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- 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 Richard Bell Citizen protests forced Lawrence Bellefontaine to abandon his plans to build a construction & demolition recycling plant on Highway 7 in Porters Lake. But the Concerned Residents of Porters Lake, Lake Echo, Preston and Mineville Areas are just beginning to investigate HRM Planning’s granting of a permit for Bellefontaine to conduct a wide range of industrial activities on the site, as well as what HRM describes as his indication “that pitting/quarry activity is intended for the site.”By Richard Bell Education Minister Karen Casey’s late January announcement of plans to build a new high school in Spryfield dashed the dreams of proponents of replacing the aging Eastern Shore District High School (ESDH), the oldest high school in HRM. The announcement dramatically illustrated last fall’s critique of the department by the Auditor General.
- By Richard Bell Musquodoboit Harbour cycling whiz Mackenzie Myatt, now in her 1st year on the bicycle racing team at Savannah College of College of Art and Design (the Atlanta campus), finished 6th on January 4 in Hartford, Connecticut at the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclo-Cross Nationals.By Lori Youden Pain is one of the more prominent symptoms of arthritis, but need not prevent people from being physically active. There are many benefits to regular activity and exercise, including improving muscle strength and endurance, reducing pain, improving joint mobility and improving the health of joints and the strength of bones. Regular activity and exercise also help to improve sleep, balance, self-confidence, and the ability to manage stress. A physiotherapist can design, modify and monitor your exercise routine to address your specific needs.By Richard Bell Whoever’s running the athletic department at the Savannah College of College of Art and Design (the Atlantic campus) should be giving the school’s recruiters a nice pat on the back this morning for persuading Musquodoboit Harbour’s Mackenzie Myatt to enroll and join the school’s first cycling team.
- What would you do if the Royal Bank of Canada gave you $150 to spend on anything you wanted to improve life on the Eastern Shore? With her $150, Taylor Keizer put together a sold-out Paint Nite fundraiser at the Old School on February 4 to raise money for Eastern Shore Mental Health. “I was beyond pleased by the turnout,” said Keizer. “I would have been pleased to sell just one ticket!” The event raised almost $900 for ESMH.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 Richard Bell In the winter of 2013, Patricia Egli and her husband sailed into Bay of Feret, a harbour on the small island of Île-à-Vache, 6 miles off the southern shore of Haiti, a stop that changed her life and the life of Edisson, a young Haitian who guided them around the island. The inhabitants have a traditional way of life on an island with no electricity, no roads, and no cars. (There's a Bluenose connection too: the original Bluenose broke up after snagging on a reef near Île-à-Vache on January 29, 1946.)
- 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.By R Doyle Safire In Star Trek, Spock said, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” However when business transactions are struck in Canada, they are often done to benefit one individual or corporation, or in some instances both.
- Most of us hear of Haiti only when a natural disaster strikes. But what is it like at other times? Patricia Egli, a retired environment scientist, sailed to Île-à-Vache off the south coast of Haiti. In this presentation, she will take you on a visit of this island of palm trees, sunny beaches, and turquoise waters, introducing you to the daily life of the inhabitants. Through the story of one young man, you will learn about the achievements, hopes, and challenges of his community.Coastal Voices Men's Choir in partnership with Sheet Harbour Lions Club presents "Afternoon Blend" - Songs to Lift the Spirit and Tea to Soothe the Soul. Concert, Tea & Dessert. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. For tickets please contact Janice Christie, email@example.com, Allan Banks, firstname.lastname@example.org, or any member of the Sheet Harbour Lions Club or Coastal Voices Men's Choir. Tickets will also be available at the door.
- 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.