March 2016

Get Ready for the Area 506 Festival This Summer

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 19:31 PM

Summer 2016 will feature a brand new event called The Area 506 Festival.

It will celebrate all things New Brunswick including music, culture and goods.

Festival chair Ray Gracewood tells CHSJ News the event will feature 10 to 12 different musical artists.

He says Saint John has a very diverse demographic so they have tried to create a musical lineup that appeals to everyone includding artists like Grace Potter, Matt Anderson, 1755, July Talk and Big Sugar.

Mounties Seize Drugs, Illegal Smokes From Sussex Area Home

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 15:30 PM

A 47-year-old man has been arrested following a drug investigation at a home in Berwick near Sussex.

Mounties carried out a search warrant at a home on Creek Road yesterday.

Police seized roughly five pounds marijuana, hashish, hash oil, thousands of illegal cigarettes and a quantity of cash.

The man has been released on a promise to appear in Saint John court in July.

P.R.U.D.E. Inc Launches Sustainibilty Campaign

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 14:57 PM

P.R.U.D.E. Inc launching a year long fundraising campaign aiming to bring in $100, 000 to help with their local expenses.

Executive Director Jocelyn Stevens says they have a school coordinator who provides a workshop called Respecting Differences.

She says their coordinator goes into the middle and high schools several times a week to put on this workshop.

Stevens says the students respond very well adding they learn how to respond positively to cultural stereotypes.

Rinehart Believes The Economy Is Saint John's #1 Challenge

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 14:46 PM

The deputy is seeking the big chair around the council horseshoe.   

Shelley Rinehart hopes to be Saint John's next mayor and just opened her campaign headquarters in Brunswick Square.

She tells us the economy is the #1 challenge facing the Port City adding we really need to look for sustainable growth in our community.

She says the city has been waiting for the next big project for a few years now and we should really focus on all of the sectors that are vibrant here with IT being one of them.

Green Party Leader Calls Omnibus Bill "Undemocratic"

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:45 PM

The Liberal Government under Premier Brian Gallant is being compared unfavourably with the Federal Conservative Government under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Provincial Green Party leader David Coon doesn't like the provincial government's Omnibus bill with several pieces of legislation jammed into one bill.

Coon is critical of proposed changes to binding arbitration requested by municipalities including Saint John. He says the changes favour the employer, angering firefighters and police who gave up their right to strike.

Clash Over Energy East

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:12 PM

Premier Brian Gallant and Interim Provincial Conservative leader Bruce Fitch locking horns over the Energy East pipeline.

Fitch says the Premier is responsible, in part, for the project's delay because of agreeing that conditions sought by Ontario and Quebec are reasonable.

Premier Gallant posed a series of questions about what conditions Fitch considers to be unreasonable.

Additional Charges Laid In Online Child Pornography Investigation

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:24 AM

A 25 year old Moncton man suspected of sexually exploiting more than 2,000 young people online, is now facing five additional charges.

Those charges include production of child pornography, child luring, and extortion.

The man, whose name cannot be released due to a publication ban, previously pleaded guilty producing child pornography, sexual assault and making child pornography available in connection with another victim.