March 2015

Higgs Believes Gallant Government Has "Deferred Budget Until Next Year"

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 19:31 PM

The former Conservative Finance Minister in the Alward cabinet believes the Gallant government's budget is a reflection of the fact that a federal election is just on the horizon.

Blaine Higgs, who serves as the MLA for Quispasmsis, says it doesn't stir up a lot of pots with no tolls, no HST increases and no discussion about carbon tax. He says they have deferred a budget until next year because there's a federal election this year and they don't want to have an upset in New Brunswick.

Somerset Community Centre Will Close

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 19:25 PM

Common Council sealing the fate of the Somerset Community Centre in the city's North end by approving its closure at the end of May.

City Staff says that by closing the centre at that date there will be a savings of $32,000 this year and $68,000 next year.

Councillor Susan Fullerton taking issue with the idea of staff investigating ways to reinvest those savings into community outreach partnerships in the Crescent Valley neighbourhood. She says she doesn't think that every cent of money that they have to work with should be spent just for the sake of spending it.

CFIB Happy With Premier Gallant's First Budget

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 17:23 PM

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is happy with Premier Brian Gallant's first budget.

Denis Robichaud is the Director of Provincial Affairs for CFIB and he believes the government is heading in the right direction.

Robichaud says he's glad to see the government decide against raising HST.

He says the CFIB was looking for a clear direction of reduced spending in the goverment and this is the first step

CTF Atlantic Director Says Provincial Budget "Falls Far Short"

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 17:03 PM

The Atlantic Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is not all that impressed with the just-released provincial budget. Kevin Lacey says it falls far short of making progress to balance the budget and to control taxes.

He says while the higher income taxes for wealthy New Brunswickers might sound good, it could potentially affect the health and the economy of the province - saying if you're a doctor and you live outside of New Brunswick and you're offered a position in the province one of the things you're going to look at is how much you're going to pay.

Gallant Government Reveals Provincial Budget

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 13:44 PM

A deficit of $476.8-million is being forecasted by the Gallant government as it tables its first budget in the provincial Legislature. 

This includes a $150-million contingency fund for 2015-2016. Finance Minister Roger Melanson says despite previous efforts to restore balances to our finances we still find ourselves in an unsustainable fiscal situation.

Drug Bust At Milltown Border

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 13:36 PM

A drug bust at the border.

On Sunday, March 29th, Canada Border Services Agency officers were doing a routine inspection of a vehicle at the Milltown port of entry.

Approximately 23 grams of suspected hashish, and almost 7 grams of suspected marijuana were found inside.

The driver, a woman, was arrested by St. Stephen Police and charged under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

She was later released.

The drugs were also handed over to the RCMP.

Man Officially Charged In Python Deaths of Barthe Brothers

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:24 PM

A 38-year-old Montreal man, who formerly lived in Campbellton, has been charged in connection with the deaths of Noah and Connor Barthe.

RCMP say the Jean-Claude Savoie appeared in Campbellton provincial court yesterday and was charged with one count of criminal negligence.

The four and six year old brothers died on August 5, of 2013, after they were strangled by an African rock python.  They were both at a sleepover in the same apartment where the python was being housed.

Savoie owned an exotic pet store located below the apartment.

Federal Funding Announced To Help Prevent Spring Flooding In NB First Nation Communities

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 07:38 AM

A $1.7 million dollar investment is being made to help prevent flooding in eight New Brunswick First Nation communities.

The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt made the funding announcement yesterday.

Work is already underway to remove snow.  It is being moved away from key infrastructure and homes to reduce the impact of the spring melt.
 
New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization says the amount of snow on the ground poses a higher risk of flooding this year.

Tuesday Morning Sports For March 31st

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 05:27 AM

In the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a five game sweep of Montreal with a 5-3 win....Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had two assists.....Los Angeles lost ground to Calgary in the run to make the playoffs after losing to Chicago 4-1 while the Flames downed Dallas 5-3.....Vancouver beat St. Louis 4-1....Edmonton over Colorado 4-1 and Buffalo defeated Arizona 4-1.

The "Q" League playoff series between the Sea Dogs and Baie-Comeau resumes tonight at Harbour Station. The Sea Dogs trail two games to nothing. Gametime is 7:00.

Another Parking Lot Gets Approval From Common Council

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 05:26 AM

Mayor Mel Norton making it crystal clear he's not happy with Common Council's decision to give preliminary approval to a parking plan proposal from J.D. Irving.

The plan would see the section of Elliott Row behind the head office on Union Street merge with the existing lots in that area in order to create one big company parking lot.