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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 ...

Dealings with Ottawa Main Priority for New N.L. Fisheries Minister

To say Steve Crocker has had a full agenda lately would be an understatement. The newly-minted Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture told The Navigator that the briefings from his departmental officials have been many and often, but are going well. “We have finished up what I will call the treetop briefings, so now we are starting to nail down issues and meet with more stakeholders and get briefings from them as to where they are with the fishery,” Crocker ...

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, ...

Growing Optimism in Newfoundland and Labrador

Former Premier Brian Peckford once made the statement “Someday the sun will shine.” The sun is starting to shine on Newfoundland and Labrador. We have a new Liberal Government in Ottawa and seven members of that government are from this province, so we will have a lot of representation on the government side and we are already starting to see some benefits. The sun is starting to shine because of the announcement that we are going to get our Marine Rescue Centre back where it rightly ...

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 ...

N.L. Premier Releases Ministerial Mandate Letters

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has publicly released the departmental mandate letters, which ministers received after being sworn in. This follows the same practice that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau undertook with his federal cabinet ministers. In the letters, Ball outlined his government’s priorities and gives ministers direction for each department. “We have important work ahead that will require exceptional leadership from our Cabinet as we take on the difficult ...

Crocker New N.L. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister

Newfoundland and Labrador has a new minister of fisheries and aquaculture. Steve Crocker was sworn in this morning as part of Dwight Ball’s Liberal cabinet. Crocker is the MHA for the new rural district of Carbonear – Trinity – Bay de Verde. He won the Liberal nomination by defeating defeated Sam Slade, the former MHA for Carbonear - Harbour Grace. The newly formed district was proposed by the The Newfoundland and Labrador Electoral Boundaries Commission after it was tasked ...

FFAW Releases Report Card on Provincial Party Commitments

The FFAW-Unifor has released its report card on the election commitments of the provincial parties on issues of importance to its members. “This election is important to our members and their families,” FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan stated. "While a new federal government provides hope for critical changes in fisheries management, the provincial government still has a vital role to play in ensuring that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador receive the maximum benefit from the ...

Hunter Tootoo Named Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Rookie Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has been named minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet. Tootoo served in Nunavut's legislative assembly from 1999 until 2013. He defeated Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq in the federal election last month. Rumours were widespread that Newfoundland and Labrador veteran MP Judy Foote might be in line for the fisheries portfolio, but she was appointed Minister of Public Services and ...