Look­ing back at Yarmouth County his­tory

Tri-County Vanguard - - OP-ED - COL­UMN Eric Bourque

From 1968

Nine­teen-sixty-eight was a fed­eral elec­tion year and Cana­di­ans were sched­uled to cast their votes June 25. In South West­ern Nova, the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives had cho­sen Louis R. Comeau, a 27-year-old pro­fes­sor at Col­lège Sainte-Anne, as their can­di­date. The Lib­er­als had picked John Ste­wart, who in the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment had served as MP for Antigo­nishGuys­bor­ough, but that rid­ing no longer ex­isted due to changes to rid­ing bound­aries. John Bower, who had rep­re­sented the for­mer con­stituency of Shel­burne-Yar­mouthClare since 1965, had not re-of­fered in 1968 in the new rid­ing of South West­ern Nova. The ’68 elec­tion was the first fed­eral cam­paign for the new lead­ers of the Lib­er­als (Pierre Trudeau) and PCs (Robert Stan­field). It was the fourth for NDP leader Tommy Dou­glas.


Also in 1968, Yarmouth’s new YMCA swim­ming pool was of­fi­cially opened, with Yarmouth Mayor Fred Emin on hand to cut the cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon. The pool, which had been a Cen­ten­nial Year project, re­port­edly had cost about $280,000. The open­ing cer­e­mony in­cluded a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion to C. Roger Rand, chair­man of the Yarmouth YMCA at the time, who was hon­oured for his work on the pool project. “Now we re­ally do cel­e­brate the end of Canada’s Cen­ten­nial ... with a splash that will last,” Rand said.

*** An in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony was held for the new bishop of the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Yarmouth. Most Rev. Austin Burke suc­ceeded Al­bert Lemé­nager, the Yarmouth dio­cese’s first bishop, who had served in this role from 1953 un­til his death in 1967. The cer­e­mony where Most Rev. Burke for­mally be­came the dio­cese’s sec­ond bishop took place in St. Am­brose Cathe­dral in Yarmouth.

*** Yarmouth’s board of trade ex­pressed its sup­port for the cre­ation of a re­gional li­brary in west­ern Nova Sco­tia. The big­gest ex­pense for set­ting up such a li­brary nor­mally would have been con­struc­tion, but it was noted that the Izaak Wal­ton Kil­lam Li­brary in Yarmouth had been built with the idea that a re­gional li­brary might be de­vel­oped, and so the build­ing had space al­lot­ted for re­gional li­brary fa­cil­i­ties.

From 1978

As the 1977-78 lob­ster-fish­ing sea­son in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia was near­ing its con­clu­sion, it ap­peared that the spring por­tion of the sea­son had off­set a very poor fall fish­ery, as it had the pre­vi­ous year. The Nova Sco­tia Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion had been talk­ing to DFO about per­haps hav­ing the sea­son go two weeks into June – rather than end­ing at the end of May – in a fur­ther ef­fort to make up for the poor fish­ing in the fall, but a fish­eries depart­ment sur­vey re­port­edly had found fish­er­men were against this idea.


There was talk of a del­e­ga­tion go­ing to Ot­tawa to meet with Otto Lang, Canada’s trans­port min­is­ter at the time, to dis­cuss get­ting a re­place­ment for the Bluenose ferry. Tourism and com­mu­nity lead­ers had long called for a big­ger, more mod­ern ves­sel to re­place the Bluenose, which had been serv­ing the Yarmouth-Bar Har­bor run for more than 20 years. A pro­vin­cial tourism of­fi­cial said he ex­pected even more Amer­i­cans would want to come to Canada, given the favourable ex­change rate for U.S. trav­ellers, strength­en­ing the case, he said, for a new ferry.

From 1988

Ad­dress­ing mem­bers of Canada’s Stand­ing Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Fish­eries, which was hold­ing pub­lic ses­sions in Yarmouth, Dick Ste­wart, man­ager at the time of the At­lantic Her­ring Fish­er­men’s Mar­ket­ing Co-op­er­a­tive, said among the is­sues fac­ing the her­ring in­dus­try was over­fish­ing. “The Flem­ish Cap is over­fished so much that it has be­come the Flem­ish hole,” Ste­wart said. Ot­tawa needed to curb the for­eign fish­ing ef­fort or stocks were in jeop­ardy, he said.

In sports, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle dom­i­nated the 1988 Nova Sco­tia Aca­dian Games (Jeux de l’Acadie). Ar­gyle had the high­est point to­tal in four of six sports at the games, which were hosted by Clare. The games were a qual­i­fier for the up­com­ing Aca­dian Games for the Mar­itime re­gion, to be held in Bathurst.

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