Cold weather cancels some events in northern New Brunswick

While the extreme cold warning has been lifted for northern New Brunswick, the cold temperatures and brisk winds are leaving organizers of events across the region no option but to cancel.

One of those events was a polar dip in Miramichi, a fundraising event to help Riverview teenager Becca Schofield and her family.

Jason Vickers, the assistant coach of the Miramichi Timberwolves who was one of the organizers, said they decided to cancel to keep everyone safe.

"With the extreme temperatures of –27, –30, it was just too unsafe to haul it off today," he said.

"We had everything set up. The dunk tank was ready to go and people were lining up, but the fact was it just wasn't safe for us to follow through with."

Despite the cold temperatures, Vickers said 35 to 40 people showed up, including 17 junior hockey players who were ready to take a quick dip in a portable water tank set up by the Miramichi Fire Department.

About three metres away from the tank, Vickers said they had set up an army tent with portable propane heaters to help warm up those brave enough to take a dip. But after discussions with others, Vickers said they didn't want anyone to get hurt at what was intended to be a fun event.

Meanwhile in Tracadie, the town cancelled fireworks planned for tonight, an event that was part of their March Break family events.

In Fairisle, an outdoor observation rally planned for tonight as part of the annual winter carnival was cancelled.

The cold weather was also playing a role in whether organizers of the Dalhousie Winterfest would cancel some of today's outdoor activities.

Busy night for animal control officer

Committee president Dale Hayden said the children's smelt derby was cancelled.

"We couldn't put kids out there in that bitter cold," he said adding they will decide on the other outdoor activities as the day goes on.

Back in Miramichi, the city's animal control officer said he was kept busy Friday night responding to calls of dogs being left outside. And he was expecting to get more on Saturday.

"Just last night alone, I had eight calls," said Tony LeBlanc.

LeBlanc suggested pet owners buy a timer to set a reminder when they put the dog outside.

"You stay outside 10 minutes, this cold here don't take that long for a small dog to get cold," he said.

It will remain cold overnight with a temperature of –17 C and windchill of –27 C. Winds will be 20 km/h.

Temperatures are expected to warm up to –4 C Sunday.