March 2017

Demonstration Against Health Care Privatisation

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:40 PM

How will you be able to keep hospitals cleaner when 200 jobs are going to be cut? That question posed at a small demonstration in Saint John to protest privatising the management of housekeeping and food services at Horizon Health.

Lisa Allen is with the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions. She says privatisation will only add another layer of management to an organisation that's already top heavy in management.

Federal Government Urged to Do More On Water Conservation

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:32 PM

The Trudeau Government should be doing a lot more, a lot faster to protect inland water and marine coastal areas. That's the unanimous view of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Liberal M-P Deborah Schulte chairs the committee and says the report has 36 recommendations.

The federal government has made an international commitment to conserve 17 per cent of inland water and 10 per cent of marine coastal areas by 2020. Thus far, 11 per cent of inland water and just 1 per cent of coastal marine areas have been preserved.

Private Colleges Still Hope For Changes To Tuition Access Bursary Program

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:00 PM

President of Oulton College Darcie Robichaud says they are keeping a close eye on their enrolment, to see if students are making decisions to sign up in public institutions instead, for financial reasons, "We enrol students once a year in the fall, so it is very difficult for us to say right now if there is an increase or decrease in enrolment."

She admits though that she has heard there are some facilities in the province that offer specialty programs, that are feeling the effects of not being included in the tuition access bursary program.

Fatal Crash Near Bathurst

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 07:47 AM

A collision between a Utility Terrain Vehicle and and pick up truck has left a 22 year old man from Bathurst dead.

RCMP say the UTV and truck collided on Saturday afternoon near Bathurst.  The two collided when the UTV made a sharp turn in the road.

A woman who was also riding in the UTV was transported to hospital with serious, but non life threatening injuries.

Mount Allison University Mourns Death Of Student

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 06:32 AM

Flags remain at half staff this morning at Mount Allison University after the death of a first year student.

A statement from the Vice President of International and student affairs  was released to students and on their Facebook page.   Kim Meade says they have been in contact with family to extend condolences on behalf of the University and to offer them full support.

Deadline Fast Approaching To Vote For New Federal Conservative Leader

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 06:17 AM

The deadline is almost here for party memberships to enable those who sign up to vote in the federal Conservative Party leadership convention in late May.

More than 13 hundred memberships were rejected over allegations of vote rigging.

Former Fundy-Royal M-P Rob Moore is now the Atlantic critic for the Conservatives who will be one of the convention delegates. He doesn't see the accusations eroding public trust in the party over the long run.

University Diverts A Lot Of Electronic Waste From Landfill

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 06:14 AM

More than 50,000 pounds of electronic waste has been recycled over the past three years at the University of New Brunswick. That amount of e-waste would equal the weight of three elephants.

According to the university's Green Review, U-N-B Saint John has successfully converted 30 per cent of its lights to L-E-D and is also home to one of the most energy efficient buildings in the province. 

Two People Injured In Collision

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 06:11 AM

A three car collision early yesterday afternoon on Rothesay Road near the Fox Farm Road sent two people to hospital with minor injuries.

The road between the Riverside Golf Club and Bartlett Road was closed to traffic for several hours.

One driver had to be extricated by removing a car door.

Infrastructure Deficit Trumps Budget Deficit

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 05:50 AM

The Trudeau Government has come under criticism for the federal deficit which exceeds $25 billion.

Saint John-Rothesay M-P Wayne Long is as bothered by what he calls the infrastructure deficit which he argues has accumulated over the last decade. It was estimated at more than $123 billion across the country as of 2014.

The Conference Board of Canada examined the impact of infrastructure spending on job creation and found for every $1 billion in infrastructure spending, 16,700 jobs were supported for one year.