The Green Beacon project aims to make the community centre, and the communities of Main-à-Dieu & area, sustainable - both fiscally and environmentally - as well as a model for other coastal communities wishing to 'go green'. Read more»

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August 22, 2014

Progress on the M.V. Miner

The following are photos taken this week on Scatarie Island.
In comparison to the last update, you can see the breakwater and access road have grown in size, and they’ve built up armour stone to better stabilize the vessel.
You can also see they’ve begun to transfer heavy equipment to the island.

Photo Credits to Nova Scotia Lands. For further information, please contact Pam Menchenton, Media Relations Officer-

July 28, 2014

Community Meeting

The Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association, Nova Scotia Lands, and R.J. MacIsaac Construction would like to invite you to attend a Community Meeting being held at the Coastal Discovery Centre on Thursday, August 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
This meeting will inform anyone of the plans they have in place to remove the M.V Miner off the coast of Scatarie. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may want answered.
In the mean time, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julian O’Neil at  733-2258.

August 11, 2014

Community Meeting a Success

On behalf of the Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association, we would like to extend a thank-you to everyone who came to support the Community Meeting held on Thursday, August 7, at the centre. A special thank-you is extended to the representatives from Nova Scotia Lands – Gary Campbell, Joel MacLean, Rob Jessome  and George MacNeil – as well as the representatives from R.J MacIsaac Construction – Mark MacIsaac and David MacDonald – who were there to give us an update on the process of removing the M.V. Miner off the shores of Scatarie Island.
With an agenda to cover the overview of regulatory approvals, status of the project, and even a segment for community issues/concerns, the meeting was very informative and brought every individual who was in attendance, up-to-date on different aspects of the project.

David Jala, a reporter with the Cape Breton Post, was on scene to do a report. Click here to view the story.

To see the opening statement on behalf of the Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association, click here.

August 13, 2014

Progress on the M.V. Miner

The following are a few photographs that have been taken over the last two weeks just off the coast of Scatarie Island.
These photo updates will allow you to see the progress and work that is happening during the removal process.

*Barging of armour stone to build a breakwater around the ship, which will also provide an access road from the island to the ship, for the heavy equipment.

Photo Credits to Nova Scotia Lands. For further information, please contact Pam Menchenton, Media Relations Officer-


Right to Heat

A government knows it’s got an ‘election issue’ on its hands when even the so-called middle class is talking about it. Indeed, it seems the high cost of fuel – and what it will mean for the cost of home heating this winter – has made it onto just about everyone’s agenda. Read more»


Heating Assistance Rebate Program

A rebate of up to $200 for low- and modest-incomers who heat their home with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas or coal. Applications have been mailed to 54,000 Nova Scotians who received the rebate last year. You can download the application form here.

Past, Present & Future in a Rural Fishing Village: Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century

The Boats of Main-à-Dieu
A multimedia narrative history

Follow a boat from its building to its blessing; listen as generations of local residents share their memories of fishing and the sea; witness the area's transformation in light of the era's cultural, economic and technological developments.

Time & Tide
A people's history of Main-à-Dieu & area

Based on original footage and interviews, augmented by a wealth of archival material from local residents, the film revolves round four main themes: fishing and the sea, community and church, war and peace, daily life and leisure.

Green Beacon, Bright Future
5-year Plan & Sustainability Vision

An experimental development model for the Coastal Discovery Centre, and a 'green-print' for other communities wishing to go green and reduce operating costs. Read the document, discuss it, and send us feedback.