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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Update-Police Nab Pair In Connection With Stabbing

Two people are due in court today after being arrested in connection with a stabbing yesterday afternoon on Duke Street near Pitt. The call came in around four o'clock and city police had two people in custody a short time later.

A 21 year old and 17 year old are facing robbery with a weapon charges and police tell CHSJ news more charges may be laid at a later date.

Paul Zed No Longer Liberal Chief of Staff

The stage is set for former M-P Paul Zed to throw his name into the next federal election.Zed wouldn't confirm if he will be running in the next election, and says it's too soon to speculate on when it will be.Zed tells CHSJ News, since stepping out of the Liberal Chief of Staff position, he is free to work on projects that are near and dear to him, such as Romero House.
Zed will be joining Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff at a breakfast at the Lily Lake Pavilion Thursday morning, where he is expected to announce his future plans for politics.

City Forestry Industry in Better Shape Than Other Regions

The forestry industry in this city is not seeing the same types of problems as areas in the Northern part of the province.President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union Dave Coles tells CHSJ News, the mill in Saint John is dodging the bullet by having a more modern facility and a more sought after product than the mill in Edmundston.
Coles is speaking out as the Fraser Papers sulphite pulp mill in Edmundston continues to keep it's doors closed as negotiations continue with the union.Coles says the federal government needs to intervene in the forestry industry to help secure pension funds, and to keep people working.

Shopping Center Pros In Town

The city will be a shopping Mecca of sorts over the next couple of days -- delegates from both sides of the border are attending the annual Atlantic conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers underway at the Trade and Convention Center. Provincial director John Johnston of Eastpoint Shopping says the energy hub concept and the city's emergence as a retail destination is catching the attention of national retailers and shopping center professionals. Some of the sessions will deal with the impact of effective branding -- understanding the retail site selection and approval process -- as well as -- urbanization and waterfront redevelopment happening in the region.

More Use of Park N Ride Expected

The Park N Ride service from Saint John Transit isn't getting much traffic yet, but the General Manager expects it to come.Frank McCarey tells CHSJ News, there have been a few passengers, but the program hasn't been promoted as much as it should be.
McCarey says promotion will be increasing now that the new routes and schedules have been put in place.He says some of the lots are not even ready to be used, and hopes work will be finished on them by the fall.

Council Struggles With Pension Woes And A Quorum

Common council is looking for ways to ease the impact of a projected 150-million dollar shortfall which current legislation makes the city fully responsible for the amount.Court says provincial officials need to understand the impact on taxpayers if the city has to shoulder the full amount on its own.Meantime -- council was hard pressed to keep a meeting with its pension consultants last night. Five council members were absent -- and -- Mayor Ivan Court had to suspend the meeting temporarily when Councilor Donnie Snook left the council chamber briefly -- that left council without a quorum.

Housing Starts Off Last Month

New home construction in the greater Saint John area is off slightly compared to a year ago. Canada Mortgage and Housing reports single family housing starts down slightly last month while multiple unit construction plummeted by 84-percent compared to July of last year. Moncton is also reporting a slow down in housing starts while Fredericton is the bright spot last month actually reporting more new single family and multiple residences started than the previous year.

Town of Rothesay Pleads for Improvements at 'Hazardous' Interchange

The Town of Rothesay is emphasizing the urgent need for improvements to the interchange at Route One and Route 111. Mayor Bill Bishop says that interchange and the intersection of Route 111 with Campbell Drive near the fire station is a hazard.

Bishop has sent Transportation Minister Denis Landry a letter asking him to consider the necessary improvements. As it is now, traffic coming off of the MacKay Highway comes to a stop sign on a busy overpass. Changes to the interchange are not included in the current Atlantic Gateway project.

Curbside Recycling being Considered in Rothesay

Rothesay residents may end up with curbside pick up for their recyclables next year. Town council is considering a program similar to Fredericton's curbside program with a 'grey box' for paper and cardboard and a 'blue box' for plastic, metal and milk cartons.

Staff have been asked to prepare a detailed analysis of the cost for a curbside collection program with the view of including it in the 2010 budget.

Pedestrians Wreaking Havoc in Construction Zone

Pedestrians in the city are being blamed for dangerously distracting construction workers during the Princess Street Reconstruction Project. Municipal operations staff and on-site contractors say they are alarmed by the number of people disobeying signs and barricades to reach their destination on foot.

Sgt. Jeff LaFrance says it's not only dangerous for pedestrians, but it also puts workers at risk because they are continually distracted. The city is asking pedestrians to obey construction signs.

Merit Awards Handed out in Rothesay

(MLA Margaret Ann Blaney and Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop hand Barry Ogden his New Brunswick Day Merit Award--photo by Diane Henry)

The Town of Rothesay handed out this years New Brunswick Day Merit Awards last night. The recipients 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.

Rothesay Fire Department Tries to Solve Mysterious Fires

[Fire Chief Larry Greer presenting findings of investigation into two of three fires to Rothesay town council---Photo by Diane Henry]

There are still unanswered questions surrounding three unusual fires in the Rothesay neighbourhood of Dunedin last spring. Homes at 5 Dunedin, 20 Dunedin and 4 Newport all went up in flames within an hour and a half of each other on April 7th. Fire Chief Larry Greer says after a four-month investigation they still haven't determined the cause--although it appears to be electrical.

NB Power officials have said there were no power surges in the neighbourhood that day. However, Greer says the ground itself in the area appears to act as a conductor of electricity.

Residents Left with Unanswered Questions About Spring Fires

A group of residents in the Dunedin neighbourhood remain fearful their homes are in danger of going up in flames. Jeff Legge says he is disappointed the cause of the electrical fires is still unknown.

Residents crowded into Rothesay Town Hall last night hoping to learn more about the fires in their neighbourhood last spring. Legge says if the fire department can't give them answers, a group of neighbourhood residents will hire their own investigators.

Town Officials Want More Info on Spring Fires

Deputy Mayor Blair MacDonald tells CHSJ news they won't give up on getting more information surrounding the fires.

Mayor Bill Bishop says it's unfortunate the fire department hasn't determined the cause of the three blazes, but adds that is not the result of inaction on their part.

Rothesay Recreation Master Plan Approved

Rothesay Town Council has formally approved a proposed Recreation Master plan. Council unanimously accepted the plan by ADI Architecture last night to address the recreation needs in Rothesay.

The report says town officials should concentrate on a field house, improving and building more walking trails, and the construction of a new arena--or--renovations to the existing one. The complete Recreation Master Plan will be available on the town's website by tomorrow.