The Harper government’s omnibus crime legislation will cost the New Brunswick government an additional $2 million a year, according to the provincial Department of Public Safety.
The federal government’s so-called "tough on crime legislation," which would keep more criminals in jail longer, is expected to add new policing and court costs to provincial governments.
That has led many provinces to oppose the Prime Minister Stephen Harper government’s plans unless the federal government antes up more funding to pay for the extra costs.
The Ontario government estimates that the federal crime law will cost it more than $1 billion and Quebec argues the changes could cost it as much as $600 million. Read more »
By: Alec Bruce, Times and Transcript
One of the branded characteristics of the Harper government is its steely determination to do what it thinks is right - for the country or merely itself, as the case may be - despite broad, sometimes reasonable, objection. And the stiffer the opposition, it often seems, the more dug in its position becomes.
This is true of environmental stewardship (climate change begs for serious cabinet attention), arts and culture (export programs for 'creative types' merit only official scorn) and municipal infrastructure (roads and brides can't compete for bucks with ball fields and wading pools). Read more »
Molly Cormier, Here New Brunswick
FREDERICTON - A member of AIDS New Brunswick says "celebration" isn't the proper word to describe the group's 25th anniversary. Instead, Ted Gaudet is lamenting that AIDS NB still needs to exist.
"We shouldn't be celebrating, really. When we started out as AIDS NB, it was with the notion that we wouldn't need AIDS NB today."
Gaudet learned he was HIV-positive in 1988. Back then, he says, people were dying of HIV and the focus of AIDS NB was on delivering support programs. When new treatments were introduced in 1996, the organization's focus shifted.
"Today, most of the work of AIDS NB is harm reduction." Read more »
Nicole Seguin, End Prohibition Blog
With the next federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015, you may think that you won't have an opportunity to be involved in politics until that time – but don't despair! With 5 provincial and territorial elections happening this fall, and several potential elections yet to be confirmed, there is still lots you can do to learn political skills, help the NDP, and end the drug war in Canada! Read more »