July 2017

Deadline To Appeal Property Tax Assessment Is Tomorrow

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 17:35 PM

Tomorrow is the final day for New Brunswickers to file an appeal of their property tax assessments.

Service New Brunswick tells CHSJ News that they have received about 17,500 requests for review and of those, 42-percent have been processed. There were a total of 7100 requests for review in 2016.

The original March 31 deadline was extended because of the property tax assessment controversy.

Real Estate Market In Uptown, South End 'On Fire'

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:40 PM

With the number of properties sold uptown in the first six months of this year up 45% over that time last year, the real estate market in the uptown and south end is described as 'on fire' by a longtime local realtor.

Bob McVicar is co-owner of the local Sutton Group Aurora Realty and has been selling real estate for the past 12 years. He tells CHSJ News there's been just under $8-million worth of uptown real estate sold from January to June, compared to just under $5-million in that period of 2016.

Another Plea Issued To Help Find Missing Woman

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:26 PM

RCMP have issued another plea for help to find a missing woman from the Minto area.

43-year-old Susan Lee has not been heard from since July 17th and she may be travelling with her small black poodle.

Police believe she could be near Stanley, north of Fredericton, and have searched the area with a helicopter but have not be able to locate her.

Susan Lee is described as an indigenous woman, 5'6" tall, weighing 115 pounds, with brown eyes and long dark hair.

Wheelchair Bound Saint John Man Urges Drivers To Put Away Cell Phones

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 14:20 PM

Ryan Daigle has been in a wheelchair for his entire life and he is urging drivers to pay more attention to the road.

Daigle lives in the uptown and says he notices far too many people pre-occupied with their phones as they drive.

He was recently backed into by a car near Dorchester and Union while he was trying to cross the street.

Daigle says the woman got out to see if he was okay and then took off after he asked her for her information.

NB Seeks Public Input About Affordable Housing

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 14:08 PM

The provincial government is developing a new long-term affordable housing strategy and New Brunswickers are being asked for their input.

An online survey has been launched where residents can have their say until August 31st.

Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman says stakeholder groups and clients have been consulted and now it's the general public's turn.

Once the survey results are compiled, the Department of Social Development will prepare a final report with recommendations for government.

Nature Conservancy Of Canada Issues Warning On Japanese Knotweed

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 12:13 PM

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is warning people to be on the look out for Japanese Knotweed.

Andrew Holland says the weed is very aggressive and can impact native species, the economy, and infrastructure.

Holland says it's fearless and hurts the economy by causing damage governments have to replace, as it is able to grow through 8 cm of concrete and asphalt.

Japanese Knotweed can grow up to three inches per day and over three feet in a matter of a few weeks.

New Crown Corporation For Legal Pot Unnecessary: CUPE Local 963

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 12:11 PM

The union that represents liquor store workers in New Brunswick is arguing there's no need to create a brand-new Crown corporation to sell legal marijuana, and it can be managed through ANBL.

The provincial committee looking into pot legalization has said that New Brunswick would be best served by a Crown corporation model and recommends a new one be created.

Dire Warnings About Shortage Of Skilled Workers

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 11:32 AM

With an aging workforce and the challenge of locking down apprenticeships, the need for more skilled trades workers will only continue to grow in Canada.

Skills Canada has estimated one million skilled trade workers will be needed by 2020. It's estimated the home renovation industry will need 129,000 new skilled workers in the next decade. Another report, just released, estimates 40% of the jobs to be created in Canada over the coming decade will be skilled trades.

New Brunswick Claims Five Medals At Jeux De La Francophonie 2017

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 09:22 AM

Team New Brunswick is coming home with five medals from the 8th La Francophonie Games in Cote d'Ivoire.

Dieppe's Gabriel Robichaud won silver for his work in literature, while Moncton's Annie-France Noel won bronze in photography.

Other medals include a gold in the marathon by Quispamsis native Shelley Doucet, as well as a bronze in wrestling from Fredericton's Samantha Stewart, and a silver medal in sculpture for Edmunston's Émilie Lavoie.

The Province Promises A Plan On Covered Bridges

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:07 AM

Transportation Minister Bill Fraser is concerned with the state of covered bridges in the province. That`s why a review of the 60 covered bridges is underway and a plan will be put in place on what to do.

Covered bridges in New Brunswick are seen as having both historical and tourism value.

Tim Cormier of Timber Restorations says it would be a shame if they were to disappear when they can be restored and modernised with timber, telling us his company is doing such work worldwide including Australia and Ontario.