June 2016

Developer Says Timing Is Right For Downtown Projects

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016 08:01 AM

Developers spent a few years putting all of the pieces together before announcing construction plans for a new condo-hotel project in downtown Moncton.

It's no coincidence the so-called Five-Five Queen project will start just months after work began on the city's new downtown centre.

Developer Bill Hennessey says the Downing Street reconstruction project has also been a factor in the timing of their plans.

He believes the timing is right for those two projects and their own project which includes a boutique hotel.

Low-Cost Airlines Have Struggled In Canada

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016 08:01 AM

Starting later this month, New Leaf Travel will take to the skies in hopes of becoming a successful low-cost airline in Canada.

Despite an Open Skies Agreement to reduce barriers almost 30 years ago, many airlines have come and gone.

New Leaf Travel spokesperson Dean Dacko says the U.S. has reduced those barriers far more than Canada has during that period.

Dacko adds the federal government and federal transport officials say they have a big desire to provide Canadians with better flying options.

Metro Moncton Celebrates Canada Day

Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016 08:01 AM

The largest Canada Day celebration in New Brunswick is being held right here in Metro Moncton.

Music will be a big part of Moncton's Whoa Canada festivities with a kids concert and play zone at Riverfront Park all afternoon.

The evening show starts at 6pm with headliner Alan Frew from Glass Tiger.

Meantime, an official ceremony will be held at Dieppe's Place 1604 with games, face painting and music featuring the Big Bad Party Band.

Canada's birthday coincides with Sunfest in Riverview with fun for the whole family during a celebration on Coverdale Road.

Codiac RCMP Asking For Public Help Finding A Missing 16-year Old Boy

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 14:24 PM

Codiac RCMP is asking for public help to find a missing 16-year old boy from Moncton.

Samuel Augustine was last seen walking on Elmwood Drive after leaving his house last night shortly before 10.

Augustine is Aboriginal, 5'4", with a slim build and shoulder length straight black hair.

He was last seen wearing black jeans, a black t-shirt and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Codiac RCMP at 506-857-2400.

Federal Task Force Announced On Legalising Marijuana

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 14:03 PM

A Federal task force will spend the next few months finding out what people think about legalising marijuana and how it should be done.

The task force is being chaired by former Justice and Health Minister Anne McLellen.

Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who's Parliamentary Secretary to the Justice Minister, says strong regulations are needed because marijuana is not a benign substance. He says it presents a risk to the developing brains of adolescents.

NB Burn Ban Over In Time For Canada Day

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 13:59 PM

Heavy rain across most of New Brunswick has prompted the Department of Natural Resources to lift a burn ban.

Just in time for the long weekend, open fires are now permitted in the entire province.

Officials at Kouchibouguac National Park have also lifted their own fire restrictions.

For park visitors, that will mean a campfire is now allowed at any time during the day.

Construction On Downtown Moncton Condo/Hotel Project To Begin

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 13:55 PM

A long-awaited condominium project is getting underway in downtown Moncton on Queen Street behind Moncton City Hall.

The so-called Five-Five-Queen will be a mix of condos, a boutique hotel, a restaurant and commercial space.

Developer Bill Hennessey says the eight-storey building has a unique, modern design and will occupy an entire city block on Queen from Lester to Wesley Streets.

P.E.I.-based Murphy Hospitality Group will operate the boutique hotel and the Gahan House brew-pub restaurant.

Premier Says Raising HST Is Not Illegal

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 13:51 PM

Despite claims by the Opposition Conservatives that raising the HST is illegal because the proper legislation hasn't passed, Premier Brian Gallant disagrees.

He says the provincial government is on firm legal ground because of an agreement former Finance Minister Blaine Higgs signed in July of 2011.

Gallant argues the HST has to go up by 2 per cent to protect healthcare and education.

Hampton M-L-A Gary Crossman claims the HST increase will cost families in the province an average of 440 dollars a year and still the deficit is rising.

Three Bag Garbage System Coming This Fall

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 13:50 PM

Changes are coming this Fall to the garbage collection system.

That's according to Gena Alderson - the Waste Diversion Coordinator for the Southeast Regional Service Commission.

She says the commission voted to move to a three bag garbage system in the Fall.

"The three bag system is essentially your blue bag will be recyclables, your green bag will be just organics, and compostable materials, and the third bag will be really anything else," says Alderson. "So all of the garbage."

Legislature Grinds To A Halt

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 13:46 PM

The New Brunswick Student Alliance is speaking out against the stalling tactics being employed in the Legislature, claiming they could have a devastating impact on accessibility to public universities and colleges.

The bill on free tuition is one of the pieces of legislation being held up. Government House Leader Rick Doucet understands the frustration. He calls the stalling tactics which he refers to as log jamming "ridiculous" and unprecedented.

The Liberals are trying to force votes on pending pieces of legislation by July 8th.