February 2017

Moncton City Council Pushes Decision On Fluoride In Drinking Water To September

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 20:12 PM

Moncton City Council is delaying a decision on reintroducing fluoride back into drinking water until September.

Councillor Shawn Crossman introduced a motion at last night's Council meeting for a decision to be made September 18th.

He says his motion was to ensure there was a timeline in place.

Will New Brunswick Get A February Holiday?

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 18:58 PM

Does New Brunswick need a statutory holiday in February?

The Gallant government is looking at the idea since most Canadians are now enjoying a day off work and school on the third Monday of the month.

Moncton Centre MLA Chris Collins says stakeholders must be consulted first.

Collins believes it may actually be beneficial to the economy with families doing things like skiing and enjoying New Brunswick in the winter.

Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce CEO Carol O'Reilly says businesses are generally not in favour of another stat holiday.

Two Moncton Armed Robberies Under Investigation

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 17:43 PM

Two Moncton armed robberies on Sunday are being investigated by Codiac RCMP.

Around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, police say a man with a weapon and wearing a ski mask entered the Shopping Basket convenience store on Humphrey Street.

The man demanded cash and then fled on foot.

The man is described as being approximately 30 years old, about 5'6" tall, and weighing approximately 150 pounds.

Later on Sunday, around 7pm, a man entered Handi's Convenience on Second Avenue armed with a handgun and demanded money.

Three Candidates Running For Federal NDP Leadership

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 13:45 PM

An economist is the latest candidate to announce he's running for the leadership of the federal NDP. Guy Caron is proposing a basic annual income, saying people have legitimate beefs about how the economy seems to be working against them. He also is critical of Prime Minister Trudeau's talk about real change, dismissing it as small change.

Universal Drug Coverage Gets Boost From Doctors

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 12:55 PM

Universal drug coverage would save billions of dollars according to a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The C-M-A came up with a list of 117 essential medicines that accounted for 44% of all prescriptions and 30% of total prescription drug expenditures in 2015. The savings from these 117 essential medicines being covered are estimated at $4.27 billion a year.

Average prices of the generic essential medicines were 47% lower in the U.S., 60% lower in Sweden and 84% lower in New Zealand.

Report Warns About Growing Privatisation Of Health Care

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 12:51 PM

A warning from the New Brunswick Health Coalition about increasing privatisation of health care services in the province.

The Health Coalition has found privatisation occurring in long term facilities, management of extra mural care, blood plasma collection as well as the management of food services, cleaning and patient transportation.

Norma Robinson of the Council of Hospital Unions says of the 17 recommendations from the Health Coalition, universal drug coverage would save the most money.

We're Told New Brunswickers Are Overtaxed

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 07:03 AM

Opposition leader Blaine Higgs, who says New Brunswickers are overtaxed, is claiming had the provincial Conservatives won the last provincial election, there would have been no increase in the HST and there would be a budget surplus.

Higgs was finance minister at the time. He says the Conservatives were also working to eliminate the double taxation property owners have been complaining about. He concedes it would cost the provincial government something like $50 million dollars so getting rid of it would have to be done in phases.

You're Paying Less For Food

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 06:48 AM

You're paying less for food now than you were a year ago even though inflation rose by 2.1% on a year to year basis in January.

Stats Canada reports you paid 2.1% less for food last month than what you were in January of last year.

The index that measures food bought in stores went down by 4% year over year with the price of fresh vegetables decreasing by 15 and a half per cent, fresh fruit  by 10.8% and even meat by 1.7%.