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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #7 - Out-Migration




Volume 13, #7  -  Out-Migration




Editorial: Out-Migration

Are You Still There?

Jingle Bell Ride

Loose Chain Links


About That Funny



As the human species continues its quest for happiness and well-being, more emphasis must be placed

on sustainability and the interaction between sustainability and happiness” 

~ Catherine O’Brien





From 2001 to 2011, the population of CBRM declined 8.1% from 105,968 to 97,398.  (2013 CBRM’s Vital Signs Report , Pg. 27.)


There are many economic and social reasons why people move away but my point here is not trying to explain their motives but trying to understand the phenomenon that’s happening everywhere on the planet.  Why people are leaving the countryside to move to large cities and megapolis?  Was it in their quest for happiness?  or else?


Last evening I watched two documentaries, one about Doha in Qatar, the richest country in the world and the other about Lima Peru whose population grew from 600,000 to over 9 million people over the past 70 years.  Living here in peaceful Cape Breton and in the midst of the talks on climate change in Paris I was shocked.  Mostly shocked by the inhabitants’ constant search of happiness through the un-sustainability of these concentration of populations and their negative effects they have on the resources of the planet.  I spent most of the night awake imagining all kinds of future scenario for cities like this from the point of view of someone who was born and raised in a small town, someone who has travelled in many countries of the world but who chose to make Cape Breton its home and live the happiest life ever.  Don’t we have everything  we need here?  Don’t we have more than every individuals living in these mega cities may even hope to have?  Honestly, we are privileged, enviable and I shall add, happy.


The Vital Signs Report said that bicycle transportation in CBRM was only 0.2% in 2011.   So what!  For someone like me advocating for a bicycle culture, doesn’t that represents a nice challenge?   Today the percentage is certainly much higher and growing.   In the very near future I see a huge positive impact on the percentage the growing number of  people riding their bikes will have instead of driving a car.   


That’s my sustainable happiness my friends. 







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It has become a tradition now to ride with Shelley “WOW” Johnson to check the decorated houses in the neighbourhood.  


This year’s ride will start from the SuperStore parking lot in Sydney River at 5pm on Sunday December 13th.


It’s now time to dress up your bike.  Riding at night, for your own safety, the law requires you to have at least a front light and a rear red reflector. 

How many more light can you add to remain visible?   Check it out:


Hope this link will give you some tips.  






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It is a known fact that tourism is the backbone of the Cape Breton economy.  There’s a thriving golf tourism but is cycling can be added as another source of tourism income for the Island?



As people cycling, do you feel you are a better driver when behind the wheel? says it has been able to demonstrate that a cyclist presents a better car insurance risk than the average driver and has consequently been able to negotiate discounts with a panel of major UK insurance underwriters.–-because-theyre-better



It is a known fact that speed kills, hence the maximum speed limits posted on the public roads in Nova Scotia.  Zero-tolerance is another story.  Speed can be from 1 to 15km/h above the posted limit. Enforcement is at the discretion of the police officer.  As there is more and more people cycling and several tragic crashes occurred recently should the speed limits be reduced for the safety of all?



I don’t think this store made the news two years ago but thanks to the local papers we’re watching with great anticipation the sentence.






The article Ode to the Bicycle attributed to Tom Nixa and published in last week’s edition was also submitted by Stan Wadden.  Apologies for the omission.







One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-sideEating grass.

Disturbed, he  ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate.

He asked one man,  "Why are you eating grass?   

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied, "We have to eat grass." 

Well,  then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you, " the lawyer said.

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree. 

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the  other poor man he stated, "You may come with us, also.

The second man, in  a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!"

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer  answered.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was.

Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind."  "Thank you for taking all of us with you."

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it.  You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."


Come on  really didn't think there was such a thing as a heart-warming lawyer story...did you????



December 3th,  2015



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