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Monday, May 17, 2010

Driving simulator touring province

As part of Canada Road Safety Week, the provincial government has joined forces with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to promote awareness of driver distraction.

They are touring communities with a driving simulator that tests driver's reactions to a variety of situations like bad weather, road hazards and distractions.

The simulator features an actual-size driver's seat, gas pedal and brake, steering wheel, dashboard and wide video screen.

Time to Apply for Your Moose Licence

If your thinking about getting a moose during this hunting season, the first step in the process get started today.

You have until June.11th to fill and send in your application.

The number of licences is increasing this year as well, going up by close to 150.

There is a three pool structure for the moose license draw, based on the number of times people have applied unsuccessfully.

Pool A consists of hunters who have applied unsuccessfully at least 12 times since 1994 or since they were last drawn.
Pool B is hunters who have applied between five and 11 times without being drawn and Pool C consists of new hunters, infrequent applicants and hunters who have applied one to four times since they were last drawn.

The three-day moose season begins on Sept. 23rd and finishes up on the 25th. 3,554 licences for people living in the Province are up for grabs and 100 for people who don't call New Brunswick home.

Update on Rothesay Avenue Murder

Major Crime continues it's search for the weapon used in the stabbing death of 28 year old Melanie Getson of Douglas Avenue.

It was a week ago today Getson was stabbed at a business at the end of Rothesay Avenue and died a short time later at the Regional.

A charge of first degree murder has been laid against a 30 year old Jason Getson who will be back in court on Thursday after an in-jail psychiatric assessment was ordered last week.

Deputy Chief Bruce Connell tells CHSJ News, they continue to interview witnesses and put all of the facts in place as they prepare for court.

Police say the accused and victim were in the same car which pulled into the parking lot of a tanning salon on Rothesay Avenue last Monday morning at nine o'clock.

Theft at Construction Site

You would have to think this is going to be tough for a thief or thieves to sell.
City Police are searching for a construction style compactor that was stolen over the weekend.

Officers tell us it was taken from a Q and M work site near the Red Head Road.

It is valued at over $12,000 dollars.

Settling In to His New Job

                     (KV Fire Chief Bill Ireland)
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Calling it everything he expected it would be and more, Bill Ireland is settling in to his new role as Chief of the K.V. Fire Department.

Ireland tells CHSJ News, he has several projects he is going over including the five year fire service master plan.

Ireland admits this is a big job with lots to review and research to catch up on. Ireland assumed command last month when Larry Greer announced his retirement.

Marco Polo Tall Ship Project Looking For Volunteers

(Marco Polo Organiser Barry Ogden)
              (File Photo)

If you would like to take part in a piece of Saint John history, this is your chance. The Marco Polo project is looking for volunteers to help with caulking and painting the tall ship on the west side. If you're interested, Barry Ogden tells CHSJ News to get in touch with him at 658-5911.
Ogden is hoping the project will be completed as early as later this year. He predicts it will become a magnet for tourists and could turn out to be the most photographed tourist attraction in the province. A final location for the ship hasn't been determined but Ogden tells us they would like it to be somewhere between Long Wharf and the Marco Polo Cruise Ship Terminal.

Changes Along Highway One Westbound To Be Delayed

Traffic going westbound along Highway One at Crown Street won't be seeing a major change tomorrow after all. That word coming from the Transportation Department's Andrew Holland who tells CHSJ News the local contractor has run into problems with its asphalt plant and parts have to be ordered. The new date for closing the off ramp is May 25th.
Holland says the one week delay won't have any impact on when the One Mile Interchange is completed in late 2012 because other work on the project continues.

West Side Business Releases Wish List

The West Side Business Association has come up with a wish list for what it would like to see in that part of town. Association President Owen Boyle says the top three things on the list are an exercise club, a family restaurant, and a movie theatre. Boyle is hopeful a family restaurant will go in at the corner by the new Sobeys. He says someone already tried to buy space for a gym but local businesses kept jacking the price up. As for the movie theatre, Boyle says it doesn't have to be big for people to be happy with it.

Costco Blown Away By Response To Its Opening Later This Month

(Costco in the Eastpoint Shopping Area)
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In less than two weeks, anyone who loves to shop at Costco will no longer have to travel to Moncton. The largest store in the chain in Atlantic Canada opens up in East Saint John May.27th. Anthony Taza is Assistant Warehouse Manager and tells CHSJ News, final preperations continue with the store taking shape.
Taza adds to beat the rush, you can sign up for a membership at the store right now and adds he is overwhelmed at how Saint John has welcomed the company. 130 people were hired after the three day job fair that was held back in March.

Big Changes Starting Tomorrow Along Highway One

There are some major changes coming to the traffic flow along Highway One tomorrow and in the weeks to come. This, as construction on the One Mile Interchange rolls forward. Brad Mullin is an engineer with the Department of Transportation and tells CHSJ News the existing Crown Street off-ramp is being closed permanently as of tomorrow. If everything stays on target, the job should be finished in late 2012. The new detour is just a little further down the highway. Also starting tomorrow, westbound traffic will be down to one lane near the construction site until the end of next month.

Saint John Eyeing The 2012 Memorial Cup Tournament

Even though he would like to have his team in tow, Seadogs President Wayne Long is headed West this week. He is going to the Memorial Cup to take in the hockey but also do some advance scouting. Long tells CHSJ News, Saint John is still moving ahead with it's bid to host the tournament in 2012.  Long says they aren't trying to reinvent the wheel but just want to take a look around at what the host city this year Brandon is doing and pick out some of the things we can do better. A committee has been formed working on a presentation that will highlight the characteristics of Southern New Brunswick.

Crack Cocaine Use On Rise In Last Six Months

Ridgewood Addiction Services is busy helping people in the Greater Saint John area get a variety of monkeys off their back.
Karen Thomas tells CHSJ News there has been in an increase in the use of crack cocaine in the last six months. She has not seen any local cases of crystal-meth addiction. The opiates of choice in Southern New Brunswick are dilaudid and oxycontin.
Ridgewood Addiction Services processses 60 clients a month in a 20-bed unit which is not always full to capacity.

Uptown To Get Brand New Clock As Part Of 225 Celebration

As Saint John's 225th Birthday Celebration approaches, construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the brand new clock for King Street.

Crews worked all weekend installing the clock, which is a gift from Commercial Properties to the city for its birthday. 

The clock is currently covered by a black sheet to keep everyone in suspense until the big unveiling ceremony tomorrow morning at ten.