March 2016

Mounties Seize Drugs, Illegal Smokes From Sussex Area Home

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 15:30 PM

A 47-year-old man has been arrested following a drug investigation at a home in Berwick near Sussex.

Mounties carried out a search warrant at a home on Creek Road yesterday.

Police seized roughly five pounds marijuana, hashish, hash oil, thousands of illegal cigarettes and a quantity of cash.

The man has been released on a promise to appear in Saint John court in July.

President OF MMHA Says Professional Hockey Players Have Higher Risk As Compared To Minor Hockey

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 13:02 PM

All injuries are taken very seriously in minor hockey, that according to the President of the Moncton Minor Hockey Association after the recent acknowledgement by the NHL and NFL of a connection between concussions, brain injuries and mental health issues.

Brian Gaudet says, "We're talking about two totally different animals.  Professional sport and minor sport are dramatically different.  The people who are earning a revenue in professional sport, they have a higher level of risk."

Green Party Leader Calls Omnibus Bill "Undemocratic"

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:45 PM

The Liberal Government under Premier Brian Gallant is being compared unfavourably with the Federal Conservative Government under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Provincial Green Party leader David Coon doesn't like the provincial government's Omnibus bill with several pieces of legislation jammed into one bill.

Coon is critical of proposed changes to binding arbitration requested by municipalities including Saint John. He says the changes favour the employer, angering firefighters and police who gave up their right to strike.

Clash Over Energy East

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:12 PM

Premier Brian Gallant and Interim Provincial Conservative leader Bruce Fitch locking horns over the Energy East pipeline.

Fitch says the Premier is responsible, in part, for the project's delay because of agreeing that conditions sought by Ontario and Quebec are reasonable.

Premier Gallant posed a series of questions about what conditions Fitch considers to be unreasonable.

Additional Charges Laid In Online Child Pornography Investigation

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:24 AM

A 25 year old Moncton man suspected of sexually exploiting more than 2,000 young people online, is now facing five additional charges.

Those charges include production of child pornography, child luring, and extortion.

The man, whose name cannot be released due to a publication ban, previously pleaded guilty producing child pornography, sexual assault and making child pornography available in connection with another victim.

Cara Operations Buying St. Hubert

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 08:52 AM

Cara Operations Limited, who own Swiss Chalet, announced this morning that they are taking over St. Hubert Restaurants.

The deal is worth $537 million  and includes 117 restaurants, two food manufacturing plants, and two distribution centres. 

One of those restuarants is located in Moncton.

The sale is expected to close in the summer of this year.

Spokesperson for Cara Operations, Ken Grondin says they will be preserving the St. Hubert name and brand.  He says no restaurants will be closed.

Layoffs At Canadian Blood Services

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 07:21 AM

Restructuring at Canadian Blood Services has meant 25 layoffs across the country and a reduction in hours for 8 others.

Four of those who will lose their jobs are in Atlantic Canada, two of them in New Brunswick.

Director of Donor Relations Peter Macdonald says they're finding ways of becoming more efficient, "We're not where we want to be, and there are no increases coming in our budget, so when we are able to drive more donors to book their appointments self-serve, it allows us to find some efficiencies within the system."

NB Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges and Forfeits Home As Proceeds Of Crime

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 07:17 AM

A New Brunswick man who pleaded guilty to numerous drug charges and forfeited his home as proceed of crime, will be sentenced this afternoon in Moncton court.

47 year old Guy Joseph Cormier pleaded guilty this month in Moncton Court to charges including drug trafficking and possession.

Cormier also forfeited his residence in Grand-Barachois to the Crown. It has a value of around 468 thousand dollars.

His arrest was as a result of a lengthy joint investigation by RCMP in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  

Operation Lunge was launched in September 2013.