This video came to our attention courtesy of the NS Advocate, an online publication penned by Robert Devet. The Advocate's slogan, "The tyrant's foe, the people's friend." Appropriate words if you take a look at this short drone video of lands which are the source for many of Cape Breton's rivers including the famous Margaree. Check out the article and the Advocate at https://nsadvocate.org/2016/10/22/fiber-farming-the-cape-breton-highlands/.
In a series of articles for the Halifax Examiner, journalist Linda Pannozzo chronicles her efforts to get forest data from NSDNR. After an amazing runaround, she has to FOIPOP the department. Instead of clear answers to her questions, she gets proof of collusion between the department and industry.
These articles are reprinted with permission. The third article is still behind the Examiner's paywall, but it's a great read, as is the Examiner - subscriptions highly recommended.
For years NSDNR has approved aerial spraying of glyphosates on our forests. The intent is to kill hardwoods and clear the way for quick growing, more immediately profitable softwoods to make kraft pulp. In other words, support monoculture and eliminate diversity. Environment Minister Margaret Miller has been convinced by industry that it’s a good idea. Don't worry, be happy, she says, glyphosates are approved by Health Canada. But is she getting the best advice? The World Health Organization, dozens of class action suits, and now a compelling study seems to suggest she’s not. Since it’s introduction in 1974, use of the herbicide, often sold under the trade name Roundup, has increased a hundred fold. Now it’s a crisis.
Read the attached recently published paper and see if you think Minister Miller is making the right decision.