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Monday, August 24, 2009

Changes Coming to Roadway

There is permanent change coming to the look of Heatherway Drive in East Saint John. City Hall has decided to install speed humps along the southbound lanes of the road. This decision comes after months of consultation after a 79-year old woman was struck and killed by a speeding vehicle in October of last year. A 16-year old boy was charged with dangerous driving causing death back in June and handed a two year suspended sentence.

City Hall tells us they do have a plan for the North-bound lanes but no word yet on what they are.

Beaver Harbour Man in Hospital

A 61-year old man from Beaver Harbour is resting at the Regional with possible head injuries and broken bones. This after an accident yesterday on Highway One near the Pennfield Air Strip.

RCMP tell us the mans ATV hit a large pile of sea weed which made the vehicle flip.
The man flew off the bike and rolled along the asphalt.

Norton Legion Not Happy with Cut-Back

The Department of Transportation has sent out letters to several communities notifying of a cut-back of service. They include Norton and it's Legion where as of October.1st, the parking lot of the building will no longer be plowed. Gord Mckenzie tells CHSJ News, this is un-acceptable because the building also serves as the EMO set-up.

Mckenzie says there will be a meeting at the Legion this Friday night to discuss this cut-back. It gets started at seven o'clock.

Fight to Save Blood Center in Saint John

As Canadian Blood Services continues to forge ahead with plans to move it's Saint John distribution center to Halifax, a provincial task force continues to review it's options to stop it. Both sides met earlier this summer no closer than when they started. Rothesay Conservative MLA Margaret Ann Blaney tells CHSJ News, all of their questions concerning weather and making sure blood gets through to Saint John have gone un-answered.

No word on a second meeting between the two parties is being talked about.

Rothesay Man Wins Top Prize

If you see Paul Healey in your travels, make sure you say congratulations. The Rothesay man has taken home top prize in one of five divisions for his short story in the 32nd Annual Atlantic Writing Competition. This year, over 250 writers from all four Atlantic Provinces submitted novels, poetry, short stories, and works for children.

This is the third year for the competition and Healey was the only winner from this Province.

Former MP Responds to Opinion Polls

Former Saint John MP Paul Zed is calling the recent dip in the polls for the federal Liberals a summer lull. The Harper Conservatives are showing an 11 point lead against the Liberals which have dropped in the public opinion polls by 7 points. Zed tells CHSJ news it's nothing to lose sleep over--however.

Zed says there is no appetite for a fall election, but adds people are very worried about high unemployment numbers and the current deficit. As for whether he will run for re-election, Zed says it's still to early too say--but--he is enjoying life away from politics to do more charity work.

'Pink Bus' Tour for Breast Cancer Coming to Saint John

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is touring the Atlantic region promoting the importance of breast screening and early detection. The “Pink Bus” will make stops in Saint John, Rothesay, Quispamsis and Grand Bay-Westfield beginning Wednesday.

124 stops in four provinces are part of a five month trip to have 85 per cent of all eligible women in Atlantic Canada routinely screened for breast cancer by 2010. The first stops will be at the CIBC on Consumers Drive and Sobeys West on the 26th.

Hurricane Bill Breezes Past Saint John

Hurricane Bill is now tropical storm Bill after delivering a glancing blow to Newfoundland and Labrador overnight. The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Bill has left the province's Avalon Peninsula and is rapidly moving out to sea north, northeast of St. John's with maximum winds of about 102 km/hr.

Here in Greater Saint John, Hurricane Bill offered little more than a bruise with about 20mms of rain, up to 60km/hr winds and no major flooding or heavy down-pours. NB Power is also reporting no power outages at this hour--however-- About 43 thousand Nova Scotia customers were without electricity at the peak of the Hurricane as high winds and heavy rain knocked down some trees in that province. All are now back on the grid. Marine Atlantic will resume operations between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland this morning after a 24 hour suspension.

City Victim to Another Armed Robbery

The Golden Mile Billiards the scene of an armed robbery last night. Police tell us two masked men walked in around nine o'clock last night, showed a weapon and demanded cash. They got some and took off. There were about 4 patrons and one employee at the billiards at the time of the crime but no one was hurt. Police say they currently have no suspects.

Kayak Rescue

A bit of excitement for one kayaker in Saint John yesterday evening. City fire crews were called to the coast off Sea Street on the West Side at about six o'clock last night for a kayaker in distress. When crews arrived they found a man clinging to the side of his boat about 600 feet out, trying to paddle to shore. Fire fighters swam out to meet the man and attached a line to his kayak, pulling him to shore. He was not hurt.

Canada Games Stadium Refurbishment

To help with the refurbishment of the Canada Games Stadium, UNB Saint John is investing $800 thousand dollars to the project. Vice President of the university Robert MacKinnon tells CHSJ News, the school is going to benefit from the project and improve Tucker Park.

MacKinnon says once the work is complete, students and faculty will be able to use the facility and it will also help recruit students from outside Greater Saint John.

One Man Fights For Anti-Bullying Legislation

A Woodstock man is in the process of asking the Government of Canada to introduce legislation on the topic of bullying. Rob Frenette, founder of Bullying Canada, is asking the Government to officially introduce legislation on the topic of bullying for the first time.Tobique-Mactaquac M.P. Mike Allen has agreed to present the Bullying Legislation Petition in the House of Commons.

For more information or to sign the petition please visit the Bullying Canada website. A link to the site will be available at -- click news.