Category Archives: In the News

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

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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

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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

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

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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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Government consultant paid $13M for $10M in savings – Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017

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Article by Robert Williams Photo by Robert Williams “It is extraordinary that this is happening,” said Coon. “They’re issuing contracts for over $12 million without any clear objectives, without any clear measurables, without any clear deliverables, that seem to have been drawn up by the consultant on the consultant letterhead.” New Brunswick’s auditor general is blaming a “culture of complacency” […]

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N.B. editorial: Take auditor general’s findings to heart – Telegraph-Journal – 22 June 2017

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Article by Telegraph Journal Photo by Robert Williams In her typical calm, dispassionate way, Auditor General Kim MacPherson has once again pulled back the curtain of government secrecy on a stunning abuse of taxpayers money. After paying a consulting firm, Ernst and Young, a staggering $13 million to find $47 million in savings in the Department of Social Development, the […]

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Belledune plant casts shadow on climate-change plan – Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017

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Article by John Chilibeck Photo from Times & Transcript archive “The emphasis on the part of government has to be on helping us save energy and helping us switch to renewable energy,” (David Coon) said in a media scrum. “We are not going to get anywhere near close the 2030 target unless we up our game in helping people save […]

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Province paid $13M to consultants to find $10M in savings — maybe: Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017

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Article by Jacques Poitras Photo by Jacques Poitras A government-hired consulting firm was paid millions of dollars by New Brunswick taxpayers, despite not saving nearly as much money as promised, according to the province’s auditor general. Ernst & Young played a role in setting the terms of part of the contract the firm later bid on, which Kim MacPherson calls […]

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People deserve to know where carbon tax will go: Coon- Telegraph Journal- 8 June, 2017

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Article by John Chilibeck Photo by John Chilibeck/Legislature Bureau “Putting a price on pollution is not in itself going to have a significant impact on pollution in the short term,”-David Coon FREDERICTON • With a new carbon tax likely to be in place by next year, the leader of New Brunswick’s Green party says the provincial government hasn’t done enough […]

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