January 2018

Upcoming Cruise Season Will See 19-Percent Increase In Passengers

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 13:27 PM

The upcoming cruise season will be a busy one with a 13-percent increase in the number of cruise ship calls over last year.

It's the 30th cruise season at Port Saint John and it begins on May 1 when the Marina sails into the harbour and finishes up on November 2 with the Seven Seas Navigator.

There are 75 ships slated to visit the city bringing a total of 246,000 and crew. That is an increase of 19-percent in passengers over 2017.

Port Saint John president Jim Quinn says in a release that this year they will have their fourth consecutive year of growth.

Mayors In KV, Grand Bay-Westfield Not Interested In Amalgamation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 13:13 PM

It's a hard pass from the mayors of the outlying communities in Greater Saint John to the idea of amalgamation to form one regional municipality.

Rothesay is dead set against any amalgamation according to mayor Nancy Grant who tells CHSJ News she can never see the province forcing it or introducing any legislation about it.

"I don't think that could possibly happen without discussion at the community level. So that's my position on that, we don't even have a business case for amalgamation at this point. We have nothing," says Grant. "Bigger is not always better."

City Will Ask Province To Study Greater Saint John Amalgamation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:23 PM

Common Council will ask the province to investigate amalgamating the greater Saint John area into one municipality.

The motion was introduced last night by Coun. Ray Strowbridge and was passed by an 8-2 vote.

Coun. Donna Reardon voted in favour of the motion, but had some hesitations.

"I guess if I were going to be asking the province to consider this, I'd want to have my ducks in order and make sure that my house is running as well as it could be, and I think we're on that trajectory right now," says Reardon.

Agricultural Alliance Getting Set For AGM in Fredericton

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:39 AM

The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick has a number of issues to bring to the province during its annual general meeting this week in Fredericton.

Alliance President Mike Bouma says they will hear from the provincial Agriculture Minister Andrew Harvey on Thursday and they have concerns for him to look into including issues regarding road safety and repairs and an unfair levy slapped onto local food producers when they sell to certain stores, beyond their 10 percent threshold.

Mayor Says Many Lessons To Be Learned From Butane Leak

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:27 AM

There will be many lessons learned from last week's butane leak in east Saint John.

That from Mayor Don Darling, who took the chance at last night's Common Council to thank first responders who dealt with the incident.

Darling says it's fortunate there were no injuries or property damage.

"We'll be working through a post-event review, including lessons learned, opportunities for the future to get an account of our costs," says Darling.

The mayor also says that it's important to look at integrated response plans with industry.

Black Ice Wreaking Havoc In The Region

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 09:32 AM

Our road warriors letting us know about some tricky driving this morning.

Freezing rain is causing some problems today.

Conditions are slippery in parking lots, sidewalks, roads and on the highway.

We heard from a woman in Bayswater who was heading to Fredericton but turned back because of black ice all over the Kingston Peninsula.

She decided to turn back after slipping and sliding in her 4-wheel drive vehicle.

A vehicle has done a 360 on the Rothesay Avenue overpass in the eastbound lane. The vehicle hit the median.

Stabbing Incident in Saint John Under Investigation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:15 AM

Saint John Police are investigating after a stabbing incident on Bonita Avenue.

Police were called to a dispute involving two males from two separate apartments who were apparently fighting in the hallway.

Officers spoke with one of the men and although the 19 year old male had cuts on his hands he refused medical attention.

About 2 hours later police were called back to the same apartment, this time they found the door kicked in and the 19 year old man was suffering non-life threatening stab wounds to his hip.

Damage Report Line Now Open For NBers Who Suffered Flood Related Issues

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 06:22 AM

If you are one of many residents who saw damages in connection with the extreme rainfall over the weekend, you can now file a report to the provincial government..

Residents, tenants, small businesses and not for profit organizations can receive information and also register their flood related damage through the Damage Report Line.

The Department of Environment and Local Government will be providing free water testing for New Brunswickers affected by flooding.

Common Council Halts Proposal To Rezone Land In Rockwood Park

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 00:02 AM

A victory for those opposed to potential development in Rockwood Park in Saint John.

Common Council voting 6-4 tonight to halt a controversial plan to rezone 1671 Sandy Point Road from park to mid-rise residential.

The proposed re-zoning was on the agenda so council could decide whether to forward it to the Planning Advisory Committee for a report.

But councillor Gary Sullivan introduced a motion to stop the process, saying there was simply too much public opposition.