NOPE Campaign

$1,190 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 7 months
Created January 5, 2019
An open pit gold mine is being proposed along the banks of the St. Mary’s River, near the community of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia CANADA.   (NOPE stands for No Open Pit Excavation.) 
The St. Mary's River Association,  working with partners, have invested over a million dollars on Atlantic Salmon recovery efforts. We have applied for 1.5 million dollar grant from the federal Coastal Restoration Fund to continue this great work. Through stock enhancement efforts we have put in our river:  60,000 salmon fry in the spring of 2017, 170,000 salmon fry in the spring of 2018 and projected another 250,000 for the Spring of 2019.  

Funds raised by this campaign will be used to continue conducting the NOPE Campaign in local communities.   We need money for hall rentals for community meetings, office supplies (paper, envelopes, stamps), printing flyers, travel, signs and bumper stickers, hiring third party experts to analyze the project documentation and so on. 

Thank you for your support!
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The past five days have shown us the extent that the corporations with interests in Cochrane Hill and across the province are willing to go to stop citizens from engaging in not only an education event, but open discourse on mining in our community. This is not a good sign for our community or Nova Scotia in general.

SMRA would like to share our primary goals for the NOPE campaign and ask that you share them through your networks:


1. Stop the proposed Gold mine on Cochrane Hill.
2. No Gold Mining within 8 km corridor of the St Mary’s river water shed.
3. Create an independent committee to review all mining proposals and projects in the province of Nova Scotia.
4. All gold mining companies in NS pay into an environmental disaster fund.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Please follow the campaign on Facebook at NOPECampaign, and on twitter and Instagram at @NOPE__NS (2 dashes between the E and N).
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Wonderful Day!
May 8th Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and our MP Sean Fraser joined a large group in Sherbrooke at the SMRA Interpretive Center and announced 1.2 Million Dollars from the Coastal Restoration Fund for our precious St Mary’s River Association. That DFO recognizes the precarious nature of our flora and fauna should be a wake-up call to officials with the authority to approve Atlantic Golds application for an open pit mine. Any unforeseen environmental issue could be catastrophic for not just the river, but for our region as a whole!
These new funds will be used for Habitat restoration and a new liming project. The money will be distributed over three years, and we here at SMRA are absolutely thrilled with the announcement. This money will add to the 1.1 million already raised and spent on the St. Mary’s River over the last 5 years.
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$1,190 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 7 months
Created January 5, 2019
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