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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two Vehicle Crash in Morrisdale

Traffic is moving again on Route 102 in Morrisdale after a head-on collision earlier this afternoon.

The jaws of the life were needed to remove two people from their vehicles.

No word yet on any injuries.

Funding Cuts Could Hurt Business

A place to live and work on the edge--that's how Enterprise Saint John wants people to see the Port City. But with core funding being cut by ACOA, General manager Steve Carson says they're looking at new ways to continue their mandate of retaining and attracting business investments to Saint John.

He says they'll make up the lost funding with a combination of other resources.

Carson says they're losing $240,000 as of May of next year, which is 15% of their total budget.

Meantime, it's expected the new Wal Mart in Lancaster Mall will be opening up its doors by late fall or early in 2013.

Crash Shuts Down Highway

All of Route 102 in Morrisdale is shut down due to a head on crash on the highway.

A caller to our CHSJ Newsroom tells us two cars were involved.

Fire, police and ambulance on the scene. Folks heading in either direction are advised to plan their routes accordingly.

City Crews Help With Moncton Spill

The Saint John Fire Department is helping out after a spill at the University of Moncton.

Two people were exposed in a chemical bunker behind the science building at the school.
They have not been sent to hospital and the chemical involved has not been determined.
CHSJ News learning there are road closures in the area because of the incident.

The crews from Saint John were requested by the Province's Deputy Fire Marshall.

Three vehicles have been sent to Moncton with 13 personnel including the Regional Hazmat Unit.

Fun Fitness Opportunity For Teen Girls

Teen girls getting a crash course in fitness and friendship at a new free program out oft he Carleton Community Center. Fit and Fun for Girls combines creative exercise opportunities like roller derby with educational talks about a variety of topics.

Organizer and social worker Laura Gatien tells CHSJ news the program is free with something for every young woman--including a chance to make new friends in a healthy and supportive environment.

Only 6 out of 15 places are filled. For more information call 647-4307. The program runs on Wednesdays from 10 until 12am.

Princess Of Acadia Due To Resume Schedule

The Princess of Acadia Ferry is expected to be back in service tomorrow with its regular operating schedule.

The vessel was out of service while repairs were being done at drydock in Halifax.

For more info, call Bay Ferries at 1-877-762-SAIL (7245) or here in Saint John 649-7777 or click here

City Dealing with Increasing Numbers Of Dangerous Buildings

The city has to cope with more and more dangerous buildings these days with 130 active cases.

That word given to Common Council by Building Inspector Amy Poffenroth who says getting landlords to maintain minimum standards in their buildings is even busier but the courts are co-operating by imposing higher fines for not complying.

She says last year a precendent setting fine of 11 thousand dollars was levied on one recalcitrant building owner.

Poffenroth says her department concentrates on the most dangerous buildings that pose a risk to public safety. One of those dangerous buildings on Victoria Street that was torched recently is being torn down.

Common Council Warned About Climate Change

The heavy rain this week forcing the evacuation of 12 people from a Saint John apartment building and contributing to a mudslide near Hartland.

Chief City Planner Ken Forrest warning the new members of Common Council these types of weather events will be happening more often because of climate change.

Part of the heavy rainfall this week was caused by Tropical Storm Debbie which deluged parts of Florida with 600 millimeters of rain.

Forrest says drainage of storm water in parts of Saint John leaves much to be desired at the best of times.

Rain Forces Evacuation Of Apartment Building

All the rain we've been getting has forced 12 people, including 7 children, to leave their aging apartment building on Bryden Street. 

The rain caused problems with the building's electrical system and the fire department came to the decision the building isn't safe until repairs can be done.
The Red Cross has arranged for emergency lodging and meals for those affected. It will likely be a couple of days before they can get back into their apartments.

A Big Financial Boost For Babies At The Regional Hospital

The 4th annual Golf Fore Kids Sake Tournament at Riverside was spared the rain and raised 107 thousand dollars. 

Randy Jones of the Winnipeg Jets and his family foundation raising the money for the Regional Hospital Foundation and its "Babes in Utero" project to upgrade the software and equipment needed for high risk obstetric fetal monitoring.

Tim Cameron of the Regional Hospital Foundation received the first ever Tim Cameron Big Heart award and gets to take $10,000 of the proceeds from the tourney and put it to a department or cause in the hospital of his choice.
Several hockey jerseys up for auction and none sold for less than $500. The Matt Stairs Team Canada baseball jersey went in auction for $2200 and that turned out to be the biggest ticket item.

Gas Prices Plummet

A continuing decline in gas prices after the weekly setting. In the city, self serve regular is selling for $1.17.1 a litre, a drop of over 3 and a half cents while diesel is also cheaper by just over two cents at $1.21.4 a litre.

Trudeau Spells Out When He Will Decide On Leadership Run

Justin Trudeau says he's going to decide by the end of the summer or early fall whether or not to run for the federal Liberal Party leadership. Trudeau was in town last night raising money for the Grace Foundation to help seniors. 

Trudeau predicts the Harper Conservatives will be vulnerable by the time the next federal election rolls around because they've become so arrogant after winning their long cherished majority in Parliament.

Trudeau says the NDP is trying to squeeze the Liberals out but a merger would be a bad idea, pointing out a two party system doesn't seem to be working all that well in the U.S. but concedes the Liberals will have to come up with bold new ideas for the country in order to reconnect with voters.