April 2015

Three Port City Businesses Over 90 Years Old Receive Honours

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 20:40 PM

Nearly 80 property and business owners in Uptown Saint John attending the Annual General Meeting at the Trade and Convention Centre.

Three businesses that have been in the uptown core for 90 years or longer were honoured Keirstead Flowers, Hayward and Warwick and Bustin's

Uptown Saint John's new Executive Director Nancy Tissington says Saint John scores highly as a walkable city.

She says even with King Street being the shortest and steepest hill in Canada we are still noted in the 90th percentile for a walkable city.

The Snowbirds Are Too Pricey For The SJ Airport

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 17:39 PM

It's disappointing to hear the Saint John Airport will not be hosting the world famous Snowbirds this summer.

Saint John Airport Board Chair Norm McFarlane says the cost of the event escalated from near $75,000 to the $100,000 mark.

He says they didn't feel they should be spending that kind of money and they have another show planned for next year so they will put the Snowbirds money towards next year's event.

River Watch Issues Update On Flooding

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 17:21 PM
The latest update from River Watch says water levels are forecasted to drop over the next 48 hours in most areas along the Saint John river, although not by much.
 
The river at Saint John and Quispamsis is currently at the warning stage while Oak Point, Fredericton and Woodstock are all at the watch level.
 
Sheffield-Lakeville Corner and Jemseg meantime are both above the flood stage.
 
River Watch says weather conditions are looking good when it comes to the water levels going down in streams and rivers.

NB Gas Prices Expected To Climb

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 15:52 PM

Drivers in New Brunswick can expect to pay another 2 cents per litre at the gas pumps starting at midnight.

Senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague with Gasbuddy.com says the news is not any better for diesel prices this week either with an expected jump of up to 4 cents per litre.

McTeague notes prices are climbing even with a large inventory of oil and gas but he adds investors are driving prices up artificially.

Doucet Says A Tiny Number Of People Actually Use The St. Stephen Courthouse

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 14:55 PM

The catchement area around the Charlotte County courthouse in St. Stephen includes about 26,000 people with about 1 per cent actually using it.

Folks in this area and in Sussex and Grand Manan are unhappy with news that these courthouses are closing.

Liberal MLA Rick Doucet says to find savings within the system cutting down on the numbers that are going to court there will be dispending of some of the court services.

Doucet says family court and trial division are still in Saint John adding this is something that has been discussed for some time.

Initiative Launched To Get More Women In The Trades

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:32 PM

A new initiative being launched in the province aimed at getting more women working in the trades. It's called "New Boots---Progressing Women in Trades".

Mentorship specialist Helene Savoie says the percentage of women apprentices is still low but some employers see the advantage in hiring women. She points to welding as an example where women have greater dexterity.

Savoie says 40 women have applied for apprenticeships and acceptance of women in the trades is better now than it used to be so what's needed now are the employers to step up to the plate.

Provincial Government Cuts Could Affect Mostly Women

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:23 PM

The provincial government's desire to slash costs will disproportinately affect women.

That charge being levelled by Provincial Green Party leader David Coon. He points to daycare cuts as an example with 97 per cent of the jobs held by women.

Coon adds 65 per cent of jobs in education are held by women and more than 300 jobs are being cut there.

He also claims the privatisation of non-medical services in hospitals will also adversely affect women who work as cleaners and in food service.

 

Incoming President Of World Vision Canada In Nepal After Quake

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:23 AM

Utter devastation is how one member of the World Vision Canada team describes the scene in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck over the weekend.

Incoming President and CEO Michael Messenger who is originally from Moncton, is in a community near the epicentre of the quake.  He says 85 to 90 per cent of the homes have been reduced to rubble or are no longer safe to live in.   Many families  escaped their homes while the walls were collapsing behind them.

At least 5000 people are dead, and Messenger says donations are urgently needed.

Drop "Progressive" From Party Name, Says Director Of Young NB Progressive Conservatives

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 08:26 AM

The Young New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives are stirring the pot by trying to get the word Progressive dropped from the Party name.

Director of Protocol Adam Pottle says they want to return to the traditional roots of the Conservative party and make the name more identifiable.

Pottle says this would bring the Party name into alignment with the Federal Conservatice party which dropped the word Progressive after their merger with the Canadian Alliance in 2003.

Provincial Government To Release First Annual Report On Bullying In Near Future

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 08:13 AM

The provincial government's first annual report on bullying is expected to be submitted to the legislature in the coming weeks.

This comes after an initiative by the Education and Early Childhood Development Minister to prevent bullying, through intervention in our schools.

Serge Rouselle recently announced that an anti-bullying Coordinator has been hired to provide more support for students in all seven school districts.