PULP MILL GETS STORE TO CAN­CEL BOOK SIGN­ING

Windsor Star - - NP - The Cana­dian Press

A Nova Sco­tia MLA is rais­ing con­cerns about free­dom of speech af­ter a Toronto-based re­tail chain can­celled a lo­cal book sign­ing amid con­tro­versy over the book’s por­trayal of an area pulp mill. Pic­tou West MLA Karla MacFar­lane says can­celling the book sign­ing at the Coles book­store in New Glas­gow, N.S., was the “wrong move” as it in­fringes on free­dom of speech. A spokes­woman for Pa­per Ex­cel­lence Group, the par­ent com­pany of the North­ern Pulp Nova Sco­tia Corp. pulp mill, says the mill’s man­age­ment wrote a let­ter ob­ject­ing to the book sign­ing and en­cour­aged its work­ers, re­tirees and their fam­i­lies to sign “of their own free ac­cord.” MacFar­lane says the mill’s ef­forts ap­pear to have back­fired as she pre­dicts Joan Bax­ter’s book The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest will likely sell out.

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