Local fisherman catches rare albino lobster

It was a once in a lifetime catch for AJ Francis on Wednesday when he pulled his lobster traps out of the water and found an albino lobster nestled among the other lobsters. Albino lobsters are often referred to as a one in a million chance or one in a million catch so it certainly...

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Environment Minister’s Order will likely result in odour at Boat Harbour this summer: Northern Pulp

ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp says the Ministerial Order issued by Nova Scotia Environment on May 14 for management of the Northern Pulp site during its hibernation will likely cause septicity in Boat Harbour. Graham Kissack, vice president Health, Safety, Environment, and Communications, speaking on behalf of Northern Pulp, said in a press release the company...

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Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq mourns passing of Chief Roderick Francis

District Chief Roderick Francis, an original founding father of The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, has passed away. “It is with great sadness that The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq announces a great loss not only to its organization and board but to all Mi’kma’ki- with the passing of long serving district Chief Roderick Francis, of Pictou...

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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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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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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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Outcome “horrible”: Unifor

HALIFAX – Unifor members at Northern Pulp are devastated following the announcement by Premier Stephen McNeil that he will not allow enough time for the company to complete the regulatory assessment requested by his own government. “In all my years of doing this work I have never seen an elected official gut a rural industry,...

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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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Northern Pulp responds to premier’s announcement

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation, a Paper Excellence Company, responded by email earlier today to Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to honour the Boat Harbour Act. The following is a statement from Brian Baarda, CEO, Paper Excellence Canada, the parent company of Northern Pulp” “We are deeply disappointed in the Government of Nova Scotia’s decision with...

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Hundreds join rally to close Boat Harbour

PICTOU LANDING – About 300 people came and stood with Pictou Landing First Nation residents during a rally in support of restoring Boat Harbour and closing its treatment facility on time. Chief Andrea Paul was joined by fellow councillors as she led the rally and shared what a long road it has been for the...

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