Reaction to N.S. Premier’s Northern Pulp Mill Decision

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Reaction to N.S. Premier’s Northern Pulp Mill Decision

Brian Baarda, CEO of Paper Excellence Canada, and Linda MacNeil, Atlantic regional director for Unifor, speak with reporters in Halifax about Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision regarding the Northern Pulp mill. The provincial government will not extend a deadline in the Boat Harbour Act, which was passed in 2015, that requires the mill to stop dumping wastewater near an Indigenous community by January 31, 2020. The premier has announced a $50- million transition fund to help workers in the province’s forestry sector who are affected by the decision.

Paper Excellence Canada, which owns the mill, says that the government’s decision ensures the closure of Northern Pulp. More than 300 people are employed by the mill, which also supports more than 2,000 other jobs in the forestry sector. (December 20, 2019) (no interpretation)