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Friday, October 4, 2013

Police Confirm Cormier Sighting On Sunday

City police letting us know they have a confirmed sighting of Gen Cormier on Sunday. 

An email says she was seen walking in the back parking lot of the Reversing Falls/Boaz restaurant.

A family friend telling CHSJ News that the 19 year old often walked that route to her home on the lower West side.

She was reported missing by family on Monday.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in or near the parking lot of the Reversing Falls restaurant or in the park above that may have seen her.

The Major Crime Unit is looking into the matter and following up on any leads and tips that come forward.

If you have any information, call 648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

Police Clear Building After Reports Of A Gun

City police looking into a possible robbery involving a weapon at an apartment building in the South end.

It happened about 430 yesterday (Friday) afternoon in a brown building next to 126 Broad Street.

Sgt. Rick Caswell tells CHSJ News they got a report about a man with a weapon.

He says as a result they responded with several officers gathering as much information as possible and cleared the building for safety reasons.

Caswell says they did not find a weapon in the building and now they are taking witness statements to see what happened.

No one was hurt and there are no suspects or charges so far.

Traffic was blocked on Broad Street between Carmarthen and Wentworth for about two hours.

Attempted Robbery on Broad Street

Police are looking into an attempted robbery on Broad Street about 430pm today.

Police have an apartment building at 120 Broad Street surrounded after a report of someone coming to a door with a weapon.

Traffic is blocked to people and cars on Broad street between Carmarthen and Wentworth.

Counter Energy Conference Ends With Dire Warning

New Brunswick has a choice between extreme energy and renewable clean energy. That, from Mark D'Arcy as the "Energy for Everyone" conference ended with the warning that two-thirds of fossil fuels must stay in the ground or we face catastrophic climate change.

 D'Arcy tells CHSJ News the Premier is doing away with environmental protection to press forward with shale gas development.

D'Arcy says that warning about keeping the bulk of fossil fuels in the ground comes from such reputable organisations as the World Bank, the International Energy Agency along with Price, Waterhouse, Coopers.

D'Arcy of the Council of Canadians who predicts there will be growing opposition to shale gas exploration and he doesn't think New Brunswickers will allow it to happen.

He adds extreme energy extraction only benefits a few big corporations but not the populace as a whole.


Leonard Speaks To Summit Delegates

Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard says the Energy East pipeline will strengthen both the provincial and federal economy by opening new global markets for Canadian crude.

He says they know that the project will be strictly regulated for the safety of everyone in this province and every jurisdiction that it impacts.

Leonard telling Summit delegates that we all know fossil fuels will be part of our economy for the foreseeable future adding we'd like to have a renewable energy sector to turn to but we just don't have the technology on a commercial level to do that.

5 Remain In Hospital After A Rollover Thursday

5 people seriously injured, two critically, following an early morning rollover on Highway 1 on Thursday.

RCMP tell us the driver lost control of the car near the Pocologan/Pennfield Exit, rolling the car several times before it came to a stop on its roof in the ditch. 

All 5 remain at the Regional Hospital.

An RCMP Collision Analyst was called to the scene and found at least one person had been ejected from the car.

Police say there is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.

Is Giant Tiger Up For Sale?

Giant Tiger, which has proven to be exceptionally popular in Saint John at Prince Edward Square, is looking at a sale with a value $800-million being talked about.

The chain has more than 200 stores throughout the country and employs more than 7,000 people. It has hired Goldman Sachs to give advice on a potential sale.

The company has around $80-million (U.S.) in earnings. It's believed a valuation could be around 10 times that amount.

Giant Tiger was founded in 1961. It's privately owned and operates with nearly all of its stores franchised.

Benefit Organised For Bobby's Hospice

A benefit will be held tomorrow night at Harbourview High for Bobby's Hospice which provides palliative care on Dufferin Row. 

City Police officers are organising it. Constable Shanda Weir tells CHSJ News Sergeant Ken Churchill is at the Hospice now and wanted to give back to the community so he raised the idea of the benefit with Sergeant Dave Cowan, both of whom are members of the original Country Blues band. 

There have been two others since then and all three will be performing on stage Saturday night.

Constable Weir says besides the music, there will be other surprises. Prizes have been donated by the Ale House, Chateau de Saint John and Saint John Executive Limo. 

Tickets cost 15 dollars each with all the proceeds going to Bobby's Hospice and it all gets underway at 7:00.

Shale Gas Industry Hasn't Been The Best At Communicating

It's never too late to change people's minds about fracking, according to Sheri Somerville of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

She tells CHSJ News the track record speaks for itself and the industry needs to do a better job of communicating that, because clearly there have been some lapses in getting what they say are the facts across.

Somerville says the protests and lack of support are due to misinformation about the process and they're doing their best to correct that by engaging with the public online and at open meetings.

Searches Continue Today For Cormier

Confused...that is how the friends and family are feeling since the disappearance of 19 year old Gen Cormier.

There has been no sign of her since Sunday afternoon at 4pm.  Over 100 people took part in a search last night.

Family friend Amanda Hensey tells CHSJ News more searching will continue along Chelsey Drive and Douglas Avenue today.

They are looking for any sign of her including one of her bracelets that fell off if she slipped it will help them pinpoint where she's been.

Search crews will be out looking along Chesley Drive and Douglas Avenue beginning at 1pm today.
Cormier is described as 5'7" or 5'8", about 120 lbs with a  thin build, long brown hair which she will wear straight or in a ponytail.

She has hazel eyes, pierced ears, a black bird tattoo on her left shoulder and often wears  lot of bracelets.
She often wears jeans and a t-shirt or sweater and white Puma sneakers or sandals. 

If you have any information, contact police at 648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Federal Natural Resources Minister Touts Saint John As "Pivotal"

Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in Saint John today speaking at the Atlantic Energy Summit in the Port City. He described Saint John as a key location as we move into the future of energy in this country. 

Oliver reminded the crows the economic 180 as a result of offshore oil and gas discoveries in Newfoundland and Labrador and the potential of the Energy East Pipeline to increase Canada's energy security.

Oliver also claimed that while decisions on fracking are up to the province. It's been proven to be safe in the West for over 50 years. Meanwhile, local activist groups including the Council of Canadians protested the summit, describing a fossil fuel future as completely backward thinking.

Power Outages In The Valley

We hear from NB Power as of 7:00 this morning of 12 outages in Rothesay and Quispamsis this morning affecting more than 130 customers. 

Power is not expected to be restored for a couple of hours yet.