Three new billboards in Halifax remind tens of thousands commuters each day that all is not well with Nova Scotia’s forests. “80,000 birds nests destroyed last year; Stop clearcutting; Tell Premier McNeil,” the billboards state.
A review of the Mill, the by now quite famous book by Joan Baxter on Northern Pulp and its predecessors. It’s really good, and you should buy it. Meanwhile, activists need to figure out how to heal the split between community and mill workers which only helps the company.
Forest loss in Nova Scotia continues unabated, but exactly how much and where often is based on anecdotal evidence. What most people don’t know is that there’s an app for that.
Just another clearcut in rural Nova Scotia. Nothing new here.
Unusual flooding, erosion, something has changed about the Margaree River in Cape Breton, writes Sam Ainsworth. When local residents start pointing it clear cutting of the Margaree watershed by Port Hawkesbury Paper, the company fights back. An expert report, the local salmon fishers association, politicians all get mobilized to argue that things in fact are just fine. Not so fast, writes Ainsworth, ” The Margaree could be a beacon of light in a very dark history for salmon in this province but the clearcutting must be drastically reduced.”
About eight hundred Nova Scotians marched to Province House because they hate the devastation of our forests caused by clearcutting and because bureaucrats and politicians aren’t listening to them. To mark this important event we offer up a handful of photos and a transcription of the remarks by Melissa Labrador, a Mi’kmaq woman of the Wildcat community near Kejimkujik.
New contributor Bryn Jones-Vaillancourt wonders how ready we are for climate change. As weather intensifies we must stop clearcutting our forests and get serious about shoring up our shores, he says.
Burning biomass to generate electricity is not green. In fact, using coal in the short term is cleaner. And short term here means for the next sixty to seventy years. Also, a very sad 2011 video of a clearcut at Higgins Mountain, Cumberland County.
Forget about meeting clearcutting targets for 2016. A freedom of information request by the provincial NDP caucus suggests clearcutting may well be on the increase.
“This is my favourite place in the world. It breaks my heart that this is happening here.” Ryan Chambers takes us on a short drone ride high above the Cape Breton Highlands.