Firefighters fought Yarmouth
fishing vessel blaze amid miserable conditions
Yarmouth County resident Arnold Porter stood on the Lobster Rock Wharf amid howling winds and bitter cold for many hours, watching as firefighters tried to save his boat, the Fundy Commander, after a fire broke out shortly before 10 p.m. on Jan. 4.
Porter had owned the fish dragger just shy of two years but had never taken it out on a fishing trip yet. First built in Newfoundland for a fisherman from Digby, the vessel was later sold overseas, ending up in Holland instead.
Then someone from Newfoundland bought it during a foreclosure sale and was going to have it transported there. “But his wife passed away. He was 67 years old and just kind of threw his hands in the air and was done with fishing so I bought it from him,” Porter said. “So, we went to Holland, put it on a container ship and brought it over.”
At the time of the fire the boat was being fixed for sale. It was suspected the cause was electrical.
Amid miserable conditions – both from the weather and due to the location of the fire – firefighters responded to the fire as a winter storm blew through the area. By the following morning the heavily damaged vessel had sank alongside the wharf.
Heartbreak in Yarmouth County as four children died in Pubnico Head fire
The year got off to a tragic start in Yarmouth County as a house fire in Pubnico Head claimed the lives of four children.
It was 12:13 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, when the RCMP received a call alerting them to the blaze. West Pubnico’s fire department was the first to respond – the fire was in their district – but other fire departments also responded.
“It’s very hard,” said Kathy Bourque, the area’s municipal councillor. “It’s like any community. We all know each other and when something like this happens, everybody is devastated.”
Different organizations were offering to help, including the Red Cross. Community groups, individuals and businesses were stepping up, doing what they could to support those affected by the tragedy. All of Yarmouth County, and the rest of the province, were heartbroken by the deaths.
We will always remember these beautiful children: Jayla Kennedy, Winston Prouty, Mya Prouty and Mason Grant.
Shelburne resident was being
Order of Canada appointment
Shelburne’s Elizabeth Cromwell had been appointed to the Order of Canada as a member (CM) “for her contributions to black heritage preservation and education in Nova Scotia.” Cromwell was one of 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada recently announced by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette. Cromwell, a founding member of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, had been recognized in 2017 with an honorary degree from Dalhousie University, which described her as tireless in her efforts “to have the contributions and struggles of the black Loyalists recognized as a central piece of Nova Scotian and Canadian history.” Her appointment officially took place later in the year.
Town of Shelburne was considering getting police
services from Bridgewater
Policing services provided by the Bridgewater police force would cost the Town of Shelburne about $100,000 less per year compared to the current cost for the RCMP, according to a presentation to Shelburne town council. The Town of Bridgewater and Bridgewater Police Service had been invited by Shelburne town council to submit a proposal outlining what an alternative policing contract for Shelburne could look like. Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall emphasized the reason the town was considering a different policing option was “very specifically due to the unsustainable costs and rising costs of policing.” She said there were “still a lot of discussions to be had” if the town continued to explore the Bridgewater police as an option.
Panel said electoral boundaries commission should be able to recommend ‘exceptional’ ridings
A report on electoral representation for the province’s Acadian and African Nova Scotian populations said an electoral boundaries commission should be able to recommend exceptional ridings – or minority ridings, as they perhaps were better known – and it also said principles for setting electoral boundaries should be legislated.
The report made 29 recommendations aimed at helping ensure Acadians and African Nova Scotians were represented in the political process and in government.
ABOVE and BELOW LEFT: Heartbreak was felt in the Pubnicos, in Yarmouth County, in the province and beyond in early January following the death of four children in a house fire.
See JANUARY, A5 Cape Sable Island fisherman Todd Newell started the Live Well Challenge on Jan. 17 on social media as a way to help the families of the Pubnico Head house fire that claimed the lives of four children, and to also help other local charities, causes and organizations.
The Municipality of Clare looked at what the size of its council should be at the next election.