Northern Pulp

Dear members,

We need your help to save 230 Unifor members’ jobs and thousands more forestry jobs across Nova Scotia – and it will only take a few minutes.

Unifor Local 440 members at Northern Pulp are in a battle to get approval for a brand new, state-of-the-art effluent treatment facility to replace the current system in Boat Harbour, adjacent to Pictou Landing First Nation. But – the company needs the approval of Nova Scotia Environment before construction can begin.

That’s where you can help. If enough people submit supportive comments to Nova Scotia Environment, then we can push the government to save these members’ jobs.

Here are 5 tips to use in your comments:

  • Use your expertise as a forestry worker (if applicable)
  • Keep it simple, straight-forward and fact-based
  • Focus on the mandate of Nova Scotia Environment
  • Emphasize the third-party science contained in the Focus Report
  • Encourage others to do the same

Are you ready? Email ea@novascotia.ca or click here to submit your comment today. Choose “Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project” from the site’s drop-down.

A complicated history with previous owners of the mill has left the community divided and a vocal group is advocating to shut the mill down. Meanwhile Paper Excellence, the new owners since 2011, have invested millions of dollars to upgrade the mill and are ready and eager to spend $130 million more to install this new treatment plant.

A 2,600-page scientific report has been submitted for government review and clearly states this new facility would be well within Nova Scotian and Canadian guidelines.

Our union firmly believes this new facility is the right project to support thousands of good jobs across the province, protect the environment, and respect First Nations. This is what we’ve advocated for all along.

If you want more information before submitting a comment, refer to the NEW Member Guide to Submitting Comments. For some inspiration, I’ve attached a sample submission from a Unifor forestry member. You can read Unifor’s submission here.

There are 88 other pulp and paper mills across Canada that coexist and support their communities. We know Northern Pulp can, too.

Comments close on November 8. That’s just one week away! 

Thank you for your solidarity,

Jerry Dias
Unifor National President