Monthly Archives: November 2016

Nova Scotia ushers in ‘new era’ of tidal energy as protesters warn ‘turbines kill fish’

It’s official. Electricity is now flowing onto Nova Scotia’s power grid from a newly installed 2MW tidal turbine submerged in the Bay of Fundy. The provincial energy minister, Michel Samson flipped a big electrical switch today near Parrsboro, NS to … Continue reading

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Sackville municipal workers’ union asks for conciliation as talks with town reach standstill

Wages, other monetary items and seniority appear to be some of the stumbling blocks in stalled labour negotiations between the Town of Sackville and its 34 unionized inside and outside workers. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has asked … Continue reading

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Sackville treasurer defends cost of running new town hall

Sackville’s treasurer has released a report showing that the new town hall appears to be much more expensive to run than the three old buildings it replaced. Michael Beal’s figures reveal that the average annual cost of oil, natural gas … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors vote to tighten security at town hall

By a narrow vote of four to three, Sackville council has approved the installation of a $7,800 glass and metal barrier around the front desk at the new town hall. Councillors Ron Aiken, Bill Evans and Megan Mitton voted for … Continue reading

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Study plumbing at Mt. A? Not anytime soon

Mount Allison’s vice-president of finance has assured Sackville Town Council that the university has no plans to offer training in the skilled trades as a way of boosting student enrolment. Robert Inglis was responding to a question from Deputy Mayor … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors set to tighten security at Town Hall

Residents who visit Sackville Town Hall to pay water bills or conduct other business may soon be talking to the front desk clerk through holes in a $7,800 glass partition. At their meeting Monday night, councillors heard that the aluminum … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors hear student pitch against Energy East pipeline

Environmental studies students from Mount Allison University attempted to persuade Sackville Town Council Monday night to oppose construction of the Energy East pipeline. The students are conducting their campaign against the pipeline as part of an environmental activism course taught … Continue reading

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Success! Cape Sharp Tidal deploys Fundy turbine

Work crews successfully lowered a 300 tonne OpenHydro turbine and its 700 tonne base into the Minas Passage this morning during a four-hour operation at ebb tide. The turbine slipped beneath the calm, blue surface and came to rest on … Continue reading

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Final preparations underway for tricky Fundy tidal turbine deployment

After years of delay, Cape Sharp Tidal Inc. is in the final stages of deploying its 1,000 tonne, five-storey-high turbine into the roiling waters of the Minas Passage, eight kilometres west of Parrsboro, N.S. Sarah Dawson, who speaks for the … Continue reading

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Mt. A students launch campaign against Energy East pipeline

Students at Mount Allison University are hoping to persuade Sackville Town Council and the governors of the university to oppose construction of the Energy East pipeline. The students say if the town and university issued formal statements against the proposed … Continue reading

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