March 2018

Submissions Needed For 17th Annual Playwright Competition

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 22:56 PM

Calling all playwrights!

NotaBle Acts is looking for your entries for their 17th annual province wide competition.

Spokesperson Rowan Miller says it is open to anyone, who would like to write a play.

“We’ve accepted plays from seasoned professional writers who have done work in major cities across Canada, to those who have never written a play before,” Miller says.

Ontario Man Facing Charges After Routine Traffic Stop

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:40 AM

A 59-year old Ontario man is facing charges following seizure of a weapon and contraband tobacco in Hanwell, near Fredericton.

On Tuesday afternoon around 1:30, RCMP officers stopped and searched a car during a routine traffic stop on Highway 2.

They found a gun and contraband tobacco products.

Lyman Chatman of Guelph is facing ten charges, including unauthorized possession of a firearm, a violation of the Excise Act, and two violations of the Tobacco Tax Act.

He will remain in custody until his next court appearance April 5th for election and plea.

Check Your Tickets! Did You Win $100,000?

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:45 AM

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation is reporting five winners in New Brunswick from Friday night's Lotto Max Draw.

A winning ticket for TAG matching all six numbers (232805) was sold in Moncton and it's worth a whopping $100,000.

Another TAG ticket, matching five of six numbers (32805) is worth $1,000 and it was sold in Northumberland County.

For TWIST, there were three winning tickets matching six of seven numbers sold - one each in Saint John,  Campbellton, and Carleton County.

Those are all worth $1,070 each.

YMCA's Reconnect Program Needs To Find New Home

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 13:57 PM

A program which supports individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless is now in need of a new home itself.

The YMCA's Reconnect Street Intervention Program had its lease terminated early (May 31) at its current location on St. George Street behind the post office.

Interim director Lisa Ryan says they need to find another location downtown.

"It's very apparent that the downtown core has a majority of the poeple that we need to serve.  All of their services are really within a ten block radius," she notes.

Poll Shows Many Experience Racial Discrimination

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 13:25 PM

A new poll from Corporate Research Associates shows that most visible minorities in New Brunswick have faced some form of racial discrimination.

Of those surveyed, one in six say they have experienced racial discrimination.

The results are similar across Atlantic Canada with the percentage being slightly higher in Nova Scotia.

Across New Brunswick, residents outside the Greater Moncton area are more likely to have experienced racial disrimination in their lifetime.

The phone survey included almost 400 adult New Brunswickers last month.

Research Project Aims To Help Youth With Mental Health Issues

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 12:53 PM

A research project called Access Open Minds New Brunswick is trying to help youth with mental health issues get the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

The key principles of the project are early detection of problems, early access to services, finding appropriate care, transitional care beyond age 18 and allowing youth to have a voice in the care they receive.

Primary investigator Dr. Jimmy Bourque of the Universite de Moncton says the youth they are treating will typically have some kind of psychological or emotional distress.

Special Home Care Workers Essential To Health Care System

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 10:20 AM

About 12,000 special home care workers will be receiving wage increases on April 1st.

This is a part of a $12-million investment from the provincial government.

President of the Special Care Home Association of New Brunswick Jan Seely says this is a good start.

“I am happy to see that the government is focussing on that foundational piece of care.  You wouldn’t build a house without a foundation, and I look at these workers as the foundation of our health care system.  Hopefully this will help strengthen that.”

NB Minimum Wage Increases

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 10:12 AM

New Brunswick's minimum wage will be going up on April 1st.

The hourly rate will be increasing from $11 to $11.25 per hour.

This is the fourth increase since December 2014.

Meantime, Nova Scotia is hiking its minimum wage to $11 an hour.

Prince Edward Island will have the highest minimum wage in the Maritimes when its hourly rate jumps 30 cents to $11.55 per hour on April 1st.

Will NB Be Next To Ban Declawing?

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 15:53 PM

A declawing ban officially took effect in Nova Scotia this month.  They are the first province in the country to implement this.

Executive Director for the New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association Dr. George Whittle says declawing is usually a procedure that veterinarians try to avoid, and if it is performed, it is done at the request of the clients.