September 2016

APTA Says Trucking Is A Well-Paid, Solid Career Option

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016 08:01 AM

A career in trucking is not what it used to be and the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is trying to deliver that message as the industry copes with a severe labour shortage.

Executive director Jean-Marc Picard says there are good paying jobs in trucking and carriers have become more flexible in terms of a work and home balance.

"The average salary of a truck driver in New Brunswick is $55,000, so (starting out) you would probably earn a little bit below that.  Every carrier is different but obviously the job has changed tremendously," he notes.

Gallant Gov't Tackles Bilingualism Head-On This Week

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016 08:01 AM

The Gallant government tackled the hot-button issue of bilingualism this week - something that many previous governments have shied away from.

Premier Brian Gallant delivered speeches touting the benefits of bilingualism and announcements were made to provide free second-language training to unemployed adults and to move French immersion in schools back to Grade One.

Don Arseneault, minister responsible for official languages, says it amounts to leadership and courage.

Students To Take Part In Moncton Leadership Event

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 15:37 PM

More than 2,000 high school and post-secondary students in Southeast New Brunswick will be joining business and community leaders for a leadership conference this fall called "Live-2-Lead".

The third annual event will feature world-class speakers who will talk about entrepreneurship and overcoming adversity.

Monctonian and award-winning entrepreneur Dan Martell will be speaking about how the business world dramatically transformed his life.

Provincial Funding Announced For COPD

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 15:29 PM

More than 55,000 New Brunswickers live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The provincial government has announced funding to promote awareness and early screening and detection for COPD.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau says a $300,000 investment will support some of the regional health authorities' existing quality improvement plans.

The Department of Health will also continue to explore opportunities for system changes that will improve the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Cybersecurity Experts To Speak At UNB About Online Threats

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 14:44 PM

An expert in cybersecurity from the U.K. is one of the people speaking as part of a panel this week in New Brunswick about online threats.

Dermot Williams is the CEO of the IT security firm Threatscape and says a lot of organizations think about the threat of breaches and and data loss like they would think of a rodent problem  set a few traps and forget it  but Williams' message is that you should think of it more like a fire threat.

Confrontation Looming Over Health Care Funding

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 13:13 PM

Negotiations on a new health accord between the provinces and the federal government could be rocky.

The provinces say the federal government's desire for three per cent annual increases in its funding for health care is not enough but Health Minister Jane Philpott says the federal contribution next year is increasing by more than a billion dollars.

Philpott says the provinces could save a lot of money by expanding home care so seniors are able to remain at home rather than ending up in the hospital where they don't want to be.

Downtown Centre On Schedule And On Budget

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:16 PM

The Downtown Centre is on schedule and on budget, according to the Project Director for Bird Construction.

Steve Leger says they were fortunate to have a good summer for construction with very little rain and wind.

"We were lucky to get all the foundations done before the structural steel even started, so the structural steel was able to have full run of the site for a coupla months in the middle of summer," says Leger. "So they really made very good progress."

Lockdown At Dorchester Penitentiary Ends

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 11:00 AM

A lockdown at Dorchester Penitentiary has ended.

Corrections Canada officials says they have completed a search, and normal operations at the medium secured facility has resumed.

A number of unauthorized items and contraband were found during the search.

The lockdown was put into place on September 19th.

Visits to the facility have also now resumed.

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.