June 2014

Province Being Sued By Retirees

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 14:37 PM

The Alward Government is being sued by the Toronto law firm representing 13 thousand provincial government retirees over the shared risk pension plan.

The main bone of contention is that under the shared risk model, their pensions will no longer be automatically indexed. Indexing will depend on the cost of living.

The retirees say, because of their age, they are not able to replace the lost income if the pension plan doesn't do well in the stock market. The average provincial government retiree is 70 years of age and has an annual pension of $21,500.

Former Conservative Says Response To His Switch Is Good

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 14:34 PM

Saying he didn't know what to expect after announcing his switch from the Conservatives to run for the NDP in Hampton, Bev Harrison says the response in the riding has been good.

Harrison tells CHSJ News the formulation of Conservative party policy was not inclusive enough for his liking and whatever he said in caucus was ignored.

Harrison goes on to say the Conservatives he has spoken to are dissatisfied with their own party and he doesn't think they can get re-elected.

Former Liberal Says He Switched Parties On Principle

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 14:30 PM

As expected, John Wilcox, who headed the City Police Major Crime Unit when he retired, has left the Liberals and will run in Rothesay for the NDP against incumbant Ted Flemming.

Wilcox says the state of the provincial economy is the big issue for him as it is for many families in the riding. Two of his sons have had to leave the province in search of work. Wilcox goes so far as to say our way of life is in trouble if things continue as they are.

As for joining the NDP, Wilcox quoted Winston Churchill about leaving a political party to match your principles.

Heat & Humidity Warning Issued For Canada Day

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 13:37 PM

Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement warning of extremely hot and humid conditions hitting the province on Canada Day.

An airmass is moving across New Brunswick that will bring the humidex temperature to around 35 to 40 degrees in most places and meteorologist Claude Cote explains it could be even higher in some inland areas like Fredericton and St. Stephen.

Cote says we will see a few days of these hot, hazy conditions and they will have to monitor some possible thunderstorm activity late Wednesday and maybe on Thursday as well.

Gather For A Group Hug

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 10:48 AM

It will be quite the event to see and to be part of.

Everyone is invited to gather on Water Street in St. Andrews, between the Post Office and Market Square for a "Group Hug" picture tomorrow, Canada Day.

Keith Minchin is the photographer for the Faces Of New Brunswick book project and tells us with so many people gathered in one picture, it will appear as if we are all hugging.

He is hoping to gather as many people as possible into the shot. He says, "The less pavement I see, the better the effect will be in the picture."

St. Andrews Going Red And White: Full Schedule

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 10:43 AM

St. Andrews will once again be painted red and white.

The annual Canada Day celebration being held tomorrow, July 1st, in the sea-side town will be jam-packed with activities on our nation's birthday, beginning with the Sunrise Ceremony on Indian Point at 6am.

Kids' Games will start at 9, the Canada Day Parade will be at 1, the official opening of the Van Horne Trail at 4, and the annual Fireworks display at 10.

More Support For Proposed Barge Terminal

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 06:16 AM

The General Manager of Saint John Industrial Parks says, ideally, construction of a barge terminal in Lorneville at the Spruce Lake Industrial Park will begin when the weather is still warm.

Brian Irving tells CHSJ News the city has all its ducks in a row on this, having set aside money and expressing unanimous support last week.

Irving says the province and federal government aren't quite there yet. They need formal letters to apply for funding complete with documentation on the economic benefits which are described as being significant.

Collision Between Car And Moose

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 05:23 AM

A woman, who was a passenger in the front seat of a car, suffering serious injuries after a collision with a large moose on Route 111 at the Golden Grove exit.

CHSJ News has been told her side of the car was crushed because of the way the moose rolled after the crash but she's expected to recover.

Also, a 53 year old man has been locked up after being arrested by Kennebecasis Regional Police for a drunken disturbance on First Street in Quispamsis. He's looking at several charges which include uttering threats and obstructing police.

Hampton Becomes Centre Of Political Controversy

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 05:21 AM

Controversy is raging in Hampton over the decision by longtime Conservative M-L-A Bev Harrison to run for the NDP.  Premier David Alward is quoted as saying Harrison is not a team player but that's not all to the back and forth.

Chris Rendell announced he was running for the NDP nomination in Hampton in late May but had his approval to run revoked on June 25th. The party claims it was unacceptable for Rendell to indicate a like online for a video posted by the Green Party. Rendell, on his Facebook page, says he's interested in good ideas regardless of their origin.