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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Post-Tropical Storm Soaks Province

Roads were closed, bridges were shut down for certain vehicles and thousands of homes went without power as post-tropical storm Andrea swept through the region, soaking everything in her path.

She dumped 57mm of rain on Saint John, brought 75 to Point Lepreau, while Grand Manan was slammed with 95mm. The Confederation bridge, linking the province to Prince Edward Island, was restricted to high-sided vehicles including tractor trailers and buses for part of the day because of the gusty winds.

Suspicious Van Fire On Westmorland Road

A suspicious van fire on the east side is being investigated. 

The Saint John Police Department saying they and fire crews were called to Westmorland Road, the scene of the blaze, at around 5 a.m. Nobody was hurt and nothing else went up in flames as a result of the van fire.

Bouncy Castles & BBQ At Port's Community Day

The smell of barbecue will be wafting in the air today, as Port Saint John celebrates its Port Days' kickoff event, Community Day. 

Paula Small of Port Saint John tells CHSJ News it began three years ago as a way to bring the port and the public closer together and has grown since then.

There's going to be activities and displays that the public can check out from the parking lot adjacent to the Coastguard site straight through to the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal.

Small says that there will be bouncy castles, a mobile arcade, face-painting and displays about both the port and the cruise tourism side of the industry, and more. It runs from 11am to 3 pm.

Port Days Focusing On Creating Stronger Ties With South America

Looks like it's networking season in Saint all levels of government attempt to court Alberta crude oil, the Port is doing its bit to strengthen trade links with South America. 

Port CEO and President Jim Quinn tells CHSJ News Port Days is chance for stakeholders and port users to hobnob and discuss future business endeavours.

The theme for this year is "Strengthening North South Trade Links" and delegates from all over the world are attending.  Mayor Mel Norton and Premier David Alward will each be giving a keynote address on the future of the city's port. Port Days starts with Community Day today and runs until Tuesday.