September 2017

St. Stephen Goes From Heat Alert To Frost Advisory In 3 Days

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:39 AM

Summer is making a quick getaway.

After a high of over 39 degrees Celsius this week in St. Stephen, a Level 1 heat alert, and record breaking temperatures on Tuesday, September 26th, a frost advisory has been issued for tonight, Friday, September 29th.

Environment Canada says temperatures in Charlotte County will reach near zero degrees Celsius tonight, and plants and crops could be damaged.

Temperatures in the northwestern part of New Brunswick are expected to drop below zero degrees tonight.

Sussex RCMP Arrest Two People For Credit Card Fraud

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 06:39 AM

Several complaints about the fraudulent use of credit cards in Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Oromocto and Sussex have resulted in the arrests of two people from from Alberta by Sussex RCMP.

39-year-old Troy Cloutier and 29-year-old Bailey Ann Brassard have been charged with fraud and obstructing a police officer. Cloutier also faces charges of possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana and fleeing from police.

An unnamed 42-year-old New Brunswick man was also arrested in connection with the investigation.

Verdict In RCMP Labour Code Trial Expected Today

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 06:29 AM

A decision is expected to be handed down in Moncton court today, in connection with the tragic incidents of June 4, 2014.

Three RCMP officers were killed, and two others injured.

Four labour code charges were laid against the RCMP, alleging that they failed to provide officers with the appropriate equipment and training.

The RCMP have pleaded not guilty.

The trial began in April, and 30 witnesses took the stand.

Each charges carries a fine of up to a million dollars, or a prison term, or both.

 

Has Ellen's Law Made A Difference For NB Cyclists?

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 17:30 PM

Changes to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act that offered more safety for cyclists have been in effect now for around three months.

The movement to have the changes made was inspired by Ellen Watters a well-known cyclist who died while riding near Sussex.

Sheila Cameron, Moncton co-organizer for the Ellen's Law movement, says they are starting to notice a difference.

U.S. Home Repair Company Establishes IT Headquarters In Saint John

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 15:39 PM

Georgia-based home repair company, Pronto, has set up its North American information technology headquarters in uptown Saint John.

The Saint John office is going to allow for further development of the company's online Pronto Pro app, which allows homeowners to text their problem to the company, get a flat-rate price and then have someone dispatched in 24 hours to start repairs.

St. Stephen Police On The Watch For Drivers Who Fail To Stop At Stop Signs

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 14:11 PM

You could be in for a ticket if you don't come to a complete stop.

That's the warning from St. Stephen RCMP, who are increasing enforcement efforts on drivers who fail to come to a complete stop at stop signs.

St. Stephen RCMP Commander, Sgt. Peter Stubbs says so far this year, they have already responded to two serious collisions caused by drivers who failed to stop at a stop sign.

Study On Water Meters For All

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:37 PM

A study on universal water meters in Saint John is expected to be ready for Common Council by next May or June.

Common Councillors Gary Sullivan and Gerry Lowe have spoken out in favour of metering. Saint John Water Commissioner Brent McGovern can understand why because you wind up paying for what you use.

U.S. And Canada In Nasty Trade Dispute

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:32 PM

The massive 219 per cent U.S. tariff on the new line of Bombardier jets is causing a backlash in both Canada and Britain where jobs are under threat in Northern Ireland.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Bombardier trade dispute is separate from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement where she says great progress is being made but tough issues still lie ahead.

Having said that, Freeland concedes the Trump Administration is in her words "unconventional" with its America First stance.

Uncertainty Reigns Supreme When It Comes To Interest Rates

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:29 PM

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz concedes there's a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the economy and where interest rates may be heading.

Poloz says the Canadian economy's performance has exceeded expectations but wage growth has been slower than anticipated.

Annual economic growth as of the end of August surpassed 4 per cent but Poloz doesn't expect it to remain that high.

He does say businesses across a wide range expect their sales to improve and hiring intentions have reached a record high.

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