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"Halt NB Power sale: First Nations council"


A First Nations council in New Brunswick plans has issued an injunction against the proposed sale of parts of NB Power to Hydro-Québec.

The Wolastoqewiyik Traditional Council of Tobic contends the deal is illegal because the natural resources involved belong to the First Nations and were never given up.

It also opposes the deal, based on moral, ethical and divine principles, according to the council's web site ...


This is great news.  We can all learn from this Indigenous council.

Just say no to the sell-out.


The CEO of NB Power has announced his retirement effective this Sunday.


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Wow, this is great news......people should be standing this injunction activity to the max!


NB Power president David Hay did not vote in favour of the New Brunswick government's power deal with Hydro-Québec at a board of directors meeting last week, contrary to government claims that he did.

NB Power board member Ed Barrett told CBC News that Hay abstained on the vote, even though Energy Minister Jack Keir told the legislature on Tuesday that Hay, along with everyone else on the board, had endorsed the deal at a meeting last Friday.

"The fact is, the board at NB Power unanimously agreed with our agreement," said Keir in response to questioning by Opposition MLA Jeannot Volpé.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/01/27/nb-hay-severance-224.html#ixzz0dus9Nmp4



A special panel of experts has endorsed the proposed deal to sell a majority of NB Power's assets to Hydro-Québec.

David Ganong, the panel's chairman, released the report in Fredericton on Monday.

"The panel concluded that, based on the information available up to Jan. 26, 2010, the benefits to New Brunswick of rate savings over the short and long term, reduced environmental impacts from fossil-fuelled generation, the transfer of significant risk on generation facilities to Hydro-Québec, the mitigation of financial risk related to current and future debt and the positioning of the province toward a greener economy, all contribute to real and positive value to New Brunswick over business as usual," the Ganong report says.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/01/nb-ganong-report-nbpower-1004.html#ixzz0eIXC8Kgt


Obviously McKenna's hands are at play here behind the scenes Tthis stinks to the high heavens, and it's time all the parties involved came clean with what they are really up to. The people of NB deserve the truth.

Power deal still unpopular 
New Brunswickers uneasy about NB Power sale



Ganong Brothers Ltd. is facing a backlash against its famous chocolates over the chairman's role in the expert panel that endorsed the proposed NB Power sale to Hydro-Québec.

David Ganong, the chairman of the St. Stephen-based chocolate company, released the panel's report on Monday that concluded the $3.2-billion power deal would benefit the province.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/02/nb-ganong-backlash-1040.html#ixzz0eP2e81LO

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Everyone should be boycotting their chocolates, given that the land and the resources they are trying to sell and/or are supportive of selling do not belong to the province, nor to the non-aboriginal peoples.


And they especially do not belong to Ganong Chocolates.


Former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord is jumping into the debate over the sale of NB Power, calling for a referendum on the controversial power deal.

About a month ago, Premier Shawn Graham called Lord, whom he defeated in the 2006 election, to ask him what he thought about the proposed NB Power deal.

Lord said he told the premier that the people should have the final say, either by means of a referendum or an election.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/17/nb-bernard-lord-referendum-628.html#ixzz0fnwXc4PH


Progressive Conservative MLA Jeannot Volpé says the agreement to sell some of NB Power's generating stations to Hydro-Québec is better than doing nothing with the Crown corporation.

Premier Shawn Graham's Liberals have been saying since the massive power deal was first announced in late October that the status quo is not an option when it comes to NB Power.

Volpé, a former energy minister and interim Tory leader, said he agrees that changes must be made at NB Power.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/18/nb-volpe-nbpower-606.html#ixzz0ftnnVBhU


New Brunswick's Opposition leader says he's not in any hurry to come up with his own plan for NB Power, despite repeated demands from the Graham Liberals that he do so.

PC Leader David Alward said he probably wouldn't put anything on the table until he's premier, but he plans to campaign in the Sept. 27 election on a promise to consult New Brunswickers.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/23/nb-opposition-nbpower-alternative.html#ixzz0gN8A3Vww


The urgency in getting the NB Power deal with Quebec finalized by the end of March seems to have disappeared.

Last October, the Graham government had said the $3.2 billion sale of utility assets to Hydro-Québec had to be in place before April 1 in order to avoid a planned three per cent power rate hike for New Brunswickers.

But on Tuesday, Energy Minister Jack Keir said NB Power has agreed to his request to delay that increase if the March 31 deadline isn't met.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/24/nb-nbpower-deal-deadline-flexible.html#ixzz0gSzdtH6x


The New Brunswick government is delaying the $3.2-billion sale of NB Power assets to Hydro-Québec for nearly two months in order to hold a full public debate on the controversial deal.

A committee of MLAs will hold at least 50 hours of public hearings in April, the Liberals announced Friday morning.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/26/nb-nbpower-deal-delayed-debate.html#ixzz0gf7WkjZe

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Got an idea, how about not ignoring the fact that NB does not belong to white people!


The NB Power deal with Quebec continues to be unpopular - even among some of the people Premier Shawn Graham says it's designed to help.

Graham has said the $3.2 billion-deal will help preserve jobs in forestry towns through lower power rates for industry, but some people in Nackawic aren't convinced.

"Oh it's a pretty good idea, but I think there's a better way to cut our power rates besides selling out our assets," said Steve Seleck, who works at the AV Nackawic mill.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/03/04/nb-nbpower-nackawic.html#ixzz0hDOoGvYH


The retirement of two NB Power executives has caused a shakeup among the Crown corporation's senior managers.

Sharon MacFarlane, the vice-president of finance, and Wayne Snowdon, the vice-president of NB Power Generation, are both retiring, CBC News has learned. The news comes about a month after David Hay retired as president and chief executive officer, with two years remaining on his contract.

NB Power is facing an uncertain future given the New Brunswick government's proposed sale of several of the utility's assets to Hydro-Québec.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/03/04/nb-nbpower-macfarlane-snowdon-retire-724.html#ixzz0hJ8kFemX


The New Brunswick government is raising the possibility that it may again alter the proposed sale of generating assets to Hydro-Québec.

The $3.2-billion power deal has been pilloried since it was first announced last October.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/03/24/nb-nbpower-quebec-byrne-527.html#ixzz0j5tNZs13


New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham confirmed in the legislature Wednesday morning that his government will no longer sell NB Power's generation assets to Hydro-Québec.

The New Brunswick government had planned to sell NB Power's generation assets to Hydro-Québec for $3.2 billion.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/03/24/nb-nbpower-graham-1027.html#ixzz0j6SLzPIr


A decision on whether to sell parts of NB Power to Hydro-Québec could have waited until after a fall election without causing financial losses at the utility, CBC News has learned.

Gaetan Thomas, the president and chief executive officer of NB Power, confirmed in an interview the utility likely would have posted a company-wide profit in the 2010-11 fiscal year with no rate increase

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/06/16/nb-nbpower-hydro-quebec-election-303.html#ixzz0r76p3ATX


The New Brunswick and Nova Scotia governments will announce a series of co-operative energy sector initiatives on Tuesday, measures many in the energy and environmental communities are welcoming.

New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and representatives from the two provincial utilities will gather in Fredericton on Tuesday to announce the collaborative measures.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/07/20/nb-nbpower-nova-scotia-energy-530.html#ixzz0uE9GCZSm