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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Minister Says More Support Needed for Lobster Industry



The provincial fisheries minister says the federal plan to support the regions lobster industry is worrysome.
Rick Doucet says the funding going towards marketing and promotions does not directly aid fisherman who are getting less this season for their catches.
Doucet says there is little the province can do to offer direct support, as adjusting employment insurance benefits to offset losses is a federal decision.

Sing For the Q-Plex



Tomorrow evening choirs will take the stage to sing for the Q-Plex.
The District 6 Elementary Honour Choir and the Rothesay Kings Rotary Girls Choir will be hosting the event to help raise money for the Q-Plex, and the church building fund.
Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News, it shows how much the community supports the project.

Things get underway at 7 o'clock at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Rothesay.

Brunswick Pipeline to Begin Clean Up



The final clean up of the Brunswick Pipeline will begin on Monday.
Work will begin in the Red Head area and move westward.
With construction being completed during the winter some areas need backfilling and ground contouring.
To ensure safety measures are being used, Brunswick Pipeline has inspection staff trained in working around "in service" natural gas pipelines.
Rural clean up will begin on June 1st, and the clean up is expected to be complete near the end of September.

Update on the Costco



Site preparation for the East Side Costco store appears to be ahead of shedule. Mayor Ivan Court says the company hopes to begin laying the foundation this July, rather than August as orginally planned.

Court says four thousand Saint Johner's have a Costco membership for the Moncton store and hopes the Saint John Costco will bring people to the city from places as far away as St. Stephen.

Housing Starts



 New home construction is a mixed bag around the province in the first four months of the year.
 Canada Mortgage and Housing reports a 13-percent drop in new units started here in the city compared by the end of April compared to a year ago.
 Moncton is reporting a 38-percent drop in new units underway while Fredericton is showing a fifty percent increase with 114 units underway compared to 76 last year.

Election Speculation Downplayed



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(Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson making funding announcement in Grand Bay-Westfield - photo by Gary MacDonald)

The speculation is beginning within political circles about the timing of a provincial election.
But -- Energy Minister Jack Keir is downplaying the whispers surrounding major infrastructure announcements like the 5-million dollar collector road for Grand Bay-Westfield.
Keir says it's a project which has been in the works for over two years and became part of the federal and provincial economic stimulus packages.
And federal Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson is also downplaying election talk on Parliament Hill.
He says his minority government is a the whim of the opposition parties -- meantime -- it will push ahead with its economic stimulus package.
Both Ministers say more announcements will be made over the coming weeks.