July 25, 2005
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) received good news today in support of its plans for the construction of new research facilities. Formally established in 2000 by the University of New Brunswick (UNB), the CRI mandate is to carry out research on rivers ecosystem.
On hand making joint infrastructure funding announcements for the University of New Brunswick Saint John were Education Minister Madeleine Dubé; Joseph McGuire, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); Dr. Kathryn Hamer, vice-president, UNB Saint John; Paul Zed, MP for Saint John, and Trevor Holder, MLA,Saint John - Portland.
The provision of adequate facilities for the Canadian Rivers Institute was one of its highest funding priorities. The new two-storey facility, to be located as an add-on to the existing K.C. Irving Hall, will contain both wet and dry labs as well as office space for researchers, technicians and graduate students. The project also includes the purchase of equipment to support lab and field research.
The modernized CRI facilities will be more attractive for additional researchers, scientists and funding agencies as it reaches a critical mass.
"The Province of New Brunswick is pleased to announce another contribution to the improvement of teaching and research capacity at New Brunswick's universities," Dubé said. "Providing funds to support university infrastructure clearly demonstrates our ongoing, strong commitment to post-secondary education. Through our University Infrastructure Trust Fund, we are investing $35 million to enhance New Brunswick's university infrastructure. Helping universities improve their strategic infrastructure and embrace innovation is part of Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick's Prosperity Plan."
"I am proud to see exciting research and development projects happening right here in New Brunswick," McGuire said. "This $1.6 million ACOA investment for the construction of new research facilities for the Canadian Rivers Institute will contribute to our economy by providing new technologies and expertise for standardizing environmental monitoring systems and for enhanced services in the field of aquatic environmental sciences."
"Thanks to ACOA and the Province of New Brunswick, the expansion of the CRI will be the first major undertaking under our new campus plan," Hamer said. "This new facility will allow our researchers and graduate students to continue their vital work to improve our health and environment."
"The Province of New Brunswick is committed to promoting excellence in research by assisting universities in improving their infrastructure," Holder said. "Our investment in this project will allow the University of New Brunswick Saint John to continue to play a leading role in the future of the Saint John region and our province."
"ACOA's investment in the Canadian Rivers Institute is an investment for the future," Zed said. "This is great news for the Saint John and surrounding communities. This project will help to position UNB and Saint John at the forefront of research and innovation in improving the quality of rivers and coastal systems in Canada."
The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) is a research network focusing on the conservation and restoration of river ecosystems. The institute works directly with industry and other partners such as private environmental consulting firms to develop tools and solutions to ensure that industries reduce the environmental impacts of their activities.
The new facilities will support research on the development and field testing of tools and approaches to assess the impact that industrial discharges have on watercourses. New Brunswickers will benefit through the presence of a regional centre of excellence for identifying the causes of environmental problems and will focus on the development of solutions to improve the sustainability of New Brunswick's rivers.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Communications, Education, 506-444-4714; Valérie Poulin, Office of Joseph McGuire, 613-941-7241; Stéphanie Bilodeau, ACOA NB, 506-452-3304; Dan Tanaka, UNB Saint John, 506-648-5697.