This Week in New Brunswick

Salmon Release in Bay of Fundy

Over 500 Atlantic salmon were released into two rivers in the Bay of Fundy National Park this year, and it is predicted that 1,000 additional salmon will be released next year. Since 2001, the salmon population has been declining rapidly because the salmon have not been returning to the Park from their normal trips to the Bay of Fundy. This conservation project was endorsed by the federal and provincial governments, the Fort Folly First Nation, the Canadian Rivers Institute and the Aquaculture institute.

Marriage Message Vandalized

In the town of McAdam, N.B., a message of congratulations to a same-sex newlywed couple was defaced over the weekend. The message was written on a large rock on the highway, where messages of congratulations are often written. These messages usually stay up for weeks until a new message is written to replace it. McAdam residents are shocked by this act of vandalism and some are calling for official condemnation to discourage homophobic behaviour.

Dieppe’s New Skating Rink

A $1.4-million outdoor skating rink is under construction in Dieppe and is predicted to open before Christmas. The rink will be located next to Dieppe City Hall. This project is meant to promote active lifestyles among the city’s residents, but will not allow hockey playing. The rink will operate from early December to late March and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

LEGO Lecture at UNB

Following the examples of Procter & Gamble and the United Nations, the University of New Brunswick held a public lecture where adults were given the chance to unlock their creativity through serious play with LEGO. Jacqueline Lloyd Smith was the leader of the lecture. With a background in art therapy and business, Smith is now an official LEGO trainer. It is becoming more common for companies to use LEGO brainstorming sessions to create original ways of visualizing and solving business problems.

Completion of Trans Canada Trail in New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s segments of the Trans Canada Trail are now completely connected. Co-Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation Valerie Pringle has been working toward the completion of the project for 16 years. Pringle pointed out that approximately 80 per cent of Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trans Canada Trail, so its completion is very important. By 2017, the Foundation aims to have the Trans Canada Trail fully connected across the country.

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