Tri-County Vanguard - - Year In Review -

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

rec­og­nized with

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.

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