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• In the week before the federal byelection in Labrador, Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones has been served with legal papers.
CAI Marine has advanced a lawsuit against Jones, claiming she slandered the company.
The company has suggested comments by Jones contributed to its loss of a contract for Labrador ferry service — a contract worth about $28 million to the business.
In the House of Assembly in March, as an MHA, Jones accused the company of being “riddled with headaches and disaster ever since they started taking over marine service contracts in Labrador.”
When Chris Newman, vice-president for CAI group, spoke with The Telegram about the pending lawsuit in early April, he said a statement of claim would be filed with the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court within the week.
• A dispute is continuing between the provincial government and the Town of Placentia over municipal construction permits for the replacement of the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge.
Work crews have moved in to start the project, according to Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan.
However, he said Thursday, a meeting between staff of the Department of Transportation and Works and the town did not settle a standing disagreement over permit fees.
The mayor said a tentative agreement was reached between the representatives for both sides, but neither the town council or the provincial government ultimately moved from their fundamental positions.
“Our battle continues over the bridge,” he summarized.
• Finance Minster Jerome Kennedy said that simply by asking about layoffs and bumping in the public service, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball was committing “nothing other than an attack” on members of the public service.
That didn’t stop Ball from asking questions, although he didn’t get much in the way of answers from Kennedy Thursday during question period in the House of Assembly.
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