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Salon Resource Group chops waste output with conversion to Green Circle recycling program

Head Shoppe, HS Studio Salon-Spa among salons switching to greener practices 

Book of Condolence to people of France at NB Legislature

Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch signs the book of condolence to the people of France. The book is located in the lobby of the legislature building and the public are welcome to visit and add their messages of sympathy and support.


OPINION: Bruce Fitch - First Legislative Session a Big Disappointment

The first session of the 58th legislature has now concluded. Premier Brian Gallant has termed it “a big success”.


COMMENT: Brian Gallant's First Budget: The Wrong Direction for New Brunswick



Brian Gallant has failed to live up to the Liberal commitment to move New Brunswick forward, yet again saying one thing but doing another.  This budget moves New Brunswick in the wrong direction - backward.



Government of NB wants to lock in the media

Editor's Note: The New Brunswick Government will be tabling their Budget, but it looks like it wants to control the media prior to its release.  I would suggest If they want to release it to the media then do so after it is tabled in the legislature, embargoes are only a courtesy if the public interest is served.  The actions of this government shows an intrenched view of controlling the media message.

The media should not be involved in these types of agreements from the governing power.

Press release issued by the Government of New Brunswick on March 27, 2015 regarding Budget Document release:


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:


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.


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.


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.”


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. 


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