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January 2, 2010
Icy Blast of
Winter Heads for Eastern Shore
Storm Warning in Effect Storm Surges and Freezing Rain
left shows White Juan in February, 2004)
The first regional hotspot of 2010 has to be today's inaugeral
At 2:00 pm The storm is approaching fast from the south-west,
so fill your water jugs, make sure you have lots of candles or
flashlight batteries and a good stormstay food supply.
It wouldn't hurt to have some cash on hand because cash machines
don't work if the power goes out. Don't forget your meds too,
if you need to stock up.
For more info on putting together your 72
hour emergency kit, check out the Federal Gov't's Be
Highway Cams are useful tools
if you want to check out the storm's progress from south-west
The NS Dept of Highways Yarmouth
Cam (2:15 pm) shows a major visibility and slippery slush
problem, while Lake
Charlotte highways are clean and clear. Look out, Eastern
Current Road Conditions can also be checked by visiting
the 511 map online or
by dialing: 511.
Here's a final important storm watch link for NS and the Eastern
Shore. Environment Canada's weather
office publishes current conditions from coast to coast --
and today, in this part of the country at least, a Sheet
Harbour weather page shows a large red "storm
warning" banner at the top, with "freezing rain"
and "storm surge" warnings as well.
Below that, a five day forecast (hmmm, doesn't look great, but
it's balmy! The temperature will hover around the zero mark at
least until Friday, January 8th. )
Response to Focus Report Toquoy Gold Mine Moose River
By Elizabeth May, Leader Green Party
December 24, 2007
"It may be unusual for a political party to present a submission
for a Focus Report in a Class 1 Provincial Environmental Assessment.
In this case, I felt strongly that we should as the proposed project
represents the antithesis of ecological sustainability and fails to
meet minimum tests for economic health. "
News Release: May 12, 2005
"Seeking the Sanctuary - A Walk
Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 am
Many people are unaware that an estimated 30-50% of Liscombe Game
Sanctuary has been clearcut and that it still continues. Liscombe
is a large wilderness area that is vital to the future of the 20 +/-
sanctuaries in the Sheet Harbour to Sherbrooke areas. Liscombe is
We are appreciative that DNR Minister Richard Hurlburt has agreed
not to de-list the Province's game sanctuaries and wildlife management
areas and has also stated that he will consider a logging ban on the
sanctuaries - Liscombe, Chignecto, Blandford, Waverley are the most
vulnerable to clearcutting.
To encourage Minister Hurlburt to make that decision putting a stop
to clearcutting before the new deadline of May 31st, we are staging
a walk in Liscombe Sanctuary. In spite of the short notice, we invite
and encourage everyone to come out on Saturday and support us in this
"Seeking the Sanctuary - A Walk in Liscombe"
Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 am. (Rain Date: Thursday, May 19th, Same
Time, Same Place)
The walk will create awareness of the continued clearcutting in the
Liscombe Game Sanctuary. We are not opposed to forestry; we are opposed
to 'strip-mining' the forest, particularly in the Liscombe Sanctuary.
Meet at the old DNR West Sanctuary Entrance, Sheet Harbour.
From Halifax, follow highway 7 to Sheet Harbour, cross the 2nd bridge
(East River) and just past that turn left on Hwy #374 (the Stellarton
to Sheet Harbour highway).
The West. Sanctuary Entrance is approx. 16 km from the Highway 7
(Sheet Harbour) & Hwy 374 junction. You'll see a large wooden sign
and a log cabin, just before you cross the East River bridge.
(Sheet Harbour is about 1.5 hours from Dartmouth on Marine Drive,
Please bring a lunch and a camera and plan for about 3 hours, including
the walk of about 1 km
For those of us working to help revitalize Nova Scotia's
rural communities, the CBC article above is like a breath of fresh air
The CBC news item states that the first business immmigrants
under Nova Scotia's new 'nominee program' have arrived and opened a
candy store in Arichat
A candy store in Arichat may sound a bit unlikely but
this American couple bring with them a quality, exportable product as
Hand-dipped chocolates made at a locally based parent
company, Isle Madame Confections will offer a small boost to the regional
economy and the promise of someday, a few jobs
Perhaps, if Arichat is really
fortunate, the "Candy Store" will find support for training
dollars and proceed to turn out a few master chocolatiers, who will
stay home and create a micro-industry and create a few more jobs.
What's more, graduate candy makers will also have children
to fill local schools, spend their paychecks in local businesses and
pay their fair share of taxes to maintain rural services
In an ideal world, this newly arrived couple, would
be only one of hundreds filling the shortage of skilled trades people
in the rural areas
Most importantly, they fill the gaping holes in our
business service panorama left by discouraged local entrepreneurs as
they limp back to a job in the City
How Speedy is Speedy? Nova Scotia's Speedy "New"
Business Immigration Program (NSNP)
It sounds like a dream come true for
anyone seeking to immigrate to Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
offers "relaxed rules and speedy processing" to immigrant
entrepreneurs, according to a Quebec immigration consultant, Prashant
Ajmera, of Pointe Claire QC
Ajmera emphasizes that applicants can
move quickly through the process of immigrating to Nova Scotia for business
purposes - if they qualify - by proving a net worth of $300,000 CAD
and by NOT being eligible for the Federal immigrant entrepreneurs' program
While results of the applicant review
process are known in as little as four weeks time, here's where the
NSNP program gets a little grey
NOT being eligible under the Federal
prgram suggests that NSNP applicants have already been "around
the horn and heard her blow" as my father used to say
Does this federally imposed criteria
mean that potential business immigrants must first plod their way through
a less relaxed and slower moving Canadian program in order to be rejected,
before they can qualify for the Nova Scotia program?
If so, that may account for the 26 month
lag between the NSNP launch (June 28, 2002) and
the Arichat Candy Store Opening (August 18, 2004)
Economic Development Minister Ernie Fage states that
more than 60 entrepreneurial individuals have been nominated for immigration
to Nova Scotia and another 110 are being processed
Let's hope they all don't take as long
Gail Martin is an editor, researcher and freelance writer of sustainable
living related articles-Martin is also a founding member of the Bay
of Islands Sustainable Economic Development Centre (2001) in Moser River,
& Owners Join Forces in Attack Against Task Force Recommendations
(Submitted Anonymously by Highway 7 Reader)
Several petition campaigns have been launched attacking the OHV Taskforce
report. Some ATV groups who have previously stated publicly their support
for the VP report are now mounting a full-scale attack against it under
the radar. These petitions are just one piece of the puzzle.
Unbelievably, All Terrain Vehicle Ass'n of Nova Scotia (ATVANS) appears
to be the lead group coordinating this assault and it looks like it's
growing quickly. Beyond ATVANS though is strong evidence that the national
manufacturers lobby association CATV is actually behind this movement.
in other words, the manufacturers and the local dealers
are fanning the flames in order to neuter the taskforce recommendations.
Under pressure from rider groups, the VP Taskforce has extended the
deadline for submissions by two weeks, to the end of the month. This
move was to allow them more time to organize opposition to the taskforce
report. You can bet there will be a flood of signed petitions and submissions
from more irate ATVers attacking the report.
It is therefore most important that the task force receive as many
supportive submissions as soon as possible.
Water, Water Everywhere, Not Enough
to Eat! Climate change and water shortages around the world are linked.
Here in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, we somewhat selfconsciously
congratulate ourselves on the possible side effects of global warming:
longer, warmer, drier summers. It's a fool's paradise. Global warming
and the shortage of fresh water is going to affect us in serious ways.
Read the paper produced by Lester Brown, President of the Earth
Policy Institute, titled: "Wakeup
Call on the Food Front".
July 23, 2002
"Highway #7 to receive $17 million upgrade"
It's been said that dreams are our roadmaps to the future. If so, where are
we headed? Common Dreams offers an eclectic mix of politics, issues and breaking
news with an emphasis on progressive perspectives that are increasingly hard
to find with our corporate-dominated media.
Council of Canadians
As a government and corporate watchdog, the Council offers a critical voice
on key national issues. Since 2004, the Council has focused on fighting deeper
economic integration with the United States. This includes building popular
opposition to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, an agreement
reached by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in 2005, that is paving the way for Canada
to integrate our security measures with those of the United States, surrender
control of our energy supplies, sell off our water, and harmonize our medical
drug testing policies with lower U.S. standards.
TheCouncil of Canadians has run highly influential citizen campaigns against
cutbacks and changes to Canada's system of public pensions, the proposed mergers
of four of the country's biggest banks, and the introduction of Bovine Growth
Hormone into the nation's milk supply. The Council has also worked with groups
and individuals across the country to fight the alarming concentration of media
ownership in Canada. More recently, the Council has launched campaigns to prevent
the bulk export of Canada's fresh water and to protect Canada's public health
care system from privatization.
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Outdoors Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia's online, outdoor magazine. Helping you explore the great outdoors.
News, events, features, special destinations, outdoor properties, outdoor gear
and equipment, The Outdoor Directory and alot more.
Rural Delivery is a farm and country journal for Atlantic Canadians who love
farming, gardening, nature, preserving food, cooking great meals and who simply
enjoy country life. In its 28th year of publishing.
Daily News, The
Weekly news out of Truro, Nova Scotia, discusses all the latest news and activities
affecting the community.
The ancient Greeks had a name for the totally private person,
the person uninvolved in the politics of their time. Arguably,
the Greeks had it right when they described someone who stood
by and watched politics happen to them as an "idiot".