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Federal Fisheries Minister Resigns to Seek Addiction Treatment

Late Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped in Ottawa — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying Hunter Tootoo had resigned his position as minister of fisheries and oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and was leaving the Liberal caucus to seek treatment for addiction. "Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has resigned from his position as minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard," Trudeau said in the statement. "He will also be leaving ...

Fisheries and Oceans Canada to Hire 135 Scientists

Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, accompanied by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today discussed exciting and innovative career opportunities in marine sciences with high school and university students at the Canadian Museum of Nature. As part of an interactive event during Science Odyssey week, the Ministers talked with scientists and students about what the Government of Canada’s new investments in ocean and freshwater science will mean to ...

Northern Lights 2016

The Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) and the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce (LNCC) recently produced another successful Northern Lights, a high-profile business and cultural showcase of Nunavut, Nunavik and Labrador / Nunatsiavut. Northern Lights 2016 was held at the Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) in Ottawa, Ontario, January 27-30, 2016. The four-day event attracted 200 exhibitors and 1,200 delegates. New this year, in collaboration with ArcticNet, ...

Minister Exploring Options to Meet Sub-Centre Commitment: Former Rescue Co-ordinator Hopes Marine Rescue Facility Will be Back in Operation by Spring

The man who publicly led the fight against the 2012 closure of the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Rescue sub-centre in St. John's says there's no reason the centre can't be re-opened by this spring, now that the federal Liberal government has committed to bringing it back. Merv Wiseman, a former rescue co-ordinator at the centre, said the physical infrastructure is still in place at the Atlantic Coast Guard headquarters building on Southside Road in St. John's. “I don't know if (it being ...

Initial Hunter, Ball Meeting Positive in Tone; But Little Detail Released

The first visit by the new federal Fisheries Minister appeared to be congenial, but was very scant on actual details. Hunter Tootoo was in St. John’s January 11 for his first meeting with Newfoundland and Labrador officials, including Premier Dwight Ball, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Crocker and Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. The ongoing spat between Confederation Hill and Parliament Hill is long and bitter. For years, ...

Did Minister Seek a Food Fishery Commitment from Federal Minister Tootoo?

Kevin Parsons, Fisheries Critic for the Official Opposition, is asking if the Ball Government received a commitment this week from federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo to end the dangerous and discriminatory practice of limiting the Newfoundland and Labrador recreational food fishery to just a few days when bad weather can put people in jeopardy. The Liberals promised in their 2015 policy platform to advocate strongly on the province’s behalf for an expanded recreational food fishery...

Minister Tootoo Participates in Meetings with N.L. Government

Federal Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Minister Hunter Tootoo was in St. John’s Monday visiting Premier Dwight Ball and his provincial counterpart Steve Crocker. At a press conference, both Ball and Tootoo indicated they spoke about a number of issues, including fisheries joint management, LIFO, halibut quotas, expanded cod fishery, shrimp quotas and the controversial CETA agreement. But neither politician would get into much detail about their meetings. Also participa...

New Liberal Government Outlines Fisheries Priorities

The following is the departmental mandate letter sent to Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. We have promised Canadians a government that will bring real change — in both what we do and how we do it. Canadians sent a clear message in this election, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a ...