November 10, 2015

Liberals close Nova Scotia plant for dumping carrot juice, but ignore Quebec's raw sewage

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

So as we’ve told you before, 100 Quebec cities and towns dump their sewage, untreated, right into streams and rivers.

It’s so gross, it’s making international news.

Everyone from Vladimir Putin’s state-run news agency, Russia Today, to Erin Brockovich (the Kardashian of environmentalists) is shaming us.

But here’s my news today:

A carrot plant in Hillaton, Nova Scotia, has been processing carrots and dumping the excess juice into the ocean, all with a provincial permit.

But the new Liberal minister of the environment has ordered the factory to be shut down.

And with it, 50 jobs.


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commented 2015-11-12 09:17:44 -0500
Seriously? Hillaton Foods was told by Environment Canada to clean up it’s act in October 2014, a year before the Liberals came to power. They failed, and were granted an extension in July. They still failed, so they are closing. This has nothing to do with the Liberals, but Ezra can’t help himself but make it partisan.
commented 2015-11-12 08:45:26 -0500
@ Dave Whitney commented 7 hours ago
Yes , let’s blame the new government. What a joke. Blame the former government and the Quebec government for not upgrading their sewage treatment.

This goes way back Dave – and most of it is Lib – for generations – but you can coninue to be a denier – no probs – it is the entitled Canucklehead way.
commented 2015-11-12 08:43:38 -0500
I see the Rebel made Bourque news with this article
commented 2015-11-12 05:33:22 -0500
Andrew – Puhleeze!!… “One of the biggest engineering projects in Canadian history..”!!… What? Bigger than the St. Lawrence Seaway? The Kitimat supply tunnel through the coast mountains? The CPR spiral tunnel at Thee Valley Gap? The twin tracks through Hell’s Gate Canyon on The Fraser?… All those were done before 1960!… All Victoria has to do is bite the bullet, pay up, quit equivocating, and extend the foreshore at Ogden Point or run its “poop” to some treatment location north of Oak Bay… Or, it might even design a floating treatment plant and be a world leader… Puhleeze!…
commented 2015-11-12 01:49:23 -0500
And having lived in Nova Scotia, I can assure you that processing plants and trollers large and small, along both shores of the Bay of Fundy and St. Mary’s Bay, have been dumping fish guts into the water for centuries, and those overpriced lobsters – eventually eaten in chi-chi Boston and New York restaurants – just can’t get enough… But they don’t eat “poop” just as they don’t from the outfall from Victoria into the Straits of Juan de Fuca…
commented 2015-11-12 01:45:55 -0500
@andy Neimers, Well, then I guess that’s the primary question here, not some little carrot plant in the Maritimes. One should not be critical of a situation without acknowledging the circumstances that lead to it. One of which is that this is a once-a-century level maintenance shutdown for which providing redundancy is not economical. On the other hand, the carrot plant is dumping as a matter of basic day to day operations.

@ Drew, I almost mentioned Victoria, in fact they should be subject to the same sanctions as this carrot plant was – within reason. Victoria doesn’t really want to do it, but installing a plant would be one of the biggest engineering projects in Canadian history, due to geography and seismic concerns. Also, if you read actual stories, the term used was “untreated effluent”. This could include, but is not limited to, carrot juice, and is a material that would have ended up in a sanitary sewage system … ergo, sewage. Dumped untreated.
commented 2015-11-12 01:33:21 -0500
Dear Andrew Stephenson… It’s not up to “Ezra” to explain how Montreal has to cope with its “froggie turds in the water problem”… That’s for the overpriced brain trust at Montreal’s city hall that allowed it to come to this nexus… N’est pas?…
commented 2015-11-12 01:33:11 -0500
Yes , let’s blame the new government. What a joke. Blame the former government and the Quebec government for not upgrading their sewage treatment.
commented 2015-11-12 01:17:40 -0500
Andrew what about Victoria and the many other cities , would love to hear your explanation as to why they get to dump without the same problems as Montreal??
commented 2015-11-12 01:16:43 -0500
Andrew when did the carrot plant dump raw sewage? Carrot juice is not raw sewage. Do you even know what this is about? Oh you think we are like media party drones who don’t notice lies?
commented 2015-11-12 01:15:07 -0500
Andrew, it was the libs who closed the plant while not doing anything about Montreal or any other sewage dumpers. Of course you will not present the whole story and while accusing others of doing so. And sorry but carrot juice is not as bad as raw sewage, the hypocrisy is astounding, the article is about the hypocrisy , but of course you missed that as usual. Try not using another persons comments and assigning them to Ezra or the Rebel. Also funny how one is given a pass while another is given a shutdown.
commented 2015-11-12 01:02:12 -0500
“Burkhardt explains that the wastewater issue was raised by Environment Canada in October 2014. Hillarton was required to cease pumping untreated wastewater into the Bay of Fundy, and they were given an extension until July 10 of this year to comply.”
So, not the Liberals.

Also, further examination indicates this plant only operates five months a year, so Lotto 10/42 is almost inevitably running in its full glory here and costing taxpayers untold millions.
commented 2015-11-12 00:51:46 -0500
Peter MacKay will speak about this later.
commented 2015-11-12 00:50:11 -0500
I look forward to Ezra’s explanation as to how, exactly, he’d service Montreal’s deep interceptors without bypassing them.

As for the carrot plant, basic pollution control measures are not too much to ask. If you can’t make a profit without dumping raw sewage into the nearest watercourse, then perhaps your business model requires revision.

Two different issues. Typical Rebel, though. What superficially seems like a ‘gotcha’ to the peanut gallery does not stand up to closer examination, although they know that the readership doesn’t really care and can’t tell a false equivalency out when they see it.
commented 2015-11-11 23:51:57 -0500
Miles that lawsuit that the lefties were calling Harper taking the veterans to court was launched against the libs, so why no recognition there?
commented 2015-11-11 23:48:51 -0500
Miles no one from Harpers cabinet shut them down. And why is Montreal allowed to dump billlions of barrels of raw sewage at the same time?
commented 2015-11-11 21:58:49 -0500
More people put of work and more farmers to lose money because their land in some cases will no longer be leased by Hillaton Foods but they pretty up the story to make it look like the impact will not be too bad. One person losing a job or one farm not able to lease the land is a huge impact. The employees were called to a meeting and told the plant would close in December. The final decision was made and the employees had no idea what was going on. This is very sad news for these people.
commented 2015-11-11 15:53:10 -0500
Perhaps we can have some details of exactly which conservative owns this plant, how much money he’s contributed to conservative causes, and which Federal Liberal from this riding stands to make money from the closure. I’d love to see some details on the financials of ownership and political ties. Federal Liberals own the pot industry, do they really want the carrot juice industry? Amazing.
commented 2015-11-11 13:55:18 -0500
I’m sure the lefties were just upset they couldn’t recapture the carrot juice for free to put in their smoothies.
commented 2015-11-11 11:45:35 -0500
Maybe when Justy is finished with all the selfies after the ceremonies he can get on the horn with Obama and cut a new pipeline deal. From Quebec to Pennsilvania. Instead of using fresh water to frac, they can use Quebec’s shit. A gift from one enlightened leader to another.
commented 2015-11-11 10:49:38 -0500
Miles…is Brison one of Harpers’ boys? “Brison said he contacted Oxford Frozen Foods and offered assistance after employees were notified but was told the decision was final.”
commented 2015-11-11 10:40:53 -0500
“Ordered it shut down?” Apparently they can if it doesn’t fit with the UN agenda…this is truly unsettling and should be a warning flag.
commented 2015-11-11 10:08:19 -0500
Miles said, “s I recall…..that was Harper’s boys…..”

Sorry, Miles, you cannot have it both ways. When Harper took office in Feb. 2006, everything that was enacted by the Martin government that the Liberals did not like it retrospect, Harper got blamed, so now this is the Trudeau government’s fault. They are in office, they are responsible for everything. Get used to it. Turn about is a bitch, ain’t it?
commented 2015-11-11 08:39:59 -0500
Only if it was true Ezra …only if it was true……The order to stop or fix the discharge by July of this year was imposed in October 2014. It was then amended to Dec. 31……As I recall…..that was Harper’s boys…..
commented 2015-11-11 08:12:35 -0500
Too funny!

And not surprising.

I hope every one of those eastern and now unemployed bastards voted liberal.

Serves them right.

And as the libs are for the most part a frog party – kebec will get a free pass.

Nothing to see here folks – move along.
commented 2015-11-11 04:34:40 -0500
You vote for adolf hitler mentalities, you get adolf hitler. Notley, Trudeau, Wynne, Quebec, the East Coast – not much left of Canada.

The east coast is a “trained to fail” culture. These 50 workers get their EI / welfare handouts now, a lower standard of living and the “culture of defeat” continues.

This is just more socialists utopia – selling heaven and delivering hell.
commented 2015-11-11 00:37:26 -0500
LLRFU, thanks for the sobering thought!! Your absolutely right!
commented 2015-11-11 00:32:21 -0500
Ordered it shut down? Since when does gov order co’s to shut down? I’ve enjoyed the funny comments on here, but this is serious!! This is “setting precedent” so’s they can graduate to bigger things, like oil sands, cigarette mfg’s, car makers, who knows? I mean who’d have thunk of shutting down a carrot factory If they’ll go after a carrot factory for doing nothing harmful, that means they’ll go after anyone! And no discussion, no consultation or chance to improve or refute?? That’s pure tyrannical dictatorship!! Letting this slide with little activism is a big mistake. I hope the company has the resources and desire to fight this in court!! You can’t simply order a co. to shut down. Is this the master de-industrialization plan taking shape??
commented 2015-11-10 22:55:46 -0500
This is as bad as the department of energy in the US smashing pumpkins, no joke, they say that pumpkins produce to much carbon and co2 , it is rumoured that they want to bury trees, what a bunch of freaks!!!!!!! Lmao. If this keeps up I will have no ass left to laugh off