April 2018

Some Progress, But Much More Needed To Help Homeless In Greater Moncton: Report

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 06:01 AM

The 11th Report Card on homelessness in Greater Moncton shows a continuation of a slight decrease in number of individuals entering the shelter system.

Community Development Coordinator Darcy Cormier is with the local Homelessness Steering Committee, and she says last year the number of clients dropped by 30 from 759 in 2016, which is good news, but that's not the whole story.

Another Horse Racing Honour For 'Gentleman Jim'

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 18:07 PM

Jim Doherty passed away more than three years ago, but his legacy in the horse racing industry lives on.

The Saint John native is being posthumously inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this August.

His brother, Bill Doherty, tells us he was excited when he heard about the honour for his late brother.

Jim got his start in the 1950s by helping their father — who ran a lumber mill and had draft horses — before going on to work for the late Milton Downey.

'This Is Not Something That Is Brand New': Codiac RCMP Superintendent On Drug Impaired Driving

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 17:31 PM

Codiac RCMP Superintendent Tom Critchlow says they will be ready to catch drug impaired drivers come legalization of recreational cannabis July 1st.

They are expanding the number of officers with Standard Field Sobriety Test training, Critchlow says, and they will be looking for signs of drug impairment, just like they do with alcohol.

Shediac RCMP Seize 485 Plants From Marijuana 'Grow Op'

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 17:10 PM

Shediac RCMP have arrested a 73-year old man in relation to the seizure of 485 marijuana plants.

Around 1 o'clock Saturday morning, police responded to a call of a hosue fire at a home on Railway Avenue in Shediac.

In the course of the call, officers observed possible illegal activity, and a search warrant was obtained.

In the residence, officers discovered a multi stage marijuana grow op with 485 plants.

The man was released pending a court appearance August 28th and the investigation is ongoing.

Rogers Service Outage Result Of Cut Fibre Line: Spokesperson

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 14:24 PM

Rogers Communications is working to restore service to a number of customers in the Moncton area.

Spokesperson Heather Robinson says the disruption to TV, Internet, and phone services is the result of a fibre cable cut by local construction.

She says the team is working to resolve the problem, but was unable to estimate when service would be restored to the affected customers.

(Photo: Screenshot from canadianoutages.com)

Peter McKee Centre Revamps Community Gardens

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 12:15 PM

The Peter McKee Community Food Centre is revamping its community gardens this year and is also adding a greenhouse.

Volunteers have been helping out with the changes and have also been preparing the garden beds for the season.

Spokesperson Chantal Senecal says anyone in the community can sign up for one of the 28 garden plots available.

"We are actually in partnership with Garden Cities and they have numerous amounts of gardens across the city, more so in urban areas where some people may not have access to garden space," she notes.

RV Fire Spreads to Two Other Buildings

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 09:54 AM

A fire which began in an RV quickly spread to the back of an apartment house and to the front of the MCA building in Moncton early today.

Fire Platoon Chief Rob Brine says the RV was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived in the 300 block of Lutz Street around 4:30am.

"After about 45 minutes or so, we got the fire knocked down and we chased fire extension in the attic of the main building for about another hour or so," he says.

Firefighters Battle Fire In Floodwaters

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 08:02 AM

Members of the Oromocto Fire Department were forced to battle a house fire in floodwaters on Route 105.

Around 9 o'clock Sunday morning, firefighters arrived at a home and found heavy flames coming out of the attic and a window on the second floor.

Firefighters found themselves waist deep in floodwaters as they put out the blaze.

The home was unoccupied at the time since the owner managed to get out safely.

No one was hurt.

The cause of the fire is not known.

(PHOTO courtesy Oromocto Fire Department)

St. John River Now Stable In Fredericton

Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2018 14:18 PM

Officials continue to keep a close eye on the St. John River throughout New Brunswick.

Shawn Berry with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization says water levels have stabilized in Fredericton but will remain above flood stage for the next several days.

"Water levels in areas to the south of Fredericton are expected to hit flood stage as well over the coming days," Berry told us on Sunday.

Elgin Fire Department Deal With One Hypothermia Case In 2018 Pollett River Run

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 06:01 AM

The chief of the Elgin Fire Department reports it was a good year from their perspective at this year's Pollett River Run.

Kent Steeves says they had a few call outs for bangs, and bruises as well as one person suffering from hypothermia.

He says with most of the water in the river now snow runoff, it's fairly cold.

"If they're in the water for prolonged periods of time, with the water running swift, it's hard to get off to the side, to get off the banks, so it tends to make it set in a little bit faster for hypothermia," says Steeves.