May 2017

Wednesday Morning Sports For May 24th

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 05:45 AM

The Saint John Sea Dogs have made it to the semifinals at the Memorial Cup following a 7-0 victory over Seattle. Joe Veleno led the Sea Dogs with two goals and one assist while Bokondji Imama added a goal and two assists. Chase Stewart, Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Cole Reginato also scored while Callum Booth made 31 saves for the shutout.

In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Craig Anderson made 45 saves and former Sea Dog Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as Ottawa gets by Pittsburgh 2-1 to force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.

Changes On The Way At McAllister Place

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 18:03 PM

Changes are coming to the McAllister Place mall on the city's east side.

General Manager David Greene says the leasing team is working hard to redevelop the mall and are talking to retailers every day.

Green admits traffic has slowed down since Sobeys left the mall but says an agreement has been reached to fill the space in the fall of 2018.

He couldn't tell us who will be filling the space, but says the new retailer moving in will have a very positive impact on to the mall.

Strong Visitor Numbers Kick Off Hopewell Rocks Season

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 17:50 PM

Decent weather was likely a factor as visitors came out in droves over the long weekend for the season opener at Hopewell Rocks.

The property manager believes the low value of the Loonie may attract more Americans this year and the Canada 150 campaign could entice more Canadians to stay closer to home.

Noel Hamann says from Friday to Monday, visitor numbers were up by 180 percent over the same period last year.

"We had 4,000 more people.  So last year on this weekend, we had about 2,200 guests and this year we had 6,200," he notes.

David Wilkins Talks Softwood Lumber In Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 16:35 PM

He's the Gallant government's shiny new hire.

David Wilkins is the special envoy on trade and softwood lumber and he was introduced to media in Saint John by Premier Brian Gallant and Treasury Board president Roger Melanson.

We asked Wilkins if he has heard from American homebuilders about the impact of softwood lumbers tariffs on U.S. house prices and he told us he hasn't yet but he expects too.
 
He says there a lot of estimates that the cost of a home in the U.S. could go up $1200 to $1500 so it has an impact on our consumers and retailers.

$10M Fund Announced To Help Break Cycle Of Poverty In Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 14:31 PM

A new fund with a focus on breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Saint John has been created thanks to a 10-million-dollar investment over five years from the provincial government.

Saint John has the dubious distinction of having some of the highest poverty rates in the country, and is tied with Toronto for having the highest child poverty rate in the country.

The Shelves Need Filling Again

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 13:03 PM

People were very generous over the holidays but those supplies are running out at the Community Food Basket on Union Street.

Executive Director David McCready says they can use snacks, canned meat and cereal or cash donations.

He tells CHSJ News they have been able to purchase oranges from Baleman's in the City market and he says just last week they bought frozen blueberries from Pennfield so they can now offer those to their clients.

Fruit Juice For Young People Should Be Limited

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:41 PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics has declared fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits for infants younger than 1 year and has no essential role in healthy, balanced diets of children.

It recommends juice should not be introduced into the diet of infants before 12 months of age unless clinically indicated and should be limited to, at most, 4 ounces a day for toddlers 1 through 3 years of age.

4 to 6 ounces a day for children 4 through 6 years of age and for children 7 to 18 years of age, juice intake should be limited to 8 ounces a day.

Amalgamation Poll Shows Division

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:09 PM

Overall opinion is evenly divided on the question whether Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay-Westfield, and Saint John should amalgamate into one big municipality.

According to a poll by Corporate Research Associates, 42 percent of those people surveyed support amalgamation while 43 percent are opposed.

7 percent are undecided and 8 percent either don't know or won't offer an opinion.

There are big regional differences though. 54 percent of Saint Johnners support amalgamation while 60 percent of those people living outside the city are against.

Two New Brunswick Students Are Headed To Canadian Geographic Challenge Finals

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:19 AM

A grade 11 student from Bernice MacNaughton High is heading to Ottawa next month, to once again compete at the Canadian Geographic Challenge finals.

James Cogswell is one of two students from New Brunswick chosen to take part.

This is the third and final year James Cogswell will be able to compete.

Pennfield Man Charged With Attempted Murder To Undergo Psychiatric Assessment

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:00 AM

A man charged in an attack on a woman in Pennfield has been ordered to undergo a 30-day mental health assessment at the Restigouche hospital facility in Campbellton.

65-year-old Brian Harold Smith of Pennfield is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault stemming from an incident on April 21 where RCMP stopped an attack in progress on a woman in her late fifties.

An earlier, in-jail assessment shows that while Smith is fit to stand trial, according to a doctor, there is a possibility that he may not be criminally responsible and more work needs to be done.