How many locals would work at tin mine, community wondered in 1984

Eric Bourque
Published on February 24, 2014


There was plenty of musical talent in Yarmouth and the surrounding area, said Gifford J. Mitchell, adjudicator for the Yarmouth Music Festival. This was evident at in both the junior and senior concerts that had been held as part of the 1969 festival, he said. One of the local festival organizers said the event had been very successful despite a couple of days of bad weather. She noted that festival participants had come from Church Point to West Pubnico. The festival was the subject of a story in the Vanguard’s March 5, 1969 edition.

A firefighters’ museum established in Yarmouth had been recognized as the official firefighters’ museum for the province. The board of the Nova Scotia Museum said the local group that had launched the museum already had accumulated a fine collection of old firefighting equipment.

Also from the Vanguard’s March 5, 1969 edition:

--The Clare Board of Trade had passed a resolution protesting the proposed closure of the customs and excise office in Meteghan River.

--In sports, Port Maitland led Wedgeport 3-0 in the local junior hockey league best-of-seven championship series. (Port Maitland would take the series in five games.)

--Movies playing – or about to play – at the Odeon theatre in Yarmouth included The Odd Couple starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.


With a provincial election campaign underway in Nova Scotia, political stories dominated the front page of the Vanguard’s March 6, 1974 edition. Premier Gerald Regan, the Liberal leader, had been in the Yarmouth area for the nomination of Liberal candidates Fraser Mooney and Hugh Tinkham. (Yarmouth had a dual riding at the time that included the Municipality of Argyle and had two MLAs.) Tinkham had served as Mooney’s executive assistant in the previous government.

In other election news, the Progressive Conservatives had yet to choose their Yarmouth candidates, but a Tory nomination meeting was to be held March 8 at the Yarmouth legion hall, where MP Pat Nowlan was the scheduled guest speaker.

In local business news, at its 1974 annual meeting in Yarmouth, Marine Colloids Ltd. had honoured Walter Murphy, a company vice-president and a “pioneer (in) the processing and marketing of Irish moss” in southwestern Nova Scotia.


The Nova Scotia attorney general’s department had recommended closing the upper portion of the Yarmouth County jail in order to conform with fire safety regulations. A spokesman for the local jail committee said they were hoping to meet with the attorney general’s department to discuss the matter, the Vanguard reported in its March 7, 1979 edition.

The latest word on a federal tourism building to be constructed in Yarmouth was that a tender call was expected to be issued by mid-summer, with construction to start in October. The facility likely would employ about 20 people, less than half the number given when the project had first been announced.


With Rio Algom getting ready to develop a tin mine in Yarmouth County, one of the questions being asked was how many local people would get jobs at the mine. A Rio Algom official who was interviewed for a story in the Vanguard’s March 7, 1984 edition said it was “pretty hard to predict or estimate” how many Yarmouth County people would be hired. As of mid-February, over 1,000 people had signed up with the employment centre in Yarmouth for tin mine positions.

Also in the paper:

--To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, a public meeting was to be held in Yarmouth to discuss the need for a transition house in the tri-county area.

--A recent storm had brought freezing rain and thunder and lightning to the Yarmouth area, knocking out power for some people for nearly 24 hours.

--At the Yarmouth airport, work was underway on a new building for the local flying club.


Air Nova was planning to expand its service between Yarmouth and Halifax by having a plane leave Halifax for Yarmouth at 9:40 p.m., spend the night in Yarmouth and depart Yarmouth for Halifax at 7 a.m. The plan was for Air Nova to run the new service for a few months – starting in June – then review how travellers responded to it in order to decide whether to maintain it.

Members of Yarmouth town council were against implementation of a deed transfer tax, saying it would only add to the financial burden of people buying a house. The issue had come up before and it had been discussed again at the latest town council session.

Yarmouth native Penny LaRocque – a former Canadian women’s curling champion, world bronze medallist and multiple provincial champ – had been inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.