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Recent Environmental Assessment Announcements Positive for Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

(St. John’s, NL – April 18, 2019) Recent announcements regarding exploration activity offshore Newfoundland and Labrador should have a positive impact on Noia members, the offshore industry, and the entire province.

Yesterday, Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O’Regan, announced that two offshore exploration programs were released from the environmental review process. One is an ExxonMobil Canada program located in the Jeanne d’Arc and Flemish Pass basins and the other is an Equinor Canada program located in the Flemish Pass Basin. The projects had been undergoing review since 2016.

“Noia welcomes the approval of these projects as it will provide important supply and service opportunities for our members and will hopefully lead to discoveries which will create even more opportunities,” said Noia CEO Charlene Johnson. “While this is positive news, these programs have been in the review process for approximately 900 days which is far too long for a 30 to 90-day activity and not at all in line with other OECD countries such as Norway, the United Kingdom, and Australia – jurisdictions that we compete with for exploration activity.”

Earlier in the week, the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador was launched, and members of the committee announced. The Government of Canada indicated that they are committed to exempting offshore exploration wells from project-specific federal reviews where a regional assessment has been conducted.

“A regional assessment will be a wholesome review of the offshore area and include environmental and safety expectations, along with a review of the socio-economic impacts of offshore activity,” commented Johnson. “The advocacy efforts of Noia and other stakeholders have been successful to date with respect to exploration wells. Our fact-based approach to advocacy has helped create a clear understanding of how our industry is impacted by long review processes. Now, the Government of Canada must follow through with their stated intention and remove activities of short duration and well understood impacts, such as exploration wells, from the Designated Project List and enshrine this exemption in legislation through Bill C-69.”


Media contact:

Ken Morrissey, Senior Advisor Communications, Research and Policy
Office: 709-758-6617 | Mobile: 709-725-5172 | | @NoiaNL


Common to kick off Jazz Fest – The Chronicle Herald

Hip-hop artist, actor, author and activist Common kicks off the 33rd annual Halifax Jazz Festival on the Waterfront Stage on Tuesday, July 9.

Singer-songwriter Elise Legrow, jazz singer Heather Bambrick’s quintet and Indigenous pop and electronic musician iskwe were also announced as part of the St. Paul’s Church Series, while Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar returns to play the Seahorse Tavern.

The festival runs July 9-14.

Tickets are already on sale for First Aid Kit and Tim Baker, Bahamas and the Barr Brothers, and the Liebman/Murley Quartet. Passes are also on sale. Visit for details.

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CNA campus unveils art to represent awareness, healing

April 18, 2019

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students of the Aboriginal Bridging program, and Lisa Learning, an indigenous artist from Labrador, have collaborated on a new addition to the lobby at Happy Valley-Goose Bay campus.

A painted mural – ‘Flight of Resilience’ – is the culmination of the reconciliation project, intended to raise awareness of the history of residential schools in Canada, and the impact the government-funded, church-run schools had on indigenous peoples.

“CNA strives to provide an inclusive learning environment for all,” said Craig Baker, CNA’s Senior Campus Director. “The mural signifies to honour, and heal all those impacted by the residential schools in Canada while educating and creating a dialogue.”

Learning describes the idea behind the design. The circle represents the traditional drum – the heartbeat of the earth.
“It represents the soul searching and healing process the three groups have experienced and gone through,” she said. “The raven is one of the most resilient birds in North America and in this logo represents resilience and determination that our people have had, and still have. It also shows how, regardless of what has happened, we have found a way to break free and move (fly) forward – both spiritually and physically, mind and spirit.”

The three feathers represent all three indigenous groups in Labrador.

“A feather for each one,” Learning said.” And the colours chosen are the earth, snow and water – the same colours used in the Labrador flag.”

The mural was painted by the students and funded by the Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health promotion fund as a part of CNA’s campus wellness team initiative.

The ‘Flight of Resilience’ has also become the symbol of the Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools healing and commemoration work and appeared on official documents, lapel pins, and the plaques, which commemorated the five residential schools.


Media Contact:

Minal Abhange
Public Relations Specialist
College of the North Atlantic


MJardin’s Atlantic Canada Facility Reaches Full Production Capacity in 4 Months

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq First Nations, Halef Group, and MJardin Expect Sales License this Spring

TORONTO, Canada and DENVER, Colorado, April 18, 2019 — MJardin Group, Inc. (“MJardin” or “the Company”) (CSE: MJAR) (OTCQX: MJARF), is pleased to announce that its joint-venture AtlantiCann Medical Inc. (“AMI”) facility located in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia has now reached its full production capacity in an impressive four months since receiving its cultivation and processing license on December 7, 2018.  AMI is a three-way joint-venture consisting of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq First Nations (51%), MJardin Group, Inc. (39%) and the Halef Group (10%).

Phase 1 of the AMI complex is a 48,000 square foot cultivation and extraction facility with a full production capacity of 4,700 kg of flower and trim. In just four months since the AMI team received its cultivation license, the facility has propagated all flower rooms with a total of 6,000 plants, 3,600 of which are currently in flower stage. Phase 2 of the AMI complex will expand production to approximately 8,550 kg of flower and trim by adding another 20,000 square feet of capacity.

“The impressive turnaround time to reach full production capacity at AMI is a testament to the skilled experts we have within our Company and our dedicated team in Lower Sackville,” noted Christine Halef, SVP of Atlantic Canada Operations. “MJardin is drawing from 10 years of hands on experience cultivating premium cannabis with high yields in the United States.”

“We are very pleased with the progress that the AMI team has already made in Nova Scotia and the speed at which our facility is moving,” noted Chief Terrance Paul, Co-Chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “We performed a high degree of due diligence to find the right partners, and this latest milestone is a reflection of our confidence in MJardin’s experience, knowledge and capabilities.”

The AMI complex is currently working towards its Good Manufacturing Practices (“GMP”) certification which would allow for product export to international markets. Additionally, extraction capabilities are expected to be implemented in Q4 of 2019 in time for the legalization of additional cannabis products.

About MJardin Group

MJardin is a cannabis management platform with extensive experience in cultivation, processing, distribution and retail. For over 10 years, MJardin has refined cultivation methodologies, developed state of the art facilities and implemented vertical integration for and on behalf of license owners. MJardin is based in Denver, Colorado and Toronto, Canada. For more information, please visit

The CSE has not in any way passed upon the merits of and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.


Ali Mahdavi
Capital Markets & Investor Relations

Frank Knuettel
Chief Strategy Officer


Amid conflict, two new Salt River councillors named – Cabin Radio

April 18, 2019

Warren Gagnon and Warren Sikyea are to join Salt River First Nation’s council, months after three councillors left their positions amid continued conflict.

Councillors Ronnie Schaefer, Freda Emile, and Patricia (Patsy) Schaefer were reported to have resigned in late January.

Just over a month prior, the councillors’ signatures had appeared on a sign attempting to ban Chief Frieda Martselos from the First Nation’s Tim Hortons franchise.

The resignations left Raymond Tourangeau, Melvin Fortier, and Chris Hunter as the remaining councillors.

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Eskasoni woman accepts new position with Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association – Cape Breton Post


Karen Bernard started her new position at the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association on Tuesday.

The Eskasoni First Nation woman is the new Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator and will be working in all 13 Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia.

“I’m excited. I feel like I’m where I need to be,” Bernard said via a phone interview.

“I’m reaching the peak of my career in terms of passion for what I do… It’s a personal passion for our women.”

Bernard has worked for more than 20 years working in social justice involving Indigenous men and women including areas of addiction, suicide/ mental health and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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Fortis Inc. Announces Pricing, Early Tender Results and Early Settlement Election of Its Tender Offer for Its 3.055% Notes Due

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador, April 17, 2019 — Fortis Inc. (“Fortis” or the “Corporation”) (TSX/NYSE:FTS) announced today the determination of the pricing and the early tender results for its previously announced tender offer to purchase for cash up to US$400 million of its outstanding 3.055% Notes due 2026 (the “Notes”). The tender offer is being made upon, and is subject to, the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated April 4, 2019 (the “Offer to Purchase”). Fortis previously announced the completion of the sale of its 51% interest in the Waneta Expansion Hydroelectric Project in British Columbia, which satisfies the Waneta Sale Condition (as defined in the Offer to Purchase).

Fortis will pay holders of the Notes (“Holders”) who validly tendered Notes on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on April 17, 2019 (such date and time, the “Early Tender Date”), subject to proration as described in the Offer to Purchase, the Total Consideration of US$965.43 for each US$1,000 principal amount of the Notes accepted for purchase, which includes an early tender premium of US$30.00 per US$1,000 principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date (as defined below). The Total Consideration for each US$1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered on or prior to the Early Tender Date and accepted for purchase was determined in the manner described in the Offer to Purchase, calculated as of 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on April 17, 2019 (the “Pricing Time”). Fortis has elected to make payment on April 18, 2019 (the “Early Settlement Date”) for the Notes it has accepted for purchase.

The Total Consideration is detailed in the table below:

Title of
Reference Treasury
Reference Page
Early Tender
Premium (1)
Consideration (1) (2)
Notes due 2026
2.625% U.S.
Treasury Note due
February 15, 2029
FIT1 100 bps US$30.00 US$965.43
(1) Per US$1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered.
(2) Based upon a Reference Yield of 2.587% as of the Pricing Time and the resulting Tender Offer Yield of 3.587%; excludes accrued and unpaid interest (each capitalized term as defined in the Offer to Purchase unless otherwise defined herein). The Total Consideration includes the Early Tender Premium.

The table below sets forth the principal amount of Notes validly tendered on or prior to the Early Tender Date:

Title of
Principal Amount
Tender Amount
Amount Tendered
Notes due 2026
US$1,500,000,000 US$400,000,000 US$1,051,270,000

Notes tendered pursuant to the tender offer may no longer be withdrawn, except as required by law (as determined by Fortis).

The tender offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on May 1, 2019, unless extended or earlier terminated. Because the aggregate principal amount of the Notes validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) on or prior to the Early Tender Date exceeded the Maximum Tender Amount, Fortis will accept only the Notes tendered on or prior to the Early Tender Date on a prorated basis as provided in the Offer to Purchase and will not accept any Notes tendered after the Early Tender Date.

Fortis’ obligation to purchase any Notes in the tender offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions (other than the Waneta Sale Condition, which is now satisfied) set forth in the Offer to Purchase.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as dealer manager for the tender offer. The information agent and tender agent is D.F. King & Co., Inc. Copies of the Offer to Purchase and related tender offer materials are available by contacting D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (800) 820-2415 (toll-free), (212) 269-5550 (banks and brokers) or email Questions regarding the tender offer should be directed to Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC at (800) 828-3182 (toll-free) or (212) 902-6351 (collect).

This media release does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders with respect to the Notes.

The tender offer for the Notes is only being made pursuant to the tender offer documents, including the Offer to Purchase that Fortis has distributed to Holders. The tender offer is not being made to Holders in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the tender offer is required to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, it shall be deemed to be made by the dealer manager or any other licensed broker or dealer on behalf of Fortis.

About Fortis

Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with 2018 revenue of C$8.4 billion and total assets of approximately C$53 billion as at December 31, 2018. The Corporation’s 8,800 employees serve utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries.

For more information please contact

Investor Enquiries:
Ms. Stephanie Amaimo
Vice President, Investor Relations Fortis Inc.

Media Enquiries:
Ms. Karen McCarthy
Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs Fortis Inc.


Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq grandmothers to launch land title claim against gas project – Advocate Daily

HALIFAX — Three Indigenous women described as “grassroots grandmothers” who were arrested last week at a rural construction site north of Halifax have filed a title claim over land where a company plans to build a natural gas storage facility.

Their lawyer, Michael McDonald, told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Wednesday the claim is based on the Treaty of 1752 with the Crown.

“The notice of motion is for an aboriginal title claim for the lands currently being used by Alton Gas,” McDonald said.

He said an injunction would also be filed to prevent Alton Gas from doing further work along the Shubenacadie River at Fort Ellis while the title claim is being settled.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s clients — Darlene Gilbert, Madonna Bernard and Paula Isaac — signed a court order to abide by a temporary injunction that bars protesters from the work site.

Justice Gerald Moir scheduled Aug. 15 to consider the alleged breach of the temporary injunction by the three women, while four dates have been set aside in December for the motion on the title claim.

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Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project — Environmental Assessment Decision

From: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

News release

April 17, 2019 — St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Canada is protecting the environment and growing the economy.

Today, the Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O’Regan, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the proposed Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and the proposed Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project are not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account.

The decision was informed by meaningful consultations with Indigenous Peoples, public input and scientific evidence, including Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.

Both projects are subject to approximately 90 legally-binding conditions the proponents must fulfill. These conditions will reduce or eliminate potential effects of the projects on the environment.

For example, the proponents will be required to mitigate and monitor potential effects on marine habitat, including those related to the treatment of waste discharges, reduce supply vessel speed when marine mammals are observed nearby, verify underwater noise levels, and conduct a survey to identify and avoid corals or sponges at each wellsite.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing legally-binding conditions listed in the Minister’s Environmental Assessment Decision Statements.


“The Government of Canada is working with Canadians across the country to protect the environment and grow the economy. By evaluating projects based on sound science and Indigenous knowledge, and putting in place legally-binding measures, we can protect our water and our air while supporting our communities.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“All Newfoundlanders and Labradorians know how important offshore oil and gas is for the future of our province. These exploration projects provide excellent opportunities for jobs while providing operators with critical information regarding the potential of their offshore plays. The Government continues its commitment to protect the environment while growing the economy, creating secure jobs for our country’s middle class.”

– The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services

Quick facts

  • The exploration drilling projects, proposed by Equinor Canada Ltd. and ExxonMobil Canada Ltd., are located approximately 460 kilometres and 265 kilometres, respectively, east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Government’s Interim Approach and Principles for environmental assessments ensures that project decisions are informed by meaningful consultations with Indigenous Peoples, public input and scientific evidence, including Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, and an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • This decision follows thorough and science-based environmental assessments conducted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency with the participation of Indigenous groups, the public, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, and federal departments including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Health Canada, and Transport Canada.

Associated links


Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Marissa Harfouche
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency


Government of Canada announces a new maritime information system pilot project in partnership with the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council

From: Transport Canada

April 17, 2019 Truro Heights, Nova Scotia

Protecting the marine environment and all users of Canada’s oceans and waterways is of paramount importance. Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous peoples and in close collaboration with local stakeholders and coastal communities to protect Canada’s unique marine environment from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Sean Fraser, with Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, Bill Casey, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced $877,838 for the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council to participate in a pilot project to develop, test, and evaluate a new maritime awareness information system. This national system is a key component of the Oceans Protection Plan’s Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness (EMSA) Initiative.

The web-based system will display a range of valuable near real-time maritime information, including data on vessel traffic, weather, and marine protected areas. As one of 10 Indigenous organizations across Canada participating in the pilot project, the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council will test, provide feedback, and apply their local, traditional knowledge to improve and develop the system.

The Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council is contributing fishing vessels, beginning in the spring, to test the system in a real-world, on-water environment. This input is a critical part of informing changes and updates to the system, so that the system can meet the needs of coastal communities across Canada.

The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. This national strategy is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders, and coastal communities.


“The Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan is a significant project that exemplifies collaboration and innovation. The work being done with our Indigenous partners, including the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council, is crucial to the success of this pilot project. Thanks to the progress we are making on projects like this, our marine safety system is stronger now than it has ever been.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of local knowledge and expertise in decision making. Our Government is grateful for the collaboration and partnership with Indigenous organizations, including the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council, to develop and test this new maritime awareness information system.”

Sean Fraser
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Member of Parliament for Central Nova

“This Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative will improve the accessibility of maritime information, and in the case of the coastal communities including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick, will improve safety for fishing vessel crews at sea, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous commercial fishing vessels will have access to a wide range of new, useful information.”

Bill Casey
Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada has announced over 50 initiatives under the Oceans Protection Plan since its launch in November, 2016.
  • The five-year, $62.5 million Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness (EMSA) Initiative was announced in November 2017.
  • The EMSA system will help coastal communities access relevant data so they can make local decisions to plan vessel routes, identify sensitive areas, increase safety on the water, and help protect the environment.

Associated links


Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa


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