April 2018

Councillor Lowe Seeking Liberal Nomination For SJ Harbour

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 13:17 PM

It's official — Saint John councillor Gerry Lowe is looking for the Liberal nomination in Saint John Harbour for the September election.

The Ward 3 councillor was first elected to city council in the by-election in May of 2013 and was re-elected in May of 2016. He owned Vet's Taxi for 43 years and worked for Canada post for 35 years.

In a release, Lowe says with his past experiences he feels he can do more for the city and his riding by sitting at the table in Fredericton.

JDI Undertaking Large Modernization Project At Two Facilities

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 07:44 AM

A massive modernization project is underway at Irving Pulp and Paper and Irving Tissue in west Saint John.

More than 80 New Brunswick companies are working on the modernization and account for $29-million of the $40-million investment.

According to J.D. Irving Ltd., the upgrade will improve energy use at the pulp mill, which is already 95 percent green energy.

It's expected the work will wrap up by around May 14th.

(Photo courtesy of JDI Ltd.)

Identifying Victims A Slow Process, Says Ontario's Chief Coroner

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 07:10 AM

It could be days before all of the victims names in this week's deadly van attack are released.

Ontario's Chief Coroner says they don't want to rush the process, and that is why names of the victims have not been released yet.

Dr. Dirk Huyer was asked whether this has anything to do with identification errors made in the Humboldt Broncos crash.

14th Charge Pending In Toronto Van Attack

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 18:36 PM

Toronto Police say they aren't finished laying charges in that fatal van attack on Yonge Street. 

In an update to media this afternoon, Toronto Police Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson says suspect Alek Minassian will face another charge in this case. 

He's been charged with ten counts of first-degree murder, along with 13 counts of attempted murder, but Gibson says they'll add a 14th attempted murder charge "shortly" after further investigation. 

Premier Attending Meetings In Washington, D.C. This Week

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 13:43 PM

The softwood lumber issue, jobs, and NAFTA are among the topics that premier Brian Gallant plans to discuss while attending meetings in Washington, D.C. this week.

Gallant will meet with reps from the federal Office of Management and Budget and from South Carolina, Illinois, Massachusetts and Maine. 

He'll also be meeting with members of the U.S. Congress including Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins, Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island and David MacNaughton who is Canada's ambassador to the U.S.

Five Men Arrested In Drug Trafficking Investigation

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 13:36 PM

Five men have been arrested in a drug trafficking investigation in northern New Brunswick.

RCMP say the men are all from the Bathurst area and the Acadian Peninsula and more arrests are expected.

Police say the investigation into cocaine trafficking began in November 2016 in the northern part of the province and it was determined the drugs were linked back to the Hells Angels in Quebec.

The men arrested are not part of the Hells Angels but police believe they are linked to other outlaw motorcycle gangs in New Brunswick and Quebec.

Transition House Is The Big Winner From St. Stephen Chase The Ace

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 13:34 PM

The numbers are finally in!

The largest fundraiser ever in Charlotte County had a major impact on the local economy, but no one will feel its impact more than the staff and clients of the Fundy Region Transition House.

Officials say the St. Stephen Chase The Ace brought in $638,500.23 after all debts were paid out, along with the jackpot.

The Fundy Region Transition House is a safe haven for women and children who are leaving abusive situations.

Over 250 New Brunswickers On Organ Donation Wait List

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 13:28 PM

There are about 4600 Canadians on the wait list to receive an organ with over 250 New Brunswickers among them. 

However, the nurse manager for the provincial organ donation program Jessica Bonnelly says that number does not accurately represent the real need because to make the list a patient needs to be healthy enough to be able to recover from the surgery.

"They think probably that just represents a third of the real need of patients waiting that need an organ," says Bonnelly.