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- David Hendsbee and his wife Susan welcome news of his re-election. Richard Bell (This article was revised at 10:00 am October 16 with the complete unofficial results for City Council and School Board. Returns for the other two races remain incomplete at this time.). In an election in which turnout dropped to a miserable 31.7% of the vote, there were no surprises on election night on the Eastern Shore, with wins for District 2 incumbent David Hendsbee and School Board District 1 incumbent Bridget Boutlier. (Turnout in 2012 was 38.7%). In District 2, David Hendsbee (3262) won his first re-election race in the expanded district with almost 50% of the vote. Gail McQuarrie (1980) finished in 2nd place again, followed by Shelley Fashan (1090) and Sydnee McKay (242).read moreThis document contains links to videos of the District 2 Council Candidates forum on September 25 in Musquodoboit Harbour. The Musquodoboit Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce & Civic Affairs sponsored this forum. Three of the four candidates were present. Sydnee McKay was unable to attend, but sent a statement that a Chamber member read in the Opening Statements section. The moderator changed the order for answering each question, and the answers below follow that order. We know that people are busy, and may not have time to sit down and listen to a single video of an entire 90-minute debate. There is a separate video for each question, so you can mix and match to your heart's content. You can listen to all the answers from a single candidate, or only listen to the question or questions you're most interested in. We hope this format makes it easier for you to focus on what you want to know about the candidates for the District 2 Council seat.read moreThere wasn’t a free seat in sight on Saturday afternoon at the “Thanksgiving Sit-down Dinner" put on by the Musquodoboit Harbour Lions Club and the Eastern Shore Food Bank. The parking lot filled early, and there dozens more cars parked along the road. Inside, there was turkey with all the fixings, capped off with a delicious piece of pumpkin pie. In the invitation to the event, the Lions said they hoped people would “bring your friends and family from all over the community;" from the looks of the crowded room, that’s exactly what people did.read morePreliminary Election Results for the Shore; Hendsbee Wins Re-election This page also contains written answers to questions from the candidates for HRM District 2's City Council Seat, profiles of 3 of the 4 candidates for Council, video coverage of the September 26th Council candidate debate in East Preston, answers from candidates for the African Nova Scotian School Board Member, and answers from candidates for the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincal Representative. .read moreChoices 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.read moreThere wasn’t a free seat in sight on Saturday afternoon at the “Thanksgiving Sit-down Dinner" put on by the Musquodoboit Harbour Lions Club and the Eastern Shore Food Bank. The parking lot filled early, and there dozens more cars parked along the road. Inside, there was turkey with all the fixings, capped off with a delicious piece of pumpkin pie. In the invitation to the event, the Lions said they hoped people would “bring your friends and family from all over the community;" from the looks of the crowded room, that’s exactly what people did.read moreAdrien 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.read moreWhat 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!read moreA 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.read moreBy 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.read moreIn 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.”read moreAs 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.read moreWe sent the questions below to the four candidates for the HRM District 2 City Council seats. We asked them to keep their replies to 200 characters for the print edition of the paper, and unlimited space on our website For the print edition, we edited answers beyond this 200 character limit to fit. If you want to read the candidates' complete answers, then go to this document, where you will find their unedited answers.read moreBy 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.read moreThe 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.read moreHalifax 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.read more
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