National Newswatch

Nova Scotia declares state of emergency to deal with COVID-19 cases

Mar 22 2020 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — FREDERICTON — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has declared a provincial state of emergency because he says some people are blatantly ignoring requirements for social distancing and self-isolation during the COVID-19 outbreak. McNeil said while most people are obliging, there were many reports of large groups over the weekend. "Hundreds gathering on our beaches and in […]

N.B. Tories survive budget vote as parties unite over coronavirus concerns

Mar 13 2020 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's minority Progressive Conservative government has survived a confidence vote on its provincial budget as members of the legislature set aside partisan differences to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote was expected to take place next week, but all four party leaders agreed to hold it Friday amid coronavirus concerns in the province, and […]

New Brunswick government tables surplus budget amid political sabre rattling

Mar 10 2020 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's governing Progressive Conservatives tabled a $10.2-billion budget Tuesday that could prove to be their undoing, given their tenuous minority in the legislature. Finance Minister Ernie Steeves presented the surplus budget as the Opposition Liberals promised to vote against it in a bid to topple the 17-month-old government led by Premier Blaine Higgs. Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers said the Higgs […]

New Brunswick premier admits ‘gaps’ in scrapped plan for overnight ER closures

Feb 17 2020 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says criticism of his government's decision to close emergency rooms overnight in six community hospitals exposed serious gaps in the plan and led him to reverse course. "I can't in good conscience move forward without addressing the concerns and fears that have been brought to light," Higgs told a news […]

‘Chicken Bones’ liqueur made with distinctive Maritime candy a hit in N.B.

Dec 11 2019 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — FREDERICTON — For generations, the pink hard candy known as Chicken Bones has been a Christmas treat in the Maritimes, and now a new drink that draws inspiration from the candy's distinct flavour is in big demand this holiday season. Moonshine Creek Distillery in Waterville, N.B., has partnered with St. Stephen-based candymaker Ganong to produce Chicken Bones Liqueur — combining […]

After knife attack on Appalachian Trail, Canadian hiker shares plan to finish trek

Dec 9 2019 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — MONCTON, N.B. — Kirby Morrill has loved sports since she was a young girl. At the University of New Brunswick, she was a rugby star, celebrated for her "off-the-charts" tackling. But for close to a decade she had dreamed of another physical achievement — hiking the 3,500-kilometre Appalachian Trail. Stretching from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount […]

N.B. doctor guilty of misconduct in U.K. after online chat with cop posing as teen

Nov 15 2019 — Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press — FREDERICTON — A family doctor who now practises in New Brunswick has been found guilty of misconduct by a professional tribunal in the United Kingdom after making "sexually motivated" remarks to someone who identified herself a 13-year-old girl. The person he was conversing with in an internet chat room, by text message and on WhatsApp was actually a […]