program, please contact: Dr. Hong Wang at Hong.Wang@msvu.ca or 902-457-6192.

The province's Safe Body Art Act was proclaimed on March 6 and will come into Feb. 1, 2019, will help ensure safe practices and products are used for services such as tattooing and piercing. The Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for the act and regulations. The Department of Environment is responsible for enforcement. Permits will be required for people who sell body art services in Nova Scotia: permanent and mobile facilities will need a Class 1 permit. It costs $195 plus HST and is renewable every 10 years. A Class 2 permit is for facilities at temporary events. It costs $30 plus HST, can be issued for one to 14 days, and is not renewable. Operators will need to meet standards for infection prevention and records management.

Nova Scotia Power announced on March 6th it is moving ahead with plans to install Nova Scotia’s first electric vehicle fast-charging network. This spring, Nova Scotia Power will install a network of 12 Level 3 fast chargers from Yarmouth to Sydney, making it a more viable option to drive an electric vehicle in Nova Scotia. These chargers will charge an electric vehicle in 15-30 minutes. The initiative will also enable NS Power to study the effects of electric vehicle fast chargers on the power system. Natural Resources Canada will provide funding towards the installation of this network. The Government of Nova Scotia plans to include an additional 12 Level 2 chargers at the same locations. These chargers will provide a charging solution for plug-in hybrid vehicles unable to charge using the Level 3 chargers.

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June 2018 May 22, 2018 May 30, 2018
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