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NB Government: Premier to participate in pro-pipeline rally in Saskatchewan

15 February 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Blaine Higgs is travelling to Saskatchewan to take part in a pro-pipeline rally near the town of Moosomin on Saturday.

“As political leaders, it is our job to stand up for the livelihoods of the people we represent,” said Higgs. “In New Brunswick, that means continuing to fight for the Energy East pipeline and the economic benefits it represents. This is about improving our economy, putting Canadians to work and protecting our access to oil, now and in the future.”

Higgs will be speaking at the event, as will Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Sen. Denise Batters and federal official Opposition leader Andrew Scheer.

Energy East was a proposed large-scale pipeline project that would have brought western Canadian oil to Saint John for export. It would have also involved investment in a new marine shipping terminal and oil storage facility. The project was cancelled last fall.

There had been plans for a 1.05-million-barrel tank farm at the Moosomin Compressor Station and a feeder pipeline to Cromer, Man.

The rally will focus on the energy industry and on the challenges faced by other local resource industries, such as potash and agriculture, due to the amount of oil being transported by rail rather than by pipelines.


Nova Scotia Chiefs Want Indigenous Child Welfare Legislation

February 15, 2019

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs (Assembly) have called upon the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada to bring forth the important discussions of the Indigenous Family and Unity Act, with the proposed changes that First Nations communities, across Canada, have collectively brought forward.

The legislation, in its current form, does not recognize the inherent right to self-government which would allow First Nation communities to rightfully assume jurisdiction and governance over their own child welfare matters without the permission of Governments. The Assembly, alongside many other First Nations groups, want Canada to move forward and properly address this by working with our people in an equal and respectful manner.

“We know our communities and our people best,” said Chief Paul J. Prosper, Justice Lead for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “It is not acceptable for Canada to force us to require the consent of the Provinces and Canada prior to taking jurisdiction over our children and families. This approach is contrary to The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

The Assembly has been working on child welfare matters since 2014 and launched a video today to show the Federal Government exactly what is being done in Nova Scotia. Video can be found at:

“There has been a failure by other governments to protect our most vulnerable – our children,” continued Chief Prosper. “They have been removed from their families, homes and communities. They have lost their language, their culture, their identity. It is time for Canada to give us back ownership of this issue so that we can begin to heal from the harms that have taken place. It is time to implement the first five Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on child welfare. We need to ensure our children are safe in their own communities. We can only do that if we have jurisdiction and the financial means to support this work.”

“We hope that through this video, they will see that not only do we have the capacity to take on this important work, but more importantly the need and community support,” said Chief Prosper.


For more information contact:

Crystal Dorey, Communication Officer
Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office


Innu court interpreters underpaid, Sheshatshiu’s justice co-ordinator says – CBC

David Penashue says there’s not enough incentive to fill key justice roles in Labrador

Feb 15, 2019

With language cited as a big barrier facing Innu people that are going through the justice system in Labrador, the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation (SIFN) says keeping courtrooms staffed with Innu interpreters is no easy task.

“Right now, there are a lot of files of First Nation people from here, from Natuashish and Sheshatshiu,” justice co-ordinator David Penashue said.

“We had some people that tried to apply for it but they are having a hard time. They [needed] a babysitter to work there.”

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Memorial U of Newfoundland: $16-million investment focuses on climate change, coastal communities

February 14, 2019

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) has launched its next phase of ocean research, with a plan to invest approximately $16 million in projects that will examine climate change and how changes to the North Atlantic impact coastal communities.

The funds will be distributed through a two-phased, peer-reviewed application process. OFI, a partnership led by Memorial, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island, seeks collaborative proposals from consortia representing academic, government, business, Indigenous and international researchers, Indigenous leaders and coastal community members.

To qualify, each project must be led by a principal investigator who is a faculty or staff member, or adjunct faculty, at one of OFI’s lead partner universities.

“OFI is all about research, and research, when tackled collaboratively has the ability to resolve many of the issues that challenge our one, common ocean,” said Dr. Paul Snelgrove, OFI’s associate scientific director. “And, research also has the ability to help us leverage the many opportunities the ocean offers.”

OFI was established in September 2016 thanks to an investment of $227 million from the Government of Canada and various private and public-sector organizations.

The funding is primarily used to support ocean research projects that explore innovative approaches to ensure sustainable management of North Atlantic use. OFI currently has 16 large research projects underway; each are expected to be completed in 2022.

Designed through consultation

Through a four-month consultation process, OFI’s management team sought input on its second phase of research, scheduled to run from late 2019 to 2023.

Compared to Phase 1, OFI’s next phase will support fewer projects but will provide more resources per project.

OFI expects to fund two to five research projects which would each receive about $1 million per year in funding to investigate the following topics:

  • The North Atlantic as a Climate Ocean — This theme centres on understanding the role of ocean dynamics and climate in the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic gateways. Through research, OFI seeks an improved understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes governing climate, productivity and ecosystem structure.
  • Coastal Communities and the Ocean — Canada’s coastal communities face significant challenges and opportunities in their interactions with the ocean. These include both climate and human-induced ecosystem alteration, shifts in fishery abundance and distribution, sea level rise, as well as rapidly-evolving social, institutional and economic conditions. Research projects will address how changing ocean dynamics impact coastal communities and how rapidly-evolving social and economic conditions impact the marine environment.

“By working together, we will generate research results that intersect the economy, environment and societal well-being. And we will put our research to work, ensuring those who depend on the ocean have the tools necessary to respond to ongoing change,” said Dr. Snelgrove.

The deadline to submit Expression of Interest is April 11.

Learn more about OFI’s second phase of research and how to apply online.

Patti Lewis is a communications advisor for the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). She can be reached at


Memorial U of Newfoundland: One-of-a-kind: Connecting to Labrador roots while helping lead critical marine research

February 14, 2019

It’s an opportunity most undergrads never get.

Little wonder, then, that Natasha Healey jumped at the chance to help run one of Memorial’s most progressive science labs – one of only two in Canada and one of four such facilities in North America.

The third-year undergraduate geography and earth sciences student in the bachelor of science program manages the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist, anti-colonial lab specializing in monitoring plastic pollution.

As manager, she says she organizes lab meeting times, does upkeep of the lab and manages members’ hours.

“In terms of technician work, I cut open the digestive tract of marine animals and go through water trawls in an effort to look for microplastics,” Ms. Healey told the Gazette during a visit to the facility, tucked away in a corner of the first floor of the Science building on the St. John’s campus.

“We do this by putting the contents of the digestive tract and the water trawls through three different-sized sieves. Then, we pick out what we think could be plastics, dry what we find in coffee filters for a minimum of five days and then we look at the contents of the coffee filters under a microscope to determine if they are in fact plastics.”

Labrador roots

The research, Ms. Healey says, is unique and keeps her connected to her family’s roots.

Originally from Forteau, Labrador, and currently living in Paradise, N.L., Ms. Healey is a non-resident member of NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC).

Her position was created through a partnership between NCC and the lab’s director, Dr. Max Liboiron, associate vice-president (Indigenous research) pro tempore. Through that collaboration, students from NCC get to process samples from their land.

“For me, not living in Labrador anymore, processing these samples is a very unique way to connect with the land my family is from,” said Ms. Healey.

“I also get the opportunity to go to NunatuKavut and present our findings in a community meeting,” she added. “I think this is very unique as not many undergraduate students get the opportunity to help guide a community meeting.”

Critical research

Since so many people eat wild country food, Ms. Healey says marine microplastic research is critical.

“Plastics are great absorbers of oily chemicals, chemicals that people should not be ingesting,” she said.

“When animals ingest microplastics, these oily chemicals can get absorbed into their tissue and can then be ingested by people. Knowing the ingestion rate of microplastics in marine animals is so important, as some people depend on wild/country food all year round. For example, my family in Labrador eats wild food like cod, char, duck and other seabirds four or five times a week.”

With the new knowledge and experiences she’s gained from working in CLEAR, Ms. Healey says she is eager to continue her studies and has her sights set on graduate school.

“After my undergrad, I hope to do a graduate studies program where I can continue to do marine microplastic research.”

Jeff Green is a senior communications advisor with the Office of the Vice-President (Research). He can be reached at


Nelson White – Gazette

Feb. 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the fall 2018 issue of the Newfoundland Quarterly. Republished with permission.

When and where were you born? Way back in 1966 in Flat Bay, Newfoundland. My parents still live there.

When and where did you study? Art school was the Bay St. George Community College in Stephenville, and afterwards the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

How would you describe your style of work? I am a representational painter whose subject matter tends to be Indigenous (as it’s who I am). My work is about displaying natives in a modern setting, telling stories of who we are now.

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Fortis Inc. Announces Second Quarter Dividends

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador, Feb. 14, 2019 — The Board of Directors of Fortis Inc. (“Fortis” or the “Corporation”) (TSX/NYSE:FTS) has declared the following dividends:

  1. $0.3063 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “F” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019;
  2. $0.2745625 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “G” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019;
  3. $0.15625 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “H” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019;
  4. $0.19389315 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “I” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019;
  5. $0.2969 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “J” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019;
  6. $0.2453125 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “K” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019, provided, for greater certainty, that if no such Series “K” shares are outstanding on such date as a result of the exercise by Shareholders of their right to convert Series “K” shares into Cumulative Redeemable Floating Rate First Preference Shares, Series “L” of the Corporation effective March 1, 2019 (the “Conversion Right”), no such dividend shall be payable;
  7. $0.23170137 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “L” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019, provided, for greater certainty, that if no such Series “L” shares are issued on March 1, 2019 pursuant to the Conversion Right, no such dividend shall be payable;
  8. $0.25625 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series “M” of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019; and
  9. $0.45 per share on the Common Shares of the Corporation, payable on June 1, 2019 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on May 17, 2019.

The Corporation has designated the common share dividend and preference share dividends as eligible dividends for federal and provincial dividend tax credit purposes.

About Fortis
Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with 2017 revenue of C$8.3 billion and total assets of approximately C$50 billion as at September 30, 2018. The Corporation’s 8,500 employees serve utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries.

Fortis shares are listed on the TSX and NYSE and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at,, or

For more information please contact:
Investor Enquiries
Ms. Stephanie Amaimo
Vice President, Investor Relations
Fortis Inc.
Media Enquiries
Ms. Karen McCarthy
Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs
Fortis Inc.


We are all students – Gazette

Erica Hurley is a Mi’kmaw nurse educator at Grenfell Campus’ Western Regional School of Nursing.

Recognizing the need for Indigenous knowledge and views in the Memorial University community, Ms. Hurley regularly contributes her perspectives, information and support for the continued inclusion of Indigenous content in Memorial’s nursing program and other initiatives.

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Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project – Public Comments Invited

February 14, 2019 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting federal environmental assessments for the proposed Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and the proposed Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project, located approximately 460 kilometres and 265 kilometres, respectively, east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The projects are undergoing separate coordinated environmental assessments. As the projects significantly overlap in content, one joint draft Environmental Assessment Report and two sets of potential environmental assessment conditions have been drafted for the projects.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of both projects and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the proposed follow-up programs.

The Agency also invites comments on the potential conditions for the Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project and on the potential conditions for the Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project. Final conditions would become legally binding on the proponents if the projects are allowed to proceed.

These projects have benefited from several public and Indigenous consultation opportunities. This is the final public comment period in the process.

All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by March 16, 2019 to:

Flemish Pass and Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Projects
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564

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Marissa Harfouche
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency


Millbrook chief wants Indigenous monitors to be able to shut down Alton gas project – CBC

‘To be able to walk into that building, shut it off so that way it does not cause any more detrimental harm’

Feb 14, 2019

A Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw chief wants more Indigenous oversight of the proposed Alton natural gas storage project near Stewiacke, N.S. — including the power to shut down operations.

Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade made the assertion before a Canadian Senate committee meeting last week.

The hearing was about marine protected areas, but Gloade spoke also about Indigenous participation in environmental monitoring.

He said via videolink from Nova Scotia that First Nations should have the ability and the authority “to stop something if they see something that’s going to have a detrimental effect.”

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