Evictions of those experiencing homelessness continue in Halifax area city parks

Meghan Watters has been experiencing homelessness for about a year. She has aspirations of going to school or finding a job but says, “it is so hard to do that when you have no place to go at night.”

Most of the time, she is able to sleep in a shelter for the night. However, Tuesday evening she was told shelters were at capacity and made the decision to pitch a tent in Dartmouth Commons.

Watters was shocked when she was awoken by two female Halifax Regional Police (HRP) officers telling her she had to take her tent down because, “the city told us we could tent anywhere.”

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HRP said the officers responded to a report of a violation of municipal bylaws made by a city compliance officer.

There still seems to be a great deal of confusion surrounding whether those sleeping rough are permitted to sleep in parks, after a report by city council on homelessness and encampments from earlier this month states:

If occupied (a tent or shelter), the first approach will be to work with individuals, gathering information about them, gauging interest in and ability to be connected to housing or shelter options, and sharing this information, consistent with privacy requirements, among HRM, the province and other service providers, to attempt to identify options for suitable housing.

“They didn’t offer to help me pack up my stuff, they didn’t offer to help with anything. I asked them to take me to the shelter. They just got in the car and left,” Watters said.

Watters said the interaction left her feeling helpless.

“There’s only two women’s shelters and they’re both always full. It’s still too cold to be out in a tent. But, when you put up a tent and take it down everyday it’s so hard having to carry your bags with you all the time.”

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Robin Tress lives in the area and while out for a morning walk, witnessed the transaction between Watters and the Halifax Regional Police.

“It feels really cruel…really cruel and inhumane. To me, housing is a human right and it’s not being respected by the city or the police,” Tress said.

Earlier in the month, Halifax City Council decided individuals living rough would no longer be removed from parks until a safe place was provided to go and necessary supports were put in place.

An HRM spokesperson told Global News in an email that Halifax Regional Police continue their practice of posting notices to vacate tents and structures on municipal parks, as they are not permitted.

“Municipal staff are returning to Regional Council in the coming weeks with a follow-up report offering analysis and recommendations addressing homelessness in the municipality, including a timeline and a plan for supporting the transition of people and educational outreach,” the spokesperson said.

“This plan will be led by civilian staff.”

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Downtown Calgary train stations to be closed during Victoria Day long weekend

CTrain stations in Calgary’s downtown core will be closed during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend for construction and maintenance projects.

According to the Calgary Transit website, 7 Avenue will be closed to train and bus traffic from Saturday at 2:11 a.m. to Tuesday at 3:49 a.m. Some surrounding stations will also be closed.

There will be no Red Line CTrain service between Sunnyside and 39 Avenue stations. Victoria Park/Stampede and Erlton/Stampede stations will also be closed. Those going northwest can catch a shuttle bus to Sunnyside Station on 6 Avenue while those going south can catch a shuttle bus on 9 Avenue.

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There will also be no Blue Line CTrain service between Sunalta and Bridgeland/Memorial stations during this time. Those wanting to go northeast can catch a shuttle bus on 9 Avenue, while those wanting to go west can catch a shuttle bus on 6 Avenue. Sunalta shuttle buses can also be found on 6 Avenue.

A map with all the planned CTrain closures during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.

A map with all the planned CTrain closures during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.

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All other routes will run normally, Calgary Transit says.

More information about the CTrain closures can be found on the Calgary Transit website.

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COVID-19: 465 cases added last week, Saskatchewan pharmacists can prescribe paxlovid

WATCH: During question period on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s decision to keep COVID-19 rules in place for travel despite ongoing delays at airports. Grilled by Interim Conservative Party Leader Candice Bergen, Trudeau said they’d hired an additional 400 security screeners and that the CBSA has added 25 additional kiosks at Toronto Pearson International Airport to speed up processing times.

Pharmacists in Saskatchewan can now prescribe paxlovid to COVID-19-postive individuals, the province announced Thursday.

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A list of the 170 participating pharmacies is available on the government’s website. 

Select physicians and nurse practitioners will also have prescribing authority of the medication.

Paxlovid is only recommended for people over 18 with the following conditions:

  • Test positive (PCR or rapid test) with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Do not have any medical conditions that would make treatment inappropriate;
  • Are not taking any medications that may cause potential drug interactions; and
  • Are immunocompromised, regardless of vaccination status;
  • 70 years and older with designated risk factors, regardless of vaccination status or
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have a medical condition that puts you at high risk and are not fully vaccinated; or
    • Are 55 to 69 years old and not fully vaccinated.

Paxlovid treatment starts within five days of symptom onset and is not used to prevent COVID-19 infection.

The government added that treatments for COVID-19 does “not offer equal protection to vaccination.”

The province also reported 465 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the week of May 8 to 14.

The Omicron BA.2 sublineage accounted for 70.9 per cent of variants of concern reported last week.

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There were 22 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths last week.

On May 18 there were 270 patients in hospital with COVID-19, including 14 in adult ICU.

Of the 270 patients, 164 had an incidental infection.

As of May 14, 81 per cent of the population aged 5 and older have completed a series of COVID-19 vaccination.

Of the population 18 and older, 52.3 per cent have gotten at least one booster dose.

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COVID-19: Cases in B.C. hospitals fall as 6th wave shows signs of peaking

The number of people in British Columbia hospitals with COVID-19 has fallen to its lowest point in nearly a month, according to the province’s latest weekly update.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported Thursday that there were 540 cases in hospital, a drop of 56 from last week, including 49 in intensive care, a drop of five.

Under B.C.’s “census” reporting model, all positive cases are counted regardless of the reason the patient was admitted to hospital.

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The BCCDC also reported 1,645 weekly cases, current as of May 14, however limited access to PCR testing means the true figure is likely much higher.

The update comes after the independent B.C. COVID-19 Modelling Group released its own report Wednesday suggesting the pandemic’s sixth wave has peaked amid growing immunity to the Omicron variant.

Under its weekly reporting regime, B.C. health officials also provide preliminary data on hospital admissions, though with a one-week delay.

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According to the latest report, B.C. saw 334 admissions between May 8 and May 14, however, the BC CDC says the figures are provisional and expected to be revised up.

In its report, the B.C. COVID-19 Modelling Group found admission figures were typically revised up by about 20 per cent.

The latest weekly data also reports 59 deaths between May 8 and May 14, a figure that is also preliminary and expected to be revised upward. As an example, the 59 deaths detailed in the last report have since been revised upward to 84.

The fatality figure also comes with another caveat: the province’s “all cause mortality” model includes all deaths in the reporting period who tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 30 days.

Health officials have said this model likely overestimates deaths, but has yet to release a promised “retrospective evaluation” to “better understand true COVID-19 mortality.”

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A 'sweet' visit to The Kawartha Buttertart Factory in Peterborough, Ont.

On this edition of Out & About Caley Bedore visits The Kawartha Buttertart Factory's recently-opened Peterborough location.

The first day of June marks National Butter Tart Day, a chance to celebrate a classic Canadian treat.

It’s also a chance for those in the Peterborough, Ont., area to stop by one of the city’s newest bakeries, The Kawartha Buttertart Factory & Bakery, which specializes in the cultural creation.

“We expanded during COVID; I think it was a feel-good, these were some of the places you could go,” said owner, Cathy Smith.

“Unfortunately, some of my counterparts in the food business didn’t benefit like that, but we were lucky, and we have a good story coming out of COVID.”

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It’s certainly good news for tart lovers and there seems to be a lot of them in the area. Smith said this is their second location, which opened in early 2022 to ease lineups at their popular shop in Douro, Ont.

“We know a lot of people would drive out to Douro, see a line around the building and think, ‘I am not standing in that,’ so that is what this store was all about.”

That store, Smith said, sometimes sells 200 dozen tarts a day, especially in the summer, which is prime tart time due to cottage traffic.

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President and CEO of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Harrison, said has noticed businesses starting to rebound in the wake of pandemic impacts.

“Just today I attended two ribbon cuttings for expansions and renovations,” said Harrison.

“There seems to be an awful lot going on and to me it seems to be a real indication of people coming out of the pandemic and doing business.”

A self-proclaimed butter tart connoisseur himself, Harrison added he is always happy to see a bakery come to town.

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Meanwhile, for those wondering what makes the best butter tart, Smith said for her it comes down to the ingredients.

“We use everything that you would have found in grandma’s cupboard,” she said.

“(Our tarts) are different from a lot of the rest because we do not use corn syrup — so they aren’t as sweet, and they aren’t runny, they are actually thick.”

Find out more on the Kawartha Buttertart Factory, visit their website. 

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Victoria Day Monday 2022: What’s open, what’s closed in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara Region

Monday will be a day off for most Ontarians as the province celebrates Victoria Day, a federal holiday marking the official birthday of Canada’s sovereign and long considered the beginning of the summer season.

Here’s a list of some things that will and will not be operating in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara Region on Monday, May 23.

Administrative offices: Offices are closed on Monday.

Licensing and bylaw services: licensing and bylaw phone queue line will be closed on Monday. Service will resume on Tuesday.

Green bin, garbage and recycling: No collection on Monday. Pickup will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday. The city says all materials must be at the curb by 7 a.m.​ Community recycling centres and transfer stations will be closed.

HSR Bus: Buses will operate on regular Sunday/holiday service on Monday.

GO Transit: Trains and buses are operating on a Saturday schedule.

ATS DARTS: The City of Hamilton ordered its third-party provider of accessible transit to remove about a third of its vehicle fleet from service. For more information check out the city’s website.

Ontario Works: The program, including the Special Supports, will be closed. Phone service will resume on Tuesday.

Recreation centres: Closed on May 23.

Hamilton civic museums: Dundurn National Historic Site, the Hamilton Military Museum and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology will be open on May 23.

Tourism Hamilton visitor information centre: Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Hamilton Public Library: All HPL branches are closed. For information on what services are operating, visit the library’s website at hpl.ca.

Social services: Housing services, as well as the Career Development Centre and Special Supports, will be closed on Victoria Day.

Senior centres: These will either be closed or run on a modified (four hour) schedule.

Arenas: Either closed or on a modified schedule.

Animal services: Closed on Monday.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope: Closed. Weekly hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Wednesday to Sunday.

Government offices: government locations such as city hall, municipal offices and facilities will be closed Monday.

Administrative services: Services including parks, roads and forestry will be closed on Victoria Day.

Animal Shelter and Control:  Closed Monday. Emergencies can be called in to 905-335-3030.

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Recreation centres: Indoor drop-in activities such as swimming and gym times are on a reduced schedule over the Victoria Day long weekend. Visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay for more information. The city’s nine splash pads will be opening Saturday, May 21.

Halton Provincial Offences Court: Closed on Monday.

Free parking: Available Monday in the downtown core in municipal lots, on-street and in the parking garage, however, the Waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays. Paid parking, on weekends only, begins at Beachway Park. Reservations are required for Lowville Park.

Burlington Transit: Transit will operate a holiday schedule Monday. The downtown transit terminal, specialized dispatch and the administration office will be closed.

Government offices: city halls, the Enterprise Centre and administration offices are all closed on Victoria Day.

Parks, recreation and culture services:  Administration offices are all closed on May 23.

  • Open on Monday: Lakeside Park Carousel, Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, splash pads, Morningstar Mill, Garden City Golf Course, and the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre
  • Closed on Monday: St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, arenas, Russell Avenue and Port Weller Community Centres, Dunlop Drive, Port Dalhousie and West St. Catharines older adult centres, Victoria Lawn Cemetery administration office, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Meridian Centre box offices

St. Catharines Museum; Welland Canals Centre: Both facilities will be open Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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St. Catharines Transit; Niagara Falls Transit: Both services will operate on a holiday schedule for Victoria Day.

Welland Transit: No daytime or evening service Monday.

Canada Post: No collection or delivery of mail on May 23. However, some post offices operated by the private sector may be open.

Grocery stores: Major grocery stores like Fortinos, Metro, Fresh Co. and No Frills will be closed on Monday.

Shoppers Drug Mart: Many locations will be open on May 23, but not all. Victoria Day hours can be seen on the Shoppers store locator map.

Malls: Most major shopping centres in Hamilton, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls will be closed. Other outlets’ hours are as follows:

  • Eastgate Square: Closed
  • Lime Ridge Mall: Closed
  • The Centre on Barton: Most stores will be closed.
  • The Pen Centre: Closed
  • Fairview Mall: Closed
  • Mapleview Centre: Closed
  • Burlington Centre: Closed
  • Outlet Collection at Niagara Falls: Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • CF Toronto Eaton Centre: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills: Open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pacific Mall in Toronto: Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Toronto, retailers in designated tourist areas such as Yorkville, downtown Yonge, Queen’s Quay West and the Distillery District can stay open, according to City of Toronto bylaws.

Walmart: Most Walmarts in the GTHA will be closed but the Niagara Falls Supercentre on Oakwood Drive will be open on May 23 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Alcohol

The Beer Store: Some Beer Stores will be open on Victoria Day. They include:

Hamilton

  • Parkdale Avenue North (at Barton Street)
  • Barton Street East (at Ottawa Street North)
  • Fennell Avenue East (at Upper Gage)
  • Eastgate Square
  • Barton Street East (at Ferguson Avenue)
  • Upper James Street (at Stone Chruch Road)

Brantford

  • Murray Street (at Grey)
  • King George Road (at Royal Oak Drive)
  • Market Street South (at Icomm Drive)

Burlington

  • Guelph Line (at Upper Middle Road)
  • New Street (at Appleby Line)

LCBO: Stores will be closed.

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Tourist destinations

Niagara Falls: Most Niagara Falls attractions will be running on the holiday Monday, including the Whirlpool Aero Car, Journey Behind the Falls, Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory and all the nature and garden parks and centres. However, some heritage sites like the McKenzie Printery and McFarland House will be closed. Also, some dining spots like the Whirlpool Restaurant and Legends On The Niagara will be closed.

Toronto: Most Toronto attractions will be open on May 23 including:

  • Ripley’s Aquarium (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets needed).
  • Toronto Zoo (9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets needed).
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (generally closed on Mondays but open for Victoria Day starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets needed).
  • Ontario Science Centre (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets required).
  • Royal Ontario Museum (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets required).
  • Evergreen Brickworks, Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo.

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New Brunswick asks daycares to pause creation of subsidized spaces until November

Just as daycare fees are about to be slashed in half for most parents starting on June 1 as part of a federal initiative to reduce child care costs, daycares in New Brunswick received a memo from the provincial government on May 10 saying they can’t create new subsidized spots until at least November.

In late April, the provincial government announced child care fees for children five and under as part of a standardized low-fee model in preparation for a joint federal and provincial initiative to offer $10-a-day daycare in 2026.

Spots that have already been created, or spots that have been requested by daycares before May 10th are unaffected by the change.

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Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy said in an interview on Thursday that this six-month pause is necessary to ensure subsidized child care spots are distributed equitably.

“We’ve gotta make sure that all the designated spots that are funded with public money don’t all end up in the big centres that have already got lots of spots,” he said.

“We need to make sure that the Acadian Peninsula, some other places in the province where there have traditionally been shortages, that those are addressed, ” he said, adding the province would be using the moratorium to consult with stakeholders on where best to place those spots.

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Daycare operator JP LeBlanc, who owns several locations of Power Play Daycare in the Greater Moncton Area, says the moratorium complicates things for a daycare he’s hoping to open in Moncton’s Elmwood neighbourhood in 2023.

He’s concerned he may not be able to offer subsidized spots in the new location, as he does in his current locations.

Subsidized spots make up roughly 45 per cent of the spaces at his daycares.

“Good luck if you’re charging twice the price as the ones that are given the federal and provincial funding. Who is going to want to say long at that daycare? As soon as a (subsidized) spot opens up those kids will be moving on for the savings, ” he said on Thursday.

While he credits the provincial government for initiatives that have helped his industry like wage top ups for child care workers, LeBlanc said the moratorium makes his new daycare a risky investment.

“That right there, that’s a tough one,” he said. “I got a deposit on the land and now I have to go ahead and finish paying for the land because they won’t wait until October.”

He said his plan now is to forge ahead in hopes he can offer subsidized spaces after the moratorium.

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Basketball is the sport of choice for bettors in Ontario: survey

TORONTO — Over three in 10 Ontario residents are betting on sports at least once a week and their activity of choice is the NBA.

Those are some of the findings of a recent survey of Ontario residents conducted by OntarioBets.com, a resource site that provides research and reviews of sportsbooks and online casinos in the province. Single-game sports betting has been legal in Canada since last summer but opened fully in Ontario on April 4.

Thirty-five per cent of Ontarians surveyed said they bet on sports at least once a week while 39 per cent responded they don’t at all. Exactly one in four wagers three or more times daily and 48 per cent consider themselves moderate bettors as opposed to expert or professional.

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Max Bichsel, the vice-president of OntarioBets.com, said the 35 per cent participation level was expected.

“I think it’s on par,” he said. “I’d say three to five (out of 10) is generally average, which is what we see more holistically.

“I think the unique part about Canada, in general, and more specifically, Ontario, is before regulated sports betting and regulated online casinos there was a grey market that was available ? it already existed whereas in a state like New York nothing did. I think that’s why you’ve seen a fairly muted acceptance of sports betting because it didn’t require acceptance, it was already occurring within the bounds of the province.”

The number of respondents, their gender or demographics, weren’t immediately available.

The NBA was the top choice of 28 per cent of respondents. The NHL was next (22 per cent), followed by the NFL (13 per cent), major league baseball (eight per cent), other (four per cent), English Premier League (three per cent) and CFL (one per cent).

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Again, Bichsel wasn’t overly surprised given Toronto captured the ’19 NBA title.

“Winning an NBA final kinds of puts some highlight on that,” he said. “And whenever a franchise has a really strong team, you tend to see some of that.

“But the NHL is still very important, not only in Ontario but the rest of the country as well.”

And although the Toronto Maple Leafs are out of the NHL playoffs, Bichsel expects hockey to continue to holds its own in the Ontario market through to the Stanley Cup final.

“You have the Oilers and Flames still in the mix and able to be wagered upon even though they’re not in Ontario,” he said. “Even though the Leafs are out, the general fandom in Ontario, just as hockey fans, will continue to watch and drive some participation.”

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Not surprisingly, British company Bet365 — one of the world’s biggest online operators — was the top betting preference at 18 per cent, just ahead of American-based BetMGM (17 per cent). Rounding out the top five were FanDuel (11 per cent), Caesars Sportsbook (eight per cent) and PointsBet (seven per cent).

Bichsel said Ontarians’ familiarity with Bet365 before the market opened fully in the province accounts for its positioning in the survey.

“If you had a cable provider, just because there’s new cable providers in the market doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to move,” he said. “You already have a familiarity with Bet365 ? you’ve never had an issue, you enjoy their customer service.

“It’s more peace of mind and comfortability.”

But sportsbooks outside the top five combined to make up 40 per cent of preferred brands.

One in four respondents cited moneyline bets as their favourite. Next were point spread (15 per cent), over/under (13 per cent), live betting (12 per cent) and parlay and future bets (both five per cent).

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Approximately 70 per cent of those surveyed claimed to have won at least $1 on a bet. Eighteen per cent said they’d won between $51 and $100 on a single bet while 17 per cent put their winnings between $1 and $25.

Only five per cent said they’d won $1,000 or more on a bet.

On Wednesday, DraftKings Inc. became the 18th gaming company operating in Ontario. Bichsel expects that number to climb.

“I’m expecting significantly more, probably double that, at least,” he said. “It does take quite a while to go through the appropriate testing and making sure you have payment methods people want, withdrawal methods, that you can properly run a business and your site can be maintained properly and grow at an exponential rate.

“By the end of the year, we may see 40 or 50 operators. But I think it’s way better to do things appropriately and correctly because that first rush of new customers is so valuable that if you irritate them or make things difficult, you may lose them forever.”

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Duelling motions in N.B. legislature fuel stalemate on pump price relief

Thursday saw two different gas price relief motions brought forth on the floor of New Brunswick’s legislature, one from the government and one from the official Opposition. However, neither will be debated until at least next month with both sides blocking the other’s hopes for a same-day vote.

Blaine Higgs’ government wants to ask the federal government to eliminate its carbon tax of 11 cents per litre through the summer, while the Liberals want the province to freeze collection of its 10.87-tax at the pumps for the same amount of time – plus cut a $500 cheque to each resident in the province making less than $25,000 a year.

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Motions can be debated without notice if all MLAs support that, but the Liberals denied the option for the governing PCs while their own idea for relief also failed to get unanimous consent.

Premier Blaine Higgs inferred the Liberal motion would yield short-term relief for a more permanent problem.

“To engage and force a national discussion, that’s what’s going to start the ball rolling to correct this,” the premier told reporters.

“It isn’t going to happen for us chasing 10 cents a litre today and another 10 tomorrow,” said Higgs. “That isn’t going to correct it.”

New Brunswick is not the first province to suggest freezing the federal carbon tax, but if it were successful in asking the federal government to do so, that would be a first.

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In the meantime, the Opposition noted that skyrocketing costs are already extending beyond the price at the pumps.

“It’s costing almost 20 per cent more to eat a plate of spaghetti for God’s sake,” Liberal Leader Roger Melanson said.

Regardless of the agreed-upon timeliness of the issue, there will be no debate on either motion until June 1, with the legislature adjourned next week.

“They don’t want to come back next week because they have the Premier’s golf tournament,” Green Party MLA Kevin Arseneau said.

The maximum price of gas in New Brunswick hit $2.12 per litre Thursday.

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Former Barenaked Ladies frontman to receive honorary doctorate from Laurier University

Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page will be among the five Canadians who have will be given honorary degrees at Wilfrid Laurier University’s spring convocation ceremonies this year.

The university says Page will be presented with the honorary Doctor of Music title at a ceremony at Lazaridis Hall on June 17.

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The school says that the founding member of the internationally acclaimed band is no stranger to the Laurier campus, having performed with the faculty of music in 2017.

He also spoke about his struggles with depression when he visited the campus during Orientation Week in 2012.

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In addition to Page, Carolyn Wilkins, who served as Senior Deputy Governor for the Bank of Canada, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws title a day earlier.

Others who will receive honorary doctorates next month include renowned peace and human rights activist Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, entrepreneur Salah Bachir and sports psychologist Dr. Dana Sinclair.

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