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A Cut Throat Story from Spry Bay
By Maelissa Watson

Growing up in Pleasant Harbour in the 1940s on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia,
there were several rituals for the adolescent boy. One was getting a Barber Shave and
Hair Cut. Gerald Webb told me his story about an experience he has never forgotten.
Gerald said he was a little apprehensive when he sat down in the Barbers chair in Spry
Bay. The Barber said, This is your first time Aye! Next he soaped my face, side burns,
and the back of my neck. Then he took out his long leather strap to sharpen the razor.
He looked at himself in the mirror, grinned, and moved his head back and forth as if he
was contemplating some act.

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(Perhaps I should explain this scene a little more, because some of our readers may not
be familiar with this antique equipment that went out of fashion in the late 1950s. The
Americans with Gillette introduced a simple safe razor, and the shave-at-home industry
was born. However, I understand that there are many countries where the Straight
Razor is still in use.)

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Gerald took a deep breath and went back to his ordeal. What a petrified, frightened,
innocent terrified kid I was in The Barbers presence! I let my imagination run rampant.
The Barber continued to sharpen the blade, while my throat tickled with imagined
pain. He paused again, looking at himself in the mirror, grinned, admired himself, and
said again, Your first time, Aye? My heart missed a beat and I started to shake.

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He said no point in shaking, it could cause the razor to slip; and rubbed the edge of
the razor with his thumb up and down. Again he looked at himself with self-adoration
in the mirror, and sharpened some more.

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My God I thought to myself, this is like a horror movie. I am going to have my throat
slit. He stopped sharpening and looked in the mirror again like a crazed man. Then he
took a soft bristle shaving brush from an old fashioned shaving mug dampened with
hot water and dabbed it all over my face into a lather. (The first soaping must have
dried as he had taken so long.)
He started the shave. Not a muscle moved in my body, I was so paralyzed from fear.
When he was finished, he said Your father has already paid. There was no tipping on
the rural Eastern Shore in those days. When I exited that door, I ran for the first mile, of
what was a long way home. Need I say that all of the Kings horses and all of the Kings
men could not have gotten me to go back there again.

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News

Getting Bats Back in the Belfry


By Cassie Piccolo

If you thought there were more black flies and mosquitoes around this summer, you
can blame the white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans)
that has killed almost all the bats in Nova Scotia. And with a single little brown bat
eating up to 1,000 mosquitoes an hour, thats a lot more mosquitoes in our backyards!
This summers surprise discovery of a healthy colony in southern Nova Scotia offered
at least a small ray of hope that bats might eventually make a comeback.

August of this year in southern Nova Scotia. With over 350 healthy bats, its the largest
known colony remaining in the province.

White-nose syndrome hit Nova Scotia in 2010, when the disease was first introduced
into the province. The disease, which originated in Europe, kills bats by disturbing their
winter hibernation. The fungus causes them to awaken from hibernation early. With
nothing to eat, the bats die of starvation or freezing.

People exploring caves are some of the remaining bats most dangerous enemies.
Cavers can pick up the fungus on their clothes in one cave, and then go on to
contaminate multiple caves and hibernation sites during their trips underground. Until
bat populations have substantially recovered, people should avoid going to all bat
hibernation sites. While the disease runs its course, aggressively reducing the risk of
human contamination is the best defense for our beleaguered flying mammal friends.

All bat species that hibernate in the Northern latitudes have been affected. The fungus
was first detected in North America in New York and has since traveled to many parts
of North America. It is predicted that eventually the fungus will spread farther west to
affect all of Canadas bat populations.
The winter of 2012-2013 was devastating for Nova Scotias bats. Scientists estimate
that white-nose syndrome killed 95% of all the bats in the province.
The affected species included the Little Brown Bat, the Northern Long-eared Bat, and
the Tricoloured Bat. All three species were added to the provinces list of endangered
species in 2013.
The bats of the Eastern Shore have been hit hard. Andrew Hebda, Curator of Zoology
at Halifaxs Museum of Natural History said that One large site in your area has been
lost due to the disease, and other potential sites are at risk.
Hebda said that while the bats are in serious danger due to the disease, there is always
a chance that bats will recover. Although the mortality rate is estimated at over 95% in
the three species, there is the possibility that some populations will be sparedeither
through luck or by evolving a resistance to the fungus. One lucky colony was found in

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Arts

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Poet Deirdre Dwyer Packs Poetry Reading
By Richard Bell

Poet and frequent Cooperator contributing writer


Deirdre Dwyer, drew a full house at the Old School
Gathering Place for a reading from her new book of
poems, The Blomidon Logs, in October.
The poems revolve around life in the small farming
community of Blomidon on the Bay of Fundy, where
Dwyer spent time growing up, first at a fairly simple cabin,
and later in a new A-frame cottage. Dwyers parents
recorded their experiences there in an extraordinary set
of logbooks (hence the title of her new book), complete
with her mothers line drawings. Dwyer brought several
of these logbooks to share with the audience at the
reading, along with a book of photographs stretching
back over several generations of views around the cabin
and the cottage.
Dwyers new book includes poems that draw power
from Glooscap, the First Nations creator who called
Blomidon home. In others, she remembers the joys of
playing with her siblings and childhood friends in a place
with so much natural beauty. Dwyer and her siblings

finally sold the familys property, and her poems convey


the sense of loss that we all feel about places that we
loved as children that are gone.
One of my favourites from the reading (Halloween on
the Cape) begins like this:
The night always darker
than bulrushes kerosene-soaked
for weeksoh, we made plans
The night lit with sparklers,
firecrackers, the voices
from nowhere of older brothers
who play the trickster.
The publisher of The Blomidon Logs is ECW Press in
Toronto. If you buy the print edition of the book, you
can get an eBook edition for free: go to ecwpress.com/
eBook for details. The Canada Council for the Arts
and the Government of Canadas Canada Book Fund
supported the publication of Dwyers book.

Arts
Iris Patteron: From Bread Dough to Belly Bowls
By Deirdre Dwyer

I first became aware of Iris Pattersons pottery about


eight years ago when I was having coffee and a date
square at Dobbits Bakehouse in Musquodoboit Harbour.
On the plate underneath my date square was a starfish.
I quickly learned that the plate came from Iris Seastar
Pottery studio in Seaforth.
So it was a special coincidence for me when I learned that
Iris had grown up sculpting and braiding bread dough in
her fathers bakery in Ghent, Belgium, where she lived
until age twelve. I was drawn to clay since I was little,
says Iris (pronounced ear-is), and one of her grade school
teachers helped her learn pottery. In high school, she
started pottery classes, and continued taking classes.

One potter and teacher, Carol Smeraldo, taught her


much about the craft of the potter. Smeraldo also taught
her to have confidence in herself. She taught the group
to say and believe I am a potter, says Iris. Iris spent her
teenage years in Brunswick, Maine, where the family
sailed. More recently she did some diving. I liked what I
got to see: colours and silence, says Iris.
Talking with Iris in her Causeway Road studio, we look
out over Three Fathom Harbour, and she tells me about
watching seals splashing in the water as she worked clay
on the wheel. She offers me a field guide to ocean life,
and I look up the red seastar, which grows to be twenty
inches wide. She encountered this sea creature while
vacationing and snorkeling with her young son, Gavin, in
the Bahamas.
It was on this snorkeling trip that she found the inspiration
for her work and the name for her pottery studio. The
vibrant colours of starfish and the way the seaweed and
sea-fans sway in the water were just fascinating to me. I
was hooked, and now enjoy making these things come
alive on my work.

Iris has three lines of


pottery. The seascape
line, with layers of
blue, brown and
white, is decorated
with starfish and
other sea creatures.
A second line is
teal, decorated with
peacock
feathers,
which she once
collected in Belgium.
She decorates her
third line with decals.
She makes plates,
bowls, mugs, wine cups, butter dishes, garlic jars, and
even gallon-size fermenting jars for kimchee.
Iris also makes belly bowls. As she writes on her website,
The belly bowl is a ceramic bowl created from a
pregnant belly around the third trimester of pregnancy.
Every bowl has its own unique, one-of-a-kind shape. A
bowl is such a beautiful, inviting, and comforting shape.
Its the perfect way to celebrate this special time in life.
Iris makes a cast of a womans belly from strips dipped
in plaster. She rolls out a slab of clay and shapes it to
the cast, adds a base or foot to the bowl, and fires and
decorates it. Usually the baby is born during the process
of my making the bowl, explains Iris, showing me a mug
she made decorated with a babys footprint.
Iris Patterson sells her work at Heather & Teresas Country
Store, The MacDonald House, and the DART Gallery.
Check out her website for other locations where you can
find her work: seastarpottery.com. Her Open House at
the studio is December 2, 3 & 4.
Iris is also a pottery teacher, and offers small classes
so that she can learn the students goals in an intimate
setting. If you want to get on her waiting list, you can
reach Iris at 902-827-3747 or at seastarpottery@gmail.
com. Her studio is at 386 Causeway Road in Seaforth.

Health

6
Understanding Arthritis

By Lori Youden, Physiotherapist/Clinic Owner - PhysioLink Porters Lake

By Kelly Corkery

Arthritis of a joint may present with pain, stiffness,


redness and swelling. There are many different types of
arthritis, some which are caused by joint inflammation
and others which are caused by joint degeneration.

On Saturday, October 1st, I joined 300 cyclists for the


second-annual Ride for Cancer event, Atlantic Canadas
largest cycling fundraiser. I biked 100km from beautiful
Mahone Bay through six trail systems to Bayers Lake.
Personally, I cycled just under 2000km since beginning
training in May but I didnt do it alone; I was surrounded
by a supportive group of dedicated friends and family
who joined me as we frequently set out before dawn and
returned in the early afternoon.

Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, where


a persons own antibodies attack the tissue lining of their
joints causing inflammation, swelling and pain. Many
joints are usually affected, most often the small joints of
the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, spine,
hips and knees.
Degenerative arthritis occurs when the tough elastic
cartilage which covers and protects bones begins to
wear away. With erosion of the cartilage, bone on
bone movement in the joint results in pain, stiffness
and swelling. Usually one or two joints are affected
most often neck, lower back, hip, knee, toe and thumb.
People with arthritis often find difficulty performing
their normal activities of daily living because of pain or
stiffness from their joints.

My Ride for Cancer: A 2,000-km


Journey

There is no cure for arthritis, but by having the right


treatment plan you can control your disease and reduce
damage to your joints. Properly designed activities
may not only decrease your arthritis, but also improve
flexibility and fitness. Exercise and physical fitness helps
to keep your joints healthy by improving circulation to
the cartilage and improving strength. Exercise can also
be beneficial in maintaining a healthy body weight which
is very important to managing arthritis pain. So get your
bones moving!

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News

Group Drops Campus Concept, Will Focus on


Replacing Schools
By Richard Bell

At a meeting on the possibilities for new schools on the Eastern Shore on October 6
at the cole des Beaux-Marais, Jean McKenna, one of the founders of the Community
Campus Vision Association (CCVA), presented forceful arguments for replacing several
Eastern Shore schools, especially Eastern Shore District High School (ESDH).
McKenna has been investigating problems at ESDH for some time as part of CCVAs
support for a controversial campus project that MLA Kevin Murphy first unveiled
during the summer of 2014. Speaking to a Musquodoboit Harbour civic association,
Murphy proposed moving ESDH, the HRM recreation center, and the Birches nursing
home to a campus in the Eastern Shore Industrial Park in East Chezzetcook. There
was significant pushback against this proposal.
At the opening of the October 6th meeting, McKenna told the large crowd that CCVA
had decided to drop its support for the campus concept, and focus exclusively on
replacing Eastern Shore District High School, Gaetz Brook Junior High, and cole des
Beaux-Maris.
Weve recognized the practicalities, McKenna said. While its a great concept, its
impractical. Youd have to involve bringing together, in the same tent, the Department
of Health, the municipality, the Department of Education, and the School Board
for those four separate items. You cant do that. It would not work. It would delay
everything. And so we are now focused on the school.
Were not opposed to the idea of campus. Were not opposed if we got a new school,
and if a site selection committee picked a site, we would hope that they might consider
a site that would be able to incorporate all the elements.
However that is not our focus today, and our focus today is not to locate a new school.
Our focus today is on replacement of Eastern Shore District High School, Gaetz Brook
Junior High School, and the cole des Beaux Marais.
Turning to her report on the status of new schools, McKenna walked the crowd
through her thorough research, primarily on the 51-year-old Eastern Shore District
High. McKenna said she was frustrated and angry with both the School Board staff
and DOE for not being more forthcoming.
McKenna praised District 1 School Board member Bridget Boutilier for fighting for a
new ESDH this spring. When the school was not on the draft list, Bridget made a
motion, drew her wagons in a circle, and she amended that list, McKenna said. For
the first time ever, ESDH is on the list for possible replacement. We made a giant step
there. The province has the list, now its up to the Minister to decide where the funds
should go.
McKenna reviewed a series of problems at ESDH, starting with how out-of-date its
facilities were. She said the city was spending tens of thousands of dollars for the
delivery of 3 truck loads of water to the school, and that the sewage processing facility
it shares with the hospital and the Birches was inadequate. She said that the provinces
projections of declining school populations were completely wrong given housing
construction plans.

happened between 1998 and 2015 to the asbestos. It looks like nothing happened,
except for material discovered during renovations. McKenna had far less information
about Gaetz Brook and the cole des Beaux Marais.

And she was very concerned about discoveries of asbestos over the years at ESDH. Her
frustration led her to file a Freedom of Information request in August to find out what

For further information on CCVAs work, please check out the Community Campus
Vision Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/communitycampusvision/).

News
What Coastal Resources Do You Want to Protect?
By Richard Bell

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Nancy Lobban CPA, CGA

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Tel 902-476-8765 Fax 902-889-3363
Email:nlobban@eastlink.ca

Office and Mailing Address:


# 8005 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour NS B0J 2L0

With the failure of one wild fishery after another


around the world, there has been growing international
pressure to set aside large areas of the worlds coasts
and oceans as protected areas. Canadas Department
of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is now rolling out a major
national program to radically expand the number and
geographic distribution of Marine Protected Areas, or
MPAs.
On October 12, DFO bought its MPA consultation
roadshow to Tangier to a meeting that was poorly
attended. DFO has identified 54 sites around Nova
Scotia that it is considering as potential MPAs. Two of
these areas, the 100 Wild Islands and Musquodoboit
Harbour, are of special significance to the economic
future of the Eastern Shore.

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But just because a site is on this map is no guarantee


that it will make the cut. At the Tangier meeting,
spokespeople repeatedly emphasized that in the end,
not all of the 54 sites would be chosen.
Designating these new MPAs is a highly-fraught process,
given the potential impact that such designations can
have on fishing grounds, Aboriginal rights, recreational
boating, and tourism. In recent years, the designation
of MPAs has stirred up controversy in countries around
the world, from the United States to South Africa.
A quick look at the DFOs MPA website shows that the
agency is quite aware of the minefields into which it is
heading. The agency lays out plans a multi-year process

that will featuring state-of-the-art public consultation,


with several rounds of public meetings and outreach,
online surveys, etc.
Heres a sample from the DFO website that shows the
agencys awareness of the struggles ahead:
The decision on areasto be included in the marine
protected area network plan will be guided by science
and take into account the views of the public, other
government agencies, Aboriginal groups, and interested
stakeholders. Every effort will be made to select areas
of high ecological value, while also minimizing potential
economic impacts.
There is a public feedback form on the DFO site, and
officials at the Tangier meeting strongly urged people
to use this form to share local information about the
potential sites that DFO might not already have, making
it more likely that the ultimate decision-makers will have
the best available information at their fingertips.
The questionnaire is open-ended, asking for comments
about what areas ought to be included, and what areas
ought not to be included. You do not have to be making
a living on the ocean to participate in the survey, which
has categories ranging from fishers to students to I am
between jobs. If youd like to contribute, go to this DFO
webpage to get started:
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/consultations/
coastalmpa-zpmcotieres-eng.html

Coastal
Ecologically
and Biologically
Significant Areas
in DFO Maritime
Region
Halifax to CansoThere
are 54 sites around the
entire coastline, but not all
will be chosen.
18 The Canso Ledges
19 Sugar Harbour Islands
20 County Harbour Islands
21 Tobacco Island
22 Eastern Shore Archipelago (100 Wild Islands)

23 Musquodoboit Harbour and Surrounding Areas


24 Cole HarbourLawrencetown
25 Outer Halifax Harbour
26 Sambro Ledges

News

Feds Trump Opponents of the Lawrencetown Beach Cell Towers


By R. Doyle Safire

In Star Trek, Spock said, Logic clearly


dictates that the needs of the many
outweigh the needs of the few. However
when business transactions are struck in
Canada, they are often done to benefit
one individual or corporation, or in some
instances both.
I offer this quote as a backdrop of an
ongoing issue on the Eastern Shore of
Nova Scotia, where a group of concerned
citizens has been fighting to preserve the
iconic view planes of Lawrencetown Beach
from the encroachment of a proposed
249-foot telecommunication tower.
Over the last six years, these citizens have
educated and mobilized their neighbours
to join in a community effort to prevent
their community from being transformed
from its post card image of Nova Scotia
coastal beauty to one where the signature
landmark is a 249-foot tower.
One of the concerns of the community
is a process where a private, for
profit, company can engage in a lease
arrangement with a private landowner
to erect a tower without the approval of
the local government or the provincial
government.

When you look at land use laws, you


find that the use of land is a Legislative
Authority granted to provinces by Section
92(13) of the Constitutional Act, and can
be delegated through provincial law to a
Municipality. The Nova Scotia Municipal
Government Act has delegated land use
regulation to the municipality, which in
turn has the legal authority to enact bylaws to regulate the use of and planning
of areas within its jurisdiction.

beyond the telecommunications world of


1931, the Supreme Courts 80-year-old
court decision is still the basis of todays
tower siting policy, now administered
by Industry Canada. This agency allows
companies to negotiate leases with
private landowners and then to engage
in a limited consultation with affected
land owners before being granted
approval. The Provinces constitutional
rights are not part of the process.

But way back in 1931, the Supreme Court


of Canada said that Parliament could
override these provincial and land use
laws when it came to matters involving
the then-new technology of radio. In a 3-2
decision, the Court ruled that Parliament
had the authority to Regulate and Control
Radio Communication. Their decision was
as follows:

Tower opponents continue to work


with the various representatives of
government to find a solution. The group
is of the opinion that a more strategic way
to identify potential sites is possible, and
that the province should have a role in coordinating this site-selection process with
the federal government.

In the existing state of radio science and


in the light of the knowledge and use of the
art as actually understood and worked,
radio communication is subject to the
legislative jurisdiction of the Dominion
Parliament.[Authors emphasis]
In 1966, Star Trek introduced the
communicator, the prototype of todays
cell phones. But despite having moved far

However under the current process,


the needs of the company and a single
landowner outweigh the needs of the
many, the city, and the province. There is
a Facebook page with more information
and history of the fight against these
oceanfront towers at Stop Tower
Scapes
(https://www.facebook.com/
StopTowerscapes/).

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Learning on the Campaign Trail

10
With Shelley Fashan

With Gail McQuarrie

By Richard Bell

In political campaigns, no ones in a


better position to learn more from the
experience than the candidate. A week
after the election, we called Shelley
Fashan to get her reflections on her first
campaign for office, and to talk about her
future plans.
What was your over-all impression of the
campaign?
Well, it was challenging, very exciting,
but a bit scary too. You never knew what
anyone was going to ask you, so every day
was a new experience.
What did you like the most?
I so enjoyed meeting so many great
people everywhere along the shore. A lot
of people dont realize how cosmopolitan
the Shore is! There are so many different
people from so many different places
doing so many different, great things.
Were there any places or events that you
especially enjoyed?
I really enjoyed the markets in Seaforth
and Musquodoboit. It was great just being
around folks, seeing the creativity, eating
amazing food, and drinking wonderful
coffee. And I loved the 50 Mile Yard Sale.
I met people along the way that Ive been
talking to regularly every since.
Looking back, if you were advising
someone who was thinking about
running for the first time, what did you
learn that youd pass on?
Have more money! And build a strong
campaign team. I worked full-time through
the campaign. If I were going to do it over
again, Id take time off to campaign full
time. Its really a full-time job.
You spoke with us earlier this fall about
being surprised at encountering more
racism than you expected. Can you say a
little more about what your experience
was like?

By Richard Bell
Well the most open moment was when I
was on Sheldon MacLeods radio station,
and he essentially called me a token or
a figurehead, that because I was a black
candidate, I would only care about the
Prestons. I was shocked. When I told my
friend El Jones about it, she immediately
wrote an article about it. And to his credit,
Sheldon called me the very next morning
and apologized.

In political campaigns, no ones in a


better position to learn more from the
experience than the candidate. A week
after the election, we talked with Gail
McQuarrie to get her reflections on her
second campaign for office, and to talk
about her future plans.

But more often, youre in a situation


where you feel like youre just not being
perceived, or that theres something not
normal about your being there. I got
the impression from some people that
because I was black, I would not fit in,
and that offended me. But we all know
what a challenge just getting through the
door can be.

I didnt find it a whole lot different than


the first time around. But I couldnt get
to speak to as many people this time
because there werent as many debates.
There were six or seven in 2012, so that
allowed us to get into the community
more. There were only two this year, and
neither one was well attended.

Would you ever consider running for


office again?
Yes.
So whats next on your agenda?
Im getting back to business. Im joining
the church choir, and Im going to do
another documentary, on women of color
and feminism in Nova Scotia.
Will you be doing another edition of your
Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival in
the spring?
Oh yes, this will be our seventh year, but
we have not set the final dates in April. You
know Lindell Smith (just elected Halifax
City Councillor for District 8) was the
technician in our first year! Were looking
for stories that speak to the community.
We always have a youth night, usually a lot
of music videos, telling stories from their
perspectives. And we have established
artists, like Floyd Kane. Hes from East
Preston. His 2015 film (Across the Line)
about the racial brawl at Cole Harbour
High School in 1989 has been in theatres
across the country.

What was your over-all impression of


your second campaign?

I had more money in 2012 than this year.


When David Hendsbee said his opponents
didnt capitalize on the mail and
advertising, that may be a point, but its
just very expensive. I did look into the cost
of sending mailings out through Canada
Post, but it was way, way too expensive.
Certainly the public forums, missing those
was the biggest different.
What did you like the most?
I like meeting people. Ive always enjoyed
meeting people, talking with people,
especially about mutual concerns.
Were there any places or events that you
especially enjoyed?
I always enjoy the debates and the forums.
They are great opportunities for people
to get a gut feeling for who you are, and
what you could do.
Looking back, if you were advising
someone who was thinking about
running for the first time, what did you
learn that youd pass on?

First, you want to have a large team


behind you.
Second, money. Without a fairly significant
budget, youre just pounding your head
against the wall.
Third, you need time. From nomination
day to the election, that only gives you six
weeks to get out there and get around.
Its really just not enough time.
Was there anything that you encountered
on the campaign trail that you were
really surprised by?
No, if there were any major surprises, I saw
them back in 2012. I was surprised when
I called Mr. Hendsbee to congratulate
him and he said he thought I had run a
negative campaign. If youre running
against someone for office, you have to
let people know what the concerns are
that made you decide to run. Thats not
negative.
Would you ever consider running for
office again?
Ive been asked to run again. Personally
speaking, right now I dont believe theres
enough interest in the constituents to
have a change.
So whats next on your agenda?
Well, Im still trying to get my last signs
down! And Ill get on with my life as it
was prior to the election. When there are
concerns that affect me or my community,
Ill certainly be out there as much as I can
around, work permitting.
One thing I would like to see change is the
rule that if youre a city employee, you
have to take an unpaid leave of absence
from the day you put in your nomination.
I had to take an unpaid leave in 2012. But
Councillors dont have to give up their
paycheques to run their campaigns.

Community

11

Chamber Announces Award


Winners
By Richard Bell

The Musquodoboit Harbour & Area Chamber of


Commerce & Civic Affairs (MHACCCA) held its inaugural
Business Excellence Awards Dinner at the Petpeswick
Yacht Club on October 22. A number of local businesses,
including this newspaper, provided extra support for the
evening as sponsors.
The well-attended event featured a short speech by
Senator Tom McGinnis, who founded the Sheet Harbour
Chamber of Commerce. McGinnis described the key role
he played in the creation of the MHACCA, coming to an
organizing meeting where he explained the importance
of having a functioning Chamber of Commerce to drive
local economic growth. He said that he was now working
with a group to set up a Chamber branch in Middle

Musquodoboit. With Chambers up and running in all


three towns, McGinnis said the groups could coordinate
their efforts in ways that would give them much more
leverage than any single rural HRM Chamber could
achieve.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of
the winners of the MHACCCAs first Business Excellence
Awards. The three trophies were beautifully carved
piping plovers, made by master carver Dave Shuman.
The Business of the Year Award went to Bakers Point
Fisheries. The Business Leader of the Year Award went
to a couple, Ralph and Patti Bayers. And the Community
Spirit Award went to another couple, John and Linda
Verlinden.

Come out and support your local


Junior Hockey Team... the
Eastern Shore Thunder!
Eastern Shore Thunder Home Game
Schedule:

Metro Jaguars @ Eastern Shore Thunder


Saturday, January 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

* All games are played at the Eastern Shore


Community Centre

Avon River Rats @ Eastern Shore Thunder


Saturday, February 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Metro Jaguars @ Eastern Shore Thunder


Saturday, November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cumberland/Colchester Colts @ Eastern Shore


Thunder
Monday, February 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bedford Wolverines @ Eastern Shore Thunder


Saturday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spryfield Attack @ Eastern Shore Thunder
Saturday, November 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spryfield Attack @ Eastern Shore Thunder
Saturday, December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Avon River Rats @ Eastern Shore Thunder
Saturday, December 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bedford Wolverines @ Eastern Shore Thunder
Saturday, December 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kiann Management Starts


Cleaning Up C&D Site
By Richard Bell

Kiann Management has begun work to comply with


a litter order from the provincial Department of the
Environment (DOE) to remove certain materials from
its controversial site on Highway 7 in Porters Lake by a
January deadline.
The company had contracted with HRM for the
demolition of the Gordon Bell School, and it dumped
those materials on the Porters Lake property. Kiann
Management then applied to rezone part of this property
as a construction & demolition debris (C&D) recycling
facility, setting off a fierce struggle with the surrounding
residential communities. Earlier this fall, the company
put its rezoning application on hold, although it may still
choose to go forward.
The company initially claimed that all the materials on
the site complied with HRM regulations. However, the
Concerned Residents of Porters Lake, Lake Echo, Preston,
and Mineville Areas pressured the provincial Department
of the Environment to take another look at the materials,
resulting in the issuing of the litter removal order.
Both the province and HRM have regulations governing
the handling of C&D materials. These overlapping
jurisdictions have resulted in confusion over whether
Kiann Management must remove all of the materials it
dumped from the site, or only a smaller set of materials
that are clearly defined in the provinces regulations.
The Concerned Residents organization is monitoring
developments in this on-going story, with regular updates
on their Facebook page.

12

Holiday Celebration
Seaside Christmas: Still Going Strong After 27 Years
By Allan Banks

The Eastern Shores Annual Seaside Christmas for 2016 is coming up soon, running
from November 18-20, with stores open from 10am to 5pm daily. Sponsored by the
Seaside Tourism & Business Association (STBA), the event is a great way for residents
to support local businesses by buying local for the holidays.
Seaside Christmas had its beginning at the dining room table of Edyth and Dave Shuman
with Adrien and Norma Blanchette. They wanted to get locals as well as others from
around Nova Scotia into their businesses, so together they brainstormed ideas. The
result was originally called Seaside Old Fashioned Christmas.
From great beginnings in 1990 with ten different businesses participating, the event
prospered. In ensuing years, the number of business participants was capped at
twelve, with the idea that shoppers would visit all twelve. For the second year of
operation, Keith Colwell was instrumental in having a video produced about the event.
Participants were very proud of the video and it was shown on Eastlink for many years
at Christmas time. As Seaside Christmas became better known, it was very successful,
with 600-700 people coming into some businesses over the weekend.
Over the years many small changes occurred, and eventually the event became part
of STBAs annual operations. Recently the name was changed to Seaside Christmas.
Making sure that Seaside Christmas happens every year requires many volunteer hours
by the participants. All participants pay a fee to help cover costs (the event breaks
even) and everyone has one or more tasks to do to ensure a successful event.
This year, there are 19 different locations from Seaforth to Porters Lake, to
Musquodoboit Harbour and Salmon River Bridge. Several of the locations have
multiple vendors in place. Its a great way to see the large selection of unique Eastern
Shore gift ideas, pick up some holiday decorations, and enjoy fresh food and treats.
For complete details, you can download a map and a list of participants
on
the
STBA
website:
http://seacoasttrail.com/drupal/sites/default/
files/2016SeasideXmasBrochure_PrintReady.pdf. Then just follow the numbered
wreaths and support our businesses by buying local this holiday season.

Eastern Shore District High Capital Region Division 2 Boys


Soccer Champs! The team is now off to provincials!

Halifax DiSTRiCT 2 COUNCillORS COMMUNiQUE


NOVEMBER 2016 iSSUE #228 LEST WE FORGET
VETERANS WEEK OBSERVATIONS

Each year from November 5th11th


hundreds of ceremonies and events take
place across our country to commemorate
Veterans Week. These are opportunities for
all Canadians to recognize the contribution
our Veterans and Military personnel have
made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice
on behalf of Canada. There are so many ways to remember
and honour our Veterans: wear a poppy and attend a
local Remembrance Day cenotaph ceremony. There are
six cenotaphs that serve our district. They are located in
Cole Harbour, North Preston, Porters Lake, Oyster Pond,
Sheet Harbour and Moser River. Together it is our duty to
pass on our gratitude and keep the legacy and memories
of our Canadian Veterans alive. Our military history and
way of life recognizes the need for us to remember the
sacrifices made by those who fought for our liberty, peace,
security and freedom. So at the 11th hour, on the 11th
day, of the 11th month take time out and observe a two
minute moment of silence. This year I will be attending
the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Porters Lake
cenotaph.

CITIZENS WANTED FOR BOARDS

HRM is currently looking for citizens from the general


community to become volunteer members to serve on a
number of Municipal Agencies, Boards and Committees.
For more information on eligibility, qualifications, and the
selection process review the HRM Public Appointment
Policy at this link: www.halifax.ca/policies/documents/
PublicAppointmentPolicy.pdf. Please read through the
FAQs or contact the HRM Clerks Office at 902-4904212. Your application should include any additional
information that would assist in making appointments
and/or nominations to Regional Council, such as relevant
knowledge or interest and any previous committee
experience. Where applicable please state the membership
category you are applying for. The deadline to apply is
Monday, November 14th. Applications are available online
at: www.halifax.ca/forms/volunteer_application.php via email,
or print off the application form and mail it to the Office of
the Municipal Clerk, PO Box 1749, Halifax, NS, B3J 3A5.

EXPLOSION ANNIVERSARY GRANTS

One way the municipality recognizes and supports its


local volunteers is through its Annual HRM Volunteer
Conference. This year marks the 16th year and provides
valuable networking and learning opportunities for local
volunteers. Volunteering contributes towards public safety,
fosters good neighbours and builds great neighbourhoods.
The conference will be held on Friday & Saturday,
November 25th & 26th at the Ramada Plaza Park Place
Hotel in Burnside at 240 Brownlow Avenue. If you have any
questions about the conference please call Darren Hirtle
at 902-490-4865 or hrmvolunteerservices@halifax.ca, or
check out the conference agenda at: http://www.halifax.
ca/volunteerservices/VolunteerConference.php. The 2016
conference includes: participant welcome packages, a wide
selection of interactive sessions, dynamic and experienced
speakers, community showcase, networking opportunities,
lunch, nutrition breaks and refreshments. Registration is
now open.

December 6th, 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax


Explosion. To engage current and future generations and
to acknowledge those who came to the assistance of
citizens, HRM has undertaken a Municipal Commemorative
Program that encompasses the Fort Needham Memorial
Park Project, the annual memorial ceremonies, and the
Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Grants Program. The
purpose of this designated grant program is to encourage
the participation of local non-profit groups in telling the
larger story of the Halifax Explosions immediate and
enduring impact. Some stories have yet to be told or
familiar narratives reinterpreted and presented in new
and innovative ways. The 100th Anniversary of the Halifax
Explosion is an opportunity to write another chapter in our
regions history - one that honours the significant impact of
this tragedy on individuals, families and communities while
recognizing and reaffirming our capacity for personal and
collective resilience and resurgence. Applications for this
grant will be accepted until 4:30 PM on November 30th.
For more information go to: www.halifax.ca/boardscom/
bccgrants/documents/HalifaxExplosion100thAnniversary
GrantsProgramGuidebook2016.pdf.

2017 VOLUNTEER AWARD NOMINEES

SNOW REMOVAL FOR SENIORS

16Th hRM VOLUNTEER CONFERENCE

Each year HRM recognizes the extraordinary contributions


of individuals and groups who volunteer their time
and skills to provide services and programs in our
communities. Nominations are now being accepted in
three categories: adult, youth (ages 13-19) and community
group. Successful nominees will be notified in March
2017. The awards ceremony will coincide with and is in
celebration of National Volunteer Week in April 2017. The
deadline for nominations for the 2017 awards is Friday,
December 16th. To find out more about the awards and
nomination criteria and to nominate someone whos made
a difference in your community go to: www.halifax.ca/
volunteerservices/awards/index.php. Nominations can
also be faxed to 902-490-4535 or mailed to PO Box 1749,
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5. You may also contact Marilyn Smith at
smithmar@halifax.ca or 902-490-1573, or send a message
to hrmvolunteerservices@halifax.ca.

Councillor David Hendsbee

H.R.M. District 2
PrestonChezzetcookEastern Shore

There is a snow removal program available to seniors


(65 years and older) and for persons with disabilities
throughout all areas of HRM. The program is NOT available
to landlords. You must reside in a single dwelling home
that you own or rent. The mandate is to provide a resource
to clients for the removal of snow for safe access. The
program is limited to those households with a combined
total income of $30,000 or less. For more information
please call the 311 HRM Contact Centre or the YMCA at
902-483-3678 or visit these web-sites for further details:
www.halifax.ca/snow/seniorssnow.php
and/or www.
ymcahrm.ns.ca under the Community Outreach Program
section. Registration deadline is December 1st or sooner
depending upon the demand. Applicants will be placed on
a list based on a first come, first serve basis.

Office Phone:
Cell Phone:
City Hall:
fax:

902-889-3553
902-483-0705
902-490-4050
902-829-3620

311

PUBLIC INPUT: COMPOST MATTERS

HRM is seeking public feedback on how to shape the


future of our organic and compost management
systems. Compost Matters, an engagement and
education process, continues until December 1st.
Our region has been extremely successful over
the past 17 years with a robust compost management
program, due in large part to the hard work and dedication
of residents who utilize the roadside green bin program.
The municipalitys current composting facilities are nearing
the end of their useful lives. The facilities have also reached
their processing capacity, and new provincial composting
maturity guidelines have been established and will go into
effect in 2019-20. With additional investment required
to manage organics, the municipality wishes to engage
residents and hear thoughts on which attributes are
important when considering future compost systems and
operations. Public input will help guide staff in the formation
of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a Request for
Proposal (RFP). The goal is to have the new strategy
operational by 2019/20. Residents are encouraged to take
a brief on-line survey and provide feedback on important
aspects related to any future organics management system
for the municipality. Additional educational resources
including videos, photos, reports regarding the current
processing facilities and more can be found through
the Shape Your City engagement hub at: http://shape
yourcityhalifax.ca/compost-matters. For more details on
HRM compost, recycling and waste reduction programs go
to: www.halifax.ca/recycle. To review the full HRM Council
report and staff presentation visit: www.halifax.ca/boardscom/
SCenv/documents/OrganicsManagementandProcessing
StakeholderEngagementReportRedactedandCombined.pdf.

ThANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

I feel blessed to be re-elected as your Councillor for District


2. I appreciate your support and it will be an honour to serve
you again in this capacity. I will continue to provide this
monthly newsletter and expand my usage of social media
tools such as web pages, Twitter and Facebook sites. I also
have a Coordinator working in my District Office at the
Railway Museum in Musquodoboit Harbour to help serve
the area better. I am looking forward to the challenges and
opportunities ahead. Hopefully my endeavours over the
next 4 years will continue to earn your respect and gain
your support. I also wish to acknowledge the campaign
efforts by the other candidates: Sydnee MacKay, Shelley
Fashan and Gail MacQuarrie. I want to hear from you on
how we can improve our electoral process, as we need
to increase voter engagement. What are your thoughts
on the use of the advanced voting options by internet &
telephone? Do you have any other suggestions on how we
can improve voter participation? Thank you once again.

david.hendsbee@halifax.ca
david@hendsbee.ns.ca
www.hendsbee.ns.ca
@david_hendsbee
facebook.com/david.hendsbee

Deadline for December issue is November 15


escsubmissions@eastlink.ca

14

Silent Auction, Cookie Sale,


New-to-You Xmas Table &
Chickenburgers
November 12, 7-9pm
Calvin United Church
3795 Lawrencetown Road

Silent & Penny Auctions,


Christmas basket raffle, Pick 5,
bake & craft tables, Flea
Market, refreshments
November 19, 10am-1pm
St. Annes Church, Lake Echo

Concert featuring Gospel Lights


November 27 at 2pm
St. Marks Church, Myra Road
Gospel Lights is an upbeat
gospel group. All welcome, free
will collection.

St. Marks Variety Show


November 13 at 2pm
Porters Lake Community Centre
$7.00. Bake Auction during
intermission. All welcome.

Seaside Christmas Market and


Open House
November 19, 10am-5pm &
November 20, 10am-4pm
Petpeswick Yacht Club
Stop in for coffee/tea/juice &
baked goods; chowder/soup;
Christmas cookies. Browse and
shop for unique and quality
gifts: handmade products, art,
crafts, home sales! For more
info, call Paula at 902-889-2435.

Musquodoboit Harbour &


District Lions Christmas Tree
Sales
Beginning December 3
Mon-Fri 1-5pm, S/S 10am-5pm
Railway Station, Musq. Hbr.
Trees ($30) & wreaths ($15)
come with a $40 coupon
booklet! Delivery available.

Musquodoboit Harbour.
Chamber of Commerce & Civic
Affairs Town Hall
November 16 at 7pm
Oyster Pond Fire Hall
Musquodoboit Harbour &
District Lions Club: Seaside
Christmas
November 18-20
43 East Petpeswick Road
For tables, call Lion Harold at
902-845-2362
Musquodoboit Harbour &
District Lions Clubs Christmas
Craft & Gift Sale
November 19, 9am-2pm
Eastern Shore Bingo Hall. For
tables, contact Lion Ken White
902-889-3160.
Christmas Supper: Scalloped
Potatoes, REAL Ham, Veggies
and Various Desserts
November 19, 4-6pm
St. Barnabas Church Hall
Head of Chezzetcook
Adults $12, Children 6-12 yrs $6,
and 5 & under is free. Take-out
available. Door prizes too!
For more info, call Phyllis at
902-827-2796

Christmas at St. Denis


November 20 at 2pm
St. Denis Parish Hall
East Ship Harbour
Freewill offering. Hopefully
Santa can make it.
Storm date Nov 27
Dessert Theatre, Henris Bistro
November 25 & 26
Doors open at 6pm, show starts
7pm.
The Anglican Parish of Seaforth
$15 per person. Contact Mae
902-827-2519 for details.
Musquodoboit Harbour
& District Lions Club: Last
Saturday of the Month
Breakfast
November 26, 7:30am-10am
54 East Petpeswick Road
Featuring scrambled eggs,
sausages, ham, toast, hash
browns, and pancakes, coffee,
and tea - only $7 per person!

Tree Lighting
December 3, at 5:30pm
Railway Station, Musq. Hbr.
Presented by the Musq. Hbr. &
District Lions. Treats for all!
Christmas Dance
December 3, door & bar open at
8pm; dance runs 9pm-1am.
Petpeswick Yacht Club
Featuring Ruckus
Advance tickets as event may
sell out! Call Paula at 902889-2435 for tickets. $10 for
members and $15 for nonmembers
Luncheon, Tea & Sale
December 4, 12-2pm
St Genevieves Church
723 East Chezzetcook Road
Adult $12: turkey salad plate,
gingerbread/apple crisp, lemon
sauce & cream, beverage;
Kids $4: hot dog, potato chips,
gingerbread/apple crisp, lemon
sauce & cream, beverage. Sale
items: baked goods, crafts, ticket
raffle, homemade cake raffle,
new to you table, gift table.
Visit http://gfcs69.wixsite.com/
stgpn

Farmers Markets
Musquodoboit Harbour
November 13, 20 & 27
9am 1pm, ES Arena

Sheet Harbour
November 19
9:30am 1:30pm

Eastern Shore makers and


bakers, farm fresh produce,
meats, and organic products.
For more information: www.
mhfarmersmarket.ca, call
902-220-9114, or email
info@mhfarmersmarket.ca

Eastern Shore Wildlife Assoc.


Lodge at the Wildlife Assoc.
Campground at 200 Pool Rd.

New Years Eve Dance


December 31, door & bar open
at 8pm; dance runs 9pm-1am.
Petpeswick Yacht Club
Featuring Shaker
Ring in 2017 with great dance
music, champagne, party
favours and a midnight snack.
Call Paula at 902-889-2435 for
tickets. $35 per person. Dress is
business casual.

Alzheimers Support Group


Meets third Thursday of the
month at Twin Oaks from 7-9
pm. More info, call Dee Dwyer
at 902-889-2429.

ONGOING EVENTS
Porters Lake Seniors Group
Wednesdays at 1:30pm
Porters Lake Community
Centre. 902-827-2814
TOPS
Tuesdays at 7pm
St. James Hall, Jeddore
The Eastern Shore Players
A community theatre group
open to all ages. Info at
www.easternshoreplayers.ca
Wool Fibre Work Group
Lawrencetown Comm.
Centre, Thursdays 9am-3pm,
$5/day. 902-404-7095

Facebook Sheet Harbour


Farmers & Craft Market

Eastern Shore Garden Club


Meets second Tuesday of the
month at the Lions Club, 89 East
Chezzetcook Rd. 7:00pm
For more info, please email
easternshoregardenclub@
outlook.com
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch
#58, Sheet Harbour
Sundays at 7:30pm - 45s card
party. $4pp, 50/50 & more.
Tuesdays at 7:30pm - Seniors
45s card party. $3 per player,
50/50 and other items.
Wednesdays from 9:3010:30am - Muffin Morning. All
welcome for coffee, snacks, and
socialization.
Thursdays - Bingo: Earlybird at
6:45pm, regular at 7:30pm, $5
a book, toonie jar, $1 specials,
canteen open.
Thursdays/Fridays, from 6-9:30pm
9-ball pool downstairs, no cost,
open bar.

Nature

15

Nature Conservancy Protects Musquodoboit River Habitats


By Richard Bell

The Musquodoboit River is one of the less-appreciated


ecological and recreational treasures of Nova Scotia. On
October 13th, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
announced its protection of 70.5 hectares (174 acres)
of what the Conservancy said was some of the most
unspoiled and intact wildlife habitat remaining on the
Musquodoboit River, just 30 minutes from Halifax.

These new acquisitions are part of the Nature


Conservancys long range plans to protect significant
parts of the Musquodoboit River system. The organization
had already protected several islands in Musquodoboit
Harbour, bringing the total area the NCC has conserved
in the Musquodoboit area to more than 619 hectares
(1,529 acres).
MP Sean Fraser pointed out the importance of the lower
Musquodoboit River because of its connections to a
network of major wilderness areas along the Eastern
Shore. The river borders and connects to existing
protected areas such as White Lake, Ship Harbour
Long Lake, and Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Areas.
Together, this is a key corridor of protected land larger
than Kejimukujik National Park, with three times as many
lakes.

The land purchase was made possible by funding


from the federal Natural Areas Conservation Program,
the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, the
United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the
North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and many
individual landowners and donors. Central Nova Member
of Parliament Sean Fraser and District 2 City Councillor
David Hendsbee were both on hand to welcome the
NCCs newest acquisition.
The protected area contains several different habitats,
including riverside wetlands and forested floodplains.
One special feature is a rare floodplain forest that
includes black cherry trees. There are also a number of
species listed under the federal Species at Risk Act as
endangered, threatened, or of special concern, including
the wood turtle, the snapping turtle, and the chimney
swift.

Craig Smith, the NCCs Program Director in Nova Scotia,


said the acquisitions were also important to upholding
the Canadian governments commitment, under the
Ramsar Convention, to protecting the Ramsar site
that lies in the Musquodoboit Rivers coastal estuary.
The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty that
went into effect in the 1970s to protect internationally
significant wetlands.

There are 37 Ramsar sites in Canada. The Ramsar website


describes the Musquodoboit Harbour site as A complex
of intertidal sand and mudflats with scattered islands
protected from the sea by a sand spit (Martinique Beach)
and fringed by saltmarshOne of the most important
coastal staging and wintering sites for Branta Canadensis
[aka the Canada goose]Erosion may eventually destroy
the protective spit. For more information, check out the
NCCs website (http://www.natureconservancy.ca) and
the Ramsar website (http://www.ramsar.org).

Music
Acclaimed Coast Mens Choir Prepares for 2017 Season
By Anthony Hillman

HONOURING
OURVETERANS
Veterans Week, November 5 -11

On November 11th,
let us remember them.
We are indebted to those who
served. Their sacrifice and
courage will never be forgotten.

Coastal Voices Mens Choir was formed in 2011 with the


aim of promoting male choral singing on the Eastern
Shore. Between January and late Spring each year, the
Choir meets for weekly rehearsals in Musquodoboit
Harbour and at various open houses along the Shore,
preparing for two or more concerts in the region.
In the summer of 2012, the Choir performed an inaugural
concert at Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake
Charlotte. The Choir has seen steady growth since then,
a rise in membership and capabilities grown through
experience. In the 2014 season, the Choir premiered
the song Come with Me, composed by choir member
and singer/songwriter Jim Reid, arranged for the Choir
through a grant from the Nova Scotia Department of
Communities, Culture and Heritage. In 2015 the Choir
was featured in the Aeolian Singers presentation Songs
and Sayings, performed in Lunenburg and Halifax.
The growth and success of the Choir would not have been
possible without the dedication, leadership, and musical
talents of Janet Gaskin, Director, and Allan Banks, Assistant
Director, and with the superlative support of John Plant,
Accompanist. Janet leverages her career in public school
music education to find ways to continuously raise the
bar for the Choir. Allan, a past president of the Nova
Scotia Choral Federation, brings a fine tenor voice and

many years of choral singing experience to the Choir.


John, a gifted pianist and composer, has also arranged
music for the Choir. Last season John arranged I Am So
Proud from Gilbert & Sullivans The Mikado.
Many choir singers say that choral singing makes them feel
better. Over the years, there have been several academic
studies showing the mental and physical benefits of
choral singing, including improved cardiovascular fitness
and lung function, reduced stress levels, and lowered
blood pressure, all while having fun! A choir is very much
a team, and in Coastal Voices Mens Choir, team spirit is
one of its greatest assets, mixed with a strong sense of
community and great fun.
Planning is well underway for the new season starting
in January. The Choir welcomes new members. Anyone
interested in joining should contact Allan Banks at 902889-3179. Also, please look out for details and come
along to our concerts planned for April and May 2017.
Details of Coastal Voices Mens Choir activities and
events can be found at the website: http://coastalvoices.
ca/, and at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
coastalvoicesmenschoir/.
(Author Anthony Hillman is a member of the Coastal
Voices Mens Choir.)

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Community
Musgo Rider Takes on Sheet Harbour and the Valley
By Richard Bell

The highly successful Musgo Rider cooperative operating out of Porters Lake has now
spun off a brand-new fellow cooperative to serve Sheet Harbour and the Musquodoboit
Valley. Both cooperatives offer door-to-door, pre-booked transportation.
At a launch ceremony in Sheet Harbour on October 17, 2016, Natural Resources
Minister Lloyd Hines (speaking on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill)
said that the province was contributing $59,042 to set up a pilot project to provide
expanded transportation services.
Public transit is an important service in many of our small towns and rural
communities across the province, said Hines. Through our funding programs we
help make these transit services accessible and able to meet the needs of citizens.
The new cooperative, MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour Cooperative Ltd., will be
working closely with its fellow organization, MusGo Rider Cooperative Ltd., which
has been operating from Preston and Lawrencetown to Ship Harbour since 2012.
Provincial funding helped us develop a comprehensive business plan and launch
the service on a firm financial footing, taking us through the first several months
of growth, said David Kerr, board chair for MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour
Cooperative Ltd. The funding is important to ensure future success of our transit
service.

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Now serving Sheet Harbour and
the Musquodoboit Valley!
MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour
will be providing dessert for the local
Meals on Wheels dinner November 10,
2016. All are welcome to join us at the
United Church , 12430 Hwy #224 at
12:30 pm for dessert.
Staff of MusGo will be on hand
to answer questions and pass out
brochures.
This is a public transit service
available to all people that reside in
the catchment area. For information,
or to book your ride,
call 902-483-7433 or toll free
at 1-855-483-7433

After the ceremony, Murphy tried out the rear-accessible wheelchair ramp on the
new Valley/Sheet Harbour van, leaving the very first tracks on the ramp.
Several local residents attending the ceremony suggested that the new coop should
look into coordinating with the Metro X express bus that runs out of Porters Lake as
a way of reducing the cost of a trip from Sheet Harbour into Dartmouth or Halifax.
As it happens, two planners from HRM working on a new integrated mobility plan
(IMP) attended the ceremony.
According to the IMP website, the IMP will create a vision for moving around
the Halifax region and help to direct future investment in transportation demand
management, transit, active transportation, and the roadway network to improve
the links between residents and their communities. The two Musgo organizations
fit well with the plans emphasis on public and community based transit. HRM
planners are conducting public workshops about the plan. For more information, go
to: http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/integratedmobility.
To contact Musgo Rider for more information or to book a ride, please call 902-4837433 or toll free 1-855-483-7433.

Officials celebrate launch of MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour Cooperative Ltd.


From l to r, MLA Kevin Murphy, District 2 Councillor David Hendsbee, MusGo
board chair David Kerr, MusGo executive director Jessie Greenough,
and MLA/Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines

Both organizations require users to pre-book their rides. The organizations work with
municipal and provincial agencies to obtain funds to reduce fees for some users.
And both have wheelchair-accessible vehicles to make it easy for everyone to get
to medical appointments, grocery stores, family and community events, and more.
Newly re-elected District 2 City Councillor David Hendsbee, and MLA and House
Speaker Kevin Murphy also spoke briefly at the event. Both politicians have been
strong supporters of the original Musgo cooperative, which grew out of a demand for
better transportation services in the 2007 Musquodoboit Harbour visioning process.

MLA Kevin Murphy tries out MusGo Riders brand-new back-loading van

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Community

When the Cows Come Home

Hannah Glawson Makes National Rifle Team

Earlier this week a friend drew my attention to a Provincial Government release. It


was issued from the office of the Minister for Agriculture, Keith Colwell and declared
that the government intends to amend the Fences and Detention of Stray Livestock
Act. The amended act will remove the responsibility from municipalities to respond to
situations involving stray livestock.

SHEET HARBOUR: Hannah Glawson was 11


years old when she first became interested
in joining Cadet Corps 2610 and did so as
soon as she turned 12. She had watched
her brother, Nick, an active member of the
Corps, and he motivated her to join.

By Wyn Jones

The huge sigh of relief from Mayor Savages office could be heard out as far as the
remotest rural reaches of HRM. It should, however, be noted that the Provincial
Government, regardless of its many faults, has at least been able to demonstrate the
ability to amend bad and outdated by-laws. Perhaps this is an irony completely missed
by HRM politicians and bureaucrats.
In an extensive interview in the Chronicle Herald on October 19th, our re-elected
Mayor was given the opportunity to tout the fact that Halifax is the second fastest
growing economy in Canada and that the citys population growth is being driven by
the fresh influx of young people under the age of 39. By that, of course, he means
downtown, where new glass towers are sprouting like weeds.
But in reality, only the older and well heeled can afford the rental or condo prices,
forcing these new arrivals to seek their living accommodation further and further away
from the core. In the whole of the interview, Mayor Savage concentrated his remarks
in obvious reference to downtown. His one final admission, that Halifax is the biggest
physical municipality in the country, seemed like an afterthought. He failed to mention
however, that 22% of the total population of HRM living amongst the wandering
livestock, out here in the boonies, would dearly love to share in bountiful rewards
showering on just one small physical portion of HRM.
With the massive amounts of money now available from the funds the HRM was using
to protect us from marauding cows and sheep, the long-suffering rural minority may
finally get a bigger cut of the pie. In the meantime, we must find what comfort we can
from the knowledge that now its the Provincial Government that will bear the burden
of ensuring our protection from all the sheep and cows wandering aimlessly through
the streets and byways of the Eastern Shore.

Remembrance
Day is Friday,
November 11

By Janice Christie

Glawson, now 16, has spent the past five


years with 45 other cadets, ranging in
ages from 12-18, attending one evening a
week in class and every second Thursday
participating in a Sports Night. The shooting
team practices consistently on Sundays.
Cadet Corps 2610 is under the direction of
Captain James Scrivens.

When asked what the benefits of Cadets are,
Glawson said, You become a better leader.
As you grow, you get more responsibilities
and look after the younger cadets. Senior cadets organize what the cadets do with FTX
(field training exercises) where we prepare lectures and games.
Glawson attributes her attitude and drive, in large part, to her parents, Carl and Kirinda,
who encourage her every day and to her shooting coach, Michael Asprey, an officer
with the Cadet Corps 2610. Lieutenant Asprey helped me get through each practice
and each year. He always believed in me and knew I could make it. Hes the one who
got me there.
Glawson has attended summer camp for the last four years with Cadets, finishing third
in shooting competitions in her second and third summers. This summer, at 16, she
returned to spend seven weeks in her fourth summer. At the end of the summer, she
participated in three competitions to pick the members of the National Rifle Team. The
third competition was the most difficult, running for six days and shooting at distances
of 300, 500, and 600 yards.
The third one is the biggest competition and worth so much and I am proud of
myself for how well I did. It is very tiring physically as we carry gear and a rifle and the
different ranges can be a kilometer apart. I would leave a half hour early just to relax
and prepare.
Glawson shot exceptionally well in the final round, finishing sixth out of the thirty
cadets, winning her a spot on the National Rifle Team 2017. Ill leave for Bisley, England
on July 3rd for four weeks where we will compete for Canada against the British Cadet
Rifle Team. At the conclusion well return to Connaught to compete in the National
Cadet Full Bore Competition.
During this summers crucial competition, Glawson received the heartbreaking news
of her paternal grandfathers passing. Competing is 90% mental and 10% skill. I just
decided I could and would do it for my grandfather, Calvin Glawson. I chose mental
stamina and I put my mind to it and if I shot a bad shot I just thought it doesnt matter.
I knew I could make it to the National Rifle Team.... but it was going to be OK, too, if I
didnt.

Community

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Myatt Wins Bronze in U.S. Mountain Bike Championship


By Richard Bell

Whoevers running the athletic department at the


Savannah College of College of Art and Design (the
Atlanta campus) should be giving the schools recruiters
a nice pat on the back this morning for persuading
Musquodoboit Harbours Mackenzie Myatt to enroll and
join the schools first cycling team.
Since she arrived in Atlanta in late August, Myatt has
won almost every collegiate cycling race shes entered.
And to top it off, she finished third in the U.S. Collegiate
National Mountain Bike Championship on October 22.
We reached her by phone in her dorm a few hours after
winning her first bronze medal of the weekend. (She
picked up a second on Sunday as part of SCADs relay
team.)
Myatt was pleased about placing, especially given some
very unusual weather conditions. Today was pretty
epic, Myatt said. It was snowing! There was snow on
the ground. We knew it was going to be snowing, but it
was still really crazy. -2 without the wind chill, and it was
super windy.
Myatt might have finished even higher if she had not had
to start towards the back of the pack. They base starting
positions on how your school did in last years nationals.
This is the first year SCAD has had a cycling team. So I had
to start behind, even though I won every collegiate race
I was in this year.
Myatt is a ferocious competitor, even when she finds
herself in last place. On October 21, she was in a short
track race where her gritty performance took her from
last place to 8th in a group of 45 women. I had to stop
after one lap, Myatt said. I had an insane amount of
mud in my eyes. It was very painful, and I couldnt see,
so I stopped and squinted and tried to clear my eyes. I

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thought about pulling out,


but told myself, Lets just
try to finish the race, and
not get lapped. And then
I started passing people!
In about 15 minutes, I
had passed more than
30 women. That was a
massive effort for the top
10!
Myatts day is dominated by practice. I usually finish
class about 1:30 in the afternoon, and then we ride from
around 2:30 to 5, depending on where we go to practice.
Then I come back, do as much homework as I can, and
on to the next day.
Whenever I see people playing video games or pool in
the common room, Im laughingwho the heck has time
for that! Class, practice, studying, and eating!
And eating is important, given all the racing: I eat four
meals a day.
Shes excited about her courses. Im doing lots of
drawing, and I just started painting, Myatt said. Im
learning completely new things from anything Ive ever
done before.
The collegiate championships were the end of the
mountain bike race season. Now I can just focus on
training, and not focus on race fitness, Myatt said. In
the winter Ill be doing some weight training too.
And shes looking ahead to her next big U.S. national
race, the cycle cross championship that will be held in
January in Connecticut.

Editors Note: Our friends at the new Sheet Harbour online radio station are looking for help. Heres your chance
to start broadcasting online!
Sheet Harbour Radio has been in operation since the
middle of June. Were ready to take our next step and
that means wed like to have more producers putting
programs on the air. No experience needed.
Since were internet based, all work can be done at home.
But producers are welcome to our weekly meetings.

Our current producers are from Duncan MacMillan High


School; a few of us are older. We welcome folks from all
over the area and of all ages.
Please email us at sheetharbourradio@gmail.com so we
can talk further.

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