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Repairs underway to fault in cable at mill

There were no injuries at Northern Pulp today when a fault was discovered in an electric cable. Repairs have started and there was no damage to any other equipment....

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Northern Pulp asks for extension

Northern Pulp announced today, during a press conference in Halifax, that it is seeking an extension on the deadline to close its Boat Harbour facility, as outlined in Boat Harbour Act passed in 2015, so the company can have ample time to build a new effluent treatment facility first. Members of Pictou Landing First Nation...

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Painting Protest

By Crystal Murray Last spring when delivering a series of paintings of the fire that engulfed Pictou Lighthouse to the community where it belonged, artist Steven Rhude and his son Sam stopped and took in the view of Abercrombie Point. They drove back to their home in Wolfville and Steven started a painting. He questioned...

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Friends of Northumberland Strait say Iain Rankin hasn’t done his homework on pulp effluent

PICTOU — A citizens group in Pictou County is urging the environment minister to do more homework with regards to Northern Pulp. Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS) want Iain Rankin to understand how the mill’s proposed new effluent treatment plan could impact the Northumberland Strait. FONS points to Rankin’s response to a concerned citizen...

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Fishermen say pulp effluent does not fit with Nova Scotia Pure branding

A delegation of fishermen from Pictou County gathered outside the Halifax Convention Centre on Friday to let Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Keith Colwell know that Northern Pulp’s proposal to discharge pulp effluent into the Northumberland Strait does not fit with the Nova Scotia Pure branding he is promoting. “We cannot see how...

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Lodge manager buoyed by community support in wake of cancelled Christmas party

The general manager of Pictou Lodge Resort is comforted with the outpouring of community support he has received after a falling out with Northern Pulp. Wes Surrett said the mill at Abercrombie Point cancelled a staff Christmas party it had booked at the lodge for December 9 after learning Surrett made disparaging remarks about the...

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Joan Baxter’s book sells out before signing ends

Copies of Joan Baxter’s new book about the history of the pulp mill in Pictou County were all sold out at Water Street Studio before a book-signing event on Saturday was even finished. The journalist and author of The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest was at the retail outlet to sign copies after...

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Pulp mill unveils treatment plan

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This has been amended to reflect the fact that the planning and build are scheduled for 2019, not 2018 as was originally reported.) Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. has presented its proposed waste treatment system that would replace the existing one at Boat Harbour. Technical manager Terri Fraser and Guy Martin, an engineer...

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Museum of Industry to host North Shore launch of Joan Baxter’s new book

Fifty years ago this month, dignitaries and politicians gathered at Abercrombie Point in northern Nova Scotia, for the official luncheon and opening of the new pulp mill that had just gone into operation in Pictou County. Since then, the mill has provided valuable jobs and found support from governments of all levels and all stripes....

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First step taken towards replacing Boat Harbour treatment facility

ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (NPNS) has selected an engineering firm to conduct preliminary engineering for design and development of the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility replacement, including cost estimation. KSH Solutions Inc., a Canadian consulting, engineering and contracting company based out of Montreal, will undertake the comprehensive study that will include all...

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