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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sea Dogs Show Off New Trophy to Fans

Sea Dogs fans packing into the seats at Harbour Station to get a glimpse of their team holding the President's Cup trophy.

The Dogs held a send-off party yesterday and fans showed up sporting all of their Sea Dogs gear to celebrate.

Some of them have already caught Memorial Cup fever.

The Dogs will take on the Owen Sound Attack, the St. Michael's Majors and the Kootney Ice in the Memorial Cup, which is being held in Mississauga.

The action starts this Friday.

Penobsquis Residents Seeking Damages Against Potash Mine Get Support

About 30 people braving the rain to support people in Penobsquis who say their quality of life has worsened because of the nearby potash mine. 

Stephanie Merril with the province's Conservation Council says drivers honked their horns when they saw the crowd assembled outside the All Seasons Inn in Sussex.  An 11 day hearing is being held at the Inn with the province's mining commissioner as 26 complainants seek damages for light pollution, dust, noise, and loss of water.

Province Marks Today As National Hypertension Day

The provincial government is recognizing today as National Hypertension Day.

Premier David Alward and Health Minister Madeline Dubé getting into the spirit of the occasion by having their blood pressure checked.

Dubé says hypertension or elevated blood pressure can be an indicator for cardiovascular disease and wants everybody to get their levels checked.

Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in the province.

Poor Weather Costing Cherry Brook Zoo Thousands In Revenue

The long spell of grey and wet weather is causing major hardships on the finances of the Cherry Brook Zoo.

Director of Zoo Development Lynda Collrin tells CHSJ News gate and gift shop revenue is down 12 thousand dollars, revenue from seminars has dropped 8 thousand dollars, and donations are slowing down because the rainy skies are keeping visitors away.

However, despite the red ink, Collrin says there will not be any cuts to staff or programs.

She says the zoo is looking into holding some extra events during the summer months in an effort to make up some financial ground.

Group Aims To Reduce Vehicle Noise Uptown

A Saint Johner who dislikes the racket in the Uptown forming a group to examine the problem.  Sam Blue of Noise-Free Saint John tells CHSJ News his group is hosting a noise tracking event on June 4th to raise awareness about motor vehicle noise.

He says it's being held in Kings Square which he describes as a popular spot for motorists who have tampered with their exhaust.

Blue is also encouraging business owners and residents to fill out a survey on how they experience noise and if it might force them to move somewhere else.   To fill out the survey, click here

Irving Oil Donates New $80,000 Bus To The Saint John Y

The Saint John Y has a beautiful new ride thanks to Irving Oil and its donation of a brand new bus.
The Y's Acting CEO Shilo Boucher says they will be able to do more and offer more services in the community because of this.

She says its a 20 passenger bus and it means they can fit more kids on the bus for the 5 schools they serve in the after-school program operating out of the Prince Edward Square location.
Boucher says they were relying on an 15-passenger van that was more than 8 years old.  The value of the new bus is estimated at nearly 80-thousand dollars.

Error Made In One Of The Charges For Driver Involved In Cylist's Death

The sentencing for Jason Donald Dickison hitting a technical snafu. 

Dickison has entered a guilty plea to a charge of driving without due care and attention in the death of an American cyclist on Route 7 near Petersville Hill back in September.

However, there was no plea to the second charge of excess hours of service because defense attorney Peter Crocco says the crown technically charged Dickison under the wrong section of the motor vehicle act.

The crown wants to amend the charge in court but the defense says any changes must be made within six months of the incident.

The issue has been adjourned until Dickison's sentencing hearing for the first charge on July 27th.

Saint John Y and Irving Oil Host Community Unveiling

We find out what the Y's new ride is today at the community unveiling at noon today.

CHSJ News learning a generous donation will be made by Irving Oil to help the Saint John Y meet its transportation challenges.

The group has been transporting children around town in an 8-year-old van.The event begins at 12pm at the Loyalist Burial Ground and includes a free BBQ.

Search To Resume For Missing Boater Near Fredericton

Tragedy in the Saint John river near Fredericton after a small boat flips leaving one person dead and another missing.
It's expected the search will resume today after the accident yesterday afternoon.
Police report four people were pulled out of the water but, one man was later pronounced dead in hospital.