September 2015

Groups Push To Make Poverty A Campaign Issue

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 18:51 PM

Poverty is a missing part of the conversation during the federal election campaign.

The Dignity for All Campaign was established in 2009 to clarify what is needed nationally to combat poverty.

Michele Biss of Canada Without Poverty tells us they are a bit surprised to see such a focus on the middle class.

She says by doing this the parties are ignoring the 4.8 million Canadians who struggle to make ends meet and have no hope of reaching the middle class.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Campaign Focuses On Education And Awareness

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 06:31 AM

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation launched a new public education campaign this summer called The Pink Tour.

It focuses on educating people about the risks of breast cancer and how to make small changes to achieve healthy living.

Tour representative Sarah Riecker says getting the word about actions people can take themselves is critical.

Little Change Expected For NB Gas Prices

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 15:05 PM

Another week and not much of a change expected for gas prices in New Brunswick.

Senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague with says he doesn't see much of a change in either direction when the provincial regulator adjusts prices at midnight.

"We've seen prices go up and down all of last week.  On an average basis, a potential increase of half a penny or a potential decrease of half a penny is possible."

Big Marijuana Haul Near Cap-Pele

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 14:05 PM

Southeast RCMP have seized roughly 1300 marijuana plants, as well as a firearm, after conducting recent searches on two properties in the Shemogue area near Cap-Pele.

One search was conducted on Square Lake Road while the other was on Moulin Road.

The firearm was found inside a shed on one of the properties.

Police estimate the marijuana haul would have produced more than 600,000 joints.

So far, no word on any suspects.

(Photo courtesy Southeast RCMP)

University Grads Satisfied With Their Experience But Not With How Much It Cost

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 13:52 PM

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission releasing a survey on the attitudes of students who finish their first degree.

92 per cent were either satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the teaching they received. 95 per cent were happy with the class sizes and a similar number were satisfied with the availability of professors.

When it comes to how much money it cost, only 62 per cent of all first-degree holders considered the financial investment they had made worthwhile.

Unique Auction To Raise Money For Regional Hospital

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 13:24 PM

Here's your chance to get a unique piece of artwork which you can sit on if you please.

17 Umbra Oh chairs will be autioned off this Friday night at Shadow Lawn in Rothesay. The Umbra Oh chair is considered an icon of contemporary design.

The proceeds go to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation's big fundraiser "The Give".

Judith Mackin of the Tuck Studio says each chair will be turned into a piece of art courtesy of 17 visual artists who will use the chairs as their canvas and each design will be different.

Sales are limited to 150 tickets.

NB SPCA Says Keep Cats Indoors

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:48 AM

The discovery of several dead cats in the Fredericton region has prompted a warning from the New Brunswick SPCA.

Executive Director Hilary Howes suggests for the moment people try and keep their cats indoors as much as possible until this case is solved.

An investigation is underway by Fredericton Police after several cats were found mutilated.  They say at least one was intentionally harmed.

Howes says unfortunately this kind of thing happens far too often.

Get Prepared Incase Of Flooding In Charlotte County

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:14 AM
As we know from past experience with flooding in Charlotte County -- it's best to be prepared. 
With Charlotte County under a rainfall warning, and up to 110 mms of rain set to fall by Thursday morning, St. George EMO Coordinator Sean Morton says residents should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. 
He says to avoid areas prone to flooding or washouts, and travel with care. 
Morton adds, the gates at St. George Power are currently open and water levels are being monitored.