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NB not acting on suggested Family Court reforms / Why NS is putting an end to permits for private citizens to cut firewood on Crown land / Phone-in: Genealogist Terry Punch on tracing your family tree

It's rare for a judge to speak publicly about government policy.
But on Friday, February 5th, Justice Raymond Guerette told an audience of the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Bar Association - including two former ministers of justice - what was on his mind.
Justice Guerette had chaired The Access to Family Justice Task Force which delivered a report to the provincial government in January of 2009 (to read the report, click here ). It featured dozens of recommendations on how to administer justice properly to men, women & children caught up in divorce and custody issues.
But Justice Guerette said that instead of acting on those recommendations to make it less stressful and  expensive to get a divorce, the government had done things which made it more difficult and costly. He went on to say that he and his task force members felt betrayed, but was more concerned about the people caught up in a system which is decades behind the times.
We spoke with Brenda Noble, who practices family law with the firm of Barry Spalding in Saint John. She was also a member of the Access to Family Justice Task Force.



Nova Scotia has traditionally opened up its Crown land for logging - to forestry companies, small private firms and individuals who wanted to cut their own firewood.
But soon, the latter - those individual logging permits - will be a thing of the past.
Cumberland County is one of two areas in the province where individuals are still allowed to cut firewood. But later this month, Nova Scotia will stop granting permits there.
Alan Eddy, regional director for the province's Department of Natural Resources, explained.  

It's safe to say that a century from now, some Canadians will be tracing their family tree back to Haiti - specifically, to early 2010, when their great-grandfather or grandmother left because they'd lost their parents and other family members in the earthquake. And as for those who died in the earthquake, there might be little record of them ever having lived.
Genealogist Terry Punch has long been interested in the natural disasters and wars that have forced people to migrate to other countries. Many Maritimers can probably trace their ancestries to events as diverse as the Irish Potato Famine or the Nazi invasion of European countries.
Terry's discussed the ways that an understanding of these terrible events can provide a richer  background for our genealogical research. He's the author of 3 volumes of Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853.
He also answered questions about tracing your family tree.
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