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J.D. Irving Ltd. to invest $513M in its mills

The announcement comes on heels of new provincial forestry strategy being unveiled. The $450 million in upgrades at the Irving Pulp & Paper mill in west Saint John be done in two phases, starting this spring. J.D. Irving Ltd. is investing $513 million in its mills across New Brunswick, the company announced to a standing ovation at its west Saint John pulp and paper mill on Thursday. The announcement comes...

Mayor Mel Norton : Why I’m an optimist on Saint John

Attitudes have serious, real-world consequences; change your attitude and you change your world. Currently visible signs of positive change and rebirth in Saint John – changes that are consolidating our status as New Brunswick’s economic powerhouse – are not difficult to discern. In no particular order of importance, here are some of my favourites: A new municipal plan, focused on complete neighbourhoods,...

East-West pipeline is a game changer for Atlantic Canada

Oil and gas development in Atlantic Canada is imperative to knit back together the social and economic fabric of a region that has for too long been a “have not province,” New Brunswick Mayor Mel Norton testified Tuesday. Speaking to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources today Norton said: “We simply want what the rest of Canada, in many ways, already has, and that’s the opportunity to pull ourselves...

NB: Province investing in Port Saint John to establish home port for cruise ships

New Brunswick is making a three-year investment to help Port Saint John become a home port for cruise ships, including expedition-class vessels. Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder’s Feb. 18 announcement coincided with the completion of a study by Dillon Consulting Ltd., that found that the port is well-suited to become a home port for expedition-class ships in the near future.

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Bell Aliant to build $25M data centre in Saint John

Province commits $5 million to project billed as one of North America’s most advanced centres. The announcement of the project was made Tuesday in Saint John by Karen Sheriff, the president of Bell Aliant. The centre will cover 2,160 square metres (24,000 sq. ft) and is being built to meet the current and future needs of the information and communications technology sector in New Brunswick. “Businesses...

Crude oil spills are bigger from trains than pipelines

The flaming wreckage of a derailed train carrying crude in northern New Brunswick once again calls into question the safest way to transport crude oil across Canada. A Global News analysis found that train spills in transit are larger than those from pipelines. And trucks, though they have a higher rate of accidents, tend to spill much less. The Transport Canada database doesn’t include the most recent train...

New Brunswick could be the next Saskatchewan

Developing Atlantic Canada’s proven oil and gas reserves has the real possibility of transforming New Brunswick from a have not province to a powerhouse like Saskatchewan, Colleen Mitchell, President of Atlantica Centre for Energy testified today. “[New Brunswick has] reserves at 70 trillion cubic feet, which is 10% of Canadian proven resources. The province has recently renewed activity,” said Ms. Mitchell...

American Borders Will Be Changing

An iron curtain is slowly descending around the borders of America. When it falls, some people will be shut in; others will be shut out. It will be up to bureaucrats and agents with guns to decide which one of those people you are. Changes in border policy are in the wind. On June 27th, 2013, the 1,300-page Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate and proceeded to...
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