December 2017

Fire Dept Urging Drivers To Slow Down At Emergency Scenes After Close Call

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 14:36 PM

The Musquash Fire Department is reminding drivers to slow down before an emergency scene, as last night's ordeal could have ended much worse.

Around 4:30pm on Tuesday, December 12th, firefighters were called to a single vehicle accident with injuries near km marker 87 on Highway 1.

Upon arrival, they found a car lying on its side in the ditch off the westbound lane, which was covered in black ice.

While they tended to the patient, who was later sent to the Saint John Regional by ambulance, another car slid off the highway and into the median.

NB Power Looking For New Fuel Source For Coal-Fired Belledune Generating Station

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 13:31 PM

NB Power is looking for a new fuel source to keep the coal-fired Belledune Generating Station in northern New Brunswick up and running as the utility looks to eliminate coal by 2030.

The power utility is looking at other fuel sources to power the station and has invested up to 7-million-dollars to investigate hydrogen fuel sources and is also looking at biomass and natural gas alternatives.

The Irving Oil refinery and the Belledune generating station produce one third of the emissions in New Brunswick. Belledune produces 13-percent of NB Power's electricity.

New Poll Says Most NBers Won't Buy Cannabis When It's Legal

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:58 PM

A new Corporate Research Associates survey shows that 20-percent of New Brunswickers will either definitely or probably buy legal pot at least every once in a while.

Meantime, the results from the CRA say that 79-percent of residents do not plan to purchase marijuana. 

It's a similar story  Newfoundland and Labrador the number is 23-percent, 19-percent in Nova Scotia, and 15-percent in Prince Edward Island.

In New Brunswick, the likelihood that residents between the ages of 18 and 34 will buy legal pot is over double that of older residents.

Premier Suggests New Brunswick Was Near Bankruptcy

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:43 PM

Opposition leader Blaine Higgs is accusing Premier Brian Gallant of fabricating a story about his time as finance minister in a letter sent to Mayor Don Darling.

Higgs says the Premier claims the Harper Government drew up a contingency plan in 2014 because the province was on the verge of bankruptcy. Higgs was finance minister at that time under then Premier David Alward.

Gallant says the Liberals had intel to that effect and the finances of the province when Higgs was finance minister were in crisis.

Food Prices To Rise Next Year By How Much?

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:40 PM

After a year of food price stagnation, the annual food price report is predicting an increase in food prices for the Atlantic region next year.

The report, from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, forecasts a 1 to 3 per cent increase in food prices bn 2018.The highest price increases, anywhere from 4 to 6 per cent, will be for vegetables and restaurant meals.

It's also predicted a family of 4 will spend almost $12 thousand on food, an increase of $348.

NDP Leader Slams Gallant Liberals Over Not Revealing Its Carbon Tax Plan Now

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 11:44 AM

The provincial NDP Leader is saying the Gallant government is being cowardly for not telling people what their plan is for a carbon tax.

Jennifer McKenzie says the environment minister Serge Rouselle has told the house he will re-purpose the gas tax to fund programs for climate change.

McKenzie says the Gallant Liberals are instead waiting for their federal counterparts to bring in a carbon tax plan and then hit the people of the province with their own.

7 Year Anniversary Of The Great Flood Of Charlotte County

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 10:33 AM

It was seven years ago that Charlotte County faced an extreme weather event like no other.

Beginning December 13th, 2010, much of Charlotte County was submerged under 174 mm of rain in just over 24 hours.

The storm caused widespread flooding and forced people from their homes and businesses, prompting municipalities, including St. Stephen, to call a state of emergency.

During the peak of the storm, over 120 roads were either underwater or washed away in Charlotte County.

No Tax Increase In Grand Bay-Westfield

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 09:03 AM

Grand Bay-Westfield Town Council has passed its 2018 budget with the tax rate remaining at $1.37 where it has stayed  since 2007. The sewerage user fee will stay the same next year as well.

The tax base went up in the town and spending will be over $27 thousand higher next year.

The cost of policing the town by the RCMP will increase in 2018 by $23 hundred to just over $678 thousand.

Thieves Nabbed By City Police

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 07:05 AM

City Police have made arrests in an ongoing investigation into thefts from at least 5 stores in Saint John.

A man and woman in their mid twenties are in jail awaiting a court appearance when formal charges will be laid.

There's also an investigation underway into the cause of a small garage fire at 525 McAllister Drive.