Not enough being done to help small business: Chamber chair

The chairman of the Pictou County Chamber applauds governments’ efforts to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, but he feels the measures will only help big business. Blair van Veld says government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which commits more than $107 billion in support to Canadians, falls short on addressing the needs of small businesses....

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Pellet proposal waiting for go-ahead

It’s a waiting game now. Richard Spinks, representing British Columbia-based RMD Environmentals and the international consortium proposing a facility to enable the recycling of end-of-life sawmill waste which now has economic use, has confirmed to The Advocate that an offer on the former Daewoo property in Trenton has been made to Nova Scotia Lands which...

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‘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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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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Central Nova debate draws hundreds

STELLARTON – More than 400 people attended the Central Nova federal candidates’ debate on Thursday at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou campus. The audience fulfilled a request by moderators to withhold comments or clapping during the debate. However, those attending ended the event with a standing ovation to reflect its approval for the format...

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The Advocate hosting candidates debate

Haven’t decided who will get your vote in the 2019 federal election? Watching federal debates might tell you more about a political party, but they don’t fill you in on the local issues. The Advocate is here to help. With a passion for bringing local news and the latest issues to our readers, The Advocate...

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