This Week in New Brunswick

Coastal communities at risk from climate change 

The town of Saint Andrews is one of several coastal communities that faces rising sea levels and storm surges caused by climate change. According to Doug Naish, mayor of Saint Andrews, combatting these environmental changes could cost the town hundreds of millions of dollars. Such a bill would require provincial and federal help. Naish urges the province to shift funding from flood compensation to flood prevention and to stop developing in flood-prone areas.


N.B. minimum wage to rise to $11/hour

​The provincial government has committed to increasing the minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017. Until Oct. 7, the public has the opportunity to take part in minimum wage consultations through the government’s Citizen Engagement and Consultation website.

Fredericton to be left without a competitive aquatic facility 

The University of New Brunswick has approved a plan to build a $36-million sports facility that will not include a pool. With the current Lady Beaverbrook pool likely to shut down, Fredericton may not have a competitive pool by 2018. The lack of aquatic facilities in Fredericton puts the existence of the diving and competitive swim teams in jeopardy.


Bay of Fundy warming a threat to lobster market

Rising ocean temperatures are affecting marine biodiversity. Such temperature change has nearly destroyed the lobster-fishing industry in Massachusetts and scientists predict that the same will happen in the Bay of Fundy if this trend continues. Despite the changes, the populations of blue crab and squid have been increasing and in the near future. Those who work in the fishing industry may have to switch to these species.

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