January 2018

Small Hike In NB Gas Prices Expected

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 18:35 PM

A senior petroleum analyst believes drivers in New Brunswick will see a small jump in gas prices this week.

Dan McTeague with Gasbuddy.com says gasoline is expected to jump 1 cent per litre this week when the provincial regulator makes a price adjustment at midnight Wednesday (early Thursday).

Diesel is also likely to jump this week by about 1.5 cents per litre.

PEI Unveils Cannabis Regulations, Signs Supply Deals

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 18:24 PM

Falling in line with the other Maritime provinces, Prince Edward Island has introduced cannabis regulations ahead of recreational legalization in July.

PEI has set its legal consumption age at 19 and adults will be allowed to possess 30 grams of dried marijuana which aligns with federal legislation.

Public health and safety campaigns will ramp up as drug-impaired driving laws are strengthened.

In addition to online sales, four stand-alone cannabis retail stores will open across the Island.

Province Reminding NBers Of Programs To Help With High Power Bills

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 17:15 PM

With the on-and-off deep freeze we've been experiencing this winter you may notice yourself having had to crank up the thermostat to get warm.

Because of that, the province has issued a reminder there are programs available to help you with high energy bills.

The Home Energy Assistance Program is a one-time payment of a hundred dollars to households with a total income up to and including 30-thousand-dollars in 2016. You can apply by going online, going to SNB, or contacting the Department of Finance.

Special Weather Statement Issued For Potential Heavy Snow

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 16:11 PM

Southern New Brunswick is under a special weather statement by Environment Canada for the potential of heavy snowfall tomorrow and tomorrow night.

The national weather agency says snowfall ahead of an approaching low pressure system will begin tomorrow morning over southern New Brunswick.

Forecasters are calling for as much as 15 centimetres of snow by Thursday morning, and say the snow could switch to rain or freezing rain early Thursday along the Bay of Fundy.

Upcoming Cruise Season Will See 19-Percent Increase In Passengers

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 13:27 PM

The upcoming cruise season will be a busy one with a 13-percent increase in the number of cruise ship calls over last year.

It's the 30th cruise season at Port Saint John and it begins on May 1 when the Marina sails into the harbour and finishes up on November 2 with the Seven Seas Navigator.

There are 75 ships slated to visit the city bringing a total of 246,000 and crew. That is an increase of 19-percent in passengers over 2017.

Port Saint John president Jim Quinn says in a release that this year they will have their fourth consecutive year of growth.

Mayors In KV, Grand Bay-Westfield Not Interested In Amalgamation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 13:13 PM

It's a hard pass from the mayors of the outlying communities in Greater Saint John to the idea of amalgamation to form one regional municipality.

Rothesay is dead set against any amalgamation according to mayor Nancy Grant who tells CHSJ News she can never see the province forcing it or introducing any legislation about it.

"I don't think that could possibly happen without discussion at the community level. So that's my position on that, we don't even have a business case for amalgamation at this point. We have nothing," says Grant. "Bigger is not always better."

City Will Ask Province To Study Greater Saint John Amalgamation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:23 PM

Common Council will ask the province to investigate amalgamating the greater Saint John area into one municipality.

The motion was introduced last night by Coun. Ray Strowbridge and was passed by an 8-2 vote.

Coun. Donna Reardon voted in favour of the motion, but had some hesitations.

"I guess if I were going to be asking the province to consider this, I'd want to have my ducks in order and make sure that my house is running as well as it could be, and I think we're on that trajectory right now," says Reardon.

Agricultural Alliance Getting Set For AGM in Fredericton

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:39 AM

The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick has a number of issues to bring to the province during its annual general meeting this week in Fredericton.

Alliance President Mike Bouma says they will hear from the provincial Agriculture Minister Andrew Harvey on Thursday and they have concerns for him to look into including issues regarding road safety and repairs and an unfair levy slapped onto local food producers when they sell to certain stores, beyond their 10 percent threshold.

Mayor Says Many Lessons To Be Learned From Butane Leak

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:27 AM

There will be many lessons learned from last week's butane leak in east Saint John.

That from Mayor Don Darling, who took the chance at last night's Common Council to thank first responders who dealt with the incident.

Darling says it's fortunate there were no injuries or property damage.

"We'll be working through a post-event review, including lessons learned, opportunities for the future to get an account of our costs," says Darling.

The mayor also says that it's important to look at integrated response plans with industry.