February 2017

Cherry Brook Zoo Receives $21,500 From The 100 Women Who Care Of Greater Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 19:55 PM

The 100 Women Who Care of Greater Saint John have contributed $21,500 to the Cherry Brook Zoo.

Executive Director Martha McDevitt says the first thing that came to her mind were the animals.

She says the money comes at a critical time and calls it "an answer to prayer".

McDevitt was very emotional when she found out the zoo had been chosen and says the funding will help the animals get through the rest of the winter.

She says the other staff members at the zoo did not know about the possibility of funding because she did not want to get their hopes up.

Police Investigating Two Suspicious Deaths At A Hotel On The East Side

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 19:11 PM

The Major Crime unit is investigating two suspicious deaths at the Best Western hotel on the east side of Saint John along Majors Brook Drive.

Enjoy Those Pancakes, Lent Starts Tomorrow

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 15:29 PM

The 40 days of Lent begin tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.

Bishop Robert Harris of Saint John says it's a period of preparation for Easter.

Harris says the Lenten season has a two fold purpose for new and existing Catholics.

He says Lent is a time of intense preparation for those who want to become Catholic and get baptized.

The other purpose is for existing Catholics to renew their baptismal promises leading up to Easter.

Harris says some people will go to mass every single day during Lent.

Atlantic Wildlife Institute Recommends Keeping A Close Eye On Small Pets

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:55 PM

A warning from the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, that cats and dogs could be prey for eagles, owls and other predatory birds.

Director of Wildlife Care Pam Novak says in the winter months, they are always on the lookout for food, "Predators who are looking for food sources and they may not distinguish a cat or dog from a duck, a mouse or a bird or anything at that point if they are hungry."

Province Changes Five Racist Place Names In Greater Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:14 PM

The province has officially changed five racist place names in Greater Saint John with the word Negro in them and replaced them with names that reflect black history in New Brunswick.

"We as the descendants have to respect the fact that they went through an awful lot, so the least we could do is rename a negative with a positive," says the New Brunswick Black Society's Ralph Thomas, a driving force behind these name changes.

Alarming New Study On Cancer Rates Among Younger Adults

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:25 PM

An alarming new study released by the American Cancer Society has discovered a sharp rise in the rates of colon cancer and rectal cancer among young adults.

Those people born in 1990 have double the risk of contracting colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to people born around 1950.

The rates of rectal cancer have been increasing by about 3% a yearin adults aged 20 to 29 from 1974 to 2013 and in adults between the ages of 30 and 39 from 1980 to 2013.

Aquatic Centre Gets Funding For Upgrades

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:57 AM

The Aquatic Centre is in need of upgrades and will be receiving $200 thousand dollars worth in federal and provincial funding. That announcement from Saint John-Rothesay M-P Wayne Long according to a tweet from Mayor Don Darling.

The Trudeau Government says it plans to spend $186 billion over 10 years on infrastructure. The Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Larry Smith says it's long overdue with a survey revealing one-third of municipal infrastructure is in fair, poor or very poor condition.

Fatal Fire Was Not Deliberately Set

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:54 AM

Arson has been ruled out as the cause of a fatal fire last weekend in Napan. That word from the RCMP and Fire Marshal.

How the fire got started still has not been determined.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived to put it out.

Human remains were found inside but the identity of the woman remains unknown.