March 2017

Minimum Wage To Rise In NB On April 1st

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 06:43 AM

If you are someone who earns a minimum wage, here's a hike that you might appreciate.

The minimum wage will rise tomorrow for the third time since 2014.

It will increase from $10.65 to $11 dollars.

The provincial government's decision to increase the minimum wage honours a commitment made under the government’s poverty reduction plan.

 

Major Traffic Disruptions Soon On East Side

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 06:08 AM

Traffic on two of the most heavily travelled roads on the east side will be disrupted beginning in mid April for work to be done on the clean drinking water project.

Loch Lomond Road from Westmorland to MacDonald Street where City Transit is will be closed to through traffic for 60 days starting on April 17th and after that, Westmorland Road will be closed from mid June to September from Loch Lomond Road to Ellerdale Street.

Project Manager Dean Price says one-third of the work on clean water still has to be done.

NB Power Rates To Rise April 1st

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 05:33 AM

NB Power customers are going to see their bill rise starting April 1st.

The Energy and Utilities Board has approved a rate increase of 2.07 per cent for the residential class, which is actually higher than the average increase for others, of 1.77 per cent.

NB Power says the reason behind the hike is so they can continue paying down debt, while investing in outage prevention and reliability.  They also maintain that they still have the lowest electricity rates in the Maritimes provinces.

More Store Exposure For NB Wines

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 06:01 AM

New Brunswick-made wines will be getting a lot more exposure.

A deal between the province's wine industry and Sobeys means all of its grocery stores in New Brunswick will now be carrying local wine.

Vins NB Wines executive director Joe Gallant says consumers will benefit because it means one-stop shopping for food and drink.

"It's a revenue generator for us because it is point-of-sales which we didn't have before.  We're going forward with it and it's a great partnership," he notes.

Saint John Realtor Elected VP of the Canadian Real Estate Association

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 15:34 PM

SAINT JOHN - After 17 years in the real estate industry, Jason Stephen is now Vice-President of the Canada Real Estate Association.

He was elected on Monday and tells us they work with the Federal government hosting hosting political action days every year.

Stephen says one ask they bring to government is too increase the limits for the homebuyer's program which has only changed once since the early 90's.

Federal Gov't Unveils Fund To Boost Innovation

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 14:01 PM

The federal government wants Canadian businesses to become more innovative which is why a $1.26 billion dollar fund has been set up to support research and development in various sectors.

Federal minister Dominic LeBlanc made the announcement at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute in Moncton which he says is a prime example of an organization which could access the funding.

"Our hope is that ten years from now, there will be 500 people working in a pharmaceutical and manufacturing facility of the university campus (Universite de Moncton)," he notes.

Dartmouth Woman Wins $100,000 In ALC Second Chance Contest

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 13:26 PM

MONCTON - It took awhile, but Lottery officials finally tracked down the winner of $100, 000.

Diane Jordan of Dartmouth won the cash in the 2Chance contest on March 16th.

Efforts to contact her, by phone, email and even Facebook were unsuccessful, so Vanessa Matthews from ALC sent her a registered letter.

The letter urged her to call the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.  She was a bit skeptical at first, but the news made her day.