December 2018

Data Breach May Have Affected Thousands

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2018 12:21 PM

The City of Saint John says a data breach involving its online parking ticket payment site may have impacted thousands of people since early 2017.

City officials first learned about the breach involving third-party software Click2Gov on Dec. 21 through media reports.

They shut down their payment site and contacted the provider, CentralSquare Technologies, who launched a forensic analysis.

First New Year's Day Ferry For Grand Manan

Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2018 15:38 PM

Grand Manan residents have received a late Christmas gift from the provincial government.

A new pilot project will see the Grand Manan ferry run on New Year's Day for the first time.

Dennis Greene, mayor of Grand Manan, said residents have been asking for New Year's Day service for nearly a decade.

Greene said a committee of representatives from the village and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure worked hard to make it happen.

Poli Sci Prof Reacts To Gallant's Resignation

Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2018 15:11 PM

Is the Liberal party gearing up for a provincial election sooner rather than later?

JP Lewis, an associate political science professor at UNB Saint John, believes it is possible.

Leader Brian Gallant announced last week he will resign at the party's next caucus meeting instead of waiting until after a leadership convention.

Lewis said he thinks the party is trying to get its house in order more quickly in the event of an election.

Top Baby Names For 2018

Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2018 14:56 PM

New Brunswick has released the top baby names for 2018 — and they are quite similar to 2017.

The top five names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Amelia and Avery.

In 2017, they were Emma, Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte and Sophia.

The top boy names for 2018 were William, Liam, Noah, Oliver and Jack.

Last year's most popular boy names were Liam, Noah, Benjamin, Logan and William.

Bomb Threat At Moncton Church

Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:22 AM

A Moncton church had to be evacuated over the noon hour on Saturday after a bomb threat was called in to Codiac RCMP.

Sgt. Dan Poirier said someone phoned police stating there were bombs inside the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Salisbury Road.

Poirier said officers searched the area but did not find any explosives inside or outside the church.

Heavily-armed officers wearing body armour and carrying rifles could be seen around the building for about an hour.

Poirier was unsure how many people were inside but said there were 20 to 30 cars in the parking lot.

Snow Expected For New Year's Day

Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2018 06:36 AM

If you have travel plans for New Year's Day, you will want to keep an eye on the forecast.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, warning of up to 15 centimetres of snow for Tuesday.

"A low pressure system over the Great Lakes on Monday will advance eastward toward the Maritimes on Tuesday," the statement reads.

Forecasters say snow will begin over western New Brunswick just after midnight Monday night and spread eastward by Tuesday morning.

2018 Saw Above-Average Hurricane Season

Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2018 14:32 PM

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season ended up being slightly above-average, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

Meteorologist Bob Robichaud said a typical season would see 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two or three "major" hurricanes.

"We had a total of 15 named storms in the Atlantic," Robichaud said. "Of those 15, eight made it to hurricane status and two of those hurricanes made it to 'major' hurricane status."

Hurricane Florence caused severe damage in the Carolinas in September and Hurricane Michael battered the Florida Panhandle in October.

What Does Gallant's Future Hold?

Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:36 PM

Early in the new year, Brian Gallant will be stepping down as Liberal leader and plans to leave political life behind.

During a news conference on Friday, Gallant said he has no plans at the moment.

"I'm looking forward to the tail-end of the holidays to relax a little bit, reconnect a bit more with my friends and family, and certainly look forward to future opportunities," Gallant said.