November 2017

Saint John Airport Under Boil Water Order

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 17:25 PM

The Saint John Airport is under a boil water order.

A release from the airport says the airport's water supply comes from Robertson Lake and regular monitoring showed higher levels of turbidity, or cloudiness, in late October. 

The provincial Health department put a boil water order in place because higher levels of turbidity can interfere with how effective the treatment process is.

The airport says bottled water is available and signs have been posted so that travelers are made aware of the boil water order.

Gerry Pond Receives Order Of Canada

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 14:36 PM

Canada's governor-general Julie Payette invested 34 members into the Order of Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall today, including Gerry Pond of Rothesay.

Gerry Pond is described as a champion of entrepreneurship in the information and communications technology sector.

He was the CEO of NBTel and the president of its successor Aliant TeleCom, he is the co-founder of Mariner and the Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick and Pond has also co-founded various successful start-ups in Atlantic Canada.

Federal Upgrades To Prevent Erosion At Fundy NP

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 13:31 PM

The federal government has announced $8.2 million dollars to protect the shoreline near Alma and the southeast entrance of Fundy National Park.

Fundy Royal MP Alaina Lockhart took part in the event today at the Salt and Fir Centre.

The project will involve using armoured stone and rip rap along Alma Beach adjacent to Highway 114 to prevent erosion.

A new longer boardwalk will also be built with new observation platforms providing access to the beach.

Construction will take place throughout the winter and should be completed by next spring.

Gov't Points To Newspaper Ad As Evidence Higgs Supported LNG Tax Deal

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 13:12 PM

The Gallant government is pointing to an Irving Oil newspaper ad from 2005 addressed to Saint Johners on the benefits of the LNG tax deal signed by Opposition leader Blaine Higgs as evidence he was supportive of the deal.

This capped the property tax for Canaport LNG at $500,000 a year until 2030 and the Liberals tabled legislation to repeal the tax break in October of 2016.

Earlier this month, premier Brian Gallant said that they had evidence about Higgs' support of this tax concession.

Inquiry Into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 13:06 PM

60 witnesses appeared before the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls over 3 days in Nova Scotia. Agnes Gould's sister, Victoria Sue Pictou, disappeared in 1993 after leaving a hospital in Maine. The family believes she was murdered.

Gould says she left behind five children with their father who was violent. She says the children were abused and had cigarette burns on their backs and buttocks.

Pictou went to the hospital after being beaten by her husband and brother-in-law in Bangor.

Premier Is Pressed About Emails On Property Tax Assessments

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 12:48 PM

Premier Brian Gallant is coming under after emails surfaced about his role in fast tracking what turned out to be property tax assessments. Opposition leader Blaine Higgs is calling on the Premier to come clean.

Premier Gallant is calling on Higgs to come clean as well about his role in securing the tax concession back in 2005 for Canaport LNG.

Gallant argues there have been problems with the property tax assessments dating back to 2011 when Higgs was finance minister.

Dorchester Institution Under Lockdown

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 12:17 PM

A lockdown is in effect at the Dorchester Penitentiary after an inmate assault.

Corrections Services Canada says it was put into place on Monday, and staff are continuing to search of the institution, to ensure the safety of the staff and inmates.

Visits have been suspended until the search is completed.

Normal operations will resume as soon as they consider it to be safe.

 

Poley Mountain Excited For Snow Making

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 12:16 PM

No snow on the ground yet in Moncton, but that isn't putting a damper on plans for the upcoming ski season.

Poley Mountain is expected to open the second weekend in December.

General Manager Bill Anderson says they are ready to make snow when the temperatures are right, "We put a lot of time, effort and money into updating our snowmaking and putting new modern technology into snowmaking, so this means we will be able to make snow at more marginal temperatures, and we'll make more of it."

Provincial Legislation On Exotic Animals Applauded by Canada's Zoos And Aquariums

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 11:01 AM

New legislation introduced by the provincial government is addressing inadequate regulation and enforcement of exotic animals.

Executive Director Dr. Susan Shafer of Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums is applauding the new law.

"We think it provides a very good balance between safety for the public and the staff that work in organizations as well as being very strong for animal welfare," says Dr. Shafer.