April 2016

Advance Polls Saturday & Monday For NB Municipal Elections

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 15:13 PM

Advance polls are open Saturday, April 30th and Monday, May 2nd for municipal elections in New Brunswick.

Ballots are being cast for mayor, councillors and candidates running for district education councils and regional health authorities.

Chief electoral officer Mike Quinn says the advance polls are ideal if you can't get out on polling day, Monday, May 9th.

"Definitely people are taking advantage of those advance polls particularly on Saturday," Quinn notes.

The advance polls on Saturday and Monday are open from 10-am to 8-pm.

Four Vehicle Crash Sends Five To Hospital

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 12:01 PM

Five people suffered injuries after a four vehicle crash near Miramichi.

RCMP say the crash happened at around 5:30 yesterday afternoon on Highway 11.

Police says it appears as though two vehicles collided head on, and two others were unable to avoid the initial crash.

Two men and two women, along with a 5 year old boy were taken to hospital.  One man remains in critical condition, while the two women and the boy suffered serious injuries.

The other man was treated and released.

First Case Of Zika Virus Confirmed In New Brunswick

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 11:58 AM

The first case of the Zika virus infection in the province has been confirmed by the Department of Health.

A person recently travelled to an area affected by the outbreak. They did not require hospitalization after contracting the virus and has recovered from the illness.

The acting chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says the overall risk to New Brunswickers is very low as the species of mosquitoes that can carry the virus are unable to survive the cool weather in New Brunswick or Canada.

Saint John Airport Needs More Revenue

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 11:56 AM

Since airports have to be financially self sufficient these days, Saint John Airport is looking for ways to generate more revenue.

Board Chair Norm McFarlane says the airport has 400 acres of land that could be developed in the same way as an industrial park. He points out the airport is located near a major highway and a lot of the industrial parks in Saint John are filled up.

McFarlane argues there's a lot more to an airport than just planes flying.


Tax Deadline Extended

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 11:53 AM

New Brunswickers who want to benefit from the available provincial and federal tax credits, including the new provincial HST credit, are being reminded to file their income tax return before the deadline.

Saint John Harbour M-L-A Dr. Ed Doherty, who's also the Minister responsible for Social Inclusion, warns if you don't file, you won't be eligible for several government programs and you should file a return even if you have no income to report.

The full HST credit will be provided to those with an income of less than $35,000 per year.