World Cleanup Day Event September 21

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Solar workshops scheduled

Hello cherished Solar Nova Scotia Member or Friend!

Our two-hour Solar Electricity For Homes has been wildly successful and as promised, we have added a *bunch* more Learning Sessions all around the province!  

These presentations are designed to de-mystify the technology, the economics, and the process of getting solar panels on your home, for someone with no prior knowledge.

Below are the *new* Learning Sessions that we just scheduled; below that is the link to all of the Sessions.  We’ll be scheduling yet more in the near future.

* September 8, 2019     Parrsboro
* September 9, 2019     Truro
* September 10, 2019    Great Village
* September 23, 2019    Tatamagouche
* September 24, 2019    Amherst
* September 24, 2019    Tantallon
* September 25, 2019    Pugwash
* September 26, 2019    Stewiake
* October 21, 2019        Glace Bay Public Library
* October 22, 2019        North Sydney Public Library
* October 23, 2019        Sydney Public Library
* November 1, 2019      Paradise
* November 2, 2019      Middleton
* November 2, 2019      Annapolis

For the times, locations, how to register, and the full list of Learning Sessions, visit:

Daniel MacKay
Secretary, Solar Nova Scotia

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Public Archaeology Event

Have you ever discovered an ancient “artifact” on the beach or in the ground? Would you like to learn about what you’ve found? Archaeologists from the Canadian Museum of History, the Nova Scotia Museum, and the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in collaboration with experts from Acadia First Nation, are on the South, Yarmouth, and Acadian shores of Nova Scotia searching for endangered archaeological sites, and you can help.

Bring your found items to the Yarmouth County Museum on Saturday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. An archaeologist will identify the object and tell you its approximate age. In return, they’ll photograph it and ask you where you found it. You’ll be helping them discover new archaeological sites, and may help them to preserve important sites endangered by climate change.

What’s The Point? Archaeology Show and Learn
Saturday, August 17th
From 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Yarmouth County Museum
22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 3C8

–¬ 30 –¬


Matthew Betts
Curator, Atlantic Provinces Archaeology
Canadian Museum of History

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-Public Archaeology Lecture –

Friday, August 16th
6 P.M.
Yarmouth County Museum
22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 3C8

The archaeology of Nova Scotia’s Southwestern Shore – and the race to save it from oblivion

Archaeologists from the Canadian Museum of History and the University of New Brunswick, in collaboration with Acadia First Nation, have spent a decade exploring the archaeological History of Port Joli Nova Scotia. Over that time, they have revealed a detailed record of ancient Mi’kmaw life on the South Shore. Some of the things they have discovered have changed what we know about ancient life in the region, and several of their findings have never been seen before by archaeologists.
Their new project is a collaboration with the Nova Scotia Museum, the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, Acadia First Nation, and Bear River. Together, they are assessing the impact of coastal erosion and climate change on archaeological sites and attempting to salvage what is left before it is washed out to sea.
In this lecture, Dr. Matthew Betts will reveal the discoveries made in Port Joli and will paint a picture of ancient life in Nova Scotia. He will outline the new coastal erosion project and will reveal the significant impact that erosion has had on Nova Scotia’s archaeological history. He will describe the race to save this history before it is lost forever and how you can help.


Matthew Betts
Curator, Atlantic Provinces Archaeology
Canadian Museum of History

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Minutes for August meeting

These are unapproved minutes. See future posts for revisions, if any.

TREPA Minutes

Aug. 7, 2019

The meeting of the Board of Directors of TREPA Aug. 7, at 7:03,P.M. our Main Street office.

Present-Barrie, John S, Ginny, Jean, John M., Dan, Eko, Jennifer, Roy, Dianne, Larry, Mike and Debbie.

Regrets: None sent.

Guest-MacKenzie Upton- Student employee

Approval Agenda-The agenda was approved with corrections from John S.

Approval  Minutes– Minutes approved by John M. 2nd by Roy.

Treasurer’s Report-DFO Project employees paid, John S. expenses paid, Barrie’s expenses paid, CRA forms sent; Revenue not balanced this month due to the fact that we have not received payment from DFO.  John S will send reminder.

Dianne moved the adoption of her report, 2nd by Mike.

Old Business:

1. Summer student-Report-Mackenzie Upton provided accounting of her activities-Collected water samples for blue-green algal blooms, worked with Waste Check at their booth in Exhibition, attended MTRI program in Caledonia , checked for  woolly hemlock aldegid in a few areas, has worked on two research reports: one on blue-green algae blooms.  MacKenzie will be doing further water tests, and take a boat tour of Medashack area under the supervision of TREPA across Great Pubnico Lake.

2. Water quality-Carleton River system-Chemistry- testing has been done on early algae blooms is scheduled as well as for mid blooms and scheduled for late blooms. Eko will check the upper 4 lakes (Nowlans, Porcupine, Placids, and Provost);  there were checks at the end of July and there will be passive blooms checked at the end of August.

Jean felt the volunteer help requested from Andrew Sinclair regarding algae blooms was not clear coming from various sources involved in the project,  nor were the protocols made clear.  There were too many people involved in the organization of the project with conflicting e-mails circulating.  She recommends that we not get involved next year.

3. OP Eds –None from TREPA.  There were several notices sent out from other sources (not TREPA) regarding the Boat Harbour/Northern Pulp situation.  There were also several notices sent out concerning clear cuts in Shelburne and Annapolis area.

 4.  Support for Palaeolimnological Project given –John S. sent letter out. 

 5.  There was a request for funding for a workshop next  

6.   DFO fish count project concluded.  There seem to be lower level of kiaks this year.

7.   Climate Crisis- Judy Green will be running for office.  Other than that,  is considered a beneficial website.  According to the information on that sight, the biggest challenge to climate crisis is refrigeration. Larry thinks that three of the efforts TREPA should support is hydro-power, wind mill power generation, and the installation of solar panels.  (Ginny has attached contact for Solar Nova Scotia).  

8.  Rare Plant count was done July 26.  The low early count of Plymouth gentian may have been due to late spring and relatively early timing of the count.  The water level was down from July 2 and during the month, there has been heavy ATV activity on parts of the shore, where counts are typically done. This is a major concern for TREPA.  The problem has been reported to DLF which plans to send in a drone and possibly install cameras later.

9.   The Golden Forest issue is being addressed.  In the fall a proper culvert will be installed.  The municipality will charge each tax player to cover costs.

10.  PAC meeting-apparently the issue in Dayton was discussed July 16 and it appeared to John S. that lessons had been learned. The next PAC meeting will be Aug. 20 at 7pm.  


1.  Aug.  17-Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth-Nature Trust Celebration of Coastal Islands, Aug. 17 1:00-4:00.  Contact Jessica Bradford, 1-902-4255263.

2.   MTRI series-Session on Aug. 21 is on Monarch butterflies.  Ginny moved that MacKenzie be funded to attend if she wished to attend.  2nd by Mike.  Approved by the board.   MacKenzie will write a report.

         3.    Bills-Large check to John for expenses- paid.  

        4.   Letters– Nancy Robinson re Striped Bass Research proposed by Dawn MacNeill re Nova Scotia North Atlantic Study asked for participants –none were found; Invitation from Victoria Brooks to attend seminar Aug. 3. No one was able to attend from TREPA.  Request from Andrew Sinclair regarding water testing received.

Temporary Executive selected  by committee.  John moved and Jennifer 2nd the acceptance of temporary executive:  Dan-President, Vice President-Mike, Barrie –Secretary, Treasurer-Dianne Klomp. 

Next meeting Sept. 4, 2019

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