$100 million announced for Boat Harbour clean up

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PICTOU LANDING – The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in green infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic, healthy communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.

Today, Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Bernadette Jordan, minister of Rural Economic Development, and Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness, announced funding to support the clean-up and protection of Boat Harbour and the surrounding environment.

This project aims to restore Boat Harbour back to its natural state as an open tidal inlet. By removing and containing contaminated soil and sediment, and improving portions of Highway 348 including the construction of a bridge to replace the current causeway, this project will ensure the natural flow of water between the ocean and the harbour.

Once complete, residents will benefit from a cleaner local environment, and healthier local ecosystems. This project will also support efforts to restore fish and bird habitat while protecting traditional recreation, fishing, and hunting lands for local Mi’kmaq Peoples.

The Government of Canada is contributing $100 million to the project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Province of Nova Scotia has already committed more than $100 million toward the cost of the project.

“Since 2015, I have been actively working on this file and I am proud to be part of today’s historic announcement, said Central Nova MP Sean Fraser.

“We are closer to our youth one day enjoying this land, land that our Elders played at, swam, fished and hunted. This project has allowed our community to begin the healing process from decades of trauma from this environmental devastation,” said Chief Andrea Paul, Pictou Landing First Nation.

Read more in next week’s edition of The Advocate.

Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul addresses a gathering with the students of the community’s school listening to her remarks. (Goodwin photo)