The Local Climate: Forest for the Trees

The Boreal covers something like 60 per cent of Canada’s landmass, dominated by spruce, aspen, larch and pine, among others. It stretches from Alaska to Newfoundland, and houses the majority of the species which define Canadian wilderness, such as bear, moose, wolf and caribou. Sometimes called the Songbird Nursery of North America, it’s where 1-3...

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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 – Fixer Upper

There’s a lot to be said about Bill 213, the so-called Sustainable Development Goals Act which represents our province’s impressive though imperfect contribution to national efforts on climate change, passed in late October. The purpose of the Act is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Instead...

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Visiting A’se’k: Walk reminds community of date to close Boat Harbour

Cars lined the streets of Pictou Landing First Nation on Friday morning to support the community in reminding the government and emphasizing the Boat Harbour Act which calls for the closure of the treatment facility on Jan. 31, 2020. The community of PLFN held the Reclaiming A’Se’k walk, beginning at the Band Council office in...

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Northern Pulp submits focus report for proposed effluent treatment plant

ABERCROMBIE – Today, October 2, Paper Excellence Canada and Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation submitted the company’s proposed wastewater treatment facility focus report to Nova Scotia’s Minster of Environment, following an additional extensive period of scientific study. “Northern Pulp is committed to continuing to create well-paying jobs for Nova Scotians, support the region’s economy, protect...

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Tidal permits issued to Jupiter Hydro

The Department of Energy and Mines has issued two marine renewable energy permits to Jupiter Hydro for a tidal electricity project in the Bay of Fundy. “Nova Scotia continues to be a leader in the development of clean, renewable tidal energy,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Having another company test their technology in...

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$100 million announced for Boat Harbour clean up

PICTOU LANDING – The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in green infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic, healthy communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class. Today, Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Bernadette Jordan, minister of Rural Economic Development, and Randy...

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The Local Climate – A Rebellion in the Making

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Advocate is pleased to welcome journalist, columnist and author Zack Metcalfe to our online edition. He will be writing about the environment. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most recent special report this past October, I could tell who’d read it by the looks on their faces. The...

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Irving Pulp & Paper Limited sentenced to fined $3.5 million for Fisheries Act offences

SAINT JOHN, NB – The effective and strict enforcement of Canadian environmental and wildlife protection legislation is one way that Environment and Climate Change Canada meets its commitment to maintaining clean air and water and protecting wildlife and their habitats. On November 5, 2018, Irving Pulp & Paper Limited was sentenced in the New Brunswick Provincial...

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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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