Environment Media release

Press release: Karen Casey, Deputy Premier and Colchester North MLA presents to Legislature the No Gold Mine on Warwick Mountain petition

Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) is pleased to acknowledge and thank Deputy Premier Karen Casey for tabling the approximately 1000 name, NO Gold Mine on Warwick Mountain Petition, during the afternoon session of the Legislature, Tuesday March 12, 2019.

Paul Jenkinson, spokesperson for SuNNS notes, “the Petition makes the Provincial government aware that a large part of the local population is opposed to placing a gold mine in the French River Watershed/ Warwick Mountain area, the sole source of water for the town of Tatamagouche”. Additionally, Jenkinson notes, “the Municipality of Colchester County has initiated a process whereby the Minister of the Environment will be asked to grant Protected Status to this sole water source specifically closing the area off to gold mining”.

When the Deputy Premier and local MLA Karen Casey speaks, the Municipality of Colchester seeks Protected Status, the citizens make their voices heard and local citizens groups like SuNNS organize the only question remaining is whether the will of the people will be followed by their democratically elected government?

Margaretta Sander of SuNNS says, “Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia remains positively committed to encouraging a sustainable economy on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, an economy that does not include gold mining in the watersheds of vibrant local communities”. Sander notes, “When profits are created locally and reinvested locally, rural economies grow. Tatamagouche is a great example of a growing rural economy with local new business appearing and supporting each other. This is a viable model for the Provincial government to consider in its drive to reinvigorate rural economies”.

Media Contacts:

Margaretta Sander, Earltown, Nova Scotia; Paul Jenkinson Email: pandljenkinson@gmail.com, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia