In the News

Beginning today, June 11, 2018, this page will provide a list of links to news and some social media posts related to forests and forestry in Nova Scotia, the most recent items at the top, as I access them.

Some will also be listed under Independent Review, and some may also be the subject of a post on the Home Page.

Up to this point I have attempted to provide a post on the home page about every news item; all posts are listed under About this site>All Posts. However, I have found that I am missing more and more as at times I can’t keep up with it all, not-to-mention that outdoor Nova Scotia is just too enticing at times.

The dates cited below are the dates of publication of the news items (not the dates on which I accessed them).

NOTE Sep 19, 2018: due to the Chronicle Herald moving their website to a new platform circa Sep 15, 2018, links that refer to articles in the Chronicle Herald before that date are not currently working. Presumably they will fix that issue.
Nov 14, 2018: There is no sign that the CH will fix and make accessible the old links and now the Chronicle Herald further restricts online access to news and opinions (Post, Nov 10, 2018). In general, from this point on I will not cite Chronicle Herald articles when alternative reports are available. Feb 1, 2019: It seems the Chronicle Herald is again making a lot of material freely available so I am again referencing such items. Thx CH. Too quick, I received this explanation a few hrs later: My Q: “I noticed that the CH is again making a lot of material freely available online (since Jan 23 or earlier). Can you confirm a change in policy? Thx. and Thx CH.” Response: No change in policy: we continue to work on improving the online experience and in doing so, our web developers have made e-paper access available from time to time – this will not be permanent.

NOTE Jan 11, 2019: I will be taking a bit of coverage of what’s in the news will be more intermittent for the next 3 months and even after that  if the news items appear as frequently as they have been in the last several weeks. ‘Simply to0 much to try to catalogue them all.

    • Feb 21, 2019:
      Northern Pulp says it “cares” — but for whom and for what?
      Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner JB explores “the facts” about employment generated by NP.
      CBC’s Information Morning visits Pictou to talk Northern Pulp’s future
      “CBC Radio’s Information Morning was in Pictou, N.S., on Thursday for a live show dedicated to the future of Northern Pulp.” Archived 1 hr 17 min Audio available, interviews with many people on all sides of the debate about the mill.
    • Feb 20, 2019:
      The Issue with Tissue: How Americans Are Flushing Forests Down the Toilet
      NRDC report by Jennifer Skene & Shelley Vinyard. “…This report provides an overview of the major tissue brands and reveals the worst corporate offenders driving boreal degradation. It describes the impact of virgin pulp sourced from the old growth forests like Canada’s boreal forest and the United States’ strong reliance on tissue products.
    • Feb 17, 2019:
      Climate change protesters in Halifax highlight species extinction
      John McPhee in the Chronicle Herald, this item seems to be available without a subscription
      Green Party Leader Elizabeth May: ‘For my point of view, close the mill’
      Adam MacInnis in NG News
    • Feb 16, 2019:
      By Any Other Name: Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry just made “Clearcuts” disappear
      Linda Pannozzo in The Halifax Examiner (subscription required to access full article) “Nova Scotians who signed up to receive proposed harvest plans on Crown land might have noticed some disturbing changes recently. As of a few days ago the maps no longer specify whether a proposed cut is a “clearcut” or not. The word was removed from the legend and the list of harvest prescription types. This…”
      Feedback on Federal Environmental Assessment on The Pipe
      “The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is in receipt of Northern Pulp’s proposal to construct a new effluent treatment facility at its Abercrombie Point location. CEAA is currently reviewing feedback it has received from Pictou Landing First Nation, local stakeholders, and the public in respect of whether it should recommend a federal environmental assessment be conducted regarding this project proposal.
      “CEAA will be accepting feedback until February 25, 2019. If you have previously submitted feedback, there is no need to re-submit in order to have your comments considered.
      “If you wish to make a submission, please send any comments to:
      Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
      200-1801 Hollis Street
      Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
      Info courtesy of Sean Fraser, MP
    • Feb 12, 2019:
      Ottawa pledges $1.45M to protect 7 ecological sites in Nova Scotia
      Paul Withers · CBC News “Nova Scotia Nature Trust must hit its own fundraising target of $750K by end of March”
    • Jan 31, 2019:
      The 13 Per Cent: NGOs Call For Fulfillment of Nova Scotian Protected Areas
      Zak Metcalfe
      COUNTERPOINT: Nova Scotia sawmills very efficient at producing lumber
      Billy Freeman in the CH (may require subscription) “Northern Pulp provides the wood chip market that keeps essentially all Nova Scotia sawmills in business. Without Northern Pulp, most Nova Scotia sawmills would close. Many dubious alternatives published in social media would purportedly see those sawmills survive. However, in reality, there is no viable Plan B. Our locally-owned sawmills, and the families and communities they support, cannot rely on some hypothetical solution that does not pay the bills.”
      Pictou Landing chief says no to Boat Harbour extension, 2020 deadline ‘so sacred’
      By HALEY RYANStarMetro Halifax
    • Jan 30, 2019:
      OPINION: NDP’s forestry-crisis response misrepresented
      DAN O’CONNOR in the Chronicle Herald (item available without subscription)
      ‘Everything I knew just didn’t exist anymore’: Boat Harbour before and after
      Brendan Ahern in NG News. “Mary Nicholas’ early memories of Boat Harbour involve a smelt run and a plastic bag. “Like your storage room, or your root cellar or something. But it was the whole lake,” says Nicholas. “Everything was there; salmon, smelts, eels, clams. Everything.” Everything changed in 1966…”
    • Jan 29, 2019:
      By Zak Metcalfe for Port Hawkesbury Reporter
    • Jan 25, 2019:
      N.S. naturalists taking province to court
      CBC News “‘We’re simply asking the government to do what is already required to do legally'”
      COUNTERPOINT: Money doesn’t grow on trees for woodlot owners
      Tom Miller, Green Hill “To suggest that woodlot owners and other rural residents will not survive a mill closure is to not understand that no one out here is making any money now. Contrary to the few contractors who have spoken in favour of the mill not closing, most are quiet, as they fear repercussions from a very vindictive industry.”
      SURETTE: Can we manage a forestry crisis properly this time?
      Ralph Surette in Chronicle Herald, I accessed it without a subscription// perhaps the CH is changing its access requriements…

      Last fall, I drove through those eastern lands, from south of New Glasgow through to Sherbrooke on the Atlantic shore on Highway 348, over some 70 kilometres. I saw only one patch of big trees — on a slope coming down to water where big machines presumably couldn’t go. The rest had all been clearcut over the past decades.

      The “highway” was itself more of a logging road that had been given a thin layer of paving, now all broken up and potholed, presumably during the giveaway Buchanan government era of the 1980s. The only logical reason for paving it would have been to make it easier for the Pictou mill to harvest. Another hidden subsidy. There are more roads like it.

      Has government in Nova Scotia evolved at last to the point where it accepts that enough is enough — whether in subsidies, pollution or forest destruction — and can the woods industries accept sustainable forestry? And can the two talk about it? That was my question driving through as the glorious autumn leaves of the St. Mary’s River valley finally gave me relief from the desolation I’d left behind.”

    • Jan 23, 2019:
      Turning Protesters into Pets
      Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner
      Published Dec 14, 2019. Full text made available (without subscription) Jan 23, 2019. “HOW NOVA SCOTIA’S FORESTRY REGULATORS ARE ALREADY UNDERMINING THE LAHEY REPORT, AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.”
      Woodlot owners look to Lahey report as ‘road, not roadblock’ to prosperity
      Michael Gorman · CBC News
    • Jan 22, 2019:
      Nova Scotia’s forest industry faces unknown future without Northern Pulp
      Michael Gorman · CBC News

Jan 31, 2019:

From CPAWS, Amongst those “Promised for protection in 2013… STILL WAITING for official protection by NS government (Photos: NSE)”

The last days of summer in Nova Scotia in 2018

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