Rankin: Northern Pulp must meet environmental approval to re-open

Premier-designate takes bold stand on climate change Nova Scotia’s next premier says Northern Pulp will have to abide by “current, more modern expectations” to win approval to resume operations. Iain Rankin — among the first politicians to call the pulp mill’s toxic waste lagoons an example of environmental racism — says he’d be guessing at...

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NSP preparing for storm

Nasty weather is on its way and Nova Scotia Power is getting ready for it. According to a press release from the power company, it is mobilizing personnel and resources in advance of an expected winter storm on Tuesday. “Weather forecasts are calling for heavy wet snow, significant rainfall and winds up to 100 km/h...

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NSP crews ready for hurricane

Nova Scotia Power has mobilized over 300 crews from within the Atlantic Bubble to respond to hurricane Teddy. Crews are now positioned across the province from Yarmouth to Cape Breton to be ready to respond when it is safe to do so. Crews arrived into the province yesterday for safety checks that also included a...

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Nova Scotia Power opens Emergency Operation Centre in preparation for storm

Nova Scotia Power is activating its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at noon today (February 6) in advance of a winter storm forecasted to bring mixed precipitation and icy conditions to the province. Present forecasts are calling for snow then rain and freezing precipitation, beginning overnight Thursday and throughout the day Friday. “We are keeping a...

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The Local Climate – Lights Out

Hurricane Dorian struck down a great many power lines this past September, including the one which electrified my house, saddling me with the indignity of a small generator while some neighbours had to abandon their homes altogether, seeking warmth and water where the grid hadn’t yet failed. This was the case for hundreds of thousands...

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Power continues to be restored

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power says as of this morning, crews have restored service to approximately 85 per cent of the more than 400,000 customers who lost power due to hurricane Dorian. “We’ve made considerable progress but there is still much work to be done,” said Karen Hutt, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power....

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Nova Scotia Power update on hurricane Dorian

HALIFAX – According to Nova Scotia Power, across Nova Scotia, the damage caused by hurricane Dorian has been severe. Nova Scotia Power crews have been assessing the extent of the damage and are now working to restore power all across the province. Restoration times are being updated this morning, as crews begin making repairs in...

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Storm update

As hurricane Dorian progresses toward and through the province, Nova Scotia Power has upwards of 1,000 personnel – including powerline technicians, forestry crews, planners, damage assessors, engineers, supervisors, communication staff, and customer care representatives, staged in communities from Yarmouth to Cheticamp ready to respond, as soon as it is safe to do so. Dave Downey,...

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NSP preparing for hurricane Dorian

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power is mobilizing personnel and resources in advance of hurricane Dorian’s expected arrival in Nova Scotia Saturday. “We have been tracking Dorian closely and preparing for several days,” said Karen Hutt, president & CEO of Nova Scotia Power. “We know this type of weather can cause fallen trees on lines and...

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Renewable Revolution

In the space of a few years around 2010 something wonderful happened, permanently altering our electrical landscape and bringing a sustainable future within the grasp of even us humble Maritimers. I’m talking about solar power, the price of which dropped a staggering 400 per cent in those aforementioned years, followed by ongoing improvements in output...

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