May 2017

Reaction Mixed To Workers' Compensation Task Force

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 18:37 PM

The president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour says he believes the task force is another example of government red tape.

Patrick Colford says a Worksafe Board already exists with employers and workers and he doesn't think this panel will get to the bottom of things.

"I'm not convinced but any dialogue at all is better than no dialogue.  From what I can gather, the stakeholders weren't being heard at the board.  I don't necessarily agree with that statement," he notes.

10 Local Youth Honoured At Teens Who Care Awards

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 16:42 PM

Inspiring Saint John area teenagers who are making a difference in their communities have been recognized for their good work.

10 young people have been given Teens Who Care Awards handed out by the Teen Resource Centre and the event is in its 9th year. Its executive director June Breau Nason says every year it's a different crop of intelligent youth giving back.

"They're willing to give back and they're willing to stand up and face causes that affect them and I think that's important that we honour these youth," says Breau Nason.

NB Unveils Workers' Compensation Task Force

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 15:37 PM

The Gallant government has announced members of a task force which will examine rising workers' compensation premiums for businesses in New Brunswick.

Newfoundland-based lawyer Dennis Browne will be the chairperson and he has a background in labour arbitration and administrative law.

Labour Minister Don Arseneault says the government has been asked to provide more benefits to the program but he feels the task force has to address some of the problems first.

Volunteers Give Rainbow Park Community Garden A Makeover

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:57 AM

New life has been breathed into the Rainbow Park community garden in Saint John's south end, all thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

The weekend makeover of the community garden was organized by P.U.L.S.E., or, People United In the Lower South End. Volunteers tilled the soil, built wooden garden boxes, cleaned the exterior and more. 

A Gem In The South End

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:39 AM

It was a hard slog but Tin Can Beach in the south end has been cleaned up and is now a place where you can commune with nature with lots of wildlife including wild ducks, geese, foxes and even hawks.

One of the volunteers, Barry Ogden says 16 tractor trailer loads of railway ties soaked with creosote were removed by CN last year then came all the steel and wooden posts dating back to the sugar refinery days.

New Police Chief Sought In The K-V

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:35 AM

Another change at the top is in the works with the Kennebecasis Regional Police.

A new police chief will be hired with the retirement early in 2018 of Police Chief Steve Palmer. The Kennebecasis Regional Joint Board of Police Commissioners is accepting applications until August 4th.

K-V Regional Police is also going to hire two new constables with June 1st the deadline to apply for those jobs.

Two Walkers Almost Hit By Motorcycle

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:33 AM

A motorcylist tried in vain to evade city police last night when they responded to a complaint about a motorcycle being driven dangerously along Sand Cove Road.

The motorcyclist raced away with the front wheel in the air but was seen later by police. Sergeant Chuck Breen says he tried to race away again but crashed onto a front lawn along Driscoll Drive. Police also tell us he narrowly missed two people who were out walking before he crashed.

Police later discovered the 24 year old man also had on him a set of brass knuckles which is against the law.

 

The 2017 Edition of Area 506 Can Draw New Fans With Eye Catching "Cargo-Tecture"

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:26 AM

A gardening centre, a periscope and more.

Just some of what you can expect to see at the Area 506 Festival this summer as part of their "Cargo-tecture" contest.

Mayor Happy With Budget Projections

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 06:17 AM

The city's Finance Committee is projecting a deficit of $164-thousand dollars for this year.

Mayor Don Darling says that deficit in a total budget of a couple hundred million dollars doesn't seem like a lot of money and he's fairly confident about this year.

Darling says there's a lot of work left to get to the end of the budget year and at this stage, we're a bit behind, but fairly balanced.

He says Common Council and city staff are working hard at finding as many savings as possible.