The Local Climate – Other Side of the Coin

Put simply, conservation works. When government takes the time to understand a species’ decline and cooperate with local NGOs to enact timely and meaningful change, the most at-risk species under their purview recover. Go figure. A 2005 review of the Endangered Species Act, for example, established in the United States in 1973, estimated that an...

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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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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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Money well spent

It’s almost that time of year when we open our wallets and let their contents scatter to the winds of consumerism, buying things we almost certainly don’t need in order to enjoy the short lived thrill of newness. I do it myself, occasionally weighed down with extra dollars and so lightening my load at the...

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FONS asks for more time for public comments

HALIFAX — On behalf of the Friends of the Northumberland Strait, Ecojustice has asked Minister of Environment Gordon Wilson to give the public more time to review Northern Pulp’s Focus Report, which was released on October 3 and contains more than 2,500 pages of complex information. The Focus Report was required by Nova Scotia Environment,...

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Bird trouble

The Migratory Bird Convention Act (MBCA) is a fine piece of legislation, stipulating in no uncertain terms than an exhaustive list of our native birds – chiefly those who come and go with the seasons – cannot be legally killed, nor their nests lawfully destroyed. It’s an emblem of protection for those species who face...

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An overdue amendment

You do not have the right to a healthy environment… There, I said it. Neither Nova Scotia nor Canada at large has ever formally recognized your right to clean air, clean water, clean soil, or any of the other bodily necessities a “healthy environment” might imply. Sure, there’s a suite of environmental laws protecting groundwater...

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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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Ecojustice joins forces with Friends of the Northumberland Strait

PICTOU – Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, has teamed up with Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS) to build the case against Northern Pulp’s plan to pump millions of litres of treated pulp effluent into the prime fishing grounds of the Northumberland Strait daily. “We’re glad to join forces with Friends of the Northumberland...

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