October 2017

Poor Turnout for Final Pre-Budget Consultation Tour Stop

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 14:34 PM

A poor turnout at a pre-budget consultation in Saint John hosted by Finance Minister Cathy Rogers could indicate that people in the Saint John area don't really care or don't feel their opinions matter to government.

Rogers says low democratic engagement always makes her sad. She wonders how can government know what to do if the public doesn't speak or engage. 

Rogers says government has a responsibility to share information and people have a respsonsibility to share their interests, concerns and perspectivies calling it a two-way responsibility.

PC Opposition MLA Uses Halloween Theme To Attack Premier Gallant On Treatment Of Small Business Owners

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 14:06 PM

The Opposition Conservatives used a Halloween theme to attack Premier Brian Gallant on how he has treated small business owners.

Carleton MLA Stewart Fairgrieve said the Premier has been a monster to their bottom line, a vampire to their cash flow and when it comes to accountability, a ghost.

Fairgrieve says small business owners have not gotten any treats only job killing tricks and although the Premier may be saying boo tonight, small business owners will be saying boo hoo all year long.

Three Fires In Base Gagetown Range & Training Area No Longer Active

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 13:38 PM

The three fires that were burning within Base Gagetown's Range and Training area are said to be no longer active.

An update from National Defence says DND forestry personnel were able to contain the fires and limit them from spreading and there was never risk to nearby communities, DND property and people other than the impact from smoke.

The updates continues to say with the fire weather index now low some restrictions on military training have been lifted and some units have recommenced live-fire training.

Provincial Government Introducing New Exotic Animal Legislation

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:30 PM

Four years after the tragic deaths of two young brothers who were killed by a python, the provincial government has announced it is introducing new legislation to regulate possessing and owning exotic animals in New Brunswick.

Noah and Connor Barthe were killed in 2013 after an African rock python got out of its enclosure in Campbellton. Autopsies determined the boys died as the result of being asphyxiated by the python that was housed in the same apartment the boys were staying at for a sleepover.

Drug Bust In North End

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:16 PM

More than $31,000 dollars in cash was confiscated by members of the Integrated Street Crime Unit in the north end.

On October 27, police from the city and Kennebecasis Valley also seized marijuana, 10 percocet pills, 26 grams of crack cocaine, over 9 grams of cocaine powder, scales, a safe and a money counter.

Five people were arrested.

Inspire Awards Will Focus On Importance Of Mentoring

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:15 PM

In the virtual workplace, mentoring should have a higher priority because younger workers can become isolated and, as such, are not exposed to best practices. So says Robyn Tingley, author and founder of the GlassSKY Foundation, who will be emceeing the first ever Inspire Awards tomorrow night at the Delta.

Tingley says it's in everyone's best interests that we all play a role in helping the next generation rise up but managers are busier than ever these days with the result that mentoring can be relegated in importance.

Water Rates Are Going Up By $72 For 2018

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:11 PM

Like it or not water rates are going up in the City of Saint John by $72 next year as the city continues to pay for its $230-million water treatment plant.

Common Council has heard that increase will likely have to be implemented up to 2019.

Councillor Gary Sullivan says something needs to be done to ensure everyone is paying their fair share for water.