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- By Richard Bell Three groups in Sheet Harbour and Moser River will be getting some much-needed funding to pay for improving high-speed internet access. The provincial grants are part of a total of $1.44 million going to 24 municipal and community groups. This funding is part of Municipal and Community Rural High-Speed Internet Funding Program that started in November 2016By Richard Bell The Musquodoboit Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce and Civic Affairs will soon be releasing the final draft of its Community Development Plan, put together by the Dartmouth-based urban design consulting firm of Ekistics Plan+DesignBy Richard Bell The Eastern Shore District High school-replacement pot continues to simmer away. Over the last two years, the Community Campus Vision Association (CCVA) has succeeded in getting the Halifax Regional School Board to include replacing ESDH on its official list of recommendations to the province.By Richard Bell The Old School Community Gathering Place has won a major $69,000 grant to build a peer support network for people suffering from chronic disease. The partnership grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority will support a half-time coordinator to work with a growing number of community groups to build the network.
- 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.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.By Richard Bell After a successful fall season, Muquodoboit Harbour mountain biker Mackenzie Myatt is headed to Europe in May for two World Cup races as one of four women on Team Canada’s U23 (under 23) team. Myatt was also recently honored as a member of USA Cycling’s fall 2016 class of Collegiate Academic All-Stars, one of 82 athletes who competed at a USA Cycling National Championship while maintaining a high academic standard.
- By Richard Bell Nova Scotia military veterans have a special opportunity to share their stories on video when Allan Cameron visits the province. Cameron is the founder of Veterans Voices of Canada. Since VVC started in 2011, Cameron has traveled thousands of kilometers across Canada recording veterans from the Korean War, the Cold War, Peacekeeping, Vietnam and the Gulf War.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.By Shelley Bellefontaine If you Google the words "Cape Antrim", you'll likely find yourself browsing through information about the Antrim Villa - a quaint eco-friendly lodge in South Africa. But as a child, the Cape Antrim I knew was a strong Nova Scotia land mass that arched bravely into this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
- 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.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.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.
- with Visual Arts NS Artist-in-Residence Andrew Maize Taking inspiration from Canadian Poet bpNichol (1944-1988) this fun and playful workshop will explore the visual elements of language. We'll break words apart, play with the letters, make poems while learning about the history of concrete poetry. No experience necessary, just bring your curiosity and love of language! To register, please call 902-889-2227. In partnership with Visual Arts Nova Scotia and the Old School Community Gathering PlaceThe Old School's First COFFEE HOUSE of the Season will take place Friday, April 28th at 7 PM.These performances are suitable for all ages. We suggest a minimum $5 donation, and youth under 18 are free. Refreshments are available.Our featured band for month's Coffee House will be the EASTERN RIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND with Featured performers will perform at the beginning of the show and then close the night.The Coffee House will be hosted by Arthur Zilkowsky, a maritime singer-songwriter.
- 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.[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.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.