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Singers, community rally in Clean the Mill event


PICTOU – At least 1,500 people gathered on the Pictou waterfront Tuesday evening as musicians ‘cleared the air’ with song.

The concert served as a new medium to spread the message that the Clean The Mill group strives to send.

Matt Gunning, who has been advocating for less pollution from the Northern Pulp mill for a few years, was pleased to see the turnout.

He suggested it might have been a larger crowd than the group’s protests due to the nature of the event.  

“Protest – sometimes the word draws people into a negative thought,” he said, adding that the protests have been positive for everyone who has gone. “This is just another form of expressing our thoughts.”

Jim Dorie, a local singer songwriter, put a poem he wrote about the “stinky old mill” to music specifically for the concert.

“If wind is in the right direction, you don’t want to be here. It’s time it was corrected. I believe in it. I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said about why he got involved, comparing the concert to a sit-in.

“There hasn’t been an angry word spoken. Everybody’s on the same page.”

Sherrie Bowering of Lyons Brook said she went to support the cause as someone that has been following the issue for a long time.

“Nothing makes anyone feel better than music, so what a way to send a good message and get a bunch of people here and really spread the word. I thought it was fantastic. I was excited to come down.”

The concert served as a new medium to spread the message that the Clean The Mill group strives to send.

Matt Gunning, who has been advocating for less pollution from the Northern Pulp mill for a few years, was pleased to see the turnout.

He suggested it might have been a larger crowd than the group’s protests due to the nature of the event.  

“Protest – sometimes the word draws people into a negative thought,” he said, adding that the protests have been positive for everyone who has gone. “This is just another form of expressing our thoughts.”

Jim Dorie, a local singer songwriter, put a poem he wrote about the “stinky old mill” to music specifically for the concert.

“If wind is in the right direction, you don’t want to be here. It’s time it was corrected. I believe in it. I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said about why he got involved, comparing the concert to a sit-in.

“There hasn’t been an angry word spoken. Everybody’s on the same page.”

Sherrie Bowering of Lyons Brook said she went to support the cause as someone that has been following the issue for a long time.

“Nothing makes anyone feel better than music, so what a way to send a good message and get a bunch of people here and really spread the word. I thought it was fantastic. I was excited to come down.”

Local singer Dolores Dagenais performs at the Clean the Mill concert held Tuesday night in Pictou to bring awareness about the campaign to see Northern Pulp clean up its emissions. Amanda Jess – The News

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