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.

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Service NB's assessment on latest Irving Oil headquarters differs from newly built schools

Service New Brunswick's decision to value Irving Oil's new headquarters building for property taxes as being worth at least $30 million less than it cost to build, is a mystery in Saint John made deeper by other buildings the agency has recently valued at or near their full construction cost. 

Seasonal power rates lack support and upset 'social compact,' NB Power tells EUB

Charging NB Power residential customers substantially more for electricity in the winter to better reflect the costs of supplying power in New Brunswick, even if combined with discounts in the summer, is likely to trigger resistance in the public and should be dropped as an idea at least for now, the utility is arguing.

N.B. pension managers net record $5.3M in bonus pay for 2019, despite below average returns

The body in charge of managing New Brunswick government pension plans paid its employees a record $5.3 million in incentive pay in 2019, including $2.1 million in bonuses to its top four executives, despite overseeing investment returns that were near the bottom of major Canadian pension funds.

Kneading, weeding and weed help N.B. retailers fight April sales decline

Groceries, gardening supplies and recreational drugs helped New Brunswick counteract a steep sales decline during the early days of COVID-19, according to figures from Statistics Canada.

Irving Oil's $88M headquarters building assessed for taxes at $56.8M

Irving Oil Ltd.'s new 11-storey headquarter building in Saint John is being assessed for property taxes as being worth $56.8 million, well below the cost to construct it which one estimate puts closer to $88 million.

$47.7 million assessment difference in francophone community centres irks Saint John leaders

Fredericton's Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne isn't even double the size of Saint John's Centre scolaire-communautaire Samuel-de-Champlain but is assessed for property taxes to be worth triple.

Wife of Dennis Oland files domestic action against him in family court

Properties that featured prominently in the murder trial of Dennis Oland are back before the courts again, this time in an apparent domestic action launched against Oland by his wife Lisa.

Irving refinery scored 'free' oil from historic price collapse, according to Higgs

It was the darkest of days for Canadian oil producers in April when western crude prices freakishly dropped below $0 per barrel, but it was a windfall for buyers and Irving Oil Ltd. jumped on it, according to New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs.

Higgs calls for 'cultural shift' to turn N.B.'s economic fortunes around

Like a malfunctioning time machine, the COVID-19 crisis is threatening to transport New Brunswick's economy back to where it was in 2010 or earlier and that has Premier Blaine Higgs calling for radical changes in the province's work ethic and entrepreneurial instincts.

Unprecedented weekend hunt for COVID-19 shattered testing records in N.B. and elsewhere

New Brunswick set COVID-19 testing records Friday, Saturday and then again on Sunday in the fight to kill a virus outbreak in Restigouche County.

COVID-19 testing in New Brunswick below 'minimum' prior to new outbreak

The discovery of six new cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton area over the last week may trigger increased testing for the virus throughout New Brunswick, which had been slowing noticeably in the province in recent days to the point of falling below "minimum" amounts it set for itself.

New Brunswick nixes new property tax breaks for businesses, cottages

Thrown into deficit by financial turmoil unleashed by the COVID-19 virus, New Brunswick Finance Minister Ernie Steeves has moved to cancel more than $20 million in property tax cuts for businesses and cottages that he unveiled in his budget just 11 weeks ago.

Canadians driving through N.B. to summer homes in P.E.I. to face heavy screening

Canadians who were hoping to pass through New Brunswick starting as early as next week to access summer properties they own on Prince Edward Island will be facing tougher entrance requirements and screening rules than it first appeared when the plan was unveiled a week ago.

N.B. fears rising federal debt and sinking economy may squeeze poor provinces

A once booming Canadian economy qualified New Brunswick for windfall increases in federal aid over the last three years, but COVID-19 may throw that all into reverse.

New Brunswick reveals $300M deficit projection in better-than-expected fiscal update

New Brunswick's financial situation has been deteriorating in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic but not as severely as a number of private forecasts have been suggesting.

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