January 2018

Province Declares Third Week Of January As NB Curling Week

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 14:55 PM

A big honour for New Brunswick's curling community after the province declared the third week of January as New Brunswick Curling Week.

Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames says in a statement the week is intended to mark the important role curling has played in enriching the province's heritage, athletics and community well-being.

David Burpee, president of the New Brunswick Curling Association, says it's great to promote curling and show it's a healthy sport anyone can take part in.

Saint John To Host National Skating Championship In 2019

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 13:47 PM

Uptown Saint John is going to be booming this time next year as 250 figure skaters descend on Harbour Station for the Skate Canada National Skating Championships.

But Victoria Clarke, executive director of Discover Saint John, tells us that won't be all the visitors the city will get as they'll surely be bringing a lot of people along with them.

Friends Of Rockwood Park Pleased With “Surprising” Decision To Halt Potential Development

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:12 PM

Mixed reactions from the Friends of Rockwood Park over Common Council's decision to halt potential development in the park.

Council voted this week to stop plans to rezone 1671 Sandy Point Road from park to mid-rise residential.

Joan Pearce says she was very pleased by the "surprising" decision, but tells us it's only a small victory for members of the group.

"We all have to be eternally vigilant about this because I really don't think it's over," says Pearce. "The park is really, really important, so we just have to keep at it."

Three Railway Employees Acquitted In Lac-Mégantic Disaster Trial

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 09:22 AM

After nine days of deliberations, a jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty acquitting three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway for role in the fatal explosion in Lac-Mégantic five years ago.

Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaitre, 53, were charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people after tankers carrying crude oil exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic.

Police Report Slippery Road Conditions Due To Snow

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 08:39 AM

A light dusting of snow is causing some problems for drivers this morning.

A caller to our newsroom says there's a collision on the Harbour Bridge eastbound just past where the tolls used to be.

Saint John police say poor road conditions are being reported on Highway 1.

They're telling drivers to slow down and stay far behind the vehicle in front of them.

Saturday Morning Sports For January 20th

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 06:34 AM

Another loss for the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

Saint John (11-25-6-2) fell to the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan (24-13-6-2) last night by a score of 7-3.

Ben Reid, Alexis Girard and Yohan Plamondon scored for Saint John.

It's the seventh straight loss for the Sea Dogs, who are just one point out of the league basement.

Saint John will try once again tonight to snap their losing streak when they host the Quebec Remparts at Harbour Station.

The Furniture Bank Needs Filling

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 19:14 PM

The cupboard is a bit bare and needs refilling.    

That is the case at the furniture bank at Lancaster Baptist church on the west side.  The church teamed up with the Saint John Y's Newcomer
Connections to help the Syrian families that arrived in 2015 get settled into the community.

Angelique Simpson from Newcomer Connections tells us they need a lot of the items anyone would need when setting up a house.

The EUB Gives Irving Oil Approval To Use Butane Pipeline Again

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 15:51 PM

Irving Oil can resume operations of a butane pipeline involved a leak last week on the east side of Saint John.

The Energy and Utilities board has given approval to the company and a release says the pipeline may be operational today.

Following the leak, the board informed Irving Oil that it could not resume the operation until it could be shown the pipeline could be operated safely.

A plan approved by the EUB involved the installation of a network of continuous leak detection monitors along the length of the pipeline system.

Training Program Announced For Cannabis NB Employees

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 15:30 PM

New Brunswickers will be buying their legal pot at Cannabis NB stores and a training program is being developed for the employees.

The training program is the first of its kind in the country and includes three weeks of in-class training, part of it online and there's also individual learning. Topics covered in the program include operations and store procedures, responsible use, customer service and more.

Our PM Will Spend A Few Days In America Next Month

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 13:19 PM

Prime Minister Trudeau is heading to America next month.

Trudeau's visit runs February 7th to 10th and includes stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

While in LA, Trudeau will speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley placing a focus on the strong connection between the economies of the U.S. and Canada.