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CanadaPremier calls on N.S. fishermen to end blockade

19:35  08 november  2018
19:35  08 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The blockade of a pulp mill in Nova Scotia continued on Tuesday with fisherman from the surrounding area of Pictou, N . S ., saying they’ll do whatever it takes to stop a controversial waste pipe. For the second day in a row

Facing mounting international calls to ease or lift their blockade in response to the Gaza flotilla raid The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has estimated that Gaza fishermen need to The closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip needs to come to an end . There is now a welcome

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's premier says he's hoping fishermen end a blockade of survey boats hired to examine a route for an undersea effluent pipeline, but he has no plans to extend the company's deadline.

Premier calls on N.S. fishermen to end blockade© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Fishing boats pass the Northern Pulp mill as concerned residents, fishermen and Indigenous groups protest the mill's plan to dump millions of litres of effluent daily into the Northumberland Strait in Pictou, N.S., on Friday, July 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Stephen McNeil says he'd "encourage" fishermen to let the seismic research in the Northumberland Strait take place because it's a lawful activity.

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Without a quick end to the blockade , they said, “we fear an already catastrophic humanitarian and economic crisis will get substantially worse.” Saudi Arabia has described the blockade as necessary to prevent the Houthis, who are from Yemen’ s north , and their allies from smuggling military

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However, he also says it's up the Northern Pulp mill near Pictou, N.S., to decide whether to call in the RCMP to end the blockade.

McNeil says opponents should recognize an environmental review will allow for public debate over a proposed pipeline that would end the use of a waste-water plant located at Boat Harbour.

The province has set a deadline of the end of January 2020 for Northern Pulp to stop sending its waste to the First Nation territory, and McNeil said again today he has no plans to change that despite the latest delays.

However, a group of Northumberland Strait fishermen have said they will block any survey boats from entering the strait.

A spokesperson for Paper Excellence Canada, the Richmond, B.C., company which owns the pulp mill, has said the survey data would be of interest to various parties, and that it will work with authorities to ensure the safety of all involved.

Paper Excellence has also said the mill and its 300 employees will be out of work unless it can build a pipeline to the strait.

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