Monday, June 10 2013
Point la Nim Man Arrested
By: Irene Doyle
Dalhousie RCMP have arrested a 43-year-old man and seized contraband cigarettes and drugs.
During the early morning hours of June 5, 2013, RCMP stopped a taxi operated by a man from Point La Nim. The driver was arrested during the traffic stop for possession of illegal cigarettes. Police later executed a search warrant for his vehicle and seized a quantity of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and a rifle.
The man was released on conditions to appear in court at a later date.
Wednesday, June 5 2013
Six Arrested In Connection With Break and Enters
By: Irene Doyle
Six people, including two adults and four youth, have been arrested in connection with two recent break and enters at a sporting outfitter store in Campbellton, N.B.
The break and enters occurred on May 5 and May 15, 2013, at Pro X Sports on Roseberry Street. On both occasions, individuals gained access to the store by breaking a side window. Various items and clothing were stolen.
Five people were arrested on May 17, and a sixth was arrested on June 4. Those arrested range in age from 14 to 20 years old. Five are from Campbellton and one is from Dundee.
All six people have been released on promises to appear in court at later dates.
Wednesday, June 5 2013
Balmoral Man Arrested
By: Irene Doyle
Campbellton RCMP have arrested a Balmoral, N.B. man in connection with an ongoing investigation of thefts in northeastern New Brunswick.
RCMP arrested a 44-year-old man on June 4, 2013 in connection with break and enters that occurred in Balmoral and Dundee. He faces nine charges and is scheduled to appear in court on June 5.
Police also recovered jewelry, two all terrain vehicles, hunting camera, and other assorted items.
The investigation is continuing.
Friday, May 3 2013
Man Charged With Threats to School
By: Irene Doyle
A 25-year-old Kedgwick man has been charged in connection with a police investigation into alleged threats made towards students of a northwestern New Brunswick high school.
On May 3, 2013, 25-year-old Gino DeGrace appeared in Campbellton Provincial Court and was charged with uttering threats and possession of prohibited weapons. Police allege DeGrace made threats to harm students at the A.J. Savoie High School in Saint-Quentin.
The RCMP was made aware of the potential threat on March 6, 2013, at which point police began monitoring the activities of a suspect and gathering evidence. Gino DeGrace was arrested on April 4, when police executed a search warrant at a home in Kedgwick. He was charged with an unrelated firearms offence and has been in custody ever since. During this time, the RCMP continued its investigation into the alleged threats, which led to the charges laid today.
"As soon as the RCMP received information about a possible threat uttered against school students, immediate action was taken to thoroughly investigate the alleged threat," says Cpl. Chantal Farrah of the New Brunswick RCMP. "That included gathering evidence and monitoring the suspect's activities."
He will remain in custody until a bail hearing, scheduled for May 10, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., in Campbellton Provincial Court.
Friday, April 26 2013
Two Saint-Quentin People Arrested
By: Irene Doyle
Saint-Quentin RCMP members executed a search warrant at a residence on Canada Street, in Saint-Quentin, N.B.
On April 25, 2013, RCMP seized close to 37 marihuana plants as well as several pounds of marihuana and drug paraphernalia.
A 49-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, both of Saint-Quentin, were arrested and will face drug-related charges. They have been released from custody on conditions and will appear in court at a later date.
Monday, April 1 2013
Budget Addresses Deficit and Economy Through Balanced Approach
By: Irene Doyle
FREDERICTON (GNB) - The provincial government today tabled its 2013-14 budget, which makes strategic investments to strengthen the economy while addressing the provincial deficit with spending efficiencies and revenue initiatives.
"We are committed to correcting the province's structural deficit, which was created by poor management decisions in the past and worsened by the sluggish global economy," said Finance Minister Blaine Higgs. "While we need to take action on our declining revenues, we will also continue to manage taxpayers' dollars smarter and strengthen the economy today so that we can have a brighter future."
For 2013-14, the province is projecting a total deficit of $478.7 million. Excluding an unusual one-time pension expense of $110 million, an operational deficit of $368.7 million is projected. Even with the new measures in this budget, revenues are expected to increase by only 1.8 per cent in 2013-14 over 2012-13 third-quarter estimates to $7.994 billion. At the same time, expense pressures continued to increase over the past year. The province will address this shortfall by finding more spending efficiencies and bringing in new revenue.
This budget includes more than $230 million in spending-reduction initiatives across departments that are designed to offset inflationary pressures, allow for important new investments to position New Brunswick for a brighter future, and keep departmental spending virtually flat. Excluding the one-time pension cost, total expenses in 2013-14 are increasing by just one per cent over 2012-13 third-quarter mainly due to new investments, compared to the 4.4 per cent average annual expense growth over the previous nine years.
Reviews are underway in the departments of Health, Education and Early Childhood Development, Social Development, and Transportation and Infrastructure to identify efficiencies in service delivery.
"New Brunswickers who are being asked to contribute a little more in this budget need to be assured that we are committed to spending their tax dollars prudently," said Higgs, "Various efficiency measures have been rolled out across all departmental budgets to offset inflationary and service demand pressures and to allow for select new investments."
Savings are allowing for a select number of new investments totalling $70 million to be made in 2013-14 including:
● $16 million in 2013-14 as part of a five-year, $80-million investment in innovation in order to jump start the economy;
● the establishment of the new Energy Institute;
● increases for a number of poverty-reduction initiatives including social assistance rate increases and improvements;
● additional funding for special care homes, specialized care beds, and community residences and funding for the nursing home renovation and replacement plan;
● the continued roll-out of the diabetes and mental health strategies; and
● increased funding for early childhood development.
Given the current fiscal situation, further tax measures will be introduced to balance revenues and spending for a more sustainable budget. Personal and corporate income tax rate reductions introduced in previous years and which were never offset by new tax measures have created a large fiscal hole in the province's budget. These measures will therefore be rolled back to move toward restoring balance between expenditures and revenues.
Effective July 1, 2013, personal income tax rates will be returned to the rates that applied in 2006. While these rates are higher than those that are currently in place, the 2006 personal income tax rates are significantly lower than the rates that were in effect for 2007 and 2008. Reverting to the 2006 rates will mean the largest percentage increases for people in the top two income brackets making $77,900 to $126,662 and over.
New Brunswick's personal income taxes will remain lower than those in the other Maritime provinces and Quebec.
Effective July 1, 2013, the general corporate income tax rate will also be increased from 10 per cent to 12 per cent to ensure businesses also contribute to addressing the province's fiscal challenges.
New Brunswick will continue to have the lowest general corporate income tax rate in Atlantic Canada.
"Returning to the 2006 personal income tax rates and increasing corporate tax rates will help us to address the deficit while allowing for needed growth in the economy," said Higgs. "New Brunswick has a bright future. We are making management decisions today that will guide us through this economic downturn and, as we have done in previous times of recession, emerge stronger."
The 2013-14 budget is a reflection of the public's input and assistance. The provincial government received ideas through a revamped Taxpayers FIRST website on how to raise revenues and deliver public services more efficiently and effectively.
Managing smarter with increased accountability
In 2013-14 the province will bring forward changes to make the government more accountable including:
● Modernizing and clarifying the authority of the auditor general. The auditor general has an important independent role to play in holding government accountable, and increased focus on value-for-money audits is one of many areas for exploration.
● Identifying and introducing a process to increase transparency and accountability in election commitments and ensure New Brunswickers are aware of the cost of election promises.
● Improving government's risk-management practices of its loans and grants to businesses and reducing the risks of providing financial assistance to industry on a file-by-file basis.
Managing human resources smarter
Wages and benefits paid to public-service employees exceed $2.4 billion and represent one of the provincial government's largest expenses. To contain costs associated with salaries and promote fairness in the workplace, the provincial government will:
● Continue with the three-year plan to save $86 million by reducing the size of the public service through attrition and replacing only critical positions. The size of the public service was decreased by 637 in 2012-13.
● Phase-out the retirement allowance for public servants, which currently costs the province about $52 million per year.
● Institute an Attendance Management program for a 20 per cent reduction in sick-leave usage by March 31, 2015, resulting in savings of about $20 million.
Finding efficiencies through continuous improvement and performance excellence
Efficiencies from corporate, departmental and other program initiatives have reduced originally projected spending levels. The government will find the following efficiencies:
● Reviewing the usage and cost effectiveness of all government vehicles, including executive vehicles, with the goal of reducing expenses by 10 per cent.
● Putting the government airplane up for sale.
● Absorbing growth in health care without compromising clinical services.
● Capping Medicare billings at $425 million for the next two years and reviewing all of the financial incentives related to the recruitment and retention of physicians.
● Reducing the price of generic drugs to 25 per cent of brand price effective June 1, and the dispensing fees paid to pharmacies will be adjusted to specify frequency of dispensing timelines for various pharmaceuticals for a saving of $7 million.
● Working with the regional health authorities to explore management opportunities and introduce service efficiencies in non-clinical areas such as food and housekeeping services inside New Brunswick's hospitals. FacilicorpNB will be looking for similar savings opportunities in the area of hospital-based laundries.
● Continuing the implementation of the Department of Natural Resources program improvement efforts.
● No increase in funding to public universities, the New Brunswick Community College and the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick with the expectation that they continue to seek operational efficiencies, and that any tuition increases will be capped at $150.
Managing smarter by realigning revenues with spending
Revenue measures estimated at $168 million will start the process of realigning revenues and spending. Effective July 1, 2013, personal income tax rates will be returned to the rates that applied in 2006. While these rates are higher than those that are currently in place, the 2006 personal income tax rates are significantly lower than the rates that were in effect for 2007 and 2008. New Brunswick's personal income taxes will remain lower than those in the other Maritime provinces and Quebec.
The rates will be as follows:
● 9.1 per cent to 9.68 per cent on the first tax bracket (up to $38,954);
● 12.1 per cent to 14.82 per cent on the second tax bracket (from $38,954 to $77,908);
● 12.4 per cent to 16.52 per cent on the third tax bracket (from $77,908 to $126,662), and;
● 14.3 per cent to 17.84 per cent on the fourth tax bracket (over $126,662).
For example, for a single individual with taxable income of $40,000, this tax increase represents a modest increase of about $6 on a biweekly basis in New Brunswick personal income taxes in 2014.
For a one-earner family of two with taxable income of $80,000, this represents an increase of approximately $47 on a biweekly basis in New Brunswick personal income taxes in 2014.
In addition, the enhancements to the Low-Income Tax Reduction that were announced in 2009 will continue in the interest of helping protect lower-income New Brunswickers from the tax rate increases in this budget. This means that for 2013, single individuals with incomes up to $15,667 pay no provincial income tax and one-earner families with incomes up to $27,779 pay no provincial income tax. Also, single individuals with incomes up to $35,334 and one-earner families with incomes up to $55,000 will continue to receive benefit from the Low-Income Tax Reduction.
To ensure businesses also contribute to addressing the fiscal challenge, New Brunswick's general corporate income tax rate will also be increased. Effective July 1, 2013, the general corporate income tax rate will increase from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. This measure will generate approximately $17 million in additional revenues in 2013-14 and $22 million in 2014-15. New Brunswick will continue to have the lowest general corporate income tax rate in Atlantic Canada.
Effective midnight tonight, the tobacco tax rate on cigarettes will be increased by 2 cents per cigarette or 50 cents per package of 25 cigarettes. The tax rate on other tobacco products such as loose tobacco will be increased to 19 cents per gram. At the same time, the tax on cigars is being increased to 75 per cent of the normal retail price.
Multi-year plan toward balanced budgets
The government has tabled a three-year plan that shows deficits of $271 million in 2014-15 and $102 million in 2015-16. With improved economic growth and revenues, returning to balance by 2015-16 is achievable.
Tuesday, March 12 2013
Saint Quentin Man Sentenced
By: Irene Doyle
A Saint-Quentin, N.B., man has been sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking, entering and committing an indictable offence, and one year for being disguised with intent to commit an offence.
27-year-old Camil Bujold appeared in Campbellton Provincial Court for sentencing on March 11, 2013.
Bujold was charged in connection with a home invasion and sexual assault that occurred on August 16, 2012, in Saint-Quentin. He had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Thursday, June 10 2004
Margaret Goes To Buffalo......
By: Irene Doyle
Margaret Doyle came back from Buffalo, New York with a very satisfied feeling.
Margaret who has been the judo teacher for the Campbellton Judo club for some time now, inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame last year, has gone one step further by refereeing during an International Judo competition in Buffalo, New York during the weekend of May 29-30.
The AM/CAN competition was attended by judo clubs from Germany, France, Britain, Bosnia, Russia and Canada to name a few. A total of 567 competitors took part in the combats during the Saturday event and on Sunday there were 346.
There were 63 referees who took part in the even and only 4 were women, seen on the photo is Michelle Garnhum, Margaret Gallant-Doyle and Sandra McDonald, missing on photo, the other woman referee was from the US.
Margaret says it was the best experience she ever had in her life and is anxious for next year's competition to take place so she can take part again.
Friday, May 14 2004
Restigouche Sports Has New Web Site
By: Irene Doyle
RESTIGOUCHE: The Restigouche Sports Development Council now has its own website.
The new site was launched at the Symposium held last month and sports organisations can now have their upcoming events placed on this site, on the sports calendar.
Other features of the site are sports news, a list of Restigouche sports organisations, with contact person and information, etc..
Anyone having information they wish added to the site can find a contact email, person and number on the site at:
Monday, May 3 2004
Ex local girl takes team to Nationals
By: Irene Doyle
NB: Here are the results for the NB team, they competed in Charlottetown, PEI
last week at the National Junior Racquetball Tournament. It was a tough one
for some as they went against some pretty tough competition in their first
or second round of play. Some background information:
Gold is the highest division, if you are beaten in this one you drop down to
Beaten in Blue, drop down to Red
Beaten in Red, drop down to White
Jeremy Ackerson, 18 and under boys division
Match 1 Defeated Tommy Desbien, QC (5th seed) 15-6, 15-4
Match 2 Defeated Andrew Brown, PEI (not seeded) 15-2, 15-8
Match 3 (Semi-final Gold division) Defeated by James Landeryou (2nd seed)
Finished 6th place overall in Canada in the 18 and under Gold division (6
out of 16)
Doubles match play
He was teamed up with Francois Messier, PQ
They lost there first match which dropped them down to the RED division,
they defeated Andrew Brown/Mark Brown, PEI in semi final play (15-11, 15-7)
but lost in the final to Adam Lazzaro/Ian Miller-Page, NFLD.
Overall finish: 2nd place in 18 and under Red division
Sean Ackerson, 14 and under boys division
Overall finish: 4th place in the 14 and under White division
Matthew Brinson, 14 and under boys division
Overall finish: 8th place finish in the 14 and under Red division
Erica McInnis, 14 and under girls division
Overall finish: 3rd place finish in the 14 and under White division
Cassian Ferlatte, 12 and under boys division
First round bye
Match 1 Defeated Spencer Running, SK (4th seed) 13-15, 15-6, 11-8
Match 2 Defeated Lucas Robinson, SK (6th seed) 15-9, 15-2
Match 3 (Semi final round) Defeated by Logan Hordyski (1st seed) in tie
breaker 15-17, 16-14, 8-11
Match 4 Defeated by Tanner Mattson, BC in tie breaker 15-5, 13-15, 0-11
Overall finish: 4th place finish in the 12 and under Gold division (4 out of
Cassian also played in the 14 and under boys division, where he finished
NB Team Coach