April 10, 2019 | by: markfirth



A fire has destroyed a shoe repair business in Dalhousie.

Firefighters were called to the Lepage Shoe Repair
building on Adelaide Street shortly after 11pm Sunday.

About 20 firefighters worked through the night to keep the blaze from
spreading to neighboring buildings, including the Lions Club.,

However, the shoe repair building itself was completely gutted.

Robert Lepage ran his shoe repair business out of the building for years but
had recently sold it.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.


Presbyterians in Campbellton are getting ready to bid farewell to the Knox
Presbyterian Church.

While the congregation will continue a shared ministry with the First United
Church, the Knox Presbyterian Church itself is in the process of being sold.

The congregation is holding a commemoration service to bid farewell to the
church on Aberdeen Street this Sunday, April 14th at 4pm – and everyone is
welcome to attend.

NB/MIR-Atcon appeal

The Higgs Government will appeal a judge’s decision in February that tossed
out a lawsuit against the accounting firm that handled the Atcon file.

Brunswick News reports A judge dismissed the lawsuit against the Grant
Thornton accounting firm that handled Atcon’s bankruptcy – saying the
government waited too long to pursue legal action. The case involved the 2010
bankruptcy of the Atcon group which cost the provincial tax payers  $80
million in government loan guarantees. The province is arguing Grant Thornton
gave it incorrect information and should be liable for $50 million of that

NB/SJ-Lepreau insurance settlement

It looks as if NB Power has settled a dispute with insurance companies over
the cost overruns during the refurbishment of Point Lepreau several years ago.

NB Power was claiming $329 million but apparently settled for $160 million,
according to CBC which got its hands on financial details that were 
inadvertently released by the utility.

Despite that, Utility spokesman Marc Belliveau refused to confirm the numbers
in an email to CBC saying they believe keeping this information confidential
is in the best interest of customers as they continue to work through the
remaining litigation.


Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board have removed broken
railway equipment from the scene of a train derailment last week near

Two cars from a Via Rail passenger train went off the tracks last Thursday

No one was hurt.

The train was bound for Halifax and was carrying 94 passengers and crew. IT
was the second Via Rail train to derail on the Halifax to Montreal route in
just a matter of weeks. Late last month equipment left by repaire crews on
the tracks derailed and damaged a Via Rail train in Debert, NS.


Sentencing has been postponed for a New Brunswick man who pleaded guilty to
leaving his dog to starve to death.

The defence is asking for a sentence of 90 days after Kyle Springer pleaded
guilty in Woodstock provincial court in January to animal cruelty — while
the Crown is seeking a term of five to six months.

CTV reports .. the court was told Springer’s dog Diesel was found emaciated
in a fetal position in a rented mobile home in 2015 when the landlord checked
on the property after ordering Springer out due to overdue rent.

The judge says he needs more time to think about the case and no decision
will be made on the sentence until April 18th.


THe RCMP are investigating the armed robbery of a pharmacy in Moncton last

Police say shortly after 930 am on April 3rd, a masked man armed with a knife
entered the Medicinne Shoppe on Mapleton Road and fled with an unknown
quantity of prescription drugs.

The suspect is described as about 6 feet tall, between 150 and 179 pound, and
speaks english with no accent.

He was wearing all black, including a black mask and sunglasses. 


It appears Kevin Vickers will be the next leader of the provincial Liberals
after his only opponent for the job announced he was dropping out.

Rene Ephestion of Moncton has announced over facebook he’s no longer running
– but didn’t give a reason for the decision.
Instead he just thanked supporters for the experience and wished Vickers good

It hadn’t even been clear if Ephestion was going to be eligible to become
leader, as the carribean transplant still hadn’t officially obtained his
Canadian Citizenship.

It appear Vikers, the Miramichi area native and one time hero of Parliament
hill, will now win the Liberal’s top job by acclimation when the party holds
it convention in Saint John this summer.