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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boat Docks Safely

A close call on the Kennebecasis River late this afternoon after a boat caught fire in the Western channel.

The was in the boat's engine compartment  and was extinguished by the time the Saint John Fire Rescue reached it in the western channel.

No one was injured and the boat is safely docked backed at the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club.

Maritime Concertgoers Have Options In Halifax This Summer

The remaining line-up for Halifax Rocks 2010 has been announced with Kid Rock headlining the July.23rd show to open the two day festival. He will be joined by the Counting Crows, Daughtry and Tonic. Local artists the Stanfields and the Jimmy Swift Band are also on the ticket. On Saturday, Weezer, Classified and the Black Eyed Peas will take to the stage.

All tickets that our bought before the end of this month will be covered by rain insurance. Despite several calls to Moncton City Hall, our news-room has still not heard back from an official as to what concert might be at the Magnetic Hill Site this year.

RCMP With a Successful Road Safety Week

RCMP is celebrating a successful Road Safety Week.

In 98 check-stops, 22,000 vehicles were looked over and found 36 impaired drivers, 116 people were fined for not wearing a seat-belt and 303 people received a ticket for agressive driving or speeding.

Unfortunately, two people were killed on provincial highways and ten were injured.

At the largest checkstop conducted on the Trans Canada Highway near Salisbury, officers made three drug seizures totalling 75 pounds of marijuana. 30,000 contraband cigarettes were also found.

Scholarships For Medical Students

(The Medical Education Trust accepts $1,000,000)
(Photo by Sherry Aske)

Students studying medicine in the province have one million new reasons to stay at home.

The Friends of the Christofor Foundation have donated 1 million dollars to the New Brunswick Medical Education Trust.

Chair Donald Craig says the money will be used towards $12,000 bursaries for students who want to practice medicine in the province.

With 50% of the province's doctors near retiring age, Craig says it is vital to keep young doctors practicing in New Brunswick.

If you are a medical student who wants to apply, you can go to

More Details Released On Violent Domestic Assault

A 32 year old woman remains in hospital after undergoing surgery following a violent domestic assault early this morning in the Latimore Lake Trailer Park. Sergeant Pat Bonner says a 31 year old man was later arrested by Police but not without some bother. He was in a van at the corner of Bayside Drive and Loch Lomond Road when the chase began. It ended more than 8 kilometers later when the van went out of control on Hickey Road off Grandview Avenue but the suspect wasn't injured. Police also blame road rage for the Causeway being closed in both directions yesterday morning. A 28 year old man is looking at charges of making threats and drug possession.

Registration Approaching If You Want To Have Say In City's New Municipal Plan

(Common Councillor Chris Titus)
              (File Photo)

Friday is the deadline to sign up for a one day workshop June 12th to help chart the city's future with the development of a new municipal plan. Common Councillor Chris Titus argues a better result will come with more realistic forecasts of how many people will be living in the city. He says there were earlier forecasts of Saint John having as many as 200 thousand people by now which clearly never happened.
The workshop, divided into two sessions, will be held at Harbourview High. You can sign up online, in person at the Plan SJ storefront in Brunswick Square or by calling 635-2000.

Political Future Still Alive

                         (John Campbell)
                        (File Photo)

John Campbell's name may appear on the ballot of the September Provincial Election yet.

After losing the Conservative nomination for Saint John Harbour by four votes, a group is trying to convince Campbell to run as an independent.

A petition is being circulated to show Campbell there is support for the move. Campbell tells CHSJ News, he really wasn't suprised he lost by such a close margin.
Campbell says the petition currently carries two hundred names and if there were 500, that would be a strong indicator for him running as an independent is the right thing to do.

Campbell adds if he does run as an independent, he will contact Conservative Leader David Alward to announce his intentions.

Restoring Long Wharf

 (Captain Al Soppitt of the Saint John Port Authority)
                       (File Photo)

With-in the next two weeks, the restoration of Long Wharf is expected to get started.

Close to 300 pilings that were driven into the ground as part of pre-construction work by Fort Reliance's office tower, will be capped and paved over.

Captain Al Soppitt with the Saint John Port Authority tells CHSJ News, its time to move on and map out a future for the site.
Soppitt adds there is no start or finish time for the restoration job but there is no rush with the first cruise ship not due to dock at Long Wharf until September.

Trying to Slow People Down

After dropping the speed limit from 60 to 50kilometers a few years ago, the push continues to get vehicles to slow down along Rothesay Avenue.
A variable radar board has been installed on one of the speed limit signs near Ritchies.

Manager of pedestrian and traffic services Timothy O'Reilly tells CHSJ News, most vehicles coming off the highway usually are going way over the posted limit.

O'Reilly says the sign will be turned on in the coming weeks but right now, they are using it to monitor how fast vehicles are going.

Another Candidate for the Conservatives

Add another name to the ballot for the Conservatives in the September Provincial vote.

Nurse administrator Sharon Tucker will carry the banner for the party in the riding of Charlotte the Isles.

Tucker won the nomination on the second ballot with close to 300 people on hand.

Tucker is trying to defeat Liberal MLA and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.

Arrest Made In Violent Assault

City Police report a violent assault took place on the east side. One woman is in hospital and a man is in jail facing charges after what police say was a domestic dispute that escalated into violence at Latimore Lake. The woman's injuries are not described as life threatening.

K-V-H-S Triumphs At Reach For The Top

The Kennebecasis Valley High School Reach for the Top Team is taking home the top prize at the National Championships. Coach Jason Thorne says Cobequid Educational Centre, the team from Nova Scotia, they played in the final, gave them a run for their money.
But after the final round of questions the score was 330 points for K-V-H-S and 290 for Cobequid. Thorne says after coming 2nd or 3rd for the last couple of years, the win meant so much more. It was the first time in Reach for the Top history that both teams in the final were from the Maritimes.

Trauma Care Line Stirs Debate

(Rothesay M-L-A Margaret Ann Blaney)
                 (File Photo)

It was unveiled back in February but still no sign of the Province's new toll free trauma line. It is part of the new co-ordinated trauma system designed to connect emergency rooms so physicians can communicate. The start up date was April.1st but is now on hold until the end of the month. Opposition Health Critic and Rothesay Conservative MLA Margaret Ann Blaney tells CHSJ News, a glossy flyer which has been handed out in Schryer's riding since April says the phone line has been established. Blaney adds she is confused about how a comprehensive truama system can be put in place with no 1-800 set-up and a director who spends the majority of his time in Quebec.
But work is continuing on the 1-800 trauma line according to the Administrative Director for the Provincial Trauma Program Ian Watson who tells CHSJ News, they are working to get emergency departments up to speed on how it will work.
Watson adds it is fair to say the line should be up and running by this month but  he points outgood quality trauma care is already in place at hospitals around the province.

Local Soldiers To Be Honoured

38 members of the Canadian Forces including three from this Province are being awarded medals from the Governor General. The Medal of Military Valour has been awarded to Corporal Richard Anderson who back on January.31st of last year, put his own life at risk to save the life of an Afghan Soldier while under attack in the Zhari District. Meritorious Service Medals are being awarded to Master Warrant Officer Eric Rolfe of Oromocto and Major Russell Washburn of St. George.
Both are being honored for their outstanding work and dedication while deployed in Afghanistan between September of 2008 and the spring of 09. No date on when the ceremony will be held.

Pastor Wants To Run For N-D-P In Saint John Harbour.

A candidate for the provincial N-D-P nomination in Saint John Harbour has come forward. Wayne Dryer has been living in the South End for 27 years and is the pastor at Germain Street United Baptist Church. He also worked as a recreation supervisor at the South End Community Centre. Dryer says his immediate goal is to achieve the highest voter turnout in the province and help rebuild voter faith in representative democracy. No nomination date has been set for the riding. The riding has been held since 2005 by Liberal cabinet minister Dr. Ed Doherty. The Conservatives last week chose as their candidate, Common Councillor and St. Malachy's high school teacher Carl Killen.

Drivers Nabbed In Roadside Checks By City Police

Road Safety Week numbers are in from the Saint John Police Force. Out of the 17,000 vehicles checked last week, there were ten drunk drivers and 95 tickets handed out for various motor vehicle infractions.
14 roadside check areas and two commercial vehicle enforcement check points were set up and two people were also caught for driving with a suspended license.