August 2017

Province Launches Study To Determine Skunk And Raccoon Population

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 06:42 AM

Researchers will be setting traps in Saint John and Fredericton, as well as forested and agricultural areas in southwestern New Brunswick, to help determine the population density of raccoons and skunks.

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Department of Energy and Resource Development, and the University of New Brunswick are partnering on the study.

It began yesterday and will run until September 1.

NB Firefighters Continue To Assist With Wildfire Efforts In BC

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 06:37 AM

More New Brunswick firefighters have headed to British Columbia to help in the efforts to fight wildfires.

A division supervisor and a strike team leader from the Department of Energy and Resource Development left yesterday for Kamloops. They will join other New Brunswick staff already in British Columbia.

Today, four forest rangers and four fire crew members are heading to Prince George.

A total of 64 New Brunswickers have spent time assisting in British Columbia this summer.

 

Level One Heat Alerts Issued For Parts Of New Brunswick

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 06:09 AM

Level one heat alerts have been issued for certain parts of the province today.

St. Stephen, Fredericton, Oromocto, Southern York County, Queens County, and Sunbury County are all under level one heat alerts from the provincial Heat Alert and Response System.

A level one heat alert means that the humidex range is forecasted to be in the 35 to 39 degree range for one day and certain vulnerable people might be affected. The HARS system has three levels.

Man Arrested For Attempted Robbery Of Saint John Transit Driver

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 06:01 AM

Saint John police have arrested a man for trying to rob a Saint John Transit bus driver last night in the Waterloo Village.

Police tell CHSJ News at around 9:45pm in the area of St. Joseph's Hospital on Bayard Drive a man ordered money from the bus driver, to which the driver responded that he didn't have any.

When the man asked the driver again, he was pushed out of the bus, the driver closed the door, drove off and then called police.

Police then arrested a 33-year-old man on Waterloo Street.

Atlantic Sciences Enterprise Research Centre To Be Created In Moncton

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 12:38 PM

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada was on hand today in Moncton to announce the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre.

Over the next few years, the Gulf Fisheries Centre will be transformed into an innovative research science facility,   that will help to engage Canadians in marine science and promote ocean literacy.

Dominic LeBlanc also announced this centre will eventually have the skeleton of a North Atlantic Right whale on exhibit, that will help serve as a reminder of why the health of the oceans and species within must be protected..

Boaters Left High And Dry By Limited Dock Space In Saint John Harbour

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 12:15 PM

With only one of three floating docks installed down at Market Slip this season, reducing the capacity by 66%, a Saint John man feels he and his fellow recreational boaters have been left high and dry when it comes to docking access in the Saint John Harbour.

Peter McKelvey tells CHSJ News there really isn't a good place for small crafts to tie up in the harbour, and it's a common feeling among these boaters that the harbour is a place that you want to avoid.

Astronomer Calls Total Solar Eclipse A "Once In A Lifetime Opportunity"

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 07:40 AM

Today you can see an infrequent natural phenomenon when the moon passes between the sun and earth in a solar eclipse.

The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle says it's been about a century since North America saw a total solar eclipse.

"The actual umbra, or the dark path where the Sun will be completely blocked out will be about 112 kilometres wide," says Boyle. "It starts in Oregon at about 3,800 kilometres per hour, and ends up in South Carolina at about 2,400 kilometres per hour."

Two Tall Ships Extending Stay In Saint John Before Sailing To Europe

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 06:36 AM

While you might not be able to get on board them for tours, you still have a chance to check out two tall ships that are still docked along the Saint John waterfront.

Both the Lord Nelson from the U.K. and the Wylde Swan from the Netherlands will be restocking and changing out crew members before sailing back to Europe. The Wylde Swan will be departing Saint John on Wednesday while the Lord Nelson will be sailing away on Sunday.