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Monday, May 30, 2011

Wellington Row Will Have Limited Access For Two Weeks

Drivers who use Wellington row to get to the City Centre will have limited access for the next two weeks due to sewer and water upgrades.

Wellington Row will be barricaded at Carelton Street, except between the hours of 7:45 to 9 in the morning and from 4:30 to 5:30 in the evening in order to ease congestion.

You can get to Wellington any time from Union Street but there will no exit onto Carelton Street except during the aforementioned times.

More Video Of The Sea Dogs Returning Home Today

Memorial Cup tournament MVP Jonathan Huberdeau and the rest of the Sea Dogs return home to hundreds of thrilled fans at the Saint John Airport.

Memorial Cup Champions Get A Hero's Welcome Home

A hero's welcome for the Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs as they return from Mississauga after last night's win. Over 300 fans showing up to welcome the team as they arrived at the Saint John Airport. Dogs Goalie Jacob DeSerres refuses to take credit for the win saying his teammates worked hard. DeSerres tells CHSJ News it's quite a change from last year after losing the final 9-1 when playing for Brandon.

It's no surprise that Dogs president Wayne Long is over the moon calling it a dream come true and they are blown away by the crowd at the airport to greet them today.
The team, its staff and owners got a little surprise as schoolchildren lining Loch Lomond Road with Sea Dogs signs were waiting for the team bus to come by.

The Sea Dogs victory parade begins at noon tomorrow in Kings Square.

City Wants Quality Assurance On Road Work

Common Council is looking into demanding quality assurance or long-term warranties from work done on city roads.

Mayor Ivan Court says roads are deteriorating too quickly and the city needs to hold companies accountable for work that carry price tags in the millions.

Councilor Mel Norton suggesting the anticipated life span of the road could be included in the work contract but Director of Public Works Shane Galbraith says it would be hard to enforce given extenuating circumstances like the weather.

Postal Workers Could Strike In 72 hours

Canada Post workers could be heading to the picket line this week.

Wally Moore is the President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Saint John and he tells CHSJ News they have put forward their final offer to Canada Post this morning in an effort to prevent a strike.  He says if no headway is made then workers could be on strike as early as Thursday morning.

Employees have been in negotiations for about 7 months. 

Moore says the main sticking points of the deal is reduced wages for new employees and proposed changes to their sick leave plan.

Economic Growth In Province Will Be Sluggish

Economic growth this year in the province will wind up being under 2 per cent according to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council in its latest forecast. 

APEC senior economist Fred Bergman tells CHSJ News employment remains weak although he can see positive growth happening in manufacturing and with exports.

Bergman points out a number of call centres in the province have closed in the past year including Eddie Bauer here in Saint John which have contributed to weak employment. 

APEC is forecasting the economies of all three Maritime provinces will lag behind the rest of the country including Newfoundland.

Spend That Refund Wisely

It's nearly June and some people are still waiting on their income tax refund.
The folks at Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada offering a little advice for those itching to spend the money to consider carefully what to do with it.

Director of Education Tamara Kelly tells CHSJ News most of us would spend the refund before it arrives.  Kelly says a lot of people don't have a rainy day fund so it's really important to set aside some money in case there is an emergency.   For more info, click here

Seadogs Win Memorial Cup

Sea Dogs fans don't have to chant "We Want The Cup" any longer, because Saint John's team is bringing it home.

The Seadogs won the Memorial Cup after a 3-1 win against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors with Jacob DeSerres stopping 34 shots.

The 21-year-old was appearing in his second straight Memorial Cup final. Last year he helped the Brandon Wheat Kings reach the title game before surrendering nine goals in a loss to the Windsor Spitfires. The Calgary native was stellar for Sea Dogs, who stormed out to a 2-0 first-period lead before DeSerres came up with some spectacular saves to help his club withstand a spirited comeback bid by the hometown Majors.

Simon Despres, Zack Phillips and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for Saint John which becomes the first team from Atlantic Canada to win the Memorial Cup. Huberdeau was named the most valuable player of the tournament and there's now speculation he could be the first pick in the NHL draft.

When Huberdeau scored the Dogs' final goal with four minutes left in the third, fans watching the game on the big screen at Harbour Station were on their feet.

Last night's victory marked the 77th win for the Sea Dogs this season. A homecoming parade will be held for the Dogs tomorrow from Kings Square starting at noonhour and finishing up at the Market Square boardwalk.

Suspicious Fires In South End

Fire crews getting a call just after 12:30 this morning about a porch being on fire at 16 Queen Square North.

When they arrived on scene, crews discovered the vestibules of two homes were ablaze. The flames were extinguished in a manner of minutes but the cause of the fire is suspicious and city police are investigating.

Smoke was also discovered coming from a building at 261 Charlotte Street a few minutes later.

On Saturday night crews responded to a suspicious blaze near Lancaster Mall where a dumpster and a quarter ton truck were found on fire.

K-V-H-S Reach For The Top Team Undefeated

It's down to the crunch for the Kennebecasis Valley High School Reach for the Top team at the Nationals in Toronto.

The team was in first place after the round robin but coach Jason Thorne says the competition has been very strong this year primarily from the three Ontario teams.

Over the last four seasons, K-V-H-S has finished in the top three in Canada each year and won the National Championship for the first time last year. The semi-final and final matches go today.

Speed Bumps Being Considered For Quispamsis Subdivision

Speed monitors have been out again in the Southwood Drive subdivision of Quispamsis as town engineers look at the effectiveness of last summer's traffic calming program.

Speed bumps were installed this time last year on Southwood Drive, Lexington Avenue and Minstrel Drive after the subdivision became a heavily used shortcut to the Vincent Road.

Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News the effectiveness of the speed bumps has to be determined.

Driscoll says no one has directly asked him if the speed bumps will be going in again this summer.

Traffic To Be Disrupted In City Core

A traffic note to keep in mind over the next two days. Water street will be closed starting at 11 this morning until late tomorrow night.

Crews will be trying to move the large crane that's being used for the Harbourfront condo construction project.

Traffic will be re-routed left off Water Street to Canterbury Street, then right to join the Lower Cove Road.

The crane removal is dependent on the weather conditions.

Meantime, did you see that huge crane set up at Germain and King street this weekend?

We can tell you it was there moving concrete blocks off the roof of the C-I-B-C bank.

A worker on site telling CHSJ News it was deteriorating and will be replaced.
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Sea Dogs Win The Cup

Sea Dogs fans don't have to chant "We Want The Cup" any longer, because Saint John's team is bringing it home.

The Saint John Sea Dogs became the first team from Atlantic Canada to ever win the Memorial Cup with a 3-1 win over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors last night. 

The score was 2-1 heading in to the third, until Jonathan Huberdeau scored the final goal with just under four minutes of play left in the game. 

Fans watching the game on the big screen at Harbour Station were on there feet.

Sunday's game marked the 77th win for the Sea Dogs this season.

A homecoming parade will be held for the Dogs on Tuesday in Kings Square starting at noon.