New fishermen’s group held first meeting in Yarmouth in 1974

Eric Bourque
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Yarmouth ratepayers would be asked if they were for or against borrowing between $120,000 and $150,000 for an eight-room addition to Central School. Given the “acute overcrowding” in the town’s school system, the school board considered the proposed additional classrooms essential, the Vanguard reported in its March 19, 1969 edition.

Also in the paper:

--Concern was being expressed about large packs of dogs roaming around Yarmouth. The issue was expected to be raised at the next town council meeting.

--The Town of Yarmouth was going to wait until a budget meeting – scheduled for late March – before deciding whether to join a regional library system.

--The issue of whether the new curling club in Yarmouth should be exempt from property taxes was to go to court.

--Yarmouth’s Royal Store would be closing for a few days in order to prepare for the grand opening of the store’s renovated facilities.

--It had been “an exceptionally mild winter” in the Yarmouth area and there had been very little snow “for most of the past two months,” the paper said.

--Thursday night programs on CBC television included Gentle Ben, Telescope, The Name of the Game, Adam-12.


Over 500 fishermen had met in Yarmouth to launch a new organization: the Atlantic Fishermen’s Association. The idea, said one of the fishermen involved in the new group, was to bring fishermen together to try to address some of the problems facing their industry. As reported in the Vanguard’s March 20, 1974 edition, the Yarmouth meeting had been called as fishermen were “increasingly despondent over the lack of communication” between them and government. While one federal fisheries department official had attended the meeting, one of the notable invitees – Jack Davis, the federal fisheries minister at the time – had not.

Two more candidates now were officially running in the 1974 provincial election in the dual riding of Yarmouth, Leslie Babin and Lawrence Dukeshire having been nominated to represent the New Democratic Party.  Candidates for the Liberals  (Fraser Mooney and Hugh Tinkham) and Progressive Conservatives (Martin Cottreau and George Snow) had been nominated earlier. Election day was a couple of weeks away.

Additional air service between Yarmouth and Halifax reportedly was to begin within a month now that Coastal Aviation had received an operating certificate to fly between here and the Nova Scotia capital.


The fate of a Yarmouth summer festival was to be discussed at a public meeting. The idea was to try to determine if there was enough interest in keeping the festival going, said Norah Biron, past president of the association that had organized the festival. She and other members of the group’s executive had resigned earlier in the year. A joint statement at the time of their resignations cited the need for “new blood” in the festival and for more volunteers, the Vanguard reported in its March 21, 1979 edition.

Was a lack of venture capital a serious problem facing small business, as indicated by Tony Abbott, Nova Scotia’s small business minister? Spokespersons for two Yarmouth business groups were divided on the matter, one agreeing with the minister, another saying the problem wasn’t a lack of venture capital but rather an apparent lack of interest on the part of people to access it.


The Town of Yarmouth had decided to go without parking meters, at least for the rest of the year, the Vanguard reported in its March 21, 1984 edition. It was an experiment the town had never tried before, the paper said. Depending on how it went, the parking meters perhaps would be gone for good. If, however, the move prompted people to complain about not having anywhere to park, the meters might be back in 1985.

A strike at the Dominion Textile plant was over. The work stoppage had only lasted a few days. Company and union representatives had ratified a two-year contract.


The fate of Yarmouth’s proposed regional civic centre – a project talked about for years – would soon be in the hands of the federal government. Funding from Ottawa was crucial if the proposal was to move forward, a project spokesman said in a story in the Vanguard’s March 21, 1989 edition.

Acadian Lines had been hit by a strike, a work stoppage that affected various areas served by the company, including Yarmouth. The bus line’s three local buses had been returned to Halifax and the company’s Yarmouth ticket booth was closed.

On the local arts scene, rehearsals were being held for The Desperate Hours, which was to be presented at Th’YARC in a few weeks.



Organizations: Vanguard, Central School, CBC New Democratic Party Liberals Progressive Conservatives Dominion Textile

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia Atlantic Fishermen Ottawa

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