August 2017

"It's a big deal for a junior hockey player to have a great facility to play out of": Ryan Jenner, Director of Business Operations

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 21:06 PM

The Moncton Wildcats and City of Moncton have an agreement to improve dedicated space for the team at the Downtown Centre at a cost of $2 million.

Wildcats Director of Business Operations Ryan Jenner says they have to fit up three rooms - including office space, the team store, and a dressing room.

"These are big spaces, and we certainly appreciate the City's support on that, we're definitely going to be repaying that over a 20 year period and the associated costs with that," says Jenner.

Astronomy Moncton Offers Club For Amateurs And Enthusiasts

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 13:09 PM

If today's solar eclipse has created a new interest in space, perhaps you'd like to learn even more through the local Astronomy Club.

The new Moncton High is the home to the club, where monthly events are held, for those who have a passion for space.

Spokesperson for the New Brunswick branch of the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada Emma MacPhee says a local teacher expressed a desire for students to learn more, "James Mosher is really trying to integrate Astronomy into education, so he is really working hard at it.  He has an Observatory at the new Moncton High."

Large Turnout As Truckers Raise Cancer Awareness

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 12:41 PM

The rain didn't keep any of the truckers away from raising awareness about cancer.

50 trucks, 3 fire trucks, one ambulance, two RCMP vehicles, along with motorcycles all took part in this past weekend's Convoy for Hope.

Pledges from participants and registrations brought in close to $8000, and with the money raised through the remaining activities, they are hoping for a total of $30, 000.

Atlantic Sciences Enterprise Research Centre To Be Created In Moncton

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 12:38 PM

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada was on hand today in Moncton to announce the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre.

Over the next few years, the Gulf Fisheries Centre will be transformed into an innovative research science facility,   that will help to engage Canadians in marine science and promote ocean literacy.

Dominic LeBlanc also announced this centre will eventually have the skeleton of a North Atlantic Right whale on exhibit, that will help serve as a reminder of why the health of the oceans and species within must be protected..

It's A Pride Filled Week For Greater Moncton

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 06:38 AM

Greater Moncton Pride Week is officially underway, and there are many activities planned.

Things are getting better for LGBTQ athletes in sports but a spokesperson for the You Can Play Project says we shouldn't be quick to celebrate just yet.

Cheryl McDonald says homophobia is still an issue especially in men's hockey where professional players sometimes say things they shouldn't.

"But at the same time, the NHL has partnered with the You Can Play Project to hold events to raise awareness and to promote inclusion," she notes.

Conservation Council Likes Ice Storm Report

Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2017 14:51 PM

The Gallant government has received the report into the response to the devastating ice storm in January, and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick says the 51 recommendations are a warning for everyone.

Executive-Director Lois Corbett says the report author Judy Wagner, Clerk of the Executive Council hit the nail on the head. The report includes 51 recommendations and Corbett says it is a real eye opener for many groups.

NAFTA Talks Could Open Up Economic Opportunity For New Brunswick

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 06:01 AM

The third player in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is Mexico. Exports from New Brunswick to Mexico only amount to something like $14 million a year. Fred Bergman, a senior economist with the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, sees the possibility of a win-win-win especially if minimum wages in Mexico rise.

Astronomer Calls Total Solar Eclipse A "Once In A Lifetime Opportunity"

Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2017 12:35 PM

Today you can see an infrequent natural phenomenon when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth in a solar eclipse.

The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle says it's been about a century since North America saw a total solar eclipse.

"The actual umbra, or the dark path where the Sun will be completely blocked out will be about 112 kilometres wide," says Boyle. "It starts in Oregon at about 3,800 kilometres per hour, and ends up in South Carolina at about 2,400 kilometres per hour."