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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Auto Shop Fire




The blaze at Dionne Auto Body shop is being called an accident.
The Fire Department has determined the fire began after a light bulb broke, igniting some loose fuel.
There were no injuries, and the building is being called a total loss.
The Fire Department were able to save an antique car being worked on at the shop, but says two vehicles were destroyed.

The Saint John Stamp Club Looking for a New Stamp



The Saint John Stamp Club is trying to convince Canada Post to put out a new stamp. They are looking to honor the man known as the Fighting Fisherman......Yvonne Durelle. Along with handing around a petition to sign, they already have a glowing endorsement from a man who knew him well, former Premier Frank McKenna.

McKenna says if Durelle could be immortalized on a stamp, that would be great for his family and the Province. If your interested in adding your name to the petition, you can drop by Loyalist City Coin on Germain Street and do so. 

Scottish Festival Underway



If you may notice the odd person walking around in a kilt throughout the day -- there is a Scottish festival underway.
Organizer John Campbell tells CHSJ News there will be the usual fare like a highland dancing competition -- but -- there is also a "Braveheart" skate boarding competition at the Skate Park under the viaduct -- something he admits is non-traditional:

The festival wraps up with a party tonight at the Chinese Commerce Center on Coburg Street beginning at 8 -- there is no admission charge.

Unionized Blood Service Workers Fighting Back



They're not sitting back -- unionized workers at the Canadian Blood Services distribution center on University Avenue are fighting back.
The blood agency announced earlier this week it would move the distribution center to a new facility in Halifax.
The president of the union representing lab workers -- Ruth Whepley -- tells CHSJ News she's optimistic the agency can be convinced to rethink the decision.

The closure will result in the loss of up to 18-jobs -- and -- Whepley says morale at the center is low.