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Friday, July 31, 2009

Natural Gas Line Leaking

There have been three minor leaks along the Brunswick Pipeline in the Red Head area since July 11th. The company says several threaded fittings are leaking small amounts of the odorized gas--but--spokesperson Susan Harris says it's not uncommon to have minor mechanical issues during the start-up of a new facility.

Crews will be working to repair the leaks throughout the day tomorrow by letting out natural gas from a portion of the meter station piping; burning the majority of the gas using a short flare stack, and replacing the threaded fittings. Harris says residents may smell a “rotten egg” odour near the Canaport LNG Terminal while work is carried out, but there will be no danger for nearby residents.

Province's First Casino on Target

Construction is well underway on the province's first casino near Magnetic Hill in Moncton. The presidents of Suncor Gaming New Brunswick says they are on budget and on target for completion by next spring. And Mike Novac tells CHSJ news, neighbours in a nearby residential area have been very patient during the construction phase.

The 89 million dollar project is expected to create a boon for the hub city when four hundred more workers are hired in the coming weeks.

Fredericton Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

A Fredericton man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail following a two year joint investigation by Fredericton Police and the Saint John Drug Unit. 39 year old, Timothy Clayton Price was sentenced on charges including trafficking in cocaine and marijuana, production of marijuana, and weapons possession. He plead guilty to all charges last month.

Price is not allowed to own a gun for 10 years following his jail release, and was ordered to provide a DNA sample. He has also been ordered to forfeit all firearms and ammunition seized during the investigation, along with 125 thousand dollars.

Province Unveils New License Plates

The provincial government has rolled out a series of new license plates today, including one with the slogan " this place". Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau says the new slogan seeks to inspire New Brunswickers to recognize and pursue the natural advantages of this province.

The newly designed plates will be available on August 4th for $25. New conservation plates with three new designs will be available for $32. Also new, owners of seasonal or antique vehicles will now have a single licence plate for their vehicles. Getting a new license plate is optional.

RCMP Beeing Up Patrols on Long Weekend

Another Long Weekend is upon us and that means RCMP are beefing up patrols. Officers will keep an eye out for all violations but in particular drinking and driving and getting behind the wheel if you are high. Staff Sargent Stephane Caron admits to CHSJ News, it can be tougher to find those who have been smoking a joint or taking some pills compared to those who have had to many drinks.

So far this year, 20% of serious collisions RCMP have responded to have involved an impaired driver.

Doctors Continue Their Court Battle

The legal battle between the Province and its doctors isn't over. The New Brunswick Medical Society says it will pursue its legal action against the province over a controversial wage freeze. The new court date has been set for September.16th. Health Critic and Rothesay Conservative MLA Margaret Ann Blaney tells CHSJ News, the doctors feel very strongly they have a solid case.

Doctors say they are trying to force the government to implement a contract that was negotiated in good faith. The government announced last week that it was implementing legislation that would declare that agreement void.

Motorcycles Stolen in East Saint John

A day after reminding Red Head residents to lock up their vehicles after several thefts, Major Crime has been called in after several motorcycles were stolen yesterday.

Officers arrived at a storage trailer behind the Community College early in the morning to find three bikes, being used by the New Brunswick Safety Council had been stolen.
Each is worth $5200 dollars.

Town of Rothesay Awards

The Town of Rothesay has announced this years recipients for their New Brunswick Day Merit Awards. They are Barry Ogden, Elizabeth Reid, Phil Broderson, former councilor and Deputy Mayor Bill Artiss, the Big Rothesay Read event that took place earlier this year and Rothesay Netherwood School.

The awards recognize deserving citizens for their service, support and dedication to the community and making it a better place to live. They will be handed out at the next council meeting on Monday August.10th at eight o'clock.