February 2018

Premier 'Cautiously Optimistic' After Recent Softwood Lumber Meeting In Washington, D.C.

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018 14:15 PM

Premier Brian Gallant is still hoping the U.S. will back down on its huge softwood lumber tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Gallant has had a few meetings over the issue and recently returned from Washington, D.C.

The premier recently spoke to us about that meeting.

Medical Dragons' Den Coming To Imperial Theatre In April

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018 14:09 PM

You've probably heard of the Dragons' Den, but you might not have heard of a New Brunswick event based on the popular TV program.

The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation has come up with an event called the Medical Dragons' Den, which features medical professionals pitching ideas to advance health care in the province to the dragons.

Foundation president Jeff McAloon tells us one of the three ideas idea will receive $500,000 in funding, which has been donated by the four dragons.

Crime Stoppers Marks 33rd Anniversary In New Brunswick

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018 13:07 PM

It was 33 years ago this month that the Crime Stoppers program first came to New Brunswick.

Since then, the program has helped solve more than 8,400 cases, leading to more than 9,000 arrests and 10,600 charges.

The program's slogan, "We want your information, not your name," couldn't be truer, according to provincial coordinator Claude Tremblay.

He tells us they have no way of identifying tipsters who provide them with information about crimes.

RCMP Probe Fatal Hit And Run Near Richibucto

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018 12:34 PM

Police are looking for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run in eastern New Brunswick.

The RCMP say it happened on St-Charles Sud Road in Saint-Charles, not far from Richibucto, around 9:30 last night.

A 22-year-old man was struck by a vehicle while waiting on the side of the road for a drive home.

Police say a GMC truck sign was found at the scene and that type of vehicle may have been involved in the crash.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything is being asked to contact Richibucto RCMP at (506) 523-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Saint Johners Need To Work Together To Beautify City

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018 08:30 AM

Everyone needs to do their part to help make Saint John one of the most beautiful places to live.

That from long-time educator and social entrepreneur Barry Ogden, who recently sent a letter to council applauding their efforts to clean up the city.

"I think Saint Johners are doing everything we can to clean the city up and attract more people," says Ogden, "but I just want to make sure that people are vigil and stay on top."

Ogden is the founder of the Marigold Project and spearheaded an initiative to have murals displayed in the city.

Evandale Ferry Out Of Service Due To Ice

Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2018 17:37 PM

Ice in the Saint John River is causing problems for at least one ferry.

The Evandale ferry is out of service until further notice due to ice conditions.

No word from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on when the ferry service will resume.

Saint John, Kennebecasis Libraries Collecting New Socks For Less Fortunate

Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2018 14:18 PM

Public libraries in the Saint John region are teaming up to collect new socks for less fortunate in the community.

It's called Project Bare Feet and it continues until the end of February at all three Saint John branches and the Kennebecasis library in Quispamsis.

Robin Sexton-Mayes, library director of the West Branch Public Library, tells us why they decided to do the campaign.

"The number one requested item at shelters is brand new socks," says Sexton-Mayes, "so that's why we decided to do a sock drive throughout the Saint John region."

Saint John Receives Letter Back From Province About Amalgamation

Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2018 13:16 PM

It appears the "political hot potato" that is the amalgamation of Greater Saint John has been tossed back into the lap of Common Council.

A letter has been sent to the city manager by Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle in response to council's resolution asking the province to investigate and consider the amalgamation of the region.

In the letter, Rousselle writes that regarding amalgamation, the government will support voluntary and community-led restructuring initiatives.