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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.

Illegal cigarettes seized in Miramichi

Enforcement officers from the Department of Justice and Public Safety, in partnership with the Miramichi Police Force, seized 513,261 illegal cigarettes, $12,232 in cash and a quantity of illicit pills on March 25.

New app lets public keep a close eye on potential flooding

A new app gives New Brunswickers access to flood forecast data for the St. John River basin on their mobile device. From left: Greg MacCallum, New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization; Sandi MacKinnon, executive director of Greater Fredericton Social Innovation; Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; Chrystine Harvie and Bernie Connors of Civic Tech Fredericton.

Provincial emergency management funding increased by $1.7 million

The provincial government is investing $1.7 million in additional funding to help improve local emergency preparedness and double the number of regional emergency management co-ordinators. From left: Stacey Cooling, operations manager with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures organization; Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization; and Bill Lawlor, provincial director ...

Service model to improve family justice processes expands into Moncton

A new service delivery model is expanding into Moncton that will provide families with an alternative, streamlined court process. From left: Moncton East MLA Monique LeBlanc; Finance Minister Cathy Rogers; and Debbie McInnis, executive director of the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick.

Increase in funding to support victims of crime

Funding to the Victim Services Program was increased in the 2018-19 provincial budget by $1.4 million to sustain a Special Purpose Fund of $2.9 million in order to offer direct services to victims of crime. From left: Kristal LeBlanc, executive director of the Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre; Lorraine Whalley, executive director of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre; and Justice ...

Volunteers sought for court support program in Saint John region

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is seeking volunteers for a program designed to help vulnerable victims as they navigate the court system. From left: Debbie Percival, member of the Court Support Volunteer Program, and Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames.

Illegal cigarettes seized near Woodstock

The Department of Justice and Public Safety, in partnership with the Woodstock Police Force, seized 219,800 illegal cigarettes as a result of a joint forces investigation on Jan. 9. A 2007 Dodge Caravan was also seized.

Government wants police to be better equipped to respond to sexual violence cases

Following the provincewide Sexual Crimes Review, a New Brunswick stakeholder group has been established to examine opportunities to improve the manner in which police forces respond to sexual crime cases. From left: Beth Lyons, executive director of the New Brunswick Women’s Council; Jennifer Richard, director of community development, Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre; John Jurcina, assistant deputy minister, law enforcement and ...

Regulations to support victims of intimate partner violence posted for review

Proposed regulations under the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Act, outlining processes to support the operation of the act, have been posted for public review for the next 30 days. Participating in today’s announcement were, from left: Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris; Fiona Williams, executive director of Liberty Lane; and Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.