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  • Province Backs Down, Opens Schools

    Faced with protests across the province, Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil suddenly reversed course this afternoon and decided to re-open Nova Scotia schools on Tuesday morning. In a statement released at 4:59PM, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey said that "we are confident that the Nova Scotia Teachers Union has modified its directives to teachers in such a way that schools can now open safely." Here is Casey's statement: 
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    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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    Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program Expands

    Building on a series of successful pilot programs, Justice Minister Diana Whalen has announced the province-wide expansion of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program to adults. Whalen made the announcement on November 21 at a National Restorative Justice Symposium in Halifax 
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    Making Life Better for Owls at Otter Ponds

    By Dan Hutt  [Note: The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest (OPDF) in Mooseland is a 1,595 acre woodland operated as a division of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. OPDF is a place for all Nova Scotians to learn about forest ecology and the sustainable management of our native Acadian Forest.]
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  • Arthritis and Exercise

    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.  
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    Myatt Wins Bronze in U.S. Mountain Bike Championship

    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. 
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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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  • Funds Available for High Speed Rural Internet

    If you’re not happy with the speed of your Internet service, here’s a chance to get some provincial funds to improve your service. From now through December 31, 2016, municipalities and community groups can apply for funding for small-scale projects to bring higher-speed Internet service to rural areas of Nova Scotia. 
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    Know An Outstanding Community Volunteer?

    If you know someone you think is an outstanding volunteer in his or her community, here’s your chance to see the province recognize them. From now until February 24, 2017, you can send in your nominations for the following categories: 
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    Lot Grading Permit Report Moving Slowly

    By Richard Bell  HRM’s sudden decision to choke off development permits for 25-acre lots was not the only surprise blow against rural development this year. Regional Council also overrode the recommendation of its staff and decided to require lot-grading permits for all new buildings in the municipality. Staff had recommended these expensive permits—(up to $6,000 and weeks of additional waiting time)—only for areas serviced by municipal sewers. 
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    Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: Avoid Binary Option Scams

    By Staff  If you spend any time at all on the Internet, you have seen the ads: a friendly looking woman, photographed against a wealthy-looking background, explains how she wants to show you how to make $100,000 in the next 3 weeks. Then the ad cuts to another person, who waives a check for $54,600 and tells you he made that much money yesterday. 
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  • Arthritis and Exercise

    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.  
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    Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program Expands

    Building on a series of successful pilot programs, Justice Minister Diana Whalen has announced the province-wide expansion of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program to adults. Whalen made the announcement on November 21 at a National Restorative Justice Symposium in Halifax 
    read more

    Funds Available for High Speed Rural Internet

    If you’re not happy with the speed of your Internet service, here’s a chance to get some provincial funds to improve your service. From now through December 31, 2016, municipalities and community groups can apply for funding for small-scale projects to bring higher-speed Internet service to rural areas of Nova Scotia. 
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    Know An Outstanding Community Volunteer?

    If you know someone you think is an outstanding volunteer in his or her community, here’s your chance to see the province recognize them. From now until February 24, 2017, you can send in your nominations for the following categories: 
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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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    Feds Trump Opponents of Lawrencetown Beach Cell Tower

    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.
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    When The Cows Comes Home

    By Wyn Jones Earlier this week a friend drew my attention to a Provincial Government release. It was issued from the office of the Minister for Agriculture, Keith Colwell and declared that the government intends to amend the Fences and Detention of Stray Livestock Act. The amended act will remove the responsibility from municipalities to respond to situations involving stray livestock.
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  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM
    Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Canada

    Make a Paper Ornament

    Ages 14+ Using pages from an old book, craft a beautiful ornament for the holiday season or anytime. All materials will be provided.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM · $10.00 CAD · 5 rsvps
    Porters Lake Pub and Grill in Porters Lake , NS, Canada

    Eastern Shore Thunder Junior Hockey Auction

    The Eastern Shore Thunder Junior Hockey Team is holding its Fund raising auction on Saturday December 10, 12:00 - 4:00 PM at Porters Lake Pub.   Lots of great auction items. Great opportunity to get some great deals on Christmas gifts while supporting your Junior Hockey team. Admission is just $10.00 and includes a beverage and entry in the door prize draws.   
  • 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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