Nova Scotia

Emergency Declaration: The Current State Of Nova Scotia’s Climate Crisis

In September 2019, The Province Of Nova Scotia Declared A Climate Emergency.  This Is Its Current State:

Owls Head Provincial Park

JIM VIBERT: Without answers, Rankin’s credibility suffers”  The Chronicle Herald – April 9.

News brief: Environmentalists and locals rally at Law Courts to defend pristine Owls Head from turning into golf courses and resort.”  The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 1.

Video: “Gary Burrill asks the Premier about Owls Head” Nova Scotia NDP.

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE” The Chronicle Herald – March 31.

Government fans flames of discord over Owls Head” The Chronicle Herald – March 26.

JIM VIBERT: Secret Owl’s Head deal could haunt Rankin” – The Chronicle Herald – March 5.

Editorial–They Do It Because They Can” Eastern Shore Cooperator – February 25.

Group urges Rankin to revisit Owls Head property sale decision” The Chronicle Herald – February 8.

Jacob Fillmore – Activist

Sasha Fillmore: Letter to Chuck Porter, minister of Lands and Forestry”  The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 6.

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

MEDIA ADVISORY: As hunger strike enters 23rd day, people rally for a moratorium on clear-cutting crown lands across Nova Scotia”  Nova Scotia Advocate – March 29.

I am Jacob Fillmore’s mother – An open letter to Chuck Porter, Minister of Lands and Forestry” Nova Scotia Advocate – March 25.

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.

Jacob Fillmore: Open letter to Premier Iain Rankin” Nova Scotia Advocate – March 20.

The Nova Scotia Biodiversity Act

David Patriquin: Why we need a clearcutting moratorium – a brief history lesson” The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 4.

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.

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.

We need a Biodiversity Act with teeth, before it’s too late” The Nova Scotia Advocate – March 28.

Statement in response to the Government of Nova Scotia’s plans to amend the Biodiversity Act prior to law amendments” The Nova Scotia Advocate – March 27.

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.

The Sixth Mass Extinction – Biodiversity Collapse

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.

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

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.

Local Leaders

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.

Northern Pulp – Boat Harbour

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

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

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

Industrial Pollution

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

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 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.

Good News in Nova Scotia

The Good News

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.

Curated Video Playlist: The Climate Crisis

Take Action

(April 30 Deadline) NS Parks & Protected Areas Public Consultation.

Tell the Nova Scotia government to expand Sackville River Wilderness Area” – CPAWS NS

Contact Nova Scotia MLAs

Contact A Halifax City Councillor or Mayor

Events Calendar

Nova Scotia Facebook Groups

Fake Grassroots Group To Launder Fear Propaganda, Created by Forest NS: “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.”

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.
Thank you for your support. Please share and invite your friends and family to join us.

 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.

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:

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One reply on “Emergency Declaration: The Current State Of Nova Scotia’s Climate Crisis”

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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