Open house explains remediation

PICTOU LANDING — Local residents interested in Boat Harbour were well informed of the remediation project last week. The Pictou Landing fire hall was the location of an open house to view displays of what remediation for Boat Harbour will look like and how long it is expected to take. Aimed at providing the community...

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Water and celebration the focus of Mawio’mi

A sunny Saturday last weekend brought Pictou Landing First Nation Mawio’mi outdoors for a day of celebration, culture and dance. With people from as far as Quebec and New Brunswick attending, the event was thoroughly enjoyed by participants and spectators who came to see the dancing, hear drumming and admire the regalia that dancers donned....

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Boat Harbour cleanup gets federal funds

PICTOU LANDING — It was an historic time for Pictou Landing First Nation last week. Members of the community utilized the sunny afternoon to gather outdoors as Central Nova MP Sean Fraser formally announced $100 million in federal funding to help return Boat Harbour to its previous state as a tidal estuary. Work started last fall...

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More info needed, Environment Minister to Northern Pulp

Environment Minister Margaret Miller held a press conference in Halifax on Friday to announce her decision regarding Northern Pulp’s proposal for a new wastewater treatment plant to replace the controversial Boat Harbour facility. “I have carefully reviewed the submission from Northern Pulp, the comments from our expert government reviewers, and the comments from the public,”...

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FONS asks Environment Minister to reject mill’s application for new facility

Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS) says the science behind Northern Pulp’s proposed treatment facility is lacking and have asked Environment Margaret Miller to reject the mill’s application. “We have heard over and over that the decision will be made on the science,” says Jill Graham-Scanlan, president of FONS. “If that is the case, and...

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Northern Pulp seeks extension

The clock is ticking for the Boat Harbour wastewater treatment facility in Pictou Landing. The Boat Harbour Act passed in 2015 stipulates that the facility must be closed by the end of January next year. Northern Pulp, however, is seeking an extension. The company, alongside the Paper Excellence Group, held a press conference in Halifax...

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Paul talks Boat Harbour, Northern Pulp

Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul was thrilled with the support and crowd during the community’s celebration countdown marking one year until the closure of Boat Harbour. “The feeling of today was definitely one of empowerment,” said Paul. “When we are able to do events like this it is also healing.” Paul spoke afterwards...

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The beginning of the end

Drums, celebration, dancing and tears filled Pictou Landing First Nation on Thursday morning as the community and its supporters celebrated the one-year mark until the Boat Harbour treatment plant will be closed. Students from the Pictou Landing First Nation Elementary School shared their thoughts about Boat Harbour during the celebration and why they are excited...

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Countdown begins

The Pictou Landing First Nation gym was packed full of community members and supporters this morning to celebrate the official one year countdown date to the closing of the Northern Pulp Boat Harbor Treatment Plant. Red shirts speckled the crowd as people collected and put on the T-shirts that read “honour the Boat Harbour Act”...

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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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