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Thursday, June 25, 2009

RCMP Investigation At Campground Still Coming Up Empty

Nothing new to report in the investigation at the Hidden Valley Campground on the Kingston Peninsula. Sgt. Steve Gourdeau says the investigation based on tips about activity at the site has still found nothing.
RCMP still will not reveal what they are looking for, and an excavator remains on site, but has still not been used.

Former M-P Fondly Remembers Romeo LeBlanc

Former M-P Paul Zed says the country lost a great Canadian with the death of former governor general Romeo LeBlanc.
Zed says he began working for LeBlanc in 1980 as a summer student, and returned two years later as his executive assistant.Zed tells CHSJ News, LeBlanc had a certain way about him that made everyone feel comfortable.
Zed says LeBlanc strongly supported, and helped move along three instantly recognizable projects in the city----the frigate program, Market Square, and the Admiral Beatty.LeBlanc died yesterday after a lengthy battle with illness, and a state funeral is being planned.He was 81.

ESJ Chair Remains Opmtistic About Refinery Proposal

(First public Enterprise Saint John annual general meeting - photo by Gary MacDonald)

Cautious optimism -- that's how Enterprise Saint John chair Bob Manning is feeling about Irving Oil's proposed second refinery in Red Head. Manning says there are still a lot of details to work through like the environmental impact assessment and some land rezoning.In addition -- he says Irving Oil will ultimately have to make its decision based on financing and partnerships available.And Manning told the annual general meeting of Enterprise Saint John the potential impact of the refinery is unprecedented -- he says it's important to support the project through all phases of the review process.

Mayor Says New Company Predicts Lots Of Jobs

(Mayor Ivan Court - file photo)

The energy hub is beginning to show some spinoff dividends -- Mayor Ivan Court says an Ontario company which builds large industrial components is moving into the Spruce Lake industrial park -- and -- is talking about eventually employing up to one thousand people.

And Court says it's important to get a long proposed barge docking facility constructed in the Lorneville area for fabricators building components for the offshore and other projects.

Court says the Fox company is currently retrofitting a building in the industrial park -- and -- plans call for a second building once the company gets a foothold here.

Irving Company Gets New Name

The Irving Oil Company Ltd is getting a name change.
The holding company will now be known as Fort Reliance, and has been changed for a number of months, but it just being publicly announced today.
Irving Spokesperson Daniel Goodwin tells CHSJ News, with the number of new projects the company is getting into now, the change was necessary.
Under the Fort Reliance umbrella, will be Irving Oil, the lubricants business, residential and commercial energy, as well as the joint venture with Repsol at the Canaport LNG Terminal.

Houses Not Staying On the Saint John Market For Long

First time home buyers might well be advised to move on closing a deal sooner rather than later. The chief economist with the Canadian Real Estate Association -- Gregory Klump -- says entry level homes aren't staying on the market very long in the greater Saint John area.
The average price of M-L-S listed homes in the greater Saint John area shot up last month to just over 188-thousand dollars -- the highest average price on record.

Charges Laid In Moose/Vehicle Accident

A 36 year old man from Mechanic Settlement is facing charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.The charge comes from an accident involving a moose last Wednesday on Route 114. The driver of the vehicle left the passenger at the scene of the accident, and the 32 year old woman remains in the hospital in serious condition.Sussex RCMP made several attempts to locate the man before he turned himself in yesterday. He will appear in court on July 9th.

Five More Cases of Swine Flu in Province

Five additional cases of the swine flu are being confirmed in the province today.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eilish Cleary says they confirmed a woman in her 50's from the Moncton area late yesterday, and an additional four cases of the H1N1 virus this morning.
Cleary reminds residents to follow preventative measures, such as washing hands thoroughly and often, and coughing or sneezing into sleeves.
She says if anyone is feeling flu like symptoms to stay at home, and avoid contact with family members.
Cleary also says anyone at risk of complications, such as pregnant women, or people with compromised immune systems should seek medical attention immediately if they have influenza like symptoms.
The total number of cases of the swine flu in New Brunswick is now at nine.

New Ambulance New Brunswick President

Ambulance New Brunswick has a new Chief Executive Officer. AlanStephen has been appointed to the position. His career has been primarilywith the Canadian Forces as an Officer, with most recent experience as General Manager of Infrastructure and Emergency Services with the City of Sudbury.

University in City Appealing to Students

The Acting Assistant Vice President and Registrar of UNBSJ says the university is attractive to a large number of students. A recent report by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission says participation in Maritime universities has more than doubled during the past 25 years.
John Johnson tells CHSJ News they are seeing more women and students from diverse cultures attending UNB Saint John.
Johnson says future cooperation with the community college and Dalhousie Medical School may mean an increase in people attending university in the future.

Still Nothing Found at Hidden Valley Campground

RCMP have so far turned up nothing during their investigation at the Hidden Valley Campground on the Kingston Peninsula. Officers are working on several tips about activity at the site, but won't say what they are looking for. An excavator is on site but has not been used.
Sgt. Steve Gourdeau says they have not found anything that would help substantiate the information they are working with. But they must cross their T's and dot their I's.

Gas Prices Take a Dip

Good news for anyone heading on vacation this weekend by car--the price of gasoline has dropped by about 3 cents a litre. The provincial Energy and Utilities Board has released the weekly price schedule and a litre of self-serve regular gas has fallen to 100.5 from yesterday's 103.7. Pump prices in GrandBay Westfield are showing 99.7.

The price of diesel fuel has remained the same at 97.6 a litre and propane has inched up 2 cents to land at 86.4.