September 2014

British Prof Argues NB Played Major Role In Creation Of Modern Canada

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 21:27 PM

New Brunswick's reputation as merely a benchwarmer in the development of modern Canada being challenged by a British professor.

Ged Martin delivering the annual W. Stewart MacNutt lecture at the University of New Brunswick arguing the province actually played a vital role in the creation of Canadian Confederation in the mid-1860s.

He points to the province's refusal to back the idea of a Maritime Union with Nova Scotia, speculatating that if New Brunswick's had decided to sign on, it is possible the country could have broken up in about 18 months.

David Suzuki On Shale Gas Exploration

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 18:00 PM

Dr. David Suzuki bringing his Blue Dot tour to Saint John.

When asked about shale gas exploration, Suzuki tells us he was in Elsipogtog during the demonstrations last year.

He congratulates New Brunswickers for looking at the issue throught the lens of water adding the supply will be exhausted far faster than the companies are saying.

The Blue Dot tour features David Suzuki along with music and poetry and makes a stop at the Imperial Theatre tonight.

Tickets are limited and the show starts at 7pm.


Creating A Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 16:29 PM

At the core of a healthy workplace is communication and from there the priorities include growth and development, a culture of respect, recognition and a work-life balance.

Dr. Arla Day of Saint Mary's University says every company is different but they often have similar challenges.

They can be negative relationships like a toxic boss or it can be incivility among co-workers which she says can spiral quickly.

Day says psychologically healthy workplaces lead to increased performance and improved employee attitudes.


Police Takedown Leads To Arrest Of Man Believed To Be Crack Cocaine Dealer

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 16:15 PM

A takedown in uptown Saint John leading to the arrest of a 48-year-old man believed to be a crack cocaine dealer.

The takedown happening in the Hazen Street area by the Street Crime Unit, Fundy Integrated Intelligence Unit and Uniform Patrol Division. Six grams of crack cocaine worth about 1200 on the street being seized.

Robin Wade Blizzard making a court appearance to be charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking crack cocaine. He was remanded without plea.

He will be back in court Thursday afternoon at 1:30 for a bail hearing.

Saint John Police Looking For Missing 29-Year-Old Woman

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 15:25 PM

Saint John Police appealing for information from the public that could help them find a missing 29-year-old woman.

Justine Wambugu was last seen on Friday on the West side of the city at about 9:30 at night. Police say they aren't sure what she was wearing at that time.

If you know anything about her whereabouts you're being asked to contact Saint John Police at 506-648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Fortis Properties To Conduct Review Of Assets

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 13:48 PM

It's possible the Delta and Brunswick Square in Saint John may have a new owner.

Fortis the parent company of Fortis Properties is launching a review of its assets.
Fortis Properties President and CEO Nora Duke tells CHSJ News they think it will take a couple of months to crunch the numbers.

Duke says executing any decisions would take time so they think it will be 2015 before anything happens.

Fortis properties owns 23 hotels and over a dozen office buildings include the Blue Cross Centre in Moncton.

Senior Is Shocked By Impending Rise In Prescription Charge

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 13:29 PM

CHSJ News has been told seniors will have to start paying four dollars more for each of their prescriptions under the NB Drug programme beginning October 1st.

Lillian Bennett Bennett, who phoned our newsroom, says this will prove to be a financial hardship for those seniors who have a lot of prescriptions and they're scrambling around wondering what they should do after finding out. 

She has five prescriptions herself.

Building And Construction Trades Council Doesn't Want Ban On Shale Gas

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 13:20 PM

The New Brunswick Building and Construction Trades Council wants to get its members some work and its President Gary Ritchie is hoping the door hasn't been shut entirely on shale gas by the incoming Liberal Government.

Ritchie says the older construction workers and tradespeople with their families back in New Brunswick travel back and forth from out west and, as he sees it, are bringing money from there back into the province.

On the other hand, he says it is the younger workers just out of community college who are more likely to settle out west and never come back.