November 2017

NB Enjoys Stellar Summer Tourism Season

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 18:55 PM

Many tourism operators in New Brunswick have enjoyed one of the best summer seasons ever according to figures unveiled by the province.

Double digit growth in visitors was recorded at such attractions as the New Brunswick Aquarium and Hopewell Rocks.

Tourism Industry Association President/CEO Ron Drisdelle believes several factors led to a stellar year which is on top of a great year in 2016.

"Gas prices, the Canada 150 campaign and all of the promotion around that, and all of Destination Canada's efforts to market Canada abroad," he notes.

Saint John Police Seek Info On Missing Teenager

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 16:11 PM

Saint John Police need your help to track down a missing teenager.

Police say 14 year old Drake Farren was reported missing by his family on November 14th.

Drake is 5 foot 5, 125 lbs, he has short brown hair and blue eyes, he wears glasses and has freckles.

Foul play is not suspected in his disappearance.

He was last seen wearing a pinkish coloured sweater, black/grey jacket with a yellow stripe, beige baggy pants, black sneakers, black ball cap with "Pro Bass" on the front and a black backpack.

Child & Youth Advocate Calls For End To Putting Youth In Solitary Confinement

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 14:13 PM

New Brunswick's child and youth advocate has released a list of recommendations in his latest State of the Child report including that the government end the practice of putting young people in solitary confinement and stop housing youth accused of crimes with those convicted of crimes.

Norm Bossé is also opposing the using handcuffs and leg irons on youth and tells us about interviewing a young girl who was about 14 or 15.

Official Opening Of West Side School

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 13:14 PM

Seaside Park Elementary School with its 480 students has been operating since September but the official opening took place this afternoon. Premier Brian Gallant and Education Minister Brian Kenny were in town for the occasion.

The Liberals are stepping up their attacks on Opposition leader Blaine Higgs. Liberal M-L-A Bernard Leblanc of Memramcook-Tantramar says his record as finance minister was nothing to write home about with the provincial government retracting.

Toddlers Are Getting Too Much Screen Time And Too Little Exercise

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:59 PM

Canadian children aged four and under are spending too much time in front of screens. Although it's recommended preschoolers have no more than one hour of screen time per day, 76 per cent of them do. For those children younger than 2, screen time is not recommended.

The world’s first evidence based 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years recommend for toddlers at least 3 hours of physical activity including energetic play, spread throughout the day with more being better.

Seniors Continue To Push Back On Privatization Of Extra Mural Services

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:45 PM

A large crowd turned out in Dieppe, to talk about the government's plans to privatize Extra Mural services, to be overseen by Medavie Blue Cross.

Ministers Roger Melanson, Monique LeBlanc and Bernard LeBlanc also attended the public meeting, held at the Wingate Hotel.

Executive Director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home residents Rights Cecile Cassista says the comments were less than positive, "A lot of comments, a lot of people who are angry because the government is going down that road."

Lobster Trap Tree Becoming Early Fundraising Success In Saint Andrews

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:34 AM

A giant lobster trap Christmas tree is being built today in the Saint Andrews Market Square.

The project is a fundraiser for the Saint Andrews Food Bank, and organizers say they have surpassed expectations and are now sold out of buoys to decorate the tree.

Allison Spear tells us the BIA and the Town of Saint Andrews thought it would be a great idea to set the tree up in Market Square.

Consumer Confidence Drops In Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 07:06 AM

There has been a decline in consumer confidence among Saint Johnners this quarter, according to the most recent Urban Report survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates.

Consumer confidence reached a 7 year high three months ago.

According to the survey conducted from October 18th to November 14th, 65 per cent of people in Saint John who were surveyed say they're satisfied with the job being done by Common Council.