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Premier announces forestry transition team members

Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 3, the government and forestry sector members of the transition team created to support sector workers and businesses affected by the announced closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie. Kelliann Dean, deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, was previously announced as the team lead. Other members include:...

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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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FONS, Ecojustice applaud premier’s decision

Friends of the Northumberland Strait and Ecojustice are equally pleased with Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to hunour the Boat Harbour Act.  “We are overjoyed that Premier McNeil, on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia, has stood by the promise to close Boat Harbour on January 31, 2020,” says Jill Graham-Scanlan, president of Friends of...

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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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Halifax-bound

Bus loads of Northern Pulp employees left the mill grounds earlier this morning heading to Halifax where they will demonstrate in a rally outside of Province House, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. The rally is planned to show their support for forestry workers. Hundreds of people connected to the forestry sector from...

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Premier to make decision on Boat Harbour on Friday

Premier Stephen McNeil will reveal his decision on the fate of Northern Pulp and Boat Harbour on Friday. In a press release issued this morning in response to Minister of Environment Gordon Wilson’s decision on Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment plant, McNeil said: “According to the regulator, Northern Pulp has provided some of the scientific...

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No pipe. Not yet

Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal continues to remain in limbo. Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has sought an environmental assessment report from Northern Pulp for its proposed effluent treatment plant, which will delay his decision. Wilson announced his request on Tuesday morning as part of a media teleconference. A copy of his letter to Northern Pulp’s...

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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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