MP Matt Decourcey Says Canadians Are Not Ready For Election Reforms

By André Faust (May 25, 2017)

The Trudeau government during their election campaign promised that 2015 would be the last year for “First past the post” elections the likely hood of that promise being honoured is now being questioned.

At a rally that coincided with the Fredericton Liberal Riding Association general annual meeting where Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey for Fredericton was scheduled to speak was held.

Upon his arrival, he was greeted by 40 to 60 people representing concerned citizens and various organisations of the riding about the Liberal government backing away from their election promise to dispose of the first past the post electoral system.

DeCourcey explained that from the government’s point of view there is no consensus among the Canadian people for an electoral change. According to DeCourcey, he believes that someday we will see a change in the electoral system, but right now is not the time.


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Fredericton City Council Talks the Talk About Eradication of Homelessness but Fails to Deliver

By André Faust

Just when you think you have seen it all, then bang something out the blue is thrown at you. The city of Fredericton has boasted that they were the leaders in fighting poverty and homelessness in the city of Fredericton, Mayor O’Brien even created the task force on homelessness.

Here is a direct quote take from Mayor Mike Obrien’s bio which can be found on the city of Fredericton web page.

“Mike has been in the forefront of promoting Housing First, a proven model to eradicate chronic homelessness in his City. This effort has put Fredericton on the path to being the first City in New Brunswick to eliminate chronic homelessness.”
That objective has become totally meaningless. The City had the opportunity to show it’s commitment to the eradication of homelessness and really shine as a progressive city in the fight against homelessness. But they blew it!
Instead, they passed a motion that will place a minimum for individuals on the street because their landlord in his act of compassion for those socially disadvantaged individuals allowed an additional four people to live in his room house after being asked by several organisations to help these desolate people. In his act of kindness, he did not think about by-laws and regulations. He put people first.

Well that didn’t go over well with town council, the issue for refusing application to convert his duplex into to a triplex so wasn’t because his building didn’t meet building or fire codes, on the contrary, his building exceeded the legal requirements The Problem is the as a result of act of humanity where he provided sanctuary to people who couldn’t wait for a lengthy bureaucratic process. They need help now, not 6 months down the road or a year down the road their need was Immediate.

Get this and again I quote from the city’s web page ” Councillor Price is a proud supporter of the city’s drive to end homeless” Yet he reprimanded Keith young for not following procedures, Eric Price essentially told Landlord Keith young he was voting against the application for conversion because Keith Young didn’t follow the rules, the process. Price basically told to Young we have to follow the rules and so do you. Obviously, Price has diminished memory capacity or is showing the early symptoms of dementia. Because right before the election council had to apologise for breaking their own rules in regards to holding an illegal meeting. Or when the Fredericton City Police falsified document to the internet provider to retrieve personal information from Blogger Charles Leblanc. In The Bernard Richards report, she admitted that the documents were false, but she apologised and said yes it was wrong, but it was due to a bad “Cut” and Paste”.

So it appears that if you are the decision makers of this city you can break your own laws, and all you need to do is apologise and it justifies the action. Well, Eric price didn’t accept Mr Young’s apology for his oversight, even though Mr Young’s reason was for compassionate reasons. His application was rejected for a minor technicality.

All this hype about Fredericton to eradicate homelessness genuine or are the players just creating a halo effect to make themselves look good to advance their careers.


LIGHT – IT – UP – BLUE: WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

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This year we are planning an expanded event to mark World Autism Awareness Day and we hope you will all attend!
We have arranged for the following Fredericton buildings to be lit up blue!

1) NB Legislature building
2) The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
3) The Fredericton Playhouse
4) The Fredericton Convention Centre
5) The Crowne Plaza Hotel “Lighthouse”
6) City Hall

In addition, the City of Fredericton has proclaimed Sunday, April 2nd, as World Autism Awareness Day in Fredericton.
We also are encouraging people to light up their own homes in blue light to mark this day.

The public is invited to assemble on the lawn of the Legislature at 8PM to share in this celebration.
Photographer, Carrie Brewer, will be on hand and has agreed to volunteer her services again this year.
Photographs will be posted on the Autism Speaks Web site.

At the outdoor rally, there will be hot chocolate and cookies served.


Publicly Investing A $20/Ton Carbon tax would create 15,000 – 20,000 lifetime jobs, says New Brunswick groups

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Press Conference – at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 14th at the Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square, Saint John

The Energy Future is now. The rapid expansion of clean energy and building efficiency will create large numbers of local and lifetime jobs across this province.

A coalition of New Brunswick groups kick off the start of their clean energy and efficiency summit by asking Premier Brian Gallant to create a government department called RenewNB.  Set up as a public investment fund, it would oversee the use of a $20/Ton carbon tax revenue to create a massive job creation program by investing into clean energy and building efficiency programs.  This investment strategy would create 15,000 – 20,000 lifetime jobs, eventually wipe out NB Power debt, and generate over $2 Billion in extra revenue for the province once the transition to a low carbon economy is complete.

The following will be included at the head table:

– Mark D’Arcy, Council of Canadians – Fredericton chapter
– Garth Hood, certified Passive House consultant in Fredericton
– Sharon Murphy, Team EcoHealth
– Serge Plourde, Vice President-at-large, CUPE NB
– Chris Rouse, Saint John
– David Thompson, Saint John
– Dr. Paula Tippett, Council of Canadians – Saint John chapter

We invite you to our press conference at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 14th at the Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square, Saint John


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SAINT JOHN – A coalition of New Brunswick groups kick off the start of their clean energy and efficiency summit by asking Premier Brian Gallant to create a government department called RenewNB. Set up as a public investment fund, it would oversee the use of a $20/Ton carbon tax revenue to create a massive job creation program by investing into clean energy and building efficiency programs. This investment strategy would create 15,000 – 20,000 lifetime jobs, eventually wipe out NB Power debt, and generate over $2 Billion in extra revenue for the province once the transition to a low carbon economy is complete.

“A $20/Ton carbon tax would initially generate $300 million/year to be invested into public energy programs. Instead of giving the money away to private corporations in subsidies, or using the money for general revenue, this money would be transparently invested into publicly-owned renewable energy projects for the benefit of all New Brunswickers. The electricity generated by these projects would then earn 7 cents per kilowatt hour (7cents/kwh) from NB Power, and this revenue that would be reinvested once again by RenewNB. This is less than NB Powers current total cost of 9.1 cents/kwh, so it will help keep rates low and stable.” said Chris Rouse

“Reinvesting profits back into growth is the hallmark of any good business, and the same principles as a well invested RRSP. This would result in a near doubling of the initial $300 million per year to $565 million per year in just 10 years without any additional rate increases. This is due to compound interest.” adds Rouse.

“The concept of reinvesting in environmentally-friendlier energy production and energy efficiency to create a compound interest effect is founded economic theory,” University of New Brunswick economist Rob Moir told Rouse. Dr. Moir said the approach “should be considered by all provinces and not only New Brunswick.”
“CUPE’s National Environmental policy calls for a rapid expansion of clean, renewable and energy delivered by the public sector,” says Serge Plourde, CUPE NB. “Canada must take a leadership role on climate change and help push the world to a brighter, more sustainable future, by moving to a green economy.”

“A flagship project for RenewNB would be to celebrate the centennial of our public utility, NB Power, with investing in the refurbishment of the Musquash Generating Station,” says Saint John resident and retired Fundy Baykeeper David Thompson. “New Brunswick Electric Power Company was originally created in 1920 to build the Musquash dam. All the dams, roads, power line, and west branch water tunnel are already in place. “

“It has been proven, including with New Brunswick examples, that investing energy efficiency in buildings is cost effective and usually the least costly building option – when future energy savings are considered. An energy efficient building will use more local labour & materials, creating more local jobs.” says Garth Hood, a certified Passive House consultant in Fredericton.

“It is not fair to our underemployed workers to delay this huge job creation opportunity any longer,” says Mark D’Arcy, a member of the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians. “Our world leaders decided in Paris last year that we will limit the effects of global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and it is time we all get to work fulfilling that commitment.”

The Clean Energy East Summit is being held at the Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square on Tuesday, June 14th (10am-4pm) and Wednesday June 15 (12noon-4pm).


Megarity Triumphs over Kerton For Seat In Ward 6

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Marilyn Kerton congratulates Eric Megarity for his win in ward 6

By André Faust
After five weeks of hard campaigning for both candidates, long time councillor Eric Megarity defeated veteran councillor Marilyn Kerton in ward six by 184 votes. Prior to the re-zoning of the election boundries Megarity was councillor for ward four the South Devon area and Kerton was councillor for ward six the Barkers Point and Lower St Marys area. However after the re-mapping of the wards, ward four and six were collapse into one ward, ward six with the new ward boundary extending to Neil street, previous the ward boundary was the Nashwaak River.

Marilyn’s many years of service to ward six will not be forgotten.

Eric, a season councillor/politician who brings to the table his knowledge and many years experience assured that he will work hard to do his best to represent the interest of Barkers point and Lower St Marys as he did to his home ward prior to the new ward boundaries.