Today marks the 236th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Saint John. The Loyalist City was established by royal charter on this date allowing Saint John to claim bragging rights as the oldest incorporated City in Canada.

Today also marks the anniversary of the official opening of Market Square 38 years ago. The sprawling waterfront development envisioned by local developer Pat Rocca represented the beginning of a renewal process for the uptown and the waterfront. This year that renewal is present once again with the start of work on the Fundy Quay project across from Market Square and the demolition of the former Woolworth/Bargain Shop location at the head of King Street to make way for a commercial and multi-residential project.