From the Chronicle- Halifax, Nova Scotia
Mondy, June 7, 2004
McNabs cleanup nets kitchen sink
Birth certificate, Barbie also amongst trash collected
by island friends
By Amy Pugsley
A cleanup of McNabs Island turned up garbage of all kinds Sunday.
"There was even a kitchen sink," Friends of McNabs Island Society
president Cathy McCarthy said Sunday night.
It's the 12th year the group has organized a beach cleanup of the island,
co-sponsored by Clean Nova Scotia and Parks Canada as part of National
Yesterday, about 90 volunteers turned up to gather more than 200 bags
of garbage over six hours.
"It was a pretty good day," Ms. McCarthy said, noting that
rain prevented the group from hosting the event in both 2002 and 2003.
In addition to the bags of garbage and recyclables, there was an added
assortment of unusual junk.
There was a half-ton truck liner, fishing gear and rope, broken Styrofoam
floats, dozens of tires and plenty of Barbie dolls.
"No one found Ken, though," Ms. McCarthy said of Barbie's muscled
There was also a laminated birth certificate belonging to a woman born
in Halifax in 1948.
"They are going to try to track her down," she said.
There was a lot more debris and garbage than usual, says Ms. McCarthy.
"Probably because of the hurricane," she said.
Visitors to the island Sunday witnessed the terrible devastation wrought
by hurricane Juan on Sept. 29.
McNab's Island was the recipient of some of the highest-recorded winds
during the midnight hours of the hurricane.
"It's a mess," she said of the 400-hectare island.
Crews from Natural Resources have been recruited to clean up the trails,
Last week, more than 60 members of Maritime Forces Atlantic helped get
things started by picking up trash and debris along the Ives Cove shore.
During the 12 years the society has hosted the event, volunteers have
collected over 7,000 bags of garbage and recyclables.
Most of it drifts in with the tide, says Ms. McCarthy. Which makes the
arrival of the stainless steel sink a bit of a puzzle.
"Who knows?" she says.
"Maybe the plug was still in it!"