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19 NO. 2
February 2015
Is there a volunteer Youth or Family within
your organization/group or community that you
would like to nominate for volunteer
recognition? If so, Recreation Nova Scotia wants
to hear from you! Recreation Nova Scotia is seeking
nominations for the 41st Annual Provincial
Volunteer Awards Ceremony. For more information
go to www.recreationns.ns.ca/provincialvolunteer-awards or contact 902-4251128. Nominations are to be submitted to
Recreation Nova Scotia on or before February 20,
$ 95
RASCALS to Unite Our Shore?
By Joy Laking
A few of us would like to
see if there is any interest in
forming a new group that
would meet monthly and take
on various initiatives that
shore - Masstown to Five
Islands. This group would also
be a support or conduit for all
of our existing groups.The initial planning meeting to discuss this and see if there is
interest will be held on
Thursday February 12 at 7 pm
at the Joy Laking Gallery, 6730
Hwy. #2 , Bass River. If the
weather is inclement, the
meeting will be Thursday
February 19 at 7. If you are
interested, but you are unable
to attend this meeting please
let us know by emailing:
[email protected]
Early in January, Tim Hortons launched a
program to help inform guests in Canada and the
United States about the wide range of balanced
menu options available at its restaurants. Balanced
Options is a multifaceted initiative featuring new
US and Canadian websites
(www.timhortons.com/Nutrition in Canada and
www.timhortons.com/USNutrition in the United
States) with a revamped nutrition calculator, a new
Canadian advertising campaign, titled More Good to
Love™, and an ambassador program with
professional hockey player and mom, Hayley
Wickenheiser, and Toronto native and professional
basketball player, Tristan Thompson.
An Open House to celebrate the 90th Birthday of
Bernice Kaulback will be held at the Great Village
Legion on January 31st, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Best Wishes Only.
Gary Clarke, who for 36 years has served the
students and staff of first, the Cumberland District
School Board, and now the CCRSB for 36 years has
announced his retirement effective July 31, 2015. A
search committee for Superintendent Clarke’s
replacement has been formed. It is expected the
search will be national.
Nova Scotians can give their thoughts and
comments about taxes, the tax system and the
upcoming provincial budget at a public consultation
meeting to be held on February 19 at the Amherst
Regional High School, 190 Willow St., Cafeteria.
This is the only remaining meeting, out of a series,
which is close to Colchester and Cumberland
Counties. The meeting begins with an information
session at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion from 7
p.m. to 9 p.m. Nova Scotians can also submit their
comments via: E-mail to:
[email protected], or regular mail to Tax
Review, Department of Finance and Treasury
Board, Box 187, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2N3
Debbie Weatherby’s Belmont Notes is not
available this month.
Brooke McNeil, Hantsport is one of two 4-H
members from across Canada the Larry Milton
Campbell Memorial 4-H Scholarship, sponsored by
the Canadian Meat Council. The other winner was
Christine Suominen, Lacombe, Alberta. Valued at
$2,500, McNeil will use the scholarship to enroll in
the Animal Science degree program at the
Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University,
Truro in September 2015.
HUMOUR CORNER - A newly married man
asked his wife, “Would you have married me if my
father hadn’t left me a fortune?” “Honey”, the
woman replied sweetly, “I’d have married you, NO
MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE”. Fred Hamilton, Lower Onslow, manoeuvres the team of horses onto the narrow dock in Shelburne
during filming of CBC’s mini-series “The Book of Negroes”. (See story and photos on Page 15)
Here are some random
thoughts to start the discussion. Possible name of
group: RASCALS, (Rural
Association for Sustainable
Communities ALong our
Purpose: To encourage sustainable development along
our shore; improve communications and enhance opportunities for folks to get together;
enhance relationship with the
incredible natural landscape
that is at our doorsteps; work
together to protect our environment and to make it possible and encourage residents
to stay in the area, tourists to
visit and new folks to consider moving here.
Area: Masstown to Five
Islands (all Colchester & all
A Few Possible initiatives:
Email list, web page and
Facebook page listing all community events and activities;
have a drive share program
where folks who need drives
are matched with folks who
want to offer drives; have
weekly year round drop-in
socials, free sandwiches, tea
and cookies each Wednesday,
10:00 am til noon, rotating
throughout the communities
continued on page 3
“We won’t negotiate what we can’t afford” - McNeil $
By Maurice Rees
Nova Scotia has had the
worst performing economy
for 11 years, but previous governments have been settling
contracts with the public sector at a rate which is 10%
above the national average,
Premier Stephen McNeil told
business leaders at a Chamber
of Commerce breakfast at the
Holiday Inn, Truro on Friday,
January 16th.
During the election campaign, we promised we
would not negotiate contracts
which the province could not
afford. 2015 is going to be an
interesting year, public sector
labour contracts are up;
health care is being revamped
from 54 separate contracts
down to four, and changes are
coming to education and
wherever we can save, but
not devalue what is delivered
to the taxpayer.
Speaking on economic
development, he said, the private sector has a role.We have
promised support based on
the sectors, but we will not
support individual businesses.
“I don’t want to offend anyone, but for far too long the
private sector, like the public
sector has relied on government”, McNeil said in outlining how his government will
move forward to rebuild the
He said, by partnering and
working with the sectors, we
can achieve positive results
faster and we are not picking
winners. It’s the entire sector
that wins, he continued.
McNeil said that while on
an overseas trade mission he
learned about OceanSonics in
Great Village, a relatively new
small company which is
developing world class products from a small community.
McNeil said their success
illustrates Nova Scotia can
develop successful businesses
anywhere, and they don’t
have to be concentrated in
large areas.
In response to McNeil’s
continued on page 3
West Colchester Arena Struggling
By Maurice Rees
The West Colchester Arena
is struggling, not only as a
result of the opening of the
Rath Eastlink Community
Centre (RECC), but because
we’re having problems getting volunteers to sit on the
board to represent several of
the communities, says Dave
Allaby, Secretary, West
Association (WCRA).
According to Allaby, the
rink’s woes are compounded
with several vacancies on the
board of directors and very
few people have attended the
WCRA annual meeting for the
past five years. The board
composition is supposed to
be one representative from
each of the communities from
Bass River to Onslow.
The fact the arena has
been struggling is not a recent
revelation. Rumours have
been swirling for over a year,
that arenas in Brookfield and
Debert have suffered a downturn since the RECC opened.
The North Colchester arena
in Tatamagouche has not been
affected as much, but it also
has very strong community
support and has been home
to Oktoberfest celebrations
continued on page 3
Per Day to
Bus Students
By Maurice Rees
A new AIMS research
report, “Education on Wheels”,
shows student transportation
costs are rising steadily across
Maritime Canada, even as student enrolment declines, and
provincial governments, in
the region, are missing opportunities to achieve cost and
energy efficiencies. Based on
200 day school year, it’s costing $356,000 per day to bus
Nova Scotia’s 20,423 students.
The authors, Paul W.
Bennett, Founding Director of
Schoolhouse Consulting and
Education, Saint Mary’s
University and Derek M. Gillis,
independent research consultant specializing in sustainable transportation research
and program development,
demonstrate high spending
on managing the school bus
fleet absorbs scarce resources
that would be better spent in
the region’s classrooms.
It’s time, they claim, to
continued on page 9
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