A proposed Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia is designed to empower communities and stop stonewalling by polluters and governments.
Volunteers associated with the Ecology Action Centre and various naturalist groups conducted a “Bio Blitz” on the proposed route for the gas pipeline slated to supply the Alton Gas Storage project in Brentwood and crossing a wilderness area. It appears Alton Gas missed at least one wetland area.
A quick read on how all that focus on “conquered people”, shameful as it is, ignores a larger question. How come government lawyer Alex Cameron was allowed to make a very similar argument in June?
Premier McNeil has said he didn’t know that a government lawyer was calling the Mi’kmaq a conquered people in court, and the duty to consult non-existent. The language may have been more subdued, but that same lawyer made the same argument in June, and that he held these controversial views was widely known.
Arguing in court that the Sipekne’katik Band is a conquered people and that therefore the duty to consult does not apply is exactly the wrong thing to do for the McNeil government, writes contributor Art Bouman. But he isn’t surprised, it’s all about money and fossil fuels.
Ken Summers takes the pulse of the Alton Gas project in light of the company’s recent announcement that it will not begin its brining operation this year. The company’s future here doesn’t look quite as bright as it did say three years ago. It’s what happens when you’re not welcome.
The Alton Gas salt caverns have managed to escape scrutiny from the regulators, writes researcher Ken Summers. But news that two of the four drilled wells are unusable should cause some alarm bells to go off.
Alton Gas is getting plenty of press coverage. However, that the proposed gas pipeline for the Alton Gas storage project is set to cross the Stewiacke River Wilderness Area has somehow escaped attention. It appears that the current government would like to keep it that way.
Some ordinary people fighting environmental hazards in their backyards, and a bunch of students as well, showed up at the start of the fall session at Province House, and they aren’t very happy with the Liberal government.
A four-day Mi’kma’ki Water Symposium offers a unique opportunity to explore the many issues that are impacting our Mother Earth and water and the protectors of the water, here in Mi’kmaki. We talked to Dorene Bernard, one of the organizers.