January 2017

Canadian Federation Of Independent Business Says Government Needs To Do More To Help Small Business Owners

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 06:01 AM

The continued cuts in the New Brunswick small business tax are welcome, but not enough.

That's according to Louis-Philippe Gauthier of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

He says that tax rate reduction is only a drop in the bucket compared to the increases in other areas.

"Gas tax has been raised, diesel tax has gone up, property taxes have gone up, land transfer tax has gone up, the minimum wage has gone up, HST raised 2%, large business tax up 2%, EI rates are going to go up for small businesses, there's a new carbon tax coming," listed Gauthier.

Gallant Gov't Announces Disaster Financial Assistance Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 16:06 PM

The provincial government is launching a disaster financial assistance program in the wake of the deadly and devastating ice storm which New Brunswick has yet to recover from.

Spirits & Wine Sales Up, Beer Sales Down For NB Liquor

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 15:36 PM

New Brunswickers bought more wine and spirits than beer in the last quarter, according to NB Liquor.

Total sales reached $109.4 million, 1.7% higher than the year before.

Wine sales grew 5.1% - up $1.3 million, while spirits sales increased by $900,000, or 3.2 %.

Beer sales on the other hand, dropped 2%, or $900,000.

Coolers and ciders posted an increase of 9.9% as sales rose by half a million dollars.

Shooting Victims To Be Honored In St. Stephen

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 14:52 PM

Residents of St. Stephen will be honoring the victims of a mass shooting tomorrow (Wednesday).

27 year old Alexandre Bissonette has been formally charged with six counts of first degree murder and 5 of attempted murder in the attack on a mosque in Quebec City.

6 people are dead and 5 others remain in hospital after being critically wounded as they prayed.

The Charlotte County Abuse Prevention Network is organizing a "Community Solidarity Event, which will begin at 1pm at the entrance to Chocolate Park.

St. Stephen Robbery Suspects Caught And Charged

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 14:22 PM

Tips from the public helped to catch a couple robbery suspects in St. Stephen.

RCMP say they arrested 23 year old Thomas Joseph Moore and 20 year old Jasmine Dee Marie Clifford on Monday, following a police investigation.

Sgt. Peter Stubbs with the West District RCMP said, "Information from the public helped police with this investigation. I'd like to thank residents for their ongoing support."

Moore and Clifford were both in Saint John Provincial Court and charged with robbery and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.

The 2017 ECMA's In Saint John Have A New Brunswick Flavour

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 13:55 PM

The 2017 East Coast Music Awards in Saint John seem even closer now with the nominees being revealed.

The event is coming up in April and the nominees include New Brunswickers FWLR, Tristan Horncastle and Tomato Tomato.


Candelight Vigil For Mosque Shooting Victims Held In Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 13:46 PM

Around 100 people stood in Saint John's King's Square last night for a candlelight vigil, joining others across the country in mourning and honouring the six men who were murdered by gunfire at a mosque in Quebec City.

Hilary Creamer organized the event and she says a group of Syrian refugees attended and were asked to read the names of the men killed in the terror attack during Sunday night prayers: Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou Berry, Ibrahima Berry, Azzedine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane.

Long-Term Financial & Asset Management Plans In The Works For Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:37 PM

The city of Saint John is currently working on developing a long-term financial and asset management plan.

Finance Committee Chair David Merrithew says everyone should have a long-term financial plan.

Merrithew says this committee system is working very well and says the proof is that these types of plans are being done for the first time in decades.

He calls the development of an asset management plan one of the best things city council could do over their four year term.

Emergency Debate Tonight On U.s. Travel Ban

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:24 PM

There will be an emergency debate in the House of Commons tonight on the temporary travel ban implemented by means of an executive order by President Donald Trump.

The NDP is proposing the cap on refugees admitted to Canada be lifted.

The Canadian Ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton says Canada is not seen as being a problem by the Trump Administration and 90 per cent of the discussions thus far have been positive but concedes the trade dispute over softwood lumber will not be easy to resolve.