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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gagetown Council Meets To Discuss Ferry Options



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(Save Our Ferries demonstration at the Legislature last Thursday - photo by Gary MacDonald)

Hard on the heels of a noisy demonstration at the Legislature on Thursday -- there is a special meeting of Gagetown council Monday evening to deal with ways to save the Gagetown ferry.
Councilor Bob McDowell tells CHSJ News they are going to look at all options available -- although 30-days doesn't give them a reasonable length of time to come up with solid recommendations.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry has given the Gagetown and Belleisle ferries a 30-day extension before shutting down the services permanently as a cost saving measure.
Monday's special council meeting is being held at the village rec center beginning at 7.

Saint John Man Leading TSN's Most Valuable Coach Contest



Today is the final day to cast a vote for Larry Harlow as Chunky's Most Valuable Coach.
The Saint John man, who coaches the Storm Women's Football Team is currently in the number one spot in the polls.
The winning team gets five thousand dollars and a practice with a professional coach of their choice.
For information on casting a last minute vote head to

Parking Enforcement



Something to think about before heading to bed tonight-- is your vehicle parked in a no overnight parking zone? If so, keep in mind that City police are cracking down on vehicles parked in areas with signs reading "NO parking 12 midnight to 7am".

Police will enforce a zero tolerance policy on violators starting at midnight. All vehicles in restricted zones will be ticketed.

Agent Orange Get Together



A group of people effected by the chemical defoliation spray program at CFB Gagetown will get together in Fredericton tonight to tell their stories. The conversations will focus on the history of the base, the deadly poisons that were sprayed there, who were affected and the health problems that still plague many to this day. Vice President of the Agent Orange Association Art Connelly tells CHSJ News, emotions are sure to be running high.

Time will also be set aside to discuss possibilities for the future. Many are still putting together applications for compensation with the deadline coming up on Tuesday. Tonight's session is scheduled to get started at six at the KC Irving Theater on Regent Street South.

Reserve Sailors Last Day of Training



60 Naval Reserve Sailors from across Atlantic Canada and Quebec will wrap up their security exercise in the Harbor today. The teams have been conducting training including force protection, small boat tactics, port surveillance, jetty security, communications and vessel escorts.

Things finish up this afternoon at four and the training got started yesterday morning. 

Hitting the Lights for Earth Hour



Give yourself a pat on the back if you took part in Earth Hour last night. Homes in Greater Saint John, across the country and the world were encouraged to shut off their lights last night between 8:30-9:30pm. The total number of homes and businesses that took part won't be available until tomorrow as Saint John Energy and NB Power were monitoring the grid last night.

Last year, the equivalent of 150,000 light bulbs in Greater Saint John were shut off.

River Watch 2009



It's that time of year again--- River Watch 2009 is here and the first advisory about the spring freshet season has been issued. All those living or working along waterways are asked to be on alert as the ice begins to shift and melt and be aware of the possibility of ice-jam formations which could see increased water levels.

With the anticipated rain in the forecast over the next few days ice movement is more likely--- An updated advisory is expected tomorrow.

Affordable Housing Coming to Hampton



The provincial and federal government is planning on constructing 32 new apartments for low income seniors in Hampton.
Social Development Minister Mary Schryer and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore made the announcement yesterday.
The provincial government will be supplying close to $700 thousand dollars in rent supplements for the units.
The 3.5 million dollar project located on Robb Court is expected to be completed by July.