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County woman added to Round Table

A Pictou County woman has been appointed to the Round Table on the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity. Maxine MacLean of Island East River is among the 12 members appointed Wednesday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Keith Irving. The round table advises the minister of environment and climate change and the premier on protecting our...

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New premier, cabinet and vision for the province

CORRECTION: to the news release sent by the provincial government to correct the name of the Office of L’nu Affairs and the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives. Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presided over the ceremony at Halifax’s Convention Centre. “The changes made in government today are a first step in fulfilling my promise to...

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Rankin: Northern Pulp must meet environmental approval to re-open

Premier-designate takes bold stand on climate change Nova Scotia’s next premier says Northern Pulp will have to abide by “current, more modern expectations” to win approval to resume operations. Iain Rankin — among the first politicians to call the pulp mill’s toxic waste lagoons an example of environmental racism — says he’d be guessing at...

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The Local Climate – On Mining, Part 2

How, then, to reconcile the uncomfortable realities of modern mining with those of climate change, environmental integrity and the rights of Canadians to health and natural beauty? It’s a messy maze at best, but Jamie Kneen of MiningWatch Canada, a coalition of sorts concerned with the shortcomings of Canadian mining nationally and abroad, had plenty...

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The Local Climate – Radical Environmentalists

In a recent Canadian Press article, an interviewee blamed “radical environmental groups” for a downturn in the number of new oil wells being drilled this year across Canada, and sluggish overall growth for fossil fuels. The quote stuck with me. I’m more disappointed than angered by this sentiment. I’ve been accused of radicalism, idiocy and...

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Coady International Institute celebrating 60th anniversary

December 2, 2019 will be a special day for St. Francis Xavier University and Coady International Institute. The day marks 60 years to the day of the founding of Coady International Institute known for its work with global change leaders skilled in the application of citizen-led, asset-based, and community-driven leadership for economic and social change....

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Look both ways before buying a car

In a recent column I expounded on the encouraging fact that Canada’s electrical grid derives 67 per cent of its juice from renewable sources, chiefly hydroelectric, wind and solar in descending order. If you include nuclear, which is carbon free though not renewable, the number jumps to 82 per cent. This is our nation’s single...

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The Local Climate – Vote Earth

I’ve never enjoyed talking politics, always searching of the genuine behind blatant facades, but at times like this it’s critical we pay attention. This coming election is the most important in my lifetime. I say that about every election and it’s always true, because each takes us closer to the climatic deadlines which will shape...

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Hundreds stirred by climate rally

NEW GLASGOW — Slogans like “The sea levels are rising; so are we!”shared verbally and on posters said it all as more than 200 people gathered for a climate change rally last Friday at Carmichael Park. Northumberland Regional High School student Keeley Shipley emceed the rally at the park’s gazebo and was among the many...

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