February 2018

West Saint John Resident Not Happy With City's Handling Of Water Issues

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 13:48 PM

Saint John is hosting two open houses tomorrow at St. Mark's United Church to discuss west side water.

But one west side resident says he'd rather see another public meeting — like the one the city held two weeks ago.

Dave Thompson tells us there's a big difference between open houses and public meetings.

"People come and go from open houses, you know, you're just talking one-on-one," says Thompson, "where everything at a public meeting is very democratic, very open ... everyone hears the same thing, gets the same answers."

TD Bank Working To Find 'Alternative Roles' For West Saint John Employees

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 13:20 PM

It appears the 10 people who work at the TD Canada Trust branch on Main Street West will still have jobs after it closes on June 22nd.

Company spokesperson Carly Libman tells us they're working with the employees to find them "alternative roles" at nearby locations.

"We continually assess customer demand to make sure we are optimizing our branch network, and as a result, we sometimes make decisions to open or close branches," says Libby in an emailed statement.

Sunlife Financial Barometer Says Atlantic Canadian Retirees Are Not Always Making Ends Meet

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:45 PM

If you are one of those who have had to take money out of your retirement nest egg and you are still working, you are not alone.

Sunlife Financial has released its national barometer report and it shows 31 percent in the region have dipped into their retirement savings compared to the national average of 24 percent.

Keeping Becca's Wish For Kindness Alive

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 07:49 AM

Keeping Becca Schofield's memory alive, will be something we all need to do together.

Her desire to see everything perform random acts of kindness, spread worldwide, with her #beccatoldmeto.

Riverview Councillor at Large Tammy Rampersaud says she had faith that we could do it, and now that she has passed on, it's up to us to continue that legacy..

Chase The Ace Fever In St. Stephen

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 07:25 AM

Will the Ace of spades make it's appearance tonight in St. Stephen?

Chase the Ace has been a thrilling event week after week with the pot standing at over 141 thousand dollars for tonight's draw.

The holder of the winning ticket gets 20 per cent of the pot and a chance to draw from a standard 52-card deck.

There are 5 cards left and if the ace is not pulled tonight the pot will grow until all cards are drawn.

Wendy Doughty failed to pull the ace last Wednesday, but still made off with over 17 thousand dollars.

City Turns To Orthophosphate To Reduce Copper Pipe Leaks

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 23:16 PM

The city is turning to a commonly used chemical called orthophosphate in hopes of preventing more copper pipe leaks in west Saint John.

Council voting Tuesday night to install a temporary orthophosphate treatment system at the South Bay water treatment facility over the next month.

It comes as CBCL Engineering and Dalhousie University try to figure out what's been causing pipes to leak since the switchover to the South Bay Wellfield.

1,300 Workers Recruited Since March 2017 Under Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Minister Dominic LeBlanc

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 18:33 PM

Federal and provincial politicians met in Moncton this week to update progress on the Atlantic Growth Strategy, launched July 2016, that's designed to create jobs as well as attract and keep skilled workers.

Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc says since the Atlantic Immigration Pilot began in March 2017, nearly 900 Atlantic Canadian companies have been designated to employ skilled foreign workers and international graduates.

Who Needs Work? Nordia To Add 140 Jobs In Saint John This Year

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 17:53 PM

Need a job? Nordia is growing after securing a new national contract.

The Saint John centre on Prince Edward Street is adding another 140 jobs this year.

Nordia's Phillp van Leeuwen tells us they are hosting a career day next Wednesday from 11am to 730pm at the centre on Prince Edward Street.

"It's not necessarily an easy job sometimes dealing with customers," van Leeuwen says, "so we spend a lot of money on our facilities. Our Saint John facility is really spectacular."

TD Canada Trust Closing West Saint John Branch

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 16:30 PM

The west side branch of TD Canada Trust is closing its doors this June.

In a letter to its customers, TD Canada Trust says it's closing the branch at 78 Main Street West as of June 22.

The letter says anyone with accounts there will have a smooth transition to the uptown branch at 44 Chipman Hill.

The branch will close for good at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

Our newsroom has reached out to the bank to find out what will happen to the employees who work at the west Saint John branch.

Freezing Rain Warning In Effect For East And North Of Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 13:22 PM

There will be a mixed bag of precipitation for areas east of Saint John starting late this evening and into the overnight. Environment Canada says Saint John will get rain but that is not the case as you head east or north, it will be light freezing rain for a couple of hours late this evening and after midnight. Well before morning the temperature will rise and the Saint John area will get 5 to 10 mm of rain and a high around plus 10 for Wednesday.