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The Grapevine on Government Special Provincial Election Questionnaire: LEO GLAVINE

The Grapevine on Government Special Provincial Election Questionnaire: LEO GLAVINE By Emily Leeson & Emily Kathan  We asked a series of questions to all the candidates from Hants West, Kings North, Kings South, Kings West, and Annapolis. We’ve printed a selection of these questions and answers in The Grapevine. Leading up to the election on May 30, we’ll be sharing online the entire questionnaire as completed by each candidate who took the time to do so.   The answers below were provided by: Leo Glavine, the Liberal Candidate for Kings West.   GV (The Grapevine): What strategies are being used by…
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Grapevine on Government: King-Hants Counts – A New Political Advocacy Group in Our Community

Grapevine on Government: King-Hants Counts – A New Political Advocacy Group in Our Community By Emily Kathan A group of citizens in the Valley have recently come together to advocate for electoral reform. You may have heard something before about proposed changes to our current “first-past-the-post” system, including multiple parties promising electoral reform in the last federal election. What would electoral reform mean? According to King’s-Hants Counts members, Carolyn Campbell, S.J. Hauer, and Bill Zimmerman, electoral reform would create a voting system “that would make Parliament more consensual, resulting in better decision making, and encouraging all citizens to become more…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Baby Quilt

The Dome Chronicles: The Baby Quilt By Garry Leeson In 1981 we were busy running our new auction centre in Aylesford. Although we were primarily a livestock auction, we also sold other commodities like furniture and antiques. One day Andrea suggested that we try conducting a quilt auction to further diversify our business and help the local quilters to get better prices for their long hours of work. I was against the idea, so, of course, it turned out to be a roaring success. Hundreds of quilts sold at premium prices leaving a cash register full of commissions. We knew…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Lasagna Gardening

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Lasagna Gardening By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Gardening is great for helping practice patience. I am impatient by nature, and no matter how much I sing to my soil, I will always have to wait for the fresh taste of peas in the pod straight from the vine. Spring in the garden is a time for patiently waiting for the soil to warm and for the frost to pass. It’s a time to plan for future harvests and a time to prepare the earth for planting. If you haven’t started a…
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Barely Contained: May

Barely Contained: May By Monica Jorgensen I grew up in a house full of plants. Climbing, blooming, lusciously green plants. My mother would get compliments on her ability to make the greenery thrive from everyone who visited. Outside we had beautiful rock gardens, shrubs, and for several years, a wonderful vegetable garden. You would think I’d have learned a thing or two about gardening over the years. But you would be wrong. I have never met a plant I couldn’t kill. Until recently, that is. For the past year or so I have successfully kept two small root-bound houseplants alive,…
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The Dome Chronicles: DIY

The Dome Chronicles: DIY By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire,…
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AVRL News: Let the library help you clean…

AVRL News: Let the library help you clean… By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator As Spring finally pokes through Winter’s grip, some of us turn to thoughts of cleaning. You might need to tidy up the garden. Or perhaps this is the year you will declutter. Is it time to organize? How about trying “green” cleaning products? A subject search in the library catalogue for “house cleaning” can yield the inspiration you need. There are titles such as Clutter Rehab and Declutter your Life that sound like self-help for the collectors of things. If those seem too much, try The…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Easter Hares

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Easter Hares By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist It’s that time of the year again when rabbits get a lot of attention. If an Easter Bunny visits your home here in Nova Scotia, it’s most likely a Snowshoe hare (Latin: Lepus americanus, Mi’kmaq: apli’kmuj.) Snowshoe hares are amazing creatures that live in the Acadian Forest. They are common throughout North America, however they can be shy and secretive so you may not have seen one. They smartly camouflage themselves with their forest homes by changing colour with the seasons. As the snow…
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Public Engagement, Community Groups, and Civil Society

Public Engagement, Community Groups, and Civil Society By Emily Kathan How do we build community? How do we come to feel at home and invested in the places where we live? Many people think that a lot of this is determined by the kinds of community groups that exist within a given region, province, and nation. These sorts of groups are sometimes referred to as part of something called civil society. Defined as the “third sector” of society (government and business are the other two), civil society is made up of organizations and institutions that further the goals and rights…
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Grapevine on Government: Kentville’s Mayor Sandra Snow “If Citizens Feel Valued They Will Engage and Become Part of the Solution”

Grapevine on Government: Kentville’s Mayor Sandra Snow “If Citizens Feel Valued They Will Engage and Become Part of the Solution” By Emily Kathan Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow was elected in 2016. Previously, she worked in military aviation and currently co-owns a B&B. We asked her to tell us about what got her interested in municipal government, and why she thinks public engagement is important: Grapevine (GV): What is something you’ve learned, or think differently about, since you began working in government? Sandra Snow (SS): There are many pieces in play, and figuring it all out can be a daunting task,…
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