Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(Premiers-Meeting-Indigenous)

Premier Brian Gallant says it's unfortunate that three of Canada's largest Indigenous groups aren't meeting with provincial leaders who've gathered in New Brunswick this week.

The heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council have declined an invitation from the Council of the Federation to meet with the premiers today, although other Indigenous leaders are attending.

Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, says the three groups should be included in official government meetings, not put on the sidelines like a special-interest group.

Gallant says the half-day meeting in Bouctouche is to focus on economic partnerships and Indigenous children in care, but other issues may also be discussed. (The Canadian Press)

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(NL-Salmon-Decline)

Federal Fisheries Department experts are warning of a continued decline in returns of Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Scientists with the department say that 55 per cent of the province's rivers will likely have lower salmon returns this season, compared to the averages in 2011 to 2015.

Last year ranks as the worst on record, with 30 per cent decreases in returns in 80 per cent of the province's rivers. The scientists are recommending that the retention fishery be ended for the rest of the season, and that catch-and-release continues only as long as river temperatures remain lower than 18 degrees Celsius. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-Environment-Prosecutor)

Nova Scotia has appointed a special prosecutor to focus on the environment.

Brian Cox, who is a senior Crown attorney in Halifax, will take cases to court related to the Environment Act, food safety, public health, meat inspection, fisheries and aquaculture, animal welfare, natural resources and the fur industry.

Environment Minister Margaret Miller says having an experienced prosecutor who specializes in environmental and regulatory issues will help ensure people and companies are held accountable when they put the environment at risk. …

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