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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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 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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