Harbour Breton News
COB Cardio Fit Opens in Harbour Breton: New Place to Get in Shape
The Town of Harbour Breton, in conjunction with several funding partners, the Harbour Breton CYN and Central Health, opened a new fitness centre for residents of the Coast of Bays on March 1, the Coast of Bays Cardio Fit Center.
Located in the former IMP building, near the Elliot Premises, the centre contains a fair amount of equipment that residents can use to help win the battle of the bulge or to maintain a certain body weight. Some of the exercise equipment includes treadmills, a stationary Bike, elliptical, a circuit training center, weight Benches and video aerobics.
Sandra Cox is the marketing coordinator for the centre.
Mrs. Cox said that the centre is open to all residents from those just beginning and exercise program to those who are exercising on a regular basis.
She said, “We encourage residents to come out and use the center as it can be one of the steps on the way to a healthy and active lifestyle. Living a healthy and active lifestyle is becoming very important to many people today and this centre can help residents achieve that goal.”
April Snook is the recreational director at the fitness centre.
The Town of Harbour Breton’s funding partners in the fitness centre project include ACOA, $11,000.00; The Harbour Breton Recreation Commission, $20,000.00; the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, $15,000.00; and the provincial Department of Human Resources and Employment, $35,000.00.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. 4:00 pm - 9:00 p.m. Saturday... 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday .... 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Rates: $40.00/monthly (Adults - standard fee) Post secondary/high school students...$25.00/monthly Active seniors (60+)..........................$25.00/monthly Aerobics..........$3.00 nightly or included with monthly membership
Any resident of the Coast of Bays wanting information about the centre can contact Mrs. Cox or Mrs. Snook at 709-885-FITT (3488).
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Vote for Samantha Lambert for Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador
Harbour Breton's own Samantha Lambert is in the running for Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador! Please help support Samantha in this initiative by voting; votes are easily cast by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject line: "Samantha Lambert". Vote often, this is a great opportunity to showcase the talents and achievements coming from Harbour Breton.
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Public Notice for Town Housing Lot Development
The Town of Harbour Breton is in the process of trying to determine the housing needs in the community, with the intent of developing a housing lot in the area of the Lodge. Since we are still in the preliminary stages, we would like to determine the need and ask individuals who may be interested in purchasing a building lot over the next year or two to please contact the Town. This contact does not necessarily mean you that will be committed to purchase a lot once the development is completed.
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Aquaculture, Mining and Tourism provide Main Focus for Career Fair
The Harbour Breton Community Youth Network, along with its Harbour YES Program are hosting a career fair for secondary school students in the Coast of Bays Region! The fair will be held Tuesday, September 30th from 9:15am to 2:30pm at the Connaigre Arena in Harbour Breton. There will be over 30 exhibitors at the Trade Show (open from approximately 10am until 2pm). Information Sessions pertaining to the key areas of growth within the region; Aquaculture, Mining, and Tourism will take place off-site at various times.
The Organizing Committee and the Town of Harbour Breton are pleased to welcome back Ms. Tracey Perry (MHA for Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune), and The Honourable Shawn Skinner (Minister of the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment), as well as all exhibitors and attendees. We hope you enjoy your time and take valuable career information home with you.
For More Information, please drop by the Connaigre Arena during the fair.
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Building an Outport for the Twenty-First Century
One progressive rural community continues to lead the way in Strategic Economic Planning
Amidst debate on perceptions of "rural" Newfoundland, and our provincial government's commitment to it, one community - Harbour Breton - is taking charge to secure its future. The service center for the Connaigre Peninsula, Harbour Breton is located on the South Coast of the Province. Its 1877 residents see themselves as a proud, progressive community, and are extremely optimistic as they confidently head into the future. One might ask, why the confidence - when many rural communities similar in size are fearing their futures.
Like many fishing communities, Harbour Breton has felt more than its share of hardship; with the cod moratorium of 1992, and the closure of its plant in 2004 displacing 350 workers. Mayor Don Stewart credits the town's ability to overcome those challenges, and others, through Strategic Economic Planning. "In May 2000, our community held a community capacity building forum. Over 300 residents came out to contribute their ideas and opinions on how to diversify the economy through the growth areas identified by the Coast of Bays Corporation, our Regional Economic Development Board (REDB)."
From that session, Harbour Breton was able to develop a 5-year Strategic Economic Plan to guide the town's economic development activities for the next five years. This plan, completed in October 2001, is now approximately 90% completed. All feasible ideas have been implemented, and now a new plan is needed. Harbour Breton is doing just that - celebrating their successes, and developing a new plan for the future.
The first step in Harbour Breton's Strategic Planning Process is the Community Capacity Building Forum which will be held at the Elliott Premises in Harbour Breton on Saturday, May 24th, 2008 from 9am to 5pm. This forum, hosted by the Town of Harbour Breton and its Economic Development Committee, will feature discussions on fisheries and aquaculture, community living and services, tourism and cultural industries and developing innovative ideas. The forum will provide residents, community organizations, small businesses, and other key stakeholders a great opportunity to hear more about what is happening in their community, and have a say on the future of their community.
Our provincial government realizes the important role municipalities and community organizations play in economic development. "Collaboration and partnerships with community groups is central to diversifying local and provincial economies," stated Minister Taylor (Department of Industry, Trade and Rural Development), in a February 14, 2008 statement. "Building diversified economies takes time, but it has to be done right, and cooperation at the local level is central to this process."
For more information, or to confirm your attendance, please call the Community Capacity Building Forum Coordinator at 885-2885.
Media Contact: Miranda Maddox Economic Development Officer own of Harbour Breton T: 709-885-2885 / F: 709-885-2095 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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South Coast Aquaculture Boost
The aquaculture industry on the south coast of Newfoundland will receive a significant boost thanks to federal and private sector investments of $24 million. ACOA is investing $9.4 million and Cold Ocean Salmon Inc. (a subsidary of Cooke's Aquaculture) is contributing $14.6 million to improve the efficiency of the company’s operations and the quality of salmon produced at their hatchery.
The announcement was made today by Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
ACOA’s funding is being provided through the Atlantic Innovation Fund, which is designed to increase Atlantic Canada’s ability to carry out leading-edge R&D with a focus on the commercialization of research in order to bring new knowledge, new jobs and new business opportunities to Atlantic Canada.
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Harbour Breton Website Up Again After Unexpected Service Interruption
Due to the increasing popularity of the Town of Harbour Breton Website as the vehicle for information in and about our town, we recently had to upgrade our service plan to handle the increase in web traffic.
Unfortunately, that resulted in a service interruption that lasted longer than we had expected. But you will be glad to know that the Town of Harbour Breton Website is now operating on a premium plan and we have lots of room for expansion and features that will continue to make your visits well worth your while!
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Town of Harbour Breton Celebrates Official Opening of the Elliott Premises
The people of Harbour Breton celebrated the official opening of the Elliott Premises and other related tourism infrastructure developments today with a special ceremony that paid tribute to the many men and women of the community who worked to bring the variety of community-based projects to a successful completion.
In attendance were the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation; and His Worship Don Stewart, Mayor of the Town of Harbour Breton; along with officials and citizens from Harbour Breton and surrounding communities.
"Canada’s New Government is continuing to get things done for the people of Harbour Breton and the surrounding areas," said Minister Hearn, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). "This great tourist facility will make a significant contribution to the growth and development of the tourism industry which is important to the economic growth of the region."
"Today's official opening of the Elliot Premises demonstrates the success and ingenuity of the people of Harbour Breton to use all means at their disposal to grow the economy," said Minister Hedderson. "By combining history, art and culture, this innovative combination of an historic interpretation area, performance space and marina has tremendous potential for economic development through cultural tourism. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to support this initiative."
"For the last several years, the Town of Harbour Breton has been pursuing strategic diversification of our economy in response to the devastating impact of the cod fishery closure in 1992," said Mayor Stewart. "Until a few years ago, the economy of Harbour Breton was entirely dependent on the fishery and the processing jobs associated with it. Although the industry is still the backbone of our economy, we realized we had to diversify by capitalizing on aquaculture opportunities along the coastline, and the unique history and beauty of the community and the surrounding area as a tourism attraction."
The investments by Canada’s New Government and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the Town of Harbour Breton were a direct response to the short-term crisis created when the town’s fish plant was closed, displacing over 300 employees. The various projects undertaken by the town were supported by a contribution of just over $2.3 million under ACOA’s Strategic Community Investment Fund and $1.25 million from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
With the closure of the fish plant in Harbour Breton in late 2004, close to 350 plant workers lost their jobs. While the community worked diligently and was eventually successful in securing another operator for the plant, they were in need of an immediate response to the loss of jobs.
In response, the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador invested just over $2.3 million and $1.25 million respectively in measures designed to immediately address the loss of employment and, in the longer term, to create economically sustainable initiatives, projects and infrastructure to diversify and strengthen the region’s economic base.
The project consisted of three phases. Phase I included renovations to an existing building formerly known as the Elliott Premises, which has now been completely upgraded to include a 50-seat theatre and the Newman Company Museum. The first phase also included the relocation of a building known as Pierce's Store. The building was floated across the harbour to its present location, where it has been completely refurbished. It is located adjacent to the Elliott Premises.
In addition, a small marina consisting of four floating docks and a kayak launch have been constructed adjacent to both properties.
Phase II included research, development, and construction of 11 interpretative stations for placement at local landmarks, construction of a portable stage for use in community events, and the development the Connaigre Head Trail as a nature walk for hiking enthusiasts.
Phase III included the installation of the interpretative stations, the development of five roadside stops throughout the community to provide scenic lookouts and interpretive materials for visitors, enhancements to the walking trail and boat launch at Mile Pond, the development of a coastal trail from Deadman's Cove to the lighthouse, and additional attraction landscaping at the various sites. The project also assisted the community to build its awareness of the tourism industry through training and marketing efforts.
These projects have provided Harbour Breton with the opportunity to take advantage of the natural beauty and the cultural history of the area through tourism development. The town has a magnificent land-locked harbour and is one of the oldest and largest fishing centres on the south coast of Newfoundland.
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Town of Harbour Breton Launches New Community Website
The Town of Harbour Breton is proud to announce the launch of our new community website. The format of our new website was chosen with three things in mind:
This new site format provides us the opportunity to better organize the information into logical groups for easier access and to update and expand our information offerings when required.
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New Chair Appointed to the Harbour Breton Economic Development Committee (EDC)
The Town of Harbour Breton has supported the recommendation of the EDC and appointed John Vallis as the New Chair of the Economic Development Committee.
Mr. Vallis replaces former Mayor Churence Rogers as chair having served as vice chair since its inception in 1997. The EDC was formed with a mandate to diversify Harbour Breton's Economy and develop a five year Strategic Development Plan. The plan continues to guide the economic and social development needs of the community.
Mr. Vallis has a long history of service to the Community both as a former adminstrator for the Hospital and more recently as a volunteer. Mr. Vallis' commitment to the community is evident in his current and past volunteer activities, including:
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Harbour Breton and Area Broadband Connectivity Project
Broadband for Rural and Northern Communities: Pilot Project
On March 28, 2003 The Town of Harbour Breton submitted a proposal to Industry Canada’s Broadband for Rural and Northern Development, Pilot Project for funding to develop a business plan, identifying and securing the necessary infrastructure to deliver broadband services to Harbour Breton and the surrounding communities. On July 10, 2003 the successful applicants were announced and the Town of Harbour Breton’s proposal was among the 65 nation wide to receive approval and funding in the amount of $30,000 (50% of the total cost). To further support this project the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has provided an additional $15,000 to assist the area as we aim to improve our information technology capabilities.
Currently no communities identified in the proposal have access to high speed internet. The proposal submitted requires the Town to develop a business plan to determine how to best develop and sustain broadband infrastructure within the community and surrounding area.
This will require an analysis of the specific needs of the area and its various stakeholder groups with respect to broadband connectivity. This will ensure that initiatives are well matched with the educational, health, social, and business needs of the area and will also ensure the most efficient and effective use of resources. In addition, the Town is required to develop a RFP targeting vendors capable of supplying the necessary infrastructure to deliver broadband service to the area and select and negotiate terms of the delivery with chosen vendor. To do this the Town will be seeking the assistance of a consultant and have issued a Call for Proposals on August 12, 2003. For more information regarding the requirements of the business plan and RFP please refer to the Industry Canada, Broadband website and view the program guidelines http://broadband.gc.ca and RFP Template.
As part of the process we will be seeking input from individuals, businesses and institutions throughout the study area. The deadline for completion of the Business Plan to Industry Canada is November 20, 2003 at which time it will be considered for implementation.
If you have any questions or would be interested in providing input to our study please contact Baxter House at the Harbour Breton Town Office at (709) 885-2885 or by email at email@example.com .
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Volunteer Appreciation Night in Harbour Breton
On Wednesday May 7, 2003 approximately 140 Volunteers representing 33 organizations gathered at the Connaigre Arena where the Town of Harbour Breton expressed appreciation for the contribution they continue to make on a day to day basis. Volunteers of all ages were present to enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages which were donated by the Town. In addition, a number of Door Prizes were drawn.
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All-Party Committee Hold FPI Act Consultations in Harbour Breton
The All-Party Committee holding consultations on the FPI Act came to Harbour Breton on January 31, 2002 to hear from the people most affected by any changes to the Act.
About 1000 people from Harbour Breton and the Coast of Bays region came out to the gymnasium at St. Joseph's School to let the committee know how they felt the recent developments at FPI would affect them personally, their community and the region.
The Hon. Oliver Langdon, MHA, Fortune Bay - Cape LaHune opened the meeting and encouraged everyone to express their views as this was an important issue for their community and also for the province. He then handed the meeting over to the Hon Gerry Reid, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, chair of the All-Party Committee. Just then, about 130 plant workers from the night shift at the plant marched into the meeting chanting, "Stop that Deal!", in reference to the proposed FPI-Clearwater deal.
Once the workers took their position at the front of the gym, Eric Day, FFAW, explained that these workers represented the 130 workers wo would have been laid off first if the deal is finalized. The workers took three hours off work to attend this meeting. The local representatives of the FFAW were the first to present explaining the stress the workers and their families are enduring under such trying times and the possibility of having to uproot and leave this area should their jobs be made redundant. They also impressed upon the committee the need to strengthen the FPI Act to protect the workers that has built the company to what it is today.
Mayor Churence Rogers, stated that the workers have the full support of the Town of Harbour Breton and other towns in the region. He said that he was willing to work with the company, government and the unions to reach a suitable solution to this problem. FPI, he said, has been the mainstay of the economy of Harbour Breton for many years and he hoped that this would continue well into the future. After a well delivered, straight from the heart speech, Mayor Rogers was given a standing ovation by the gathering.
Bill Snook, President of the local branch of the NLTA, stated that this issue goes further than the fishplant. It has implications to the educational environment as well. As the numbers of students decrease, so too does the teaching resources. Mr. Snook told the plantworkers that the teachers are solidly behing them in their fight.
Mildred Skinner, the FFAW representative of the inshore fishers, extended their support to the plantworkers as well. This was followed by a presentation by Ms. Tracey Perry, Executive Director of the Coast of Bays Corporation, who put forward four points for consideration:
Will Reid and Eric Day of the FFAW then spoke about working for the company, about the pride of the workers and of the friendly competition between various plants. He also stated that the economies of larger towns such as Grand Falls, Gander and Clarenville are as much dependent on the fishery for successful economies as are the communities that have the fishplants. Roy Drake, a local businessman, gave a presentation on the effects any kind of downsizing would have on the businesses in the town and the surrounding region.
The 'open mic' session heard from such people as Georgina Ollerhead who spoke about the effects this would have on the volunteer sector in the community. Diane Mullins, Margaret Coady and Yvonne Bennett, plant workers, spoke about their personal experiences and that loopholes in the Act must be closed now to prevent future disruptions. Others spoke about the devastating effects any layoffs would have on the town and the region.
Before returning to work, the plantworkers shook hands with the committee members and thanked them for coming to hear their concerns.
Before closing the meeting, co-chairs of the committee commented about the quality of the presentations and the show of support by the whole community. They will consider all the points put forward during the meeting to formulate a plan of action in the weeks ahead.
The committee moves on to the Baie Verte peninsula, the Northern Peninsula and the West Coast next week to complete the consultation process.
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Harbour Breton Sets a Course for the Future
On Tuesday, October 24, citizens of Harbour Breton along with regional economic development staff came together at the Lions Club in Harbour Breton to begin a planning process for the town. This plan, once developed, will be the blueprint for development in the town covering all sectors.
Mayor Rogers opened the meeting and pointed out the importance of having a vision to guide the planning. He said that it was important for the citizens to have a say in the planning process so that everyone can take ownership of it and work to see it through.
Joe Whiffen, Dave Vardy and Gail Hoskins (Moore) of the Department of Development and Rural Renewal provided facilitation for the process. After an overview of what will be happening over the next year, the audience broke into small groups to discuss various topics including municipal leadership, employment, infrastructure, youth, seniors, education and numerous other subjects.
The groups then reported back to the meeting and key topics and words were reviewed for inclusion into the vision statement. The Economic Development Committee of the town will now work to fine tune the vision statement as a focus for development. This process will involve other public meetings and the citizens are encouraged to come out and be heard.
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Harbour Breton Welcomes Vikings
On Wednesday, August 9, 2000, the Town of Harbour Breton welcomed the Islendingur and its crew of modern day Vikings.
The Islendingur was escorted into Harbour Breton by a flotilla of local pleasure and fishing boats. The Captain and crew were greeted by local dignitaries, federal and provincial politicians, representatives of the corporate
sponsors and hundreds of residents of the Coast of Bays region and central Newfoundland. Following this, a reception, hosted by the provincial government, was held at the local Lions Club.
The Islendingur, a replica Viking longship, earlier this year retraced Leif Ericson's voyages from Iceland to Greenland to L'Anse aux Meadows. Click here to learn more about the Vikings. The ship is now circumnavigating the province as part of the provincial celebrations of the arrival of the Vikings. Performing at each port of call is the well known recording group, "The Fables".
The Islendingur (Icelander in english) was built in 1996 and measures 22.5 meters long by 5.3 meters wide. The vessel draws 1.7 meters of water and is constructed of oak and pine. The vessel is 80 tons gross and her average speed is seven knots. In the Viking age, a ship like the Islendingur would often have around 70 crewmembers with a double shift of rowers for the 32 oars.
The arrival of the Islendingur at Harbour Breton also coincides with the town's civic holiday and the beginning of three days of annual celebrations called the "Tradition by the Sea". The Islendingur will leave on Friday and sail to the Burin Peninsula as it continues its tour of the province.
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Harbour Breton Wins Consumer's Choice Award
On April 22, 23, 24 and 25, the Town of Harbour Breton hosted a booth at the Outdoor Newfoundland and Labrador Show 1999 held at the Glacier in Mount Pearl. This event is held annually to showcase services and equipment used in the tourism industry. This year was the first time that towns and Regional Economic Development Boards used the venue as a marketing strategy to attract tourists to their regions.
As part of the Coast of Bays representation, the Town of Harbour Breton participants put on an impressive show with their extensive knowledge of local history and its connection to other parts of the Coast of Bays region. Dressed in period costume, the Harbour Breton display attracted many to ask questions about Harbour Breton and the region in general.
Close to ten thousand people visited the Outdoors Show over the three and a half days providing a one-on-one marketing opportunity for the Coast of Bays contingent which received an overall positive response from all visitors to the display area. As the people were leaving the show they were surveyed by Kinetic Events and Festivals staff about the show. Using this information, they awarded the Town of Harbour Breton with the second place Consumers Choice Award for being the most friendly, courteous, professional and helpful at the Outdoor Newfoundland and Labrador Show 1999.
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