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Friday, June 28, 2013

Police Reminding You To Lock Your Vehicle

City police feel like they are making some progress in getting people to lock their vehicles.

It might seem second nature to you and me but for many 
people it's a old habit that must be changed.

Sgt. David Hartley-Brown of the Community Services Unit tells CHSJ News a big part of it is that we are in a rush.

Our minds are preoccupied with other issues so it's an oversight.   He says we don't take the time to ask ourselves if we locked the door or left the laptop in the backseat.

Hartley-Brown says they are seeing some improvement in the numbers of vehicles that are being stolen.

Trial Of Twin Brothers In Deadly Home Invasion Into Home Stretch

The trial of the Saia twin brothers on charges stemming from a fatal home invasion last November on the lower west side is winding down.

The prosecution wrapped up its case with police testimony about the arrest of 21 year old Brandon Saia after a foot chase at Duke and Watson Streets. The arrest happened three days after the home invasion on Prince Street West. Bradley Saia was not arrested until sometime later in Halifax.

The defense did not call any witnesses.

Closing arguments to the jury, comprised of 7 women and 5 men, will take place Tuesday morning. Jury deliberations will not take place until Wednesday after Justice Judy Clendenning delivers her instructions.

Tourism Minister Optimistic About Summer Season

The Canada Day weekend officially kicks off the summer vacation period and Provincial Tourism Minister Trevor Holder is excited about this year's potential.

Holder tells CHSJ News his department has been refocusing its promotions on key markets like the Big Apple where we showcased a video in Times Square.

He says there has been a lot of investment in refreshing our Fundy experience branding through improvements like the second cruise terminal and expansion of the Fundy Trail.

The Minister says his department is also more savvy in how it's targeting its promotions through the use of postal and zip codes and as result Holder says he's feeling good about this year's summer tourism season.

The Liberal Say Tax Hikes Are Broken Promises

Broken promises and desperate decisions...that's what the Liberals are saying about tax increases kicking in on Canada Day.

It was announced back in March in the provincial budget.
CHSJ News asked Liberal finance critic Roger Melanson if given the current fiscal situation the province really had any choice.

He says on the third budget of their mandate they made a desperate decision to increase income tax and we need to understand the impact it may have on consumer confidence and disposable income.

Melanson says corporations will pay more in taxes as well, but he says it's obvious the working person will carry the greatest tax burden.

Your Pay Cheque Is About To Shrink

Tax increases go into effect as of Canada Day in the province because of the provincial budget. 

If you earn 30 thousand dollars a year, you will pay about $179 dollars more in provincial income tax and a single income earner making over 60 thousand will pay 796 dollars more. 

The Atlantic Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Kevin Lacey tells CHSJ News this is a problem of the government's own making because of overspending.

The Taxpayers Federation would like to see a commitment from the Premier that once the provincial budget is balanced, these tax increases will be rolled back.

Target Scheduling Job Fairs

Target will be holding job fairs next week in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton from Wednesday through Saturday. 

The job fair in Saint John will be happening at Loch Lomand mall.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday, July 4th, 11:30am - 8:30pm

Friday, July 5th, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday, July 6th, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saint John Movie Theatres Bought

The movie theatres on the east side and in Rothesay are being sold. Empire Company Limited, the owner of Sobeys, wants to concentrate on the fortunes of the grocery chain.   

Cineplex, Canada's largest cinema company, is buying 26 Empire theatres for 200-million dollars.

 Landmark Cinemas will acquire 20 others for 55-million dollars.