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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Friends of the Northumberland Strait benefiting from CD featuring Atlantic Canadian artists

Dave Gunning says he “can’t wait to hear the whole thing.” He is referring to a CD in which one of his songs are featured — as are songs by other ‘who’s whos’ of the Atlantic Canadian music scene — all of whom have donated a track. The project is a fundraiser for Friends of...

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Stakeholders re-iterate: ‘No pipe’ in the Strait

PICTOU — Four major stakeholders voiced their opposition to Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal during a media conference on Tuesday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. The Town of Pictou, Pictou Landing First Nation, the Fishermen’s Working Group representing 3,000 fishermen from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., and Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS)...

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Stakeholders discussing Northern Pulp Focus Report

The four major stakeholders are currently speaking jointly to the media at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre about the Northern Pulp Focus Report. This is the first time any of the groups have spoken to media since the public comment period on Northern Pulp’s Focus Report closed on November 8.  From left: Pictou Mayor Jim...

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To Boston, with love, from Pictou County

Pictou County is home to this year’s annual Tree for Boston, a gift to the city of Boston to thank them for their efforts following the Halifax Explosion in 1917.  The 60-year-old, 45-foot white spruce, donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Black Point will soon be making its 1,100 kilometre trek to Boston....

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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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Visiting A’se’k: Walk reminds community of date to close Boat Harbour

Cars lined the streets of Pictou Landing First Nation on Friday morning to support the community in reminding the government and emphasizing the Boat Harbour Act which calls for the closure of the treatment facility on Jan. 31, 2020. The community of PLFN held the Reclaiming A’Se’k walk, beginning at the Band Council office in...

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