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NOT HOLDING MILL BOOK SIGNING "WRONG MOVE": MACFARLANE

Thursday 7th December 2017 6:06 am

A local MLA is raising freedom-of-speech concerns after last weekend's cancellation of a local book signing amid controversy over how the book might portray the Northern Pulp Mill. Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says the decision to cancel the book signing at Coles in the Highland Square Mall was the "wrong move." MacFarlane says it feels like freedom of speech has been infringed upon. If there was a book written pro-mill, MacFarlane says she'd want that to be sold too. Joan Baxter's book, "The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest," explores the impact of the mill. People who've read it say it's a balanced review of the facts. MacFarlane says Baxter is a "voice of reason" and that she knows mill workers who have read the book. The local MLA says it's possible to be critical of the mill's environmental track record while still supporting its viability and jobs. The Toronto office of Coles-Indigo Books now says it's planning a larger off-site event to help people meet the author, but no dates are being mentioned yet.


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