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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Repairs underway to fault in cable at mill

There were no injuries at Northern Pulp today when a fault was discovered in an electric cable. Repairs have started and there was no damage to any other equipment....

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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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Pipe opponents rally; NP gets injunction

PICTOU – Opponents of Northern Pulp’s plans to pump effluent into the Northumberland Strait remain determined to support closing Boat Harbour on schedule and oppose effluent discharge into the Strait. Friends of the Northumberland Strait member Nicole MacKenzie declined comment on the court decision late Tuesday afternoon that granted Northern Pulp a temporary injunction to...

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No pipe group rallies at injunction hearing

HALIFAX – About 70 people demonstrated in front of the law courts in downtown Halifax early this afternoon while Northern Pulp made its case for an injunction so it can continue its plans to divert effluent from Boat Harbour into the Northumberland Strait. Nicole MacKenzie was one of the members of Friends of the Northumberland...

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Protesters show support for no pipe into Strait

“No pipe, no mill.” That was the chant that could be heard during a demonstration along the Pictou waterfront on Saturday by people opposed to the proposed effluent treatment system that would release 70 to 90 million litres of treated effluent daily from Northern Pulp into the Northumberland Strait through a pipeline. Approximately 150 people...

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History repeats itself

Joan Baxter, author of The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest, recently shared her reflections since the release of her book during environmental non-profit group Friends of Redtail Society’s annual general meeting on March 17. She said the inspiration for it came after a morning jog when the smell from the mill was particularly...

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Fishermen say pulp effluent does not fit with Nova Scotia Pure branding

A delegation of fishermen from Pictou County gathered outside the Halifax Convention Centre on Friday to let Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Keith Colwell know that Northern Pulp’s proposal to discharge pulp effluent into the Northumberland Strait does not fit with the Nova Scotia Pure branding he is promoting. “We cannot see how...

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