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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Groups Want Ottawa To Halt Legislation On Pesticides

20 groups calling on the Federal Government not to proceed with legislation that will help aquaculture companies use pesticides.

Fundy Baykeeper Matthew Abbott tells CHSJ News environmental and fishing groups from BC and New Brunswick have written to Prime Minister.

Abbott says these regulations would make it easier for aquaculture companies to use pesticides in the marine environment. He says this causes them great concern because the chemicals are toxic to crustaceans including lobster.   Abbott adds Ottawa should be forcing the aquaculture industry to be more responsible and operate in ways that don't harm our oceans.

Homeless Should Win "Coldest Canadian Contest"

The Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization is using an online contest by an airline to raise awareness of the challenges the homeless face during the winter.

Air New Zealand is looking for submissions from the "Coldest Canadian" with the winner getting a free trip to New Zealand.

Coordinator of the Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization Dan Weston tells CHSJ News he wants a video to be submitted on behalf of the homeless because they face the challenge of being cold on a daily basis.

He says being warm in a cold country should be a right and not a privilege.

For more information on the contest, click here.

Provincial Metal Working Association To Discuss Shale Gas Potential

A member of the Metal Working Association of New Brunswick says shale gas exploration in this Province has the potential to be a game changer.
Spokesperson Dave Plante says the discovery of shale gas south of the border has had a huge impact on the natural gas sector in the United States.

He says it could have the same kind of impact on New Brunswick.
The University of Arkansas estimates the production of 1 billion cubit feet of gas can result in 9500 jobs and 200 million dollars in royalties.

He says this province is in the early days of exploration but on average the resources here are twice the thickness of those in western Canada.  The Province's Metal Working Association will meet on the topic tomorrow in Moncton.

Port Authority Rejects Suggestion It's Holding Up Harbour Cleanup

It's not a good way to do business.........That's the reaction of the President and C-E-O of the Saint John Port Authority, Jim Quinn to criticism that was voiced publicly the other night at Common Council.

The port authority was taken to task for what was described as a reluctance to resolve the property needs in order for harbour cleanup to be completed by the end of 2012. The city needs 625 square metres of port property on Broad Street at the foot of Water for a lift station.

Quinn concedes he was taken by surprise when its the port authority that's waiting for the city to respond to a request for clarification about the land on Broad Street needed for a lift station as part of the project.

 He tells CHSJ News a slanging match in public is not a good way to conduct business.