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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saint John Man Killed In Highway Crash

An unidentified 27-year-old man from Saint John was killed early this morning after he was a ejected during a single vehicle crash.

The RCMP say it occurred on Highway 111 in Rowley and the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.

There were five people in the car at the time.

The four passengers, all women from the Saint John area, were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The name of the man who died is being withheld until the next of kin are notified.

Car Accident On Golden Grove Road Takes Life

A fatal car accident on the Golden Grove Road last night.

City police say the call came in just after 1am.

Two veheciles were involved in the crash near Hillcrest Road, with one man in his 30s dying as a result.

There were several passengers between the two cars, who were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A 35-year-old man is in custody and will make a court appearance later today on charges related to the crash.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Fire Wreaks Havoc At Thistle Curling Club

No was was hurt, but the Thistle St. Andrews curling club suffering heavy fire damage after a blaze early last night.

City fire crews getting the call just around 7 about the blaze originating in the kitchen area of the building on Dufferin Avenue.

The 911 call coming in as a possible explosion as the force of the water in the building blew out part of a wall.

Firefighters had to smash in a glass door to gain entry into the building and once inside found the sprinkler system was working to douse some of the flames.

District Fire chief Gerald Green tells CHSJ News the second floor did suffer serious damage.

Investigators did check out the scene but the cause of the fire is not suspicious.

While the curling club is closed for the season, parts of the buildings including the kitchen are used for other functions including weddings.

City Transit Commission Wins Energy Efficiency Award

The city's Transit Commission pocketing an award for energy efficiency thanks to their new facility.

Assistant General Manager Brian Thorne tells CHSJ News the new transit centre is designed to generate a large amount of energy savings.

He says the design will generate savings of around 225 thousand dollars a year going forward.

Some of the building's features include motion detector lights that turn off when no one is in a room, solar walls and efficient heating.

City Seeks Support For Commuter Challenge

Saint John trying to get Quispamsis to join in on the fun as they launch the commuter challenge.

The challenge encourages people to leave their cars at home during National Environment Week from June 5th through the 11th.

Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll says the town is already very conscious about the emission of green house gases.

He says the commuter challenge fits in well with the town's existing active transportation plan which encourages the public to use human modes of transport.

District 6 Looks Into Career Learning

District 6 Education Council discussing when is the right time to introduce career development learning to students.

The district currently runs a career program called "Pace" for students in grade 11, but Superintendent Andrew Hopper tells CHSJ News students have said that's too late in the game.

Hopper says grade 11 teachers also expressed concerns about the amount of time that it takes to offer that program to students.

He says the district hasn't made any final decisions at this time.

New Turbines Already On Order For Point Lepreau

Point Lepreau will be needing new turbines sooner rather than later because of the incident where two turbines fell into the Bay of Fundy in the fall of 2008.

Station Director Wade Parker says the turbines will need to be replaced after two operating cycles because they were never meant to be under water.

Parker says replacement turbines have already been ordered, but there won't be time to install the new ones during the current Point Lepreau Refurbishment, so it will have to happen in a future outage.

Sports Fields To Open This Week

The city's sports fields are set to open this Friday, May 27th. 

That's a week later than originally scheduled. 

The slew of wet weather has made it difficult for Leisure Services to prepare the fields to a playable level. 

For more information you can visit or call 652-PLAY.

River Watch Issues Final Bulletin Of The Season

Saint John appears to be getting off easy this year in terms of flooding.

With water levels now a safe, one meter below the initial flood stage in Saint John, the provincial flood forecasting center has released it's final bulletin of the season.

Officials say water levels in the lower portion of the St. John River basin should continue to go down slowly, but if conditions change River Watch will renew it's forecasts.

Information about flood clean-up can be found on the River Watch website, at

Car Accident On The Golden Grove Road

A serious car accident in the vicinity of 765 Golden Grove Road last night. 

Police say the call came in at around 1am. 

The road was closed to through traffic for a few hours and police are still investigating, with more details to be released later in the day.