July 2016

'No Increased Risk To New Brunswickers': Glyphosate Report Released

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 14:06 PM

A report on glyphosate released by the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has concluded that there's no increased risk for New Brunswickers who are exposed to the herbicide.

The report says there's no evidence that the use of glyphosate in forestry in the province, which is higher than the national average, is a risk to the safety of workers. Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell says exposures in New Brunswick are similiar to or less than elsewhere.

Citizens Group Give Ultimatum To Government On Closing OR At Charlotte County Hospital

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 13:22 PM

The Concerned Citizens of Charlotte County have given the provincial government an ultimatum.

Co-chair John Gardner tells us they have given the government a deadline of tonight to respond in a positive manner to the closure of the operating room at the Charlotte County Hospital, or they will "turn up the heat".

Conservatives On Changing The Way We Vote

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 12:22 PM

A special Parliamentary committee continues to hold hearings on whether the voting system should be changed to better reflect the percentage of votes received by each party.

Interim federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says whatever the committee comes up with should be put to a referendum. Previous referendums on changes to the way we vote have been defeated but Ambrose says that's no reason not to hold one.

NB Liquor Had A Very Good Year

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 12:18 PM

Yearly sales increased at NB Liquor as of the end of March to more than $410 million. That represents an increase of $16.5 million or 4.2 per cent from the previous year.

Net earnings rose by $6.3 million or 3.8 per cent to more than $171 million.

Wine sales continue to increase by 5.4 per cent. Liquor sales were also up by 2.9 per cent but beer sales were down by 1 per cent. The sale of other beverages increased by 6.2 per cent.

Friday Morning Sports For July 29th

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 06:07 AM

In the Majors,  Hanley Ramirez's  throwing error to the plate on a bases loaded grounder allowed two runs to score and the Los Angeles Angels walked off with a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.....Baltimore failed to take advantage, losing to Minnesota 6-2....The Orioles lead the Blue Jays in the American League East by a game and a half.....The Red Sox are two and a half back. In other play, it was Washington 4 San Francisco 2.....Texas 3 Kansas City 2.....Chicago Cubs 3 Chicago White Sox 1....Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 5....SXt.

Provincial Health Department Warning Of Potential Health Risks Of Blue-Green Algae

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 05:34 AM

The provincial Department of Health is warning New Brunswickers about the potential health risks of algae blooms in lakes and other bodies of water.

Acting chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says while not all algae blooms are problematic, blue green algae can irritate the skin, eye and throat.

If consumed, she warns it could lead to more serious health effects.

The Department says people should keep an eye out for the algae before they get into the water, and avoid contact.

Councillor Pitches Idea Of City Of Saint John Immigration Strategy

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 17:11 PM

Saint John is looking into the development of an immigration strategy for the city.

The idea was put forward by councillor Greg Norton, who wrote in his council submission that the case for more immigration to the area has never been greater, and, that a city hall that actively encourages immigration is in a better place to tackle problems like people moving away and an aging labour market.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Looking For Applications To PM's Youth Council

Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:01 PM

Applications are being accepted for the Prime Minister's Youth Council.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the 16 to 24 year old members will advise him on a variety of national issues.

"I'm talking about issues like high unemployment, rising student debt, and a lack of affordable housing," says Trudeau. "As members of the PM's Youth Council, you will work with me to be the voice of Canada's youth at the highest level of government."

He says he's looking for the next generation of Canadian leadership to advise the government.

Saint John Police Are Investigating Financial Irregularities at the Zoo

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 16:08 PM

Saint John police have been asked by the Cherry Brook Zoo's board of trustees to investigate possible financial irregularities.

Interim Zoo Director Martha McDevitt says in a news release that following a review of financial statements by an outside accountant, they have contacted the police and asked them to investigate the matter.

McDevitt says the zoo has been a mainstay of the Saint John area for many years with tremendous support from the City, business community and residents.