COLUMN: Deleterious By Definition

By Zack Metcalfe zack.metcalfe@gmail.com Our Fisheries Act is quite old – in fact one of the oldest acts in Canada – protecting native fish and their habitat since 1868 and evolving over decades to suit the government of the day. The Harper administration, for example, took their opportunity to weaken its safeguards while Trudeau’s is […]

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Written in Stone

Nova Scotian Geologist Unsure of Alton Gas By Zack Metcalfe zack.metcalfe@gmail.com FORT ELLIS: The health of the Shubenacadie River is time and again the focus of resistance to Alton Gas, the company intent on hollowing out local salt caverns and dumping the resulting brine into this fragile watershed. A local geologist, however, is equally concerned […]

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A Failure of Perspective

My Afternoon at the Treaty Truckhouse By Zack Metcalfe zack.metcalfe@gmail.com FORT ELLIS: The first you see of the Treaty Truckhouse is its flag, in my case thrashing proudly red in the crisp wind of late April, dancing among the dead tan long grass with a Shubenacadie River backdrop. Proceed a little farther on and the […]

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COLUMN: The Methane Myth

Natural Gas and Its Impact on Our Carbon Footprint By Zack Metcalfe FORT ELLIS: Several years back, while serving as sole reporter for a small community paper on Prince Edward Island, I was handed a very troubling calendar, distributed by a provincial home heating company whose mainstay was natural gas (methane). I flipped through month […]

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Last of the Fundy Bass

Excess Salt a Potential Hazard for Shubenacadie Fish By Zack Metcalfe zack.metcalfe@gmail.com FORT ELLIS: The Shubenacadie River stands out, for the routine tidal bores which reverse its flow, for the sheer volume of fresh water it drains from central Nova Scotia, and, most importantly, for playing host to the last spawning population of Striped bass […]

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Ellen Page asks twitter followers to support Mi’kmaq water protectors

STEWIACKE: Water protectors at the Alton Gas site near Stewiacke have received support from a Halifax-born, Hollywood actress. On twitter, Oscar-winning actress Ellen Page threw her support behind Mi’kmaq land protectors who have been opposing a controversial plan to use water from the Shubenacdie River to create huge underground caverns to store natural gas for […]

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