July 2015

Port SJ Modernization Project Expected To Bring 2000 Jobs

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 19:28 PM

Port Saint John's West side $205-million modernization project, which has just received its final piece of funding via the Gallant Government, is expected to bring close to 2000 jobs over seven years.

CEO Jim Quinn says the number of construction jobs will be in the area of 1400 jobs on average per year, however he points out there will be peaks and valleys.

As for the jobs tied to container business, Quinn says they estimate they currently have five-hundred direct and indirect jobs and that will go over to well over a thousand.

Professor Speaks On Outrage Caused By Killing Of Cecil The Lion

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 18:23 PM

The anger over the death of Cecil the lion does not appear to be subsiding with a public petition to have the U.S. dentist who killed the animal extradited to Zimbabwe garnering more than 170,000 signatures as of Friday.

Chair of Brock University's Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, Scott Henderson believes the issue of Cecil's killing is aligning with a lot of the issues people are dealing with nowadays like power and privilege.

Federal Government Announces Plans To Ban Microbeads

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 16:57 PM

Environmental groups are applauding a step forward by the federal government.

The government plans to ban plastic microbeads from personal care products.

The beads are in everything from skin care products, to toothpaste, and are too small to be caught in water treatment systems.

They often enter the food chain when fish confuse them for food.

The government announced their plans after Environment Canada conducted a review of 130 scientific papers.

24 Hour Bio Blitz In Fundy National Park

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 16:25 PM

For the next 24 hours, volunteers led by experts will be in Fundy National Park taking pictures of all sorts of wildlife, and plant life.

Park spokesperson Denis Doucet says it's called a Bio Blitz.

Using smartphones, and digital cameras with the iNaturalist App, volunteers will take pictures for professionals to identify and catalog.

Doucet says they have found new species before.

"Grasshoppers and katydids and dragonflies that were new to the site and butterflies that were rare, so it's really, really rewarding and exciting," says Doucette.

Flurry Of Funding Announcements From SJ MP Rodney Weston

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 14:14 PM

With speculation that a federal election is going to be called this weekend a flurry of funding announcements coming from Saint John MP Rodney Weston.

Harbour Station will be getting lighting upgrades thanks to an investment from the feds to the tune of just over $44,000. The arena and event center's 20-year-old lighting will be replaced with LED lights.

Federal Election Call Appears Likely Sunday

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 13:29 PM

It appears as if the federal election campaign will officially begin on Sunday and if the Prime Minister calls it for October 19th, it will turn out to be the longest election campaign since 1927.

The Liberal candidate for Saint John-Rothesay, Wayne Long says the Conservatives want a longer campaign because they're flush with cash but he thinks people won`t be all that interested this early and will view the 85 day campaign with cynicism and skepticism.

Donnie Snook Appeal Denied

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 13:23 PM

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has rejected appeals by former Common Councillor Donnie Snook to have his 18 year sentence for child abuse reduced and the Attorney-General's appeal to have Snook spend more time in prison before coming up for parole.

The Court of Appeal using the terms deviant and evil to describe Snook's crimes involving the sexual abuse of 17 young boys over 12 years, saying he used his very positive public personna to dupe people and gain their trust that allowed him to continue his predatory ways with impunity.

Hand In Hand Dream Lottery Winners Announced

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 09:29 AM

Mark Dupuis of Saint John received a very exciting phone call on Thursday afternoon from David Savoie of the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation.

Dupuis was informed he was the big winner of the Hand in Hand Dream Lottery’s 1 of 3 Grand Dream Prizes with ticket number 017884. 

The draw was made at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 at the Dream Home in Dieppe.

Dupuis had a choice between 1 of 3 Grand Dream Prizes:

-A fully furnished Martell Dream Home with an Audi Q3 and $100,000 cash OR

White Supremacist Organisation's Appeal Of A Saint John Court Decision Denied

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 09:09 AM

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier court ruling to stop a Saint John man from leaving in his will a coin collection worth a quarter of a million dollars to a white supremacist organisation based in the U.S. called the National Alliance.

Robert McCorkill died in 2004. His sister, Isabelle challenged the will in court and was supported by the provincial government and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. They were each awarded 3 thousand dollars by the Court of Appeal.

Seniors Groups Unite To Fight Province Over Nursing Home Fees

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 08:06 AM

The voices of New Brunswick's senior citizens continues to grow louder and stronger.

Several groups have come together to fight the Gallant government and its decision to use liquid assets to help pay for nursing home care.

Cecile Cassita represents the Coalition for Seniors' and Nursing Home Residents' Rights.

"This is a fight about fairness to convince the government they need to stick with the status quo and not move into savings and investments for nursing home fees."