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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Missing Ontario Man Found Dead in N.B.

A missing Ontario man has been found dead in Albert County.

RCMP and the Waterloo Regional Police Service were both looking for 42-year-old Donald Tambourine who was reported missing by his family.

His body was discovered in New Horton today and police do not suspect foul play.

Joint Funding Going to the Fundy Solid Waste Commission

The federal and provincial government are making a joint investment of over $220 thousand dollars each to the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission.The money will be going towards improving the regions recycling program, and will help build a sorting conveyor and install a baler to process recyclables more efficiently.General Manager Mark McLeod says this funding is coming at a great time, because just over a year ago, the solid waste commission almost lost the recycling resource.
McLeod says the site was actually paying to have recyclables taken away, but were able to plow through.He says the $600 thousand dollar project should be operating by the end of October.

Energy Minister Wants Long Term Outline of Point Lepreau Works

[Energy Minister Jack Keir----Photo By Dave Briggs]

The Energy Minister says he has no update on the progress of the refurbishment at Point Lepreau by NB Power and the Atomic Energy of Canada.Jack Keir says the utilities are looking at the work schedule right now using in depth analysis.He says he'd prefer to see a long term outline of work, rather than monthly updates.
Keir says the last report indicated the refurbishment project is seven and a half months behind schedule.

Weston Surprised About Fall Election

[Saint John M-P Rodney Weston----Photo by Dave Briggs]

Saint John M-P Rodney Weston says he's confused that Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff wants to take Canadians to the polls.Weston says the liberal leader has heard from Canadians that they do not want a fall election, but he is going to look for one anyway.
Weston says he's only been on the job for less than a year, and says he's ready to stay put. He says part of being apart of a minority government is always being prepared for a surprise election.

Budget News Out of Fredericton

A Provincial budget will be tabled early because of the economic meltdown. That from Premier Shawn Graham and Business Minister Greg Bryne with the numbers to be presented on December.1st and the fall sitting of the Legislature to resume a week early on November.17th. Byrne says all of the recent criticism levelled against the government from the Conservatives is with-out merit.

Byrne says all three credit rating agencies they ar associated with says this Province's economic out-look is stable but isn't with-out it's challenges. Pre-budget consultations around the Province will begin next month.

Rothesay MLA Not Suprised

The news out of Fredericton doesn't come as a big shock to one Conservative MLA. Margaret Ann Blaney of Rothesay tells CHSJ News, her party has been calling for a fiscal update but this doesn't satisfy the itch.

As for the pre-budget consultations, Blaney says knowing that the numbers have to be in by the end of November, that doesn't give the Liberals alot of time to digest what people are saying.

Crash Causing Grid Lock

A two vehicle crash on Highway One is creating some gridlock between the Fox Farm Road exit and Dolan Road -- RCMP have arrived on scene and traffic is being rerouted around the area. Callers to our 648-3000 Newsline tell us there are a number of fire trucks - an ambulance - and - police cars on the scene -- we will keep you posted.

City Police Face a Wage Freeze

A wage freeze will affect some positions with the Saint John Police Force. A recommendation of a two year wage freeze on management salaries was barely passed at last night's Board of Police Commissioners Meeting. Chief of Police Bill Reid tells CHSJ News that its a tough pill to swallow, but they will get by.

A resolution on wage freezes was passed by council at the end of March, but concern over the effects on the Police Force has kept it from being passed until last night.

Gagetown Soldier to be Honoured

A Gagetown soldier joins 10 other Canadians who have received the Govern General's Bravery Decoration. In September of 2007, Sergeant Roger Lane caught two men who had robbed a grocery store in Edmonton, Alberta. Sgt. Lane noticed a man wearing a disguise running towards him and instantly realized a robbery had taken place. He caught the suspect, wrestled him to the ground, removed the gun stuck in his waistband and threw it out of reach.

While other shoppers held the robber, Sergeant Lane grabbed a second suspect who was running away. The second man sprayed tear gas in Sergeant Lane's face and although temporarily blinded, Sergeant Lane managed to hold onto him until the police arrived. Lane and the other 10 recipients will receive their decorations at a future ceremony.

IT Workshop Hopes to Deal with Employee Shortage

A shortage of workers, especially women in the I.T. sector is the focus of a work-shop at UNBSJ today. Many companies including J.D. Irving and Aliant X-Wave have been struggling to get several positions filled and Ruth Shaw with UNBSJ tells CHSJ News, these companies and several others are leaving the Province to find workers.

Shaw adds there is a public perception that the dot com bust is tied into I.T. jobs and that is not the case. These are careers with solid companies and opportunities for growth.

Industry Leaders from India Visit Saint John

A group of industry leaders from India will be in the city today. The delegation is on a week long business mission to Atlantic Canada, visiting port and railway facilities in the region. They will tour NB Southern Railway's West Side facility this afternoon.

Their visit is to focus on understanding the cost and time benefits of accessing U.S. markets through Atlantic Canada.

Funding Expected for Landfill

For the second time in three weeks, there is a funding announcement scheduled at the Crane Mountain Landfill. Energy Minister Jack Keir will be joined by Saint John MP Rodney Weston for what is being called an infrastructure announcement.

Things get started at two o'clock. It was back on the 18th of last month, the Province put forward $1.75 million toward a project to capture methane gas and use it to generate electricity.