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Programs available for those facing high energy bills – Government of NB

January 16, 2018

FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are reminded that there are programs available to help them with their high energy bills during the cold winter months.

“New Brunswick has experienced frigid temperatures over the last month and with the cold comes higher energy bills to heat our homes,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “There are several programs available to help families with these bills.”

The programs available are:

  • The Home Energy Assistance Program is a one-time payment of $100 to households with a total income up to and including $30,000 in 2016. Individuals may obtain an application form online, by visiting any of the Service New Brunswick centres or by contacting the Department of Finance at 1-800-669-7070.
  • Any household that is in an emergency situation and unable to afford the cost of home heating may be eligible to receive the Emergency Fuel Benefit. The Department of Social Development will assess eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
  • There are also programs available for social assistance recipients who need help with the costs of winter heating. Recipients should speak to their Social Development case manager about the Fuel Supplement and Bulk Fuel Supplement.

“Our government is committed to helping families and children,” said Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman. “I encourage New Brunswickers who are struggling with their energy bills to learn more about these programs to help keep their homes warm and safe this winter.”

Those interested in decreasing their energy consumption may also benefit from:

  • The Low-Income Energy Savings Program helps low-income homeowners reduce their energy use and costs by targeting homes in need of major energy efficiency upgrades. The program is administered by NB Power on a first-come, first-served basis based upon the availability of program funding.
  • A number of energy efficiency programs offered by NB Power to help customers control their monthly bills and reduce reliance on fossil-fuel including the Home Insulation Energy Savings Program, the Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program, the Small Business Lighting Program and the recently-launched Industrial Program, along with in-store rebates on eligible energy-efficient products every October and April.

New Brunswickers who are having a difficult time paying their energy bills should contact their provider to make mutually agreeable payment arrangements:

  • NB Power, 1-800-663-6272
  • Saint John Energy, 1-877-907-5550
  • Edmundston Energy, 506-739-2106
  • Perth-Andover Electric Light Commission, 506-273-4958

Media Contact(s)

Sarah Bustard, communications, Department of Finance, 506-444-5026,

Anne Mooers, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3494,

Communications, NB Power, 506-458-2345.


Mi’kmaq districts invite PM to meet, redefine ‘nation-to-nation’ dealings – CBC

Representatives present private document, ask Trudeau to forego relationship with AFN

Two Mi’kmaq women are waiting on Justin Trudeau’s RSVP to a nation-to-nation meeting in Nova Scotia, outside of Canada’s relationship with the Assembly of First Nations.

During the first stop on Justin Trudeau’s three-day town hall tour of Canada, Michelle Paul and Rebecca Moore circled the gym at Sackville High School, waiting for a chance for a one-on-one with the PM.

Paul says she locked eyes with Trudeau during his response to another question and felt “peace” wash over her.

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We Matter and Facebook host first national #HopeForum

Indigenous youth from across the country gather for forum on healing and life promotion

OTTAWA, Jan. 15, 2018 – On January 21 and 22, Indigenous youth representing every province and territory will attend the first ever #HopeForum to address the suicide crisis impacting their communities. The two-day forum, hosted and facilitated by We Matter and Facebook, will enable youth to explore their own needs as advocates and leaders of change in their communities, while providing concrete tools to support healing, self-care, and online safety.

Media are invited to join youth, policy makers, and community leaders on Monday, January 22nd for a national roundtable session on suicide, healing and life promotion, where youth will present concrete recommendations for change.


#HopeForum National Youth Roundtable discussion, including remarks from Minister
Jane Philpott and interactive discussion and Q&A between youth and policy makers.


Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Rd, Vanier, ON


Monday, January 22, 1:30 – 3:30 pm


  • 70 First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth from across Canada
  • Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Tunchai and Kelvin Redvers, founders of We Matter
  • Antigone Davis, head of global safety, Facebook and Kevin Chan, head of public policy,
    Facebook Canada


Local media are invited to attend in person (cameras are allowed). Please contact Jessie
Sitnick for more information: 

National media can also join via Facebook Live:

“There’s often a lack of emphasis on youth voices in the national discussion on issues that affect us, like suicide. But youth have answers, if we take the time to listen,” says Tunchai Redvers, co-founder of We Matter. Tunchai and her brother, Kelvin Redvers, launched We Matter in 2016 to give Indigenous youth a platform and community to encourage hope and overcome feelings of isolation. “For the first time ever, Indigenous youth will come together from every corner of Canada to discuss these issues on their own terms, on a national stage.”

Last fall, We Matter and Facebook partnered on the launch of a PSA targeting Indigenous youth, which focused on how to use the social platform to get help for friends in crisis. #HopeForum participants will be offered a special training session on Facebook’s suicide prevention tools from the platform’s global safety experts. “We know that Indigenous youth are super-users of social media,” says Kevin Chan, head of public policy for Facebook Canada. “We want to ensure our platform gives youth the tools to support each other and build meaningful connections across communities.”

A highlight of the forum will include a national roundtable discussion with policy makers, community leaders, and media, with the aim of developing a list of actionable solutions and recommendations for bringing change to Indigenous communities.

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, will also attend the roundtable to listen and engage with youth about their specific ideas for addressing the issue of suicide. “Hearing directly from youth at the #HopeForum will be very helpful,” says Minister Philpott. “I look forward to participating in this event. Discussions like this are critical for building hope and charting a path forward together in reconciliation.”

More than 70 youth, including the AFN National Youth Council, will attend the forum. This includes Chloe Dixon, a 17-year-old from Eden Valley First Nation, Alberta. Chloe wants to use the #HopeForum to connect with youth from communities like hers, “I would take the information of We Matter back to my reserve, giving the community hope, but also to share with the youth so they could understand it is possible for change and hope.”

About Facebook Canada
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. More than 23 million Canadians use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc. All other brand or product names mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

About We Matter
We Matter is an Indigenous-led and nationally registered non-profit organization that is committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope and life promotion. Their mission is to communicate to Indigenous youth that they matter, and to provide resources to encourage and support those going through a hard time while fostering unity and resiliency.

For further information: and to schedule interviews with spokespeople and youth, contact: Jessie Sitnick, 416-859-8250,


Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project – Public Comments Invited

From Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

January 15, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project located 10 kilometres west of St. Lewis, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. Comments received will be taken into consideration in finalizing the EIS Guidelines before issuing them to the proponent, Search Minerals Inc.

This is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the project. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments in either official language must be submitted by February 14, 2018 to:

Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project
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


Acadia seeks nominations for next Chancellor

January 15, 2018

Dr. Libby Burnham’s term as Chancellor of Acadia University expires in June 2018. Having served two terms, Dr. Burnham, Acadia’s 6th Chancellor and first woman to hold the post, has decided to not seek re-appointment. Therefore, Acadia’s Board of Governors has authorized, in accordance with Board Policy C.020 Chancellor, Appointment and Renewal, the establishment of a Search Committee to find her successor.

The Chancellor is an honorary officer who presides over and assists in all ceremonies of the University, including convocation, and is a member of the Board of Governors and Senate.

Any person who wishes to nominate an individual for the position of Chancellor may do so. Nominations are submitted confidentially, and nominators should not contact the individual they are nominating or let them know that they are being nominated. Nominators should use the attached Nomination Form to submit a nomination to the Committee.

Consistent with Acadia’s commitment to equity and diversity, we encourage nominations of individuals from designated equity groups including Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and people of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Nominations should be forwarded by February 5, 2018 under confidential cover to:

Kathy O’Connor, Secretary
Search Committee for the Chancellor
c/o Office of the Board of Governors, Room 216
Acadia University, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

To download the nomination form click here.


Man injured during home invasion, police searching for suspects – RCMP Northeast District

January 15, 2018
Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, New Brunswick

The Northeast District RCMP is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a violent home invasion on Esgenoôpetitj First Nation.

On January 15, 2018, around 2 a.m., the Neguac Detachment of the Northeast District RCMP were called to a home on Bayview Drive following the report of a home invasion by two people in masks. When they arrived on the scene, they located a 23-year-old man who had been shot in the leg. The man was taken to the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst with what is believed to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who may know the identity of the two masked suspects, is asked to call the Neguac Detachment of the Northeast District RCMP at 506-766-3000. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP212 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at


Contact information

Sgt. Marc Beaupré
RCMP Northeast District
Neguac Detachment


Government of Canada releases further details on federal carbon-pollution pricing system

January 15, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canadians know that pollution isn’t free. They see the costs in droughts, floods, extreme weather events, and the impacts to their health. A price on carbon pollution is one of the most efficient tools we have to fight climate change and drive clean innovation. That’s why the federal government is working with provinces and territories to put a price on carbon across the country.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, released draft legislative proposals relating to the proposed federal carbon pricing system for public comment. This system would apply in provinces and territories that request it and in those that don’t have a system in place, which meets the federal standard in 2018.

Minister McKenna also released for comment a regulatory framework describing the proposed federal approach to carbon pricing for large industrial facilities. This component of the federal pricing system would create a price incentive for large industrial facilities to reduce emissions while limiting the potential impacts of carbon pricing on their international competitiveness. The system is designed to reward facilities with efficient operations and support clean innovation.

Right now, carbon pricing is in place in four provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec), covering more than 80 percent of the population. All provinces have committed to adopt some form of carbon pricing.

The Government will continue to engage provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples, industry, environmental groups, and other stakeholders on the design of the federal carbon pricing system during the winter and spring of 2018.

The draft legislative proposals and the framework released today build on the pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing, announced in October 2016. The documents represent the next step in the development of the federal system, and they are a follow-up to a technical paper on federal carbon pricing released in May 2017.

Comments on the draft legislative proposals to implement the federal carbon pricing system are welcome until February 12, 2018, at

Comments on the regulatory framework are welcome until April 9, 2018, at

The combination of existing provincial carbon pricing systems, new provincial and territorial carbon pricing systems, and the federal system would ensure a price on carbon across Canada.

Global momentum is driving cleaner economic growth, and many Canadian businesses are already taking advantage of this opportunity. In addition to pricing carbon, the federal government is making other significant investments to enable Canadian businesses and workers to participate in the trillion-dollar opportunities offered by the world’s transition to a clean-growth economy.


“The environment and the economy go hand in hand. Four out of five Canadians live in jurisdictions that already have a price on carbon—and right now, those provinces are leading Canada in job creation. Today, we’re following through on our commitment to put a price on carbon pollution across Canada, with federal legislation and a practical approach to protect competitiveness for large industry.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Protecting our environment is essential for our plan to help Canada’s middle class and ensure their hard work results in a better and a brighter future for their kids and grandkids. To help Canadians succeed today and in the economy of tomorrow, we are making long-term investments to grow the economy in a way that ensures good jobs, healthy communities, and clean air and water.”

– Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)


Petition calls for Acadia prof to be fired for social media posts – CBC

Acadia psychology professor Rick Mehta says he’s a free speech advocate

An Acadia University professor said a petition calling for him to be removed from teaching classes at the school is “rather surreal and absurd.”

Rick Mehta — who has taught psychology at Acadia for 14 years, is under fire for social media posts on Sen. Lynn Beyak and residential schools. But Mehta said he’s practising free speech.

“You just have to laugh. The whole situation just seems just rather bizarre because I just put out a tweet … I wasn’t expecting any consequences,” said Mehta.

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Mi’kmaq, PEI property rights dispute heads to court – The Globe and Mail

A long-simmering property rights dispute between Mi’kmaq people on Prince Edward Island and the provincial government that has landmark potential will be aired in a PEI court this week.

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, which represents Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations, the two Mi’kmaq bands on PEI, has applied for judicial review of the province’s sale of a 325-acre golf course and resort property known as Mill River to a private buyer.

The Mi’kmaq assert their traditional territory once encompassed all of PEI and state in their filings that they “have never been conquered or surrendered their interests or rights with respect to these lands and water.” The Mill River land, they say, has both cultural and historical significance to Mi’kmaq people and, as such, provincial officials had a legal obligation known as “duty to consult” with the First Nations before agreeing to sell off the property. Its sale will further whittle the amount of already limited Crown land – and thus land for which Indigenous people can receive accommodations – on PEI.

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Gigantic and beautiful’: Eagle population attracts crowds to N.S. community – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jan 15, 2018 

By Aly Thomson


SHEFFIELD MILLS, N.S. _ Dozens of eagles dot the branches of tall trees overlooking a snow-covered Nova Scotia farm field, a bitter wind cutting through their wings as they take turns leaving their perches to swoop through blue skies.

A photographer snaps a photo from the edge of the quiet country road in Sheffield Mills, where roughly 150 eagles and other birds of prey convene to take advantage of the region’s chicken farms, of which there are dozens.

The rural farming community, located roughly 100 kilometres northwest of Halifax, has become a destination for shutterbugs, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists looking to take in the impressive sight.

“The birds are gigantic and beautiful,” said Megan Hodges, a member of the Sheffield Mills Community Association and a local councillor.

“They really don’t congregate like this in many other places, in Canada or the world, so it’s very cool that they are here. They’re so healthy and happy and inspiring.”

Michael Gautreau, a local resident and member of the organizing committee for an annual bird watching festival, says it’s the largest eagle population in eastern North America.

Every day between late December and late March, resident Malcolm Lake picks up a bin full of chicken carcasses _ left for him by area farmers _ and brings the scraps to the field.

He then flings them across the ground, far enough away from the corner of Bains and Middle Dyke roads so that the eagles are not disturbed by humans during their meal.

The feedings _ of which there are two or three per day _ are one reason the eagles are drawn to the region, as well as the Annapolis Valley’s slightly milder climate, which motivates birds from places like windswept Cape Breton to migrate there during the winter months.

“Many years ago, all the farmers used to just chuck out the chicken scraps on their property, so there was all sorts of availability. That stopped largely because of scares of bird flu,” said Lake, who moved to Sheffield Mills about six years ago.

Feeding the eagles during the winter is a tradition that goes back decades, and one marked each year by the Sheffield Mills Eagles Watch, which throws the annual festival.

This year’s event, the 27th annual, is being held over two weekends _ on Jan. 27 and 28 and on Feb. 3 and 4.

More than 1,000 people from across Canada and the U.S. descend upon the sleepy countryside each year for the event, braving chilly temperatures to watch the majestic birds in flight, screeching as they snatch up the free food _ sometimes clashing with each other over the scraps.

“We’re always praying to the weather gods that they will send us clear, cold weekends. The eagles love it when it’s cold and they’re really active at that time,” said Hodges on the edge of the field, as eagles floated through the air behind her.

Pancakes made with locally-sourced ingredients are served each morning of the event at the historic Sheffield Mills Community Hall, a century-old two-room schoolhouse.

New to this year’s festival is a partnership between the community association and the Glooscap First Nation, located roughly 35 kilometres southeast of Sheffield Mills.

An eagle watch kickoff party dubbed “Kitpu” _ the Mi’kmaq word for eagle _ will be held at the community hall on the evening of Jan. 26, with local food, wine and entertainment, including the Eastern Eagle Drummers. Trevor Gould of Glooscap First Nation will be outdoors by a bonfire spouting Glooscap legends and lore.

The birds are fed around 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. each day of the event.

Gautreau noted that a common misconception is that chickens are being sacrificed to feed the eagles, but they’re only fed the scraps that are leftover after processing.

“They would scavenge for that no matter what, so we’re just feeding them when the ground is snow-covered so they don’t have to hunt,” said Gautreau. “It’s a tradition and the eagles love it.”



_ The eagles are fed and convene in large numbers on the corner of Middle Dyke and Bains roads in Sheffield Mills, N.S.

_ The Sheffield Mills Eagles Watch will take place Jan. 27 and 28, and Feb. 3 and 4 between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

_ Visit for more information.


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