Acadian Intercity Coaches LP and Acadian Coach Lines LP have applied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to increase its rates. The company has requested an average one-way fare increase of 2.9 per cent throughout its 52 “zones of distance.” A Utility and Review Board hearing will be held concurrent with a hearing by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board on May 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Municipal Council Chambers, 110 Main St., Sackville, N.B. Joint hearings of the two Boards alternate between the two provinces. Last year, concurrent hearings of the two Boards were held in Amherst, respecting other applications by the same carriers. People who want to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses should file notice with the board by May 2. Members of the public not able to attend the Sackville, N.B., hearing can take part in a telephone conference call. Names and phone numbers should be provided to the board by May 2. People who want to comment on the proposed amendments to Motor Carrier Licence No. 244 and Extra-provincial Operating Licence No. X261 can do so by letter to the Clerk of the Board, P.O. Box 1692, Unit M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3S3; by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to 902-424-3919; or by calling the clerk at 902-424-4448. For more information on the amendments, call 902-424-3588, 902-424-4448, 902-444-8608 or e-mail email@example.com .
Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising to create a $2.5 billion fund aimed at keeping businesses in Ontario.Wynne says companies would be able to apply for government grants. They say the applicants would have to meet certain criteria to receive the money, details of which will be in the budget. Wynne also says her government will create what the Liberals are calling “The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.”“This is the real point of difference between my government and Tim Hudak’s Conservatives. We need to make this point. We believe in working actively to create the conditions for companies to succeed,” said Wynne.More details of the fund will be unveiled on Thursday when the Liberals release their budget. They need at least one opposition party to support their budget to avoid an election.