April 2017

Province Launches Advanced Care Paramedic Pilot Program

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 17:39 PM

Ambulance New Brunswick has hired six full-time and 10 casual advanced care paramedics in Saint John, Moncton and Bathurst.

It's part of a one-year pilot program. Health Minister Victor Boudreau says the goal is to expand the project to other parts of the province.

Boudreau says they've already been called on quite a few times this week and says the investment is already showing its worth.

65-Year Old Man In Pennfield Charged With Attempted Murder

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 16:24 PM

A 65-year old man from Pennfield is facing a charge of attempted murder after an investigation by the RCMP.

Last Friday, officers responded to a possible assault at a home in Pennfield, and stopped an attack in progress.

A woman in her late 50s was taken to hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition.

Brian Harold Smith is charged with one count each of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

His next court appearance is April 27th in Saint John.

The RCMP Labour Code Trial Begins In Moncton

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 14:42 PM

Today was the beginning of the long delayed RCMP trial in relation to alleged labour code violations surrounding the June 4th shootings.

The charges say the RCMP failed to provide sufficient training, equipment and supervision to their members which put them at risk in active shooter situations.

In his opening statement, Crown prosecutor Paul Adams said despite 2011 approval for a carbine rollout, by 2014 there were none of those weapons in the Codiac Detachment.

Canadian Under 18 Curling Championship Event In Moncton Gets A Great Response

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 13:18 PM

The curling teams have headed home, and it appears the inaugural Canadian Under 18 boys and girls curling championship was a big success.

Chairperson Jacques Robichaud says he received some very positive comments, "The father of one of the players on the Northern Ontario winning team said that they had been to three National events this year across Canada, and this is the one, by far that seemed the most organized, and that the players had the most fun at."

Modernization Of The Port Moves Ahead

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:30 PM

The design engineering contract for the $205 million dollar West Side Modernization Project has been awarded to the joint venture firm Hatch Dillon.

The seven-year project is expected to be completed by 2024 and create 1100 direct and indirect jobs.

Dillon Consulting is based in Toronto, but the firm in Saint John has been around since 2005.

Project Manager Geoff Allaby says this will allow them to build a local team that will be able to pursue work right across Canada.

Higgs Vows Not To Let Up On Property Tax Assessments

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 11:51 AM

The Legislature resumes sitting tomorrow and number one on the hit parade, as far as the opposition is concerned, is inflated property tax assessments.

Provincial Conservative leader Blaine Higgs suspects Premier Brian Gallant is hoping to alleviate the pressure by having judge investigate. His findings are not expected until August and Higgs believes the Premier is hoping people will have forgotten by that time.

He thinks the Premier wants to get rid of Service NB and shift its responsibilities to an outside agency.

Green Party President Wants Better Ground Game

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 11:43 AM

The big challenge facing the New Brunswick Green Party isn't a scarcity of good ideas according to Party President Wayne Dryer.

He says the party has to build a grassroots organisation in time for the next provincial election in the fall of 2018 in order to get more MLA's elected so those good ideas can be translated into action. Dryer says that's where the other parties hold an advantage.

Dryer adds there are quite a few prospective candidates in the wings who interested in running for the Green Party.

Man Beaten Up Along Water Street

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 11:33 AM

City Police made an arrest after a serious assault that took place along Water Street.

A man says he was walking with two others when he was thrown down to the ground, kicked and punched until he was unconscious. He was discovered on the street bleeding from his head before being taken to hospital.

A 28 year old man is facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm.