Premier McNeil’s announcement Dec 20, 2019 that he would be honouring the Boat Harbour Act, and Northern Pulp’s announcement that they would close The Mill mark a historic transition on several fronts.
The sober part is the direct loss of jobs in rural areas and further indirect effects on the rural economy in NS.
I think all Nova Scotians are empathetic to the stresses that is causing to many individuals, families and communities; it was written on the face and in the voice and words of Premier McNeil when he made the announcement, and likewise on the face and in the voice and words of Chief Andrea Paul (re: CBC, Dec 20, 2019)
The hopeful part is that it means we have an opportunity to ‘get it right’ this time around, and come up with alternatives to The Mill that do not compromise our environment but do provide sustainable livelihoods based on our forests.
It is also incredibly opportune as it is at exactly this juncture that the world seems to be coming to grips with the reality of climate warming, biodiversity losses and environmental degradation more generally; we Nova Scotians could really carry our weight in regards to mitigating climate and biodiversity decline change by making fundamental changes in the way we view and manage our forests.