Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

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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Dinner Out: Review for Townsend

Dinner Out: Review for Townsend By Scott Campbell This article is a bit of a departure from my regular local culinary musings. I like to travel and I like to dine out. So, predictably, I will often find amazing restaurants that I want to write about when I travel. During an overnight stay in Philadelphia I had the opportunity to dine at a little (35-seat) restaurant located in a renovated town house on East Passyunk Avenue. We opted for the 5-course tasting menu and I think I can safely say this was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had…
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Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots

Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots By Mike Butler Good Day Readers, It’s the first day of spring and it’s snowing, blowing, and freezing outside. I’m from Nova Scotia so this is not unusual. I know spring is right around the corner but for now, I know where I can find some warm smiles, some springy customer service, and the feeling of fun and excitement that spring brings. Take a jaunt over to Daisy Roots in Port Williams and get acquainted with Emma, Susan, and Carole! Here’s a little bit about this wonderful shop and…
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AVRL News: Planting for Easter

AVRL News: Planting for Easter By Tim Jackson, Community Engagement Assistant with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), and minor league gardener. Spring is here and with it comes longer days, snow drops, daffodils, crocuses, and Easter with the bunny and decorated eggs. In my house, potting soil, heat mats, seed trays, pots, and seed packets are part of my Easter decorating. Next to that first serenade from peepers, one of the best things about spring is seeing the first seedlings popping out of the soil and reaching for the sky. I always start too many, but that is part…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Port Cities

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Port Cities By Susan Wedlock Port Cities is an exciting new east coast group blending the talents of Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, and Carleton Stone. All three hail from Cape Breton. Breagh is a trained jazz musician, and Carleton and Dylan (yes, son of Bruce Guthro) have their own solo careers. Together they create something dynamic and unique. Port Cities  is playing at the Evergreen Theatre on April 15 at 8pm. For tickets visit: evergreentheatre.ca Susan Wedlock (SW): Breagh, tell me a bit about your mentor and producer Gordie Sampson? Breagh: Growing up in Cape Breton, I…
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Spring into Action Challenge Gets Communities Moving

Spring into Action Challenge Gets Communities Moving Submitted The 14th annual physical activity challenge, “Spring Into Action”, takes place April 10 to May 21, 2017. It helps support people making a commitment to a physically-active lifestyle. Coordinated by Horizons Community Development Associates (horizonscda.ca), the challenge, which involves teams made of friends, family, or work colleagues, has grown to include teams from across Canada and other parts of the world. It was also featured as a model health promotion initiative at the Atlantic Summer Institute in Prince Edward Island. “We are so proud that the challenge has motivated 7,000 people over…
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Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust

Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust By Jenny Osburn Standing at the stunning Lookoff and gazing over thousands of hectares of Nova Scotia’s best farmland, you could be forgiven in believing that farms are forever. Unfortunately, farmland in Canada is disappearing at a disturbing rate with over 6 million hectares lost mainly to development since 1966. Nova Scotia is certainly not immune to the trend, which is why the work of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust is so important. Formed by a group of concerned but enthusiastic Valley community leaders in 2009, the AVFT set out to facilitate the preservation of farmland,…
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Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema Building Receives Provincial Heritage Property Status

Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema Building Receives Provincial Heritage Property Status Submitted The neon ACADIA marquee on the Acadia Cinema building, a key landmark on Wolfville’s Main Street, is now protected as a provincially-registered heritage property. The Co-op received notification in January that the property has been registered under the Provincial Heritage Property program of the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage. The Acadia Cinema Co-operative, the non-profit operators of the Al Whittle Theatre in the Acadia Cinema building, applied to have the theatre’s century-old significance as a cultural venue recognized both provincially and municipally. Inclusion in the provincial program offers conservation…
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Club Corner: Radio Amateurs Commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

Club Corner: Radio Amateurs Commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge By Bob Schofield, VE1RSM, President, Kings County Amateur Radio Club From Sandy Cove on the Digby Neck to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Radio Amateurs took to the airwaves to tell the world of Canada’s victory at the Battle of VIMY Ridge. Starting on New Year’s Day, 2017, and for the next six days, fourteen operators across Nova Scotia told the VIMY story to more than 5700 Amateur Radio stations in 73 countries around the world. These contacts were made using voice (SSB), Morse code (CW), and digital modes (RTTY and PSK31). VE100VIMY/VE1,…
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