August 2015

City Staff Creating Draft Lease Agreement For Reversing Falls Restaurant Building

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 22:31 PM

A refurbished Reversing Falls restaurant building taking another step closer to becoming a reality at the latest meeting of Common Council.

Mayor Mel Norton says the city is moving forward in working with Max Kotlowski, who offered a million dollars to buy the property, and city staff has been directed to come up with a draft lease agreement for the building.

Norton says general scope of the project involves major renovations, with many hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment which would see the building open for the 2016 tourism season.

Moncton City Council Approves Tender For RCMP Memorial

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 17:22 PM

Almost as much work will be going into landscaping around the new RCMP memorial at Riverfront Park as the monument itself.

Moncton City Council has approved the tender for the project at a cost of just over $317,000.

Parks and Leisure General Manager Catharine Dallaire says the project begins at the foot of Westmorland Street, behind the Moncton Press Club.

"Once there, you turn right and there will be a beautiful esplanade to lead you to the monument.  But along the way, there will be benches and planting and connections to our trail system," Dallaire notes.

Lone Survivor Of Animal Abuse Case Doing Well

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 16:43 PM

The lone survivor in a case of animal abuse on the west side is a champ.

In a email, the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue tells us Fanceen the cat is eating and is doing well despite what she has been through.

She needs to have some further tests and monitoring.

Fanceen and 14 other cats were found crammed into a dog kennel and partially buried on the west side of the city

The other 14 cats died.

Maine Shop Will Re-Open In November

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 14:33 PM

Following a devastating fire in February, a Maine business will re-open in the same spot in November.

Knock on Wood is currently being rebuilt in Baring, Maine.

Owner Candy Bridges says the new store will have a cafe which they hope men will use instead of waiting in the car for their wives or girlfriends.

She says they will have baked goods, ice cream, fudge and coffee and she will put a t.v. in eventually.

She tells us it took her a long time to get excited over the new store because the fire was so hard to deal with.   


Preparations Underway At Magnetic Hill Concert Site For AC/DC

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 14:17 PM

With only five days left until AC/DC rocks Moncton, the Magnetic Hill concert site is almost ready for the show.

Shane Porter is the Manager of Venues for the City of Moncton.

He says there's a flurry of activity with suppliers bringing equipment on site.

"We've actually had some of the trucks that carry the stage steel arrive overnight and more will arrive throughout the day.  The actual stage build will start on-site tomorrow," he notes.

Porter says work has been underway for several weeks already, and they are in good shape for Saturday's show.

Gillis Says King Street Circle K Operations Will Move To New Location

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 13:30 PM
No one will be losing their job in the new St. Stephen Irving development deal. 
General Manager for Sales and Marketing at Irving Oil, Darren Gillis, tells us the King Street Circle K location will be moving it's operations to the new site once everything is complete and ready to open. 
Gillis says they are still negotiating with the number of tenants right now, but it's looking like the number of employees will be 30 to 35. 
The King Street Circle K currently employs 12 people. 

Seniors Vow They're Not Backing Down

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 13:00 PM

Opposition to the new provincial policy on what seniors will pay for their nursing home care is not dying down, according to the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents Rights, despite what Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers may think..

Cecile Cassista of the Seniors Coalition says there are lots of questions which are going unanswered such as whether money in a tax free savings account will be part of the financial calculations as well as other investments.

NB Power In The Red In The First Quarter

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 12:54 PM

NB Power losing 15 million dollars in the first quarter because of an unplanned outage at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station along with lower hydro flows during the critical spring run-off period.

Despite the first quarter loss, the utility still managed to pay down $16 million in debt.

Overall revenue was up by $12 million primarily because of the two per cent rate increase and a rise in out of province sales but investment earnings were off by 16 million dollars.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Declining in Atlantic Canada

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 12:41 PM
Atlantic Canada's greenhouse gas emissions dropping 26% since peak levels in 2004.
A report released by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council showing the decline is due to the region's slowing economic growth,
The intensity of emissions in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are higher than the national average because both provinces remain heavily reliant on fossil fuels for electricity. 
The closure of pulp and paper mills reduced electricity demand which led to the reduction in the use of fossil fuels.