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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March 14, 2014

Community Information Sessions: Marine Renewable Energy

If interested in attending. please contact ACAP to pre-register at:
(p) 567-1629

February 20, 2014

What’s new, in the Dieu

The Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association invites you to attend a Grow Healthy Workshop!
Join us at the Coastal Discovery Centre, where Don Nicholson, Plant Science Specialist, will be hosting a workshop for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike!
Learn the science behind growing healthy food, fall and winter growing as well as growing techniques.
Topics will include planning for multi-season gardening, raised beds, building healthy soil and much, much more!

Date: Saturday, February 22nd
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Coastal Discovery Centre, 2886 Main-A-Dieu Rd.
Fee: Free!

February 24, 2014

Free Income Tax Clinic

The Coastal Discovery Centre in partnership with CRA Tax clinics will be hosting the
Community Volunteer Tax Program coming up on March 21st from 1:30-4:00 PM.

This clinic is open to Seniors, Students, and Low Income persons (income limit $30,000).
Please bring all of your slips and last years return if you have it.

If you have any questions or would like any further info please visit this link or phone toll-free at 1-800-959-8281

March 13, 2014

MV Miner Breaking News!!!

Menchenton: The province is requesting proposals to remove the wreck of the MV Miner.The request for proposals (RFP) was posted yesterday, March 12, on the provincial procurement site.

“This RFP signals the removal of the wreck of the MV Miner,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This has been a long time coming for the community and I’m very pleased to say the finish line is in sight.”

The RFP will be posted for six weeks with a deadline of April 23 at 2:15 pm.

Interested applicants can submit proposals by following instructions outlined in the RFP. Once the deadline is passed, applications will be reviewed and an award will be made within four weeks.

The RFP is available for download by visiting

* Menchenton, Pam (March 2014) “Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal” Nova Scotia Canada: “Request for Proposals Posted for MV Miner”, 2014. 13 March 2014 <>


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.