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Limited damage from an ice jam in Saint-Léonard

As water levels rise close to flood stage in a number of areas along the St. John River basin, the only incident reported is an ice jam in Saint-Léonard which was holding up to 2.5 metres of water. The ice jam created limited damages as only one flooded basement has been reported. However, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises ...

Handbook on family law for newcomers launched

A new resource on family law for newcomers is now available from the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB). From left: Clea Ward, president of PLEIS-NB; Deborah Doherty, executive director of PLEIS-NB; deputy premier Stephen Horsman; and Sylvie Nadeau, executive director of the New Brunswick Public Library Service.

Legislation introduced to address intimate partner violence

New Brunswick today took a step in joining other Canadian provinces in establishing intimate partner violence legislation as Premier Brian Gallant tabled the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Act. Front, from left: Jennifer Richard, Fredericton Regional Network and Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre; Chief Leanne Fitch, Fredericton Police Force; Premier Brian Gallant; Rina Arseneault, assistant director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family ...

Focus on those without power and supporting New Brunswickers in need

Lt.-Gen. Stephen Bowes, left, of the Canadian Joint Operations Command met with Premier Brian Gallant during a visit in Lamèque.

Integrated Service Delivery model expansion in Miramichi

The Integrated Service Delivery model for delivering services to children and youth who suffer from emotional, behavioural and mental health issues is now in place in the Miramichi region, with offices located at Dr. Losier Middle School. From left: Armande D’Alessio, program manager at the Department of Social Development; Bob Eckstein, director of the Integrated Services Unit at the Department ...

Integrated Service Delivery model expansion in Bathurst

The Integrated Service Delivery model for delivering services to New Brunswick children and youth who suffer from emotional, behavioural and mental health issues is now in place in the Chaleur region, with offices located at École secondaire Népisiguit. From left: Marie Paulin, manager, children-youth teams, Integrated Service Delivery; Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; Education and Early Childhood Development ...

January declared Crime Stoppers Month

As a new year begins, the public is reminded that they play an important role in solving crimes in their communities. Seated, from left: Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; Premier Brian Gallant; RCMP Sergeant Tammy Ward, provincial police co-ordinator. Standing, from left: RCMP Chief Superintendent Ross A. White, criminal operations officer core policing, J Division; Mark LeBelle, president ...

Be “72-hours ready” in case of emergency

New Brunswickers and their families should always be “72-hours ready” in case of an emergency and have everything they need, including food, water, medication, batteries, cash and other necessities. Photo shows Greg MacCallum, director of the Emergency Measures Organization.

Fire Chief for a Day

Beau Pelletier, a Grade 3 student at École Blanche-Bourgeois in Cocagne, is the winner of the Fire Chief for a Day contest as featured in the 2016 Fire Safety Gazette. Representatives from the Office of the Fire Marshal and local fire departments recently visited Beau’s school to speak with students about fire safety and prevention. They were joined by mascots ...

Crime prevention efforts recognized

Eleven individuals and organizations from across the province were honoured for their crime prevention efforts at the annual luncheon of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick. Front, from left: Greg Zed; Guy Ouellette; Joanne Boucher; Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; Linda Patterson; Randall Pirie; Harold LaPorte; and Tony Macrae. Back, from left: Bill Reid; Richard Babineau; Corey ...

Funding to improve access to services for victims of crime

The provincial government is pleased with the announcement of federal funding to give victims of crime better access to services. More than $3.4 million is being invested over five years. From left: Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of justice; Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor; and Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.

Alarmed and Ready campaign focuses on fire safety among post-secondary students

The Alarmed and Ready campaign is reminding New Brunswickers of the importance of fire prevention and having smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. From left: John Gignac, executive director of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for Carbon Monoxide Education; provincial Fire Marshal Douglas Browne; Todd Scott, manager of safety and operational reliability, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick; Amanda Dean, vice-president Atlantic region, Insurance Bureau ...

Investment in mental health support in schools

The Integrated Service Delivery model for providing mental health, addiction, intervention and social services to children and youth will expand to another 112 schools this fall, from Saint John to Sussex and in the Miramichi and Chaleur-Restigouche regions. From left: Child and Youth Advocate Norman J. Bossé; Robert Fowler, DEC chair of Anglophone South School District; Service New Brunswick Minster ...

Family Support Orders Service to consolidate to single location in Grand Falls

Family Support Orders Service will transition into a consolidated model based in Grand Falls beginning in 2017, Premier Brian Gallant announced today. From left: Gallant; Grand Falls Mayor Marcel Deschênes; Victoria-La Vallée MLA Chuck Chiasson and Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.

Booklet on family law for immigrants officially launched in five languages

Multicultural agencies and families now have access to new tools on the subject of family law, thanks to the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB). A new booklet entitled Family Law Matters for Immigrants was officially launched today. From left: Souzane Mouhawej, Arabic translator; Crestina Matta, Arabic translator; Deborah Doherty, executive director of the PLEIS-NB; Justice ...

New resources on Victims Bill of Rights launched

New educational resources for survivors of crime are now available from the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB). The new publications were officially released today in conjunction with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 29-June 4. From left: PLEIS-NB executive director Deborah Doherty; Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman; and Tracy Ozark, ...

Contraband Enforcement Unit seizes more than 169,000 illegal cigarettes

The Contraband Enforcement Unit of the Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the Fredericton Police Force, seized 169,600 illegal cigarettes on May 17 as part of a two-week investigation. The department’s chief superintendant Jacques Babin took part in a photo-op today.

New licensing accreditation helps military members enter New Brunswick workforce

Active and retired members of the Canadian military living in New Brunswick and holding a Department of National Defence (DND) 404 driver’s licence may obtain an equivalent New Brunswick commercial vehicle driver’s licence without additional training or testing. The new measure, which is effective immediately, was developed with the support of Helmets to Hardhats Canada, a non-profit organization that partners ...

Wildlife officer of the year recognized

Greg Darrah, a conservation officer with the Department of Public Safety, was honoured as wildlife officer of the year at a ceremony at the legislative assembly today. Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman recognized Darrah as the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2015. From left: Darrah and Horsman.

River Watch 2016 officially launched

New Brunswickers are reminded to be cautious around waterways and watch for any potential flooding in their communities as River Watch was officially launched today. The program is a joint effort between the Department of Environment and Local Government and the Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization. Other partners include NB Power and federal, provincial and state agencies involved ...

Ceremony for correctional officers

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman recently attended an Oath of Office Ceremony held in Fredericton for Correctional Services. During the ceremony nine cadets were enrolled in the ranks of the Provincial Correctional Emergency Response Team. Pictured with the minister are the nine new cadets along with other members of the team.

Province commemorates International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was officially commemorated by the provincial government today. Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman pointed to the recently-launched Love Shouldn’t Hurt campaign as an example of the provincial government’s ongoing efforts to address issues related to violence against women. From left: Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch; and Horsman.

NB Power and Public Safety test response plans

NB Power and the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organization will test nuclear emergency response plans in a full-scale, multi-jurisdictional exercise Nov. 17 and 18. From left: Greg MacCallum, director of the Emergency Measures Organization; NB Power President and CEO Gaëtan Thomas and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman.

Support provided to New Brunswick Ground Search and Rescue

The provincial government recently presented a $70,000 grant to support the New Brunswick Ground Search and Rescue Association. From left: John Jurcina, director, Community and Correctional Services, Department of Public Safety; Kenn Hong, president of the association; and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman.

Alarmed and Ready Campaign launched

Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That is the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Hear the beep where you sleep, every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. The Office of the Fire Marshal is joining forces with provincial firefighters and safety advocates nationwide during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to remind New Brunswickers about ...