January 2018

Anglophone East District Education Council Pushes For Reexamination Of The Funding Model

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 06:01 AM

The Anglophone East District Education Council is asking the provincial Ministers of Finance and Education to reexamine the way school districts are funded.

Councillor Norval McConnell says Anglophone East is the lowest funded district in the province, and they aren't getting clear answers why.

He says after decades of decisions and changes, the funding model is confusing at best.

Small Hike In NB Gas Prices Expected

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 18:35 PM

A senior petroleum analyst believes drivers in New Brunswick will see a small jump in gas prices this week.

Dan McTeague with Gasbuddy.com says gasoline is expected to jump 1 cent per litre this week when the provincial regulator makes a price adjustment at midnight Wednesday (early Thursday).

Diesel is also likely to jump this week by about 1.5 cents per litre.

PEI Unveils Cannabis Regulations, Signs Supply Deals

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 18:24 PM

Falling in line with the other Maritime provinces, Prince Edward Island has introduced cannabis regulations ahead of recreational legalization in July.

PEI has set its legal consumption age at 19 and adults will be allowed to possess 30 grams of dried marijuana which aligns with federal legislation.

Public health and safety campaigns will ramp up as drug-impaired driving laws are strengthened.

In addition to online sales, four stand-alone cannabis retail stores will open across the Island.

Province Reminding NBers Of Programs To Help With High Power Bills

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 17:15 PM

With the on-and-off deep freeze we've been experiencing this winter you may notice yourself having had to crank up the thermostat to get warm.

Because of that, the province has issued a reminder there are programs available to help you with high energy bills.

The Home Energy Assistance Program is a one-time payment of a hundred dollars to households with a total income up to and including 30-thousand-dollars in 2016. You can apply by going online, going to SNB, or contacting the Department of Finance.

Special Weather Statement Issued For Potential Heavy Snow

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 16:11 PM

Southern New Brunswick is under a special weather statement by Environment Canada for the potential of heavy snowfall tomorrow and tomorrow night.

The national weather agency says snowfall ahead of an approaching low pressure system will begin tomorrow morning over southern New Brunswick.

Forecasters are calling for as much as 15 centimetres of snow by Thursday morning, and say the snow could switch to rain or freezing rain early Thursday along the Bay of Fundy.

Greater Moncton Airport Sees Passenger Increase In 2017

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 14:11 PM

The Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport had its second best year on record in 2017.

Over 665, 000 passengers travelled through the aiport last year,   that's an increase of 1.3% over 2016.

The main airlines travelled include Air Canada Express, Porter and WestJet.

The increase was also linked to WestJet adding more flights and seats to Toronto,  that amounted to a 6.5% hike year over year.

Sunwing also saw remarkable growth flying out of Moncton, with over 30, 000 passengers in 2016, that's a 9.6% increase.

Damage Report Line Now Open For NBers Who Suffered Flood Related Issues

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 06:22 AM

If you are one of many residents who saw damages in connection with the extreme rainfall over the weekend, you can now file a report to the provincial government..

Residents, tenants, small businesses and not for profit organizations can receive information and also register their flood related damage through the Damage Report Line.

The Department of Environment and Local Government will be providing free water testing for New Brunswickers affected by flooding.

Youth Wanted For Local Navy League Cadets Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 05:47 AM

A local non-profit organization that teaches children between the ages of 9 and 12,  is hoping to increase its numbers.

There are currently 3500 Navy League Cadets across the country in 102 different communities. Greater Moncton is one of five communities in New Brunswick that offers the program.

Midshipman Andrew Mawhinney says it's a free program that helps youth life skills and building friendships, "Everything from knot tying up to citizenship, first aid, sailing, and marksmanship.  We also do camps, and the plan this year is to do three of them."

"We Have To Do Better": Moncton City Councillors 'Salty' Over Winter Road Conditions

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 22:43 PM

A passionate discussion took place at Moncton City Council over road salt, with some Councillors expressing frustration over what seem like unusually icy roads this winter.

Public Works Director Don Morehouse says they switched salt suppliers this year, and operators report it appears to be less effective than previous salt.

He adds they bought some new salt from a mine in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, and are comparing the two.