The Lahey independent review of Nova Scotia forestry practices makes 45 recommendations after a year-long study. Lahey recommends that the province adopt what is known as the triad model of ecological forestry. “It seeks to combine conservation of nature with a productive and profitable forestry industry,” says William Lahey, a former deputy minister of Environment […]
The collapse late last month of the French-owned, Irish-based company that has installed tidal turbines three times in the Bay of Fundy continues to reverberate. It is felt most acutely by suppliers and sub-contractors in Nova Scotia, the Orkney Islands, and wherever in the world OpenHydro did business. An unanswered question is whether the collapse...
Today, BP has reported a small spill of synthetic lubricating mud at its West Aquarius drill site on the Scotia Shelf drill site, and the government regulator has ordered drilling suspended until an investigation is complete. News of the spill is posted to the incident page of the Canada–Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board website. The incident […]
A Halifax Examiner / Cape Breton Spectator investigation. This is the fourth and final instalment in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here. How the mining lobby is working to undermine environmental protection in Nova Scotia On a cold day in late November […]
Responding to an inquiry by the Halifax Examiner, Transport Canada confirms that it has detained the French cable repair ship Ile d’Aix, which has been anchored off McNabs Island since Tuesday. Soon after the ship arrived, the Halifax Examiner learned of a suspected oil spill from the Ile d’Aix. Thursday afternoon, Fisheries & Oceans spokesperson Stephen […]
A Halifax Examiner / Cape Breton Spectator investigation. This is the third in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here. Cobequid Gold and Tatamagouche water The news broke in November 2017 on the front page of the free monthly community paper, The Tatamagouche […]
A Halifax Examiner / Cape Breton Spectator investigation. This is the second in a series of articles on the push for mines and quarries in Nova Scotia. You can find Part I here. Going for gold The CEO and chairman of Vancouver-based Atlantic Gold Corporation, Steven Dean, a man with a history of international coal and […]
When BP named its exploratory well in the Mississippi Canyon the Macondo Prospect after the doomed fictional town of Macondo from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, that alone should have raised alarm bells. The story of seven generations of the Buendía family are set in the Colombian town, which is beset by […]
A Halifax Examiner / Cape Breton Spectator investigation. Part 1: Welcome to the Gold Rush There’s a 21st century gold rush starting in Nova Scotia, just as industrial gold mining is increasingly coming into disrepute around the world. It has been described as an “environmental disaster” which often leads to contamination of water sources on […]
You can draw a neat, straight line. Start with the October 5, 1971, front page of the Halifax Chronicle Herald, with its photo of a beaming Premier Gerald Regan holding a tiny vial of oil supposedly sucked to the surface during offshore drilling off Nova Scotia. Above the photo across the entire top of the...