November 2016

Analyst Says Western Pipelines May Help Energy East

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 06:01 AM

Ottawa's approval of two western pipelines is a positive step for Canada according to a senior petroleum analyst.

Dan McTeague says the go-ahead will mean a boom in construction jobs, investment and more revenue for the federal government.

McTeague also believes it should be a good sign for the proposed Energy East pipeline which would bring Alberta crude to Saint John's Irving Oil refinery.

Red Scarf Campaign In Downtown Moncton Today

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 06:01 AM

If you happen to see a red scarf tied to a lamppost or a bench in downtown Moncton today, feel free to take it to help recognize World AIDS Day.

The Red Scarf Campaign was launched last year as a symbolic representation of the red ribbon used to represent those lost and still affected by HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Moncton executive director Debby Warren says the scarves have all been generously donated by the community.

Erinvale Drive House Fire Not Suspicious

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 15:20 PM

A house fire earlier this week on 88 Erinvale Drive off Shediac Road is no longer considered suspicious.

Moncton Fire Prevention Division Chief Charles LeBlanc says upon further investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental.

The exact cause is not yet known but the Moncton Fire Department and electrical experts are working on it.

At the time of the fire, the homeowners were away on vacation.

Fire Damages Triplex In Port Elgin

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 15:16 PM

A fire has damaged one of three apartments at a triplex on East Main Street in Port Elgin.

The fire broke out early Tuesday morning and the family was away at the time.

The Red Cross is helping a woman and her three children with clothing and food.

The family is staying with relatives for the time being.

Fire Extensively Damages Cassidy Street Home

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 15:12 PM

An investigation is underway after fire extensively damaged a bungalow at 153 Cassidy Street just off Mountain Road.

Moncton Platoon Chief Paul Bruens says neighbours had called in reports after fire had blown out the windows shortly before 5:30 last night.

"When firefighters arrived, they were challenged with a good working fire on two levels of the house - the basement and the first floor," he says.

Bruens adds the fire was so intense, the siding of a neighbour's home was also damaged.

No one was hurt.

NB Gas Prices Expected To Climb

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 13:35 PM

Gas prices in New Brunswick are expected to climb this week.

Senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague with says a jump of roughly 1.2 cents per litre is likely at midnight when the provincial regulator makes its weekly adjustment.

As for diesel prices, McTeague says he doesn't expect much of a change at all this week.

Type Of Precipitation Hard To Predict At This Time Of Year

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 13:35 PM

We're surrounded by a winter wonderland this morning, and for some it's a lot more snow that expected.

As of 10am this morning, 26 centimetres had fallen at the Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Claude Cote says with systems that roll through at this time of year, it can be difficult to predict exactly what we'll get, "It's always challenging to see how much precipitation will fall and whether it will be snow or rain."

Tens Of Thousands Of New Brunswickers Left In Dark During First Snow Storm Of Season

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 13:33 PM

The storm not only has residents across the province digging out, it also has NB Power crews repairing downed lines.

The heavy wet snow on trees brought down branches and power lines.

At the height of the outage, there were over 40, 000 New Brunswickers without electricity.

Spokesperson Marie Andree Bolduc says there were concerns that there may be a number of blown transformers, but that wasn't the case, "We're hearing that there is not much infrastructure damage, just contact with trees."

Small Fire At Restaurant In Moncton's North End

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:58 AM

The A and W on Plaza Boulevard in Moncton's North End is closed today...but not because of the storm...

Moncton Fire was called to the restaurant at around 730 this morning after reports of a fire...

When they arrived, the building was full of smoke.

Platoon Chief Rob Brine says they found a small electrical fire in the roof area, and managed to get it out very quickly...

There's no word on when the restaurant will reopen..

M-L-A's Urged To Be More Transparent And Accountable

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:34 AM

M-L-A's and cabinet ministers have been slow on the uptake in implementing recommendations for more transparency in the cost of their constituency offices. The recommendations were made by Auditor-General Kim MacPherson but she notes they have not been implemented.

She calls implementation critical to hold officeholders accountable.

MacPherson also says social housing in the province is aging and a long term plan is to be developed next year with the help of federal money.