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Provincewide emergency preparedness exercise planned for June 2020

Preparations have begun for the third provincewide emergency preparedness exercise, scheduled for June 2020. Front row, from left: Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien; Danielle Charron, executive director of the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick; Michel Soucy, president of the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick; Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization; Stacey Cooling, chief of ...

Licence plate fees eliminated for volunteer firefighters

The provincial government has eliminated the fees for licence plates for volunteer firefighters, effective Jan. 2, 2020. From left: provincial Fire Marshal Michael Lewis; Charlie Kavanaugh, president of the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs and chief of the Grand Falls Fire Department; Murray Crouse, chief of the Upper Kingsclear Fire Department; Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart; and Education and ...

Fire Prevention Week 2019

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12 in New Brunswick. This year's theme, Not every hero wears a cape – Plan and practice your escape! focuses on the importance of home-escape planning. From left: Fredericton fire chief Dwayne Killingbeck; Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart; mascot Sparky; Premier Blaine Higgs; Fire Marshal Mike Lewis; and Jeff Cross, chief fire investigator, Department of ...

International Roadcheck 2019 to take place June 4-6

Department of Public Safety enforcement officers will be on the lookout for a variety of safety violations as New Brunswick takes part in the annual International Roadcheck program, June 4-6. From left: Supt. John Lunney of the Department of Public Safety’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division; Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart, and Officer Todd Cavanaugh.

New storybook launched to help child victims

The Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB), in partnership with the Department of Public Safety’s Victims Services program, has developed a new storybook resource to help children before testifying in court. From left: Leanne Fitch, chief of the Fredericton Police Force; Deborah Doherty, executive director of PLEIS-NB; and Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart.

NBEMO working with communities to co-ordinate emergency preparedness

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is reminding people in communities that are prone to flooding to prepare for the spring freshet. From left: Jill Maepea, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada; Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization; and Jasmin Boisvert, water resources specialist with the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Minister meets with New Maryland Volunteer Fire Department

Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart met with members of the New Maryland Volunteer Fire Department on April 2. From left: Harry Farrell, New Maryland Fire Chief; Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr; Lorne Dalton, volunteer firefighter; Urquhart; Kevin Kaye, volunteer firefighter.

Silent Witness Project debuts documentary commemorating First Nation women

A documentary entitled The Silent Witness Journey: Two Women’s Stories was launched in Fredericton during a symposium on intimate partner violence and homicide. The video chronicles the creation of Silent Witness silhouettes of two First Nation women who died from gender-based violence. Among those participating in the symposium was Service New Brunswick Minister Sherry Wilson, who is also the minister ...

Mill Cove man sentenced for transporting unstamped tobacco products

A 37-year-old Mill Cove man has been fined $144,860 for transporting unstamped tobacco products. Christopher Miller was sentenced on March 20 after pleading guilty in Edmundston provincial court in December.

River Watch 2019 begins March 12

The River Watch program will officially start today to provide New Brunswickers with information on the status of rivers, potential ice jams and other flood issues across the province over the coming weeks. From left: Jill Maepea, warning preparedness meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Jasmin Boisvert, specialist with the water sciences section, Department of Environment and Local Government; Greg ...

Planning for provincewide emergency preparedness exercise

Officials met in Fredericton today to plan for Brunswick Bravo 2019, a provincewide emergency preparedness exercise scheduled in May. The one-day exercise will be based upon the scenario of damaging weather across the province and is designed to give communities, municipalities, First Nations and local service districts an opportunity to practice their respective roles during an emergency. The exercise is ...

Illegal cigarettes seized near Fredericton

Enforcement officers with the Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Fredericton Police Force, seized 20,044 unstamped cigarettes on Jan. 27 as part of an ongoing investigation in the Fredericton region.

Grand Falls man pleads guilty to transportation of unstamped tobacco products

A 59-year-old Grand Falls man has been sentenced to fines of $132,317 for transporting unstamped tobacco products. Camille Rossignol was sentenced on Jan. 16 after pleading guilty in Edmundston provincial court last October. He was charged under two sections of the Tobacco Tax Act.

Nova Scotia man pleads guilty to transportation of unstamped tobacco products

A 52-year-old man from Princedale, N.S., pleaded guilty in Edmundston provincial court to transportation of unstamped tobacco products. John David Dukeshire was arrested after the search of a pickup truck last June revealed 226,381 unstamped cigarettes.

Provincewide emergency preparedness exercise planned for June 2019

Planning has begun for the second provincewide emergency preparedness exercise, scheduled for June 2019. From left: Wayne Tallon, director of the City of Fredericton’s Emergency Measures Organization; Danielle Charron, executive director of the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick; Henri Mallet, first vice-president of the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick; Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency ...

Storm preparedness begins at home

With winter around the corner, Storm Preparedness Week, Nov. 4-10, is an opportunity to remind New Brunswickers of the need to be ready in case of an emergency. From left: Lynn Arsenault, vice-president of customer service, NB Power; Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization; and Bill Lawlor, provincial director of the Canadian Red Cross for New ...

Look, listen and learn during Fire Prevention Week

New Brunswickers are encouraged to observe Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13. Mascot Sparky the Fire Dog met Grade 6 students during today’s launch of the week at Bayside Middle School.

Illegal cigarettes and controlled substances seized in Miramichi region

Enforcement officers with the Department of Justice and Public Safety, in partnership with the Miramichi Police Force, seized 513,000 unstamped cigarettes, $12,232 in cash, 145 methamphetamine pills and 25 hydromorph pills on March 25, following a five-week investigation.

Funding for New Brunswick Ground Search and Rescue Association

The provincial government has contributed $77,500 to the New Brunswick Ground Search and Rescue Association to help with the organization's operational costs. Last year, volunteer ground search and rescue teams and their 367 members responded to 33 incidents. They contributed nearly 38,000 hours in prevention, training and search and rescue operations. From left: Alain Levesque, member of the association's board ...

Investment of over $1 million in flood prediction initiatives

The provincial and federal governments will invest $1.14 million in two projects to create flood-hazard mapping to help predict the impact of flooding on communities. From left: Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey; Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey; and Jasmin Boisvert, water sciences specialist with the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Drugs, cigarettes, vehicles and firearm seized following joint force operation

Enforcement officers with the Department of Justice and Public Safety, with assistance from the Edmundston Police Force, conducted highway safety checkpoints in the Edmundston region, resulting in multiple tickets, as well as the seizure of drugs, cigarettes, two vehicles and a firearm.

Graduates reminded of consequences of impaired driving

With prom and graduation season approaching, the provincial government reminds young people that driving under the influence of alcohol puts themselves and others at serious risk. From left: Sophie Thériault, student, École Sainte-Anne; deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Danielle Cole, Sandra Clements and Rev. Deborah Ambridge Fisher, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, Greater Fredericton Area Chapter; and Const. Mike Bamford, Fredericton ...

Special financial assistance for recreational properties

Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey said several programs are being made available for recreational property owners who experienced property damages during the 2018 spring freshet flooding.

Water will remain high for coming days

Water will remain at historically high levels in the southern regions of the province for the coming days. People should continue to be vigilant and avoid any activities on the water, as currents are still strong and there is significant debris in the water. The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization continues to provide assistance to those who require it, with ...

River Watch update

A River Watch update took place today in Fredericton. From left: Ahmed Dassouki, director of operations, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure; Marc Belliveau, deputy director of disaster management, Canadian Red Cross, Atlantic Region; Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization; and Wayne Tallon, director of the City of Fredericton Emergency Measures Organization.