In the text, Black went after every resource issue currently on the radar in Nova Scotia – aquaculture, forestry, mining in protected areas, fracking, golf courses, his common theme being, apparently, concern over declining economic opportunities in rural Nova Scotia.
There were some great Trump-like lines, sure to infuriate many, and get a nod of approval from others, e.g.:
Some people flying into Halifax find it upsetting to see evidence of a clearcut from the air. The trade-off is that it is safer for workers and helps the industry to be cost-competitive. Some of the wood is used as a bio-fuel, which is not great, but is much better than fossil fuels. The trees grow back. We are in no danger of running out.
Things may be on hold in SW Nova Scotia awaiting the recommendations of the Independent Review but the government and Forest NS are not treading water when it comes to paving the roads for industrial forestry in Nova Scotia
“The bigger you are, the more attention you get — some of it good, some of it not so good.
“And the bigger an industry player you are, the more attention — and help — you get from government.
“It’s an open secret that, if you employ enough people and turn enough money around, especially in rural parts of Atlantic Canada, governments can be exceptionally flexible.”
The physical intimacy of yellow birch and hemlock often observed in old Acadian forest is more than a coincidence
In a post on this website last summer, Summer Solstice reflections (June 23, 2017), I commented on “the intimate proximity of a large diameter yellow birch and a smaller hemlock” which I dubbed “An Acadian Forest Love Affair”.
It’s not by coincidence that the current header image for this website (above) shows another such couple, in their winter garb.
The more of these I viewed, the more it seemed that this close co-occurrence of yellow birch and hemlock could not be purely coincidental.
After a lot more observation and a little literature research, I have come up with an explanation, of sorts.
The diffuser for the new treatment system would be about here Click on image to enlarge (from Google Earth)
Fishers in both Nova Scotia and PEI are concerned about impacts on lobster and other fisheries
PC leadership candidate John Lohr (MLA for Kings North) has joined the fray over Northern Pulp’s proposal to pump effluent in the the Northumberland Strait, labeling PEI Premeier Wade MacLauchlan’s request to the feds for a more thorough environmental assessment as “political interference”.
Sample output from the feds GHG calculator. Click on image for larger version.
Don Wilson of Brule Point writes in The News (Jan 23, 2018):
An alarming email today tells me the biomass furnace at Port Hawkesbury Paper and run by NS Power has been operating at full blast 24/7 for months. This is in spite of what Premier Stephen McNeil told us just a few months ago. This was even while the mill itself was closed for two of the last four weeks due to lack of sales for glossy paper. Continue reading →
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Written Submissions – The Review has received more than 170 written submissions…
Meeting with Individuals and Representatives of Groups and Organizations – Professor Lahey has held more than 60 meetings involving over 140 groups and individuals. Participants in the meetings held to date are listed here… Continue reading →
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There is a wonderful piece of mixed Acadian forest on drumlins by Sandy Lake, close to the neck of the Chebucto Peninsula on the Bedford Basin side.
The forested landscape goes right through to the Sackville River floodplain and includes a lot of forest in a mature to old growth state, with many trees over 100 years of age and some over 200.
I grabbed the first cold sunny day after a good snowfall, Jan 19, to walk some its many trails and enjoy the full splendour of the Canadian winter, also to get a break from the depressing debates about the state of our forests.
Here one can still enjoy the forest that was much more familiar to Nova Scotians in days gone by. Continue reading →
Missing, she said, are the “voices of the people with concerns about the mill, and many facts that still deserve attention”. For example
…when the government tried in 2015 to impose just a few modest restrictions on Northern Pulp in a new industrial approval — to reduce the amount of water it could use and to cap production limits – the mill filed papers to take the government to court. In the end, the government caved and the restrictions in the industrial approval were removed….In recent months, the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association and the Friends of Northumberland Strait have made a strong case for a much more comprehensive environmental assessment of the effluent plans than the province has agreed to, and a treatment facility that would not put any effluent into the Strait.
In response to low prices for its main product, a glossy paper used in inserts, and import tariffs placed on it by the United States government, Port Hawkesbury Paper has been attempting to diversify. Continue reading →