February 2016

Province To Make Bid For 2021 La Francophonie Games

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 07:08 AM

The provincial government is putting in its bid to host the 9th Games of La Francophonie, in 2021.

A delegation, headed by the Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Francine Landry, is heading to Abidjan, Ivory Coast to make a presentation tomorrow.

The hope is to host the games in Moncton and Dieppe.

The only other bid is from Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The official announcement about the location of the Games will be made at the Francophonie summit in Madagascar in November.

The Games have never been held in New Brunswick.

Monday Morning Sports For February 29th

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 06:13 AM

In the NHL, Tampa Bay moved ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference after a 4-1 win.....The teams with the two best records met and Chicago edged Washington 3-2.....St. Louis downed Carolina 5-2......It was Minnesota over Florida 3-1.......Anaheim defeated Los Angeles 4-2....San Jose over Vancouver 4-1 and Edmonton got by the Islanders 3-1.

City Gets Application To Transform St Patrick's School

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 06:10 AM

A rezoning application has been made to the city that would repurpose the now closed St Patrick's School on City Line.

Andreas Holmes and his wife Nicole want to convert the building into office and restaurant space as well as for light industrial use. The establishment of a micro-brewery is one suggested use.

For this to all happen, Common Council would have to first approve rezoning. A public hearing will be held in April.

The school, owned by the Catholic Diocese, was closed in 2014 because of structural problems.

 

Future Of Shale Gas In New Brunswick

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 06:08 AM

The question about whether shale gas development will ever be happening in New Brunswick ever is doubtful according to the Conservation Council's Stephanie Merrill.

She believes the death knell was sounded with the climate change agreement that was reached in Paris a few months back together with market forces with the price tanking.

Special Olympics NB Team Heads To Newfoundland For Winter Games

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 13:30 PM

A flight leaves tonight, headed for Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.  Onboard will be athletes from Special Olympics New Brunswick.

They're on their way to compete in the 2016 Winter Games, that get underway on March 1st.

31 athletes and 15 coaches are taking part with competitions in five sports, floor hockey, curling, speed skating, figure skating and snowshoeing.

Team Manager Josh Astle  16 of those athletes are from Moncton and Saint John.

Greyhounds Looking For Forever Homes

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 09:06 AM

Fourteen greyhounds have just arrived in Canada, and are now looking for their forever home.

They just got here yesterday, thanks to the Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program.

President and Founder for MGAP Deb Levasseur says, "Most of the dogs come from Florida, and some come from Alabama.  They're retired racing dogs and they can be anywhere from 18 months old up to 5 years old and they can live to be up to 13 or 14 years old."

Levasseur says their group goes to the United States several times a year to rescue greyhounds.

Provincial Green Party Leader David Coon Happy With Fracking Commission Report

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 06:47 AM

Provincial Green Party Leader David Coon is pleased with the report from the Fracking Commission.

He says the report acknowledged we have to make the transition to a carbon neutral society.

Coon adds the world is going green, and we should be looking forwards.

He says it's clear the fossil fuel era is fading and the government needs to invest in the green energy sector.

Coon says 18-percent of New Brunswick's energy is now renewable, while natural gas occupies a 17-percent slice and is in decline.