February 2018

1,300 Workers Recruited Since March 2017 Under Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Minister Dominic LeBlanc

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 18:33 PM

Federal and provincial politicians met in Moncton this week to update progress on the Atlantic Growth Strategy, launched July 2016, that's designed to create jobs as well as attract and keep skilled workers.

Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc says since the Atlantic Immigration Pilot began in March 2017, nearly 900 Atlantic Canadian companies have been designated to employ skilled foreign workers and international graduates.

Who Needs Work? Nordia To Add 140 Jobs In Saint John This Year

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 17:53 PM

Need a job? Nordia is growing after securing a new national contract.

The Saint John centre on Prince Edward Street is adding another 140 jobs this year.

Nordia's Phillp van Leeuwen tells us they are hosting a career day next Wednesday from 11am to 730pm at the centre on Prince Edward Street.

"It's not necessarily an easy job sometimes dealing with customers," van Leeuwen says, "so we spend a lot of money on our facilities. Our Saint John facility is really spectacular."

TD Canada Trust Closing West Saint John Branch

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 16:30 PM

The west side branch of TD Canada Trust is closing its doors this June.

In a letter to its customers, TD Canada Trust says it's closing the branch at 78 Main Street West as of June 22.

The letter says anyone with accounts there will have a smooth transition to the uptown branch at 44 Chipman Hill.

The branch will close for good at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

Our newsroom has reached out to the bank to find out what will happen to the employees who work at the west Saint John branch.

Lots Of Water Discussion Between Tonight And Thursday

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 16:26 PM

West side water will be the topic of discussion at a special Common Council meeting tonight.

The meeting was called by Mayor Don Darling to give an update on the matter.

We're also expected to learn more tonight about follow-up information sessions for west side residents on the water issues.

The city has received more than 100 reports of leaking pipes since switching the west side water source to the South Bay Wellfield in September.

Freezing Rain Warning In Effect For East And North Of Saint John

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 13:22 PM

There will be a mixed bag of precipitation for areas east of Saint John starting late this evening and into the overnight. Environment Canada says Saint John will get rain but that is not the case as you head east or north, it will be light freezing rain for a couple of hours late this evening and after midnight. Well before morning the temperature will rise and the Saint John area will get 5 to 10 mm of rain and a high around plus 10 for Wednesday.

Believe It Or Not? It Has Been A Good Year For Snowmobile Enthusiasts

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:56 PM

It's a been an odd winter so far, with snow, and rain or both, but that hasn't really had any major impact on snowmobiling.

"Very deceiving, you drive the highway between Saint John and Sussex and you would think there's no winter whatsoever" says Ross Antworth of the NB Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.

The northern part of the province is totally different " If you go to Campbellton they've go so much snow, I am sure they are thinking of pushing it into the bay" according to Antworth.

Mechanical Issue Brings Picton Castle Back Home

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:15 PM

Lunenburg's sailing ambassador is back in port.

Picton Castle was on its way to Bermuda when a mechanical issue forced the ship to turn around.

Chief Operations Officer Maggie Ostler says they were about a day away when the problem was discovered.

"Being winter in the North Atlantic, we decided that wasn't really the place to hang out and try and figure out what the problem was. So Picton Castle turned around."

Ostler says the problem is minor.

Gas Smell Leads To An Expected Break For North End Workers

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:08 PM

An unexpected mid-morning break for workers at Hilyard Place on Main Street.

At least 25 workers were evacuated as a precaution after reports of a possible natural gas leak in the building.

Many people stood around chatting while they waited for the all clear and many were happy it's a mild day.

Fire crews arrived and couldn't find any readings.

Taxi Driver Charged With Impaired Driving

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 05:14 AM

The Kennebacasis Regional Police Force had to deal with an impaired driver on Family Day, but this was not just any driver, it was a working taxi driver.

UNB Student Off To Sri Lanka For 3 Months

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 13:35 PM

A University of New Brunswick PhD student is off to Sri Lanka as she continues her research on developing and implementing intergenerational cultural programs.

Stephany Peterson of Saint John will spend just over three months in the South Asian country as a visiting research scholar at the University of Colombo.

Peterson says the goal of her research is to find ways to connect elders and youth, so they can be a mutual resource to one another.

As part of her work, she'll be using a book written by Sri Lankans called Keerthihan's Kite.