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Elsipogtog First Nation congratulates Elder Joe John Sanipass on prestigious Pioneer Award from TIANB


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May 25, 2017

Elsipogtog First Nation congratulates Elder Joe John Sanipass on prestigious Pioneer Award from Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick (TIANB)

ELSIPOGTOG, N.B. – The Elsipogtog First Nation is honoured that one of its most respected members – Elder Joe John Sanipass – has received the prestigious 2017 Pioneer Award from the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick (TIANB). The presentation took place at TIANB’s Annual Tourism Summit in Fredericton on May 24.

Joe John Sanipass, 80, is an elder and artisan who has been making baskets for 70 years. He also holds numerous workshops where participants learn the basic techniques of the art. He has his own sweat lodge and hosts those who are striving for greater meaning in life through this very spiritual tradition. The TIANB Pioneer Award is given to those who have demonstrated their commitment and outstanding contribution to the promotion of tourism and the province of New Brunswick.

Elder Joe John Sanipass, Elsipogtog First Nation
Elder Joe John Sanipass, Elsipogtog First Nation

“Our knowledge-keepers like Joe keep our culture going for generation after generation,” said Elsipogtog First Nation Chief Arren Sock. “His baskets are in high demand both inside and outside our community throughout the Maritimes.”

Elsipogtog First Nations Administrator Derwin J. Joseph was also very pleased to learn of the recognition. “Congratulations to Joe John Sanipass on this award. Our hopes for future generations to retain vital cultural wisdom rest on such recognition of our people and the skill they possess to pass it on,” he said. “This will serve well our goal of establishing more than just a tourism product from Elsipogtog, but a means by which our culture will continue forward for our own people – and the people we share our land with.”

“This is a proud moment for the community of Elsipogtog,” said Lynn Francis, Director of Economic Development, Elsipogtog First Nation. “Our elder has dedicated many years to maintain and share the art of traditional Mi’kmaq basket-making with the people of Elsipogtog. Elder Joe John Sanipass has also been teaching basket-making techniques to a group of participants from the Heritage Interpreter Certification Program. We are creating a path through capacity building to reach our goal of developing a self-sustaining indigenous tourism product.”

In addition to his work as an artisan, Elder Joe John Sanipass also uses his wisdom to counsel and mentor others who may have fallen on hard times. He works uses his life knowledge and experience to help provide guidance to those needing a helping hand and elder support. As well, he conducts traditional ceremonies and has been privileged provide to personal and spiritual marriage ceremonies for those have requested his knowledge and wisdom for such important traditions.


For more information, please contact:

Derwin J. (D.J.) Joseph
Nation Administrator

Hump Day: All hands on deck for good ship New Brunswick!

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By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Moncton Times & Transcript

New Brunswick’s ‘brand’ is in bad shape. It pains me to say so, especially for someone who has chosen to live and build my career here. Even when friends and colleagues pulled up stakes and moved away, I was determined – and unashamedly so – to stay.

If you’re a real estate agent, don’t drive over to my house to leave a business card in my mailbox just yet. I’m not going anywhere. I’m not giving up on the province that I truly love. I’m not abandoning my home – literally and figuratively. After I die, I fully expect throngs of distraught readers to line up to sob and throw themselves upon my grave – which naturally will be located somewhere in this fine metro area.

And before the opposition parties frantically tear this column out of the newspaper and post it to their office bulletin board thinking that it’s some anti-government diatribe, I can assure them that nothing could be further from the truth. Our branding problem happened a long time before the current government took office.

New Brunswick is in desperate need of a branding campaign to get us out of our doldrums. Everything will be fine if we intend it to be so. Getting everyone in the province to buy into that is another story — and pushing the naysayers aside will be essential.

What I mean by branding in this sense is not some cutesy logo, but the feeling we get when we think about our province. For years, it’s been negative economic news day in and day out. I can’t think of anything more depressing than listening to one more news story about how we’re all pretty much just five minutes away from packing up shop and sailing on a rickety old boat to Bangladesh to work in a sweatshop clothing factory to pay off our debtors. Now, I’m not saying there isn’t some truth to our economic woes. And I’m not saying that we don’t have to tear off a very big bandage all at once no matter how much it hurts. I assume this week’s provincial budget will be about as bad as it gets for a long time. Let’s hope that this is the beginning of steadying New Brunswick’s economy.

Now that the powers that be have successfully created a public demand for an increased HST and the imposition of tolls on our highways, it’s time to take those measures and others and start to rebuild our finances. You know things are bad when people are practically begging for a higher sales tax and new road tolls.

But now, we must change the channel and start to reinvigorate our province’s shattered confidence. I say that because I’ve never in my life heard so much pessimism from the business world. Unfortunately, when it comes to negativity in the corporate milieu, it’s often a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even people who are doing well start hoarding and holding back investments, removing even more money from the economy and making things exponentially worse than they were before.

New Brunswick needs to restore the confidence, vim and vigour in its step. I don’t mean by just paying lip service to it. I mean by actually believing it – by restoring true, heartfelt, generally accepted hope in our future. Hope is a powerful tool. It gets governments elected. It breeds investment. It causes great things to happen. I’m supremely distressed that many New Brunswickers are losing hope.

We need to stop catering to the lowest common denominator leaving asinine, hateful, intolerant and anonymous comments online. We need to put politics aside and bring together government, opposition, the private sector and industry associations in a campaign to restore our hope. We need young people to stop automatically assuming that they need to leave New Brunswick to earn a living and raise a family.

In 1984, the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce ran a very successful feel-good campaign with the catchy slogan,“Greater Moncton, We’re OK!” This was in the dark days following the closing of the CN Shops when a shadow was cast over this city. It may surprise the younger crowd today, but the campaign was sorely needed at the time. Thankfully, it worked brilliantly!

As simplistic as it sounds, something similar is required in New Brunswick immediately. We need a bi-partisan partnership between the private sector and government to help spread the word inside this province that we’re not down and out. We’re just beginning. There is hope for the future. It will get better.

In fact, we need to set our mindset to the fact that it is our expressed intention that things will get better. This isn’t just crossing our fingers and tossing a coin. An expressed intention is much more than that – and it will require all hands on deck. And if you aren’t ready to be part of the solution, then stand aside and let those who are ready get to work.

Encorp Atlantic looking forward to positive operational and efficiency changes to N.B.’s Beverage Containers Program

Encorp meeting - Aug 5 2015
Officials from Encorp Atlantic, G.M. Rioux Transport and the Eastern Recylers Association met this week to work out details surrounding the new sorting and processing requirements for the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program which will come into effect on October 5. In the photo, from left to right: Pierre Landry, General Manager, Encorp Atlantic; Colette Boucher, Controller, Encorp Atlantic; Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director, Eastern Recyclers Association; Mélanie Desjardins, Vice-President, G.M. Rioux Transport; Réjean Rioux, President, G.M. Rioux Transport; and Robert Cole, President, Eastern Recyclers Association.

Encorp Atlantic logoOn April 8, Encorp Atlantic Inc. announced that it had awarded a contract valued at more than $9 million over five years to G.M. Rioux Transport of Grand Falls for the collection, transportation and processing of refund-bearing non-alcoholic beverage containers in New Brunswick. Since then, Encorp officials and Rioux have been hard at work preparing for the transition to the new service provider. NovaPet of Amherst, Nova Scotia, was chosen as the successful bidder for the purchase of all of Encorp’s co-mingled plastics materials.

“Encorp is pleased with the cost savings in transportation, processing and material markets from the innovations put forward during the request for proposal (RFP) process we went through earlier this year,” says Pierre Landry, General Manager of Encorp Atlantic.

“The difference in proponents’ pricing for sort-reduction efficiencies and the same services over the duration of the five-year contract was well over 25 per cent for the collection, processing and materials market, which is quite significant,” he said. “Furthermore, Encorp was able to secure stable markets for all co-mingled plastics in Atlantic Canada. Previously, these materials were recycled in Quebec. The reason for the significant difference in overall proponent pricing for the upcoming contract period is that we are now selling them directly to market. Clearly, the RFP process worked as it should.”

In December 2014, Encorp issued RFPs for collection and transportation, processing, as well as materials management services and subsequently received a number of submissions. For the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program, the new contracts mean:
• new trucks
• new technology
• fewer sorts for redemption centres
• more funds to New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund

“Our agreement with G.M. Rioux Transport has been signed. This new contract allows us to implement further efficiencies into our recycling process,” Mr. Landry said. “As well, reduced sorting requirements is wonderful news for the province’s redemption centre operators. This was only achievable because of our RFP process and the successful bids by G.M. Rioux and NovaPet.”

G.M. Rioux is scheduled to take over as Encorp’s service provider for the collection, transportation and partial processing of its non-alcoholic beverage containers on October 5. “We’re really looking forward to the new technology they will be bringing into the province and the efficiencies which will result from it,” Mr. Landry said.

Encorp Atlantic Inc. was founded in 1992 as the non-alcoholic beverage distribution industry’s response to the Government of New Brunswick’s Beverage Containers Act, which saw a beverage container deposit/redemption program established in New Brunswick. Every year, Encorp Atlantic manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province. Since 1992, more than 3.2 billion deposit-bearing non-alcoholic beverage containers have been kept out of provincial landfills, and more than $110 million has been provided to the Government of New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund.

Happy New Brunswick Day!

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Here’s wishing you all a very happy New Brunswick Day long weekend! Take a bit of time to celebrate and appreciate this wonderful province!

Sometimes — especially if you read online comments on social media and news websites — you’d think we were an impoverished war-torn nation in some godforsaken part of the world. It’s time to turn that around and move forward with optimism, determination and vision.

Don’t be part of the negativity! We’re all in this together!

Encorp Atlantic launches new express service at redemption centres in Fredericton, Shediac

Encorp Atlantic has launched an express beverage container recycling services in a few select redemption centres in New Brunswick.

Encorp Atlantic logoFour redemption centres in the Fredericton and Shediac areas are implementing a trial run of Express Service Bags. Customers will be able to collect their New Brunswick deposit-bearing beverage containers in the specially designed bags and then drop them off at one of the participating redemption centres, receiving priority service for a quick cash payout on the spot.

Each “40” Express Service Bag is designed to hold 40 containers and equals a $2 cash payout. Thanks to the pre-determined cash value, customers who show up with their Express Service Bags full of empty beverage containers will be given first priority when visiting the redemption centre, as the containers need not be counted nor sorted in front of them.

“The convenience of not having to wait in line by being able to accept a predetermined cash refund should help speed up the experience of dropping off recyclables for customers as well as maximize workflow in the redemption centres,” says Pierre Landry, General Manager, Encorp Atlantic. “There will be much less time wasted sorting and counting in front of the customers. We think that implementing such a concept only helps to make recycling easier for the public. The easier and more convenient it is for customers to recycle, the more containers they will bring and the more frequent they will visit redemption centres.”

The Express Service Bags will be tried out on a small demographic of 2,500 to 3,000 participants at each redemption centre. Customers who would like to join the program must sign up at one of the following centres:

Encorp express service bag
Encorp Atlantic’s new Express Service Bag service is being tried out at select redemption centres in the Fredericton and Shediac areas. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

Northside Redemption Centre
213 MacFarlane Street
Fredericton, N.B.

Southside Redemption Centre
70 Timothy Avenue
Hanwell, N.B.

Oromocto Redemption Centre
16 Lewis Street
Oromocto, N.B.

Shediac Redeem Centre
610 Main Street
Shediac, N.B.

Behind the scenes, Encorp will be collecting data and feedback from participants, as well as the participating redemption centre owners. The goal is to adapt and perfect the Express Service Bag concept in order to make it available to other redemption centres in the province in the near future.

The new Express Service Bag concept is part of a series of innovative pilot projects aimed at researching and testing new systems and procedures to make recycling more convenient for the public, increase recycling rates in the province and improve the business model for redemption centre owners. One of these pilot projects is Encorp’s self-serve beverage container drop-off depots in Moncton, known as re-centres. The re-centres are currently being tested on a small demographic in the region. They have received much praise from the public and are helping to shape the model redemption centre of the future.

Encorp Atlantic Inc. provides post-consumer beverage container management services to organizations that distribute deposit-bearing beverage containers in New Brunswick. Every year, Encorp manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province. Now representing more than 85 distributors of non-alcoholic beverage products in New Brunswick, Encorp is proud to be a leader in industry stewardship, proud of the more than $113 million contributed to New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund, and proud of the more than 3.2 billion containers recycled since 1992.