DEBATE NIGHT: Central Nova candidates debate draws hundreds

STELLARTON — More than 400 people attended the Central Nova federal candidates’ debate on Thursday at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou campus. They came to hear the five candidates who attended: incumbent Liberal MP Sean Fraser, as well as challengers George Canyon of the Conservatives, Betsy MacDonald of the New Democratic Party, Green Party...

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Westville Council rescinds coal exploration

WESTVILLE – Town council has taken coal exploration off its agenda. Council unanimously passed a motion at its regular meeting on Monday to rescind its original approval for exploratory drilling on land bordered by an area that includes Cowan Street and a railway. Coun. Lynn MacDonald introduced the motion in what she said was a...

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Group offering options to open pit coal mining

WESTVILLE — A group of citizens opposed to open pit coal exploration and mining has offered an alternative way to remediate the land. Cowan Street resident Clarrie MacKinnon, a member of the concerned citizens committee, told town council recently that his group plans to invite an official from the Ecology Action Centre to council’s next...

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Citizens criticize council’s position

WESTVILLE — Residents of Westville remain frustrated with town council’s position regarding a possible coal mining operation near Cowan Street. Pioneer Coal, which has been conducting an open pit coal mining operation for years in Stellarton, has applied to extract coal from an area in Westville that borders Cowan Street and would encroach on a...

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