January 2015

Senior Inmate Dies At Dorchester

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 16:12 PM

A senior inmate not even two years into a 12 year sentence has passed away at the Dorchester Penitentiary.

82 year old Garnet Cole began serving his jail time in March 2013 for rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and sexual interference with a girl under 14.

Cole's family has been notified of this death.

The police and coroner were also notified and the Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances of the incident.

Moncton Man Facing Aggravated Assault Charge

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 13:06 PM

A 39-year-old Moncton man is facing a charge of aggravated assault after an incident at the Old Cosmo nightclub.

Christopher George Barnes appeared in Moncton court yesterday.

Codiac RCMP say a 21 year old man was seriously hurt in the men's washroom at the club last Saturday night.   He was taken to hospital, treated and released.

Barnes will return to court on March 15.

Police are still looking for witnesses and anyone with additional information.


Premier Gallant Attends Council Of The Federation Meeting

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 13:05 PM

Thirteen provincial and territorial leaders are meeting in Ottawa today, that includes Premier Brian Gallant.

It's a part of the 2015 winter meeting of the Council of the Federation.

It is Gallant's first time attending.

Health care and aging; labour mobility and fiscal arrangements, are just a few of the items on the agenda.

Gallant says he hopes to discuss federal investments in key areas such as infrastructure and health care.  He also plans to reiterate his support for the Energy East Pipeline.

Wedding Gala Expo Expects to Attract Thousands

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 13:03 PM

Planning your wedding?

The 7th annual Wedding Gala Expo is where you will want to be this weekend.

Spokesperson Johan Levyssohn says it's the whole wedding industry under one roof.   There are over 75 exhibitors, including details of what you need from the the engagement to the honeymoon.

In the past, the show has seen over 600 brides, and over 2000 others. 

The show also features the Maritimes largest gown sale with up to 90 per cent off, and you have the chance to win $10, 000.

NB Liquor Profits Rise

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 08:46 AM

We are drinking more in the province.........That, according to NB Liquor's number crunching for the quarter which ended December 28th.

Total sales for the third quarter were almost $104 million, up $3.4 million or 3.3 per cent from the the same period in 2013.

Net earnings increased by $2.2 million or five per cent to $46.2 million.

Wine sales grew 6.8 per cent. The sale of hard liquor increased by three per cent and beer sales were up by 1.5 per cent.

Youth Employment Continued Priority For NB Liberal Government

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 08:26 AM

The Gallant government has re-iterated plans for program to help youth between 18 and 29 get and keep jobs after graduating from school.

Gallant says the youth employment program will fund 15-hundred placements for 6 months for those young people to help them get the first job they need to get the hands on experience they need.

He is optimistic it will be tremendously helpful for both the youth, and businesses.

NB Green Party Leader Encouraged By Premier's Plan To Address Literacy Issues

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 08:22 AM

One element of the State of the Province that made Green Party Leader David Coon happy was the drive to improve literacy and education across New Brunswick.

Coon says it is well past time where this should be a focus for government and it's not just about engaging with students, but engaging the whole family.

He says, "There are great examples where that has been done effectively over a period of time, so a family based approach to improving literacy is really the key to addressing this once and for all."

CTF Says State Of Province Address Lacked Solutions On How To Tackle NB Debt

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 08:17 AM

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is also responding to this week's State of the Province address by Premier Brian Gallant.

Atlantic Director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Kevin Lacey says they are glad that the Liberal government has recognized the dire situation that the province is in financially.

He says, "He is pleased to see that he is going to take hard decisions to address it, but there was nothing in the speech that shows us exactly what the Premier is going to do to solve them."

Curtis Bonnell Appeal Dismissed

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 07:58 AM

The Court of Appeal in Fredericton has dismissed an appeal by Curtis Bonnell.

He was looking for a new trial, but his appeal was denied.

Bonnell was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his cousin Hilary Bonnell in 2009.  He was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years.

Hilary disappeared from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Sept. 5, 2009, and her  body was found two months later.