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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Prime Minister Coming to Town

Prime Minister Harper will be in the city tomorrow to deliver his government's latest economic update. Harper's visit had been whispered since Friday -- but -- Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird confirmed the visit during an appearance on CTV's Question Period earlier this afternoon.

Harper will be at the NB Southern Railway Mechanical Shop on Gifford Street at 12:30 tomorrow.

Alward Not Holding Back

[Conservative Leader David Alward----File Photo]

We're still a year away from a provincial election but Conservative Leader David Alward is talking like a man the on the campaign trail. He adressed party faithful at it's policy convention in Moncton over the weekend and didn't hesitate to fire the first shot at Premier Graham.

Alward also took a shot at the main plank of the Graham platform....Self-Suffiency. He calls that nothing more than a marketing slogan although it is better than the new license plate wording of ""Be in This Place""

Federal Government Standing Behind Contract

[Saint John M-P Rodney Weston----File Photo]

With word that the refit at Point Lepreau is now 18 months behind schedule, the MP for Saint John is weighing in on the debate. Rodney Weston was a member of the former Lord Government which signed the deal with Atomic Energy of Canada to get this project rolling.
Weston tells CHSJ News, AECL and the Harper Government are standing behind this contract to make sure tax-payers are not on the hook to pay the difference in constructions costs.

The Search Continues for a City Manager

[Mayor Ivan Court----File Photo]

18 resumes are on the desk and 9 other people are looking for information. This as the search for a new City Manager continues at City Hall. Mayor Ivan Court tells CHSJ News, they hope to announce the person they have hired by Jan.1st.

Court adds of the 18 resumes received so far, several are from residents of Greater Saint John.

Premier Praises Canaport LNG Terminal

[Premier Shawn Graham----File Photo]
Premier Shawn Graham says the opening of the Canaport liquified natural gas terminal is something everyone should be proud about. He says not only has the project improved workers outlook of the province, but will benefit future projects.
Premier Graham adds the Canaport LNG terminal is a great and important addition to the provincial energy hub. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the site last week to officially open it after three and a half years of construction.

WorkSafeNB Conference Today

[WorkSafeNB Logo-----File Photo]
Worksafe NB is hosting the 29th Annual Health and Safety Conference which gets started today at the Delta. Host Nick Perry will speak about breaking his back in a forklift accident when he was only 19. Perry will also tour the Province sharing his story to remind about the importance of safety training.

There are also 22 workshops covering a variety of topics including ladder safety and training tips. The conference runs until Tuesday.