February 2018

Conservation Groups Applaud Federal Budget

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 18:18 PM

Conservation groups across the country are applauding a major move by the Trudeau government to invest $1.3 billion over five years to help protect the environment.

John Foley, Atlantic spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, says this is exciting news which has been a long time coming.

"There are a lot of things in there that are very positive especially from a conservation point of view.  It's really a game-breaker I think for us with substantial new funds allocated to parks, indigenous protected areas and private conservation efforts."

Moncton Man Arrested In Bizarre Bouctouche Crash

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 17:22 PM

A bizarre crash scene on Highway 11 near Bouctouche involving a car, an ambulance and an SUV has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man.

Around 9:30 Tuesday night, Southeast RCMP say an SUV pulled over to help after a car struck an ambulance.

But when the SUV driver got out, the driver of the car jumped in and tried to flee with a passenger still inside.

The passenger was pushed out of the SUV during a struggle before it landed in a nearby ditch.

Police say the passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries but no one else was hurt.

"Pothole Season" Arrives Early Thanks To Wild Temperature Swings

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 06:01 AM

The unpredictable swings between warm weather, and freezing temperatures are bringing the fifth New Brunswick season, that is pothole season, earlier than usual to the City of Moncton.

Director of Public Works Don Morehouse says this is a particularly challenging season because of the extreme fluctuations in temperature, but crews are still out daily doing repairs.

With Only A Few Months To Go, Downtown Centre Is Taking Shape

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 14:59 PM

With only four months to go before the City of Moncton gets the keys to the Downtown Cente, it is looking increasingly polished and ready to go.

Corporate Communications Director Isabelle LeBlanc says good weather has contributed to Bird Construction being able to keep the project on time.

"They've had no delays, and the crew Bird has done tremendous work on that, and we are on time," says LeBlanc. "And this is a guaranteed maximum price building so we are on budget as well with the cost of the building."

Seniors Advocate 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Federal Pilot Project

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 14:11 PM

A Healthy Seniors Pilot Project in New Brunswick will look at better support for seniors in their homes, communities and care facilities.

In this week's federal budget, $75 million was set aside for that project.

Coalition for Seniors executive director Cecile Cassista says changes need to be made but another study isn't necessary.

Two Killed, Three Hurt In Bathurst Collision

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 13:51 PM

A man and a woman have been killed and three others have been injured following a head-on collision on Highway 11 in Bathurst.

It happened around 7:30 Wednesday morning.

Northeast RCMP say two pickup trucks were involved and the driver of each one died at the scene.

Three passengers in those vehicles were taken to hospital for treatment.

Police say the victims were a 31-year-old man from Pointe-Verte and a 47-year-old woman from Grande-Anse.

Slippery road conditions may have been a factor in the collision.

Mounties Seek More Info About Moncton Stabbing

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:55 AM

A man in his 20s remains in hospital after being stabbed on Mountain Road in Moncton.

Codiac RCMP say the stabbing took place early Monday morning between the Mapleton Plaza and the Northwest Centre.

The man is being treated for serious injuries but is expected to recover.

Police believe he was attacked by four men.

Police are asking that anyone who may have been around the area of Mountain Road at the time of the incident or who may have witnessed the assault is asked to call the Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400.

Ontario Man Pays Big Price For Trying To Smuggle Illegal Cigarettes Into N.B.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:46 AM

An Ontario man has learned the hard way that smuggling illegal cigarettes into the province is not a very good idea.

In Edmundston Provincial Court on Tuesday, 27-year-old Aniss Samer pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the seizure of 113,000 illegal cigarettes.

It happened during a vehicle stop on November 3, 2017 RCMP on the Trans Canada Highway at Saint-Jacques.

He was fined $1.50 per smoke for a total fine of just under $170,000.

500 Pounds Of Copper Stolen From Lower Woodstock Motel

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:32 AM

Police are looking for suspects after 500 pounds of copper was stolen from a motel in Lower Woodstock.

The RCMP say someone found the copper on the bank of the Saint John River in Lower Woodstock last Friday evening.

Officers determined the copper was taken from the nearby Cozy Cabins motel, causing significant damage to the motel's electrical and water systems.

Police believe it happened between Feb. 20 and 23 and those responsible would have spent several hours removing the copper.