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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Broken Heater Causing Problems For Walmart

It's the kind of thing you don't want to break when it's so cold out.

The Walmart on the East side had a delay opening today when a heating unit on top of the store malfunctioned. The Saint John Fire Department says the unit released a natural gas odour in the washrooms at the front of the store. Enbridge Gas did check the store and found the problem with the heater. An hour later, the store opened.

Fire crews say the store will bring in a service worker to fix it.

Economy The #1 Issue For 2013, Says Liberal Leader

As we enter 2013, Provincial Liberal Leader Brian Gallant has no hesitation in saying what the number one issue is in New Brunswick these days. He says our major challenge is the economy, with a 11.2% unemployment rate and a rising deficit.

Despite that, Gallant says the Liberals still favour a moratorium on shale gas development with too many unanswered questions. He tells CHSJ News even Provincial Energy Minister Craig Leonard can't say how many jobs will be created, what impact it would have economically and how it would affect the environment.

City Working On Roads

Snow plows are working on clearing roads and sidewalks today. 

In a release, the City says snow plows have been on the streets since 3:30 am. Work on the sidewalks started at 7 am. 

They advise you to avoid roads if possible and to use extra caution if you need to travel.

Rplex? Rothesay Looks Into New Rec Centre

Quispamsis has the Qplex, and now Rothesay is looking at creating its own recreational centre.

Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ news there's 2 million dollars in their capital budget for a design study, but that will only be used if Rothesay Council gets enough information on funding and size to go ahead.

Bishop says the rec centre would have a focus on indoor sports, with small rooms for martial arts, an indoor walking track and courts for basketball and volleyball.

Saint John Gets First Dumping Of Snow

Hopefully you don't have anywhere to go today, because most of Saint John is snowed in.

Gelas Duguay, a meteorologist from Environment Canada, says the worst of the snowfall is mostly over, but there's still snow coming. He says we've received as much as 15 cm of snow at the airport that started late overnight. Duguay says the heaviest of the snow fall will end around 8:30 am, but we will continue to get 5-6 cm of lighter snow throughout the day. Although the snowfall will end tonight, we'll still have strong winds up to 70 kilometers an hour.

The winter blast is dumping as much as 30 cm of snow across Nova Scotia, PEI and southern and eastern New Brunswick. It will then head to Newfoundland, bringing winds gusting up to 140 kilometers an hour. 

The high will be zero today, with a low of minus 12 for tonight.

The Princess of Acadia ferry crossing the Bay of Fundy has been cancelled for the day because of the storm. City transit says buses will start running at 10 am, but warn to expect delays and service may be stopped if the weather gets worse. Delays and cancellations have started at the airport.