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Jonathan LeBlanc, fire chief for Eel Brook District Fire Department, said his team got a call around midnight about a blaze at a large commercial structure in West Pubnico.
He described the plant as “a lost cause,” but said crews were able to prevent damage to adjacent buildings.
“There was no hope of saving it,” LeBlanc said of the building, noting it was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived and the wind was stoking the embers.
“The power lines to the building were arcing out quite severely. That made it very difficult for us to get close to extinguish it.”
LeBlanc said it’s still too early to identify the cause of the blaze, but the fire marshal’s office is investigating.
Non-Indigenous protesters oppose the band’s decision to start a commercial lobster fishing business that has operated outside the federally regulated lobster season since mid-September.
But Sack argues Indigenous people in Atlantic Canada and Quebec have a treaty right to fish for a moderate livelihood — a right upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Many non-Indigenous critics, however, cite a clarification issued by court, stating the Mi’kmaq treaty rights would be subject to federal regulations to ensure fish conservation.
Yet Sack argued fishing seasons are based on the economy and trade, and the small Indigenous fishery doesn’t impact conservation.
“The commercial fishermen are just not wanting to make less money,” he said. “They’re afraid to share an asset.”