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Monday, April 11, 2011

Chase Signs European TV Deal

Hot on the heels of signing a record deal last fall, singer Kevin Chase announcing today a deal with Germany's AGR Televison and Universal.
Chase grew up on the Kingston Pennisula and is now based in Moncton.
The deal will bring his latest record to European audiences as "Hold On Tight" will see a multi-national release.

The first single “Outta Sight Outta Mind” will be sent to country radio stations in several countries including Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and England by the end of the month. The album “Hold On Tight” will be available in stores and for download later this year and eventually be available in 39 countries.
Chase is preparing to shoot his first video for the album release. He says the concept is coming together with a few location details being worked before shooting can start.
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Q League Fines Shawinigan

Q League commissioner Gilles Courteau giving a $2000 fine to the Shawinigan Cataractes organization for inappropriate comments made April 7th by the team’s GM Martin Mondou relating to the 2012 Memorial Cup selection process and the Saint John Sea Dogs.
The comments coming a day before the announcement that Shawinagan gets the right to host next year's event and that Saint John lost.

The commissioner says in a release that the accusatory comments made by Shawinigan's GM Martin Mondou were inappropriate and unacceptable. Courteau adds the selection process for the Memorial Cup was conducted by an independent committee that worked hard to analyse all the possible candidates.

He says comments that cast a doubt on the credibility of a member club or committee do not have their place.  Courteau goes on to say it's of the utmost importance that clubs operate within an environment of respect.

Weston Reveals Four Campaign Priorities

The incumbant Conservative candidate in Saint John unveiling in his four major initiatives for the election campaign.
They include social housing and support program investments, creating strong minds with education, arts and culture and promoting a strong body in partnership with the YM-YWCA by creating a new facility and working to upgrade the Rothesay Arena.
Rodney Weston can't commit to giving the city 57.4 million dollars for his top priority clean safe drinking water.

He says that needs to be worked out and he's been meeting with Saint John East MLA Glen Tait who is leading the charge provincially on clean drinking water.

Weston says he has also met more than once with Councillor Chris Titus on the subject.
Common Council will hear a detailed plan on how to provide clean, safe drinking water at tonight's meeting.   It starts at 6:15.

Alward Expects Recommendations Soon On Energy Policy

One of the first things David Alward did after becoming Premier was appoint an Energy Commission whose job it is to help formulate a new energy policy. Former Energy Minister Jennott Volpe is a member of that commission.

Alward expects the commission's recommendations by early May.  When he was Opposition Leader, Alward hammered then Premier Shawn Graham's government for not having any such policy while trying to negotiate a deal with Hydro Quebec.

Alward also vows to hold the public service's feet to the fire to eliminate red tape and encourage outside investment but, at the same time, promises a balance will be found between development and protection of people in the province.

Big Seizure Of Illegal Smokes

The RCMP making two traffic stops and seizing 350 thousand illegal cigarettes in the northern part of the province.

One vehicle was stopped in Grand Falls resulting in the seizure of 200,000 contraband cigarettes. A 46-year-old man from Quebec was arrested and later released. He is scheduled to appear in Grand Falls Provincial court on June 14th.

Later, a second vehicle was stopped in Saint-Jacques with 150,000 contraband cigarettes being confiscated. A 66-year-old man from Nova Scotia was arrested and later released. He is scheduled to appear in Edmundston Provincial Court on June 5th.

In both cases, the cigarettes and the vehicles used to transport them were seized and will be forfeited to the government.

Overnight Fire In Lorneville

An early morning fire causing extensive damage to a mini home in Lorneville this morning at 112 School Bus Road.

No one was at home when the fire started around 3:00.

There were no injuries in fighting the blaze and the cause is being investigated.

Plan To Be Presented On Safe, Clean Drinking Water

The city will be looking for 57.4 million dollars each from the federal and provincial governments to help pay for safe clean drinking water.

That's part of the plan to be presented to Common Council tonight for funding from 2012 to 2016. Councillors are being told water metering will be mandatory for any water system that aims to be sustainable.

The head of Municipal Operations Paul Groody wants to get to the point where there will be automatic metering of how much water you consume.

Mayor Ivan Court says there's no point comparing what metered water will cost in the city as opposed to Fredericton and Moncton which are alot smaller in size. Court maintains the costs will come down if population density increases in the city which is what Plan SJ is all about.

The central feature of the plan will be the water filtration treatment plant to be located south of the Little River Resevoir. In the meantime, the Conservative candidate running in Saint John Rodney Weston will be spelling out today what his priorities will be if re-elected.

New Lifeguard Deal Proposed

The city is proposing the Canada Games Aquatic Centre provide the lifeguards who will be keeping an eye on swimmers at four city beaches this summer from June 25th to August 21st.

The city would pay the Aquatic Centre 108 thousand dollars if Common Council approves.

The lifeguards would be stationed at Dominion Park, Lakewood Resevoir, Lily Lake and Fisher Lakes.

Premier Vows To Reverse Fiscal Decline

As debate got underway on the Alward Government's first budget, work has already started on the second.

That word from Premier David Alward and he warns it isn't going to get any easier with tough choices and sacrifices lying ahead but concedes it's difficult to change the collective mindset.

Alward says the most important job facing his government is to reverse the fiscal decline. He accuses the previous Liberal Government of providing 4 years of mismanagement.

 Alward goes on to say all government departments are undergoing a spending review, M-L-A salaries are frozen and their pension benefits will be lowered.

West Side Man Still Among The Missing

City police want your help in tracking down a man missing for a week.

58-year-old Lionel Daigle is from the New Direction Special Care home on the west side.

He requires medication for mental health issues.

He's described as 5'3", 137 pounds with a slim build, brown eyes, and salt and pepper hair.

He was last seen wearing a 9/11 tribute hat with an eagle,a three-quarter length grey-hooded winter jacket, jeans and sneakers.

If you have seen him, call police at 648-3333.

Campobello Man Plans To Walk From Coast to Coast

A 25-year-old Campobello man takes off May 10th on a cross-Canada trek to raise awareness about epilepsy.

Brett Cameron says he met a boy last year inspiring with his joyful look at life despite having a serious illness.

He tells CHSJ News it's the least he can do so, he is busy preparing himself physically for the journey.

He says as long as people are supporting him he has no doubts about being ready when the time comes.

Cameron is lining up sponsors for his cross-country trek and he has some friends who say they want to join him.

There is a Facebook page dedicated to the event, to find it click!/home.php?sk=group_147870951944929