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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Save Our Ferries Now Online



Save Our Ferries is now floating their message online--- The provincial government has decided to cut the ferry services in Gagetown, Hampstead and Belleisle to save money--- Gagetown resident Lex Gigeroff is opposed to the move and has posted a one minute video on youtube in protest. He tells CHSJ News the most disappointing part of this is it came out of the blue without community consultation or looking into any alternatives--

So far there have been over five hundred views of the short movie clip--- Gigeroff expects he will post more videos between now and the end of the month to draw attention to the protests against closing down the three ferry services. Click here for the direct link to the Save Our Ferries video.

CUPE Versus Lamrock



The Canadian Union of Public Employees says Education Minister Kelly Lamrock wants to chop school library funding by 50 per cent.
CUPE Local 2745 president Sandy Harding says there are 150 library assistants to service 355 schools.
She says CUPE has been lobbying for the past two years to increase funding for school libraries, and now the government is heading in the opposite direction.
CUPE is also saying Lamrock wants to cut school intervention programs, and Harding says there is a one line statement in the provincial budget about the cuts, but no dollar figure available.

Moores Add One More



You'll forgive Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore for looking a little red-eyed recently. He and his wife Melinda welcomed their second child into the world on March.20th and Moore tells CHSJ News, everybody is good but sleep has become a luxury:


The new babies name is Katelyn and Moore says with three women now in the house, unlike in the House of Commons, he is out-voted on most things.

Update on Shannex



If you've been along Millenium Drive recently, no doubt you've noticed how nicely things are coming along with phase one of the Shannex Assisted Living Complex. The long, cold winter didn't slow anything down and Director of Engineering with the Town of Quispamsis Gary Losier tells CHSJ News, things will move even quicker once the frame-work is done:

Losier says Town Officials are working closely with the construction crews on several fronts including hooking up the water supply line. The first phase of the five unit complex should be finished by this summer.  

More NBCC Seats



There will be 500 additional seats in the community college system next year thanks to the provincial governments $10.2 million dollar budget.
The additional seats will increase capacity at facilities all across the province in areas such as visual arts, office administration, as well as online programs in teacher assistant and early childhood education.
The Saint John campus will receive a total of 74 seats.

Mother Nature Offers Easter Surprise



It appears the Easter Bunny has left a big surprise this morning -- the ground is covered in white thanks to a spring snow storm.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning because the system is expected to dump up to ten centimeters before it passes.
Some roads may be slippery or slush covered -- so caution is advised.

City Streets To Get Spring Cleaning



It may be hard to believe with the snow on the ground this morning -- but -- city crews are moving into spring cleaning mode.
Public Works Director Shayne Galbraith tells CHSJ News some street cleaning has been underway in the past week in the city center.
Galbraith says the cleaning effort will pick up steam in the coming week as plows are removed from some of the equipment -- he says the goal is to eventually sweep sidewalks and streets in all areas of the city.

Income Tax Filing Crunch Expected



The latest figures show only nine million of the expected 26-million income tax returns for last year have been filed.
And Roger Haineault of Help for Taxes tells CHSJ News most of those still wrestling with their returns are realizing it's more complicated than first thought -- he says there were a lot of changes last year.
But -- Haineault says a lot of people are getting confused about the recently introduced home renovation credit -- it was part of the federal budget in January and only applies to renovations done this year -- not last year.
The deadline for filing is the end of this month.