February 2016

Provincial Green Party Leader David Coon Recommends Increasing Energy Efficiency Of Buildings

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 06:01 AM

Provincial Green Party Leader David Coon says we have to increase the energy efficiency of our housing.

He has been suggesting ideas for Premier Brian Gallant to bring to the First Ministers conference in Vancouver this week.

Coon says there is lots of potential right here in New Brunswick.

Warmer Weather Helping Keep Diesel Prices Lower Than Usual

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 06:01 AM

You can thank El Nino for lower than expected diesel prices this winter.

That's according to Gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague.

He says for winter we usually see averages of 10 to 15 cents a litre above gasoline.

"This has been one of the best seasons we've seen since 2005-2006 as far as price is concerned," says McTeague. "Demand for diesel is not very strong and supply continues to be very robust."

McTeague says milder temperatures means lower consumption rates for diesel which translates to lower prices.

Moncton Fire Department And City Reach Collective Agreement

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 17:05 PM

Firefighters in Moncton are getting a raise.

City Councillors voted this morning to approve a new four year collective agreement with IAFF Local 999 Firefighters from January 1st 2016 to December 31st 2019.

Union President Al Mitton says overall they are pleased with the new settlement that includes annual wage increases of 2.97% for a total increase of 11.88%.

He adds they've always had a good relationship with management despite going to arbitration in past years.

Codiac RCMP Asking For Public Help Finding Missing Woman

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 15:26 PM

Codiac RCMP are asking for help to find a missing 38-year old woman.

Tracy Lynn McGowan hasn't been seen or heard from in more than a week.

She was last seen walking away from the Dumont Hospital around noon on February 19th.

Police haven't been able to find her and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Codiac RCMP.

Province Will Consider Stronger Protection For Animals

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:33 PM

Don't be surprised to see legislative changes aimed at strengthening animal protection in the province.

One area being talked about is a standard of care for dogs.

The Department of Environment and Local Government will be talking to animal welfare advocates this spring to determine where improvements have to be made followed by a new strategy.

The province has been watching what other provinces do in terms of animal protection. Quebec recently passed new animal welfare legislation, some of which could be adopted in New Brunswick.

Acadia Broadcasting Limited Names New President

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 11:45 AM

Acadia Broadcasting Limited has named a new president.

Following an extensive search, Chris Pearson has accepted the position.

Pearson has been in the radio business for nearly three decades and brings a strong understanding of operations, regulatory matters and community partnerships.

Pearson will begin his new role April 1, 2016.

In October 2015, Jim MacMullin announced his retirement after 15 years leading Acadia.

MacMullin will continue to assist the company until his retirement in August.

City Councillors Approve Four Year Deal With Moncton Firefighters

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 11:11 AM

Moncton Firefighters are getting a raise.

City Councillors voted this morning to approve a new four year collective agreement with IAFF Local 999 firefighters from January 1 of 2015 to December 31st 2019. 

It includes wages increases of 2.97 per cent annually.

This deal still needs to be ratified by the union's bargaining team.

This is similar to a recent agreement between the City of Fredericton and its firefighters.

Sports Equipment Needed For Syrian Refugee Youth

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 11:05 AM

Another specific request for items needed for the Syrian refugees in Greater Moncton.

Parks and Leisure Services through the City of Moncton is holding a sports equipment drive.

They're accepting new or gently used equipment that will be given to the refugee youth.

They can be dropped at the Crossman Community Centre/Kay Arena on Wynwood Drive until March 6th.

What is required:

Provincial Police Commission Dismisses Complaint Against Fitch

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 10:14 AM

A complaint lodged against Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch has been dismissed.

A public complaint was received by the Fredericton Civic Authority against Chief Fitch which was passed on to the New Brunswick Police Commission.

The person, who filed the complaint, was in attendance for Constable Cherie Campbell’s arbitration hearing and alleged that Chief Fitch’s comportment towards him at the hearing amounted to discreditable conduct.