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NEWS RELEASE: MH Renaissance Inc. continues work to attract tenants to MH35 project to rejuvenate former Moncton High School


March 17, 2017
For immediate release

The group of community business leaders behind the MH35 proposal to redevelop the former Moncton High School at the corner of Church Street and Mountain Road in Moncton remains very optimistic and enthusiastic that their project will move forward.

“We continue to receive a number of inquiries from potential tenants for all floors and the arts centre side on a weekly basis,” said Dennis Cochrane, President of MH Renaissance Inc. “While much has been said about moving the Moncton Public Library to MH35, we want to make it abundantly clear that we intend to move forward with or without the library. There is a lot of private-sector interest in the property.”

“We have always said that our preference for the City of Moncton’s contribution to the project would be relocating the library,” Mr. Cochrane said. “We have also consistently indicated that it is not a deal-breaker. We have indicated to members of Moncton City Council that their support for the project would show vision and leadership and was crucial to the redevelopment of the site, and – if they were not prepared to relocate the library – then what were they prepared to contribute to the project so that it could move forward and continue to serve the Greater Moncton community for another 82 years? We have been working with the City of Moncton for more than two years.”

The group working on the MH35 proposal includes Mr. Cochrane, a former Moncton city councillor, mayor, MP and MLA, as well as Jim Lockyer, a former provincial cabinet minister, city councillor and currently a law professor at the Université de Moncton, and well-respected property developers and construction industry leaders John Corazza and Joe Tippett. The proposal would see the former Moncton High School undergo significant internal expansion and renovations, including a renovated auditorium and space for arts groups and artists, including the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and others.

“It’s our full intention to make the former Moncton High School a beautiful example of what can be done with a heritage building,” Mr. Cochrane says. “Our proposal is to save the entire building and enhance it. Unlike another proposal on the table, we have no intention of demolishing most of it for a parking lot and leaving the auditorium to fall into disrepair. This would be a huge tragedy for our city’s heritage. Moncton deserves better than that.”

“We have been open and honest with Monctonians since day one,” he says. “We have not worked under a cloak of secrecy. We’ve presented to public sessions of council, met with a number of community groups and stakeholders – including the Moncton Public Library Board on a number of occasions – produced videos and architectural drawings, done media interviews and been active on social media. As well, last spring, we held public information sessions. We have been open and transparent. We think Monctonians deserve nothing less.”

Currently, MH Renaissance continues to meet regularly with prospective tenants in the private sector and the arts community. It is also the intent to have the rejuvenated complex be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) certified, a rating system recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in more than 160 countries. LEED recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Green buildings create a healthier indoor environment for occupants through better indoor air quality, less harmful products, and more natural daylight. They also reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, and drive innovation.

“At this time, we want to sincerely thank our many supporters, including the public and many local politicians who are passionate about preserving and enhancing this heritage building. We recognize the love people have for this majestic structure,” Mr. Cochrane said. “It is heartening to know that they share our vision of the former Moncton High School.”


Media contact:

Dennis Cochrane

Moncton’s popular 4 Paws Pet Resort under new ownership


November 21, 2016
For immediate release

Moncton’s popular 4 Paws Pet Resort’s new owners promise to continue kennel’s strong tradition of excellent customer service

MONCTON, N.B. – One of Greater Moncton’s most popular boarding, pet-sitting, grooming and dog daycare businesses has been sold. Sherri and Jocelyn Longpré purchased 4 Paws Pet Resort Inc. located on Zack Road off Berry Mills Road in late August from former owners Joanne and David LeBlanc, who have decided to retire.

“It’s business as usual at 4 Paws,” says Sherri Longpré, who has taken the next step as a business owner after a long career in animal care, including as an animal control officer in various locations and an employee at a local dog kennel and the Bathurst SPCA. “My husband Jocelyn and I are very excited about this new challenge and will work very hard to continue 4 Paws’ excellent reputation as a first-class dog-boarding, daycare, grooming and pet-sitting facility,” she says.

Sherri and Jocelyn Longpré along with their children Alex, Brett and Breeanah.
Sherri and Jocelyn Longpré along with their children Alex, Brett and Breeanah.

“We are pet owners ourselves,” she says. “We have five dogs and know how important pets are to their owners. They are part of the family – and we pledge to treat our furry clients as part of our own family.”

Mrs. Longpré will provide day-to-day on-site management of the facility, while Mr. Longpré will continue in his full-time senior position with a national financial institution while also offering administrative support to the business. “We will be maintaining 4 Paws’ dedicated current staff,” Mrs. Longpré says. “We are aiming to make the transfer of ownership as smooth and seamless as possible.”

“As well,” she says, “our family will be living in the beautiful home located on the property. We will be hands-on and on-site year-round.”

During the month of September, the Longprés worked with the former owners during a transition period to ensure everything went smoothly. “We look forward to meeting all of 4 Paws’ clients personally,” Mrs. Longpré said. “Joanne and David have built an excellent business model and we look forward to building on it. We wish them all the best in their well-deserved retirement.”

4 Paws’ 4,800-square-foot facility is located on 4.5 acres of a private, quiet, country setting. Designed with air exchange system, the building provides proper ventilation and fresh air for boarded dogs. There is also an in-floor heating system for the colder months and air conditioning for the warmer months. Fire and security monitoring are also set up for the safety and comfort of canine guests. The facility has four play areas over two acres for dogs to play, socialize and get plenty of exercise. Shelters are also provided for protection against the elements.

“Safety and cleanliness are key at 4 Paws,” Mrs. Longpré says. “We have video monitoring of all play areas and kennels are sanitized daily. This is a business built on trust – and we will work very hard to maintain and build on that trust with our loyal clients.”

For more information on 4 Paws Pet Resort’s services, please visit their website at or call 506-855-7297.

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade to retire on Sept. 30 at age 74

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Peter Coade

After more than 53 years in broadcast media and meteorology, CBC Maritimes’ morning meteorologist Peter Coade has decided to retire.

Peter, who holds the Guinness World Record as the longest career as a weather broadcaster, began his career in the black and white days of CBC-TV using a chalkboard weather map.

Peter’s very first appearance on CBC Television was back in the late 1950s, when he job shadowed weatherman Rube Hornstein for a day.

Peter joined the federal government weather service on October 1, 1962, where he was trained in the science of meteorology. During his tenure at the government, Peter worked in Truro, NS, Goose Bay, NL, and Toronto, ON.

In those early days, he could be heard on local radio providing daily weather forecasts for listeners. It was in Goose Bay, that Peter started his media career with the CBC in 1967. He presented the weather nightly from CFLA-TV, to a largely American audience, members of the USAF and their families.

While stationed in Toronto with the federal weather service, he also held the position of staff meteorologist for radio station CFRB, working with notable Canadian personalities such as Gordon Sinclair and Betty Kennedy. During this time, Peter held the position of meteorologist for the Canadian International Air Show for many years.

Peter worked for ATV/ASN from March of 1990 until he re-joined the CBC in September 2007.

On August 1, 2013, he learned he had achieved the Guinness World Record. The certificate states: “The longest career as a weather forecaster is 50 years, 8 months and 21 days, and was achieved by Peter Coade (Canada) at CBC Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from 1 October 1962 to 21 June, 2013.”

That record can now be updated to 30 September, 2016, his official retirement date.

Info sessions being held on proposed MH35 Centre project for former MHS

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June 12, 2015
For immediate release

MH Renaissance Inc. hosting public information sessions on MH35 project to renovate and restore former Moncton High School

MONCTON, N.B. – MH Renaissance Inc. will be hosting public information sessions on its proposed MH35 project to renovate and restore the former Moncton High School on Tuesday, June 14, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena, 99 Wynwood Dr., Moncton.

“We will be hosting hourly information sessions beginning at 1 p.m., with the last one beginning at 8 p.m.,” said Dennis Cochrane, President of MH Renaissance Inc. “Sessions will run concurrently in English and French. Depending on the number of people who attend and the wishes of participants, we may provide bilingual sessions during the day, as well.”

The sessions will be held in the Smyth and HLS Rooms on the second floor. The Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena is a fully accessible facility. The main lobby downstairs will feature displays of drawings of the proposed MH35 Centre, including a possible new Moncton Public Library.

“We believe we have a very exciting project for the former Moncton High building,” Mr. Cochrane said. “We are proposing a beautiful new library combined with a Centre of Excellence for the Performing Arts and a renovated theatre which would be the largest of its kind east of Quebec City. We look forward to sharing our vision with the public.”

For more information on the MH35 Centre or to book a private presentation for groups and organizations, please contact Dennis Cochrane at 506-471-2861 or email