April 2017

Stat Holiday 'Family Day' Coming To New Brunswick In February Of 2018

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:24 PM

The provincial government will introduce a stat holiday in February of 2018.

The holiday will be called Family Day and will be held on the third Monday of February.

Premier Brian Gallant says the holiday will help families and communities come together and strike a good work-life balance during our often too long winter season.

The holiday will align New Brunswick with eight other Canadian jurisdictions that have a paid holiday in February.

The addition of Family Day also brings New Brunswick up to the national average of eight paid holidays per year.

Drug Bust In Saint John

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:21 PM

The Integrated Street Crime Unit has seized an estimated $188 thousand worth of drugs after several raids were carried out.

Police conducted searches on Durham Street, Douglas Avenue and Millidge Avenue as well as a vehicle stop.

They arrested two men, aged 49 and 58 as well as a 49 year old woman. Firearms and ammunition were also seized.

The charges include possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and illegal possession of firearms. Police say more arrests are expected.

Body Found In Norton

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:19 PM

The body of a 29 year old man who was reported missing earlier this month has been found near the Kennebecasis River in Norton.

The RCMP don't suspect foul play in the death of Matthew Corey Parlee of Norton who was reported missing on April 11th.

Police say they're still investigating to determine how he died.

Best East Coast Musicians To Be Recognized Tomorrow Night

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:17 PM

The finest East Coast musicians will be honoured tomorrow night at the ECMA awards show at Harbour Station in Saint John starting at 8:00.

Saint John comedian James Mullinger will be hosting the show.

Mullinger says musicians from ther east coast have to be passionate about their music because they're not in it for the money.

He says, by contrast, people who try their hand at music in America and England do so because, by and large, they're looking for fame and fortune.

Calls Continue In Legislature For Premier To Resign

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:11 PM

Premier Brian Gallant continues to be called on in the Legslature to resign because of the controversy over inflated property tax assessments. He has been accused of fast tracking a new property tax assessment system so the provincial government could increase its revenue.

Saint John East M-L-A Glen Savoie says the Premier is losing in the court of public opinion.

Over 15 thousand requests to have assessments reviewed have been received from property owners in the province. To date, about 33 hundred errors have been identified.

NB Government Disagrees With US Decision To Impose Duty On Canadian Softwood And Lumber Products

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 08:21 AM

The New Brunswick government says it will take every avenue available to fight a preliminary determination announced by the United States Department of Commerce imposing duties on imports of softwood lumber products from Canada.

Treasury Board President Roger Melanson says the government disagrees strongly with the decision to impose an unfair and unjust duty.  He says New Brunswick has been excluded from every softwood lumber agreement and all trade litigation for more than 30 years.

Over 15,000 Property Tax Assessment Reviews Being Done

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 08:16 AM

Service New Brunswick continues to fix the errors made to property tax assessments, but it could take some time before all of the work is done.

Over 15000 requests to have assessments reviewed have been received from property owners in the province.

Recall Issued For Pie And Tart Shells

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 07:18 AM

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for pie and tart shells that were made by Harlan Bakeries in Edmonton.

The shells were sold at stores across the country...and contain a best before date ranging between November 24th and December 21st, 2017.

There recall is because there is a risk of E-coli.

New Brunswick Achieves Gender Parity Among Judges

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 07:02 AM

Two prosecutors in Saint John have been appointed as new judges.

Kelly Ann Winchester will serve as a judge in Saint John with Lucie Mathurin in Moncton.

Premier Brian Gallant says for the first time, the provincial court will have gender parity among its full time judges and a woman, Jolene Richard of Moncton, has been named chief judge.