Stats Can reports job gains in Atlantic Canada

Stats Can reports job gains in Atlantic Canada

Statistics Canada released its first 2019 labour force survey with a notable increase in the Atlantic Canadian region. Newfoundland and Labrador’s unemployment fell to 11.4 per cent with an increase of 4,500 jobs, while in Nova Scotia, employment increased by 6,100 compared with December 2018. New Brunswick’s unemployment needle barely changed from 8.4 to 8.2 per cent despite the employment raising by 3,600. Prince Edward Island ’s total labour force decreased by 400 over last year to 83,700.

Halifax’s Gahan House on the move
Gahan House has announced the relocation of its Halifax brewpub. The Prince Edward Island brewery opened their Historic Properties brewpub in 2014 and will move what is to become its flagship to the Nova Centre on the corner of Sackville and Grafton Streets. The $2-million project is already underway, set to open the long weekend in May.

$60-billion navy fleet to be built by Irving Shipbuilding
Major U.S. defence company Lockheed Martin has been awarded a warship building contract as announced by the federal government on February 8 in Halifax. Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough stated the 15 new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy will be built by Irving whose contract is valued at $185 million. Construction is set to begin in the early 2020s

ADL partners with Quebecois celebrity chef
Summerside’s ADL has announced a partnership with celebrity chef Martin Picard to create a line of maple-syrup infused condensed milk. Chef Picard, who owns the legendary Au Pied Du Cochon in Montreal, has been working on the project for two years, and they are on sale on the chef’s website.

Sequence Bio takes a win at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Newfoundland and Labrador-based biotechnology Sequence Bio in their action against the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB), which must approve studies involving human subjects in the Province. Sequence Bio argued that legislation required HREB to provide a decision on research proposals within 30 days, while HREB had argued that legislation required it only to consider research proposals within that time period.

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