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Tue
24
Mar

Government announces commission to address hydraulic fracturing

The provincial government has appointed a commission to study the issue of hydraulic fracturing and determine whether conditions outlined by the government can be met.

“Our government is focused on diversifying our economy in order to create jobs,” said Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault. “That includes the responsible development of our natural resource and energy projects. It is responsible and prudent to do our due diligence and get more information regarding hydraulic fracturing.”

The members of the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing are:

Tue
24
Mar

Cabinet disregarded numerous warnings in granting financial assistance to Atcon

In her report tabled today in the Legislature on the government’s handling of financial assistance to the Atcon group of companies from 2008 to 2010, the auditor general of New Brunswick, Kim MacPherson, concludes the loss incurred by New Brunswick taxpayers occurred because the government of the day chose to disregard the expert advice of its senior civil servants. She also noted elected officials are not required to follow such advice.

Tue
24
Mar

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to co-operate on new office

The provincial government will co-operate with Nova Scotia to create a new Joint Office of Regulatory and Service Effectiveness which will be responsible for promoting a modern, consistent and fair regulatory environment in both provinces. Premier Brian Gallant (right) and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement.

Mon
23
Mar

Government call for public feedback on review of business legislation

FREDERICTON (GNB) – To create a more supportive environment for business, the provincial government is reviewing both the Business Corporations Act and the legislation governing Limited Liability Partnerships.

“Modernizing legislation on business operations will help foster economic growth and make our business environment more competitive with other jurisdictions," said Government Services Minister Ed Doherty. “I hope that New Brunswickers take the time to read the proposed changes outlined in the reports and participate in the consultation process.”

Thu
19
Mar

COMMENT: Shale Gas Lobbyists ignore implications for public health, ethics and will of the people

The supporters of the shale gas industry - the industry itself, the PC-Opposition energy and various editorialists - have lately been calling for the lifting of the moratorium. Their sole, well-worn and questionable economic argument for this demonstrates a lack of understanding of the two basic reasons for a moratorium in the first place.

The primary reason for a moratorium is concern for public health. Increasingly numerous peer-reviewed studies have now associated shale gas extraction with a host of serious health problems from cancer to congenital heart defects, which is cause enough for alarm.  More importantly, each study points out how much more we need to know. 

Tue
17
Mar

Survey of New Brunswickers Does Not Support Abortion Policy

 

Most New Brunswickers do not endorse the province’s new abortion policy introduced by the Liberal government. That’s the finding of a Corporate Research Associates poll carried out Feb. 12-March 2.

Fri
13
Mar

COMMENT: Brian Gallant withholds information from the public

Information recent disclosed by the government under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act demonstrates that Premier Brian Gallant and Minister of Energy and Mines Donald Arsenault disappointingly withheld important information from the public concerning the impact of the government’s shale gas moratorium.

 

Tue
03
Mar

Léon Chouinard et Fils receives investments from Federal and Provincial governments

Photo: The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, and the Honourable Donald Arseneault, Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister Responsible for Efficiency NB, Minister Responsible for Official Languages and MLA for Campbellton Dalhousie, joined Léon Chouinard et Fils Ltd. representatives today to make the announcement.

The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick, Léon Chouinard et Fils Ltd. will be able to establish a new open joist flooring and beam factory in Eel River Crossing.

Tue
03
Mar

COMMENT: Blaine Higgs on Liberal reckless dismantling of former accountability laws

 This is the second in a series of articles on the operations of government by former Finance Minister Blaine Higgs.

 

To be accountable and transparent, one must provide more than words; the sincerity of one's intentions toward such values is demonstrated only through action.

 

Tue
03
Mar

New Department of Natural Resources offices in Sussex

 The public is advised that the Sussex offices of the Department of Natural Resources and of the Department Energy and Mines, formerly located at 207 Picadilly Rd., are now permanently located in the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Building at 701 Main St., Suite 2, Sussex. The contact number for the new location is 506-432-2008.

All services which were previously available at the Picadilly Rd. office are available at the new locale.

 

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