Year in Review 2013: MAY

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May 2

Spring weight restrictions had been lifted and rock for the new breakwater at Digby’s wharf was coming down the hill. The project – expected to last seven months – had been the focus of a public meeting to discuss the effects of hauling 175,000 tonnes of rock for the new breakwater.

Digby wharf manager Jeff Sunderland said the breakwater was essential to protect the wharf from nor’easters, winter storms having caused extensive damage in recent years.

Digby RCMP wanted people to check their car to make sure they hadn’t been robbed. Thieves had gone on a car-robbing spree in the town and the municipality. Police said thieves had entered several unlocked vehicles in the town in the early morning hours of April 27.

Kelly Cove Salmon, a subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture, pleaded guilty to charges of using an illegal pesticide in a marine environment and was ordered to pay $500,000 in fines and payments, “one of the largest and most significant penalties ever levied in Canada under the Fisheries Act,” said Environment Canada.

May 9

Natural Resources Canada announced it would contribute $1.6 million through its ecoEnergy Innovation to Fundy Tidal Inc. of Westport, Acadia University and Dalhousie University’s department of oceanography, which were looking to identify the best locations for small-scale tidal power projects in Digby County.

Liberals selected municipal administrator Gordon Wilson to carry their banner in the new provincial riding of Clare Digby.

May 16

Credit Union CEO and long-time Clare resident Paul Emile LeBlanc was nominated as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Clare Digby for the next provincial election. of

The Shriners stepped up to help four-year-old Shaylee, daughter of John and Nancy Morehouse in Brighton. Because of cerebral palsy, the youngster faced a future with much medical treatment and expenses. Shaylee also was to be  “adopted” as a Shriners child and would remain one until she was 18.

May 23

An excavator operator escaped through the cab roof hatch after his machine slid into the Annapolis Basin. The 56-year-old operator from Meteghan Station had been working near the end of the new breakwater for the Digby wharf.

A Canadian Forces warship, the 55-metre-long HMCS Shawinigan, came to Digby for repairs. The Shawinigan was doing training in the area when it suffered a minor mechanical issue.

May 30

Dean Kenley, owner of the Fundy Complex on Digby’s waterfront, was chosen to represent the NDP in the new provincial constituency of Clare Digby.

South West Health spokesman Fraser Mooney said progress regarding a new medical clinic in Digby slowed when it was discovered additional work needed to be done to the property adjacent to the hospital.

 “This new work will have an impact on the budget, so we had to look at additional funding,” he said.

The Municipality of Digby was investing thousands of dollars in planning for four local trails, including two new trails at Point Prim and above Tiverton and two existing trails in Acacia Valley and Balancing Rock. The municipality had hired Sagehouse Design of Grand Pre to provide plans for the trails at a cost of $13,483.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Fundy Tidal Inc. of Westport Acadia University Dalhousie University Meteghan Station Canadian Forces Fundy Complex on Digby South West Health

Geographic location: Digby County, Canada, Clare Brighton Shawinigan Acacia Valley

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