Darling wants to listen to fewer Saint Johners complain

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Darling wants to listen to fewer Saint Johners complain

Saint John — After just half of his term as mayor of Saint John, Don Darling has realized that his current job is more miserable than he previously anticipated. Darling announced this week that he is trying to constrain the amount of bitching and moaning that he needs to endure by running for the provincial…

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NB Power using Point Lepreau to mine Bitcoin

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: NB Power using Point Lepreau to mine Bitcoin

Fredericton — As the March 31 fiscal year-end approaches and the Energy and Utility Board hearings continue, NB Power is lifting the veil on its latest plan to deal with its enormous debt. NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas said on Tuesday that the publicly owned utility will use the excess electrical capacity from Point Lepreau Nuclear…

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Man running outside in snowstorm likes being miserable, ridiculous

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Man running outside in snowstorm likes being miserable, ridiculous

Quispamsis — Robert Frost once said, “You can’t get too much winter in the winter,” — words not lost on a Kennebecasis Valley man jogging outside in the middle of today’s nor’easter snowstorm. A self-described “all-weather runner” on his Facebook profile, the abominable athlete says that “a little snow” will not keep him from running around…

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Trump slaps tariff on food imports with ‘metric calories’

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Trump slaps tariff on food imports with ‘metric calories’

Washington, D.C. — United States President Donald Trump doubled down on new protectionist policies today by slapping new tariffs on Canadian food imports — in particular, food full of so-called “metric calories.” The president made the statement last night in a tweet where he suggested that Canadian frozen french fries are so full of metric…

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NB gov’t secures payday loan for 2018-19 fiscal year

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: NB gov’t secures payday loan for 2018-19 fiscal year

Fredericton — Despite receiving a “negative” credit assessment from the Dominion Bond Rating Service on Monday, the New Brunswick government says that it has buckets of easy cash to pay for this year’s budget. Today, Finance Minister Cathy Rogers announced that it has secured a lender for the 2018-19 fiscal year, and that the government’s…

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Ice-fishing shacks vote to separate from Rothesay

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Ice-fishing shacks vote to separate from Rothesay

Unnamed shack village (formerly Rothesay) — While some continue to propose Rothesay amalgamation as a solution to Saint John’s financial woes, a small group of fishing shacks on the Kennebecasis River is leaving town — and forming their own. On Sunday, the approximately 80 shacks — give or take depending on what you count as…

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Fergie’s ‘Star Mangled Banner’ rendition causes worldwide chicken shortage

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Fergie’s ‘Star Mangled Banner’ rendition causes worldwide chicken shortage

Saint John — A bluesy rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles is being blamed for a worldwide chicken shortage. The American national anthem sung by superstar Fergie on Sunday night is said to be the cause of a supply chain gap in amount of raw chicken available…

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2018 pancake supper battle starts to sizzle

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: 2018 pancake supper battle starts to sizzle

Sussex — One day per year pancakes are next to godliness, and the annual frying of flapjacks for the faithful is at full steam again today across the Maritimes. Forty-seven days before Easter Sunday each year, congregations across the region hold pancake suppers to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. While the frying pans are heating up to…

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