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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Northern Pulp curtails operations

AERCROMBIE – On Saturday, Jan. 11, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation began the orderly wind down of operations to meet the impending deadline of January 31, 2020 imposed by the Boat Harbour Act. By early this week, only the wood waste boiler will continue to operate to provide heat for the facility to protect against...

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Chief Paul reacts to threats and Facebook posts

Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nations says she has been receiving lot of hateful feedback after her enraged Facebook post about Northern Pulp and calling into question the effect of lobbyists. “… These money hungry White men would sell their children for money. Greedy F***ers,” Paul wrote on her personal Facebook page following...

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MacFarlane: Why is Pictou not represented on forestry transition team?

PICTOU — Karla MacFarlane, Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, wants to know why the McNeil Liberals have neglected including a representative from Pictou County on the Forestry Transition Team. “The impending closure of Northern Pulp will have an immediate effect on forestry workers in Pictou, so it is both surprising and shortsighted that Stephen...

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Northern Pulp to continue environmental assessment process

Northern Pulp has informed the Department of Environment that it will continue the environmental assessment process for its proposed effluent treatment plant. “Since the company has chosen to carry on with the environmental assessment process, we are legally required to continue,” said Environment Minister Gordon Wilson. “I want to assure Nova Scotians that, as Premier...

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Info sessions planned for forestry sector

Workers and business owners affected by the announced closure of Northern Pulp will have access to information that will help them make decisions about their future. Government is working with Service Canada and Nova Scotia Works to hold open houses for those who wish to access employment programs and services, whether they are currently unemployed...

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Wilber let go from NP transition taskforce

UPDATE: in response to the Transition Team removing Robin Wilbur from his post, the following is a statement from Kelliann Dean, deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, and forestry transition team lead: The forestry transition team was formed to collaborate on ways to support the forestry sector and the workers and businesses connected to...

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Premier announces forestry transition team members

Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 3, the government and forestry sector members of the transition team created to support sector workers and businesses affected by the announced closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie. Kelliann Dean, deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, was previously announced as the team lead. Other members include:...

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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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Premier says no to Boat Harbour Act extension

Preimer Stephen McNeil says there will be no extension to Boat Harbour Act. “The company had five years to do the right thing and I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, he said. The company failed to respect the time lines given to them five years ago. McNeil annunced a $50 million transition fund...

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