Andrea Paul re-elected chief

PICTOU LANDING – Andrea Paul says she’s pleased to have been returned as chief of Pictou Landing First Nation. Paul received 186 of the 294 ballots counted during the election that took place on Thursday to defeat challenger Jonathan Beadle. There were three spoiled ballots. “It feels good,” said Paul, who won her fifth term...

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Stakeholders re-iterate: ‘No pipe’ in the Strait

PICTOU — Four major stakeholders voiced their opposition to Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal during a media conference on Tuesday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. The Town of Pictou, Pictou Landing First Nation, the Fishermen’s Working Group representing 3,000 fishermen from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., and Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS)...

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Stakeholders discussing Northern Pulp Focus Report

The four major stakeholders are currently speaking jointly to the media at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre about the Northern Pulp Focus Report. This is the first time any of the groups have spoken to media since the public comment period on Northern Pulp’s Focus Report closed on November 8.  From left: Pictou Mayor Jim...

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Visiting A’se’k: Walk reminds community of date to close Boat Harbour

Cars lined the streets of Pictou Landing First Nation on Friday morning to support the community in reminding the government and emphasizing the Boat Harbour Act which calls for the closure of the treatment facility on Jan. 31, 2020. The community of PLFN held the Reclaiming A’Se’k walk, beginning at the Band Council office in...

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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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