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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Elderly Man In Hospital After Scooter Incident

An elderly man taken to hospital after his four-wheel scooter tipped over in a driveway on the West side.

Emergency crews hearing that the man in his eighties was not conscious and not breathing. However, City Police say when they arrived on the scene on Russell Hill Road he was breathing.

No word yet on injuries.

Farms Opening Doors To Public For Open Farm Day

Ever wonder where the food in your fridge came from? That seems to be a question people are asking more and more these days, and on Open Farm Day, you can find out for yourself by going straight to the source.

The Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, Pamela Parker, tells CHSJ News they're giving people the opportunity to check out how salmon farming works through boat tours on Sunday. 

She says many people don't realize that salmon is the province's biggest agriculture-based export. Salmon farming employs 3000 people across the region, and almost 20% of Charlotte County's entire workforce.

The tours leave the main wharf in St. Andrews at noon and 2:15pm, weather permitting. Proceeds from the tour go to the Heart and Stroke foundation.

Click here for a list of all farms in the province participating in Open Farm Day. 

Port City's Housing Market Holding Steady

While the number of days houses sit unsold in the Port City continues to climb, the President of the Real Estate Board is feeling positive about the housing market overall.

Jason Stephen tells CHSJ News the market is enjoying a four month long stretch of growth as compared to last year. And with the numbers staying pretty much on par with last year's, it's what they would call stable.

Stephen says there's not as many listings this year, which is helping people who are trying to sell their homes. He says he feels good about the number of sold signs popping up in Saint John.

Irving Oil Celebrating Neighbour Appreciation Day

If you've ever been curious about the inner workings of the Irving Oil's your chance to take a look inside. 

They're hosting their annual open house and Neighbour Appreciation Day, where people can come inside and learn about the refinery.

Shauna Cole of Irving Oil says they're also hosting two bus tours, one that starts at 11:30am and the other that starts at 12:30pm. She says they've had an overwhelming response to the tours and both are sold out. Over 100 people are expected.

Cole says informative displays will be set up at Champlain Heights Elementary, employees of the refinery will be sharing information about what they do, and there will be entertainment for kids.

Premier Defends Giving Companies Financial Incentives

Mariner Partners at the Red Rose Tea Building is the latest company in the province to get a payroll rebate in order to expand its workforce. 

Premier David Alward is rejecting criticism of offering companies in the province such rebates in order to expand. 

The programme was criticised by Provincial NDP Leader Dominic Cardy after layoffs at Radian 6 but Alward is not dissuaded. He maintains Radian 6, based in San Francisco, will still be growing its footprint in the province. 

The Premier adds the risk to taxpayers is greatly reduced with payroll rebates because the government money isn't paid out until the jobs are filled.

Alward also sees Information Technology companies as being part of the foundation for long term economic growth in the province. 

Car Fire In The Uptown

Fire crews responding to a car completely engulfed in flames in the uptown. 

Just after 9 in the evening, they found the vehicle in between two buildings at 249 Duke Street and there was concern the blaze might spread.

While that didn't happen, there was some damage done to the siding of one of the buildings.