Last week the province issued permits for the spraying of glyphosate on some 938 hectares (2300 acres) in rural Nova Scotia. Affected woodlots are in Hants, Cumberland, Guysborough, Inverness and Colchester Counties.
I interviewed Joan Baxter, author of The Mill, and all round excellent reporter. We talked to Joan about bringing her African experience to Nova Scotia, what’s good and not so good about journalism here, the dangers of too much skepticism, the walls governments build around information, why give up your weekend to sit behind a computer, and much more. “That’s the very long story about how I got to be old and cranky,” Baxter said.
On May 23, 2019 John Perkins was falsely accused by a multinational gold mining corporation of creating a disturbance at a public meeting, then violently arrested. Now John has filed a lawsuit against Atlantic Gold and the RCMP. Here is how you can help.
Accessibility advocate Warren (Gus) Reed on the importance of not giving up when bureaucrats and politicians feed you a steady diet red herrings.
Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation posted a response to the Unifor proposal on her Facebook page. “Today, they are caught in a battle that THEY had years and years to resolve. They had many years of opportunity to do better. They chose not to. Even with the Boat Harbour ACT they still believed they were above that and didn’t begin consultation with the Band until 2017 after we requested it.”
Unifor, with its deep roots in the community, could be a force for a solution of the Northern Pulp conundrum. But will remain ineffective if it aligns itself unconditionally with Paper Excellence, the owners of Northern Pulp.
“Cut … cut … cut,” Carmen Williams says quietly as we drive slowly along a side road in Nova Scotia, indicating the area of almost 400 acres of public land outside of Lockeport, Nova Scotia currently slated for clearcut. Sierra Club Gretchen Fizgerald reflects on a recent birding trip in Southwestern Nova Scotia and the effects of clearcutting on tiny migratory birds and their fledglings.
Two pedestrian fatalities and an additional two serious incidents involving cyclists inside a week is too much for any one of us to bear. A city which is a liability for its most vulnerable road users has lost its way, its soul and spirit. Yet some inexpensive but highly effective measures could begin to turn things around almost immediately, writes Martyn Williams.
Martyn Williams: “Roads which look and feel like Highways don’t belong in urban areas and will only result in more fatalities involving all road users and no progress with achieving transport diversity and creating enjoyable, liveable communities. We need to figure out a cost effective means of adapting them for use by all.”
Media release: A survey of birds in a forest on public land in Southwest Nova Scotia, slated to be clearcut found 31 species, 25 of which are migratory species protected under the Migratory Bird Convention Act. Birds identified included warblers, vireos, thrushes and finches.