Nova Scotia

The Current State Of Nova Scotia’s Climate Emergency

In 2019 Nova Scotia Declared A Climate Emergency.  Here’s How It’s Being Handled:

Owls Head Provincial Park

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.

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

Save Owls Head Provincial Park statement: This fight will continue at the ballot box.”  The Nova Scotia Advocate – Aug 3, 2021.

NS Supreme Court justice dismisses Owls Head review, says citizens should take it to the ballot box.”  Halifax Examiner – July 30, 2021.

N.S. Supreme Court dismisses application for judicial review of Owls Head delisting.”  CBC News – July 30, 2021.

Nova Scotia’s secret treasure: Vital eelgrass ecosystem threatened by proposed Owls Head golf course.”  The Nova Scotia Advocate – June 8, 2021.

Letter: Observations from ‘away’” NS Advocate – May 12.

The birds of Owls Head need a wingman.” The Coast – May 4.

Press release: Save Owls Head Facebook group passes 5,000 member-mark.” The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 19

Editorial Cartoon: Why don’t you give a hoot?”  The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 19

Dalhousie marine biologist calls sensitive eel grass at Owls Head ‘treasure’” Halifax Today – April 14.

Wetlands, eel grass and golf courses don’t mix, scientists say in Owls Head debate”  The Chronicle Herald – April 11.

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.

A filthy rich American wants to profit from turning Owls Head into a golf course, and he apparently wants the Canadian taxpayer to subsidize the effort.”  The Halifax Examiner – May 15, 2020.

The Sixth Mass Extinction – Biodiversity Collapse

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.” (Subscriber-only content) 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.

A stubborn proposition: Ingram River Wilderness Area fights for fruition”  Nova Scotia Advocate – June 1, 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

Letter: Walking on eggshells – Migratory birds and the forestry industry.”  The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 29.

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.

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.

Industrial Pollution

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

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

Mi’kmaq grassroots women say no to Goldboro LNG man camp” The Nova Scotia Advocate – April 19

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

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

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

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

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

Climate Change

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.

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.

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.

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

Jacob Fillmore

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.

Local Leaders

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

How a group of neighbours in Annapolis County saved 19 hectares of forest from clearcutting.”  CBC News – September 14, 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.

Curated Video Playlist: The Climate Crisis


Speak Truth To Power

Coastal Protection Act – Public Consultation.

Nova Scotia Parks & Protected Areas Public Consultation.

Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA) Public Consultations.

Save Owls Head Provincial Park.

How To Protect Your Lake”  Sandy Lake Conservation Association.

Ways to Help”  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 “The Current State Of 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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