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Fishing coalition seeking position from federal election candidates

Members of a coalition of Maritime fishing associations representing the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board, Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association, Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the Pictou Landing First Nation, will be seeking the position of all local federal election candidates on the proposed effluent pipeline that would discharge into the Northumberland Strait from Northern...

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Gloomy forestry future if Northern Pulp closes: study

HALIFAX — A study by a Nova Scotia consulting firm has concluded that Northern Pulp’s closure would devastate the province’s forest industry and shrink its economy. However, the Friends of the Northumberland Strait that supports its fishery and opposes the pulp mill’s intentions to discharge treated effluent through a pipe into the Strait has termed...

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Honks of support

ONSLOW -Vehicle after vehicle, honk after honk. That was the scene on Highway 104 in Onslow, just west of Truro, today (May 9) as those in the trucking industry took to the shoulder of the road in support of Northern Pulp. More than 100 vehicles lined the outside shoulder of the eastbound and westbound lanes,...

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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 the past

A picture of a scene once enjoyed by a community, a scene of Boat Harbour, serene and calm with a small boat and a fisherman, will be enjoyed by Pictou Landing First Nation once again at the end of January. On Jan. 31 a mural depicting an old Boat Harbour, pre-treatment plant, will be put...

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Pipe opponents rally; NP gets injunction

PICTOU – Opponents of Northern Pulp’s plans to pump effluent into the Northumberland Strait remain determined to support closing Boat Harbour on schedule and oppose effluent discharge into the Strait. Friends of the Northumberland Strait member Nicole MacKenzie declined comment on the court decision late Tuesday afternoon that granted Northern Pulp a temporary injunction to...

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No pipe group rallies at injunction hearing

HALIFAX – About 70 people demonstrated in front of the law courts in downtown Halifax early this afternoon while Northern Pulp made its case for an injunction so it can continue its plans to divert effluent from Boat Harbour into the Northumberland Strait. Nicole MacKenzie was one of the members of Friends of the Northumberland...

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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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County councillors request meeting with province to discuss Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility

PICTOU  –  The Municipality of Pictou County has requested a meeting with the province in hopes of learning new information about the pulp mill’s proposed effluent treatment facility. District 3 Coun. Darla MacKeil put a motion forward Monday during the property services meeting to invite ministers from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Department of...

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Fishers block survey vessel

Several local fishers intercepted a survey vessel was at the entrance to Caribou Harbour this morning (Tuesday) and escorted the vessel back to Pictou. The fishers included one one craft from Pictou Landing First Nation and five others from Caribou. The fishers had learned about surveying related to plans by Northern Pulp to lay an...

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