Monday, January 18, 2021

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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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  • published Lead in Our Schools’ Water in All Stories 2020-10-27 11:04:46 -0300

    Lead in Our Schools’ Water

    By David Shuman 

    Former Gaetz Brook Junior High student Jakob Besaw says he was shocked when he learned that one of the water fountains he was drinking from back in 2016 had more than 900 times the legal limit of lead.  

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  • published Gammon Wins Upset Hendsbee Re-elected in All Stories 2020-10-27 10:49:02 -0300

    Gammon Wins Upset Hendsbee Re-elected

    By Richard Bell 

    In her second run in District 1, Cathy Deagle Gammon upset long-time incumbent Steve Streatch by 74 votes in the official count, 3,062 to 2,953. Stephen Kamperman received 1,006 votes, and Arthur Wamback got 206 votes.  

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  • published In Memoriam Joseph Douglas Purcell in All Stories 2020-10-27 10:43:04 -0300

    In Memoriam Joseph Douglas Purcell

    Renowned local artist Joe Purcell passed away on October 16, 2020. In his memory, our cover this month is one of his family’s favorite prints, Chezzetcook The Land of My People. This cover is not Joe’s first time on our cover

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  • published Most Candidates Oppose Owls Head Golf Courses in All Stories 2020-10-15 20:25:29 -0300

    Most Candidates Oppose Owls Head Golf Courses

    By Richard Bell

    Opponents of the secret sale last year of Owls Head Provincial Park by the Department of Lands and Forestry took advantage of the upcoming election to ask every candidate for HRM Council, “If the matter is before Council, would you support upholding the Regional Park designation, in order to protect Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve?”

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  • Sheet Harbour Gets $10 Million Wellness Centre

    By Richard Bell

    After a sustained community organizing drive, HRM, the province, and the federal government announced on October 7 a combined commitment of $10 million dollars to build a “Wellness Centre” in Sheet Harbour.

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  • published Steve Streatch in All Stories 2020-10-01 10:57:08 -0300

    Steve Streatch

    District 1

    “Politics has always been in my blood,” Councillor Steve Streatch told the Cooperator in an interview. My father Ken served an MLA and a minster under John Buchanan, and my sister Judy’s been a minister as well. Running under the slogan, “Proven Ability,” Streatch has been through 9 elections, and held office for more than 13 years.

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  • published Election 2020—Meet the Candidates in All Stories 2020-10-01 10:20:05 -0300

    Election 2020—Meet the Candidates

    By Richard Bell

    Welcome to the Cooperator’s coverage of the October 17 election for HRM Council. In the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of interviewing eight candidates, 4 from District 1—Waverly-Fall River—Musquodoboit Valley, and 4 from District 2—Preston—Chezzetcook—Eastern Shore.

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  • published Nicole Johnson in All Stories 2020-10-01 10:00:05 -0300

    Nicole Johnson

    District 2

    After years in small businesses and community volunteering, Nicole Johnson decided to put her experience to work for the community. “Whatever I’ve done, it always kept me coming back to the community,” Johnson said in an interview with the Cooperator. “I’m not coming in with a personal agenda, I’m coming in to work with people collectively.”

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  • published Tim Milligan in All Stories 2020-10-01 09:59:53 -0300

    Tim Milligan

    District 2

    “I kept hearing people say we needed new blood, a new perspective, so I decided to put my name in the ring and give it a shot,” Tim Milligan told the Cooperator in an interview. In a short bio, he wrote that as the election got closer, he found himself “continually thinking, ‘If I don’t like something, I should (and thankfully can) do something about it.” He was “tired of ‘grumbling of what growth and leadership could be had within District 2.’”

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  • published Stephen Kamperman in All Stories 2020-10-01 09:59:28 -0300

    Stephen Kamperman

    District 1

    Moving from the world of robotic lawnmowers to Halifax City Council doesn’t seem like that big a jump to Stephen Kamperman. “I was ‘the Lawn Guy,’” Kamperman told the Cooperator in an interview. “I’ve been worried about our civic groups not getting the support they needed, so I decided to throw my name in for Councillor.”

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