Clean Air concert planned for Sept. 9

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Protestors have found a new way to voice their frustrations with emissions from Northern Pulp.

The Clean the Pictou County Pulp Mill Facebook group announced on Tuesday that they will be holding a concert, which they are calling Clear The Air  on the Pictou Waterfront.

The concert is an urgent call for immediate government action to control pulp mill pollution from the Northern Pulp Mill  and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Gunning will perform along 2014 ECMA award-winning musician and Clean The Mill member, with a wealth of other talented musicians and award-winning artists, including Matt Andersen, Thom Swift, Joel Plaskett, J.P. Cormier, Bruce Guthro,

Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIssac, Catherine MacLellan, Garnet Rogers along with Jim Dorie, Fleur Mainville, Dolores Dagenais, Machete, Gabrielle Papillon,

Jon Raven, Trevor Stanley, Kent Vodden, and Wabanaki Confederacy.

The show is free. All ages welcome.

Gunning said the work for this idea started about a month ago and came together quickly.

 “We’re just going through all the good options for protesting,” Gunning said. “This happened to be another good options.”

He said they’re trying to create more awareness and make sure the government continues to hear about the concerns.

“The concert is  a nice way to vent with positive energy.”

He said he had no trouble at all recruiting artists to take part. He sent out one email and everyone responded saying they wanted to take part.

At the concert each artist will perform one song.

While the province has issued a ministerial order that the mill must meet regulations by the end of May, 2015, Gunning said more is needed.

“It’s a positive sign but it unfortunately doesn’t change that the mill can exceed permit levels until May.”

Another concern he has is the fact that the Nova Scotia limits on emissions aren’t as stringent as other parts of the world including the US or even in other parts of Canada like Ontario.

He said it’s clear from the people who are speaking out that this is a problem.

“I know the people that are speaking out. They’re pretty gentle people who wouldn’t speak out unless it was bad. We need to make sure the government is hearing us.”

The town of Pictou approved a permit to allow the group to hold a concert on the waterfront during their council meeting on Monday night.

The only restrictions placed were that the town would not be responsible to cover the cost of extra policing or for the trash from the event, Mayor Joe Hawes said.

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Recent comments

  • HeyThat'sMyJob
    August 28, 2014 - 20:57

    As a mill employee, I can confidently say, I will never pay a red cent of my hard earned Pulp Mill money to attend, buy or support any of the artists that are contributing to this event. I am not the only one that says this. Curiously Gunning Family, answer this: "How much is YOUR land worth now...and how much would it be worth if you were succfessful in closing the pulp mill?" Now truly, before you answer, I don't really want to know. My point is....people see their own agenda, as they should. I hope people will find facts and make an informed decision as a whole. Not take one small piece of an article/or story printed or told and try to spin it into something it is not.

  • Lori
    August 28, 2014 - 19:10

    Anyone who thinks the mill is doing everything they can do to clean it up is sadly mistaken. Health over jobs!

  • Gat
    August 28, 2014 - 11:10

    This mill had plenty of time to clean it's act. So now how to deal with it. Shut the dam place down or give 10 more years to clen it up?

  • Dave Gunning
    August 28, 2014 - 09:12

    To the comfortably anonymous, None of us are in this for glory or fame that's for damn sure. The mill's new electrostatic precipitator will not help to meet the standards of tomorrow just those of yesterday. NS standards for pulp and paper mill pollution are currently very poor. Enjoy the show. It's going to be a good one. Thanks Dave

    • SteamGod
      September 05, 2014 - 17:45

      The new precipitator will bring NP into the standards of tomorrow. Dig a little deeper next time you type!!

  • Hector
    August 27, 2014 - 18:34

    Yes, improvements are needed, but improvements are happening. I suspect nothing will ever satisfy this group except a full closure. Once particulate matter is corrected and all regulations are met, their focus will shift to some other issue. Outrage will be based not on science, but anecdotal 'fact'.

  • Hector
    August 27, 2014 - 16:54

    Yes, improvements are needed, but improvements are happening. I suspect nothing will ever satisfy this group except a full closure. Once particulate matter is corrected and all regulations are met, their focus will shift to some other issue. Outrage will be based not on science, but anecdotal 'fact'.

  • Jim Jackson
    August 27, 2014 - 16:00

    Pictou County is plagued with Crabs in Bucket Syndrome. When you catch a crab and place him in a bucket, the first thing he'll try to do is escape. Now, if you put two crabs in a bucket (hence the plural form of 'Crabs in a Bucket') and place them in there together, as soon as one tries to climb up out of the bucket the other will grab the escaping crab by the legs and try to escape itself, to which the process gets repeated to the point where NO crabs end up escaping.

  • I Heart Clean Air
    August 27, 2014 - 11:43

    Thanks Dave, at least you are trying to make a difference. The Gov.t just want tax dollars from citizens to pay more corporate welfare to the likes of NP and the Irvings.

  • Jerry
    August 27, 2014 - 11:39

    This is ridiculous. The mill is doing everything it can to come in compliance as soon as it can since being taken over by new owners. These artist wannabes just wanna promote themselves and are piggybacking on the mill's difficulties. I say boycott this event. Jerry

  • Jack lain
    August 27, 2014 - 11:23

    My goodness these people are about some discussion of poverty and other social concerns?

  • Mike Pearson
    August 27, 2014 - 10:54

    Good thing it's free or nobody would go to see that rabble. I won't be there that's for sure. These wannabe activists just wanna shut the mill - full stop. It's nutin about cleaning it up. Reckless days all.

  • Maud
    August 27, 2014 - 09:11

    Won't somebody please think of the children!!!!

  • Tanya King
    August 27, 2014 - 09:05

    Due to the health affects from second hand cigarette smoke, I am just wondering if this is a smoke free event? I would like to attend however I do not want to put my health at risk.

  • Lauren
    August 27, 2014 - 08:29

    The support and positivity shown in the intial two comments are what is wrong with this community! Makes me sick! Oh wait, that is the so called "clean air" coming from the mill!

  • Keikio150
    August 27, 2014 - 06:58

    The mill is fixing the problem. The government is making sure they do. It's not going to be done overnight. Dave Gunning, I know you want another 15 minutes of fame, but please, let it go. Why not find another topic to complain about? One that's actually worthwhile...

  • Jobs, not music
    August 26, 2014 - 19:14


    • Health, not pollution
      August 27, 2014 - 12:53

      To" Jobs, not music" and Keikio150 You are choosing jobs over health. I ask a simple question. When you are sick what do you ask for? A headache, do yo want a job? A toothache, do you want a job? A cold, do you want a job? The flu, do you want a job? Picking jobs over health is dumb. When you lose your have nothing.

    • Tanya King
      August 28, 2014 - 06:43

      You need jobs for benefits and benefits help with the cost of health care.

    • Jobs
      September 04, 2014 - 20:54

      If you want cleaner air faster move away until its fixed or dont come back. The rest of us wanna work. Work gives us money, that gives us acess to medication, for when we are ill. It gives us funds to purchase healthy food which by the way is more expensive then crap food. It gives us funds to spend in town supporting other business. The ppl that are going to get cancer etc. by the time the new equipment is installed and operational all ready have it they just dont know about it. So yes i want a job! Because jobs mean i stay active and abel to provide for my family and help other families provide for theirs by spending money in there shops. This non sence needs to stop. Can hardly wait to see what the next band wagon going to be.....

  • sandy
    August 26, 2014 - 17:20

    the mill is fixing the problem.and the concert has to be free other wise no one would go to listen to so called talent.