Robert Jones

Reporter

Robert Jones has been a reporter and producer with CBC New Brunswick since 1990. His investigative reports on petroleum pricing in New Brunswick won several regional and national awards and led to the adoption of price regulation in 2006.

Latest from Robert Jones

Irving Oil drops its application for price hikes as deadline to answer questions approaches

Irving Oil has notified the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board it is dropping its application for an increase in petroleum wholesale margins four days before it was scheduled to answer dozens of questions about the request.

Auditor general's Vestcor fight may have to be settled in court

New Brunswick Auditor General Kim Adair-MacPherson has support in some accounting and auditing circles for the merit of her request to gain access to the financial records of the pension investment and management body Vestcor, but her office is not saying if she is prepared yet to escalate the effort into a legal fight.

Higgs signals opposition to AG efforts to oversee pension body, hours after MLAs show support

MLAs have unanimously voted to require Vestcor, the company that manages New Brunswick's public-sector pensions, to answer questions before a committee, but Premier Blaine Higgs is essentially on Vestcor's side of the issue.

Auditor general recruits MLAs for help in dispute with N.B.'s pension body

New Brunswick Auditor General Kim Adair-MacPherson has asked MLAs to intervene in her efforts to get Vestcor, the company that manages the province's public sector pension funds, to disclose its financial records.

NB Power management at fault for missed debt targets, says auditor general

New Brunswick Auditor General Kim Adair-MacPherson, in a report, said NB Power's higher debt level was the result of management's failure to better forecast its costs.

Hand-picked Higgs officials living outside Fredericton cost taxpayers extra

Two New Brunswick deputy ministers who have been commuting to Fredericton from the Saint John area to run their departments accumulated thousands of dollars in accommodation and mileage expenses last year moving back and forth between the cities, records show.

Pandemic election rules needed immediately in N.B., MLAs are told

Kim Poffenroth, New Brunswick's chief electoral officer, warned MLAs Friday that the province is not fully prepared for the possibility of conducting an election in a scenario where part or all of the province is under a full lockdown.

Rejected:  Irving Oil request for immediate petroleum price hikes denied by energy board

In a firm rejection of Irving Oil's request for urgent increases in petroleum wholesale margins Wednesday, New Brunswick's Energy and Utilites Board ruled the company will have to wait for a full hearing in April to argue its case.

N.B. using stale data to calculate COVID payouts, and it's costing some communities thousands

The provincial government's use of stale population numbers to hand out millions in COVID-19 relief funds has overpaid thousands of dollars to some communities, undercut amounts sent to other communities, and ignored one swath of the population completely.   

Irving Oil's request for immediate price increases hits wall of opposition at EUB

Irving Oil's effort to win an immediate increase in petroleum wholesale margins hit a wall of opposition at the Energy and Utilities Board Friday, with public intervener Heather Black joining a collection of community and union groups in opposing the application.

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