Stakeholders re-iterate: ‘No pipe’ in the Strait

PICTOU — Four major stakeholders voiced their opposition to Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal during a media conference on Tuesday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. The Town of Pictou, Pictou Landing First Nation, the Fishermen’s Working Group representing 3,000 fishermen from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., and Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS)...

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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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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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Gloomy forestry future if Northern Pulp closes: study

HALIFAX — A study by a Nova Scotia consulting firm has concluded that Northern Pulp’s closure would devastate the province’s forest industry and shrink its economy. However, the Friends of the Northumberland Strait that supports its fishery and opposes the pulp mill’s intentions to discharge treated effluent through a pipe into the Strait has termed...

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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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FONS says Northern Pulp reneges on commitment to hold open houses before filing new plan for environmental assessment

Concerned citizens and fishermen say they are appalled that Northern Pulp does not plan to hold any open houses or public consultation before filing for environmental assessment. Consultants for Northern Pulp have confirmed that key information, including the Receiving Water Study (RWS) for the new pipe route and outfall location and all studies required for...

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FONS encourages public support of new campaign

The Friends of the Northumberland Strait have launched a new campaign to ensure the province sticks to its promise to close the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility in January 2020. Last week, the group premiered a new video, Pictou Landing, and officially launched the Declaration of Support for the Closure of Boat Harbour on Schedule....

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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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By Land and by Sea

Organizers of the #NoPipe Land and Sea Rally were anticipating a large crowd on Friday, but the number that showed up exceeded their expectations. “I can’t say that we were surprised that the community is so behind us, because we have been feeling that for many months now. But I think this was important so...

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More than a thousand people say: No pipe

More than a thousand  people descended on Pictou’s waterfront this afternoon (Friday) in an effort to let Northern Pulp and politicians know they don’t want to see treated effluent in the Northumberland Strait. They gathered at the Hector Quay Marina while at least 100 boats came into Pictou Harbour as part of the No Pipe...

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