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Fire destroys lobster facility in southwest Nova Scotia amid escalating fishery tensions

A fire that police are calling suspicious destroyed a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., early Saturday. The blaze broke out at one of two facilities raided and vandalized by commercial fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia earlier this week protesting the "moderate livelihood" fishery launched by Sipekne'katik First Nation last month. Mi'kmaw fishers were storing their catches at the facilities.

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10/19/2020

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10/17/2020

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10/15/2020

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10/14/2020

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10/4/2020

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10/1/2020

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9/29/2020

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9/28/2020

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9/26/2020

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