Dalhousie looks to escape financial downturn with new jail's construction
Anonymous - CBC News
December 15, 2008
The construction of a new jail will go a long way in helping Dalhousie recover from the crippling closures of its paper mill and other businesses in 2008, the northern town's mayor said.
There are few communities in New Brunswick that have been harder hit in the last year than Dalhousie. When the AbitibiBowater mill shut its doors at the end of January, it put 330 people out of work. The news only got worse for the community of 3,600 when Olin Corp. closed two of its chemical plants in March, eliminating another 100 jobs.
'It's also going to create jobs. This is the first time that I see Dalhousie benefit from that kind of announcement from the province.'— Dalhousie Mayor Clem Tremblay
Not only did the closings throw hundreds out of work, it also cut hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue from the town government.
The provincial government is setting aside $16.2 million for a new correctional facility in Dalhousie.
Mayor Clem Tremblay said the new jail will become the biggest investment to land in the north shore town in decades. He said it will help make up for some of the losses, but there is still a big hole to fill.
"An infrastructure of that nature, of $16 million plus and it's also going to create jobs. This is the first time that I see Dalhousie benefit from that kind of announcement from the province," he said.
The new jail is expected to create 35 to 40 jobs.