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  • Score One for the Shore: HRM Rejects C&D Dump

    By Richard Bell Summary: HRM's Planning Department has rejected the application from Kiann Management Limited (owned by Lawrence Belefontaine) to rezone a parcel of land on Highway 7 in Porters Lake for use as a construction & demolition debris (C&D) recycling plant.
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    Cooperator Guide to the Frontage By-law Fight

    The Save Rural HRM protest at Halifax City Hall on September 20 was a rollicking affair that ended with promises from Mayor Savage to deal with the major issues that had spurred the protests. For a complete report, check out the full story on the protest and the Mayor's remarks. But the Mayor and Council now have to push through a number of legislative checkpoints, starting with the October 4th Council meeting, at which the Mayor promised some kind of temporary relief for landowners and builders who had been bushwhacked by HRM's surprise enforcement of a by-law outlawing development on lots without at least 100 feet of frontage on a public road. 
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    Syrians Settling In Nicely In Musquodoboit Harbour

    Adrien Blanchette, one of the founders of the “Musquodoboit Harbour St. Philip Neri Cath. Church & United Church of Canada Refugee Sponsorship Committee,” reports that the Abdurrahman family have been settling in nicely since they arrived in late June from a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. 
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    Opposition to Frontage Bylaw Growing Rapidly

    HRM’s planners have stirred up a hornet’s nest of opposition with their surprise decision this spring to begin denying building permits for certain rural lots, citing a regulation that had been on the books since 1996 but never enforced. The regulation requires that a building lot, regardless of size, have at least 100 feet of frontage on a public road. For many years, the department routinely issued permits for lots without such frontage. And the department now claims that each and every one of those nine decisions was a mistake. 
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  • Rocking the Eastern Shore

    Winding down Bayers Mill Road in my friend’s van, I voiced the question: “Do you think many people in this area know that some of Nova Scotia’s best rock climbing is in their own backyards?”
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    ESDH Sports Pictures and Schedules

    Eastern Shore District High School sports schedules   
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    GOLD at SEDMHA

    Eastern Shore Bantam A Girls team wins the GOLD medal
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  • Restaurant Renaissance in Musquodoboit Harbour

    Choices for hungry people in Musquodoboit Harbour have been expanding dramatically. The owners of the four new eateries profiled in this piece are all women: some just out of school, some with grown children, but all equally energetic, determined, and excited by their visions. 
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    A New Chamber of Commerce on the Eastern Shore

    Musquodoboit Harbour gets a brand new Chamber of Commerce with help from Senator Tom McInnis and the Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce. 
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    Farewell to J Willy Krauch & Sons Ltd.

    Stewart Lamont laments the closing of J.Willy Krauch & Sons Ltd., a sentiment shared by smoked fish lovers everywhere.
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  • Syrians Settling In Nicely In Musquodoboit Harbour

    Adrien Blanchette, one of the founders of the “Musquodoboit Harbour St. Philip Neri Cath. Church & United Church of Canada Refugee Sponsorship Committee,” reports that the Abdurrahman family have been settling in nicely since they arrived in late June from a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. 
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    Rex Tasker: The Mirror and the Sea

    What do Caribbean fishermen, Icelandic settlers, and a pioneer forester have in common? They are all subjects of films made by Rex Tasker, a documentary filmmaker, editor, writer, producer, and director who worked for the National Film Board of Canada for thirty-two years. Over the course of his career, he was involved in over 200 films, and received a number of awards, including a Genie, and a nomination for an Academy Award!
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    Beating the Blue Bag Blues

    A recent rash of more than a dozen blue bag rejection notices along East and West Petpeswick in Musquodoboit Harbour got Cooperator readers wondering whether HRM Recycling was targeting the area. Coming home and finding your trash still sitting there is bad enough, but people reported that although there were rejection tags on their bags, in many cases there was no indication of what was offensive in the bag. 
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    Saving A Pill Box Hat

    [I heard the story below from Gerald Webb, a natural-born Shore storyteller who reminds us of how much life has changed since the 1950s.This story was told at Gerald and Joyce’s 5 -year Anniversary Party, and the laughter and applause brought the house down.] 
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  • Back to the Future

    By Wyn Jones The Halifax Regional Municipality came into being on April 1st, 1996 after a torturous and, at times, acrimonious birthing. It brought together the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, the town of Bedford, and the Municipal County of Halifax. At the time, the Canadian media were portraying the process as an example of how not to proceed with the amalgamation process. The initial costs of the amalgamation were forecast to bring in big savings when in actual fact the costs proved to be close to triple the budgets allotted. 
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    Down in the Weeds: Must Councillors Avoid Bias?

    In a letter-to-the-editor in this issue, Richard Buggeln, a member of Concerned Residents of Porters Lake, Lake Echo, Preston, and Mineville, argues that the role of a city councillor should be “to channel the public sentiment as a moral and ethical commitment to his representative function in the HRM government.” 
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    Buying Local

     As we head into the Eastern Shore Cooperator’s third year, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone—readers, advertisers, writers, photographers—who have gotten us this far, and to ask for your help in supporting more effective, more vibrant coverage of this wonderful part of the world we are so lucky to live in. It was some twenty years ago that the provincial government undemocratically foisted amalgamation onto the people of the Eastern Shore, creating a political unit whose very name—Halifax Regional Municipality—reflects the awkwardness of this artificial and inequitable union of urban and rural concerns.
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  • Friday, September 30, 2016 at 07:00 PM
    The Old School Community Gathering Place in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    The Old School Coffee House

    Featuring Rusty Swinehammer (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals, Blues, Rock, Country, Bluegrass). JAM session to follow with Rusty & Keith Bonvie.  $5 suggested admission fee, under 18 free.  All welcome to OPEN MIC.
    Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 11:00 AM · $15.00 CAD
    Petpeswick Yacht Club in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    Coffee Party @ Petpeswick Yacht Club

    *COFFEE PARTY* @ Petpeswick Yacht Club ... please contact Marilyn :) Saturday, October 1, 2016  11:30am to 1:00pm All Welcome … $15/person  Info & Table Reservations Please Call Marilyn 902 889 2764 or Facebook: “Petpeswick YC” Proceeds for the PYC Jr. Sailing Program Petpeswick Yacht Club … a community place 434 East Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour www.petpeswickyachtclub.ca         Facebook:  Petpeswick YCFB event link is https://www.facebook.com/events/1167503209955839 Marilyn Murphy Email:  mmurph@accesswave.ca
  • HRM Rejection Letter to Bellefontaine

    By Richard Bell Summary: HRM's Planning Department has rejected the rezoning application from Lawrence Bellefontaine's Kiann Management Limited of a site on Highway 7 in Porters Lake for use as a construction and demolition debris (C&D) recycling plant. 
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    Cooperator Guide to the Frontage By-law Fight

    The Save Rural HRM protest at Halifax City Hall on September 20 was a rollicking affair that ended with promises from Mayor Savage to deal with the major issues that had spurred the protests. For a complete report, check out the full story on the protest and the Mayor's remarks. But the Mayor and Council now have to push through a number of legislative checkpoints, starting with the October 4th Council meeting, at which the Mayor promised some kind of temporary relief for landowners and builders who had been bushwhacked by HRM's surprise enforcement of a by-law outlawing development on lots without at least 100 feet of frontage on a public road. 
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    Save Rural HRM Asks Council for Bylaw Change

    Halifax Regional Council received three succinct presentations on September 6, 2016 from opponents of HRM’s recent decision to start refusing to issue building permits for any lot without 100 feet of frontage on a public road. Kim Young, an owner of Birkshire Developments Inc. and a founder of Save Rural HRM, was also supposed to present to Council on September 6, but was unable to do so due to a miscommunication from Council.  
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    Council Hears Landowner Suffering from Bylaw

    Halifax Regional Council received three succinct presentations on September 6, 2016 from opponents of HRM’s recent decision to start refusing to issue building permits for any lot without 100 feet of frontage on a public road. Andrew Robbins is a landowner who was shocked when HRM refused to issue a building permit on land he had purchased on Moser River Road, at the end of West Jeddore Road. Robbins spoke to Regional Council on September 6, 2016. 
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