A boat SO big …

It was the autumn season of 1960 and my father was preparing to build himself another boat. The planking for his boats had to be of perfect choice and without any knots. He knew of a lumber yard in Merigomish that would provide such materials and he took a load of this planking in his...

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Premier to make decision on Boat Harbour on Friday

Premier Stephen McNeil will reveal his decision on the fate of Northern Pulp and Boat Harbour on Friday. In a press release issued this morning in response to Minister of Environment Gordon Wilson’s decision on Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment plant, McNeil said: “According to the regulator, Northern Pulp has provided some of the scientific...

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PLFN happy with announcement

There were a few happy tears shed and some relief on the faces of Pictou Landing First Nations Band Council as it was announced by the provincial Environment Department on Tuesday morning that more information would be needed before approval or denial of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe could be announced. Council and members of...

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No pipe. Not yet

Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal continues to remain in limbo. Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has sought an environmental assessment report from Northern Pulp for its proposed effluent treatment plant, which will delay his decision. Wilson announced his request on Tuesday morning as part of a media teleconference. A copy of his letter to Northern Pulp’s...

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No federal assessment of pulp mill’s pipe proposal

PICTOU – Stakeholders have begun reacting to the federal decision not to assess Northern Pulp’s effluent treatment proposal. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson released his decision on Monday “not to designate the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation project to a federal impact assessment.” He was responding to the proposal to build a new effluent treatment...

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Andrea Paul re-elected chief

PICTOU LANDING – Andrea Paul says she’s pleased to have been returned as chief of Pictou Landing First Nation. Paul received 186 of the 294 ballots counted during the election that took place on Thursday to defeat challenger Jonathan Beadle. There were three spoiled ballots. “It feels good,” said Paul, who won her fifth term...

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… traps and rope piled everywhere …

I received a call some years ago from a Laura Graham who lives in Sunnybrae. She has been reading my stories in the Pictou Advocate and has seen Harold Bennett’s name mentioned a time or two. She had known of a Harold Bennett back many, many years ago and was wondering if perhaps this gentleman...

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Winter isolation …

I struck up a great friendship with a young man from Cape Breton named Gerald Campbell when I became employed at Michelin Tires in 1972. Gerald and I worked the same crew and naturally became best of friends.  I married my high school sweetheart, Joann Taylor, in 1973 with Gerald being my best man. Gerald,...

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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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