Year in Review 2023: Some 'What's Trending' Headlines from the year that was

Here are some of the news headlines from 2023 that you would've heard during our What's Trending segment. To visit the news archives see THIS LINK.

January 2023:
Canada wins GOLD at World Jrs! What an incredible 2 weeks in Moncton & Halifax! / Premier Higgs does year end interview defending French Immersion changes and also talks health care /Education Minister apologizes to 11 year old from Moncton for calling her a political prop / 2022 was a record year for NB maple syrup producers /Stats Canada says that Moncton is fastest growing urban centre in the country!/New Brunswick government along with Feds will spend 10.5-million dollars on affordable housing in Moncton /Province commits $2 million to Food Depot Alimentaire /Moose visits Tim Horton’s on Horsman Road/ January saw 10 digit phone numbers come into effect in NB / City of Moncton issues almost 80 parking tickets and nearly 50 tow truck requests during January storm because of illegal parkers/ 12th Annual Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation Radiothon raises more than $55,000! THANK YOU! /

February 2023:
Milk prices go UP four cents a litre in NB/NB Teachers Association tells Govt to SLOW DOWN on French Immersion replacement / Turtle Creek woman accused of defrauding Oscar winner Patricia Arquette/We have our first medal at the Canada Games in PEI! GOLD in gymnastics in synchro men’s trampoline!Premier Higgs calls public French Immersion sessions “a shouting session” that didn’t produce any ideas /

March 2023:
NB wins THREE more medals at Canada Games…including a GOLD for Moncton’s Marisol Savoie in Judo!Team NB wins FIVE medals at the Canada Games! Including SILVER in Judo for Moncton’s Mahée Savoie! / NB Government the latest to ban TikTok on government devices /TEAM NB wins 16 medals at Canada Games! Moncton’s Savoie chosen flag bearer! / Old Dorchester jail being featured in new paranormal show on Hulu & History Channel / More than 1,000 Acadians sign petition to rename Université de Moncton / Roll Up The Rim WHOOPSIE! Shediac man thinks he wins $10,000, Timmy’s says it was a “glitch” in the app / Dueling protests at the Moncton Library over drag story time event /  Weekend fire causes extensive damage to Mountain Road restaurant/NB Government releases budget, including a big increase in health care spending, and another teeny tiny surplus / Emergency officials had to respond to a small explosion at a UdeM lab on the weekend! / There’s some sort of giant sandpiper statue controversy in Dorchester /Five planets set to line up in the night sky tonight (and for the next couple of weeks)

April 2023: 
NB minimum wage increased by a dollarto $14.75 an hour /Fire officials & RCMP call last week’s fire at Petitcodiac Regional School “suspicious”/ Dorchester’s Shep the Sandpiper controversy continues / NB Teachers Federation applies for mediation, contract expired in 2021 / NB Gov says it will cost $20 BILLION to fix bridges in the province over the next 20 years /Parents upset about Moncton pools going cashless this Summer /UdeM appoints officials to look at name change / TEAM NB U16 squad wins national ringette championship! / New Riverview Rec Centre to get 40 million in funding... Construction is expected to start in the Fall./ 155,000 federal workers offcially on strike this morning including Revenue Canada, EI, Immigration, Passport Canada, Coast Guard and more / Comedian Kevin Hart spotted around Greater Moncton! /NB Liberal Party wins by-elections in Bathurst, Dieppe, and Restigouche-Chaleur/ NB getting Royal visit in May, Princess Anne will visit Moncton & Sussex /

May 2023:
PSAC strike is OVER for most workers, CRA workers still at the bargaining table /Premier helps open massive new Walmart distribution centre in Moncton / City of Dieppe looking at instituting a by-law that would require land owners to file a request to cut trees on private land / Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot dead at 84 /Coronation of King Charles happens but polls indicate that most people in Atlantic Canada don’t seem to care /NB Government launches review of Policy 7-13 on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools /Vitalité has 180 hospital beds closed because of staff shortages & renovations / NB sends firefighting help to Alberta, and there’s a complete fire ban in NB! /NB has highest rate of moderate food insecurity in Canada / Pharmacists in NB can now offer more front line health care / Moncton spending $90,000 to install 33 surveillance cameras on St. George Street /Train crashes into abandoned car on tracks in downtown Moncton / Anglo East asking province to build four more schools in Greater Moncton to meet surging student population demands / Royal visit gets underway in Moncton today, street closures, helicopters landing downtown, parades & more!/ Richibucto residents travel to Moncton to meet with government minister about “rotten smell” coming from shellfish processing plant / U-haul truck that rammed White House barricades had Nova Scotia ad on the side of it /Forest fire continues near Saint Andrews, Also Halifax / More on the ongoing Policy 713 story - the NB Teachers’ Association says they haven’ been asked by the government, yet, for input on the policy review/
NB’s all-terrain vehicle association is asking for a halt in activities for 2 weeks because the woods are so dry.
June 2023:
Dieppe and Moncton warning about bear sightings /NB Education Minister announces changes to Policy 713, eight PC MLAs sit out part of legislature in protest, Premier says he’ll go to an ELECTION over the changes if he has to / Shania Twain spotted in downtown Moncton!/ Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard resigned from cabinet amidst Policy 713 changes./ a submersible vehicle that offers trips to the wreckage of the Titanic makes news after losing contact with the surface - later in June the U.S. Coast Guard announces that they found wreckage from the missing Titan submersible near the Titanic’s resting place - everyone on-board was lost./

July 2023:
Grocery rebate issued for those who qualified/ Blue Jays Vladdy Junior wins Home Run Derby 16 years after his dad did it!/Moncton Wildcats to host 2024 Q League draft! /Balloonists who took off from Sussex hoping to get to Spain had to land in Newfoundland /Province & teachers have tentative contract deal! /

August 2023:
Moncton’s Danielle Dorris wins medal at World Para Swimming Championships! / New report says Moncton’s Airport is one of the least stressful in Canada! /The New Brunswick Child & Youth Advocate issues a report saying that the government’s changes to school gender inclusion policy 713 breaks three separate laws and violates the Canadian Charter of Right & Freedoms./ A Nova Scotia zoologist says this summer the Maritimes has a higher number of earwigs than the region has seen in nearly 40 years./UNI Financial Corp. replaces CEO, brings back former NB Premier to run things (UNI customers have been dealing with technical issues preventing some of them from doing basic banking since UNI rolled out their own app in early July.)/ Baton Atlantik sent 4 athletes to the Nation’s Cup & World Baton Twirling Championships in Liverpool, England. The competition went from August 4th to the 13th. This featured top athletes from all over the world! A Tip of the Giant Foam Cowboy Hat to our athletes who represented the region: Sophie Babineau, 16 years old, from Grande-Digue... Lucy Gray, 14 years old, from Moncton... Julie Allain, 25 years old, from Moncton... & Brianna Middleton, 20 years old, from Moncton who became the 2023 World 3-Baton Silver Medalist!/ Groundbreaking ceremony for new coronary care unit at Moncton Hospital/ Dramatic rescue at Fundy…Off duty police officer saves woman at Laverty Falls!/ YQM Countryfest 2023 saw tens of thousands of fans come out for Morgan Wallen, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and a ton more country stars enormous crowds for the festival's first-ever three night format./

September 2023:
MHS teachers make an appearance on Family Feud Canada/ RCMP use drone to find missing Dieppe woman / City of Moncton hold public meeting info session about the ongoing NORTH END STENCH™/ statistics reveal that New Brunswick has the most dollar stores in Canada per-person/ Hurricane Lee makes news - about 88,000 NB power outages at one point/ Three people arrested after stolen vehicle crashes into school bus near Hillsborough / Province reveals that it ran a surplus of over a BILLION DOLLARS last year /NB Teachers sign new deal with province /

October 2023:
NB Liberal leader’s chief of staff resigns to run family beer business / UdeM has highest enrollment in almost 30 years / Wildcats decide not to bid on 2025 Memorial Cup /Blue Jays swept out of playoffs / report recommends Greater Moncton keep RCMP / Bridge that replaced causeway FINALLY has a name - will be called the Honourable Brenda Robertson Bridge. / NBers begin to receive carbon tax rebates. / Premier Higgs states that he's hopeful an early election won’t be necessary./ Anglo East District Education Council meeting reveals that the district added more than 1200 students over last year’s numbers, creating a need for 78 portable classrooms./ Riverview swimmer Brooklyn Douthwright wins gold at the Pan Am Games in Chile./

November 2023:
Moncton RCMP investigate an unusual Halloween candy that was handed out in the Evergreen area (it would eventually be determined that it was just weird looking candy.)/  Riverview High Royals are provincial AAA 12 man high school football champions for the second year in a row./ Moncton’s Danielle Dorris named NB Female Athlete of the year. / Dieppe Flyers take U15 title at Monctonian. / Montreal Alouettes win Grey Cup./ Crandall University terminates professor after investigation. / Tree of Hope raises nearly A MILLION DOLLARS!/ Moncton athlete Bernard lapointe wins Bronze for Canada in the Parapan Am games. /

December 2023:
Our Stuff-a-Bus Toy Drive receives record amount of donations./ Riverview Mayor says Christmas light outage caused by wet weather./ City of Moncton upsets Jewish community by deciding not to display Menorah this year (decision is quickly reversed)./ U de M decides not to change name / Health Canada sends out more warnings about deadly cantaloupe salmonella outbreak.  PC Government passes pension legislation, unions say they’re looking at legal options. /the #QMJHL passes a resolution to change the League's name from Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League./ NB Power seeks almost 10% rate increases in each of the next two years / NB Health Dept says only about 14% of eligible NBers have gotten the new COVID vaccine / Dept of Social Development confirms they’ve received over 200 applicants for the rent bank program in that program's first week./

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