Greater Moncton Weather: (Extended forecast HERE)
Today: A couple of cms of light snow. High minus 3.
Tonight: Another couple of cms of light snow mixed with rain. Temperature rising to plus 1 this evening then falling.
Tomorrow: Mainly sunny. Windy. Temperature steady near minus 3.
Rendering of the new Hyatt Regency hotel slated for the #Moncton downtown events centre released tonight at city council meeting. Construction begins 2018 with completion 2020-21 at a cost of $20-25 million. pic.twitter.com/4TNfM2IwKO
— Maritime Tweeters (@NBTweeters) December 19, 2017
There’s going to be a big, fancy hotel next to the new Downtown Events Centre. The City of Moncton announced at council last night that they have reached an agreement to sell land next to the centre to the Corey Craig Group…that’s the company that owns all of the Tim Horton’s around here. Corey Craig say they have partnered with Hyatt and will be building a hotel with approximately 120 rooms. There will also be a pub and restaurant, retail spaces, and parking. The city says that Corey Craig is paying $3 million for the land.
Moncton City Council approved the city’s $154 million operating budget last night. Taxes are not going up. Council voted 7-3 in favour of the budget…Shawn Crossman, Bryan Butler, & Paul Pellerin voted against it. Councillor Butler actually made a motion to give city residents a 1 cent tax reduction per $100 of assessed property value…that was voted down by the same 7-3 margin that it took to pass the budget. (great article about this in the times & transcript from Shane Magee)
Also at council last night the City announced an agreement to develop a new community centre in the North End with the YMCA. The planned location is on City of Moncton-owned property located on Twin Oaks Drive where it intersects with the Northwest Trail. The City will contribute $6 million…and the YMCA will launch a $3 million capital campaign.
Council was also told last night by city staff that it might cost $16 million over 25 years to keep the Moncton Coliseum open. They’re looking at options including operating it in it’s current state including the ice surface for recreational use, another option is to eliminate the ice area and operate it only as a trade show destination. City staff say that demolition isn’t a viable option. Whatever they do with it they won’t need nearly as much parking…so a portion of the property will be redeveloped. The presentation last night at coucil stated that the 120,000 square foot coliseum and agrena is Atlantic Canada’s #1 trade show facility.
— RCMP New Brunswick (@RCMPNB) December 18, 2017
Police are looking for your help after a shooting on the weekend in Pointe-du-Chêne over the weekend. Early Sunday morning, shortly before 3:30 am…RCMP say that they were called to a residence on on King George Street…A woman was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound…she was treated for minor injuries and released. Three individuals who were at the residence at the time of the incident were taken into custody and later released. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Shediac RCMP at 506-533-5151. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP212 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.
Fill the Bus 2017 https://t.co/4ViwQ3mFTu
— Anglophone East (@AnglophoneEast) December 18, 2017
Food Depot Alimentaire needs your help with it’s Christmas Food Box program…As of last night they only have donations to fill 950 boxes and they need 1800. Boxes are packed tonight and delivered tomorrow.
— RCMP New Brunswick (@RCMPNB) December 18, 2017
The 20th annual Guns & Hoses blood drive happens tomorrow at Canadian Blood Services on Mapleton. Codiac RCMP and Moncton Fire Department encourage you to get out and give the gift of life!
— CTV Atlantic (@CTVAtlantic) December 18, 2017
New Brunswick’s families & children minister Stephen Horsman wants New Brunswickers to invite somebody to Christmas dinner. He’s asking us to reach out to people who might be alone for the holidays. He says we could invite someone over for Christmas dinner, or just check in on them. Maybe if you’re going to visit a relative or a friend in a care home you could take and some extra flowers or a gift for someone else there. Minister Horsman says: “During the festive season, let us make sure everyone has someone to share the holidays with.”
The Moncton Wildcats have one win in their last 13 games…so yesterday they made a whopper of a trade…The Cats sent their 1st and 2nd round draft picks for next year to Shawinigan in exchange for the Cataractes captain…6’4″ 192 pound defenceman Gabriel Sylvestre. Moncton’s GM Roger Shannon tells the Times & Transcript that the 19 year old Sylvestre is a shot blocker, a penalty killer, and a high character player that will make the other Cats defencemen better just by being on the ice. Moncton has been the third worst defensive team in the Q this season.
The #NBLC is pleased to announce that Terry Thomas of @TheMonctonMagic & @charleshinkle of the @stjohnsedge have been named Players of the Week!
Details here: https://t.co/IeskgEX9Jy#AllOne ??? pic.twitter.com/WM7dEFBIKA
— NBL Canada (@NBLCanada) December 18, 2017
The Moncton Magic’s Terry Thomas has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week by the National Basketball League of Canada! The Magic play back to back games tonight & tomorrow in Cape Breton.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) December 19, 2017
NHL scores from last night…Boston & Edmonton both winners…Pittsburgh lost in Colorado. NFL Monday night football: Atlanta got by Tampa 24-21.
Get all the scores HERE.