Greater Moncton Weather: (Extended forecast HERE)
Today: A couple of cms of wet snow mixed with rain ending this afternoon. High +1.
Tonight: Cloudy with a chance of flurries this evening. Low -3.
Saturday: Cloudy with a chance of flurries or rain showers. High +4.
Sunday: Cloudy with a chance of flurries or rain showers. High 6.
— Times & Transcript (@TimesTranscript) April 19, 2018
The Times & Transcript is reporting that the province will release a report today stating that there is NOT a chronic water quality problem at Parlee Beach. The report states that of the nearly 150 days that water was tested between May and October of last year, the water was suitable for swimming 95% of the time. Despite the good ratings, Environment Minister Serge Rousselle will make an announcement in Shediac today detailing $760,000 in spending on the issue.
— CBC New Brunswick (@CBCNB) April 19, 2018
Everybody’s been wondering what’s going in the old Sears building at Champlain Mall…yesterday we found out that it’s going to be used by more than 1000 TD employees. A TD Bank Corporate finance operations centre is getting $8.8 million in forgivable loans to create 440 jobs over the next 7 years. They’ll share the former Sears space with a TD Business Services Centre that was announced last year that is supposed to employ 575 people. That’s getting $6.8 million in loans and more than $2 million for training.
YMCA of Greater Moncton’s ReConnect Street Intervention Program is struggling to find a new home. “It’s extremely frustrating,” says Lisa Ryan, interim director of the YMCA’s ReConnect program. “Many landlords want to help but are concerned about potential backlash from existing tenants because of our clientele. We’re still hoping to find a location that’s the right fit, especially since homelessness is a growing issue in Moncton and our services are needed more than ever.” The YMCA has operated the ReConnect program since 2001, including for the past three years from a building located behind the Canada Post office at 281 St. George Street. The Y learned March 22 that the building’s owner was terminating their lease early, on May 31 instead of at the end of 2018. Two weeks ago, YMCA ReConnect staff began hunting for a new, smaller location. The pending move has given the Y a chance to re-examine the program, resulting in a decision to focus more on outreach services and no longer offer a drop-in, says Ryan. (The final drop-in will take place April 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. with outreach continuing.) “Other organizations offer drop-in so our work will now centre on giving immediate support to youth, adults and seniors who are homeless or at risk of being homeless,” she says. “We’ll also continue to connect individuals in need to community and/or government resources in the areas of housing, education, employment and counselling.” YMCA ReConnect is hoping to find a small office space (300 to 500 square feet) in the downtown core, ideally with a single entrance. In addition to Ryan, two part-time Street Intervention Program workers staff ReConnect and visit thousands of clients annually. As a result of the move, ReConnect will have limited storage capacity and no longer accept some items previously collected, such as clothing and household goods, says Ryan. “Donations of those items can now be made at the Salvation Army, 1185 Mountain Road, Moncton, or the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 340 Dominion Street, Moncton,” she says.
YMCA ReConnect welcomes donations of the some items for use in hygiene kits that ReConnect outreach staff can distribute as needed. The following can be dropped off at the YMCA of Greater Moncton, 30 War Veterans Avenue, Moncton: Socks, Underwear (men and women), Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap / bodywash, Deodorant, Razors, Shaving cream, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Plastic or paper bags to package kits
As well, ReConnect welcomes donations of the following for use in ‘conversation starter’ kits that staff can distribute when visiting individuals sleeping in tents or unsafe areas: Granola bars, Trail mix / nuts, Canned meat, Hearty soups, Toilet paper, Gift cards from Tim Hortons ($5-$10), Gift cards to McDonalds ($5-10)
Other items accepted include gift cards to store such as Superstore, Sobeys and Wal-Mart where ReConnect staff can purchase supplies for kits mentioned above. As with the other donations, these items can be dropped off at the YMCA. The ReConnect Street Intervention Program is one of many community initiatives delivered by the YMCA of Greater Moncton, a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy communities. The YMCA of Greater Moncton, the City of Moncton, the New Brunswick Department of Social Development and Downtown Moncton Centreville Inc. fund the Y’s ReConnect program.
Get more info HERE.
— CTV Atlantic (@CTVAtlantic) April 19, 2018
Albert County’s Pine Glen Road has been voted one of Atlantic Canada’s worst…again! The Pine Glen finished 2nd overall for the second year in a row on the CAA’s survey of the worst roads in Atlantic Canada. University Avenue in Moncton finished eighth. This year’s survey got more than 4500 votes.
— Scott Sutherland⛈️??? (@ScottWx_TWN) April 19, 2018
After a breathtaking start, an exhausted Magic fade and fall to home-team Hurricanes 97-107.
Find the full game stats and recap at https://t.co/rAs7ZYrxaT
— The Moncton Magic (@TheMonctonMagic) April 20, 2018
The Moncton Magic were up by 17 on Halifax last night but couldn’t hang on and ended up losing game 1 of their second round playoff 107-97. Game two goes Saturday night in Nova Scotia…games three & four are back here at the Coliseum next Tuesday & Thursday.
The 40th annual Atlantic Classic Championships happen at Casino New Brunswick this weekend…about 160 bodybuilders, physique, fitness and bikini athletes will be competing on stage all day tomorrow and then there’s the gala show tomorrow night featuring the Gladiator Showdown…a competition between the top bodybuilders from around the region! The Atlantic Classic started back in 1978 in the Mathieu Martin High School auditorium…
(More info and purchase tickets HERE)
Brad Marchand, Jake DeBrusk score off odd-man rushes as #Bruins get past #MapleLeafs 3-1 in Game 4. Boston goes home with 3-1 series lead. #StanleyCup https://t.co/KAxhgjHYrv pic.twitter.com/cZWaxbV61F
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) April 20, 2018
Big league sports: In the NHL playoffs last night Boston beat Toronto 3-1…the Bruins have a 3-1 lead on the Leafs in that series. Washington beat Columbus 4-1. The Jays lost a close one 4-3 to the Yankees…The Red Sox beat the Angels. The Raptors are back in action in the NBA playoffs tonight in Washington…Toronto is up 2-0 in that series.
Get all the scores HERE.