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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Northern Pulp, fishermen agree to injunction settlement

In December 2018, Northern Pulp applied to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an injunction prohibiting any interference with the activities of Northern Pulp and its contractors in conducting work on the waters in Pictou Harbour, Caribou Channel and the Northumberland Strait. The judge found that Northern Pulp was entitled to the injunction at...

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FONS says Northern Pulp reneges on commitment to hold open houses before filing new plan for environmental assessment

Concerned citizens and fishermen say they are appalled that Northern Pulp does not plan to hold any open houses or public consultation before filing for environmental assessment. Consultants for Northern Pulp have confirmed that key information, including the Receiving Water Study (RWS) for the new pipe route and outfall location and all studies required for...

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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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Businessman feels bullied, says targeting him is unfair

A Pictou business owner feels caught in the cross fire between Northern Pulp and local fishermen. Tony Dolan, who is the owner/operator of Fat Tony’s Bar and Grill, and Marina Bar & Grill as well as a number of inns and a motel in town, is feeling the pinch after being accosted twice in a...

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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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Protest at Northern Pulp for new contract

Operating engineers of the local 721 Stood outside the woodlot entrance to Northern Pulp Wednesday morning in protest of the new contract that they have received. (Brimicombe photo)...

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