Former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm has left the boards of the Northern Pulp family of companies.
His departure was noticed today by Stacey Rudderham, who contacted the Halifax Examiner with the news. Rudderham has followed the Northern Pulp story closely for her blog “One Not So Bored Housewife,” and in a film she made about Boat Harbour in 2017.
Hamm, whose Progressive Conservatives governed the province from 1999 until 2006, joined the board of Northern Pulp in 2010, and was chair of the board of Northern Resources Nova Scotia Corporation, which was the umbrella company for eight related corporations on the Registry of Joint Stocks.
As recently as January 8, 2020, Hamm was listed as a director on five of the eight related companies.
Those are: Northern Resources Nova Scotia Corporation; Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation; Northern Pulp Nova Scotia; Northern Pulp NS GP ULC; 3243722 Nova Scotia Limited; and Northern Timber Nova Scotia Corporation (to which the NDP government of Darrell Dexter loaned $75 million for the purchase of 475,000 acres of land in the province, 420,000 of which the company still owns).
As of today, Hamm is not listed as a director or chair of any of them.
His membership on the boards has always been controversial, given that it was his government that in 2002 extended the pulp mill’s lease for the use of Boat Harbour for its effluent until 2030, something he told the Halifax Examiner he doesn’t regret. Northern Pulp’s manager, Bruce Chapman, has already said that the company will be expecting compensation for the loss of the use of Boat Harbour for its effluent because of the Boat Harbour Act.