Focus Report for the Northern Pulp Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility released to the public, written comments invited 3Oct2019

On March 29, 2019, theNova Scotia Environment minister directed Northern Pulp to submit a Focus Report to address deficiencies in its Registration Document for its proposed Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility.

In a news release yesterday (Oct 2, 2019), NSE announced that NP had submitted the report, and that “The report will be available online within 14 days once department staff have done a preliminary check to confirm it is complete.”

Evidently, that didn’t take long: the full focus report was made publicly available today (Oct 3, 2019)

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Evidently, the Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association does not like NS Forest Notes 3Oct2019

I am guessing they were not happy about my critique of their letter to members urging them to lobby for an extension of the Boat Harbour deadline

In Jan 2019, the NSFTA wrote a letter to their members asking them to advocate for an extension of the Boat Harbour Act and providing a template letter.

I just went to view the Big Tree contest hosted by the Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association, and found I was blocked. The message:

“Sorry, 000.000.00.00 has been banned.” (000… being my IP address).

The NSFTA Mandate, as viewable on Google:

The Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association objectives are: To elevate the image of the Nova Scotia Forest Technicians in the eyes of the government, industry and the public in general. To foster high standards of efficiency. To promote the common interests of all Nova Scotia Forest Technicians.

I am guessing  the NSFTA executive did not appreciate this post:
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Lands protected for conservation now at 12.7% in Nova Scotia 1Oct2019

Parks and Protected Areas in Nova Scotia as of Dec 29, 2015. Click on image to go to interactive map.

Parks and Protected Areas in Nova Scotia as of Dec 29, 2015. Click on image to go to interactive map.

Update Oct 4, 2019: View
CHRIS MILLER: A closer look at Nova Scotia’s newest protected lands
Chris Miller in Chronicle Herald Oct 3, 2019 (Full text available)

Update Oct 2, 2019: View
New protected areas announced for Nova Scotia
Aaron Beswick in the Chronicle Herald Oct 1, 2019 (full text currently available without subscription)

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Under EGSPA (the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, passed in 2007) Nova Scotia committed to protect at least 12 per cent of its land area by 2015. By the end of 2015, 12.26% was protected.

With new designations in March of 2017, that figure rose to about 12.39%.**

Nova Scotia environment just announced (Sep 30, 2019) New and Expanded Protected Areas Around Province which brings the number up to 12.7%.
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WestFor license up soon & “Urgent Action: 5 Days to Save A Forest – Nova Scotia” 27Sep2019

UPDATE Sep 30, 2019
I am told that Information Morning reported last week that the WestFor license had been renewed for 1 year. (Also Northern Pulp, GNTI – which increased, and PHP, both for 1 year).

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We haven’t heard anything from McNeil & Co. about renewal of the  WestFor License which runs out on Oct 1, 2019. (We didn’t hear about the current 1-year interim license until well after it had been issued, coincidentally or not on the same day that the New NAFTA was agreed upon.)

Anyway, we should be concerned, as the folks in Shelburne Co. are.

From the Sierra Club:

On September 30th, the license to harvest forests at the Walls Brook site in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia will expire.

Last July we, along with experienced bird watchers, Ecology Action Centre and the People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia alerted the Nova Scotia Minister of Lands and Forestry, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Canadian Wildlife Service that we had seen breeding migratory birds on the site.
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Nova Scotia Premier McNeil appears to be backing off on his commitment to close Boat Harbour on schedule 27Sep2019

Does the Premier need to be reminded, today of all days, of Greta Thunberg: “We have started to clean up your mess and we will not stop until we are done”.
Click on image for video

From the Canadian Press in the Star on Dec 13, 2018:

Premier Stephen McNeil reiterated Thursday that his government has no intention of backing away from its deadline.

McNeil said it would look at options to help diversify the forest industry as a whole, but he wasn’t specific.
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Nova Scotia municipalities lead the way in addressing climate and biodiversity crises, L&F Please follow! 26Sep2019

Annapolis County wants the province to hand over a swath of Crown land forest  known as the Corbett-Dalhousie Lakes Old Forest (above) so the municipality can develop and manage it as a “climate forest”. In the lower photo: A group of women camp out on the forestry road in early June 2019, 2019 under the banner of Extinction Rebellion to protest harvesting. Subsequently, L&F put a hold on harvesting while they investigate reports of Species-at-Risk at the site by local naturalists

In this week of global attention to climate change, with the biodiversity crisis usually cited in the same breath, there have been two encouraging developments in NS, both at the municipal level.

First, in Annapolis County, which is mostly rural (area: 3,185 km2, population approx. 21,000), the County’s Municipal Council has declared a “climate emergency” (Sep 23, 2019). The motion:

In accordance with the recommendation of Committee of the Whole, that municipal council for the County of Annapolis declares a climate emergency in order to engage citizens in a cooperative approach that would address the rapidly emerging impacts of the deteriorating climate.

Reports Lawrence Powell in the Annapolis Spectator,

[Warden] Habinski said by his tally at least 20 local organizations are currently active in one way or another in addressing one or another of the consequences of climate change.
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Naturalists in court today asking Nova Scotia L&F to enforce its own regulations for protecting Species-at-Risk 23 Sep2019

Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft, as President of Nature Nova Scotia, is one of the applicants together with the Blomidon Naturalists Society and the Halifax Field Naturalists. They are being represented by Jamie Simpson of Juniper Law and the case is being handled by East Coast Environmental Law. In the Photo: Bancroft talking about cavity dwellers in a talk to the Friends of Redtail Society in 2013.


UPDATE Sep 24, 2019:
Province argues duties under Nova Scotia’s Endangered Species Act not ‘mandatory’
By Haley Ryan for The Star Halifax, Sep 23, 2019. The article provides details of the arguments put forth on both sides. “The hearing will resume on Oct. 1, when Smith is expected to finish his submissions and Simpson can enter a reply.”

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From East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) today:

Today, we go to court on behalf of those who cannot advocate for themselves.

For many years we have witnessed the provincial government’s failure to take the steps required by their own law to protect at risk species in Nova Scotia. Time is running out.

Several months ago we wrote the Minister of Lands and Forestry and included a copy of our latest Protected on Paper Only report. We called on the Minister to meet his legal obligations under the Endangered Species Act to complete the 19 recovery plans and 4 management plans that are currently overdue. These plans are the first steps to recover and protect endangered, threatened and vulnerable species in Nova Scotia.
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Fri Sep 20 to Fri Sep 27, 2019: A week of Climate Action globally and in Nova Scotia

UPDATES:
9 Aerial Shots Of Canada’s Climate Marches That Are Absolutely Breathtaking (PHOTOS)
Lisa Belmonte on narcity.com/ Sep 28, 2019

‘Let’s hope everyone hears us’: Students take climate strikes to the streets of N.S.
Emma Davie · CBC News, Sep 27, 2019

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‘Would be nice to see the Premier and Government Ministers join the event on Sep. 27, and for them to encourage civil servants to do the same

The Big Day is Friday, Sep 27, 2019, but there are many other related events on other days.

View:

Daily Events, Halifax Area

Valley Bus to Global Climate Strike in Halifax (Facebook Link)
Sep 27, 2019

Cobequid Climate Summit (Facebook Link)
Saturday at 1 PM – 4 PM
NSCC Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 1X5

Tatamagouche Community Water Walk(Facebook Link) Sep 21, 2019
Hannah Martin is organizing the first Water Walk to take place in Taqamiju’jk (Tatamagouche)! 🌊🐟💧 Come walk together in ceremony for the protection of our sacred water, in resistance of irresponsible resource extraction and to raise awareness of the proposed gold mine in Warwick Mountain!
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Canada’s National Forestry Database: new way of assessing area harvested in Nova Scotia introduced for 2017 16Sep2019

It seems that the change in the way the area clearcut, in particular, was estimated in 2017 compared to earlier years indicates that the area of land clearcut on private land had been over-estimated in earlier years.

Clearcut on Crown Land in 2014.

I have not accessed the National Forestry Database for some time and the format has changed from the readily available and copyable compilations to an interactive format that, well, involves some frustration in learning how to use it.

I had to install “Tableau” to view the stats in a form that is easy to copy by screen capture.(Printing out stats from the NFD webpages just doesn’t work properly, you get only parts of the tables; I haven’t figured out yet how/if you can print it out from Tableau.)  Also, I had lots of difficulties getting the desired language in all places etc., and units are not given in the headings. The Tableau program will prove clunky on slower computers.

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Nova Scotia Government issues a RFP – Assessing the Potential for Carbon Offset Credit Generation in Nova Scotia 16Sep2019

The “RFP Particulars” should be made publicly available; we are all stakeholders when it comes to climate change

Update (Sep 20, 2019): Nova Scotia asking for input on carbon credit opportunities
Stuart Peddle in the Chronicle Herald, Sep 19, 2019
Update (Sep 17, 2019)

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As issued on service.ariba.com on 13Sep2019:

Thx to Halifax Examiner/The Morning File for this one.
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