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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cardy Responds to Gallant's Proposed Accountability Measures

The Liberals are tackling the topic of patronage, with Liberal leader Brian Gallant proposing accountability measures. To the leader of the New Democratic Party, Dominic Cardy, that's a step in the right direction.

In Cardy's view, every hiring outside an MLA or minister's immediate staff should be 100% based on merit. He called on Gallant to work with the NDP to introduce the Charter to End Patronage In New Brunswick, a law that would make it illegal for elected officials to hire staff outside their offices and stop them from interfering in deciding government contracts.

Animal Rescue League Cut Hours

With high bills and low adoption rates, the Animal Rescue League is being forced to make cuts to sustain the operation.

Over the next eight weeks, the shelter's public hours will change from Sunday-Wednesday to Thursday–Saturday. But other than the change in hours of operation, all activities at the shelter will remain the same. They'll continue to answer incoming calls, and deal with any issues that arise. There will be no risk to shelter pets or their the shelter's level of service; they say their first priority is taking care of the animals.

The shelter's website and Facebook page will continue to advertise adoptions, with some pets available at Pet Corral on the west side.

Man Arrested for Weapons-Related Crimes

A 30-year-old man has been charged with weapons-related crimes.

Bryan Nathan West was arrested after members of the District 2 RCMP executed a search warrant on February 27, seizing several weapons and a small quantity of drugs at a home in Kingsley.

West appeared in Fredericton Provincial Court the next day, where he was charged with careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon contrary to an order. He will return to court this Monday.

Atlantic Canadians Eat Together Less Than Rest Of The Nation

When it comes to eating meals at the dinner table, Atlantic Canadians are the least likely to pull up a chair. A national survey shows that families on this side of the country eat together less than the rest of the nation, and local dietician Vanessa MacLellon says that has an impact on health. She says prepared meals tend to be lower in salt, sugar, fat and are very nutrient-dense.

The study says work schedules and the demands of children's after school activities are big hurdles that make regular family dinners a difficulty. But, MacLellan says parents can be role models to their kids by making meal time a priority and letting them know eating together is important. 

MacLellan will be at the Atlantic Superstore on Rothesay Avenue during Dietitian Days, as part of Nutrition month, from March 2 to March 20 to answer customer questions.