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Friday, October 21, 2011

Weapons Seized At Inn

City police seizing two rifles, a loaded handgun, and a large amount of cash after executing two search warrants, one at ATCAN Self Storage on Thorne Avenue and the other at a hotel room at the Colonial Inn.

30 year old John Phillip Trecartin making a court appearance this morning to answer to possession of a restricted weapon with ammunition and probation violation.

He has been remanded to the Saint John Regional Correctional Center until Tuesday for a bail hearing.

A 21 year old woman was arrested and released.  She will be in court at a later date.

Province To Hold Live Webcast On Shale Gas

The province is taking to the world wide web to answer questions about shale gas exploration and development.

Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup will be holding a live webcast next Thursday where he will answer your questions.

You can submit questions via email and you have until 5pm Tuesday.

You can submit your questions to

Shale Gas Implications Are Far Reaching Says Opponent

If you think shale gas exploration won't happen in your backyard, then Carl Wolpin with Hampton Water First wants you to think again.

He tells CHSJ News about one third of the southeast part of the province is licensed to companies for shale gas exploration, which could mean 15 to 50 thousand gas wells in the province.

He says the shale gas industry can definitely have negative effects on the Saint John and Quispamsis watershed.

Wolpin and other anti-shale gas groups will be holding an information session on fracking this Sunday at 1:30pm at 525 Sandy Point Road.  Admission is free.

Nominees Released For BOT Awards

It's that time again -- next week marks the 27th Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards from the Saint John Board of Trade.

Some of the nominees include Go-Go Gymnastics and The Urban Shoe Myth for the Emerging Enterprise Award.

Meanwhile, culinary staples like Thandi Restaurant and the Saint John Ale House are on the ballot for the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

The awards will be handed out November 30th.

Jobs With Shipbuilding Contract Won't Be Immediate

Don't expect anyone to be hired in the near future for any of the jobs that will be needed by the multi-billion dollar naval shipbuilding contract awarded to Irving in Halifax.

Pat Darrah of the Saint John Construction Association tells CHSJ News the jobs themselves are a year away but there's alot of potential if businesses here can get ready in time. He says they'll just have to put their shoulder to the wheel.

Darrah is concerned the next year will be lean and mean with no major projects.

Darrah says there's plenty of time for those who want to be hired to get properly qualified including community college students.

Saint John Will Benefit From Halifax Shipbuilding Deal

Saint John Board of Trade Chairman John Warrington says Saint John has a lot to gain from the multi-billion dollar shipbuilding contract recently awarded to Halifax.

He tells CHSJ News a lot of trade companies and service providers will be needed to build the ships and Saint John has many companies that are up for the task, such as fabricators and service providers.

He says Irving Shipbuilding is a sister company of J.D. Irving  which has deep roots here in the city.

Saint John Dries Out After Heavy Rainfall

We got alot of rain which began Wednesday night. As of 9 last night, we had been drenched with 64 millimeters. More than 57 millimeters of that fell during the day. 

A vehicle hydroplaned yesterday afternoon while going eastbound along Highway 1 just before the Fox Farm Road and slammed into a utility pole. One man was taken to hospital.

There were a couple of traffic disruptions on the east side because of water building up but that was nothing compared to what happened in Moncton where flooding occurred downtown.