April 2017

Made-In-Canada Solutions Needed To Battle Trump Trade Wars - Lisa Raitt

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 08:01 AM

The federal Conservative leadership convention is less than a month away with 13 candidates remaining following the recent departure of Kevin O'Leary.

Ontario MP Lisa Raitt, one of two women in the race, visited Moncton this week and spoke about provincial equalization payments, the legalization of recreational marijuana and trade issues.

Raitt says as Canada faces trade battles with the U.S. under the Trump administration, it's time for the federal government to take a strong stand.

NB Daycare Operators Face Challenges Finding Educators

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 08:01 AM

Daycare operators in New Brunswick are finding it more challenging to find early childhood educators.

On average, an early childhood educator earns about $15 or $16 per hour and low wages may discourage many from entering the field.

Wee College founder and president Melody Munroe says many who obtain a certificate may decide to work for themselves in their own homes as opposed to working for an operator.

Moncton MLA Says Government Close To Opening Adoption Records

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 16:52 PM

It has been a long time coming, but for those who have been waiting for the province of New Brunswick to open adoption records, it is welcome news.

Moncton Northwest MLA Ernie Steeves says the bill passed third reading this week, “Now we’re moving onto Royal Dissent and we believe that will happen next Friday.  It is good news for everyone who is searching for relatives, who are searching for family members or searching for their history.  It is great news!”

Name Of New West Saint John School Unveiled

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 16:47 PM

The $20-million new west Saint John elementary school has a name.

The school at the corner of Havelock Street and Fundy Drive will be named Seaside Park elementary school.

Construction on the three-story school began back in November of 2015 and it will open its doors in September of this year to about 470 students.

The school replaces St. Patrick's, Havelock and Seawood schools.

The new name was announced today in Saint John by premier Brian Gallant.

"You Can't Go Down To Walmart And Buy One": RCMP Superintendent On Carbines

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 16:36 PM

With two senior RCMP officers called to testify, week one of the trial over alleged labour code violations in relation to the June 4th shootings is finished.

Earlier today, Superintendent Troy Lightfoot confirmed senior RCMP management approved carbines for frontline members in September of 2011.

Defence lawyer Ian Carter asked Lightfoot to explain a reference from a senior Mountie telling him to find an "off the shelf" carbine they could buy.

Investigation Underway After Inmate Assaulted At Dorchester

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 14:01 PM

An investigation is underway after an inmate was attacked at Dorchester Penitentiary this week.

The Correctional Service of Canada discovered an inmate had been the victim of an assault around 8 Wednesday morning.

The victim was assessed by prison staff, and then sent to an outside hospital for treatment.

CSC say they have identified the attacker and appropriate actions have been taken.

The local RCMP detachment and institution are continuing to investigate.

Provincial Government Prepares For Legalisation Of Marijuana

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 13:54 PM

Provincial Health Minister Victor Boudreau has announced a select committee of the legislature will be created to formulate policies on marijuana with legalisation coming in July of next year.

The committee will be comprised of M-L-A's from both the government side and the official opposition.

They will delve into issues such as what the legal age should be for having marijuana, the maximum legal amount you should have and growing marijuana plants on private property.

Liquor Sales Are Down

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 13:51 PM

NB Liquor reports total sales for the quarter ending March 26th were $ 80.9 million, 3.2 per cent lower than for the same time in 2016.

Wine sales grew 2.1 per cent, up $400,000 over last year.

The sales of  beer declined by 6.3 per cent, down by $2.6 million.

Hard liquor sales decreased by 1.4 per cent, down by $300 thousand and there was a 1 per cent decline in the sales of other beverages, coolers and ciders which amounted to a  decrease of $100 thousand.