In the opening scene of the documentary Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?, Jeff Turner patrols the dark, tannin-stained waters of the Blackwater and Nottoway River system in Southampton County, Virginia. Heâ€™s a â€śriver keeperâ€ť and has been doing this for nearly two decades, keeping an eye on threats to the health of the rivers...
1. Stadium Halifax council takes up the stadium issue at its meeting today, which starts at 1pm. As the representatives of the Maritime Football League Partnership will be present, I hope council moves the stadium discussion to the top of the agenda, or at least early on. But I can’t be certain of that, and […]
1. OPOR “This is a story about a potential half-billion-dollar health-care services contract, alleged cozy dinners between bidders and bureaucrats, an unusual legal letter and accusations the governmentâ€™s tender process was unfair,” writesÂ Chronicle Herald reporter PaulÂ Schneidereit: The planned purchase of a new provincewide electronic health record (EHR) system â€” expected to cost in the hundreds […]
News 1. Biomass “Guysborough County harvester Danny George is accusing the Department of Natural Resources of allowing old-growth hardwood to be cut and burned in Nova Scotia Power’s biomass boiler at Point Tupper,” reports Aaron Beswick for the Chronicle Herald. Beswick gets into the details of that charge, and it’s worth reading the whole article. […]
No one would have called it “greenwashing” at the time, but from the very beginning the pulp and paper industry in Nova Scotia was engaged in it. In 1929, when industrialist Izaak Walton Killam founded the provinceâ€™s first pulp and paper mill in Brooklyn on the banks of the Mersey River estuary, the forests of […]
This article is Part 4 in Linda Pannozzo’s series:Â Biomass, Freedom of Information and the Silence of the DNR Company Men. The proceeding articles are: Part 1:Â Reporter Linda Pannozzo discovers just how hard provincial bureaucrats worked to ignore her questions. Part 2: An Open Letter to the FOIPOP Review Officer Part 3: What Happened When This […]
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 provinceâ€™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 […]
Environmentalists with the Ecology Action Centre are calling on the provincial government to â€śfinish the job it startedâ€ť and shut down the Port Hawkesbury biomass boiler by 2018, when hydroelectricity from Muskrat Falls is supposed to arrive. Last week Energy Minister Michel Samson changed a provincial regulation that had required the 60 MW biomass boiler...