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  • Question: Tolls on the 107? Answer: No.

    By Richard Bell  Introduction  Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Geoff MacLellan announced on April 26, 2017 that the province had accepted the public’s definitive rejection of TIR’s consideration of imposing tolls to pay for twinning the 107 highway (at an estimated cost of $331,600,000). Instead, MacLellan said that the province would build the already planned Burnside Connector, with no tolls, and conduct a safety study of the 107.  

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    A Note from the Publisher:

    To all of you who read and support the Eastern Shore Cooperator:  Richard and I are happy to announce that we have become landed immigrants and will be able to share all of the great weather on the Eastern Shore year round with all of you!

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    Correction

    On the April 2017 issue of the Cooperator, we reported that short stories by two students at Musquodoboit Rural High School had been selected for publishing in a book in a national contest run by Polar Expressions Publishing. The correct name for the grade 9 student is Ashton Kaspar. We regret the error. (The other student was Alessa Hounsell, grade 12.)  

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    Provincial Election 2017

    The next provincial election will take place on May 30, 2017. This page has links to the information you need about voting (registering, polling places, etc.) and links to the webpages and social media sites of the candidates.   

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  • Volunteers Power Orenda to Major Grant

    By Richard Bell  The provincial government’s grant of $608,500 to Lake Echo’s Orenda Canoe Club (OCC) is a ringing endorsement of the club’s success at turning a non-profit volunteer-run, community-based organization into a regional athletic powerhouse that has produced 5 Olympians.

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    Eastern Shore 22nd Annual Invitational Minor Hockey Tournament

    By Gina Dunn March 27 to April 9 is a busy time this year in Musquodoboit Harbour. It is the Eastern Shore 22nd Annual Invitational Recreational Minor Hockey Tournament. With four age divisions, 32 teams and more than 500 youth hockey players participating in this tournament over the two weeks, it is one of the largest and well established tournaments in Nova Scotia. 

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    Get Moving to Manage Stress

    By Lori Youden  Exercise is a valuable component of any stress management plan. Almost any form of exercise can help to relieve stress by improving your sense of well-being and overall health.

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    Sustainable Spring Activities in Ship Harbour

    By Lauren Latour, The Deanery Project  Springtime has finally arrived on the Eastern Shore, and with it comes new opportunities and responsibilities. We’re opening doors and windows after months of closing out the cold, and getting those hiking boots, gardening gloves, and pruning shears out of storage in preparation for the work and recreation ahead. 

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  • WordDance

    By Karen Schlick  I’m sitting in a group of seniors, all laughing and excitedly contributing to the story that Don Rieder is scribbling down on chart paper.  We look again at the photograph he’s given us.  “Her name is Shirley.”  “She is flirting with the band leader.”    Don Rieder(L), Karen Schlick (C), and Frank Buchanan (R) at WordDance Class. Photo by Cynthia Phillips, Glass Eye Photography

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    Correction

    On the April 2017 issue of the Cooperator, we reported that short stories by two students at Musquodoboit Rural High School had been selected for publishing in a book in a national contest run by Polar Expressions Publishing. The correct name for the grade 9 student is Ashton Kaspar. We regret the error. (The other student was Alessa Hounsell, grade 12.)  

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    H.O.P.E. Hold On. Pain Ends

    By Richard Bell  For more than 10 years, the volunteers of Eastern Shore Mental Health have been filling critical gaps in the province’s mental health services, helping people in crisis find paths towards stability and inclusion.  

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    MP Sean Fraser to Announce Grants to Local Groups

    Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often: go to the Harbour Lites New Horizon Club on Sunday, April 23, and sit in on a jam session with Member of Parliament Sean Fraser (playing guitar). 

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  • Clean Up HRM Elections With Public Funding

    By Wyn Jones  A local interest group has once again raised the subject of political donations at a recent HRM Council meeting. The group rightly questioned whether HRM Councillors should be accepting donations from local developers. 

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    Asbestos Concerns at Eastern Shore District High

    To the Editors:In advocating for a new school to replace Gaetz Brook and Eastern Shore District High, the Community Campus Vision Association has recently obtained a coy of a hazardous materials assessment done on the former Gordon Bell High School in Cole Harbour, in 2010 – 2011.  

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    Let’s Replace ESDH Now

    By Jean McKenna [Editor’s note: The following article is a shortened version of a longer report that the Community Campus Vision Association has put together. Jean McKenna is one of the founders of CCVA. The complete report is on the Cooperator’s website at CCVA Report December 2016. ] The Community Campus Vision Association has been advocating for a new school that would combine and replace Eastern Shore District High and Gaetz Brook Junior High. Our advocacy had included the concept of a shared facility concept, a “community campus,” to include a recreation complex and a senior's residential care structure. However, it has become increasingly clear that it is futile to “fight on three hills,” and it has also become clear that these two schools desperately need replacement. Our current focus is therefore entirely on school replacement.

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    On Martinique Beach

    By Wyn Jones On any given day in the year, Martinique Beach is magical. The combination of salted air and a foam-laden scent makes it a very special place. I happened to be walking along the strand one afternoon late last August, my dog Amber pounding in and out of the shallows as a warm and glowing sun set the ripples in the receding tide to a diamond sparkle.  As it was mid week, we had the whole length of the beach to ourselves, or so I thought. But there suddenly just ahead of us, wading slowly, the water lapping around his knees, was a small rotund figure.

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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM
    Sheet Harbour Public Library in Sheet Harbour, NS, Canada

    First Aid Instruction for Families: SH

    Nova First Aid provides basic first aid instruction for families with young children who do not have access to first aid training. Topics covered in each 2-hour course include basic first aid skills for families, calling 9-1-1 for children, & how to help when someone is choking. Registration required: please call 902-885-2391.
    Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM · $15.00 CAD
    Petpeswick Yacht Club in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    May Coffee Party - Lunch @ PYC

    COFFEE PARTY* @ Petpeswick Yacht Club Saturday, May 20, 2017 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
  • Latest News on McNeil student lock-out

    MONDAY 4:59 PM: BREAKING NEWS: MCNEIL REVERSES COURSE: SCHOOLS TO OPEN ON TUESDAY MORNING![Note: The following material was posted before McNeil's Monday afternoon decision to re-open schools on Tuesday morning.] Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil's stunning decision to lock out all of Nova Scotia's students has left parents scrambling for options and provoke a storm of outrage. Students at Eastern Shore District High and other schools walked out on Friday to support the teachers. The Nova Scotia House of Assembly has been called back into session on Monday at 10 AM to ram through a bill forcing the teachers to go back to work under the terms of a contract that the union rejected earlier this fall. Schools may be closed for as much as a week.  Keep coming back to this article on the Cooperator website for links to the latest news on the growing number of protests, on the government's effort to  legislate a contract and force teachers back to work, and on efforts along the Eastern Shore to care for all of the locked-out students. And check out the Eastern Shore Cooperator's Facebook page for additional news. You can also leave your comments on the Facebook page, and share information about where to find daycare, etc. 

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    CCVA Report on ESDH December 2016

    [Editor’s Note: This report comes from the Community Campus Vision Association. An article in the December 2016 issue of the Cooperator, "Let's Replace ESDH Now,"  included an excerpt from this CCVA report. All emphases are in the original report.] As most readers know, the Community Campus Vision Association has been advocating for a new High School to replace Eastern Shore District High, and Gaetz Brook Junior High. Our advocacy had included the concept of a shared facility concept, a “community campus”, to include a recreation complex and a senior's residential care structure. However, it has become increasingly clear that it is futile to “fight on three hills and it has also become clear that these two schools desperately need replacement. Our current focus is therefore entirely on school replacement.

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    Kiann Managements 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. 

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    District 2 Council candidate answers (print version)

    We 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. 

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