December 2018

$15M In Work Needed At Former Coast Guard Site

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 17:40 PM

It could cost as much as $15 million to make the former Canadian Coast Guard site usable for development.

Steve Carson, the CEO of Develop Saint John, made the revelation following a meeting of the city's growth committee on Tuesday.

Carson told reporters the cost would include raising the site by over a metre to protect from rising sea levels and repairing the seawall.

No Break At The Pumps Expected This Week

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 15:50 PM

Motorists expected an increase had to happen at some point, and it looks like this will be the week.

Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst with Gasbuddy.com, predicts gas and diesel prices will rise by around one cent a litre.

The Energy and Utilities Board will make its adjustment at midnight Wednesday night.

This comes after eight weeks of decreases at the pumps.

Dennis Oland Trial Day #12

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:42 AM

The search of Dennis Oland's home in Rothesay was the main focus of testimony at his second-degree murder trial on Wednesday morning.

Const. Stephen Davidson said he and several other officers searched 58 Gondola Point Road on July 14, 2011 — one week after the body of Dennis' father, Richard Oland, was found in his uptown Saint John office.

Davidson testified he and Jay Henderson, who is now a sergeant, searched several rooms on the first and second floors of the home.

Government Pulls $50M In Museum Funding Without Consultation

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 14:44 PM

The Higgs government not only pulled $50 million in funding for a new combined New Brunswick Museum on the Saint John waterfront but didn't consult with the museum before making the decision.

The museum's board chair Shannon Merrifield says she and CEO Bill Hicks made continuous attempts to brief both the premier and the ministers on this project.    

Family Displaced After Andersonville Fire

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 14:21 PM

A mother and her two children are homeless after a fire burned through their home in Andersonville.

The Canadian Red Cross said in a statement the fire at 319 Highway 630, about 30 kms north of St. Stephen, was called in shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, December 11th.

Disaster volunteers have arranged emergency lodging, food, and clothing for the family of three.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

Premier And Miramichi Liberal MLA Clash Over Capital Budget

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:23 PM

Premier Blaine Higgs was defending his government's decision to cut a number of infrastructure projects in its capital budget such as twinning portions of Route 11.

In the Legislature Higgs stated his government will not spend 50 cents dollars for the sake of spending money.

"We have bridges, we have roads, we have schools, we have places we need to put money for the future of our province, we don't need to invest in projects because there is money in Ottawa to pay half the costs," stated Higgs.

Cardy Draws Boos Announcing School In Own Riding

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 19:57 PM

Education Minister and Fredericton West-Hanwell MLA Dominic Cardy had a hard time getting the word out about the only two new schools included in the capital budget.

Cardy was drowned out more than once while announcing over 5 million dollars for a K to 8 school in Hanwell, just outside Fredericton and new francophone K to 8 school in Moncton.  

He drew jeers when he referred to the government's commitment to getting the politics out of education funding.

Speaker Daniel Guitard eventually had to step in and ask for order.

'It's A Dark Day For The City'

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 19:38 PM

A Liberal MP says the province made a short-sighted decision to axe funding for the new New Brunswick Museum.

Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long said he has been "quietly worried" about losing provincial funding ever since the Progressive Conservative government was elected.

"But being surrounded by nine Conservative MLAs, I had a lot of hope that they'd lobby and pull this project through," Long told our newsroom Tuesday afternoon.

Diabetes Canada Reacts To Sweetened Drinks In Schools

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 19:26 PM

Diabetes Canada says it is disappointed by the government's decision to allow chocolate milk and fruit juices to be sold in schools again.

Last week, the Tories revised changes made to the provincial school nutrition policy by the previous Liberal government.

Jake Reid, national director of government relations with Diabetes Canada, said he thought the original changes were good.

3 Municipalities Elect New Councillors

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 19:14 PM

The results are in from Monday's byelections in 17 municipalities across New Brunswick.

In the southern portion of the province, single council seats were filled in St. George, Saint Andrews and Sussex Corner.

Jenna Murray was elected in St. George, defeating candidate Gil Breau by 11 votes.

In Saint Andrews, Catherine Akagi defeated candidates Brian Usher, Pat Mann and Charles Creaser.