Federal-provincial funding aims to offset COVID-19 costs for forestry operations

By Jake Boudrot Advocate Media Inc. HALIFAX: The provincial slice of a federal fund is designed to help forestry operations deal with the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a result of an agreement with the Government of Canada, the provincial government confirmed that $668,000 will be provided from the federal Forest Sector Safety Measures Fund. “All...

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Where grows the king of hemlocks

My search for our oldest tree Our canoe was laden with all the necessities of outdoor life, and sloshing with water carried in by our socks, soaked every time we were obliged to leap overboard and carry our craft over rocks and beaver dams and the simple shallows of August. The intense sun of afternoon...

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Northern Pulp prepared to invest in modernizing mill and revitalizing Nova Scotia’s forestry sector

ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp says it still wants to operate at Abercrombie Point. A press release issued by the company today says Nova Scotia (Northern Pulp) has requested Nova Scotia Environment issue a timely, well-defined, and outcome-based Environmental Assessment process for its proposed Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) modernization. Northern Pulp is committed to operating in...

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RMDE ready to set up shop, pending approvals

Like the Town of Trenton’s motto, Richard Spinks wants to “Strike while the iron is hot.” The iron, in this case, is an investment proposal that comes from an international consortium represented by British businessman Richard Spinks who wants to develop a second generation biomass pellet manufacturing facility in Pictou County. Specifically, he wants to...

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How do we heal? Finding hope in difficult conversations

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the first in a series of articles that The Advocate will be exploring as we begin to understand the impacts of the Northern Pulp closure, new market opportunities for the forestry sector and the visioning of a greener community working towards a sustainable future.) There is a deepening rift in...

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Local REN joins transition process

NEW GLASGOW — Pictou County’s Regional Enterprise Network (REN) has increased its input with the transition process in response to Northern Pulp’s impending closure. Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, the network’s CEO, outlined its work with the transition team the province established to address the forestry disruption the closure has caused. Premier Stephen McNeil announced during a teleconference...

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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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Northern Pulp responds to premier’s announcement

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation, a Paper Excellence Company, responded by email earlier today to Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to honour the Boat Harbour Act. The following is a statement from Brian Baarda, CEO, Paper Excellence Canada, the parent company of Northern Pulp” “We are deeply disappointed in the Government of Nova Scotia’s decision with...

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Appeals Court rules in Pictou Landing First Nation’s favour

Pictou Landing First Nation has a legal right to be consulted in matters pertaining to the province giving money to Northern Pulp for a new treatment facility. That’s the ruling released Sept. 17 by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in its decision to uphold a Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling that says the Crown...

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FONS launches campaign to support Boat Harbour closure

PICTOU — Friends of the Northumberland Strait are expanding the reach of their message. Billboards depicting the reality of Boat Harbour and calling on Premier Stephen McNeil and all Nova Scotia MLAs to keep the promise to close Boat Harbour on Jan. 31, 2020 are greeting motorists in locations throughout Halifax Regional Municipality. The billboards...

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