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.
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.
Wherever he looks Ray Bates sees corporations exploiting Nova Scotia’s natural resources as if there is no tomorrow. This must stop, he writes.
A little something about that legislated deadline to the Boat Harbour closure and how politicians and unions better not mess with it.
Local fisherman John Collins explains why a federal assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed pipe into the Strait is both mandated in law and the right thing to do.
PSA by the Healthy Forest Coalition: Only two days remain to submit your comments to Nova Scotia Environment in regard to the environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe.
Pictou MD John Krawczyk on the presence of methyl mercury near Pictou Landing First Nation and what that means for the Northern Pulp plans to dump treated effluent in the Strait. “The effluent will not be toxin free no matter how it is treated and will bio-accumulate in bi-valves (mussels, scallops, oysters) and lobsters. Seafood will be contaminated. The archaic expression dilution is the solution to pollution is no longer acceptable. Humans are at risk!”
John Collins is thinking about solutions to the Northern Pulp conundrum that will respect the residents of Pictou Landng First Nation, protect the Strait, and keep the jobs in Pictou.,Whatever you may think of his proposal, at least he’s putting it out there, which is more most politicians can say.
News release: “The province’s Minister of Environment has a conflict of interest in relation to Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility and should step away from an environmental assessment of the project, environmental law charity Ecojustice said in a letter sent yesterday on behalf of Friends of the Northumberland Strait.”