February 2018

UNB Student Off To Sri Lanka For 3 Months

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 13:35 PM

A University of New Brunswick PhD student is off to Sri Lanka as she continues her research on developing and implementing intergenerational cultural programs.

Stephany Peterson of Saint John will spend just over three months in the South Asian country as a visiting research scholar at the University of Colombo.

Peterson says the goal of her research is to find ways to connect elders and youth, so they can be a mutual resource to one another.

As part of her work, she'll be using a book written by Sri Lankans called Keerthihan's Kite.

COPD Cases On The Rise In New Brunswick

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:08 PM

An estimated 55,000 New Brunswickers have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

And Barbara Walls of the New Brunswick Lunch Association tells us there are likely more who have not been diagnosed.

"It is on the rise, especially as the population is aging," says Walls. "This is a disease that can take anywhere from three to four decades to develop."

COPD has been described as a disease of middle age because it doesn't occur until people are 40 or older.

RCMP Still Investigating Suspicious Death Of N.B. Man

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 11:31 AM

The New Brunswick RCMP's Major Crime Unit continues to investigate the suspicious death of a 42-year-old man from western New Brunswick.

Tony Vaillancourt of Morrell Siding was reported missing on May 6, 2017, after not being in contact with family or friends for nearly a month.

His body was found in the Saint John River near Tobique Narrows about three months later, on Aug. 2.

Police say an autopsy and further investigation determined his death was suspicious.

Tributes Continue To Pour In For Becca Schofield

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:01 PM

Tributes are continuing to pour in in the wake of the passing of inspirational Riverview teen Becca Schofield.

The 18-year old died after a three year battle with cancer this weekend, however, her #BeccaToldMeTo movement, encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness lives on.

Riverview Mayor, Ann Seamans, says Becca proved one person, through simple actions, can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Seamans continues, saying the global reach of Becca's movement reminded us that being kind is a choice we make each and every day.

Dr. Temple Grandin Coming To Moncton

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 08:13 AM

An autism advocate will speak at the Maritime Beef Conference in Moncton next month.

Dr. Temple Grandin is known for her distinctive cowboy garb as she is for her many bestselling books like Making Animals Happy and Different...Not Less.  

She holds a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and teaches at Colorado State University.

Many will remember the film made about her in 2010 starring Clare Danes.

Province Accepting Applications For SEED Program

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 08:08 AM

The provincial government says now is the time for students to be thinking about getting a summer job and there will be plenty available.

The Gallant government will once again conduct its SEED program, which stands for Student Employment Experience Development, by having close to 2,300 placements available this summer.

Students have until the end of March to apply for the program and in April SEED applicants will be selected at random to get a voucher for one of the 2,000 job placements.

Truck Catches Fire At Irving Paper On Bayside Drive

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 07:43 AM

No injuries reported after a truck fire at Irving Paper on Bayside Drive yesterday afternoon.

Platoon chief Brian Wilson of the Saint John Fire Department says a three-quarter ton was destroyed in the fire.

Wilson says two fire crews and one tanker were dispatched to the scene.

He says the fire was quickly put out and the scene was turned over to Irving Security and Saint John police.

What's Happening On Family Day?

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 06:36 AM

Many of us have the day off as we mark the first Family Day in New Brunswick — but for others, it's just another Monday.

There are loads of events happening throughout the region — so many the province has created a special website to highlight them.

Among them, there's free public skating at all four Saint John arenas and the W. C. O'Neill Arena Complex in Saint Andrews.

The Garcelon Civic Centre in St. Stephen has a free public skate and public swim, and there's a free family swim at the Potash Corp Civic Centre in Sussex.

RCMP Investigate Violent Home Invasion In Moncton

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018 13:45 PM

Police are looking for four suspects following a home invasion in Moncton that left two people hurt.

The RCMP say they were called to a residence on West Lane around 1 a.m. today.

They say two men and two women entered the residence and assaulted the two occupants.

A 31-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police say the investigation is continuing and they're asking anyone with information to contact them.