March 2017

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Aims To Bring Thousands Of Immigrants To Fill Skills Gap

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 17:14 PM

A newly launched immigration program for Atlantic Canada is designed to bring around 2,000 immigrants and their families to the region over three years.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is the first program of its kind in Canada, and will help companies find immigrants with the right skillset to fill vacant jobs.

New Brunswick Immigration Minister Donald Arseneault says provincial employers have been warning governments about a skills gap for years.

He adds they've been accepting applications since March 6th.

NB Wine Industry Growing Rapidly

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 08:01 AM

Nova Scotia has traditionally been a Maritime leader in the wine industry but New Brunswick has shown promising growth in recent years.

Vins NB Wines says 16 producers in the southern portion of the province have been seeing a steady increase in sales.

Executive director Joe Gallant says having local wines in grocery stores is going to boost the industry even further.

"Right now the partnership we have with the grocery wine program in New Brunswick is probably the best partnership in the whole country.  So I think we will be catching up pretty quickly," he notes.

NB'ers Of All Ages May Struggle With Literacy

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 08:01 AM

With such low literacy rates in New Brunswick, people of all ages may be struggling with their reading and writing skills.

Through its Open Doors program, the Southeast Regional Adult Learning Board offers free GED training and literacy upgrading.

Board member Christine Manore says it's not always obvious who may need the help.

"We tend to think of youth and that is defintely an area of focus.  But there are lots of people who have managed to be quite succesful in life but who could really benefit from upgrading," she notes.

Conservation Council of New Brunswick Makes Recommendations For Post Ice Storm Analysis

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 14:16 PM

Public meetings are planned next week, as part of a review of government and community response to the ice storm that hit the province in January.

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick has their own ideas, as to what needs to be done,   before we are faced with another situation like this.

Property Tax Fiasco

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 13:07 PM

Opposition leader Blaine Higgs is calling it a major scandal. He's referring to the latest revelation on increases in property tax assessments.

Higgs read from an email that was sent by Service New Brunswick's Residential co-ordinator Matthew Johnson to 11 assessment officials which stated because there wasn't enough time to find out what, if any, renovations were carried out by March 1st, it was decided to invent renovation amounts for each home. Higgs is claiming this is a way to avoid the 10 per cent cap on any increase unless there are renovations.

Teen Arrested After Rollover In Moncton Region

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 08:21 AM

A 17-year-old boy from Cocagne has been arrested and will face charges in court today following a series of events in Moncton Thursday afternoon.

Codiac RCMP Sergeant Andre Pepin says police received reports about a young man with a gun in his pants near Lorne Street and Snow Avenue.

But  a search with a police dog turned up nothing.

Around 3:30, officers were called to a single vehicle rollover at Berry Mills Road and Edinburgh Drive.

Eyewitnesses told police the driver fled into the woods and his description matched the earlier call.

Norovirus Restricts Visits At Kent County Hospital

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:02 AM

The norovirus has forced the temporary suspension of visits at a Kent County Hospital.

The public will not be permitted in the medical unit of the Stella-Maris-de-Kent hospital.

The hospital is asking that anyone who is suffering from gastroenteritis symptoms, which includes vomiting and diarrhea, not to go to the hospital to visit inpatients until 48 hours after their symptoms has disappeared.

Minimum Wage To Rise In NB On April 1st

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 06:43 AM

If you are someone who earns a minimum wage, here's a hike that you might appreciate.

The minimum wage will rise tomorrow for the third time since 2014.

It will increase from $10.65 to $11 dollars.

The provincial government's decision to increase the minimum wage honours a commitment made under the government’s poverty reduction plan.