September 2018

Elections NB Anticipates A Smooth Process On Election Night

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 18:14 PM

Election results were delayed for hours during the 2014 provincial vote in New Brunswick.

But the chief electoral officer says the software behind the snafu has since been changed and any problems should be eliminated.

Elections NB's Kim Poffenroth says the technology has already been tested numerous times.

"With the new technology, I believe we have run - between the 2016 municipal elections and numerous byelections - at least 11 elections and everything has run smoothly with no issues with the transmittal," she notes.

St. Pat's Family Centre Membership To Consider Sale At October 9th Meeting

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 16:53 PM

The fate of St. Pat's Family Centre may be decided in early October after the announcement of a special general meeting.

Our newsroom was given a copy of the memo sent to centre members, showing the meeting is about a proposal to sell the property to Heritage Developments.

Voting members - which means anyone with an annual membership - are being asked to consider motions transferring ownership of the lands and assets to new entities.

The agenda shows the centre would be leased back to newly incorporated St Pats 2018 for one dollar per year.

Candidate Names On Ballots Follow Elections Act Procedures

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 16:48 PM

The appearance of candidate names on election ballots in New Brunswick is not a coincidence, and follows the law as laid down in the Elections Act.

Elections New Brunswick Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth explains how that ranking works.

"First candidate listed is the candidate from the party that formed the government immediately before the election, so this year that would be a Liberal candidate," says Poffenroth. "Then the next following candidate will be from the party of the Official Opposition, which would be a Progressive Conservative this time."

Codiac RCMP Looking For Missing 48 Year Old Man

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 16:05 PM

Codiac RCMP is asking for the public's help finding a missing 48-year old Moncton man.

Robert Murray, of no fixed address, was reported missing to police Wednesday, but was last spoken to on August 28th.

Murray is described as having short grey/brown hair with blue/grey eyes.

He may also have a beard, and has a tattoo on the left side of his chest.

Anyone with information about Murray's whereabouts is asked to call Codiac RCMP at 506.857.2400.

Traditional Homecoming High School Football Game Won't Be Played This Year

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 13:18 PM

There's disappointment from some students after because an annual tradition won't be held this year.

There will not be a homecoming football game between the Harrison Trimble Trojans and the Moncton High Purple Knights.

A former student has launched a petition with a proposal for the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Graig Mellon says this is the first time in 50 years that the homecoming game won't happen.

Moncton Firefighters 'Say Cheese' For 2019 Calendar

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:24 PM

Moncton firefighters have taken some time away from fighting fires to pose for the camera in support of a great cause.

They're putting out a calendar for 2019.

Firefighter and Calendar Organizer Corey Gallant says only 1000 calendars will be made available this time.

"I don't want to release too much information because it is a surprise.  We do have a few new members who weren't in the last calendar, so there will definitely be some changes."

Climate Change Report Gets Thumbs Up From Nature Conservancy Of Canada

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:32 AM

The issue of floods and the costs associated with them has prompted the Insurance Bureau of Canada to issue a 68-page report.

It calls for the preservation of forests and wetlands to stop flooding and that is welcome news to Andrew Holland.

He is the National Media Director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and says preserving not paving will help to keep flood waters out of populated areas.

Opioid Epidemic Claims 62 New Brunswick Lives Since 2016

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:16 AM

In the first three months of this year, Health Canada is reporting 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths nationwide - of which 94% were deemed accidental.

The rest were suicides, or undetermined based on incomplete, or competing data.

Five of those deaths were in New Brunswick, compared to eight the year before, and 11 the year before that over the same first quarter of the year time period.

A "Beeting" in Uptown Saint John

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 09:05 AM

The King Canna Cannabis store at 76 Germain Street in Uptown Saint John was targeted for vandalism just before dawn on Thursday.

The store has three broken windows and is smeared with pickled beets suggesting a large can or glass bottle of beets was used for the vandalism.