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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Moores Mills Man Still Behind Bars



Rodney Miller, one half of the Moores Mills couple on trail in the death of their baby will remain behind bars until a future court date.
The 27 year old Miller is facing first degree murder charges, while 19 year old Sarah Russel has been charged with manslaughter and accessory after the fact.
RCMP determined the baby was killed and then the body was hidden.
Both the crown and the defense council waived a preliminary hearing for Miller, with his future court date still undetermined.
Russel will be in front of a judge on April 20th.



New Legislation Means Lower Taxes



The Plan for Lower Taxes in New Brunswick is being introduced by Finance Minister Victor Boudreau and plans to guarantee tax savings throughout the province.
The four year plan will start showing benefits as of the 1st of July, and ensures every New Brunswicker will be protected from inflation.
One change found in the plan is to provide lower taxes for businesses. The general corporate income tax rate is being reduced by 1 per cent, and will continue to shave off a percentage every year until 2012.
For information on where to find complete details on the changes, check out

M-P Rodney Weston Meets with Health Minister Mike Murphy



M-P Rodney Weston is not holding back against Health Minister Mike Murphy when it comes to moving the Canadian Blood Services Distribution Centre from Saint John to Halifax.
Weston met with the Minister this morning, and says Murphy sits on the board for CBS, and he needs to speak out against losing this resource. He says Murphy needs to fight for the residents of this province and do his job.

Weston says if he was sitting on the board he would be fighting to keep this service in the city.
Weston says he has met with many health professionals around the province who all say the CBS centre on University Avenue needs to stay where it is.

Senator Wallace on Weston Meeting



Meanwhile, Senator John Wallace says removing the blood distribution centre will badly hurt Saint John, and the province.

Wallace says the closure of the CBS Clinic will hurt all medical programs, and medical professionals in the city, as well as the entire province.

Wallace says this closure cannot happen, and he and his colleagues are going to do everything they can to stop the closure of this facility.

Saint John Student Wins NBSC Contest



A lucky Saint John student is the winner of a $750 dollar scholarship for taking part in the New Brunswick Securities Commission Financial Fitness Challenge.
Rosalinda Kan of Saint John High School successfully completed the challenge online, and was entered to win the scholarship.
Education Coordinator with NBSC Marissa Irgnanesi tells CHSJ News, the scholarship was handed out to one student in each province at random to successful candidates.

Nearly 700 students in New Brunswick took part in the annual event, and Irgnanesi says more than 90 per cent of students who took part say they knew more about budgeting and saving money after the exercise.

North End Fire Cause Found



An update today on a fire that ripped through a North End apartment building back on the 3rd. Officials tell CHSJ News, they have every reason to believe the fire started due to an electrical problem. 15 people have been left with no place to call home after the building at 349 Main Street was gutted.

Nobody was hurt and crews were called to the scene just before six in the morning to find smoke and flames pouring from the roof area.

Blood Task Force Meets Tonight



Work continues tonight for the Task Force put together to try and stop Canadian Blood Services from moving out of Saint John to Halifax by 2012. They will meet tonight with officials from the Department of Health who will brief them on everything to date and share information they have. Rothesay Conservative MLA Margaret Ann Blaney is a member of the group of four and tells CHSJ News, she expects the next move will be to meet with stake-holders as they put together their business case to keep the distribution center on University Avenue.

The other members of the task force are Saint John Fundy MLA Stuart Jamieson, Post-Secondary Education Minister Donald Arsenault and MLA for Tracadie Sheila Claude Landry.



National Campaign Kicks Off



Moncton will provide the back drop for the launch of a Canada-wide campaign to keep health care public tomorrow. It is being launched by the Canadian Health Coalition and in their release say, will take direct aim at Health Minister Mike Murphy, challenging him to keep the province’s health care system public. The Coalition believes Minister Murphy is looking at ways to introduce privatized, for-profit health care to the province.

Several will be on hand for the news conference including former President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union and now President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Linda Silas. in the days following the news conference, several town hall style meetings will be held including one here in Saint John next Monday at the Delta. 



Saint John East MLA is Recovering



There is still on an empty seat on the Liberal side of the Legislature floor. This as Saint John East MLA Roly MacIntrye continues his recovery from surgery earlier this year. He underwent double by-pass the last week of February and his recovery time appears to be right on schedule. The party office in Fredericton tells CHSJ News, Macintyre is doing well with some light exercise, but there is no time table for his return to work.

Doctors have told him not to do so until he feels he is ready. Macintyre is keeping in touch with his colleagues and Premier Graham, who are also keeping tabs on his recovery.

Another Concert This Summer



Music fans in Atlantic Canada have plenty to choose from this summer. The latest concert will hit Halifax August.2nd on Citadell Hill and will feature former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar's latest project, Chicken Foot. Other acts for what is being billed as Canadian Forces Halifax Rock-Fest are Sloan, Finger 11 and Our Lady Peace.

Other concerts in the area in the coming months include AC/DC in Moncton on August.6th, Reba Macintyre and Tim McGraw will be in Charlottetown in July and KISS will play the Halifax Common on July.18th.


City Police Report



A worker at the Post Office on Rothesay Avenue was taken to the Regional to get looked over last night. This after a package broke open and a white powder spilled all over the employee around 10:30pm. The Haz-mat Unit shut down the building until they discovered the powder was a beauty product.

City Police are also still investigating reports of shots being fired in East Saint John. Officers were called to the Loch Lomond Road just before three yesterday afternoon. No reports of anyone hurt and no arrests have been made.