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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Digging in the dirt

STELLARTON — As I stared out across the grassy, sun-drenched plain, I knew this was going to be the day. The day that I rescued from the clutches of history some buried treasures by using my latent skills as an archaeologist. After all, I took an online archaeology course one time; that’s got to make...

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Allan Shaft disaster marks centennial

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct an error) As a county built on coal mining and industry, one of the disasters that rocked Pictou County marked its 100th anniversary on January 23. The Allan Shaft explosion that took 88 lives marked 100 years since the disaster occurred, the second of eight explosions...

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Cameron recalls benefit concert

HALIFAX – Frank Cameron has acute memories of the Westray coal mine disaster and a benefit concert that followed it. The New Glasgow native emceed a concert organized by others at the venerable Halifax Forum the day after the explosion in Plymouth on May 9, 1992. The concert raised funds for the families of the...

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Museum of Industry working to clean artifacts

STELLARTON — First, there was the big dig. Now comes the big cleanup, and the Museum of Industry is offering people the opportunity to clean artifacts made of iron and other materials that were uncovered last year. “We’re cleaning artifacts and inviting the public to our workshop,” said Debra McNabb, the museum’s director. People can...

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Moving visit to Westray display

STELLARTON — Emotions surfaced for visitors recently at the Westray display at the Museum of Industry. Trevor Boyd — along with Amanda Geddes, Mateo Geddes and Sam Geddes — took time during a visit to the museum to view the display. The display at the rear of the museum’s main foyer was assembled over the...

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Matheson prepares for evening service

NEW GLASGOW – Preparing to mark the 25th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster has unearthed many memories for Glen Matheson. Now retired, Matheson was a minister at First Presbyterian Church and one of the pastors who were busy actively comforting people after the explosion that killed 26 miners on May 9, 1992. He’s been...

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