FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charlottetown January 22, 2020.. Joe Byrne, Leader of the Island New Democrats, is challenging the King government to live up to the commitment to transparency made during the Conservative leadership and the 2019 election. There are currently 6 separate requests for e-gaming documents for which the King government is refusing to release…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charlottetown November 27. Island New Democrats leader Joe Byrne is asking MLAs from all parties to listen to petitioners on the proposal to open up public roads to ATV use and begin a process of consulting residents. “Many Islanders have different way to enjoy the outdoors and ATV riders are one group…

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October 15, 2019 Dear Residents of Charlottetown,  Near the beginning of the campaign somebody was sharing their view on climate change and they used the word ‘catastrophe’. I measured my reaction to the comment and realized that the images running through my mind were of my time working in Dominican Republic in the early 1990’s.…

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With 40 of the Island’s physician complement over the age of 65 years, and 12,000 registered Islanders with no family doctor, not to mention many more who have given up, the MacLauchlan has yet again failed rural PEI.  The MacLauchlan Plan for Rural Health Care offers no assurance of ER services for maintaining ER and…

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The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention was established by the premier of Prince Edward Island in December 1995. The mandate of the committee is to: coordinate the implementation of the provincial Family Violence Prevention Strategy; ensure integrity of community participation is maintained; ensure an evaluation component is in place; develop a work plan;…

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The Special Committee on Climate Change is hosting a series of meetings in Island communities to hear your input on how the province can best meet its Greenhouse Gas Emission reduction targets. Presentations on the context of climate change will be made by the UPEI Climate Lab. Committee meetings happening in communities are not live streamed…

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The year welcomed in a new government and a new opposition.  There is a new agenda, definitely a new tone, and both are welcome. Newness is often infused with hope.  This is also a time to thank those who ran as candidates in our recent elections. Democracy works in part because of the courage and commitment…

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The decision by the Federal Environment Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, to have no federal assessment for the Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility and placing it in the hands of the Nova Scotia’s environmental assessment authority, leaves people who stand for “No Pipe in the Strait” without much hope.  Joe Byrne, Leader of the NDP, said,…

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