Monday, March 01, 2021

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  • published Tags Fly Off Wishes Tree in All Stories 2021-02-27 14:54:51 -0400

    Tags Fly Off Wishes Tree

    By Pearl Akers

    I think this has been the most successful of the 14 years of Children’s Christmas Wishes. I was concerned with all the restrictions, limitations, closures and stress we’ve all had to endure this past year, that the Wishes project might be in trouble.

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  • published Letter--Settling Cemeteries in BOJ 2L0 in All Stories 2021-02-25 18:29:59 -0400

    Letter--Settling Cemeteries in BOJ 2L0

    Gravesites in B0J 2L0’s Cemeteries are settling considerably after the Feb 2nd announcement of the Eastern Shore Consolidated new school being relocated to an Industrial Park location in Chezzetcook.  I'm not an expert on this strange phenomenon, but most likely it's those dear souls who built up this community spinning in their graves after having heard this unbelievable, non-democratic decision. 

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  • published Letter--It's Not About a School in All Stories 2021-02-25 18:26:20 -0400

    Letter--It's Not About a School

    Dear Eastern Shore Cooperator,

    No one on the Eastern Shore would disagree that a replacement school for ESDH and GBJH is long overdue. Our students, faculty and staff—who have been forgotten budget after budget—deserve a new, safe and modern building. I’m thrilled for those who will get to proudly walk through the doors.  

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  • published Stephen McNeil and the Toothless FOIPOP Act in All Stories 2021-02-25 18:20:28 -0400

    Stephen McNeil and the Toothless FOIPOP Act

    By Richard Bell

    The FOIPOP Act was passed in 1993, and there have been calls ever since for strengthening it. The Act’s fundamental weakness if that the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for Nova Scotia cannot order the government to do anything if the Commissioner (or Review Officer) finds that the government is violating the Act. Suppose you file a FOIPOP, and the government denies your request. You have the right to appeal to the Commissioner. But if the Commissioner finds in your favour, the government can simply ignore the Commissioner’s finding.  

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  • The Liberals’ Contempt for the People--The Eviscerated FOIPOP

    By Richard Bell 

    When you’re dealing with a government that likes to operate in secrecy as much as the Liberals have since they took power back in 2013, it can be difficult to understand just how much contempt our elected officials actually have for the people of Nova Scotia

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  • BACKGROUND--Churchill’s Elimination of Public Input to Site Selection

    By Richard Bell 

    Shortly after Education Minister Zach Churchill announced the replacement of Eastern Shore District High (with no mention of Gaetz Brook) in March of 2018, Churchill said that he would be replacing the site selection rules. Under the new rules, he said the primary driver would be ““technical evaluations” of prospective sites. There was no definition of what measures such a “technical evaluation” might consist of.  

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  • published Editorial--They Do It Because They Can in All Stories 2021-02-25 17:19:39 -0400

    Editorial--They Do It Because They Can

    In this issue, we are confronting a single problem that corrupts the politics of the province: our Liberal government’s insidious, systematic refusal to allow the citizens of Nova Scotia to participate in making major government policy decisions. 

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  • Saving the Planet: Acting Locally at Owls Head

    By Lindsay Lee 

    [Editor’s Note: The following piece first appeared on the Save Owls Head website last fall. In our editorial this week, we review a major new global review of more than 150 studies of the critical need to stop the accelerating destruction of our planet’s biodiversity, while simultaneously stopping global warming.

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  • published Owls Head: It Takes a Village in All Stories 2021-01-23 17:35:22 -0400

    Owls Head: It Takes a Village

    To the Editor:

    The McNeil/Rankin  “Sweetheart Deal for Owls Head” (Cooperator, December 2020) is an insult to all Nova Scotians, starting with Little Harbour residents like me.

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  • Premier Candidates Should Save Owls Head Provincial Park

    Welcome to Cooperator’s first issue of 2021. For 8 years now, a growing community of people have cooperated month after month to put together a publication that aims to deepen our understanding and love for the wonderful place we are so blessed to live in, the Eastern Shore.  

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  • Where have all the buses gone, long time passing?

    By Gordon Hammond 

    First my apologies to Peter, Paul and Mary “borrowing” their lyrics - “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing” - but the album was titled “Magic Bus”! 

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  • Murphy Defends Secret Delisting Process at Chamber Meeting

    In a video on the Eastern Shore Cooperator's Facebook page, MLA Kevin Murphy mounts a vigorous defense of the controversial decision by the provincial government to remove Owls Head Provincial Park from a list of protected areas in order to sell it to a very wealthy American couple who want to build as many as three golf courses there. [We apologize for the loud typing in the background.] This video is from the Musquodoboit Harbour Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Old School in Musquodoboit Harbour on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.



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  • published All Souls Day and Mi’kmaw Moons in All Stories 2020-11-28 10:19:35 -0400

    All Souls Day and Mi’kmaw Moons

    By Martine Panzica 

    October 31, 2020 at the Deanery Project was a Halloween like no other. As part of the DP’s on-going efforts to get people into nature during Covid 19, they hosted an “All Souls Day” Open House in collaboration with the Young Naturalists Club for a spooky scavenger hunt on their trails.

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  • published The Quilt Lady in All Stories 2020-11-28 10:11:36 -0400

    The Quilt Lady

    By Edyth Shuman 

    Sometime during late 2011, my mother was a patient at Twin Oaks which lasted a few months. At 96, she was very aware of her surroundings as well as the many people who visited her. I tried to visit two or three times a day.  



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  • published Merge Gaetz Brook with Eastern Shore HS? in All Stories 2020-11-28 10:04:09 -0400

  • published A Magnificient Obsession in All Stories 2020-11-28 09:57:19 -0400

    A Magnificient Obsession

    By Brenda Hattie-Longmire 

    That’s what I like to call my restoration project – a Magnificent Obsession!  

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  • published ESDH and Gaetz Brook Consolidation in All Stories 2020-11-20 12:11:09 -0400

  • published Restaurant and Sports Bar Opening Soon 2020-11-19 23:24:16 -0400

    Restaurant and Sports Bar Opening Soon

    By Richard Bell

    Opening a new restaurant in the age of social media is different.

    Just ask Will Gilligan and Amanda Russell, who announced  on Facebook at 10:30 pm on November 18 that they hoped to have the Old No.7 Restaurant and Sports Bar in the Head of  Jeddore shopping centre open by mid- to late-January.

    “I  have to say, I’m overwhelmed today,” Gilligan told the Cooperator in a phone interview. “We put out a little social media teaser, and it’s just blown up. I’ve been on Facebook for hours today. The response from the community has been great! Electricians, carpenters, people offering to come in and help clean. Everyone’s very excited. We are so grateful.”

    Gilligan worked in the restaurant business for 20 years, starting as a dishwasher and working his way up to chef, and Russell said that she worked for several summers at restaurants in Sheet Harbour. The site started off years ago as Captain Todd’s, then Toddy’s , and most recently, Marcus and Willy's.

    “We want to build a real community-based restaurant,” Gilligan said. “The bar will be very Eastern Shore-themed. We’re collecting vintage jerseys from local teams to display.”

    Gilligan said that they would be doing a Kickstarter campaign in a few weeks. “The kitchen was in rough shape. We’ve having to gut it and clean it and bring in all new equipment.” He said he’ll be acting as a general manager. “Rob Andrews will be running the kitchen. He’s been with me on and off since he was 16. He’s 38 now, practically a member of the family.”

    Russell is working out the details for the front end of the restaurant. “We’re still picking colours and buying new fixtures,” Russell said. “Will just scrapped a bunch of kitchen equipment today. I’m expecting the next 4 to 6 weeks to be really rapid fire.”

    Russell said she estimated they would eventually have a staff of about 20. “I know we’ve been getting people in area asking us are we hiring servers, kitchen staff,” she said. “We both have ties to Eastern Shore, and we’d like the Eastern Shore to benefit with new local jobs and use local products. Once we’re in there, we’ll use social media to post what positions we want to fill.”

    The couple have a soon-to-be 4-year old whom her mother describes as “our in-house food critic, a real foodie. She’s not shy about letting us know when something’s too salty, or too sweet.”

    Gilligan said he was especially touched by an email congratulating them from the owner of the Porters Lake Pub. “We’re friends and he knows it’s something I’ve wanted to do all my life. But hearing from him says a lot about the people where we live.”

    They have a back-up plan in the event that the tightening up of Covid restrictions makes it impossible to open for in-house eating in January. “We’re hoping that people have an appetite to keep us going through take-out. And we’ll probably look at delivery too.”

  • published Akoma Asks for Zoning Change in All Stories 2020-10-27 11:15:15 -0300

    Akoma Asks for Zoning Change

    By Richard Bell 

    Akoma Holdings is in the process of seeking a rezoning of the property of the former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children (NSHCC) along Highway 7 in Westphal. The company acquired the 320-acre parcel in 2014, making it the largest black landowner organization in the country. 

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  • published New Player in Fish Farm Fights in All Stories 2020-10-27 11:09:55 -0300

    New Player in Fish Farm Fights

    By Richard Bell 

    Advocates and opponents of open-net fish farms are about to find out how the province’s newest scheme for regulating the controversial industry works, with the first meeting of the new Aquaculture Review Board in late October to consider three applications for shellfish licenses and leases.  

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