December 2017

Premier Called On To Make Poverty A Priority

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 12:36 PM

Provincial Green Party leader David Coon is accusing the provincial government of imposing government enforced poverty.

Coon calls it shameful that the province claws back the child support payments from single parents on social assistance.

He says it's estimated the direct cost of poverty to the provincial government comes to $500 million dollars which amounts to 5 per cent of the budget.

Coon adds there's also the human cost of poverty which you can't calculate.

A First For Saint John

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 12:33 PM

The uptown is gaining a reputation as the restaurant capital of New Brunswick and now there's a new one to add to the mix.

The Kebab House on Prince William Street is the only Persian restaurant not only in Saint John but also in New Brunswick.

Owner Afshin Ghanbari is from Iran and is bringing that long tradition of food preparation to Saint John which includes long preparation times of an hour or two, fresh meats which make the food juicy and using the spice saffron.

Saint John Housing Market Stronger This Year

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:01 AM

As of the end of November, housing sales in the Saint John region for the year were up by 8 per cent.

Realtor Dave Cochrane says the west side has become really popular with sales in Fundy Heights up by 31 per cent. Cochrane believes housing sales are way up because of the new school.

Kennebecasis Valley was also up and Cochrane points out it represents almost one-quarter of the entire sales market in southern New Brunswick. Housing sales also increased in Grand Bay-Westfield and by 9 per cent on the east side.

Monday Morning Sports For December 11th

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 06:37 AM

Sportsnet is reporting Joe Veleno has been traded from the Saint John Sea Dogs to Drummondville but the Sea Dogs aren't saying. In the "Q", the Gatineau Olympiques scored two power play goals with under ten minutes left in the third period for a 4-2 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs. Anthony Boucher scored a goal and had an assist for the Sea Dogs.

Man Stabbed In Uptown

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 06:09 AM

A 44 year old man is under arrest after a stabbing on Princess Street early this morning. A 29 year old man was taken to hospital to be treated and Major Crime is continuing its investigation with a number of witnesses to talk to.

One person suffered minor injuries after a fire in an apartment at 84 Kennedy Street. Firefighters could see flames and smoke coming from a bedroom but managed to prevent the blaze from spreading. All the tenants were able to return to their apartments.

Social Science Professor Blames Very Misogynistic Time We Are In For Less Progress On Violence Against Women.

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:39 PM

We're living through a very misogynistic time according to a social science professor at UNB Saint John.

Dr. Chris Doron says that yes there has been progress when it comes to dealing with violence against women in Canada but it's been sort of a one step forward two steps back sort of situation.

He points to the Silent Witness Project which features red silhouettes each representing a woman who was murdered by a husband, common-law partner, boyfriend or intimate acquaintance.

When They Marry, What Will Meghan Markle's Title Be?

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:28 PM

Prince Harry and his bride to be Meghan Markle will draw much attention when they wed in May next year.

But some wonder how Harry's bride will be identified after they have tied the knot.

Spokesperson for the Maritime Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada Barry Mackenzie says it is an old tradition that when you marry a Royal, you are only a Royal by marriage.

Mayor Don Darling Looking To Have The Tough Budget Passed On Monday Night

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:22 PM

Saint John Common Council will be asked to pass a tough budget on Monday night.

It calls for $1.25 million in cuts to the Police and Fire departments.

On Friday the Saint John Police Association announced it would be closing three special units and sending the members back to patrols in what it called a reactive not proactive policing model if the budget is passed as is.

Mayor Don Darling says the council is also awaiting the arbitration process to finish for the Saint John Police Departments new contract.

AIDS Saint John Says Opioid Crisis Is Not Getting Any Better

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:15 PM

AIDS Saint John just received $22,000 in funding from the 100 Women Who Care in Saint John and it will be put to good use.

Executive Director Julie Dingwell says their group also handles the needle distribution program for addicts in Saint John.

She says they used to hand out a lot of needles before the methadone clinics opened and then the crisis really arrived with Fentanyl and Carfentanil hitting the streets.