February 2018

Conservation Groups Applaud Federal Budget

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 18:18 PM

Conservation groups across the country are applauding a major move by the Trudeau government to invest $1.3 billion over five years to help protect the environment.

John Foley, Atlantic spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, says this is exciting news which has been a long time coming.

"There are a lot of things in there that are very positive especially from a conservation point of view.  It's really a game-breaker I think for us with substantial new funds allocated to parks, indigenous protected areas and private conservation efforts."

Moncton Man Arrested In Bizarre Bouctouche Crash

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 17:22 PM

A bizarre crash scene on Highway 11 near Bouctouche involving a car, an ambulance and an SUV has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man.

Around 9:30 Tuesday night, Southeast RCMP say an SUV pulled over to help after a car struck an ambulance.

But when the SUV driver got out, the driver of the car jumped in and tried to flee with a passenger still inside.

The passenger was pushed out of the SUV during a struggle before it landed in a nearby ditch.

Police say the passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries but no one else was hurt.

Seniors Advocate 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Federal Pilot Project

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 14:11 PM

A Healthy Seniors Pilot Project in New Brunswick will look at better support for seniors in their homes, communities and care facilities.

In this week's federal budget, $75 million was set aside for that project.

Coalition for Seniors executive director Cecile Cassista says changes need to be made but another study isn't necessary.

Two Killed, Three Hurt In Bathurst Collision

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 13:51 PM

A man and a woman have been killed and three others have been injured following a head-on collision on Highway 11 in Bathurst.

It happened around 7:30 Wednesday morning.

Northeast RCMP say two pickup trucks were involved and the driver of each one died at the scene.

Three passengers in those vehicles were taken to hospital for treatment.

Police say the victims were a 31-year-old man from Pointe-Verte and a 47-year-old woman from Grande-Anse.

Slippery road conditions may have been a factor in the collision.

Some Saint John Traffic Lights And Street Lights Will Be Off Tonight

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:03 PM

Saint John Energy shutting off a few traffic lights and street lights from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight, but no customers will be affected.

The traffic lights will be out at Paradise Road and Somerset Street and on the Garden Street Overpass.

Street lights will also be out on the ramps and Highway 1 leading up Paradise Row and Somerset Street.

The lanes will be reduced to one lane with three sets of flaggers in place.

(Photo submitted by Saint John Energy)

Ontario Man Pays Big Price For Trying To Smuggle Illegal Cigarettes Into N.B.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:46 AM

An Ontario man has learned the hard way that smuggling illegal cigarettes into the province is not a very good idea.

In Edmundston Provincial Court on Tuesday, 27-year-old Aniss Samer pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the seizure of 113,000 illegal cigarettes.

It happened during a vehicle stop on November 3, 2017 RCMP on the Trans Canada Highway at Saint-Jacques.

He was fined $1.50 per smoke for a total fine of just under $170,000.

500 Pounds Of Copper Stolen From Lower Woodstock Motel

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:32 AM

Police are looking for suspects after 500 pounds of copper was stolen from a motel in Lower Woodstock.

The RCMP say someone found the copper on the bank of the Saint John River in Lower Woodstock last Friday evening.

Officers determined the copper was taken from the nearby Cozy Cabins motel, causing significant damage to the motel's electrical and water systems.

Police believe it happened between Feb. 20 and 23 and those responsible would have spent several hours removing the copper.

Chase The Ace Fever Grows In St. Stephen

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 09:24 AM

The crowds are growing as quickly as the jackpot.

That's why the St. Stephen Chase the Ace is expanding its hours to accommodate the thousands of people who want to win the big money.

The fundraiser for the Fundy Region Transition House will now sell tickets from 5-PM at all 4 locations - Dooley's, Kelly's on King, the 5 Kings, and the Civic Centre in St. Stephen.

There are also a number of Chase the Ace parties around town at other businesses, where you can still listen in for the winning number after purchasing your ticket elsewhere.

100 Women Who Care Of Greater SJ Choose Romero House For Donation

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 08:19 AM

The group One Hundred Women Who Care Of Greater Saint John have chosen Romero House as the recipient of its generosity from the latest meeting.

This after several charities made their five minute pitches to the group the vote was taken and Romero House was chosen to receive $23,000.

This is the second time the group has been selected, it got $20,000 in September of 2013.

To date the group has now donated just under $479 thousand to 20 local charities.