September 2018

Climate Change Report Gets Thumbs Up From Nature Conservancy Of Canada

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:32 AM

The issue of floods and the costs associated with them has prompted the Insurance Bureau of Canada to issue a 68-page report.

It calls for the preservation of forests and wetlands to stop flooding and that is welcome news to Andrew Holland.

He is the National Media Director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and says preserving not paving will help to keep flood waters out of populated areas.

Opioid Epidemic Claims 62 New Brunswick Lives Since 2016

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:16 AM

In the first three months of this year, Health Canada is reporting 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths nationwide - of which 94% were deemed accidental.

The rest were suicides, or undetermined based on incomplete, or competing data.

Five of those deaths were in New Brunswick, compared to eight the year before, and 11 the year before that over the same first quarter of the year time period.

A "Beeting" in Uptown Saint John

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 09:05 AM

The King Canna Cannabis store at 76 Germain Street in Uptown Saint John was targeted for vandalism just before dawn on Thursday.

The store has three broken windows and is smeared with pickled beets suggesting a large can or glass bottle of beets was used for the vandalism.

 

Kidsmania Bubble Dozers Being Recalled

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 05:22 AM

Health Canada is advising of a bubble gum dispenser for kids.

The Kidsmania Bubble Dozer  is a toy vehicle that is filled with bubble gum nuggets.

Over 36 thousand of them were distributed in Canada...They were sold between January last year and this month.

This product does not meet Canadian safety requirements and could pose a choking hazard.

If you have this item, you should throw it or contact the retailer where it was purchased.

Most Support Pay Equity Law For Private Sector

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 19:45 PM

A new survey suggests most New Brunswickers want to see pay equity legislation for the private sector.

The Corporate Research Associates poll finds 85 per cent think it is important for the government to pass this type of legislation.

It was commissioned by the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity and was done between August 15 and 30.

Johanne Perron, executive director of the coalition, told our newsroom she has seen support grow over the last 15 years, when people often confused pay equity with pay parity.

United Way Launches $1.75M Campaign

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 17:37 PM

The United Way of Saint John, Kings and Charlotte hopes to shatter another fundraising record this year.

The organization launched its annual campaign during a luncheon in Saint John on Wednesday.

Campaign co-chair Greg Hemmings told our newsroom last year's campaign raised $1.7 million, and this year they are aiming for $1.75 million.

"This year, we really truly are committed to making sure that we hit that goal," Hemmings said.

Protesters Dog Gallant's Campaign In The Final Days

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 15:29 PM

For the last six days of the campaign, Brian Gallant will have company on the campaign trail in the form of protesters.

Members of the union representing paramedics and dispatchers showed up in Miramichi on Tuesday and were in Saint John on Wednesday morning outside a breakfast event where the Liberal leader was giving a speech.

Huntsman Gets Support For Public Education Programs

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 14:45 PM

The Huntsman Marine Science Center is receiving a grant in celebration of Science Literacy Week.

Head of the Education Department at the Huntsman in Saint Andrews, Tracey Dean tells us they've been awarded $43,700 in funding for their public education and outreach programs. The money is coming from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through the PromoScience Program.

St. Stephen Council Looking To Move Town Hall To The Civic Center

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 11:04 AM

The Garcelon Civic Center could be the new home for St. Stephen Town Hall if everything goes according to plan.

Mayor Allan MacEachern says the current lease for Town Hall in the Ganong building on Milltown Blvd is around $60,000 a year plus energy costs.

He says there is an HR study currently being done to assure the move is worth while, and nothing will be set in stone until that study is completed.