November 2017

City Hall Renovations To Cost Estimated $3 Million

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 06:34 AM

It's going to cost the city an estimated $3 million as its share to carry out renovations for its new space  at City Hall. The Finance Committee approved setting aside $1.2 million for that purpose from unbudgeted for property tax at Canaport L-N-G. 

Saint John Water is reporting a projected year end surplus of $1.16 million. $850 thousand of that will be put into a reserve fund for the safe drinking water project.

Saint John Transit is also reporting a surplus with $250 thousand being used to establish a reserve fund for its building which is about 10 years old.

Sentencing In RCMP Labour Code Conviction Begins Today

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 06:27 AM

Two days has been set aside for a sentencing hearing in the RCMP Labour Code case.

It will get underway in a Moncton courtroom this morning.

The Police force was convicted of failing to properly equip and train its members on June 4, 2014.

That's when a man shot and killed three RCMP officers and injured two others.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of up to $1 million, a prison term of up to two years or both.


New Unit Dedicated To Prosecuting Domestic Violence Offenses Created

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 15:36 PM

A new unit dedicated specifically to prosecuting offenses involving domestic and intimate partner violence has been created by New Brunswick's Public Prosecution Services.

Issues the unit will deal with include making sure matters to go trial in a timely fashion, that the victim's safety is of paramount concern, and that empirically-based best practices are used when making recommendations on sentencing.

Two Teens Arrested In Connection With Damage At Church Of Christ

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 14:11 PM

A couple of teenagers are being charged in connection with the vandalism at the Church of Christ in St. George.

Over the weekend, it was discovered someone had broken into the church between November 19th and November 25th, and caused significant damage.

Some of the vandalism included smashing a new piano, breaking windows, pulling thermostats and wires from the walls, and throwing items around.

Provincewide Emergency Preparedness Exercise Being Planned For 2018

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 13:26 PM

A one-day provincewide emergency preparedness exercise called Brunswick Alpha 2018 is being planned for next summer.

The scenario is the unfolding of a severe weather event across the province and will give municipal staff involved in emergency management to practice their planned responses and procedures. 

All municipalities in New Brunswick are being invited to this exercise which is being organized by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization together with the Canadian Armed Forces through Joint Task Force Atlantic.

Travel Size Essentials Are Needed For A Christmas Campaign

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 13:18 PM
Travel size and full size toiletries are needed for the 16th annual Bare Necessities campaign.
It sees volunteers from the Women in Business forum at the Regional Chamber of Commerce collect items for various charities in the region. 
Claire Ryan, chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors, tells CHSJ News they are looking for donations of shampoo, conditioner, face cloths and hand towels.

Arts and Culture Community Pleads With Saint John Council To Increase Funding

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:51 PM

Common Council is being urged to reorganize the Cultural Affairs Office and The Saint John Community Arts Board.

Spokesperson Michael Wennberg told council on Monday that Arts, Culture and Heritage are huge in Saint John, but the city needs to put more money into it than the current $700,000 from an operating  budget of $151.5 million.

He says that amount equates to less than 6/10ths of one percent of the current budget.

Wennberg says in comparison Moncton, which in 2016 had an operating budget of $148 million, ended up spending $4 million on culture.

Cyber Crime On The Rise

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 09:34 AM

Cyber Crime is on the increase in Canada but it's under reported.

Scott Doron of Security and Investigations for the RCMP told the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce not reporting cyber crime hinders law enforcement because they don't have enough data to connect the dots.

Doron concedes the demands posed by cyber crime have exceeded the RCMP's capacity and more resources will be needed to combat it.