February 2016

Provincial Green Party Leader David Coon Recommends Increasing Energy Efficiency Of Buildings

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 06:01 AM

Provincial Green Party Leader David Coon says we have to increase the energy efficiency of our housing.

He has been suggesting ideas for Premier Brian Gallant to bring to the First Ministers conference in Vancouver this week.

Coon says there is lots of potential right here in New Brunswick.

Warmer Weather Helping Keep Diesel Prices Lower Than Usual

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 06:01 AM

You can thank El Nino for lower than expected diesel prices this winter.

That's according to Gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague.

He says for winter we usually see averages of 10 to 15 cents a litre above gasoline.

"This has been one of the best seasons we've seen since 2005-2006 as far as price is concerned," says McTeague. "Demand for diesel is not very strong and supply continues to be very robust."

McTeague says milder temperatures means lower consumption rates for diesel which translates to lower prices.

Green Practices Are Part Of This Rothesay Business

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 16:28 PM

A Rothesay business owner believes in sustainability and includes green practices in her small business including composting and recycling.

Janice MacPherson of Pomodori Pizza says they have a lot of young staff who are more environmentally conscious to begin with.

She says she asks pretty interesting questions during interviews to see where they are at and what they do at home before she hires them.

Moving Canada Away From Fossil Fuels

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 16:06 PM

A short documentary called "Moving Forward", being shown at the Saint John Public Library in Market Square to rally people around getting the country away from fossil fuels to take advantage of renewable energy.

Kevin Matthews is a former Renewable Energy Coordinator at the Conservation Council.

He says some people in New Brunswick are taking advantage of renewable energy, but more needs to be done.

Matthews says the province could take more advantage of biomass, in the form of wood waste.

Codiac RCMP Asking For Public Help Finding Missing Woman

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 15:26 PM

Codiac RCMP are asking for help to find a missing 38-year old woman.

Tracy Lynn McGowan hasn't been seen or heard from in more than a week.

She was last seen walking away from the Dumont Hospital around noon on February 19th.

Police haven't been able to find her and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Codiac RCMP.

Province Will Consider Stronger Protection For Animals

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:33 PM

Don't be surprised to see legislative changes aimed at strengthening animal protection in the province.

One area being talked about is a standard of care for dogs.

The Department of Environment and Local Government will be talking to animal welfare advocates this spring to determine where improvements have to be made followed by a new strategy.

The province has been watching what other provinces do in terms of animal protection. Quebec recently passed new animal welfare legislation, some of which could be adopted in New Brunswick.

Major Crime Investigating Report Of Teen Threatening Someone With Gun

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:27 PM

The Saint John police's Major Crime unit is investigating a report from a caller who says he was threatened by a teen carrying a gun while walking home on the east side over the weekend.

Sergeant Lori Magee says the caller says while walking on Bonita Avenue he was approached by a group of four teenagers one of whom showed what looked like a gun and threatened him. Sergeant Magee says details are vague at this time about this particular incident.

Acadia Broadcasting Limited Names New President

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 11:45 AM

Acadia Broadcasting Limited has named a new president.

Following an extensive search, Chris Pearson has accepted the position.

Pearson has been in the radio business for nearly three decades and brings a strong understanding of operations, regulatory matters and community partnerships.

Pearson will begin his new role April 1, 2016.

In October 2015, Jim MacMullin announced his retirement after 15 years leading Acadia.

MacMullin will continue to assist the company until his retirement in August.

Provincial Police Commission Dismisses Complaint Against Fitch

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 10:14 AM

A complaint lodged against Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch has been dismissed.

A public complaint was received by the Fredericton Civic Authority against Chief Fitch which was passed on to the New Brunswick Police Commission.

The person, who filed the complaint, was in attendance for Constable Cherie Campbell’s arbitration hearing and alleged that Chief Fitch’s comportment towards him at the hearing amounted to discreditable conduct.