June 2017

UPDATE: Interac Takes E-Transfer Service Offline Temporarily To Fix Technical Problems

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 15:15 PM

Significant technical issues have led Interac to temporarily take their E-Transfer service offline.

In a statement, Interac says it is an internal technical issue resulting in transaction delays, and the suspension of a number of transfers.

They are reassuring the public by saying the system and data remains secure.

While the system is offline, banks will not be able to process any transactions.

Interac says any transfers currently in transit will be processed once the system is restored.

Indigenous Protest Leading Into Canada Day

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 14:02 PM

Indigenous demonstrators have been staging a protest on Parliament Hill leading into Canada Day.

There has been a standoff with police over where a teepee would be put and tempers have flared with recriminations of white privilege.  

Trudeau says Canada has failed indigenous peoples for so long, he can understand why they're ambivalent about celebrating the 150th anniversary.

The P-M says, in the past, governments have instituted policies with the best of intentions that turned out to be disastrous for Indigenous people.
 

Province Defends Decision To Freeze Property Tax Assessments

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 13:44 PM

The provincial government says despite complaints from Mayors who aren't happy about the freeze on property tax assessments next year, there will be no long term impact on revenue for muncipalities.

Local Government Minister Serge Rouselle says the province wasn't going to continue with a flawed and mistake prone property tax system in 2018 and a freeze was the only responsible decision to make. An independent review of the property tax assessment system by the auditor-general isn't expected to be complete until November.

UNB Grad Will Soon Find Out If He's One Of Canada's Newest Astronauts

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 12:45 PM

University of New Brunswick alumnus Alex DeLorey will find out on Canada Day if he's going to be one of this nation's newest astronauts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will reveal the Canadian Space Agency's two successful candidates on Saturday on Parliament Hill, bringing the year-long selection process for two new astronauts to a close.

DeLorey, a native of the Moncton area who now lives in southern Ontario, always dreamed of being an astronaut. He's a mechanical engineer who works on the refurbishment of nuclear reactors.

New Conservative Leader Visits NB

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 11:33 AM

The new leader of the federal Conservatives is visiting the Maritimes this weekend.

This is the first time Andrew Scheer has been to the region since being selected as head of the party last month.

Scheer is attending a rally and barbeque in Nackawic this evening at 6 o'clock at The Big Axe.

In an effort to introduce himself and his vision to Canadians, Scheer will be going across the country this summer.
 

National Pride Has Evolved In Canada Over 150 Years

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 11:25 AM

As we celebrate Canada's anniversary this weekend, it's important to remember how much the country has changed over the past 150 years.

Mount Allison University Canadian Studies professor Andrew Nurse says national pride has evolved along with the country over the generations.

"The country that my parents or my grandparents were proud of is not the country that my daughter is growing up in and sometimes it's difficult to have that conversation," he notes.

Blue Rodeo Concert: Tickets Now On Sale

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 11:01 AM

Tickets went on sale this morning for a big summer concert in St. Stephen.

In celebration of Canada 150, the group Blue Rodeo will be performing at the Garcelon Civic Center on Saturday night, August 26th, with opening acts Tristan Horncastle and the group Radio Factory.

Doors open at 6:30pm, with the concert starting at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $39.75 a piece.

If you would like to purchase tickets online by credit card CLICK HERE .

Large Turnout And Selfies Galore For Prime Minister In Grand Bay-Westfield

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 06:14 AM

Prime Minister Trudeau says he and his MP's will make the rounds this summer listening and engaging people before what he says will be a busy fall Parliamentary session.

Trudeau did just that at an ice cream social in Grand Bay-Westfield which attracted a large turnout of people who wanted to take selfies with him.

The Prime Minister says his government cut taxes for 9 million middle class people while, at the same time, helping the elderly by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.

Friday Morning Sports For June 30th

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 06:10 AM

In the Majors, After falling behind 3-0, the Boston Red Sox rallied behind David Price for a 6-3 win over Minnesota. Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez hit solo home runs for Boston.....The New York Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox 4-3. Former Blue Jay Melky Cabrera robbed Aaron Judge of a home run and Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler, in his very first game, injured the tendon in his right knee while attempting to catch a foul ball and will have to be operated on.....Ubaldo Jimenez allowed just two hits over eight innings as Baltimore shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0.

City Gets Glimpse Of What Saint Johners Think About South Central Peninsula

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 17:43 PM

The city has been getting a glimpse of what Saint Johners think about the South Central Peninsula, as work continues on the development of a neighborhood plan for the uptown, South end and Waterloo Village.

When it comes to community engagement thus far, work done has included been 30 stakeholder meetings, more than 200 comments on a digital engagement platform and more than 240 comments were gathered at the public launch event.