Celebrating birthdays, new bus service
A new bus service that will connect Lunenburg County communities to each other, and the county as a whole to Halifax and points beyond, was announced earlier last month in Bridgewater by provincial Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine.
$385,000 will be used by the Nova Scotia Community Transportation Network to provide passenger and parcel bus service from Halifax to Lunenburg County from now until Feb. 29, 2020.
During his announcement, Glavine said access to affordable, accessible and reliable transportation is “important for Nova Scotians, especially older adults and our most vulnerable citizens who rely on community transportation to help them stay connected to jobs, health care and social events.”
Calling the announcement a “great day for community transportation in Nova Scotia,” network chair Reg Johnson said his group is thrilled to be part of this significant pilot project, which “will serve as a template to develop similar options in other communities where a need exists.”
Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell said his town’s bus system, launched last year, has been a “great enabler for cultural and social inclusion, accessibility and community and economic development.”
Mitchell said the Maritime
Bus service will connect housebound people, who, until now, had to rely heavily on others to satisfy their transportation needs.
“It helps people who need to travel to the city for medical appointments. Some people have to ask family, friends or neighbours if they can drive them to the city, wait a couple hours while they see medical people, then drive them home again. This bus service changes things for them,” he said.
Maritime Bus president Mike Cassidy told me he is excited about the new service, but after a six-year absence, it takes time to build up user confidence so he is committed to working hard to make this pilot project happen over the next 18 months. He assured me it would not be terminated sooner.
“This area has been without bus service for close to six years, so when you come back and start to provide that connectiveness that is so important for the communities, it’s gratifying,” said Cassidy.
In addition to Bridgewater, stops are scheduled for Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Chester and Hubbards, and the bus will connect to Liverpool’s transit system. There are three departures and arrivals daily.
Maritime Bus offers same-day, round-trip fares for seniors, adults and students and monthly passes.
For information on schedules and fares, call 1-800-575-1807 or visit www.maritimebus.com.
Public pool pee problem
With all the hullabaloo related to the existence and replacement of straight pipes along the Lahave River and elsewhere on the South Shore, here’s a fun fact to ponder the next time you are squirting water out of your mouth at a public pool.
According to Canadian researchers whose work was published in the Environmental Science and Letters journal, a 25-metre public swimming pool contains an estimated urine volume of 75 litres.
Researchers collected samples from 31 pools and hot tubs from two unnamed Canadian cities.
The chemical marker used for urine detection in pools — a synthetic sweetener used in many foods — cannot be metabolized by the human body and is excreted exclusively in urine. The study found that concentrations of this sweetener from one pool tested was 570 times greater than ordinary tap water.
Holy Speedo, here’s what I’m thinking: Given that odious news about public pools, splashing around in the Lahave seems downright refreshing.
Tale of two birthdays
We acknowledged two birthdays at our Dayspring home recently — a sweet 16 and a terrible two.
The former was a tribute to my relatively trusty wheels, a 16-year-old Frontier pickup truck.
The latter was the damnation of a pair of two-year-old holes at the edge of the asphalt on our road.
Despite two calls to our MLA and a couple more to the folks in charge of road maintenance and repair, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR), the holes got deeper and more problematic.
There have been blowouts, damaged wheel rims, altered wheel alignments and endless loud bangs as vehicles and trailers of all shapes and sizes have fallen victim to the cavernous dropoffs.
We worry about motorcycles and bicycles hitting the holes. Should that happen, the rider would likely be propelled right into the unforgiving rock gabion wall that runs the width of the property.
But there is good news to share, thanks to a chance encounter with Ruth Wawin, constituency assistant to MLA Suzanne Lohnes-croft. Wawin promised to contact a supervisor at
Well, two days later, the larger of the two holes was patched, although it appears to be a temporary solution, and heavy trucks will likely pound out the large Class C gravel in no time.
Hopefully a more permanent fix is planned, not just for our stretch, but for many other locations along the road.
For now, at least, I won’t have to plan a third birthday party for my menacing heavy-hitter pothole.
Good riddance, big fella.
If you have any pressing issues with your road, contact the TIR Operations Centre at 1-844-696-7737 or email email@example.com.
Ontarians East Coast bound
I don’t know what this year’s numbers reveal about tourists visiting the Maritimes, but it appears large numbers of tourists from Upper Canada experienced some good old East Coast hospitality.
My wife and I visited the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island recently and it seemed every third vehicle there sported an Ontario licence plate. It was a similar observation on the South Shore.
Perhaps some of those visitors to Nova Scotia were doctors who fell in love with the region and just can’t wait to move here and set up a thriving family practice. Hey, a guy can dream, right?
Maritime Bus has started a three-times-a- day passenger and parcel bus service between the South Shore and Halifax. The Nova Scotia Community Transportation Network is receiving $385,000 from the provincial government to fund the 18-month pilot project, which is part of a larger multi-year plan to strengthen community transportation links across the province, particularly in rural areas.