September 2016

APTA Says Trucking Is A Well-Paid, Solid Career Option

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016 08:01 AM

A career in trucking is not what it used to be and the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is trying to deliver that message as the industry copes with a severe labour shortage.

Executive director Jean-Marc Picard says there are good paying jobs in trucking and carriers have become more flexible in terms of a work and home balance.

"The average salary of a truck driver in New Brunswick is $55,000, so (starting out) you would probably earn a little bit below that.  Every carrier is different but obviously the job has changed tremendously," he notes.

Gallant Gov't Tackles Bilingualism Head-On This Week

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016 08:01 AM

The Gallant government tackled the hot-button issue of bilingualism this week - something that many previous governments have shied away from.

Premier Brian Gallant delivered speeches touting the benefits of bilingualism and announcements were made to provide free second-language training to unemployed adults and to move French immersion in schools back to Grade One.

Don Arseneault, minister responsible for official languages, says it amounts to leadership and courage.

New Flooring For Civic Center Will Allow Ice To Stay Year Round

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 17:01 PM

The Garcelon Civic Center getting a new piece of vital equipment -- thanks to the federal and provincial governments.

Close to $150 thousand dollars is being invested into a synthetic floor covering that will allow the facility to host conventions, conferences, concerts, and trade shows, while keeping the ice surface in place year round.

Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames says the investment will allow the state-of-the-art facility to host major events all year long, creating opportunities for St. Stephen and Charlotte County.

Provincial Funding Announced For COPD

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 15:29 PM

More than 55,000 New Brunswickers live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The provincial government has announced funding to promote awareness and early screening and detection for COPD.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau says a $300,000 investment will support some of the regional health authorities' existing quality improvement plans.

The Department of Health will also continue to explore opportunities for system changes that will improve the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Cybersecurity Experts To Speak At UNB About Online Threats

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 14:44 PM

An expert in cybersecurity from the U.K. is one of the people speaking as part of a panel this week in New Brunswick about online threats.

Dermot Williams is the CEO of the IT security firm Threatscape and says a lot of organizations think about the threat of breaches and and data loss like they would think of a rodent problem  set a few traps and forget it  but Williams' message is that you should think of it more like a fire threat.

Father & Son Will Cycle 262 KM To Raise Money For Cycling For CARE

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 13:39 PM

A father and son will be cycling a total of 262 KM to Prince Edward Island to raise money for the first annual Cycling for CARE event.

Justin Van Beelen says the purpose is to raise money to help patients enjoy a relaxing environment while in the Oncology department at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Van Beelen says the money will provide small things such as a TV, radio, or even a bedside fan to patients who can't afford it.

He says these simple little items can allow patients a good night's sleep before treatment.

Adding More Protected Land In Musquash and on Grand Manan Island

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 13:38 PM

The Nature Conservancy of Canada can add almost 1000 new acres of land to the nature reserve at Musquash.

87 acres is coming from the family of Mabel Fitz-Randolph who was a local historian and conservationist who died in 2013.

The family of the late Andy Simpson of Saint John plan to donate more than 590 acres to the Musquash nature preserve for permanent conservation.

New Ownership Group Takes Over Saint John Mill Rats

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 13:27 PM

The Saint John Mill Rats have a new ownership group and fans will have a chance to take part in choosing a new name for the team.

The ownership group is made up of local residents and is headed by Scott VanWart, Mike Cormier and Paul Vaughan.

Vaughan says "there's nothing but up side" to keeping provincial basketball here in Saint John when you consider how much of an impact is has on the community.

He says financial issues led to the league taking the team and putting it up on the market.

Confrontation Looming Over Health Care Funding

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 13:13 PM

Negotiations on a new health accord between the provinces and the federal government could be rocky.

The provinces say the federal government's desire for three per cent annual increases in its funding for health care is not enough but Health Minister Jane Philpott says the federal contribution next year is increasing by more than a billion dollars.

Philpott says the provinces could save a lot of money by expanding home care so seniors are able to remain at home rather than ending up in the hospital where they don't want to be.