December 2017

There Are Programs To Help If Quitting Smoking Is Your New Year Resolution

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 13:00 PM

Many people begin the New Year with resolutions they intend to keep, for some, that includes quitting smoking.

The provincial government is reminding New Brunswickers of the support system available to those who want to quit.

In a news release, the government says hundreds of residents die each year from chronic diseases linked to tobacco use including cancer, and lung and heart diseases.

Health Canada says the benefits of quitting are immediate, and profound, with your blood pressure returning to normal 20 minutes after your last cigarette.

Beer Glasses Recalled, Injuries Reported

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:09 PM

Molson Coors is recalling glasses included in cases of Molson Canadian. 

Health Canada says eight injuries have been reported due to the "Original Six" glasses breaking when washed by hand.

All six NHL glasses are included in the recall.

They were sold between September and December. 

To return or replace the glasses, you're asked to call Molson Coors Canada at 1-800-655-7661 or contact them through their website

Are You Brave Enough For The Dorchester Lions Polar Dip?

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 09:47 AM

If you are looking for a way to welcome 2018, why not take the plunge?

The 25th annual Dorchester Polar Dip will be held Monday at Palmer's Pond.

Spokesperson for the local Lions Club Dan Matthews says they always have participants even if it is very cold.

"We've had as many as 45 people, and as few as 8 or 10, it depends on the temperature," says Matthews. "When the temperature is down around minus 15, 17 degrees, we have fewer willing to brave the elements."

Matthews says the event goes ahead every year, even with very cold temperatures.

Where And How To Celebrate The New Year

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 08:22 AM

There are a few events taking place around Metro Moncton to celebrate the arrival of 2018.

The City of Dieppe is hosting a New Year's Eve party tonight at the Wingate Hotel starting at 7:30 with live music kicking off an hour later.

At midnight, there will be fireworks as well.

For New Year's Day, the City of Moncton is hosting the Mayor's Levee from 11 to 1 at the Kay Arena Crossman Community Centre, with family friendly activities as well.

In Riverview, there is another levee from 1 to 3.

What's Open And Closed In Moncton For New Year's Day

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 08:02 AM

With New Year's Day being a statutory holiday in New Brunswick, you should do any last minute errands today.

In terms of groceries, Superstore, Sobeys and Walmart locations are all going to be closed tomorrow.

As well, the corporate NB Liquor stores are going to be closed, although agency outlets are permitted to open if they wish.

Service New Brunswick, and other government offices will also be closed tomorrow.

Finally, Champlain Mall will be closed on New Year's Day as well.

Moncton Mayor Says Watershed Must Be Protected From Any Risks

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 17:51 PM

Aerial forest spraying of the herbicide glyphosate became a concern near the Turtle Creek Watershed in 2017.

The reservoir supplies water to more than 100,000 in Greater Moncton.

Mayor Dawn Arnold says it's absolutely critical to protect the watershed and do whatever it takes to ensure there are no risks in that area.

"So how are we going to do that?  We are in conversation with the province at the moment to figure that out.   Whether it's declaring that area a conservation zone... maybe that's the way for it," she notes.

New Brunswick's Top Baby Names Of 2017

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 14:38 PM

The top baby names of 2017 for girls and boys in the province have been released by Service New Brunswick.

For girls, this year's top five names were: Emma, Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte and Sophia.

For boys, Liam, Noah, Benjamin, William and Logan were the most popular.

Many of those names were also common in 2016.

Stats show more than 5,738 children were born in New Brunswick this year compared to just over 6,015 last year.

More Than $37 million For Climate Change From Provincial Plan

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 13:52 PM

The Executive Director of the New Brunswick Conservation Council doesn't think the provincial government's plan on climate change goes far enough to satisfy the Trudeau Government.

Lois Corbett says diverting a portion of the gas tax will only free up something like 37 million dollars but she claims that's not enough money to offer incentives for the rest of us to become more energy efficient.

Corbett says by toeing the status quo, the government has missed its goal of helping New Brunswick transition to a low-carbon economy and create jobs.


A Push Underway To Build Homes Of The Future In New Brunswick

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 13:49 PM

The cost of solar energy is dropping dramatically. A consultant with Solar Nova Scotia, Wayne Groszko says there's a great push in New Brunswick to build what he calls net zero homes.

Groszko says a net zero home has enough solar panels on it to produce all the energy it needs.

A new report has found the cost of solar energy is dropping at a staggering rate of 4.4 percent worldwide each year or 25 per cent by the year 2022.

Wayne Long Reflects On His Newsmaking Decision

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 13:29 PM

Wayne Long made national news this year when he voted against his party on the controversial tax changes put forward by the Trudeau government.

The Saint John-Rothesay MP says he can look himself in the mirror because he fought for what his constituents wanted and he says they did get some of the changes they wanted.

He says he had personal and political consequences for voting against the party but he is still proud that changes happened and he knows he was a small part of that along with his colleagues.