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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.

June 3, 2014

MV Miner Contract Awarded!

We at the Coastal Discovery Centre are delighted that the announcement of a contractor was first broke here on Friday May 30th, at our Centre.

The Government has awarded the contract for removal of the MV Miner to RJ MacIsaac Construction, an Antigonish-based company.

With the exciting news of the contractor being awarded and the deadline set for November, we know that this is not the finish line, but see a start to the race.

For a full press release on behalf of The Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association click here.

July 10, 2014

A Timeline of the M.V. Miner Crisis

Since the vessel first ran aground off the coast of Scatarie Island, the relief effort to remove the vessel has been ongoing.

This timeline will not only keep you up to date on the Removal, but also allow you to see the long-fought battle we as a community have undergone since September 20, 2011.

July 23, 2014

Weekly Update #1


July 23, 2014

Welcome to the first issue of the MV Miner Community Update. The Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association and the province are working together to provide regular updates on the removal of the MV Miner to help you know what is happening, when and why. You can expect the update every week. It will be available on the website at

Sunday, July 13 marked the final day for lobster fishermen to haul their traps, as the fishing season closed for another year. This does not mean there will be less activity on the water. Monday, July 14 marked the official ‘Day One’ of the removal of the MV Miner, the derelict megabulk freighter shipwrecked on Scatarie Island since September 2011.

The removal, conducted by R.J. MacIsaac Construction from Antigonish, under the direction of the Nova Scotia Government, is due to be completed by November 1, 2014.

The contracted companies have been extremely busy since May making sure everything is in place to get work started. Dave MacDonald, Civil Engineer Technician (C.E.T) with R.J. MacIsaac Construction recently said: “Today is the Official Day One, however we have been busy working on the contract language, work plans, safety plans, and permitting for the past six weeks. Our primary crews will start barging rock this week to create an access road onto the island now that the traps are out of the water, so we can start work on building a base camp. Once camp is in place (early August), we’ll start cleaning out the wreck. After the wreck is cleaned out – we’ll start cutting up.”

Additional updates include:

  • Nova Scotia Lands, the Crown Corporation overseeing the removal, set up an office in the Coastal Discovery Centre, and is meeting regularly with the Main-a-Dieu Development Association, to discuss any local concerns.
    • · Nova Scotia Lands held their work safety orientation meeting with the contractor on Monday, July 21 to discuss health and safety protocols for the workers. Gary Mansfield, a reporter with CBC News, was on the scene to do a report. Click on this link to see the story.
    • On Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18, representatives from R.J. MacIsaac were busy interviewing for positions related to the removal. These positions range from deckhands, crane operators, and paramedics – to cooks and cleaners who will work a four-day rotation in a camp-based operation. The company interviewed 40 of the 250-plus applicants who applied during the last month. Within the next two weeks, hold a work place orientation for the successful applicants.
    • Contractors have been out on Scatarie recently to make plans to set up a cell phone tower, as well as to drill a well. The need for proper cell phone reception is important and the supply of fresh water is mandatory for the operation to run properly.

Plans are also underway for a local community meeting to update everyone on the removal operation and to answer any questions. The date and time is Thursday, August 7, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. In the interim, should you have any questions please call:

Media Contact Information:

Julian O’Neil, Coastal Discovery Centre                                     902-733-2258 (tel)

Pam Menchenton, Media Relations Officer                               902-424-1750 (tel)

Nova Scotia Lands


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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.