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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Companies Will Not Participate In EUB Hearing On Enbridge Gas

Ganong Brothers, Atlantic Wallboard and Flakeboard will not be participating in the Energy and Utilities Board hearing next month on an application by Enbridge Gas to increase its delivery charge.  The companies all believes the Enbridge Gas monopoly is broken and legislators must act.  Atlantic Wallboard spokesperson Mary Keith tells CHSJ News since the year 2000 when Enbridge Gas first began operation customers have seen a 500 per cent increase in the delivery cost. She says New Brunswickers today are paying twice as much for the delivery of the gas than they are for the gas itself.
Keith adds it's like saying it will be ten dollars for the pizza and 20 dollars for the delivery.

Horizon Health Network Announcing New Board Chair

The Horizon Health Network board of directors has a new chair in David Ferguson.
Health Minister Madelaine Dube announcing the appointment is effective immediately.

Ferguson was formerly the clerk of the executive council and secretary to cabinet.Outgoing board chair, John Laidlaw, tendering his resignation earlier today and Dube has accepted it.

Vote For The Worst Road In Saint John

The CAA wants you to speak up if you think Saint John has some of the worst roads in the Maritimes.
The company recently launching their "Worst Roads Campaign", where you get to cast your vote on the worst roads in Atlantic Canada for a chance to win weekly prizes.

CAA spokesperson Gary Howard tells CHSJ News the feedback generated by the campaign can serve as a catalyst for road repair, as was the case in Ontario after the results were sent to mayors, MLA's and MP's.

For the roads indentified as the worst roads they have a been fixed in a very good bay and Howard expects the same kind of results in Atlantic Canada.
He says the main objective of the campaign is to get roads fixed and make them safe for drivers.     For information on how to submit your vote, click here

Film Documents Need For Catatstrophic Drug Coverage

A short film documenting the experience of two people who rely on catastrophic drugs is getting a positive reception.

The idea came about after the Canadian Cancer Society and 20 other groups saw a need to draw attention to the plight of New Brunswickers suffering with cancer and other serious medical problems who rely on these medications.

Senior Manager for Public Isssues Ellen Snider tells CHSJ News the film shows two personal stories that you have to see to believe.

She says it's the first time people are reacting emotionally to this issue and they people are vulnerable and the government should take care of it.
To see the film "Catastrophic Drug Coverage in New Brunswick: Personal Perspectives" click here

West Side Liquor Store Closing On Sunday

NB Liquor announcing its store at Westwind Place along Fairville Blvd will be closing its doors permanently at 5:00 this Sunday afternoon.

It will be replaced by a new store at the Fairville Boulevard Plaza close to the new Sobeys.

Province Issues Warning Relating To Raw Walnuts

Don't eat raw, shelled walnuts that come from bulk bins and or packages. That warning issued by the province's Chief Medical Health Officer who says any such products should be tossed out because they might contain an E. Coli bacteria.

So far, there have been two confirmed cases of this particular E. Coli bacteria in the province and they are being looked into to determine if they are connected to raw, shelled walnuts.

House Fire On East Side Causes Extensive Damage

City Fire crews called to a house fire on the east side late yesterday afternoon. District Chief Joe Armstrong says the call came in from 18 Belgrave Street with heavy fire coming from the second floor.

There was some fire damage caused to the vinyl siding of a neighbouring home.

A mother and her three children managed to get out safely and the cause is believed to be accidental.

In Chipman, there was no one home when a mid-afternoon fire at 338 Red Bank Drive gutted a house being rented by a couple and three children ranging in age from two to 10.

More Adult Learners Enrolling at University

The downturn in the economy has lead to an increase in the enrolment of mature students -- that from UNB Saint John Recruitment Coordinator Courtney Rock.

She tells CHSJ News people are returning to school for two main reasons........ to find a new career or just because they want to enhance their knowledge.

She believes the number of mature students will increase as the baby boomer generation retires and wish to do something with their time.

Adult student Shari Patstone will be graduating this year after 10 years of part time learning.She tells CHSJ News what started out as a curiosity turned into a great experience.

Patstone says the best part of adult learning is that you can have a flexible schedule so that you don't have to give up your career or family life.

 She will be graduating from UNB Saint John this year a Bachelor degree in Education.