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FREDERICTON — A New Brunswick maple syrup processor has won an appeal court victory in his dispute with the marketing federation that controls syrup production in Quebec.The New Brunswick Court of Appeal says in a written decision released last week that Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers’ limits on the amount of sap and syrup Etienne St-Pierre can buy don’t apply in the East Coast province.The appeal decision upholds an earlier decision by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Fredericton, which said the attempt to apply the quotas to St-Pierre’s company in Kedgwick, N.B., didn’t apply.The Quebec injunction was originally issued by the Quebec Agricultural Marketing Board after the federation filed a complaint against St-Pierre in 2007.But the New Brunswick courts have refused to accept the board’s decision and its ratification by a Quebec court as having jurisdiction in the province.Justice Alexandre Deschenes wrote the Court of Appeal agreed with earlier rulings that the federation was trying to extend Quebec regulations into a separate jurisdiction.He also agreed that since the injunction against St-Pierre was a temporary order and since the Quebec board was still reviewing its own jurisdiction it wasn’t logical to enforce an injunction that might not last.The Canadian PressMinister moves to rescue Quebec maple syrup industryHow a maple syrup rebellion is growing in Quebec read more

Responding to press questions following a meeting with Brian Cowen, the Foreign Minister of Ireland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, Mr. Annan said the two had agreed on the importance of re-energizing the peace process.“We shared our concern about the economic, social and humanitarian situation of the Palestinians and I appealed for additional support for them because I am afraid if this situation continues, we will see real despair and perhaps even partial collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” he said.Stressing the need to break the impasse and move forward, the Secretary-General said, “Everybody agrees that the solution is land-for-peace and we need to really find a way of bringing the parties to the table so that in the end we can have two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in security.”He pledged to continue efforts aimed at encouraging the parties to move forward.Echoing this view, Foreign Minister Cowen said, “We have responsibilities; we need to discharge them and we will work proactively, diplomatically and politically in the coming weeks and months to try and devise a way forward, consistent with the Road Map because of course that is the only means by which a just and comprehensive peace can be obtained.” read more