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.
Craig Hubley about the lack of information on glyphosate buildup in wild foraged foods in a letter to Mark Furey, MLA for Lunenburg West and the Minister of Business and Service Nova Scotia
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.
This weekend’s video is about North Preston resident Vicky Simmons and her fervent wish to gain title to her family’s land. It’s part of a larger project, “Untitled, the Legacy of Land in North Preston,”by a group of journalism, television and radio students at the Nova Scotia Community College. Check out the video, and don’t forget to check out the students’ project website as well.
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.
Glyphosate spraying in the face of widespread concerns among rural residents just so that forestry companies can make a bit more money seems pretty outrageous. Yet that’s what’s happening.
Spraying of woodlands with the Glyphosate herbicide continues in Nova Scotia, even though provincial subsidies have ended. And for how long DNR’s moratorium on subsidies will remain in effect is an open question.
Northern Pulp’s proposed glyphosate spraying program may be bad for your health, but that’s not the only problem, says Matt Miller of the Ecology Action Centre. Diversity in our forests will help us weather climate change, and a softwood-only forest is a bad economic strategy.
The Department of Natural Resources does a major flip-flop on its forest certification practices in Western Nova Scotia. Not good, say environmentalists.