Justice For Nova Scotia: Northern Pulp Must Pay For The Environmental Damage They Caused

Justice For Nova Scotia: Northern Pulp Must Pay For The Environmental Damage They Caused

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For decades, the Northern Pulp mill has dumped poisonous chemicals into Canada’s most pristine waters, destroying both the environment and livelihoods of thousands of fishermen and the people of the Pictou Landing First Nation. And the company has also taken government handouts to enable their environmental destruction, via loans (to the tune of $85 million), which it never paid back to Nova Scotia. Now, the taxpayers are left cleaning up the environmental damage and footing the bill for Northern Pulp’s crimes. We need to stop their environmental destruction and racism towards indigenous communities by forcing them to pay the citizens and government for the harm they caused.

Sign this petition to demand Northern Pulp and its parent company, Paper Excellence, pay their debts, compensate the populations they have harmed, and pay the costs of cleaning up their environmental mess.

Nova Scotia needs cash, especially during these times of economic distress, but Premier Stephen McNeil hesitates to hold Northern Pulp accountable despite years of pollution, rampant environmental racism, and a blatant disregard for government assistance. All of these issues were highlighted in the Ellen Page-directed documentary, There’s Something in the Water.

Since the 1960s, paper mill effluent has been dumped into the Boat Harbour. In 2014, Northern Pulp was accused, finally, of a leak in its effluent pipe to pollute traditional lands, leading to protests and the passage of the 2015 Boat Harbour Act. The mill pledged they would build a more sustainable way of discharging the effluent, but failed to propose a credible alternative.

Nova Scotia should be strong in the face of corporations that break the law and destroy the environment, and the people of Nova Scotia could seriously use that $85 million for schools and public housing. Funding for public universities, like Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s, has fallen in recent years. What's more, around 5,000 people in Nova Scotia are currently waiting for affordable public housing.

To add insult to injury, the environmental damage from the decades of pollution is so severe that the cleanup of Boat Harbour could cost an extra $200 million. Nova Scotia can’t afford this. Northern Pulp has the opportunity to own its mistakes and pay up!

Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul has called their group’s fight with Northern Pulp the, “longest-standing battle” they have ever had. A repayment of these outstanding debts could help solve the housing crisis, fund the education system, provide for environmental remediation, and help the thousands of jobless forest workers left behind by Northern Pulp’s exit.

No matter what you think the money should go towards, it does not matter until we get the money back. Together, let's call on Northern Pulp to return the $85 million, and ask that Premier Stephen McNeil take a hard stance demanding the company does so! 

 

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