March 2018

NB Power Wants New Levy To Combat Extreme Storm Costs

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 20:10 PM

A rate hike isn't the only thing NB Power is asking for at this year's Energy and Utilities Board hearings.

The utility also wants approval for a new levy to help deal with the high costs of extreme storms.

The province has seen more frequent and severe weather events in recent years, like last January's ice storm, which cost the utility about $30 million.

Mixed Feelings As The Sea Dogs Clean Out Their Lockers Much Earlier This Year

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 18:34 PM

Mixed feelings at Harbour Station as players from the Sea Dogs clean out their lockers a lot earlier than last year.

The team missed the playoffs this year after winning the President's Cup last year.

Defenceman Alex Girard was traded from Rimouski and just finished his first year with the team and he tells us he had a pretty good season.

"Last year I didn't get any points in 46 games and this year, Saint John gave me my shot and I owe them a lot" says Girard.

NB Gas Prices Set To Rise

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 18:24 PM

A senior petroleum analyst is suggesting a sizeable jump at the pumps can be expected in New Brunswick this week.

Dan McTeague with is suggesting gasoline will rise by about 3 cents per litre at midnight when the Energy and Utilities Board adjusts prices Wednesday at midnight.

Diesel could go up by about 1 cent per litre.

Dube Calls Her Last Day In The Legislature "Emotional"

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 18:05 PM

After almost 20 years, PC MLA Madeleine Dube or "Mado" as she is known by her colleagues and others is retiring from politics.

Under the Alward and Lord governments, Dube served in many cabinet posts including as Education Minister and Heath Minister.

She tells CHSJ News her last day in the Legislature on Friday was quite emotional but she is very proud of the community projects in her riding of Edmundston-Madawaska.

Organigram CEO "Disappointed" By Federal Packaging Rules

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 16:42 PM

The CEO of Moncton-based marijuana producer Organigram says the new federal packaging guidelines are nothing more than warning labels.

Greg Engel says he's disappointed but thinks ultimately it won't come down to the packaging anyway.

"Consumers are going to make a choice based on the product.  It's not going to be about the package per say.  If everybody has similar packaging then it's a level playing field.  It's about what you deliver in a quality product at the end of the day and can they link that product to your company in the brands that you sell," he notes.

Don Darling To Stay Put As Saint John's Mayor

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 15:50 PM

Saint John's mayor is staying put at the helm of the council horseshoe.

Don Darling plans to stay on as the mayor of the city instead of running for the provincial Liberals for the September election, saying in a web post that he will continue to fight hard to make sure Saint John gets loud, gets heard and is treated fairly.

Darling had been considering running after being approached by the New Brunswick Liberal Association about running in the Saint John Lancaster riding, currently held by PC MLA Dorothy Shephard.

Interim Police Chief Position To Last Up To Two Years

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:17 AM

A veteran police officer is coming out of retirement to take the helm of the Saint John police force temporarily.

Bruce Connell, former deputy police chief, takes over as interim chief on April 1.

Jennifer Carhart is the chair of the Saint John Police Commission and tells CHSJ News they were not seeking out a retired person but the best interim candidate.

New Program To Aid Seasonal Workers Who Experience Gap In EI Benefits

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:14 AM

New Brunswick seasonal workers who experience a gap between EI benefits and their employment could soon get some extra help.

A new pilot program will offer a seven-week training or work experience program for workers in the fisheries, agriculture, forestry and tourism industries in EI Economic Region 9.

It includes all of Restigouche, Gloucester, Northumberland, Kent and Westmorland counties, and portions of York, Sunbury, Queens and Albert counties.

The EI benefits period in that region recently dropped from 30 to 23 weeks due to a drop in the unemployment rate.

Nanos Poll Shows Conservatives Have Nearly Closed Gap With Federal Liberals

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:12 AM

A new Nanos Research poll shows the Federal Liberals and Conservatives are nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to voter support.

The latest ballot tracking shows the Liberals at 35.9 per cent, the Conservatives 34.8, the NDP 18.5 per cent and the Green party at 6.2 per cent support.

Justin Trudeau however still has plenty of support when it comes to who people think is the best person to be prime minister.

Trudeau is at 37.5 per cent, Andrew Scheer 25.9, Jagmeet Singh nine per cent and Elizabeth May at 5.7 per cent support.