September 2017

Educators In Saint John and Syrian Students Learned From Each Other

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 11:09 AM

The staff at Anglophone South learned a lot nearly two years ago when a lot of Syrian newcomers arrived in Saint John starting in December 2015.

The situation has staff at the district scrambling to accomodate all the new students many of whom had not been in school for years.

Lynn MacDonald is the Newcomer & International Student Coordinator for Anglophone South.  

She says a lot of the new Syrian students hadn't actually been in a classroom for a long time because they were living in refugee camps.

Sussex RCMP Arrest Two People For Credit Card Fraud

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 06:39 AM

Several complaints about the fraudulent use of credit cards in Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Oromocto and Sussex have resulted in the arrests of two people from from Alberta by Sussex RCMP.

39-year-old Troy Cloutier and 29-year-old Bailey Ann Brassard have been charged with fraud and obstructing a police officer. Cloutier also faces charges of possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana and fleeing from police.

An unnamed 42-year-old New Brunswick man was also arrested in connection with the investigation.

Verdict In RCMP Labour Code Trial Expected Today

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 06:29 AM

A decision is expected to be handed down in Moncton court today, in connection with the tragic incidents of June 4, 2014.

Three RCMP officers were killed, and two others injured.

Four labour code charges were laid against the RCMP, alleging that they failed to provide officers with the appropriate equipment and training.

The RCMP have pleaded not guilty.

The trial began in April, and 30 witnesses took the stand.

Each charges carries a fine of up to a million dollars, or a prison term, or both.


Has Ellen's Law Made A Difference For NB Cyclists?

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 17:30 PM

Changes to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act that offered more safety for cyclists have been in effect now for around three months.

The movement to have the changes made was inspired by Ellen Watters a well-known cyclist who died while riding near Sussex.

Sheila Cameron, Moncton co-organizer for the Ellen's Law movement, says they are starting to notice a difference.

U.S. Home Repair Company Establishes IT Headquarters In Saint John

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 15:39 PM

Georgia-based home repair company, Pronto, has set up its North American information technology headquarters in uptown Saint John.

The Saint John office is going to allow for further development of the company's online Pronto Pro app, which allows homeowners to text their problem to the company, get a flat-rate price and then have someone dispatched in 24 hours to start repairs.

Honouring Six Long-Serving SJPD Officers

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 15:29 PM

Honouring six of their finest.   

A ceremony featuring the lieutenenant-governor Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau was held at Peel Plaza for Saint John Police officers receiving 20 and 30 year exemplary service awards.

Constable Tammy Spence got the 20 year service bar while Sergants Tom Clayton, Gino Doucet, Brian Donovan and Chuck Elgee all got their 30 year service bar.

St. Stephen Police On The Watch For Drivers Who Fail To Stop At Stop Signs

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 14:11 PM

You could be in for a ticket if you don't come to a complete stop.

That's the warning from St. Stephen RCMP, who are increasing enforcement efforts on drivers who fail to come to a complete stop at stop signs.

St. Stephen RCMP Commander, Sgt. Peter Stubbs says so far this year, they have already responded to two serious collisions caused by drivers who failed to stop at a stop sign.

Study On Water Meters For All

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:37 PM

A study on universal water meters in Saint John is expected to be ready for Common Council by next May or June.

Common Councillors Gary Sullivan and Gerry Lowe have spoken out in favour of metering. Saint John Water Commissioner Brent McGovern can understand why because you wind up paying for what you use.

U.S. And Canada In Nasty Trade Dispute

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:32 PM

The massive 219 per cent U.S. tariff on the new line of Bombardier jets is causing a backlash in both Canada and Britain where jobs are under threat in Northern Ireland.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Bombardier trade dispute is separate from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement where she says great progress is being made but tough issues still lie ahead.

Having said that, Freeland concedes the Trump Administration is in her words "unconventional" with its America First stance.