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Parks Canada Agency is planning to permanently close its Archaeology Laboratory in Nova Scotia

Parks Canada Agency is planning to permanently close its Archaeology Laboratory in Nova Scotia

Parks Canada Agency is planning to permanently close its Archaeology Laboratory in Woodside (Dartmouth), Nova Scotia, and move the facility’s archaeology collection, historical objects collection, and staff to Gatineau, Québec. This state-of-the-art facility was purpose-built in 2009 and is the only laboratory of its kind in Atlantic Canada.The archaeology collection contains approximately 1.45 million archaeological objects representing thousands of years of Atlantic Canadian heritage. The stories of our region’s diverse Indigenous and immigrant cultures are told through artifacts from Port…

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This Summer May See First Wilderness Helipad Site Designated by Province

This Summer May See First Wilderness Helipad Site Designated by Province

John Bignell, a board volunteer with the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust, has been working with the province to establish a helicopter landing pad within the Five Bridges Wilderness Area. This landing site would be the province’s first for a wilderness area. “It could play a crucial role in how emergency services respond to an accident within the remote area,” says The Bridge, the association’s newsletter. “Right now it could take two to three hours to reach someone who is…

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Desire for a New Community Centre in Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Comes to Life Again—Citizens Meet

Desire for a New Community Centre in Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Comes to Life Again—Citizens Meet

At the Ridgeview Middle School on December 8th, 2003, a small group of citizens participated in a round table discussion concerning recreation in BLT. They expressed frustration with the cost of rental space for community sports at the current Lakeside Community Centre and at the school. At this meeting, it was proposed by HRM staff that a “solution would be to build a new community centre with meeting space, small library, classroom and a gymnasium.” It was outlined that the…

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Five Bridges Heritage Trust’s Annual General Meeting

Five Bridges Heritage Trust’s Annual General Meeting

The Trust’s Annual General Meeting was held yesterday, Sunday, March 5 at the Estabrook Centre in Lewis Lake. The event drew more than 40 Trust supporters and community partners from across the region. An important part of the Agenda was recognizing the amazing contributions of Board volunteers leaving the Board and moving to Board Advisor status: Beth McGee, Barbara Allen and Bob Angus. http://fivebridgestrust.ca  

Environmental Stewardship Grant Program Begins this April

Environmental Stewardship Grant Program Begins this April

Environmental Stewardship Grant Program Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust is pleased to support an exciting new Environmental Stewardship Grant Program that allows community members or groups to receive funding for projects that align with the Trust’s objectives. The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (“the Trust”) is a volunteer community organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the environment and conducting research, promoting recreation and educating the public relative to the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area. This new program is made possible…

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Paint Night in Halifax

Paint Night in Halifax

In 2012, founders Dan Hermann and Sean McGrail launched Paint Nite. Inspired by a party serving beer and wine at a painting studio, they ran with a concept that enables people to get social while unleashing their inner artist. Dan and Sean strive to support local artists and small businesses by providing them with the unique opportunity to run Paint Nite events. Today guests spend two hours creating a one-of-a-kind painting and laughing with friends at a popular local bar,…

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Adopt a Fire Hydrant

Adopt a Fire Hydrant

When there is a fire in your home the last thing you want to see is a group of firefighters digging out fire hydrants and being delayed in saving your home or a loved one trapped inside. In the midst of winter snowstorm, a buried hydrant can cause serious delays for fire fighters. With thousands of hydrants in every community throughout Halifax and surrounding areas, the city staff wouldn’t have the time or the budget to realistically clear away every…

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Why I have a garden

Why I have a garden

Gardening has always been part of my life. I have fond memories of going to the beach each fall to box up seaweed and place it on my grandfather’s garden. As a kid I always had something growing in the window sill of our home and each summer I would plant a small garden in our backyard. I still have spearmint that I planted over 30 years ago, now growing in my garden at home. Some don’t see the benefits…

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Every Tree Counts

Every Tree Counts

Halifax, like many municipalities across North America, has developed and implemented urban forest strategies to set long-term visions and objectives for their urban forests, along with specific actions to achieve them. But, has Halifax gone far enough to protect our urban forest? In 2001, Councillor Linda Mosher wanted Regional Council to address protecting privately owned urban trees to keep Halifax as “The City of Trees”. Years later, Regional council adopted the Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) in 2012, which has…

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Small Group Exploring Possibilities of New Lakeside Community Centre or Improvements

Small Group Exploring Possibilities of New Lakeside Community Centre or Improvements

The Lakeside Community Centre plays a key role in the community by providing a place for community members to gather and participate in a wide variety of activities and events. Successful events contribute to the local community’s financial, cultural, social, and recreational stability. Unfortunately, built in the 1950’s as a local school, the Lakeside Community Centre is well past its prime and hasn’t met the needs of the growing community for a number of years now. This Spring, a simple…

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