Monday, April 20, 2009

Bowater Back

2009-04-20 09:11:28

Employees at Bowater Mersey Paper Company are heading back to work on today following a five-week shutdown.  So far though, Union officials aren't commenting until they get more information about what's happening with the Queens county plant.  Today is the end of the plant's second five-week shut down in the past five months.  The parent company, AbibitBowater Inc. is seeking bankruptcy protection in the United States and Canada.  A 51/49-percent partnership with the Washington Post exempts the Brooklyn property from bankruptcy proceedings.  Union leaders have told CBC they have no idea whether the separation from the current action will benefit the local mill in the long term. A shutdown at the mill would affect more than 500 jobs in the region.

Joining Forces

2009-04-20 05:45:09

The Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce recently made presentations before two councils seeking input of their budgets.  Chamber President Craig Collins told both the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and Town of Bridgewater having cohesive municipal units will result in creating an attractive business environment for the current business base and a competitive advantage to luring new business to the region. Sandra Richards, Chair of the Chamber's Advocacy Committee says there are concerns about rising commercial rate assessment trends, and on the day to day issues, there are concerns about the rising cost of fees in respect to services provided.

Municipal Budget

2009-04-20 05:44:12

No  hints at what's to come in the budget for the Municipality of Lunenburg, but Mayor Don Downe says it's going to be a challenge. Downe says the Municipality has a new working committee, the Budget/Finance Committe that has been working very hard in conjunction with staff.  Downe wouldn't speculate on whether it will be a status-quo budget that will be able to hold the line on tax rates.