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Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

A longer night than usual for Oxford Town Councillors, as they gathered for not one, but two meetings last night. 
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New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

The new $2.198-million Pugwash Library will open its doors to the public on Monday.
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MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth...

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

The Protect Wentworth Valley Committee (PWV) will host another public meeting next weekend to press their concerns about the proposed mega wind project for Higgins Mountain.
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Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam says go back to bed for six more weeks of winter.
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Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

The Springhill Coal Miners dropped an important game before a home crowd on Saturday, as the visiting River Valley Lumberjacks skated to a 4-2 win.
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Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

The RCMP responded to shots fired within a Springhill apartment on Saturday.
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Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Big changes to garbage collection in Cumberland County are set for next year.
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Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

The provincial government is providing funding to help community organizations recruit and retain healthcare professionals, to the tune of just over $175 thousand dollars in Cumberland County, with Pugwash receiving $25 thousand and change. 
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The Future of Northern Pulp
A vs B
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The Future of Northern Pulp

A BATTLE OF OPINIONS

A Says

A number of federal government departments have poured cold water on Northern Pulp’s plan to extend the company’s operation in Pictou County. Independently, the departments have found the company’s plan to pump their waste products into the ocean falls short of reason, logic, history, and good sense.

Citing numerous deficiencies, the federal perspective must come as a dramatic shock. While Northern Pulp is the latest of a number of companies to ply their trade on the shore of Pictou County, it is the first to face the wrath of the local community, provincial, and federal governments.

The company’s belated plan to clean Boat Harbour and replace it with a new effluent system that would pump treated water out to sea has been soundly rebuked by federal officials.

The government response is damning to say the least, and the company is no doubt reeling. After all, government was complicit in the inconsistencies that allowed the plant to open in the first place. Over the years they relied on governments, both provincial and federal, to have their back, and so they did.

Perhaps, therefore, the company can be forgiven for providing inadequate answers to their plan for cleansing and continuing an operation that simply pollutes. Never before did the Abercrombie Point operation have to truly explain themselves. They always had the legislative support of politicians at all levels, federal, provincial, and municipal. Even Pictou Town Council was reluctant to raise a stink about the ever-present stink.

Things are different in 2019 and likely will be much different in 2020. Northern Pulp may actually be on its own to explain itself and to build a compelling case to keep the operation going.

Not only does the community seem opposed, but political will is evaporating as quickly as the company can make excuses.

Northern Pulp seems to have unwittingly, even blindly, come to the end of the gravy train.

The greater issue is what about the industry. The pulp mill is simply the tip of the iceberg, albeit the greatest offender. If they go down, what about the forestry sector that has fed the mill for its entire existence. Numerous contractors, truckers, and wood-lot owners enjoy a symbiotic relationship and have become dependent on the continuance of that mill.

If they take a second look they may see a greater reward in new uses for the wood and/or the wood fibre, uses that do not pound our environment and affect the lives of people in such a negative way.

Will it be an easy transition — no. But is it necessary — an unequivocal yes.

The time has come for all the partners and hangers-on in the pulp industry to hold the giant to a long overdue wake where they can commiserate and form a plan to move the forest industry into reality and a brighter future that embraces everyone, including those who profit from the enterprise and those who pay for living near it.

B Replies

Pictou County and surrounding community members continue to wait on the edge of their seats for answers as Northern Pulp plans to move ahead with new facilities to treat its waste water before releasing it via pipeline into the Northumberland Strait. 

This cornerstone business which first began operations in 1967 has become an integral cog in the paper product, forestry and transportation machine, all working closely together for several decades. 

Plans to move forward with the project came to a screeching halt when the provincial government claimed to need more time, deliberation and environmental data before making any decisions that could ultimately impact the environment, county, and neighbouring communities. 

Elected provincial officials have until December 17th to make their decision. Furthermore, should the provincial government allow plans to move forward, the federal government could still order their own environmental assessment delaying proceedings even further. 

The company’s employees and other close partnerships are no doubt apprehensive of what the potential outcome may be. With hundreds of full-time employees and working relationships with local forestry contractors and sawmills, Northern Pulp has generated thousands of employment opportunities province-wide and has contributed great wealth to the economy. 

More often than not, rural communities deteriorate when long term employment opportunities are scarce but this facility has created financial security and safe haven for those who crave quieter and more nature based surroundings. 

Many community members are concerned about the environmental impacts this new pipeline project could create and have placed signs on their properties in protest. A quick drive through neighbouring communities of the mill and you’ll notice dozens of signs with the slogan “No pulp waste in our water”. It is no secret that Boat Harbour is in definite need of restoration with new plans to clean up and manage pollution. Not an easy feat; however, Northern Pulp is optimistic and hopes they can try. 

Customers of this facility, both local and world-wide, demand products that are ethically sourced from environmentally friendly and responsible management which Northern Pulp proudly boasts. Customers otherwise, would take their business elsewhere. Northern’s products come from Nova Scotia’s largest tree nursery located in Debert where they manage hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest allowing the company to run a sustainable business. 

It is safe to say that Northern pulp is aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy, safe and clean environment while taking steps to ensure sustainability, new innovative ways to care for our water and to ensure the well-being of our communities. 

A proper waste water treatment facility is of utmost importance to maintain the job security for thousands of people, continued economic growth and to not further upset the sensitive balance needed to maintain the health of our eco water systems. 

The end goal, though it may be challenging, is to resolve, restore and renew.

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Radio This Week

Event List
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:05 AM

Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, is on Morning Talk every Thursday. Listen at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:45 AM

Pastor Mark Collins, faith leader, is on Morning Talk every Thursday at 10:45.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, featuring traditional East Coast music, airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, the week in review, is aired on the Six Rivers Radio Network every Sunday morning. Listen at 9:00.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Events This Week

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM

The Pugwash Fire Department will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those 5 years and over. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 AM

The Wallace Community Centre will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those aged 5 and over. No appointment is necessary.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Thursday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:00 PM

Bingo is held every Thursday at 7 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:45 PM

A Public Meeting, hosted by the Protect Wentworth Valley Committee, will be held at the Wentworth Recreation Centre from 2:45 to 4:00 pm to discuss the proposal for a mega wind farm on Higgins Mountain. Special Guest will be Tory Rushton, the Minister of Natural Resources and the MLA for the area.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

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