December 2017

City Offering Free Parking In Lots For South Central Peninsula Residents, Tonight Only!!

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 08:12 AM

The City of Saint John and Saint John Parking Commission is reminding residents that New Year’s Eve is a changeover night meaning, vehicles must move to the alternate side of the streets for parking in the South Central Peninsula.

The city says to ensure no one is left on the wrong side of the street and those who are drinking don't have to worry about moving their vehicles designated parking lots will be available for use overnight, at no cost, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Designated lots available for New Year's Eve:

Town Of Quispamsis Mayor Says Roads Were The Top Priority In 2017

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 06:13 AM

The theme of this year for the Town of Quispamsis was roads, roads, roads.

That from Mayor Gary Clark in a year-end interview with our newsroom where he says this was the largest year for the paving program in the town's history and says council knew that attention had to be paid to the roadways which is why an emphasis was placed on this particular issue.

Clark says improvements have been done all the way from French Village Road to Gondola Boulevard.

Gallant Government Defends Its Gender Equality Record

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 06:07 AM

The Coalition for Pay Equity will be pressing the Gallant Government in 2018 with a new campaign as a provincial election looms in September.

The provincial Minister for Seniors and Long Term Care, Lisa Harris is defending the Gallant Government's record on gender equality.

Harris says gender balance has been improved on provincial agencies, boards and commissions, and by providing more daycare spaces allowing more women to enter the workforce.

Harris says the provincial government acknowledges the need to have more women as decision makers.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Puts Three People In Hospital

Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2017 05:43 AM

Three people are in Saint John Regional Hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning and 25 people were displaced after an incident at 1 Stephen Park, an NB Housing apartment building off Crown Street on Friday evening.

Saint John Fire Crews were called around 10 PM and upon arrival found three people had been removed from the building by Saint John Police after Carbon Monoxide detectors had gone off in the building.

2017 Was Busy Year For Development In Rothesay, Mayor Says

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 17:31 PM

The mayor of Rothesay says this past year they've taken steps to diversify the housing offerings in the community which is something she believes is much needed.

Nancy Grant says seniors are asking for the kind of housing where they can downsize.

"We have an apartment complex in development at 104 Hampton Road," say Grant. "Then of course the condominium complex on the corner of Hillcrest and Hampton Road which is going to be 58 condominiums and 10 garden home units."

Fire Destroys Garage On East Side Of Saint John

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 16:25 PM

A garage on the east side and all of its contents is a total loss after a fire near Simonds High school.

Platoon Chief Steve Vautour of the Saint John fire department says the call came in around 2pm this afternoon and crews arriving at 17 Shillington Road found the garage fully engulfed and the fire starting to impinge on the house itself.

"There was somebody at home at the time and they were able to self-evacuate so there were no injuries on the scene," says Vautour.

New Brunswick's Top Baby Names Of 2017

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 14:38 PM

The top baby names of 2017 for girls and boys in the province have been released by Service New Brunswick.

For girls, this year's top five names were: Emma, Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte and Sophia.

For boys, Liam, Noah, Benjamin, William and Logan were the most popular.

Many of those names were also common in 2016.

Stats show more than 5,738 children were born in New Brunswick this year compared to just over 6,015 last year.

Family Escapes Unhurt After House Fire East Of Fredericton

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 14:10 PM

A two-storey house in a rural community about 40 kilometres east of Fredericton has been extensively damaged after a pre-dawn fire.

It happened on Thursday in New Zion at 4306 Highway 10 and three people, a couple and their adult daughter, managed to escape unhurt from the home.

The Canadian Red Cross have helped the family with the buying of clothes, foods and basics while emergency lodging was covered by insurance.

 

More Than $37 million For Climate Change From Provincial Plan

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 13:52 PM

The Executive Director of the New Brunswick Conservation Council doesn't think the provincial government's plan on climate change goes far enough to satisfy the Trudeau Government.

Lois Corbett says diverting a portion of the gas tax will only free up something like 37 million dollars but she claims that's not enough money to offer incentives for the rest of us to become more energy efficient.

Corbett says by toeing the status quo, the government has missed its goal of helping New Brunswick transition to a low-carbon economy and create jobs.

 

A Push Underway To Build Homes Of The Future In New Brunswick

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 13:49 PM

The cost of solar energy is dropping dramatically. A consultant with Solar Nova Scotia, Wayne Groszko says there's a great push in New Brunswick to build what he calls net zero homes.

Groszko says a net zero home has enough solar panels on it to produce all the energy it needs.

A new report has found the cost of solar energy is dropping at a staggering rate of 4.4 percent worldwide each year or 25 per cent by the year 2022.