January 2018

New Federal Measures Unveiled To Protect Right Whales

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 15:07 PM

The federal government has outlined four new measures for the snow crab fishery in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to help protect the North Atlantic Right Whale.

The industry must reduce the amount of rope floating on the water, rope must be marked with a colour specific to each fishing area, buoys must be identified with sequential numbers and all lost gear must be reported.

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc says he expects 100 percent compliance from the industry during the upcoming snow crab fishery.

NEB Denies Application For St. Stephen To Saint John Pipeline Service And Toll

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 14:27 PM

The National Energy Board has turned down an application from Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline for approval of a new pipeline service and toll.

Maritimes and Northeast offered a load retention service and discounted rate to Irving Oil in exchange for a 13-year commitment to use the pipeline to ship up to 68,759 gigajoules per day of natural gas from the Canada/U.S. Border in St. Stephen to the Irving Oil Refinery and cogeneration facility in Saint John.

Sea Dogs Player Listed As Top Prospect For 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:26 PM

A Saint John Sea Dogs player is listed on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Defenceman Radim Salda is ranked 53rd among the top 217 North American skaters.

The 18-year-old from the Czech Republic has eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points in his first year with the Sea Dogs.

He leads all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookie defencemen in assists and points and is tied for first in goals.

Labour Federation Applauds Proposed Domestic Violence Leave

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:14 PM

New Brunswick is introducing proposed changes to allow people experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence to take leaves from work.

It's legislation that's fantastic and long overdue, according to the president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour.

Patrick Colford tells us his group has been pushing for this kind of legislation — which already exists in several other provinces — for nearly a decade.

Colford says financial worries can sometimes prevent people in bad situations from seeking help.

Latest Nanos Research Poll Shows Federal Conservatives Gaining Support

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 10:54 AM

It looks like the Conservatives are starting to close in on the Liberals according to the latest ballot poll by Nanos Research.

The Liberals still lead the ballot tracking coming it at 37.9 percent suppport, but the Conservatives are not far behind at 34.4 percent, the NDP is next at 17.3 percent, followed by the Greens at 6 percent and the Bloc at 3.7 percent.

When asked who they thought would make the best Prime Minister, it was not as close with 43.1 percent choosing Justin Trudeau, 22.5 for Andrew Scheer, 8 percent for Jagmeet Singh, and Elizabeth May with 5.9 percent.

Charlotte County Under Heavy Rainfall Warning

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 10:33 AM

You'll want to be on the lookout for flash flooding as we get hammered with spring-like weather this evening.

Environment Canada has put Charlotte County under a heavy rainfall warning, with up to 50 mms forecast for areas near the Fundy coast.

The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall, and with temperatures warming up to 9 degrees celsius tonight, there will be plenty of snowmelt as well.

The rain is expected to taper off overnight.

UPDATED: Tsunami Warning Issued For Coastal B.C After Alaskan Earthquake Cancelled

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 06:53 AM

While we are dealing with a heavy rainfall warning on the east coast, Environment Canada had issued a tsunami warning for the west coast of British Columbia that has since been cancelled.

It came after a very shallow 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Kodiak, Alaska.

The warning was cancelled shortly before 8:30am Atlantic time. 

RCMP Looking To Find Thieves Who Broke Into A Fredericton Area Legion

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 05:16 AM

Police are turning to the public for help as they investigate a break-in at a Fredericton-area legion.

Mounties say one or more suspects broke into the Nashwaak Legion on Route 148.

It happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2017 and 5 p.m. the following day.

Police say several items were stolen from the legion, including an amplifier, food and beverages.

If you have information that could help investigators, you're asked to contact Keswick RCMP at (506) 357-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Gallant Government Doubles Down On Youth Retention Program Funding, Adding $25 Million

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 18:29 PM

Premier Brian Gallant is doubling down on existing programs to keep youth in our province with an extra investment of $25 million.

He says the Youth Employment Fund will create more positions with their additional funding, allowing more youths to get hands on learning.

That program subsidizes six months of wages for youths hired under this agreement.