FONS says Northern Pulp reneges on commitment to hold open houses before filing new plan for environmental assessment

Concerned citizens and fishermen say they are appalled that Northern Pulp does not plan to hold any open houses or public consultation before filing for environmental assessment. Consultants for Northern Pulp have confirmed that key information, including the Receiving Water Study (RWS) for the new pipe route and outfall location and all studies required for...

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Celebrations, picnics and boat races in 1955 …

During past years, different communities around this area would host grand celebration each year. Some places that I recall these happenings being held were at Pictou Landing, Cape John and yes Pictou Island. These events usually drew thousands of people from various places much like the Pictou Lobster Carnival does today. Locals from such places...

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Northern Pulp line springs another leak

A pipeline break was reported near Indian Cross Point in Pictou Landing Sunday morning before 10 a.m. “Bruce Chapman (Northern Pulp general manager) notified me about the break,” said Andrea Paul, chief of Pictou Landing First Nations. The site is about a half a kilometer from the road but not in the same site as...

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Pipeline break in Pictou Landing

A pipeline break has been reported near Indian Cross Point in Pictou Landing this morning before 10 a.m. “Bruce Chapman notifies me about the break,” said Andrea Paul, cheif of Pictou Landing First Nations. The site is about a half a kilometre from the road but not in the same site as the previous break....

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Survivors share stories on Orange Shirt Day

PICTOU LANDING — Smiles overcame the solemnity of Orange Shirt Day on Friday at Pictou Landing First Nation. The orange t-shirts worn by participants bore a message this year indicating the service beside the community’s monument was “in honour of residential school survivors and in memory of those who did not.” The monument in Pictou...

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There’s no place like home …

I reflect back in time to when Jack and Mary Rankin lived in their big yellow house close to the East end of Pictou Island. Jack Rankin (1882-1965) was born on Pictou Island. Jack was a brother to Lauchie, George, Hughie and  Sister Kate Rankin. Lauchie married Katie MacKenzie from Pictou Landing and they had...

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Opportunities for progress

Opportunities came in droves to Pictou Landing First Nations last week as an opportunity and career fair set up in the community gymnasium. The fair featured universities from across the province as well as employers and training programs that will give those in the community an opportunity for employment when the remediation of Boat Harbour...

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Signing books and seeing folks

Putting it into today’s lingo, I had a blast. It was two Wednesdays ago and I was experiencing my first book launch and signing at New Glasgow’s Highland Square Mall. At 79, I was a rookie. Though I was introducing my second book within 14 months, it was the first time I was involved in...

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Reconciliation and remembering

PICTOU LANDING — Community members, librarians and museum employees gathered in the new Pictou Landing First Nations Fire Department to take part in a reconciliation workshop on Monday. The audience sat completely silent listening intently all morning to a brief account of Mi’kmaq history from Gerald Gloade, Program Development officer at The Confederacy of Mainland...

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Taking in history

It was a day of discovery and learning for the Elders of Pictou Landing First Nation as they took a trip to the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in New Glasgow on Monday. The group explored the museum to look at local Pictou County Sports stars and First Nations sports stars from Pictou...

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