‘Green’ business proposal could spell jobs for county

To say that the chairman of Pictou County Chamber is excited about a new business prospect for the community is an understatement. Blair van Veld is over the moon. The prospect is an investment proposal that comes from an international consortium represented by British businessman Richard Spinks who wants to develop a second generation biomass...

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Mill files Supreme Court challenge

ABERCROMBIE  – Northern Pulp filed a motion in Supreme Court of Nova Scotia today. The company is challenging Environment Minister Gordon Wilson’s decision requiring an Environmental Assessment Report for the company’s proposed effluent treatment facility. It filed a request with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a judicial review of Wilson’s Dec. 17, 2019,...

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Northern Pulp curtails operations

AERCROMBIE – On Saturday, Jan. 11, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation began the orderly wind down of operations to meet the impending deadline of January 31, 2020 imposed by the Boat Harbour Act. By early this week, only the wood waste boiler will continue to operate to provide heat for the facility to protect against...

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Northern Pulp to continue environmental assessment process

Northern Pulp has informed the Department of Environment that it will continue the environmental assessment process for its proposed effluent treatment plant. “Since the company has chosen to carry on with the environmental assessment process, we are legally required to continue,” said Environment Minister Gordon Wilson. “I want to assure Nova Scotians that, as Premier...

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Outcome “horrible”: Unifor

HALIFAX – Unifor members at Northern Pulp are devastated following the announcement by Premier Stephen McNeil that he will not allow enough time for the company to complete the regulatory assessment requested by his own government. “In all my years of doing this work I have never seen an elected official gut a rural industry,...

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Premier says no to Boat Harbour Act extension

Preimer Stephen McNeil says there will be no extension to Boat Harbour Act. “The company had five years to do the right thing and I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, he said. The company failed to respect the time lines given to them five years ago. McNeil annunced a $50 million transition fund...

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FONS launches campaign to support Boat Harbour closure

PICTOU — Friends of the Northumberland Strait are expanding the reach of their message. Billboards depicting the reality of Boat Harbour and calling on Premier Stephen McNeil and all Nova Scotia MLAs to keep the promise to close Boat Harbour on Jan. 31, 2020 are greeting motorists in locations throughout Halifax Regional Municipality. The billboards...

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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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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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