Author Archives: DavidCoonMLA

N.B. hopes new charging stations will encourage electric vehicle purchases – CTV News – 6 July 2017


Article by CTV Atlantic Officials in New Brunswick are hoping the installation of new, fast charging stations may help fast-track the province’s goal of having 20,000 electric vehicles registered by 2030. The new chargers are able to recharge an electric vehicle up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. Tom McLean has been driving an electric car for three […]

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Greying provinces deserve larger health transfers: Senate report – Daily Gleaner – 6 July 2017


Article by Adam Huras Photo by Adrian Wyld In the midst of studying the impact of health-care costs on the country’s fastest-aging populations, New Brunswick Sen. Percy Mockler accidentally became the case study. Spending a weekend lugging around cinder blocks to build a new garden bed for his wife Susan at their St. Leonard home, Mockler pinched a nerve in […]

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N.B. trade minister got things wrong on softwood lumber, says woodlot group – CBC News – 6 July 2017


Article by CBC News Photo by CBC News The New Brunswick Woodlot Federation says a provincial cabinet minister should get his facts straight when he argues against higher U.S. duties on softwood lumber from the province. Roger Melanson, the minister responsible for trade policy, was wrong to say recently that nothing has changed in the way the province has managed […]

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Big-Hearted Contracts for Multi-Nationals


This was one of those weeks where cynicism hovered over the Legislative committee room threatening to soak my sense of hope that politicians can do better. Auditor General Kim McPherson presented the first volume of her work for the year to our Public Accounts Committee. Our job is to ensure that Departments spend the budgets approved by the Legislative Assembly […]

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Alcohol hospitalizations outnumber heart-attacks: report – Telegraph-Journal – 22 June 2017


Article by Colin McPhail Photo by Ryan Remiorz Saint John • There were more hospitalizations in Canada caused by alcohol than by heart attacks last year, according to alarming statistics in a new report examining the impact of alcohol on Canadians and health care. The Canadian Institute for Health Information report, released Thursday, concluded 212 people were hospitalized daily for […]

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