National Newswatch

New Brunswick government seizes dry dock in dispute with Quebec builder

Aug 29 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government has seized a partly built floating dry dock in a dispute with the Quebec-based company building it. Ocean Group is building the $13-million project in Bas-Caraquet, N.B., but plans to tow it to Quebec for completion, claiming it can't find local electricians to do the necessary work. "We tried to find […]

New Brunswick government faces backlog without new lieutenant-governor

Aug 29 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — A delay by the federal government in appointing a new lieutenant-governor for New Brunswick is creating a logjam of unfinished business for the provincial government. Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the first Acadian woman to hold the office, died Aug. 2 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Important government business, including providing royal assent to […]

New Brunswick education minister warns against anti-vaccination message

Aug 27 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's education minister says people spreading misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines are from the "far, far fringe." A committee of the New Brunswick legislature began hearings Tuesday to hear from supporters and opponents of more stringent vaccine requirements for New Brunswick children. The province's Tory government wants to pass legislation making […]

New report blames growing seal population for decline of cod stocks

Aug 22 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — A new report identifies grey seals as the main cause of a decline in cod stocks in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence that could drive the fish to extinction by mid-century. The latest assessment, released this month, says the outlook for the stock in the southern gulf is grim. "It think it's probably too […]

ACOA writes off balance of two multimillion-dollar loans to Irving company

Aug 21 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — An Irving-owned company is off the hook on repaying the balance owed on two multimillion-dollar federal loans it received to open a drywall plant in Saint John, N.B. The two conditionally repayable loans, totalling $7.4 million, were issued in 2011 and 2012 under an Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency program aimed at offsetting the impact of the closing of […]

Hearings set next week to study vaccine requirements for New Brunswick children

Aug 20 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — Supporters and opponents of more stringent vaccination requirements for New Brunswick children will get a chance to air their opinions next week. Three days of presentations are scheduled before a legislature committee examining a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory for children in daycares and schools unless they have a medical exemption. The new rules, […]

New water problems for New Brunswick beach prompts call for testing

Aug 19 2019 — Kevin Bissett — SHEDIAC, N.B. — A popular New Brunswick beach had four no-swim advisories last week, prompting calls for more tests to find the source of the problem. Poor water quality resulted in the advisories on Aug. 12, 14, 15 and 16 for Parlee Beach, a popular tourist destination on the province's east coast. Arthur Melanson, vice-president […]

Former New Brunswick premier accepts new advisor job with Ryerson University

Aug 8 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — Former New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant has been hired by Toronto's Ryerson University. Gallant announced on Facebook Wednesday he will become a special advisor to Ryerson's president while remaining an MLA for Shediac Bay-Dieppe. He will advise the president on innovation, cybersecurity, and law. "I'm very excited to have been offered an opportunity to help our country foster an innovative, […]

Ottawa announces $4M funding to preserve Indigenous languages in Atlantic Canada

Jul 24 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The federal government will spend more than $4.1 million over two years to preserve and promote Indigenous languages in Atlantic Canada. "For generations, Indigenous languages and culture have been the target of policies that have sought to eradicate them. No more," Seamus O'Regan, minister of Indigenous services, said as he made the announcement Wednesday at […]

AFN chief vows to influence party platforms in advance of federal election

Jul 23 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling on members to lobby all parties in an effort to influence political platforms ahead of the federal election in October. "With the federal election coming, I want to say now the importance of voting and the importance of influencing all party platforms," […]

Governing Progressive Conservatives add another member to P.E.I. Legislature

Jul 15 2019 — Kevin Bissett — CHARLOTTETOWN — Almost three months after the provincial election on Prince Edward Island, Progressive Conservative candidate Natalie Jameson has won in the riding of Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park. The vote for the riding was not held during the April 23rd general election due to the death of Green candidate Josh Underhay in an accident just days before the election. Underhay and […]

New Brunswick pharmacists back legislation for mandatory immunization

Jul 11 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick pharmacists are throwing their support behind legislation removing non-medical immunization exemptions in public schools and licensed early childcare facilities. Christine Boudreau, president of the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association, says while the province's recent measles outbreak is over, there's a need to remain vigilant. A dozen people became ill with the disease, but […]

Lone woman says fellow councillors shut her out when she pushes for diversity

Jul 10 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The only woman on Fredericton city council says she feels shut out when trying to advocate for change. Kate Rogers said Wednesday she has decided to speak out publicly because her private efforts weren't working. "It's a problem that there is such limited female representation on council. It really affects the decisions that […]

Expert says feds should have acted more quickly on right whale migration

Jun 27 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it has sighted another dead endangered right whale drifting off the Gaspé Peninsula, bringing the total number of deaths in Canadian waters this year to six. The government was still assessing recovery and necropsy options for this sixth whale. The new information late Thursday came as an expert said […]

First Nation resumes crab fishery after negotiations with DFO fail to yield deal

Jun 26 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The chief of the Eel Ground First Nation in northeastern New Brunswick says his members have resumed a treaty fishery for snow crab after growing frustrated with the pace of negotiations with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Chief George Ginnish says the federal department is not sufficiently committed to providing his people […]