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AGM Date Change!!!
Please note, the AGM previously scheduled for this Wednesday November 7th has been postponed.
The meeting will now be held on Thursday November 29th. The location is the same - the Carl Thomas Room of the Fundy Complex. Dinner at 5:30 with meeting starting at 6:00pm. Guest speaker is Joel Fitzharris of SOAR.
Hope you can join us!
Cape Sharp Tidal Community Open Houses
Cape Sharp Tidal successfully connects in-stream tidal turbine from the Bay of Fundy to Nova Scotia electrical grid
Cape Sharp Tidal has once again successfully and safely deployed an in-stream tidal turbine and connected it to the power grid at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) site in Nova Scotia’s Minas Passage.
“This exciting achievement can be credited to the hard work and dedication of our team,” said Alisdair McLean, Cape Sharp Tidal director. “This is the second in-stream tidal turbine we’ve deployed at the FORCE site. We’re proud that we’re still the only developer to realize such important accomplishments in the Minas Passage, and we’re looking forward to continued progress.”
Cape Sharp Tidal’s first demonstration turbine was deployed and grid-connected in November 2016 and recovered in June 2017.
“We believe the renewable energy potential of the Bay of Fundy can be harnessed using in-stream tidal technology,” said Christian Richard, Cape Sharp Tidal director. “As our work continues to advance, our knowledge and experience will be critically important to advancing this industry for Nova Scotia and the world.”
Deployment operations began in the Minas Passage on Thursday, July 19, with several days of preparatory activity. The turbine was deployed on the afternoon of Sunday, July 22 and grid-connected on Tuesday, July 24. The turbine is now undergoing initial commissioning, with operational and environmental monitoring device testing being conducted by the OpenHydro team.
“I want to say thank you for the support and enthusiasm for this project, particularly the community of Parrsboro,” said Tony Wright, general manager of FORCE. “This work isn’t possible without the expertise of marine operators, researchers, and countless Atlantic Canadian businesses. Today we’re pleased to be able to continue the important research to understand how tidal turbines interact in the Minas Passage environment.”
Over the past year, the project team has been working to apply everything learned from the previously deployed turbine and environmental monitoring devices. Upgrades have been made to the turbine technology in order to improve the operating efficiency of the turbine and improvements have also been made to the environmental monitoring program.
Cape Sharp Tidal is committed to ongoing consultation with stakeholders including fishers. The project team has engaged with fishers individually and in groups, via email, via telephone and face-to-face discussions in the community, in people’s kitchens and living rooms and at the wharf – around 90 separate interactions since mid-February which have provided valuable input into the marine operations plan. Engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations is also a key, ongoing part of the project. Cape Sharp Tidal is focused on ensuring that project work is carried out safely and respectfully, recognizing that in-stream tidal energy interests share the Bay of Fundy.
Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint venture between OpenHydro, a Naval Energies company, and Nova Scotia-headquartered energy firm Emera. This deployment and grid-connection is part of a two-turbine (4-megawatt) demonstration project at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) site in the Minas Passage.
For more information, please go to www.capesharptidal.com or contact Stacey Pineau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates and New Features
We've been busy behind the scenes, reorganizing the website. Hopefully it is now easier to navigate and find what you're looking for. The agenda for the upcoming meeting is now located in the News & Events section. The Member Centre now contains minutes of past meetings for download.
A new benefit for our members is an online Job Bank. Free for members to add job postings to and available to the public - check it out in the Member Centre!
2018 Award of Excellence Recipients
Hospitality and Tourism
Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises
Community Contribution Award
Transport de Clare
Sports Entertainment Atlantic
Ian Russell Entrepreneur Award
Lazy Bear Brewing
Customer Service Award
Crow's Nest Restaurant - Digby Location
Environmental Service Award
Webber's Bottle Exchange
Business Excellence (NSBI Trophy)
Glenn Dunn - Car Quest
Export Achievement Award
Birch Street Seafoods
Rising Star Award
Weneli's Yard & Garden
Area Ambassador Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to all of this year's recipients!
Canada-China Year of Tourism
As you may have heard, 2018 is the Canada-China Year of Tourism. I am writing to you today to let you know about some of the work the Government of Canada is doing to attract more Chinese tourists to Canada.
Our Government is working to double the number of Chinese tourists that come to Canada by 2021. We are enhancing our efforts to market Canada to Chinese consumers, because when more Chinese visitors come to our communities, it means more dollars spent at our local businesses and more jobs for Canadians.
More and more, Chinese tourists are travelling the world and this represents a huge opportunity for Canada’s tourism sector. In 2016, Chinese tourists spent $1.5 billion in Canada. China is our third-largest tourism market, and the number of Chinese visitors coming to Canada keeps growing. And we know Chinese tourists typically spend more money in our communities than the average visitor. This is great news, and we believe the best is still to come!
The Canada-China Year of Tourism is a golden opportunity for businesses across the country. I therefore encourage you to display the Canada-China Year of Tourism logo proudly at your business to welcome visitors. You can download it for free at Canada.ca/ccyt2018. Also on the site, you will find key resources on how your business can get ready to welcome Chinese visitors.
Feel free to reach out to my office if you have any comments to share with us. We can be reached at Colin.Fraser@parl.gc.ca or 1-866-280-5302.
Yours very truly,
Colin Fraser, M.P.
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