March 2018

Submissions Needed For 17th Annual Playwright Competition

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 22:56 PM

Calling all playwrights!

NotaBle Acts is looking for your entries for their 17th annual province wide competition.

Spokesperson Rowan Miller says it is open to anyone, who would like to write a play.

“We’ve accepted plays from seasoned professional writers who have done work in major cities across Canada, to those who have never written a play before,” Miller says.

Saint John's Mayor Sends Letter In Support Of Airport Upgrades

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 14:32 PM

Mayor Don Darling sending a letter to the federal government in support of upgrades at the Saint John Airport.

The airport has applied for funding to refurbish their aging runways and install high-intensity LED lighting along them, among other things.

"The economic impact of this project will add $26 million in economic output, $12.5 million to GDP and $9 million to labour income, leading to direct inducted 187 full-time equivalent jobs for the city of Saint John," says Darling.

Ontario Man Facing Charges After Routine Traffic Stop

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:40 AM

A 59-year old Ontario man is facing charges following seizure of a weapon and contraband tobacco in Hanwell, near Fredericton.

On Tuesday afternoon around 1:30, RCMP officers stopped and searched a car during a routine traffic stop on Highway 2.

They found a gun and contraband tobacco products.

Lyman Chatman of Guelph is facing ten charges, including unauthorized possession of a firearm, a violation of the Excise Act, and two violations of the Tobacco Tax Act.

He will remain in custody until his next court appearance April 5th for election and plea.

Check Your Tickets! Did You Win $100,000?

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:45 AM

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation is reporting five winners in New Brunswick from Friday night's Lotto Max Draw.

A winning ticket for TAG matching all six numbers (232805) was sold in Moncton and it's worth a whopping $100,000.

Another TAG ticket, matching five of six numbers (32805) is worth $1,000 and it was sold in Northumberland County.

For TWIST, there were three winning tickets matching six of seven numbers sold - one each in Saint John,  Campbellton, and Carleton County.

Those are all worth $1,070 each.

Family Medicine Model Will Be Better For Health-Care System: Saint John Doctor

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:30 AM

Six doctors at the Harbour Health Partners Medical Clinic in Saint John are the latest to work under the Family Medicine New Brunswick model.

Lyndsey MacDonald is one of them and she believes the program will take some of the pressure off overcrowded emergency rooms.

The clinic will be open evenings and weekends, and patients can see any one of the six physicians who work there.

"We will be able to help keep our patients from unnecessarily going to the already overcrowded emergency rooms and after-hours clinics," says MacDonald.

Research Project Aims To Help Youth With Mental Health Issues

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 12:53 PM

A research project called Access Open Minds New Brunswick is trying to help youth with mental health issues get the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

The key principles of the project are early detection of problems, early access to services, finding appropriate care, transitional care beyond age 18 and allowing youth to have a voice in the care they receive.

Primary investigator Dr. Jimmy Bourque of the Universite de Moncton says the youth they are treating will typically have some kind of psychological or emotional distress.

Special Home Care Workers Essential To Health Care System

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 10:20 AM

About 12,000 special home care workers will be receiving wage increases on April 1st.

This is a part of a $12-million investment from the provincial government.

President of the Special Care Home Association of New Brunswick Jan Seely says this is a good start.

“I am happy to see that the government is focussing on that foundational piece of care.  You wouldn’t build a house without a foundation, and I look at these workers as the foundation of our health care system.  Hopefully this will help strengthen that.”

NB Minimum Wage Increases

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 10:12 AM

New Brunswick's minimum wage will be going up on April 1st.

The hourly rate will be increasing from $11 to $11.25 per hour.

This is the fourth increase since December 2014.

Meantime, Nova Scotia is hiking its minimum wage to $11 an hour.

Prince Edward Island will have the highest minimum wage in the Maritimes when its hourly rate jumps 30 cents to $11.55 per hour on April 1st.