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Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama

So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil. Then one day the politics get sticky. In Nebraska, farmers don’t want the...

Economic Indicators Strong, Employment for September decreases

The latest Monthly Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada, released October 10th, 2014, indicate the following: Average employment for 2014 to date is 65,000, compared to average employment in 2013 of 63,300. Employment decreased, by 800 jobs, in the month of September. The community is currently on track for a much stronger 2014, with average employment being 1700 higher than last year. After six months of...

Saint John home sales edge back in March

Residential sales activity reported through the MLS® System of the Saint John Real Estate Board numbered 101 units in March 2014. This was a 13 per cent decrease from a year earlier. “Home sales fell back in March following the rebound we saw in February,” said Sheila Henry, President of the Saint John Real Estate Board. “Taken together with the quiet month of January and strong month of February, activity...

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,...

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...
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