‘Green’ business proposal could spell jobs for county

To say that the chairman of Pictou County Chamber is excited about a new business prospect for the community is an understatement. Blair van Veld is over the moon. The prospect is an investment proposal that comes from an international consortium represented by British businessman Richard Spinks who wants to develop a second generation biomass...

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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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Northern Pulp receives order from Minister on continued Boat Harbour use

ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp received an order from Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment Gordon Wilson directing the on-going use of the Boat Harbour wastewater treatment plant until the end of April 2020. The order and its 38 pages of terms and descriptions was issued on Tuesday. It applies to general operations that were to end...

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Mill files Supreme Court challenge

ABERCROMBIE  – Northern Pulp filed a motion in Supreme Court of Nova Scotia today. The company is challenging Environment Minister Gordon Wilson’s decision requiring an Environmental Assessment Report for the company’s proposed effluent treatment facility. It filed a request with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a judicial review of Wilson’s Dec. 17, 2019,...

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Premier shares Boat Harbour closure plans

HALIFAX – Premier Stephen McNeil reconfirmed Boat Harbour will officially close on January 31. However, he shared in a teleconference on Tuesday how the effluent pipe leading from Northern Pulp to the treatment facility will be flushed and cleaned so that it can be disconnected and removed by the end of April. “There will be...

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PLFN chief “frustrated” with mill’s winterization process

PICTOU LANDING FIRST NATION — Chief Andrea Paul says that Pictou Landing First Nation has not agreed to allow Northern Pulp to keep using the Boat Harbour treatment facility after January 31, 2020 and she is not sure what is happening with Northern Pulp’s plans to winterize the mill. Last week, Northern Pulp announced it...

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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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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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