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Nova Scotia’s Climate Emergency

In 2019 Nova Scotia Declared A Climate Emergency.  Here’s What’s Happened Since:

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The Sixth Mass Extinction – Biodiversity Collapse

Wetlands and woodlands: how the province is helping and harming.” Halifax Examiner – April 11, 2022.

RAYMOND PLOURDE: Nova Scotia government, big developers steamroll Halifax planning process.” Saltwire – April 2, 2022.

Bruce MacKinnon Everything's Just Ducky For Halifax Developers
Bruce MacKinnon: “Everything’s Just Ducky For Halifax Developers”. Saltwire – April 2, 2022.

Residents race to save Dartmouth wetland, Penhorn development an easy win.” Saltwire – March 31, 2022.

Broad opposition to fast-tracking development at Sandy Lake.” Sandy Lake Coalition – March 30, 2022.

DALE SMITH: 2022 a year of promise for Halifax’s Blue Mountain park.” Saltwire – March 21, 2022.

RILEY SCANLAN: Lamenting the loss of the Acadian forest that I never got to know.” Saltwire – March 8, 2022

Canada’s highest court to rule on case that puts municipalities’ power to preserve nature on the line.” National Observer – February 28, 2022.

N.S. power plant that uses biomass knocked offline after stack falls in high winds.” CBC – February 22, 2022.

Dartmouth residents raise concerns about development next to wetland.” Halifax Examiner – February 8, 2022.

How humanity can start restoring nature here in the Anthropocene.” The Coast – February 8, 2022.

No cold feet among forestry protesters camped out on South Mountain.” Saltwire – January 24, 2022.

The 6th Mass Extinction Really Has Begun, Scientists Warn in Newly Published Study.”  Science Alert – January 18, 2022.

NatureNS asks Nova Scotians to support the new Mainland Moose Recovery Plan.” NS Forest Notes – January 5, 2022.

Three years after he wrote the blueprint for changing how Nova Scotia does forestry, nothing has changed, says Bill Lahey.” The Halifax Examiner – Nov. 30, 2021.

Lahey forestry report author issues scathing update on lack of progress after 3 years.”  CBC – Nov. 30, 2021.

‘Not too many options left’ for mainland moose, biologist says.” Saltwire – Nov. 26, 2021.

Protestors demand logging stop at Rocky Point Lake until recovery plan for mainland moose is in place.” The Halifax Examiner – Nov. 25, 2021.

A look at what’s up Rocky Point Lake Road.” The Halifax Examiner – Nov. 17 – 2021.

“Critics say a new government policy won’t do much to save old forests in N.S.” CBC Radio Information Morning – Nov. 17, 2021.

Dani Miller dreams of a healthy future for Maritime forests.”  National Observer – Nov. 15, 2021.

LETTERS — Inexcusable delay on implementing ecological forestry in Nova Scotia.”  Saltwire – Nov. 12, 2021.

PATRICK STEWART: The human cataclysm — invasive civilization an even bigger threat than climate change.” Saltwire – Nov. 10, 2021.

Cutting begins in Digby forest where Mi’kmaw chiefs asked for logging pause.”  CBC News – Nov. 10, 2021.

N.S. drafts updated old-growth forest policy, advocates say it doesn’t go far enough.” CBC News – Nov 9, 2021.

“Crown land considered habitat for endangered moose has been clear cut.”  CBC Information Morning – Nov. 9, 2021.

JOHN DeMONT: How the power of people saved a stand of threatened Nova Scotia hemlocks.”  Saltwire – Nov. 6, 2021.

JIM VIBERT: As Nova Scotia Tories stroll toward ‘ecological forestry approach,’ the results are clearcut.”  Saltwire – Nov. 4, 2021.

Ministerial advisory panel members accuse government of dragging its feet on Lahey report.” CBC News – Nov. 3, 2021.

COP26: World leaders promise to end deforestation by 2030.”  BBC News – Nov. 2, 2021.

Book: Finding The Mother TreeNature Reads – Curated Books

Nova Scotia Healthy Forest Coalition calls for Immediate Halt to Logging Operations in Moose Habitat at Rocky Point Lake.” NS Forest Notes – October 29, 2021.

Kevin Smith: When coyotes in Nova Scotia survive on plastic and grass.” NS Forest Notes – October 5, 2021.

When We Can’t See the Climate for the Trees.” Medium – September 29, 2021.

WestFor stokes fears over proposed protection of the Ingram River Conservation Area.” NS Forest Notes – September 10, 2021

How important is Big Forestry to the Nova Scotia economy?”  NS Forest Notes – September 6, 2021.

The Future Of Crown Land” Saltwire – August 7, 2021

Nina Newington comments on the Nova Scotia Sustainable Development Goals Act.”  NS Forest Notes – July 27, 2021

“Nova Scotia election looming & concerns about wood supply from Crown lands, the Lahey Progress Report, promised consultations, carbon sequestration and “low value wood””  NS Forest Notes – July 9, 2021.

Province still eyeing future highway through Halifax wilderness area, despite objections.” CBC News – July 9, 2021.

Supreme Court of Canada to hear dispute over undeveloped Halifax-area land.”  CBC News – June 24, 2021.

Public engagement, future of the forestry, and the Harvest Plans Map Viewer.” The Halifax Examiner – June 10, 2021.

Province considers protecting 5,000-hectare Ingram River wilderness area.” – June 9, 2021.

Nova Scotia still failing to protect species at risk after 4 years, AG finds.” CBC News – July 8, 2021.

No timeline for decision on Archibald Lake wilderness area, says N.S. minister.”  CBC News – June 3, 2021.

RAYMOND PLOURDE: Time for industrial forestry to vacate Crown lands.” Saltwire – May 26, 2021.

“Finding the Mother Tree” – can it change the way we manage our forests in Nova Scotia?”  NS Forest Notes – May 9.

HELGA GUDERLEY: Crucial next steps for implementing Lahey N.S. forestry report”  Saltwire – May 7

DALE SMITH: Nova Scotia’s Rankin must end bait-and-switch routine on forestry reform”  The Chronicle Herald – April 19.

Just 3% of world’s ecosystems remain intact, study suggests” The Guardian – April 15

Destruction of world’s forests increased sharply in 2020”  The Guardian – March 31

Biodiversity hotspot” primed for logging” The Halifax Examiner – March 19.

Why we can’t forget biodiversity in the race to net-zero” Infrastructure Intelligence – March 22.

Looming change to Nova Scotia’s forestry practices not coming soon enough for some” CBC News – March 10.

Williams Lake Watershed In Crisis”  Chebucto News – March 3, 2021.

Rescue plan for nature: How to fix the biodiversity crisis” NewScientist – Feb. 17.

The Borealization of Acadia.”  Halifax Examiner – July 2, 2020.

How Nova Scotia naturalists forced the province to uphold its Endangered Species Act.” The National Observer – June 22, 2020.

Nova Scotia broke endangered species law, judge rules.” Saltwire – May 29, 2020.

Nova Scotia’s Clearcut Refugees”  NS Forest Notes – March 12, 2017

Efforts to preserve Hemlock and Ash trees in peril in Nova Scotia” Acadia University – February 22.

Climate Change

‘A File of Shame’: World on Track for 3.2 Degrees Celsius of Warming, Latest IPCC Report Warns.” Eco Watch – April 4, 2022.

LETTERS — Don’t put climate on back burner in Halifax.” Saltwire – March 22, 2022.

New UN Report Says Protecting and Restoring Nature is Key in Climate Crisis.” Nature Canda – February 28, 2022.

““We need accountability”: Nova Scotia has set ambitious climate change goals, but concrete action is elusive.”  Halifax Examiner – Dec. 31, 2021.

Halifax climate plan only 20% on track, 14% funded.”  Halifax Examiner – Dec. 16, 2021.

‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and the Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All.”  Rolling Stone – November 29, 2021.

Step up climate change policy to meet urgency of the crisis, EAC’s Lane says.”  Saltwire – Nov 15, 2021.

Instead of writing big cheques to fight climate change, billionaires should just pay taxes: environmentalist.” CBC Radio – Nov. 6, 2021.

PCs dismiss dozens of amendments to environment bill”  CBC News – November 4, 2021.

Canada underestimating 80 megatonnes of emissions from boreal logging: report.” The Narwhal – October 18, 2021.

The climate disaster is here – this is what the future looks like.” The Guardian – October 14, 2021.

The latest IPCC report is a catastrophe.”  The Atlantic – Aug 9, 2021.

Thousands of scientists warn climate tipping points ‘imminent’.” Aljazeera – July 28, 2021.

Beyond Climate Promises Report Calls on Nova Scotia Government to Step Up on Urgently Needed Climate Action.”  Sierra Club Canada – July 27, 2021.

Evidence is clear climate change is the top threat to our health.”  Toronto Star – July 26, 2021.

World’s Food Supplies Get Slammed by Drought, Floods and Frost.”  Bloomberg News – July 24, 2021.

Logging plays by its own rules in Canada’s climate targets.” National Observer – July 23, 2021

Achieving Net Zero for Nova Scotia: can we take a lead from Dr. Strang?”  NS Forest Notes – June 25, 2021.

It’s 118 Degrees in Siberia. Great.”  Vice News – June 23, 2021.

Earth’s ancient climate warns that we need to take urgent action, study suggests.” – June 2, 2021.

World on the verge of climate crisis ‘abyss’, warns UN.”  Al Jazeera – April 19, 2021.

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States.”  ProPublica September 15, 2020.

The link between viruses, habitat destruction and climate change.” National Observer – April 13, 2020.

Curated Video Playlist : The Climate Crisis

Industrial Pollution

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Nova Scotia touted its huge ‘green’ energy plant. Turns out it’s powered by coal.” The Guardian, Oct. 26, 2022.

Fiona caused wall failure at N.S. gold mine’s open pit.” – CBC News, Oct. 19, 2022.

Nova Scotia Environment minister approved Signal Gold’s open pit mine at Goldboro despite concerns and criticisms from scientists in his own department.” Halifax Examiner – Aug 10, 2022.

LINDSAY LEE: Stop walking on eggshells, bowing to Nova Scotia’s industrial forestry lobby.” Saltwire – June 6, 2022.

Dalhousie University’s decision to source “sustainable biomass” from J.D. Irving and Wagner a “piss-off”.” Halifax Examiner – March 1, 2022.

Nova Scotia mining company ordered to pay $125K for offence under the Fisheries Act.” Cision Canada – February 21, 2022.

Atlantic Gold sentenced to $250,000 fines and penalties after pleading guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges.” Halifax Examiner – February 11, 2022.

What if we just left gold in the ground?” Halifax Examiner – February 7, 2022.

Atlantic Gold Mining N.S. Inc. pleads guilty to environmental charges.” CBC – February 4, 2022.

Solar industry says proposed Nova Scotia Power charge will devastate sector.”  CBC – January 28, 2022.

Marineland Canada says site for planned whale refuge in Nova Scotia is too polluted.” CBC – Dec. 15, 2021.

“We cannot imagine two locations less suited for extractive projects such as gold mining” The Halifax Examiner – Dec. 15, 2021.

Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS): Bullying, Propaganda, and a complete disregard for threatened natural habitats.” Earth Science Society – Dec. 2, 2021.

New regulator shuts down questions on fish farm oversight in Nova Scotia.” CBC News – Nov. 17 – 2021.

It pains me to tell you that the image of Canada is severely damaged.”  The Halifax Examiner – Nov. 17 – 2021.

N.S. pledges to end use of coal for electricity 10 years earlier than scheduled.” CBC News – Octobter 37, 2021.

(Paywall) “Atlantic Gold agrees to a tentative plea deal that would have the company pay $120,000 to the Nova Scotia Salmon Association to atone for breaking environmental rules, but ‘no deal,’ says the Salmon Association.”  Halifax Examiner – October 26, 2021.

WILF BEAN: Nova Scotia should stop investing in destructive gold mining.”  Saltwire – August 31, 2021

Pictou County university student helping raise awareness about importance of St. Mary’s River.” The New Glasgow News – August 26, 2021.

The Examiner quizzed the four main political parties on gold mining issues. Here are their responses.”  Halifax Examiner – July 30, 2021.

‘Pollution permits’: Nova Scotia environmental groups decry use of herbicides along power lines.” Saltwire – July 25, 2021.

Sales pitch: come destroy the environment of Guysborough and we’ll both make a buck.”  Halifax Examiner – June 14, 2021.

We’re turning the Eastern Shore into the Nova Scotian equivalent of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.”  Halifax Examiner – June 4, 2021.

Atlantic Gold is facing 32 charges for violating provincial environmental laws; yesterday, we learned the company also faces three federal charges.”  Halifax Examiner – June 3, 2021.

Public comments on proposed N.S. gold mine overwhelmingly negative.”  CBC News – May 31, 2021.

Atlantic Gold’s imaginary conservation land.”  (Subscriber-only article) The Halifax Examiner – May 20.

Concrete Capture. Part 2: The Murky World Of Air Emissions Testing And Why Monitoring Pollution Is Not The Same As Mitigating It.”  The Halifax Examiner – April 21, 2021

The Supreme Court’s Carbon Tax Ruling Is Hardly A Climate Victory” Passage – March 30.

Pieridae plans to use fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania at its proposed Goldboro LNG plant, and that’s a huge problem”  The Halifax Examiner – March 29.


Atlantic Gold says it is getting “into the halls of government” in Nova Scotia, but it has no registered lobbyist”  The Halifax Examiner – February 18.

Atlantic Gold Is Going To Court”  The Halifax Examiner – January 20.

SLAPPed silly: the company promoting the Goldboro LNG plant that Premier Rankin supports is trying to bully its critics into silence” The Halifax Examiner – March 22.

‘A sacred spot’: why goldmining threatens Nova Scotia’s ‘wildest’ river” The Guardian – Aug. 31, 2020.

Northern Pulp

Michael de Adder “The gall of The Mill.”

Northern Pulp wants another six month delay in B.C. court and forced mediation with Nova Scotia.” Halifax Examiner, Oct. 31, 2022.

Northern Pulp says it is ‘insolvent’ and can’t pay its pension obligations, but it’s got plenty of cash to bankroll legal assaults on Nova Scotia’s government and laws.” Halifax Examiner – April 20, 2022.

New study shows Northern Pulp mill emissions exceeded federal threshold by 100,000%.” CBC – April 13, 2022.

Study: Northern Pulp in a league of its own when it comes to polluting.” Halifax Examiner – April 11, 2022.

Northern Pulp and its wealthy owners seem intent on taking Nova Scotians to the cleaners.” Halifax Examiner – April 4, 2022. (Subscribers).

Premier Tim Houston orders ‘Friends of a New Northern Pulp’ sign removed from Minister Pat Dunn’s constituency office window.” Halifax Examiner – March 21, 2022.

Northern Pulp has a new set of “friends”.” Halifax Examiner – March 9, 2022.

Nova Scotia refusing to provide Northern Pulp with hard emissions targets.” Saltwire – February 10, 2022.

Claims regarding NP effluent play questioned.” The Pictou Advocate – Jan. 12, 2022

The Pictou mill: fleecing Nova Scotia for 53 years — and counting.” The Halifax Examiner – Dec. 20, 2021.

Northern Pulp sues province for $450 million.” Saltwire – Dec. 17, 2021.

Environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s mill restart plan begins.” CBC – Dec. 7, 2021.

Northern Pulp files environmental assessment of controversial plan.” Saltwire – Dec. 1, 2021.

Why isn’t Northern Pulp using the wastewater treatment plant next door at Canso Chemicals? Is mercury an issue?”  Halifax Examiner – Nov. 5, 2021.

Nova Scotia won’t appeal judgment allowing Northern Pulp to prepare lawsuit.” CBC News – Nov 4, 2021.

Northern Pulp gets green light to spend $450,000 preparing lawsuit against Nova Scotia.” CBC News – Nov 2, 2021.

Woo and sue: Northern Pulp’s strategy in Nova Scotia.” Halifax Examiner – October 31, 2021.

A possible lawsuit and a new effluent plan: the Northern Pulp file meets a new government.” Saltwire – October 4, 2021.

Province continues to work toward approval for Boat Harbour cleanup.” CBC News – September 29, 2021.

Wastewater from Northern Pulp’s hibernating paper mill is being discharged into the Bay of Fundy.”  Halifax Examiner – September 7, 2021.

What are Paper Excellence’s real plans for Northern Pulp?”  Halifax Examiner – July 21, 2021.

Paper Excellence holds a media show and piles on the PR” Halifax Examiner –  July 16, 2021.

The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest Paperback
A must-read book by Joan Baxter.

Northern Pulp planning for $350M in upgrades to restart shuttered N.S. mill” CBC News – July 15, 2021.

Restart plan for Northern Pulp calls for treated effluent to go into Pictou harbour.” CBC News – June 24, 2021.

Northern Pulp submits new proposal to Nova Scotia Environment Department.” CBC News – May 27, 2021.

Northern Pulp is “insolvent,” but the company that owns it, Paper Excellence, is on a $3 billion buying spree.”  Halifax Examiner – May 12, 2021.

Northern Pulp withdraws environmental assessment application for controversial project.”  CBC News – May 5, 2021.

This company wants to take Boat Harbour’s polluted sludge and turn it into roads.”  CBC News – April 28, 2021.

Premier questions Northern Pulp proposal timelines, won’t engage in settlement talks”  The Chronicle Herald – April 15, 2021.

Northern Pulp’s actions speak louder than words“.  – The Pictou Advocate – March 31, 2021.

THINKING OUT LOUD WITH SHELDON MacLEOD: Environmental lawyer Jamie Simpson on the Northern Pulp sludge cleanup” The Chronicle Herald – March 23, 2021

N.S. to spend $19M to dredge Boat Harbour after Northern Pulp fails to submit cleanup plan” CBC News – March 22, 2021

Northern Pulp’s “Political Game.” Halifax Examiner, Nov. 21, 2019

Land Conservation & Protection

Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes at risk after Supreme Court of Canada decision.”  The Coast – October 21, 2022.

Owls Head gets provincial park designation. Halifax Examiner – June 14, 2022.

The ongoing legal legacy of Owls Head.” Saltwire – January 21, 2022.

Government To Protect Owls Head.”  Halifax Examiner – Jan. 10, 2022.

Amid property sales near Owls Head, Crown land once slated for golf courses still unprotected.” Saltwire – Dec. 31, 2021.

CHRIS MILLER: How to get iron-clad legal protection for Owls Head provincial park.” Saltwire – Nov. 30, 2021.

Lighthouse Links Folds After Province Demands Serious Public Consultation.” Eastern Shore Cooperator – Nov. 26, 2021.

‘My desire is to protect that land,’ premier says of property at Owls Head.” Saltwire – Nov. 26, 2021

Nova Scotians defeat billionaire developers who tried to swoop in on park.” Canada’s National Observer – Nov. 25, 2021.

Fate of Crown land at Owls Head still undetermined.” Saltwire – Nov. 24, 2021.

Developer drops controversial plan for golf courses at Owls Head.”  CBC – Nov. 23, 2021.

“‘We do not have the support of Nova Scotians’: Owls Head golf courses scrapped.”  Saltwire – Nov. 23, 2021.

Owls Head Provincial Park: An Ecotourism Paradise Waiting to Happen.” – Nov. 13, 2021.

Bill 231 – Owls Head Act, Defeated in NS Legislature.  November 3, 2021.

Thinly-veiled greenwash. Rescind park sale” Letters – Saltwire – October 20, 2021.

Environment group, retired provincial biologist appeal Owls Head ruling.” CBC News – October 8, 2021.

Internal email shows bureaucrats worried Owls Head talking points were misleading.”  CBC News – September 25, 2021.

Potential Owls Head developers want to meet with provincial officials.”  CBC News – September 21, 2021

Owls Head Provincial Park: Thousands are Standing up for Nature in Nova Scotia.”  Travelling With Paper – September 18, 2021.

Provincial government reviewing process used to delist Owls Head provincial park.”  CBC News – September 2, 2021.

Pam Baker on the Owls Head Golf Course Supporters’ “Rallying Myth””  NS Forest Notes – Aug 10, 2021.

Proposed sale of Owls Head to U.S. developer becomes major N.S. election issue.” Aug 7, 2021.

Hundreds rally for Owls Head.” Halifax Examiner – Aug. 7, 2021.

Court examines procedural fairness, ‘public interest doctrine’ in fight over parkland’s pending sale.” The Lawyer’s Daily – Aug 6, 2021.

Michael deAdder, Saltwire editorial cartoon: "What happened to Owl? asked Piglet. "Government." Said pooh. "#$@%!" Said Piglet.
©Michael deAdder

Owl’s Headache in the Hundred Acre Wood.” – Saltwire – Aug. 5, 2021.

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The Nova Scotia Biodiversity Act

Crown land: Where forestry, politics and the environment meet.”  Saltwire – July 30, 2021.

How the Biodiversity Act was killed.” The Halifax Examiner – April 20.

Chronicle Herald columnist Jim Meek picked a hell of a way to end his prestigious career.”  The Halifax Examiner – April 20

Communications specialist: “hundreds of thousands of dollars” were spent to produce “blatant lies” for the campaign against the Biodiversity Act” The Halifax Examiner – April 15.

West Lake Ainslie residents concerned massive clearcut could lead to runoff” The Chronicle Herald – April 5.

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE ” -“Weekend vandals” “Money grows on trees“.  The Chronicle Herald – April 1.

Crowds gather across Nova Scotia to protest changes to Biodiversity Act” CBC News – March 31.

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE – ‘Over the top’, ‘Fanning wild fears’ & ‘War on nature must end‘.  The Chronicle Herald – March 29.

Well, that didn’t take long Iain Rankin’s descent from the smiling selfie of our future-facing face of generational change and environmental salvation to the big reveal only a mini-month later that the shiny new was just one more in a long line of old-style pols in the welcoming embrace of all the usual corporate interests. And it will only get worse.”  (Paywall) The Halifax Examiner – March 28.

Five Big Victories of Big Forestry versus the ‘Biodiversity Lobby’ in Nova Scotia, one pending” Nova Scotia Forest Notes – March 25.

Biodiversity Act changes disappointing, say supporters of original bill” CBC News – March 24.

Nova Scotia plans changes to Biodiversity Act less than 2 weeks after bill tabled” CBC News – March 23.

The most Trump-like thing in Nova Scotia: how big forestry companies gutted the Biodiversity Act” Halifax Examiner – March 23.

Nova Scotia broke endangered species law, judge rules.” Saltwire – May 29, 2020.

Jacob Fillmore

Crowds gather across Nova Scotia to protest changes to Biodiversity Act” CBC News – March 31.

Clear-cutting protester feels duped after N.S. forestry minister skips meetup” CBC News – March 24.

Nova Scotia lands and forestry minister ducks meeting with hunger striker” Global News – March 24.

Activist on hunger strike in Canada calls on government to halt logging” The Guardian – March 21.

Local Leaders

PCs dismiss dozens of amendments to environment bill”  CBC News – November 4, 2021.

PC government dragging its feet on Owls Head commitment, NDP says.” Saltwire – October 15, 2021.

MAGGY BURNS: No more climate BS; demand sweeping change in Nova Scotia election.” Saltwire – July 28, 2021

Nova Scotia MLA Lisa Roberts (NDP) Recognizes “Save Owls Head” Group – April 19

Tim Houston says federal Conservative party’s denial of climate change ‘not helpful’” CBC News – March 23.

Nova Scotia’s Energy Plan Lacks Ambition” Nova Scotia Green Party – December 12, 2020.

Burrill: Premier retreats from commitment to protect environment” Nova Scotia NDP – March 24.

The Good News

The Good News

Government To Protect Owls Head.”  Halifax Examiner – Jan. 10, 2022.

JOHN DeMONT: How the power of people saved a stand of threatened Nova Scotia hemlocks.”  Saltwire – Nov. 6, 2021.

Sobey Family gives $1 million to help the Nova Scotia Nature Trust protect Twice the Wild.”  Nova Scotia Nature Trust – October 20, 2021.

Let’s all work to make Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes National Park a reality.” Halifax Examiner – August 12, 2021.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust purchases beach to save coastal area, protect at-risk birds.” CBC News – June 28, 2021.

N.S. announces a slew of new properties to receive legal protection.” CBC News – April 22

Halifax-based developer of CO2-injected concrete wins multi-million-dollar prize” CBC – April 19.

“Jack MacKillop recently donated his Long Hill property to the Nature Trust, adding to the #TwiceTheWild focal area called Plaister Cliffs.” Nova Scotia Nature Trust – April 15.

20 new sites to be protected, reaching Nova Scotia’s land protection goal” CBC News – February 2.

Nature Trust completes purchase of Halifax wilderness area CBC News” – Dec. 29, 2020.

N.S. man donates parcel of land to mark 50 years since immigrating to Canada” CBC News – Dec. 31, 2020.


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The Healthy Forest Coalition.

“The Healthy Forest Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals united to raise public awareness of the critical state of our forests and the need for fundamental reform of forest policy. Generations of mismanagement have depleted our soils and seriously compromised our forests’ capacity to regenerate. Current practices are making things worse at an alarming rate. Indigenous species are threatened. Habitats are disappearing and natural ecosystem functions destroyed. Our forest economy is collapsing. We must act before it is too late. We must change the way we manage our forests. We must set them on the road to recovery. Restoration won’t be easy. It will take a long time. But it can be done. Our forests can again become a great ecological and economic asset for Nova Scotia.”

Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming Golf Courses

“Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin said the government was comfortable removing the designation (legal protection) because the land isn’t a priority for legal protection. He didn’t ask the residents how they felt. The people who want to buy the land hired a former Liberal cabinet minister Michel Samson to lobby on their behalf. Something smells fishy here and it is not the fish.”

Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting Mikma’ki (Nova Scotia)

Stop Spraying and Clear-Cutting Nova Scotia (SSACCNS) is a group focused on ecological forestry reform. We aim to protect the health and biodiversity of Nova Scotia’s Acadian forests. We raise awareness about the harmful effects that even-aged harvests and herbicides have on wildlife, watersheds, and overall ecosystem health.

Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill

The goal of this group is to create awareness, share information and stories about living around the bleached kraft pulp mill, located at Abercrombie Point, Pictou County, and it’s waste treatment facility Boat Harbour. We are NOT trying to shut down the mill but simply trying to bring it up to a standard we can all live with. There are too many studies and stories to not address our health concerns. The time has come to begin healing ourselves and our environment.

Sackville Rivers Association

The Sackville Rivers Association (SRA) is an environmental NGO dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the Sackville River Watershed. With an active membership of over 200, the SRA has been working on education, restoration and conservation projects in the Sackville River Watershed since 1988.

Friends of Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes

This group ( is all about the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area and HRM’s proposed, regional park. It is moderated and monitored by volunteers of the Friends of Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Society (Join:

Save Our Parks Citizens Alliance

This group is to form an Alliance between all citizens and groups who •value all our Public Provincial Park lands listed in Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan •A Plan for Nova Scotia (“PAPA”) •respect the integrity of the conservation and protection path intended within PAPA, and •desire to stand together with one united voice to #SaveOurParks, & #SaveOwlsHead.  ACTION IS THE ANTIDOTE TO DESPAIR – Joan Baez

 Halifax Field Naturalists Nova Scotia Nature Archive

We have created this page to:  1. To provide and easier way for many people to share Nova Scotia based Nature Photos. ( While many of our nature photographers have set up their own photo sites there are still many of us who take nature pictures but have no regular place to to easily share them.)  2. To provide a central location for people to share Nova Scotia based Nature Photos. (Currently many wonderful NS nature photos are scattered over several sites.)  3. To create an archive of NS Nature Photos.  4. To share with a larger number of people the passion we have for Nova Scotia Wildlife.

Nova Scotia Rejuvenation

Have you seen negative environmental impacts in your Nova Scotia community but don’t know what you can do to help? Do you wish to make change but don’t have a platform or voice to offer your assistance? Many of us want to help, but with busy schedules and so many environmental related action happening all around us, it’s difficult to know where to put our precious time and energy.

–Locally Targeted Propaganda–

WARNING. Fear-mongering, deceit & corporate propeganda masquerading as grassroots activism ahead:

Friends Of A New Northern Pulp.

“We are Nova Scotians who care deeply about our province, our forests, and our communities. We are owners, workers and supporters of the forestry sector. We have come together to support the transformation of the Northern Pulp mill.”

Concerned Private Landowner Coalition – CPLC

“We represent farmers, woodlot owners, housing and cottage developers, and thousands of proud Nova Scotia landowners. We share our land with the public to enjoy for recreation. Bill 4 threatens the peaceful enjoyments of our land and must not become law.”

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One reply on “Nova Scotia’s Climate Emergency”

About to heed a call to donate to NS Liberals, I read Jacob Fillmore’s plea and his mother’s reasonable request to Minister Porter. This Liberal Minister’s response is one of the reasons that trust in governments is waning. He was wrong to deny a meeting with a knowledgeable and passionate constituent. Improper and unfeeling. I will write to this Liberal and explain why I will not be donating to his party at this time. I hope Mr. Fillmore stays well.

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