This Week in New Brunswick

Ice storm causes mass power outages

Thousands in northeastern New Brunswick are still without power after a major ice storm last week caused damage and dangerous conditions. The deaths of two elderly people have been linked to the storm as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by home generators. 31 others have reportedly been hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning. Soldiers and Red Cross aid have mobilized in the area, providing support and supplies to those who are still without electricity. Emergency shelters have been set up in the affected areas.

Three deer visit Grand Falls gas station

On Monday, three deer entered the automatic doors of a gas station in Grand Falls. A video of the deer exiting the building has gone viral. The deer caused a mess inside the gas station, but, when told by the gas station employee to leave, exited the building relatively quickly.

J. D. Irving pleads not guilty to pollution charges

The Irving pulp and paper mill in Saint John has come under scrutiny since 15 pollution charges were filed against the company under the federal Fisheries Act. The charges followed a series of incidents which occurred at the mill since 2014. If Irving is found guilty of all charges, the minimum penalty for the corporation would be $13 million. A lawyer for Irving said the allegations were based on lab tests rather than the actual environment around the mill. Irving has previous convictions under the Fisheries Act from 2007.

RCMP investigates vandalism of memorial


A firefighter and police memorial in Moncton was reported as vandalized on Sunday. RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify the vandals. Since the incident, the spray paint has been cleaned off of the memorial.

New Brunswick appears as Jeopardy! Category

This past Monday, the American game show Jeopardy! featured “New Brunswick” as a category of questions. Questions included information about the Atlantic Salmon Museum in Doaktown, Campobello Island, the New Brunswick tides and Fredericton, which was mispronounced by the contestant running the category. Host Alex Trebek, born in Canada, also made a mispronunciation while announcing a question about Kouchibouguac National Park.

Catherine Turnbull
Now in her fourth year of an honours degree in philosophy, Catherine still subsists on a continuous cycle of good coffee and cheap wine. If she’s not in the office inserting Oxford commas wherever she can, she might be climbing a mountain or procrasti-baking.