December 2017

Wayne Long Reflects On His Newsmaking Decision

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 13:29 PM

Wayne Long made national news this year when he voted against his party on the controversial tax changes put forward by the Trudeau government.

The Saint John-Rothesay MP says he can look himself in the mirror because he fought for what his constituents wanted and he says they did get some of the changes they wanted.

He says he had personal and political consequences for voting against the party but he is still proud that changes happened and he knows he was a small part of that along with his colleagues.

Higher Gas Prices Predicted For 2018

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 05:01 AM

A senior petroleum analyst believes drivers will be paying up more at the pumps in 2018.

But Dan McTeague with says the year may start off with price dips which is traditional in mid-winter.

"Supply often exceeds demand.  I'm not so sure that will be the same case for diesel and furnace oil.  I think those prices will remain relatively elevated until April," he notes.

McTeague adds strong US demand, government policies on carbon taxes and the prospect of greater weakness in the Canadian dollar will all be factors for gas prices in 2018.


Gallant Gov't Believes NB Economy Will Grow Again In 2018

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 15:09 PM

Premier Brian Gallant is optimistic when it comes to New Brunswick's economic fortunes in the year to come.

In a year-end interview with CHSJ News Gallant says the best way to describe the last year is that they've been continuing their efforts to invest in their multi-year economic growth plan and he's pleased with the results.

Gallant points to New Brunswick having the third fastest growth rate of all provinces in 2015.

New Kennebecasis Regional Police Chief Marks One Month One The Job

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 13:50 PM

It was a changing of the guard this year in the police department in the Kennebecasis Valley with the naming of a new chief.

Wayne Gallant, who has replaced the now-retired former chief Steve Palmer, is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador and joined the RCMP in 1990 spending about 27 years with the Mounties in four different provinces mostly in New Brunswick.

Gallant started this new gig in late November and tells CHSJ News that he's in the process of assessing the workplace and the employees.

Five Arrested After Shooting And Police Chase In Calais

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 13:06 PM

A busy night for the Calais Police Department with a shooting and car chase.

Calais PD say they responded to a report of shots fired around 11pm Wednesday night, December 27th, in the Barker Street and Calais Motor Inn area.

After speaking with the victim, who was not hurt in the shooting, they found out two men had opened fire on the victim and were able to get a description of the vehicle the suspects were driving.

Police say a short time later, that vehicle was spotted heading north on Baring Street and was pulled over at the traffic circle in Calais.

Mounties Locate Pop Machine Owner

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 13:04 PM

RCMP are thanking everyone for sharing information about a Pepsi vending machine which was found in a field near Grand Falls.

Police have located the owner.

The machine had been stolen from a business in the town earlier this year.

Grand Falls Police Force are now investigating the theft since it occurred within town limits.

(PHOTO courtesy NB RCMP)

Bitter Cold Temperatures Not Going Anywhere, Meteorologist Says

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:32 PM

We won't be getting a reprieve from these bitingly cold temperatures anytime soon according to Environment Canada. 

Meteorologist Linda Libby says in New Brunswick, where a special weather statement is in effect warning of the cold, we're looking at colder than normal temperatures right through the 7-day forecast with overnight lows for the next couple days ranging from -20 to -23 improving a little bit for the first part of January.

"All those temperatures are all colder than normal," says Libby.

New Poll On Financial Goals Of Canadians In 2018

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:47 AM

With interest rates expected to rise in the coming year and household debt in Canada still climbing, a new CIBC poll finds paying down debt remains the top financial priority for Canadians in 2018, the eighth consecutive year it has led the list in the annual survey.

67 per cent of those surveyed admit they need to get a better handle on their finances in the new year. Only 16 per cent say they actually achieved their top financial goal in 2017 and moved on to another one.