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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Emera Inc Increases Role in Saint John Energy Sector

Emera Inc is stepping up it's involvement in the provincial energy hub.The company announced it was buying the Bayside Power Plant from Irving Oil yesterday for an undisclosed amount of money.Spokesperson Jo-Anne Hicks tells CHSJ News, the energy sector is booming in Saint John, and Emera wants to be apart of it.
The Bayside Power plant is 260 megawatt gas fired combined cycle power plant that supplies energy to the province and Northeastern US markets.Emera will take over the plant in approximately two months.

Arena Getting a Green Makeover

The city is spending 137 thousand dollars to upgrade the energy efficiency of the Peter Murray Arena. SES Lighting and Energy Consultants of Bedford, NS has been awarded the contract to replace all inside lighting with new low wattage lamps and install sensors in areas where the lights are left on 24 hours. Energy cost savings are estimated to be about 45 hundred dollars annually with reductions in green house gas emissions by 45 tons each year.
Meanwhile, Master Mechanical Contractors will replace the Ammonia Plant Heat Recovery and Flood Water Heating system. This will save money and increase the life expectancy of the hot water system by 15 years.

City Police Round Up

Business as usual for city police last night making a total of 9 criminal arrests.Just after one in the morning police had a man on the ground on Prince William Street trying to hand cuff him when a woman jumped on the back of the officer.The 32 year old woman is facing obstruction, assaulting a police officer, and mischief charges, while the 24 year old man is being charged with threatening an officer after uttering death threats while being taken to the station.No one was injured in the incident.

Fundraiser For 13 Year Old With Cystic Fibrosis

The Saint John Police Force and the One Change Youth Council is partnering up for a city wide fundraiser.The collaborative effort is to raise money for a 13 year old Lorne School student with Cystic Fibrosis in need of a double lung transplant.From 8:30 to 1 o'clock Youth Council Members will be at redemption centres around the city collecting bottles for the cause.

First Rock Concert of the Year on Magnetic Hill

A big crowd is expected today on Magnetic Hill in Moncton for the first of two rock and roll concerts at the site this summer. Bon Jovi along with Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman are the headliners along with other acts. Despite the soggy conditions through-out the week, crews have everything in place and City Officials say a new drainage system that was installed following last years Eagles show should help keep any rain from building up.
Ian Fowler with the city of Moncton says no question, the wet weather this week puts a damper on last minute ticket sales but expects a good crowd to come out and enjoy the show.

Canaport LNG Phase 1 Complete

[Foggy View of the First Ship Coming In-----Photo by Deborah Stevens]

The first liquefied natural gas tanker to dock at the Canaport L-N-G terminal in Red Head has tied up at the jetty. And its arrival is drawing people to the Mispec Park to get a glimpse of the giant ship -- one of them is Dave Morrell who lives close to the new facility -- he tells CHSJ News it's an exciting day
One Red Head resident says it's an historic day and she's excited about the potential it represents for the city.