The Boat Har­bour Act must be hon­oured

Truro Daily News - - OPINION -

To the edi­tor:

North­ern Pulp is call­ing on the pub­lic to sup­port its re­quest for more time to build a new ef­flu­ent treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

Let’s be crys­tal clear. The only way North­ern Pulp can have more time is if the Boat Har­bour Act, which be­came law in May 2015, is not hon­oured.

Pic­tou Land­ing First Na­tion has clearly stated they ex­pect Boat Har­bour to be closed on sched­ule, noth­ing less. There can be no more bro­ken prom­ises to the com­mu­nity of Pic­tou Land­ing First Na­tion, which has lived with and suf­fered from the dev­as­ta­tion caused by pulp ef­flu­ent in Boat Har­bour for more than 50 years.

North­ern Pulp has been given five years to build a new fa­cil­ity. That is long enough.

This is a time for cit­i­zens to speak out in sup­port of Pic­tou Land­ing First Na­tion.

Friends of the Northum­ber­land Strait has cre­ated an on­line Dec­la­ra­tion of Sup­port for the Clo­sure of Boat Har­bour on Sched­ule, Jan­uary 31, 2020. We in­vite in­di­vid­u­als, groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses to sign the dec­la­ra­tion at friend­soft­henorthum­ber­land­strait.ca to de­clare your sup­port for honouring the Boat Har­bour Act.

Please let Pic­tou Land­ing First Na­tion know that they have pub­lic sup­port, and do not stand alone.

Ger­ard Macisaac,

Friends of the Northum­ber­land Strait

Pic­tou

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