Endangered boreal felt lichen. Photo courtesy Brad Toms. A redacted email exchange recently obtained through a Freedom of Information request revealed that on November 7, 2014, Allan Eddy, the associate deputy minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, was not happy with something he had just seen. Eddy was attending the annual science conference […]
A major Halifax developer is under investigation for allegedly “willfully evading” paying corporate income tax and “making false or deceptive statements” in one of his company’s HST returns, according to court documents. Navid Saberi, a company he heads called Glen Arbour Condominium Inc., and his brother Saeid Saberi, are being investigated by the Canada Revenue...
You could call it a convergence of interests. About a month ago a meeting was held in Truro, Nova Scotia to inform an already jittery public about forest company spraying of VisionMax, a glyphosate-based herbicide on its clearcuts. At the time the Department of Environment had issued 11 permits, including four to Northern Pulp, one to […]
I’ll admit I was pretty intrigued this July when I was invited to a meeting at the Department of Natural Resources office in the heart of downtown Halifax. “I recognize that there have been challenges in providing you with the information you have requested, and that you have a number of questions for us that […]
They were heady days. It was spring of 2008 and citizens started gathering in droves in community halls to talk about why the natural world mattered to them. A few months earlier Conservative Natural Resources Minister David Morse announced that Voluntary Planning would lead a year of independent public consultations on the province’s minerals, forests, […]
Editor’s note: In March, the Halifax Examiner published Linda Pannozzo’s investigation into biomass harvesting, “Feeding the Fire.” Pannozzo followed that up in April with “Biomass, Freedom of Information, and the Silence of the DNR Company Men,” which looked at how information is controlled and managed in the Department of Natural Resources, and how her investigation […]
In 1980, Rick Smith discovered how to turn a huge profit out of the contents of newspaper editors’ garbage bins. His logic was that every press release an editor discards is mailed out by someone in need of a better way of getting their message into the media — if he could intercept these failed releases, […]
In the opening scenes of Franny Armstrong’s 2009 film The Age of Stupid: Why We didn’t Save Ourselves When We Had the Chance, everything lies in ruin: abandoned rides sit idle in a flooded theme park, forests are ablaze, and amid the smoldering detritus of decades of climate chaos the planet appears to have also […]
Unique Solutions Design Ltd will cease operations if it doesn’t find $10 million in new investment. In fact, if the company doesn’t raise $4 million in the next six weeks, “assets will likely be liquidated to satisfy secured creditors and it is unlikely that there will be any residual value for shareholders.” That’s the bleak assessment of the...
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