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Friday, June 7, 2013

Browning Calls Energy East Pipeline Important To Their Business

Irving Oil President Paul Browning says the significant thing is having the support of government, industry and community leaders for a project of this scale.

He says in a few years when we look back on this having the support of Premiers Redford and Alward in the early going will be viewed as important to the project. 

Browning says Irving supports the pipeline adding it has great potential for the region adding its very important to their business. 

West Side Robber In Custody

A 47 year old man has been arrested in connection to the recent hold up at RJ's Quick Mart at 634 Dever Road.

It happened around 5:30 on Wednesday, when the man entered the store brandishing a weapon demanding cash and cigarettes.

The man is being held pending remand court in the morning.

Unemployment Rate Rises Locally

Saint John saw its unemployment rate rise from 9.2 to 10.2 per cent. The provincial jobless rate did go down a bit from 10.9 to 10 and a half per cent.

Nationally, 95 thousand new jobs being created which took everyone by surprise and is the biggest month of employment growth in more than a decade.

Even students and other young people had an easier time finding jobs in May with about 54 thousand of the new workers in the 15 to 24 age group joining the labour force.

That pushed the youth unemployment rate to 13.6 per cent, almost a full point lower than the previous month.

We Can Expect A Warmer Summer

The weather has been unsettled of late with the high winds last weekend in Kings County which many thought were strong enough to be classified as a tornado and now a post tropical storm tomorrow. 

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of significant rainfall in the southern part of the province beginning late tonight and continuing through most of the day tomorrow. For Saint John, 5 to 10 millimeters of rain being forecast overnight with another 30 millimeters through the day tomorrow with winds gusting to 60 kilometers an hour.

Gina Ressler of the Weather Network tells CHSJ News this summer in Saint John should be warmer with daytime highs a few degrees above normal but warns the Atlantic hurricane season will be more active and Saint Johnners should be aware of that.   Ressler also cautions we're already into the severe thunderstorm season.

4 Months In Jail For Machete Assault

A man accused of threatening his common law partner with a machete in the parking lot of the Superstore has been sentenced to 4 months in jail and 1 year's probation.

51 year old Arnold James Lawrence Cote pleaded guilty to
charges of assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon. He was arrested on April 23rd after a drunken confrontation with his girlfriend. Cote admitted to waving the machete around and hitting his girlfriend with the blunt side of the weapon. 

Judge Henrik Tonning described the incident as a "pretty scary situation" for all involved, saying given Cote's state of intoxication things could have been a lot worse. Cote's lawyer described him as having a troubled life and being unable to catch a break--but the Judge countered if Cote would simply stay sober most of his problems would be a thing of the past. In addition, He also pleaded guilty to a mischief charge involving a smashed out rear window of a truck.

Cote, who has already served 45 days in jail, was also ordered to have no contact with the victim of the assault.

Alberta Premier Visits Saint John Promoting Pipeline

Alison Redford and David Alward spending the day wooing business to support the Energy East pipeline.

The Alberta premier spent a busy day in the Province addressing the Legislature, speaking in Saint John and touring Irving Oil facilities.

At a Board of Trade luncheon, She was asked how a West to East pipeline will benefit the places in between.

Redford says her province has an existing pipeline  allowing for economic growth which crosses many provinces with economic opportunities.

We have refineries in Ontario and Quebec that are very interested in this project because it's going to allow for not a supply but an economic supply of feedstock to allow for upgrading and refining.

Redford says this is representative of what true partnership in a federation looks like and why we need  a Canadian energy strategy.

Premier David Alward says jobs from the construction phase are the tip of the iceberg when other major projects could follow like those in the petro-chemical and plastics industries.

Provincial Liberals Rising In Popularity

The Provincial Liberals are touting the latest poll released by Corporate Research Associates. 

It shows support for the Liberals among decided  New Brunswick voters has risen to 41 per cent with 29 per cent saying they would vote for the Conservatives and Premier David Alward. 

The NDP is right behind the Conservatives at 27 per cent.

Uptown Saint John Award Winners Announced

The Live Life Awards handed out by Uptown Saint John. Past President Charlie Swanton being recognised for his efforts through the years to making the city a better place to live with the Thomas McGloan Award. 

Other winners are the Bank of Montreal for best new or renovated business space, the Harbourfront condos at Three Sisters along Prince William Street as the best new or renovated residential space, the Saint John Ale House as the Foodie Favourite, Britt's Pub and Eatery for Social Space, Piece O'Cake Custom Creations as best new business, Sculpture SJ as best new event, Greg Hemmings for his creativity, the bike racks you see around the city core for Greening the Scene, Bustins as best retail and Mayor Mel Norton has been recognised as Shift Disturber.

Household Hazardous Waste Being Collected

You get your chance over the next two days to get rid of much of your household hazardous waste by taking it to the Irving Oil Refinery for recycling. 

Sam Robinson tells CHSJ News they will accept old aerosol cans, furniture polish, nail polish remover, gas, antifreeze, insect repellent, oven cleaners, automotive transmission fluid, batteries, old propane tanks, paints, weed killer kerosene and roofting tar. 

You cannot drop off TV monitors, ammunition, asbestos waste, unidentified compressed gas cylinders along with material that's unclassified or unidentified.

The collection starts at the projects entrance off Grandview Avenue from 4 this afternoon to 7 and tomorrow from 9 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon.

One Person Taken To Hospital After East Side Crash

An investigation underway by City Police after a two vehicle collision early last night on the east side. 

It happened between 6 and 6:30 at 515 Westmorland Road with one person transported to hospital with what are described as undetermined injuries. 

No word on whether any charges will be laid.