September 2016

Liberal Government Bringing Back Grade 1 French Immersion

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 10:22 AM

French immersion is returning to grade 1 classrooms beginning in September of 2017.

Premier Brian Gallant and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny made the announcement this morning in Fredericton.

Gallant says his government is delivering on their promise and supporting those who want their children to have the opportunity to learn French at an earlier age.

A curriculum based upon the best practices for younger learners in second-language instruction is being prepared and teachers will be hired to provide early immersion.

Announcement On French Immersion Expected To Be Made Today

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 07:25 AM

Another news conference will be held today on bilingualism, but this time the focus is French immersion.

Will the provincial government return the entry point for French immersion to grade 1?

Premier Brian Gallant and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny will be there...and some reports says they will provide details on their plans to return French immersion to the grade 1 level.

This would make good on a campaign promise Premier Gallant made before he was elected.

Campaign Targets Eliminating Stigma Of Breastfeeding In Public

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 07:22 AM

A campaign is being launched to help promote breastfeeding in public places.

Starting tomorrow, participants will be encouraged to post photos and selfies on social media using the #BreastfeedHereNB.

The goal of this campaign being put on by Horizon Health,  is to normalize breastfeeding in public places.

The organization says Women have the right to Breastfeed Anywhere, but many face stigma and have been asked to cover up or even leave establishments.

Housing Sales Way Up In Saint John Area

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 06:10 AM

A near record in home sales last month in the area according to the Saint John Real Estate Board.

They totalled 256, an increase of 51 and a half percent from a year earlier.

In the first 8 months of this year, home sales have exceeded 13 hundred and 50 which is 16.7 percent higher than for the same period in 2015.

The average price for homes sold last month locally was over $165 thousand. That's an increase of 3.4 percent from the same month in 2015.

NB Gov't Touts Benefits & Debunks Myths Of Bilingualism

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 18:15 PM

The minister responsible for official languages has highlighted the benefits and myths of bilingualism in New Brunswick as the Gallant government continues its focus on the use of English and French in the province.

Don Arseneault says the tourism industry has benefitted since large numbers of Quebecers visit the province because of the Acadian culture.

He also notes that the call centre industry would not have developed if it had not been for our bilingual workforce.

Discover Saint John Picks Up A Little Hardware

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 15:46 PM

Saint John has become known as "Saint Awesome" and the Port City can now back up that claim with some hardware.

Discover Saint John and their marketing partner HAWK won two awards at the Summit International Awards taking bronze in Consumer Digital campaign and a
gold in the Out of Home vehicle graphics category.

We asked Jillian MacKinnon of Discover Saint John if they switch things up a bit for fall.

NEB Hearings Into Energy East Should Start From Scratch, Saint John Intervenor Says

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 15:38 PM

One woman who spoke as an intervenor in the very first hearing held by the National Energy Board into the Energy East project is angry about the prospect of having to re-do her presentation, but at the same time, thinks restarting the process is the way to go.

At this time, there's no word on whether the NEB will actually be going this route. We have been told by the National Energy Board that it will be up to the new panel to decide how they want to move foward.

Greater Moncton SPCA Ready To Take Pitbulls From Montreal

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 14:24 PM

The Greater Moncton SPCA says it hasn't received any calls as of yet, after the approval of a pitbull ban by-law in Montreal.

The by-law was passed by Montreal City Council on Tuesday it goes into effect on October 3rd.

Executive Director Dave Rogers says they're ready to take some of those dogs, if they have room at the shelter, "If they reach out to us, we will discuss and negotiate with them.  What our concern is, we certainly don't want to take on unadoptable animals."