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Wolastoqey Nation: Provincial Health Plan Engagement Session For Youth On April 29

April 9, 2021

As part of the Department of Health’s ongoing provincial health plan engagement process, they are holding an engagement session for youth on April 29. This will be a virtual session held with the minister via Zoom. They invite First Nations youth to participate.

Any First Nations youth wishing to participate can register here:

Meeting Registration – Zoom

Alternatively, anyone may submit their ideas via email to [email protected]


Public Advisory: Three New Cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador

April 9, 2021

Today (Friday, April 9), Newfoundland and Labrador has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The first new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 20-39 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.

The second new confirmed case is a male in the Western Health region between 40-49 years of age. The case is under investigation.

The third new confirmed case is a male in the Western Health region between 50-59 years of age. The case is under investigation.

Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine.

There are eight active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

The regional breakdown of the eight active cases is as follows:

  • Eastern Health – 3
  • Central Health – 1
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
  • Western Health – 4

There are no new recoveries and 1,007 people have recovered. No one is in hospital due to COVID-19.

To date, 126,255 people have been tested. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

There are no new presumptive positive cases.

The case reported yesterday in the Eastern Health region remains under investigation.

Due to today’s cases and out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 8996 that departed Halifax and arrived in St. John’s on Tuesday, April 6 to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, passengers can complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.

Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is asking passengers and crew who travelled on the Marine Atlantic MV Blue Puttees that departed Port aux Basques on Tuesday, April 6, and arrived in North Sydney on the same day, to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, passengers can complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811. This is due to a case detected in another province.

The most up to date vaccine data and the number of vaccine doses administered can be found on the provincial COVID-19 data hub.

People are encouraged to download COVID Alert to help reduce the spread of the virus. It is available for free through the Apple or Google Play app stores.

Public Health is reminding people about the phrase People, Space, Time, and Place.

  • People – The more people you interact with, the greater the risk of spread.
  • Space – The closer you are to others, the greater the risk of spread.
  • Time – The more time you spend with others, the greater the risk of spread.
  • Place – Indoor activities with others are more risky than outdoor activities.

People should continue to practice good infection prevention and control practices.

These practices include:

  • Stay informed, be prepared and follow Public Health advice;
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water;
  • Do not touch your face;
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Wear a non-medical mask in public indoor spaces;
  • Maintain physical distancing;
  • Increase cleanliness and ventilation of public spaces and worksites;
  • Work from home, if possible; and,
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with others.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is available online here.

Pre-registration is underway for adults who identify as Indigenous, people 70 years of age and older, and home support workers. When pre-registering, home support workers will need to indicate if they are employed by an agency or by a client of the provincial home support program.

People who have access to the Internet are encouraged as much as possible to use the online pre-registration option. They can pre-register online here. Anyone who knows of someone who is eligible to pre-register and may need assistance with online pre-registration are encouraged to help as you can pre-register on someone’s behalf. People will not receive a separate email confirmation for pre-registering online. Once a person completes the online pre-registration process, a short statement appears on the online form indicating that they have been pre-registered.

The regional health authorities will contact individuals once vaccination appointments become available. If an individual chooses email as the preferred option for communication, their regional health authority will send an email when an appointment becomes available. People should check their junk mail folder in the event that the email from the regional health authority goes there.

A telephone pre-registration option is available for people who do not have access to the Internet and cannot pre-register online. They can call 1-833-668-3930 or 709-273-3930 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit

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Media contact
Lesley Clarke
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-2910
[email protected]


Former Lieutenant-Governor invested into the Order of Canada

(Kahnawake – 8, Onerahtókha/April 2021) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to advise the community that a Mohawk Council Resolution (#1/2021-2022) to amend the Emergency Preparedness Law (“The Law”) was unanimously passed at the Tuesday, April 6th Council meeting.

The amendment allows for the instating of a Recovery Period after a State of Emergency has been lifted, to ensure a gradual transition between the height of an emergency to a state of normalcy.

Additionally, a Mohawk Council Executive Directive (#1/2021-2022) was passed to adopt regulations concerning the authority of the Commissioner of Public Safety and to appoint and attribute enforcement authority to Inspectors during the Recovery Period.

“After the COVID-19 Pandemic slows down, it’s important that we transition our governing bodies and organizations back to normal operations, and ensure we do it safely and responsibly,” said Ratsénhaienhs Frankie McComber, who holds the Public Safety portfolio. “The current law doesn’t allow for authority to continue directives to manage safety once a State of Emergency has been lifted. These amendments and regulations correct that oversight.”

The amendments and regulations grant authority to the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Council of Chiefs and Inspectors during the Recovery Period to amend, issue, or revoke existing, Directives that meet this gradual transition to normalcy.

Under Section 16 of The Law, solely during a State of Emergency, the MCK has the authority to amend existing laws that are necessary for the management of the State of Emergency. Upon conclusion of the Recovery Period, the MCK will assess and determine if the amendments will revert or undergo the Community Decision Making Process.


Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext 63251
[email protected]


NS Government: Five New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Case Identified

April 8, 2021

Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 8.

Three cases are in Central Zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

There are also two cases in Eastern Zone. Both are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

Unrelated to the cases announced today, one new UK variant case has been identified. The person is a Nova Scotia resident who is living and working outside of the province. This case has no known close contacts in Nova Scotia.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 23. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

“Day after day we are seeing the results of the hard work of Nova Scotians to keep the COVID-19 case numbers low,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s keep this up and stay ahead of the virus. Remember to follow the health protocols. We know how effective they are.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 40 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,020 Nova Scotia tests on April 7.

As of April 7, 129,809 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 30,400 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 320,908 tests. There have been 665 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 624 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I’m pleased to see our efforts to contain the virus continue to work and our case numbers are remaining low. I want to thank Nova Scotians for their continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The best way to protect one another is by wearing a mask, adhering to the gathering limits, washing your hands, staying home if you are feeling unwell and self-isolating if required.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at .

Visit to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

  • fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)


Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • sore throat
  • runny nose/nasal congestion
  • headache
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at .

Quick Facts:

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada:

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit



Premier Furey Appoints New Cabinet

April 8, 2021

At a ceremony today at Government House, the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador appointed members to his Cabinet and announced a number of changes related to department alignments.

The following is a list of Cabinet Ministers and their related departments:

  • Premier and Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs – Hon. Andrew Furey
  • Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation – Hon. Siobhan Coady
  • Minister of Education – Hon. Tom Osborne
  • Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology – Hon. Andrew Parsons, Q.C.
  • Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation and Government House Leader – Hon. Steve Crocker
  • Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills – Hon. Gerry Byrne
  • Minister of Health and Community Services – Hon. John Haggie
  • Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, and Deputy Government House Leader – Hon. Lisa Dempster
  • Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister Responsible for Labour and Minister Responsible for Workplace NL – Hon. Bernard Davis
  • Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture – Hon. Derrick Bragg
  • Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister Responsible for the Public Procurement Agency – Hon. Elvis Loveless
  • Minister of Digital Government and ServiceNL, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs – Hon. Sarah Stoodley
  • Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality – Hon. Pam Parsons
  • Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Minister Responsible for the Community Sector and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation – Hon. John Abbott
  • Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General – Hon. John Hogan, Q.C.
  • Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs and Registrar General – Hon. Krista Lynn Howell

Biographies of the Cabinet Ministers appointed today can be found in the backgrounder below.

“This is a modern Cabinet for modern times. Choosing a Cabinet from the high calibre caucus elected by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians was a difficult task, and I congratulate all Cabinet Ministers sworn in today. I am confident that our team is up to the challenge of building a better, brighter future for our province.”
Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Media contact
Meghan McCabe
Office of the Premier
[email protected]



Hon. Andrew Furey, Premier
Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Andrew Furey is a passionate orthopaedic trauma surgeon and educator with Memorial University’s School of Medicine.

Premier Furey has a diverse education, which includes a Diploma in Organizational Leadership from Oxford University and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from Memorial. His strong work ethic has earned him many local, provincial, and national awards and honours. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Canadian Red Cross and earned the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross.

In 2010, he helped create Team Broken Earth to provide medical relief after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This Newfoundland and Labrador-born charity has since expanded in size and scope. Today, over 1,500 volunteers from across Canada, the US, and UK have participated in medical missions to Haiti as well as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. On top of that, Premier Furey helped found A Dollar A Day Foundation to support mental health initiatives across Canada.

Premier Furey enjoys spending time with his wife, Allison, and their children Maggie, Rachael and Mark. He credits his family for helping him stay grounded and maintain his perspective on what matters most – love, empathy, and making a difference.

He was sworn in as the 14th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on August 19, 2020.

Hon. Siobhan Coady
Siobhan Coady is an award winning entrepreneur and recognized as one of the top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada. She has owned and operated companies as diverse as Newfound Genomics Inc. and Bonaventure Fisheries Inc. She is Past Chair and Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

She has chaired the regional economic development board, the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame, and has been the Campaign Chair for Red Cross. She has contributed to the Board of Directors of the St. John’s Airport Authority, the Genesis Centre, the Atlantic Innovation Council, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Genome Canada, Compute Canada and Children’s Wish to name a few.

Educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Oxford University and the University of Toronto, she is an accredited Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Accredited Public Relations Professional.

On November 30, 2015, Ms. Coady was elected to represent the District of St. John’s West in the House of Assembly. She served as the Minister of Natural Resources, Government House Leader, Deputy Government House Leader, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance since August 2019.  Prior to joining provincial politics, from 2008 to 2011, she was the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Riding of St. John’s South–Mount Pearl and Critic for Treasury Board.

Ms. Coady and her husband Pat live in St. John’s where they enjoy the outdoors and their Labrador Retrievers.

On April 8, 2021, she was sworn in as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.

Hon. Tom Osborne
A native of St. John’s, Tom Osborne attended Cabot College and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was involved with the business community for several years. Prior to entering politics he worked for Statistics Canada, Small Business Enterprise, and with the Penney Group of Companies.

He has represented his district of Waterford Valley (formerly St. John’s South) since 1996. Mr. Osborne has served as Deputy Speaker and has held several cabinet positions, including Minister of Environment, Minister of Labour, Minister of Health, and Minister of Justice.

Mr. Osborne was appointed as Speaker of the House in December, 2015, and was appointed Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Human Resource Secretariat, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation in July of 2017.

On April 8, 2021 he was re-sworn as Minister of Education.

Hon. Andrew Parsons, Q.C.
Andrew Parsons has represented the district of Burgeo – La Poile since 2011. A lifelong resident of Channel-Port aux Basques, he trained as a lawyer and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2005. Mr. Parsons practiced law in the region before entering provincial politics. He previously served as the Opposition House Leader and the opposition critic for Justice, Health and Community Services, and other key portfolios.

Mr. Parsons has served on the executive of Port aux Basques Minor Hockey, including four years as president. He served as a committee member for Port aux Basques Come Home Year 2005, a member of the Southwest Coast Marine and Mountain Zone Committee, and as a board member on the Dr. Charles L. Legrow Health Care Foundation. He has also served as president of the Port aux Basques Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized and awarded numerous times for his public service and volunteerism. He was appointed Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Attorney General, and Government House Leader in December of 2015.

On April 8, 2021, he was re-sworn as Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology.

Hon. Steve Crocker
Steve Crocker was elected to the House of Assembly in November 2014 in Trinity – Bay de Verde. Since his swearing in, Mr. Crocker has served as the opposition critic for Innovation, Business and Rural Development, including the Research & Development Corporation. Mr. Crocker has been a tireless advocate for the people of Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde, working hard to bring attention to critical infrastructure needs for the district.

He worked as an entrepreneur at his family’s business in the district of Carbonear – Trinity – Bay de Verde and resides in Heart’s Delight-Islington.

Prior to his election, he served as executive assistant to Dwight Ball, the leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Crocker was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture on December 14, 2015. He was appointed Minister of Transportation and Works in July 2017, and Minister of Justice and Public Safety and President of Treasury Board in August 2020.  He has served as Government House Leader since 2019.

On April 8, 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation and Government House Leader.

Hon. Gerry Byrne
Gerry Byrne has had a long and successful career in federal politics, having served as the Member of Parliament for Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte beginning in 1996. Mr. Byrne was re-elected six times to the Parliament of Canada.

From 2002 until 2004, Mr. Byrne served as the Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; the youngest cabinet member in Newfoundland and Labrador history. He was parliamentary secretary to several key cabinet members. He has also served in a lead role on a number of influential government standing committees.

Prior to entering politics, Mr. Byrne worked as an economic development officer on the Great Northern Peninsula, during which time he was involved in numerous projects from varying segments of the provincial economy, including the renewable and non-renewable resource sectors. He was born and raised in Corner Brook. Mr. Byrne completed his post-secondary education at Dalhousie University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Mr. Byrne was appointed Minister of Advanced Education and Skills on December 14, 2015, and Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources on July 31, 2017.  He was appointed to serve as Minister of Immigration, Skills and Labour and Minister Responsible for Workplace NL in August 2020.

On April 8, 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills.

Hon. John Haggie
Born in England, the Honourable John Haggie completed his medical studies at Victoria University in Manchester. He held several positions as physician, surgeon, tutor and registrar in the North West region of England and after a two-year fellowship, he received a doctorate in cancer research.

Since moving to Canada in the early nineties, Minister Haggie has had a long and distinguished career in medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador. He practiced initially as a general surgeon in St. Anthony with the Grenfell Region Health Services. In 1997, he was appointed attending surgeon of general and vascular surgery at James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander. In 2008, he was appointed Chief of Staff at James Paton Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Haggie served as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association.

In Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2015 general election, he was elected MHA for the District of Gander and appointed to Cabinet to serve as the Minister of Health and Community Services, and continues to serve in that portfolio.

Dr. Haggie resides in Gander with his wife Jeanette and two Westies, Chloe and Gracie.

Hon. Lisa Dempster
Lisa Dempster was first elected to the House of Assembly in 2013 in her home district of Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair. Ms. Dempster was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly in December 2015. In July 2017, Ms. Dempster was appointed Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities.  She also served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment in 2019.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Labrador, Ms. Dempster attended Memorial University, and worked in the tourism and hospitality industry. She worked for 23 years as a career and employment counsellor, including 10 years with the NunatuKavut Community Council, of which Ms. Dempster is a member.

Ms. Dempster also served as Deputy Mayor of Charlottetown as well as the Labrador Director on Municipalities NL’s Board of Directors. Before entering public office, she served as a trustee with the Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority Board, a member of the Memorial University Faculty of Medicine’s Admissions Committee, Chair of the Charlottetown Literacy Committee and Co-Chair of the Region’s Literacy Committee.

She represented the province for six years on the National Steering Committee of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, sharing her perspective on the opportunities and challenges for women interested in pursuing public office.

Ms. Dempster is married with two children: Nicholas (now deceased) and Natalie. She makes her home in Charlottetown, Labrador with her husband, Gaius, and daughter, Natalie.

On April 8, 2021, she was sworn in as Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, and Deputy Government House Leader.

Hon. Bernard Davis
Bernard Davis is a lifelong resident of St. John’s, a dedicated community volunteer, and someone who is committed to enhancing and promoting community development issues across the province. A graduate of Memorial University (Bachelor of Commerce), Mr. Davis served as the Executive Director and Program Coordinator of the Church Lad’s Brigade (C.L.B.) and as an elected Councillor at St. John’s City Hall before entering provincial politics.

In 2015 Mr. Davis was elected to represent the District of Virginia Waters – Pleasantville, and has served as Parliamentary Secretary to both the Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister of Service NL.

He was appointed Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour in November of 2018, and Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation in August of 2020.

On April 8, 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Minister Responsible for Labour; and Minister Responsible for Workplace NL.

Hon. Derrick Bragg
Derrick Bragg was born and raised in the small community of Greenspond, where he was employed in the municipal sector for 30 years as town clerk/manager. He was a strong advocate of community engagement and volunteered on various committees including fire chief for 28 years. Mr. Bragg served on the board of directors for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Municipal Administrators for eight years, five of which was in the capacity of president.

He was elected on November 30, 2015 and re-elected May 16, 2019. Mr. Bragg was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment on September 13, 2019.  In August 2020, he was sworn in as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister Responsible for the Public Procurement Agency.

On April 8, 2021, he was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.

Hon. Elvis Loveless
Elvis Loveless is originally from Seal Cove, Fortune Bay, and is the proud father of two children, Kaitlyn and Ryan. His path to government included community service, commerce and business related work experience, and several years of post-secondary education in business administration and public administration.

He has also been dedicated to charitable work involving children, particularly his responsibilities as a Cabinet Committee Member of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation fundraising campaign, which raised $3.6 million for cancer patients in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Loveless was elected to the House of Assembly on May 16, 2019.  In August 2020, he was appointed as Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.

On April 8, 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister Responsible for the Public Procurement Agency.

Hon. Sarah Stoodley
Sarah Stoodley (M.A., B.Comm Co-op) was elected to the House of Assembly on May 16, 2019.

Ms. Stoodley grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, lived and worked for three years in Oxford, UK and has built a successful career as a digital expert in financial services.

She was an elected alumni representative on the Memorial University Board of Regents and served on the C.A. Pippy Park Commission Board and the Tech NL (NATI) Board.

On April 8, 2021, she was re-sworn as Minister of Digital Government and ServiceNL, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

Hon. Pam Parsons
Pam completed her degree in Political Science at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS in 2003, prior to completing her Program in Radio Television Arts at Kingstec, NSCC in the Annapolis Valley, NS, where she graduated with a Major in Broadcast Journalism. Upon completion of her studies in the Valley, Pam put her education and skills to work when she was hired a CBC’s Here and Now in St. John’s.

While reporting for TV News she also filed for CBC Radio. She was also employed as an on-air Journalist and Producer at Rogers TV ,Out of the Fog. In 2009 Pam moved to Owen Sound, Ontario where she was a Reporter and the Producer for First Local News, Rogers TV.

It was not long before she then accepted a position at NTV News, where she worked as a Video Journalist before making the transition to Political Life. In 2013 Pam was hired to work on the Liberal Leadership and multiple by-elections. She was elected to the House of Assembly in 2015 to represent the district of Harbour Grace – Port de Grave to present.

Pam has served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Transportation and Works. She was the Deputy Chair or Committees. She is currently only the third woman in the history of Responsible Government in NL to serve as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. Pam was recently elected by all female MHAs to serve as the Representative for NL as the Women’s Commonwealth Parliamentarian – CWP.

On April 8, 2021, she was sworn in as Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality.

Hon. John Abbott
John is one of ten children born to William and Angela Abbott (nee Ennis) and was raised in the family home on Portugal Cove Road in what is now the District of St. John’s East – Quidi Vidi. This is where he played as a boy, went to school, and spent most of his adult life. He graduated from Gonzaga High School and attended Memorial University where he met his wife, Colleen Hanrahan, in a Political Science class in 1977. John went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Economics) at Memorial and a Master of Arts (Public Administration) at Carleton University. Following graduation, he moved to the district and started work with the Provincial Department of Finance.

John was Deputy Minister of Health, Municipal and Provincial Affairs, and Transportation and Works, Assistant Deputy Minister of Treasury Board, and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing. He has served under six premiers, and was awarded the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the Pottle Award for promoting mental health in the community.

John is the former CEO of the NL Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and former CEO of the Health Council of Canada. As Deputy Minister of Health and Community Services, he led the development of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.

He has served on national and provincial boards and was also President of Kiwanis Music Festival, and board member of the Jimmy Pratt Foundation, and Canadian Corps of Commissionaires-NL. He is an avid hiker, having backpacked across Newfoundland and in Europe, and slept under the stars in the Antarctic.

On April 8, 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Minister Responsible for the Community Sector, and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.

Hon. John Hogan, Q.C.
John is an active member in the community and has served as a member of the Board of Regents at Memorial University, a board member of the St. John’s Port Authority, and a bencher at the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. John Lives in St. John’s with his wife, Gillian, and daughter, Maggie.

On April 8, 2021, he was sworn in as Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General.

Hon. Krista Lynn Howell
As a Girl Guide leader, youth mentor, and swim team coach, her time was spent encouraging and supporting others. Her passion for helping people grew in the ten years she worked as registered nurse. For the past six years she has also served the community through involvement in municipal council, most notably being appointed St. Anthony’s first female mayor in fall 2019.

She became known for her wise decision making, calm confidence, and persistence on issues that mattered. This new role also gave her the opportunity to sit on the regional Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council where she became familiar with the many issues facing the whole region, and continued to advocate for the people of the Great Northern Peninsula.

On April 8, 2021, she was sworn in as Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs and Registrar General.


First Nation Stakes Claim To NS Elvers –

April 08 2021

First Nation treaty rights are again under the spotlight following a recent Nova Scotia incident involving federal fishing authorities and Sipekne’katik fishermen’s right to fish for a modern livelihood. Officers a little over a week ago confronted several fishermen as they were dipping for baby eels – a highly regulated natural commodity in a multimillion-dollar fishing industry.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada earlier this year announced new restrictions limiting the size of baby eels caught under food, ceremonial and social licenses to 10 centimetres. According to the provisions of the latest limitations, no FSC licence permits for the catching or retention of elvers under the new minimum allowable size.

The latest restriction was according to a DFO statement implemented over concerns about conservation and the protection of the American eel.

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Elsipogtog First Nation Nominated in Top 4 for Kraft HockeyVille – The Brunswickan

Elsipogtog First Nation has made it to the top 4 for Kraft Hockeyville, a nationwide competition that has a $250 000 grand prize in arena repairs and, if won, would bring a pre-season NHL game to New Brunswick.

Kraft Hockeyville is an annual competition sponsored by Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League, and the NHL Players Association. It is designed for communities to demonstrate their love of hockey and commitment to the sport.

The arena in Elsipogtog First Nation, the Chief Young Eagle Recreation Center, was damaged in September and required many upgrades to repair it.

“The arena in Elsipogtog was damaged in a fire last September, so winning this competition is something the community is hoping for,” explained Kylie Francis, UNB Student and member of Elsipogtog First Nation.

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NS Government: Amendments to Electricity Act Create New Renewable Energy Opportunities

April 7, 2021

The province is creating new pathways to clean, renewable energy sources with amendments to the Electricity Act introduced today, April 7, by Energy and Mines Minister Chuck Porter.

“Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change and we have set some of the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the country,” said Mr. Porter. “The amendments we’re introducing will help grow the solar industry in Nova Scotia, creating green jobs while giving individuals, communities and businesses more options to use renewable energy sources and keeping rates stable. This is the first step to creating new solar programs in Nova Scotia.”

The new Shared Solar Program will reduce barriers to solar adoption for communities and businesses. It will also allow those renting an apartment to adopt solar energy through a shared ownership or subscription model. Details of the program will be determined in consultation with communities and stakeholders, to respond to local concerns and needs.

Under the new program, municipalities, First Nation bands, co-ops, and not-for-profits can create community solar gardens which can help reduce energy poverty and directly benefit communities.

Amendments will also allow non-residential customers to scale up their solar installations while still benefiting from the program. A new project cap will be determined through stakeholder engagement.

The amendments introduced to the Electricity Act will continue to expand the options for renewable energy by creating an avenue for community-driven renewable energy projects and the potential for green jobs. It will not affect power rates for those not participating.


We were excited to learn of the announcement of the Shared Solar Program. Solar power in general offers great employment opportunities in renewable energy and the scale of community solar projects takes these opportunities to a higher level, involving financing, engineering and design with high quality jobs. As a company in a rural location, SKYLIT is eager to see this program develop to create these diverse opportunities for our company and for our community. Andrew Bagley, president, SKYLIT

Municipal participation in community solar is an excellent way for towns to generate new revenue and save money, at the least cost to ratepayers, as we transition to clean energy. Mayor Laurie Boucher, Town of Antigonish

Increased usage of solar energy is an important component of Mahone Bay’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Action Plan which aligns the town with the provincial emissions reduction goals in the Sustainable Development Goals Act. Mayor David Devenne, Town of Mahone Bay

This change in legislation will create skilled trades jobs in every corner of the province through the construction of new large-scale solar projects. Mayor Don Clarke, Town of Berwick

Quick Facts:

  • the provincial government recently announced it would join the federal government in moving to renewable energy sources for all its electricity needs by 2025 through the Green Choice program
  • in 2015, government launched the Electricity Plan to give Nova Scotians unprecedented rate stability, which will continue for at least another three years

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NS Government: Premier Taps Brison to Lead New Economic Growth Council

April 7, 2021

Premier Iain Rankin announced the creation of the Economic Growth Council, an advisory body with a mandate to position the province for economic success and grow the economy as Nova Scotia emerges from the pandemic.

He made the announcement during his state of the province address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce today, April 7.

Scott Brison, who served as the Kings-Hants member of Parliament for 22 years, Treasury Board president and now chancellor of Dalhousie University, will lead the 10-member council, which will focus its efforts on making Nova Scotia Canada’s start-up capital.

“I’m thrilled that Scott has accepted to lead the council. This is important work for our province,” said Premier Rankin. “The council is designed to serve as a resource to me and government, informing policy options and providing advice on how to attract capital into our province. We need to ensure we maximize our ability to help our companies expand and do all we can to encourage investment.”

The advisory council members reflect the diversity of Nova Scotia. They represent every region of the province and come from a cross-section of economic sectors. Their advice is crucial to ensuring government enhances the well-being of all Nova Scotians while propelling innovation and attracting smart investment.


Not since the age of sail has Nova Scotia been better positioned to lead and to prosper. The province can become a magnet for talent and knowledge-based industries built on the foundations of our traditional sectors. Smart regulatory, tax, innovation and immigration policies are essential to make Nova Scotia Canada’s start-up capital and I look forward to working with Nova Scotians to develop ideas to help advance our province. Scott Brison, Economic Growth Council lead

Quick Facts:

  • the Economic Growth Council is an independent, voluntary advisory group
  • the advisory council will be supported by the Office of Strategy Management


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Walk across the Lennox Island First Nation causeway helps with working toward reconciliation in P.E.I. – The Guardian

Apr 7, 2021


Step by step, Islanders of many backgrounds walked through the wind and rain on March 29 in an act of remembrance and healing.

Together, they crossed the causeway linking Lennox Island with the rest of P.E.I. and contemplated a time not so long ago when that journey was far from easy.

In the summer it meant a journey by boat; in the winter, it meant a dangerous, sometimes even fatal, walk across the ice.

“(There was) really a sense of real support and a sense of really wanting to move forward together,” said Sen. Brian Francis, who attended the walk. “So I felt that mostly to be very powerful.”

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