Thursday, July 23, 2009
Common council has tabled a proposed business improvement levy pending verification of the number of businesses by the Common Clerk -- but -- not before some councilors tried to defeat it.
Spokesman Blaine Harris tells CHSJ News there appears to be friction between his group and city hall and he's not sure why.
The Association is holding the special meeting Tuesday night in the Community Room at Sobey's beginning at seven -- Harris says copies of the proposed business plan will be available.
[Saint John Portland M-L-A Trevor Holder-----File Photo Courtesy of CNB]
Saint John Portland M-L-A Trevor Holder says he's been voicing his concern about the potential of lyme disease in the Millidgeville area for over a year.
Holder says he said a year ago lyme disease was a freight train heading to this region, and wants to acknowledge this is the first time the Department of Health has taken this issue seriously.
Holder says the pilot program to study the link between climate change and the spread of black legged ticks is a step in the right direction, but may not be enough just yet.He says climate change is not the only issue that needs to be looked at, so does whether or not deer populations are helping spread the potential risk of lyme disease.
(Senators Michael Meighen and Joe Day speak to reporters following a review of port security measures - photo by Gary MacDonald)
Members of a senate committee on national security say progress has been made in beefing up port security in the past three years.
The committee members made a stop in the city to tour the new cruise terminal and look at Canada Border Services Agency equipment.
Senator Joe Day says the local port is a growing target with the increased port activity and the liquefied natural gas terminal -- there is an increased need for vigilance.
The committee members also met with senior city police officials -- and -- toured the St Stephen border crossings.
[Dr. Jaqueline Badcock displaying black legged tick sample-----Photo by Dave Briggs]
With the discovery of black legged ticks infected with lyme disease in the Millidgeville area, Saint John is getting involved with a pilot research project to examine the link between climate change and the spread of the disease.Dr. Jacqueline Badcock says many areas in New Brunswick have found ticks, but not infected ones.
Dr. Badcock says black legged ticks generally prefer wooded areas, so the population should not be found in city areas.A public information session is being held tonight at the Millidgeville North School at 7 o'clock.
Bradley Howland has been found guilty of threatening principal Erik Millett.
Howland was accused of saying that if the secretary wasn't there, he'd take him outside and beat some sense into him.
Howland says it was a man to man talk in an effort to learn when the anthem would be played again.
Judge Henrik Tonning ruled Howland intended to intimidate and instil fear in Millett.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 28th.
The deputy chief medical health officer - Dr Paul Van Buynder - says this is typical of what has been happening across the country.
He says there are now 61-confirmed cases in the province - up by twenty from this time last week -- but -- he says there is a decline in serious cases across the country.
Van Buynder says we are currently in a lull period -- but -- health officials across the country are expecting the flu to pick up steam going into the fall.
McLaughlin explained to the crowd that when the proposal arrived on their desk, they didn't feel there was any need to consult with the community or those living in the neightbourhood. McLaughlin admits that he and the PAC made a mistake and given the opportunity to do it again, public input would be included.
Construction on the Gateway Project including they third lanes for the McKay Highway should get started next spring.
Home-owners were told they can file letters of petition about the developer's agreement at the Town Hall and were urged to do so right away as the proces has already started.
Several of the ticks that carry the disease have been found in several areas including Millidgeville.
Diesel is up almost two cents at well with a maximum price tag of 92.5, furnace oil is up almost three cents at 73.8 and propane comes in at 81.5 which is actually down almost two cents.