March 2017

Saint John Tour Guide Hopes Jelly Bean Houses Can Be Saved

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 16:51 PM

A local tour guide is hoping the Jelly Bean houses can be saved.

Lori Seymour says several developers have approached the city and were unable to negotiate talks regarding restoring the Jelly Bean houses. 

Seymour says similar situations have happened in the past involving other properties.

She questions what will be left for tourists and citizens if the city continues to tear down historic buildings.

Seymour says Saint John has an obligation, as Canada's oldest incorporated city, to restore, preserve and revitalize historic buildings.

Trudeau Gov't Reportedly Legalizing Marijuana By Canada Day 2018

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 16:20 PM

The Trudeau government will reportedly be bringing forward legislation next month that will see recreational marijuana use legalized by Canada Day of next year.

Dr. Mark Ware is a cannabis researcher and was vice-chair of the marijuana task force which delivered over 80 recommendations to the federal government.

While marijuana legalization appears to be right on the horizon, Dr. Ware believes it's going to take a long time for the generational stigma of marijuana to resolve.

NB Small Business Getting Another Tax Cut

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 15:13 PM

It's no joke...

On April 1st, small businesses in New Brunswick are getting a break on taxes.

The small business income tax rate will be lowered to three percent.

This is the third reduction since January 1st, 2015, when the rate was 4.5 percent.

Crucial to the economy, Premier Brian Gallant says a further cut should help small businesses better compete, invest and create jobs.

The Gallant government has promised to drop the rate even further by 2018 - down to 2.5 percent.

Toronto Man Unconcerned About Possibility Of Ghosts In His Former Village Jail Residence

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 13:49 PM

A Toronto man is planning to live in the former village jail of Dorchester for his retirement.

Bill Steele bought the jail earlier this month and will move in on June 1st.

We asked him about the possibility of the jail being haunted since people were hanged there.

"I'm not really concerned about that, I didn't feel anything bad there, I researched the history as far as the deaths that occurred there," says Steele. "Jails aren't really a great place to kinda hang out, so I'm good with all of it."

Steele says he has plans for his future here.

CHSJ News Nominated For Atlantic Journalism Award

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 13:25 PM

The finalists for the Atlantic Journalism Awards have been announced and CHSJ News is among them.

CHSJ News, which is a member of the Acadia Broadcasting family of newsrooms, has been nominated in the best radio newscast category alongside VOCM in St. John's and News 95.7 in Halifax.

According to the AJAs website, the awards "has been a continuous annual celebration of journalistic excellence and achievement in Atlantic Canada since 1981." 

The gold and silver awards will be given out at an event on May 6 in St. John's.

Demonstration Against Health Care Privatisation

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:40 PM

How will you be able to keep hospitals cleaner when 200 jobs are going to be cut? That question posed at a small demonstration in Saint John to protest privatising the management of housekeeping and food services at Horizon Health.

Lisa Allen is with the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions. She says privatisation will only add another layer of management to an organisation that's already top heavy in management.

Federal Government Urged to Do More On Water Conservation

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:32 PM

The Trudeau Government should be doing a lot more, a lot faster to protect inland water and marine coastal areas. That's the unanimous view of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Liberal M-P Deborah Schulte chairs the committee and says the report has 36 recommendations.

The federal government has made an international commitment to conserve 17 per cent of inland water and 10 per cent of marine coastal areas by 2020. Thus far, 11 per cent of inland water and just 1 per cent of coastal marine areas have been preserved.

Private Colleges Still Hope For Changes To Tuition Access Bursary Program

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:00 PM

President of Oulton College Darcie Robichaud says they are keeping a close eye on their enrolment, to see if students are making decisions to sign up in public institutions instead, for financial reasons, "We enrol students once a year in the fall, so it is very difficult for us to say right now if there is an increase or decrease in enrolment."

She admits though that she has heard there are some facilities in the province that offer specialty programs, that are feeling the effects of not being included in the tuition access bursary program.

MP Helping Local Businesses With International Trade

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 10:12 AM

With the recently ratified trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, our geography puts us in a great position to benefit from that.

So says Southwest New Brunswick MP Karen Ludwig, who says the federal budget speaks about growth and opportunity, and being innovative.

"Part of being innovative, we have to be adaptable, we have to be able to find new markets. So there will be a fair bit of investment in the area of trade and trade development. As a member of the Standing Committee on the International Trade, I hear that a lot from businesses."

Fatal Crash Near Bathurst

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 07:47 AM

A collision between a Utility Terrain Vehicle and and pick up truck has left a 22 year old man from Bathurst dead.

RCMP say the UTV and truck collided on Saturday afternoon near Bathurst.  The two collided when the UTV made a sharp turn in the road.

A woman who was also riding in the UTV was transported to hospital with serious, but non life threatening injuries.