Recent research indicates some illegal activity going on at Confederation Building and it has nothing this time to do with MHA spending allowances.
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association (ACSA) hired an independent Montreal-based company to conduct cigarette butt studies in 43 locations in the Atlantic region. The findings showed the level of contraband tobacco being smoked on the grounds of Confederation Building were the highest in the Atlantic region.
Almost 50 per cent of butts collected and tested from a smoker's compound for government employees outside Confederation Building tested positive for being contraband.
A minimum sample of 150 butts were collected at each of four sites in St. John's.
The contraband results were:
- 46.3 per cent at Confederation Building
- 27.2 per cent at Memorial University
- 19.2 per cent at the Health Sciences Centre
- And only 7.4 per cent on the popular bar strip on George Street.
Full story in Friday's print edition.