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Thursday, June 4, 2009

UNBSJ In Line For Major Shot Of Funding



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There's good news coming for the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick -- Saint John M-P Rodney Weston confirms to CHSJ News 8-million dollars in federal infrastructure cash is earmarked to help with expansion plans at the local campus.
And there is more money coming -- a formal newser is expected to be held at the campus Monday to outline federal and provincial funding.

Saint John Student Joins Delegation Heading to Ottawa Heritage Fair



A group of provincial students will be heading to Ottawa next month for a national Heritage fair. Six students, including Saint John resident Moriah Russell of the Fundy Home Educators, will make up the New Brunswick delegation as it heads to the 2009 National Historica Heritage Fair on July 7th.

Russell's project title is 'Mabel Peters: Canadian Playground Movement.' More than 100 students from across the country will be participating in the fair.

Nuclear Waste Management Organization Comes to Saint John



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(Residents reviewing a proposed process for selecting a nuclear waste site--Photo By Diane Henry)

Saint John could be the site for the storage of Nuclear Waste.  The national Nuclear Waste Management Organization stopping in Saint John today (yesterday) for an open house as it designs a process for selecting a host community. Director of Strategic Communications, Jamie Robinson tells CHSJ news municipalities closest to the nuclear power plant are most likely to welcome nuclear waste storage.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is looking to the four nuclear provinces-- New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan--as a place to store the used nuclear fuel. Waste is currently being stored at the reactor sites. The project is worth between 16 and 24 billion dollars and will create thousands of jobs.

Saint John Animal Rescue League Desperate to Find Homes for Cats




(Coco, adopted from the Saint John Animal Rescue League--Photo By Diane Henry)

The Saint John Animal Rescue League is facing a tough decision as it prepares to euthanize 17 cats that have been living at the shelter since October. Director Janet Foster tells CHSJ news they are over-run with 169 cats and kittens and are forced to make room for more.

Foster says they are giving the cats until Monday to find a home and is hoping people will come in and adopt right away. She says people can also sponsor a pet for those who can't afford to have it spayed or neutered. All pets adopted must be fixed, but at a fraction of the normal cost.

Cash From Ottawa



And the cash just keeps rolling in from Ottawa. Saint John MP Rodney Weston's office has announced over $161,000 dollars to go towards promoting international investment around the Province. The projects funded include $88,000 for Enterprise Saint John to among other things, analyze workforce expansion and productivity.

Money for these projects comes from the Invest Canada – Community Initiatives.

Seadogs Happy with New Look



The President of the Saint John Seadogs loves the new look of the front office in Bathurst. Annie Morrissette is the first woman to be co-owner and president of a team in the history of the Q-League. Wayne Long tells CHSJ News, this is great not just for the Titan but the entire league.

Long realizes the Bathurst franchise could go through some growing pains with the economic uncertainty in the area but says his team and the league will be there to support them.


Rothesay Happy for Quispamsis



Congratulations from the Town of Rothesay to their neighbors in Quipamsis today. Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News, he is very pleased to see the construction contract has been awarded to build the Q-Plex.

As for their Recreation Master Plan, Bishop says Rothesay will hold an open house on Monday, the 22nd to unveil what A.D.I Architecture has put together for them. 

Students Helping To Green Cruise Terminal



The new Water Street cruise terminal will be a little greener in years to come thanks to the efforts of the environmental club at St Malachy's High School.
Club members planted seedlings along the fence surrounding the terminal this morning -- Mary Francis Boyle is one of the students taking part and she tells CHSJ News it's been a learning experience nuturing the young trees over the winter months and helping to make Saint John prettier.
Teacher Michelle Banks says since St Mac's is an uptown school -- the club takes on different tasks trying to promote greening around the city.

Meantime - students from Saint John High were busy this morning planting three thousand tree seedlings around the Millidgeville Sports Field complex.

New Ownership for the Team in Bathurst



A piece of history is now in place in Bathurst. Annie Morrissette has become the first woman to be co-owner and president of a team in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. She and her brother Stephane finalized the last documents to take over the team ownership in Bathurst. Both now own 50% of the team’s assets.

They take over the franchise from their father Léo-Guy Morrissette who brought the franchise to Bathurst 11 years ago. The new owners will greet the members of the Titan’s Advisory Board for the first time in two weeks.

Gas Prices Continue to Climb



The first week of June ushers in another increase for the price of gasoline. The Energy and Utilities Board Board has released it's weekly price schedule showing the maximum for a litre of self serve is 98.3 cents. That is up exactly two cents from seven days ago with most stations sporting a price of 98.6 cents.

Diesel is up just under two cents at 90.9. Furnace Oil tops off at 74 cents which is up three cents and propane is 82.3 which is down just under a penny.