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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Project Bringing Greenery To Saint John SPCA

Expect to see a lot more greenery at this local animal shelter.

It's all because of a partnership that's been formed between the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue and Cedarcrest Gardens, who have trees, shrubs and other plants at their Sandy Point Road location for people to buy and donate to the shelter.

The SPCA's Melody McElman tells CHSJ News they're located in an industrial area, so the plants will help cut down on the noise. She says the extra greenery will be stimulating for the animals, especially the cats.

When CHSJ News spoke with McElman, half of the available plants had already been sold.

Crown, Defense In Snook Case Explain Sentencing Submissions

The Crown prosecutor and defense lawyers in Donnie Snook's sentencing hearing speaking out on the rationale behind their respective sentencing submissions. 

Prosecutor Karen Lee Lamrock tells CHSJ News the sentence needs to act as a deterrent. She's recommending 21 years, and that Snook not be eligible for parole until at least half of his sentence is served.

Defence Dennis Boyle tells us it was difficult but he recommended 12 years because Snook cooperated, is a good candidate for rehabilitation and was victimized himself as a boy.

Snook will be sentenced by Judge Alfred Brien on October 10th.

NB Says Federal Gov't Can't Abolish Senate Alone

As Ottawa advances senate reform, the Attorney General of New Brunswick sending a document to the Supreme Court of Canada arguing the federal government can't abolish the senate without getting the green light from all of the provinces. 

The 53-page factum says not getting unanimous approval would undermine Canada's constitutional foundation, and it's inconceivable that a fundamental component of Parliament could be eliminated without having every province on board. 

So far, Alberta is the only province to take the Harper Government's side, that the requirement would be the consent of seven provinces representing at least 50% of the population.

Car Crashes Into Front-End Loader

A driver is suffering from some minor injuries after crashing into a front-end loader on the East side. 

The equipment was parked on Westmorland Road, near Loch Lomond Road where construction is taking place. 

Police tell us the driver was not brought to hospital, and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Police Dismantle Outdoor Marijuana Grow-Op

An outdoor marijuana grow-op getting shut down by police. 

Officers from the Nackawic and Woodstock RCMP and the Woodstock Police force seizing marijuana plants from two locations in woods between Nackawic and Hartland. The plants could have produced up to 42,500 joints.

If you think you've stumbled upon a marijuana grow-op, police urge you not to go near it but to instead contact them with the location details. That information can then be reported to your local police or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). For tips on how to spot an outdoor grow-op, click here.