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Saturday, May 23, 2009

CUPE Wants Education Minister Laid Off



Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees are handing out postcards addressed to the Premier requesting Education Minister Kelly Lamrock be laid off.
Provincial President of CUPE Sandy Harding tells CHSJ News, when education support staff is laid off next month, so should the Minister.
In the postcards heading to Shawn Grahams mailbox it states Minister Kelly Lamrock does not understand, value or respect their work---and when money comes first--kids come last.

Minister Says New Road Will Spark Development



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(Federal - provincial - and - municipal politicians make road announcement - photo by Gary MacDonald)

The speculation was off the mark on this one -- it wasn't about sewerage but a new collector road for Grand Bay-Westfield -- the announcement made this morning at the Brundage Point River Center.
The 5.4-million dollar road is being financed jointly by the federal and provincial governments -- and -- Energy Minister Jack Keir says it's a project which makes a lot of sense because it will open up a lot of land for future development.
The road will connect the town center with highway 7 at the Highland Road overpass with construction to begin almost immediately and completion set for later next year.

New Road For Grand Bay Westfield



The federal and provincial governments are funding construction of a new collector road in Grand Bay Westfield.

The 5.4 million dollar project will provide access between the town center and highway 7 at the Highland Road overpass.

The announcement made moments ago at the Brundage Point River Center.

Relocating Residents



The city wants to search out provincially and municipally owned lands that can be used to begin building housing for the future.  Mayor Ivan Court says the industrial expansion out East may results in  more residents being re-located-- and-- he wants to make sure they stay in Saint John by preparing new land for residential neighbourhoods:

Court says there are already people living in Lorneville that have to go through an industrial park to get between home and the rest of the city.



Employment and Training Federal Funding



The province is getting $43 million dollars in federal funding for employment and training programs.
The agreement between the two governments was signed today (yesterday) and is in addition to the $207 million that will be provided to the province over the next two years under existing agreements.
The funds will go towards increasing workplace literacy, and developing employment action plans.
$14 million dollars over two years will help support provincial initiatives that help workers, whether or not they are eligible for employment insurance---and create programs to help retain jobs or make the transition to new ones.

Digby Ferry Effort to Bring in Tourists to City



Tourism Saint John says the uncertainty of the future of the Digby Ferry is resulting in canceled tours.
Spokesperson Sean Payne tells CHSJ News, two motor coaches have pulled out of summer tours of the city.

Payne says as an effort to get some more tourists from Digby a day trip schedule is going to start being offered.
He says travelers will come in the morning, and return home later that evening.

Tannery Court Construction Update



Tannery Court is still playing the waiting game before starting construction.
Spokesperson Mark Higgins tells CHSJ News, they are still waiting to hear back about the environmental assessment, and once it is taken care off a public announcement will be made.
Higgins says the plan for constructing the 50 unit low income apartment building is slated for early summer.