I took this picture today from a guy who was wearing this t-shirt.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
I walked into City on three different occasions trying to get to the bottom of this issue. This area is one of the most busiest spot in the City and no beches??? I heard this reason was they don't wish the poor to sit down on a bench?
I just happen to walk by the hallway of the Legislature and I noticed Liberal Mla's Brian Kenny and Eugene McGinley chatting with these veterans.
I decided to take a picture. At first, I didn’t know if the Quebec Security Staff would have moved I to stop me.
Hey? Now? That would have been a good blog.
Eugene introduced me to the Veterans telling them I am the Charles LeBlanc who writes letters to the Editor.
I quickly interrupted and said - Used to write letters!!
One of the old Veterans asked me if I was a reporter? I felt bad for the guy because I guess he wanted to tell me a story and there were no media people around.
I am no time to explain what was a blogger???
Yes, there are not too many veterans left in Canada. They’re droping like flies.
But if it wasn’t for them? I sure wouldn’t be bloggling!!!
I visited the little protester yesterday and I noticed this mess.
It was terrible.
The Quebec security staff always zoomed in their camera.
These are orders from the Legislative administration Committee that I should be closely monitored. I might add these members are Liberals and P.C. Mla’s.
The security must have saw me taking pictures of the ugly site because 30 minutes after I left? The crew from Supply and Services showed up to fix the problem. Power of the Blogger??? Maybe it’s all in my head???...lol
I just have been told that thousands of these tourists pamphlets were spread out in the City of Fredericton just a few weeks ago.
Days later, they were quickly picked up because they forgot to add a new restaurant.
The City have spent thousands of dollars just to add a new restaurant?
Give me a break!!!!!!
THE IRVINGS ARE IN DIRE STRAIGHT FOR MONEY!!! SHAME SHAME SHAME...WHERE'S THE FINAL REPORT OF THE SENATE???
I just receive this email a few minutes agao....can someone send me the article??? Scan it and send to me and I'll blog it!!!!
Did you know that there's an ad in the Times-Transcript today, section C-6, advertising for what appears to be a prostitute? It read something like, "For a good time in a discreet location, call Krista at..."
My brother just called and told me. He also called the paper (who is seemingly horrified that it slipped through), and called CTV, who is doing a story on Moncton prostitutes right now. Thought you might be interested what Irving papers are advertising these days!
If it was in the Irving newspaper? It must have been really bad!!!!!
NB Telegraph-Journal | Saint John
As published on page B1/B3 on June 6, 2006
Council rejects hiring intervener
Council instead to send letter voicing its preference for underwater route
Mayor Norm McFarlane ask for ruling from clerk Patrick Woods during a debate over salaries at Monday’s common council meeting.
By John Chilibeck
The city of Saint John has rejected the idea of hiring an expert to intervene on its behalf at hearings that will consider putting a pipeline through the middle of the city.
Instead, the majority of common council voted Monday night to send a letter to the National Energy Board voicing opposition. The politicians want Emera, the company behind the project, to lay the natural gas pipeline across the Bay of Fundy rather than through the city.
At times the debate got nasty. Three politicians were adamant that the city hire a professional intervener. They were steamed that city manager Terry Totten took a long time to present his report and took issue with his recommendations. Mr. Totten wrote that going through Rockwood Park was the preferred option for the city if the National Energy Board decided that a marine route was unfeasible.
Coun. John Ferguson accused the city manager of releasing the report on Monday night to take attention away from two other controversial issues: the dire pension fund deficit and the big salary increase for city managers, approved last meeting.
"This is an interesting political manoeuvre," said Mr. Ferguson, as Mayor Norm McFarlane pounded his gavel and warned him he was way out of line.
"I will not have you accuse your staff in public," the mayor said.
Coun. Ivan Court also exchanged tense words with the mayor and the city manager.
He described the proposal to send a letter as "tokenism" and slammed Mr. Totten for taking so long to respond to his request for more information on the special tax deal for the liquefied natural gas terminal, information he asked for a year ago.
Mr. Totten defended himself by saying he couldn't give sound professional advice until he saw what Emera filed with the National Energy Board. The application and documents didn't go in until last week.
When the mayor tried to silence Mr. Court for arguing with the city manager, the vocal councillor stood up and said that he was leaving. His supporters in the gallery yelled at the mayor and stormed out too. Mr. Court's brother, Bruce Court, pointed at the mayor and hollered: "You're the worst mayor this city has ever had."
After a short recess, cooler heads prevailed and Mr. Court returned to his seat.
Deputy Mayor Michelle Hooton said it was unfair that the multi-million dollar property tax concession would give little benefit to the city, while the province and the federal government would still reap a windfall in income taxes and sales tax during construction of the LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline.
She persuaded the rest of council to ask the other two levels of government to consider intervening on the city's behalf.
The vote for the city manager's recommendations passed 5 to 3, with the mayor, the deputy mayor and councillors Peter McGuire, Chris Titus and Stephen Chase supporting the motion.
A motion by Coun. Ferguson to reject the city manager and hire an intervener anyway was only supported by councillors Bill Farren and Mr. Court.
Mr. Totten wrote in his report that the municipality cannot afford to hire experts to assess the feasibility of putting a pipeline across the Bay of Fundy. Instead, he recommends that the city simply write a letter indicating it prefers the marine option, and let the National Energy Board decide if Emera's findings are true.
"Council expects the (board) on behalf of this community to pay specific attention and detail to the marine route and to hold Emera strictly accountable for the professionalism, detail and facts contained in the various studies that have concluded that the marine route is not viable," he said.
If the board rejects the marine option, Mr. Totten says the city should state its preference for the Rockwood Park route over the other land-based alternatives, south and north of the protected green space. Mr. Totten says the Rockwood Park route would cause the least disruption for citizens' lives, would not tear apart streets and sidewalks and would be much safer.
Emera has filed an application with the board stating that a marine option is too tricky. Emera has built its case around two consulting firms that its partner, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, has used before in the United States for similar projects. Both consultants warn that pipeline construction in the Bay of Fundy could cause injuries or fatalities given the harsh conditions and climate.
Will Shawn Graham show that he has it to fight against Trevor Holder in the Legislature?
I know for a fact that if Bernard Lord was in the opposition? He would bring up this issue over and over again until he would get an answer.
New Brunswickers are watching and they want some answers!!!!
I always like Fred but he has a job to do. We New Brunswickers are not allowed to write letters to the editor against the Irvings so we'll use the column in this blog!
NB Telegraph-Journal | Fred Hazel - People and Places
As published on page A7 on June 2, 2006
Atlantica deserves fair hearing
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Atlantica isn't a concept that just popped up out of nowhere, as those attempting to oppose it seem to believe. I've been writing about it in this column for a good six or seven years. And I continue to perceive it as a solid attempt to help our region pull itself up by the bootstraps. Certainly we should be prepared to listen to what its proponents have to say.
Historically, businesses and industries in our once-thriving area of Canada have been severely curtailed since our natural north-south trade pattern into U.S. markets was curbed by Confederation in 1867. The new national policy favoured an east-west trading pattern designed to build up central Canada. Maritime leaders have been struggling ever since to find ways of asserting "Maritime Rights" and correcting this economic imbalance.
Atlantica could be an important answer. There's never been anything mysterious or secret or sinister about it. Proponents in both Atlantic Canada and eastern United States have identified a potential trade corridor stretching from Newfoundland, through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, across the border to Maine and Quebec to link up with a vast New England trading market of 9.5 million people. With Ontario and New York connections, some enthusiasts see a potential marketplace of 21 million people.
I think that's an idea well worth exploring. So does former New Brunswick Premier and ambassador to U.S. Frank McKenna, along with the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference. And so, apparently, do a lot of high-profile experts in trade, tourism and economic development, who'll be gathering in Saint John next weekend to explore the possibilities.
Common sense and common courtesy dictate that we should at least hear what these people have to say before attempting to picket, protest and obstruct them.
I'm really surprised at the unreasonable rhetoric and absolute negativity being mounted by a suddenly-formed protest group. I'm even more surprised by some of the individuals and organizations who seem to be supporting that group.
Next week's conference, under the slogan "Reaching Atlantica: Business Without Borders," is being sponsored jointly by the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce and the Saint John Board of Trade. All of its speakers and their topics are identified in the agenda. So is its advisory board, which includes among others, Maine's Timothy Woodcock, from whom I first heard about the concept a number of years ago in Bangor.
The Saint John conference - from June 8-10 - is billed as a forum for people interested in business to examine and discuss opportunities and challenges for the region in the tourism, transportation and energy sectors. Among objectives, they cite networking with business leaders in the region, promoting growth of East Coast port facilities and an east-west highway network and encouraging inter-provincial and international trade through removal of barriers and harmonizing of regulations. (Anyone who thinks that last one isn't important should try lining up at the St. Stephen border crossing to get into Maine these days.)
These things seem perfectly reasonable and desirable to me.
But to look at the wildly-worded websites of the protestors, you'd think Armageddon was breaking loose!
"A Declaration Against Atlantica" makes this bizarre claim: "Barriers slated for dismantling by the proponents of Atlantica include - our national sovereignty, our labour rights, our national resources, our environment and our health."
Portraying Atlantica as "a neo-conservatve project," the website sees it as "seeking to perpetuate local economic hardship by lowering minimum wages, restricting the ability of workers to organize and decertifying unions." Labeling it "A cheap sell-off of our public resources, privatization of our public services and other concessions for large corporations," the protest group predicts Atlantica will lead to "the annexation of Atlantic Canada by the United States."
Phew! That's some dialectical stretch for the aims of a group looking for ways to make things economically better in our region.
Among those listed as signing this declaration are such groups as: Haiti Action Federation, the Fredericton Anti-Imperialism Committee, the Communist Party of Canada, Canadian Action Party, Students Aware of the World, the Council of Canadians, representatives of some labour organizations, and - to my surprise - KARIOS, a church-based organization - and the Friends of Rockwood Park!
I have seen nothing which remotely justifies any of these far-out notions. I would hope that reasonable-minded citizens will not be taken in by such a protest and give those who are exploring the Atlantica concept the fair hearing their ideas deserve.
Fred Hazel is a retired editor-in-chief of this newspaper. His column appears on Friday.
He'll never be re-elected as Premier. He could have been appointed in the Senate. He won't be able to be elected as a Senator!!!
Lord advocates electing New Brunswick senators
Last updated Jun 5 2006 03:15 PM ADT
Premier Bernard Lord has volunteered New Brunswick as a place where Prime Minister Stephen Harper could change the way senators are chosen.
Harper has promised to reform the upper house of Parliament, including limiting Senate terms to eight years.
* FROM MAY 30, 2006: Tories move to set election dates, limit Senate terms
Lord says he'd rather see senators elected than see the Senate abolished, and has some ideas on how this could be done in New Brunswick.
"We could have senators at large for all of New Brunswick, or divide New Brunswick into five regions, if you will, and have two senators per region. There are different models available, and I think we need to consider that. It would give our senators more clout," Lord said.
Lord says Senate elections could be held in conjunction with New Brunswick municipal elections every four years.
The federal government hasn't given a timetable for bringing in any changes to the Senate. As it stands, senators can serve until they are 75, regardless of what age they were when appointed.
Under Harper's proposal, sitting senators will still get to serve until they are 75. Only the new ones will be limited by a term.
Harper says Parliament can approve the constitutional change on its own and that it doesn't require provincial approval, but not everyone agrees it can be done as easily as that.
There are seven vacant Senate seats: Two from Ontario and one each from Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.