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Friday, September 25, 2009

Court says Progress Being Made on Water Priority

[Priority Meeting------photo by Dave Briggs]

Mayor Ivan Court says the city is doing tremendously well in trying to improve the water quality in the city.
Safe clean drinking water was outlined as the number one priority for common council last year, and Court tells CHSJ News, so far the city has invested 24 million dollars into water projects right now.
Court says the next step in regards to water in the city is getting the treatment plant up, and getting the infrastructure connected to it.
Court says looking back on the accomplishments over the past year the city has made major investments in another priority area.

The city has invested money into many recreational projects around the city including the Canada Games Stadium Upgrade, laying new gym flooring at the Carelton Community Centre, and upgrading Rainbow Park.

Volunteer Recruitment Drive Held Next Week

Volunteers are needed for 35 service agencies in Saint John.
To that end, The Saint John Volunteer Centre is hosting a recruitment drive.
Eileen McLaughlin of the Volunteer Centre says people are busier than ever and have less free time.
McLaughlin says there is a nearly 30 per cent decline in the number of volunteers across the country.
The Recruitment Drive runs October 1st and 2nd at Brunswick Square.

Changes for Blood and Specimen Collection

Regional Health Authority B is making some changes to their blood and specimen collection services.

Starting on Monday, all patients will need to make an appointment to access this service at the Regional Hospital, the West Side Wellness Centre, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and KV Health Services.

All appointments must be made ahead of time. To make an appointment, call 648-6681.

If you arrive at one of the collection sites without an appointment, you will get the next available appointment.

All appointments that have been scheduled before this Monday will not be affected by this change.

Federal Money for East Saint John Community Centre

Ottawa is giving 400,000 dollars to the Community Centre project of St. Joseph's Parish in East Saint John.

Saint John MP Rodney Weston announced the funding this morning through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

The Loch Lommond Community Centre will be a multi-use facility and is currently under construction.

Flag Bearer Announced for Team Canada

Two-time Olympian Joël Bourgeois has been named the province's official flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Games of La Francophonie in Beirut, Lebanon. This will be his third participation in the Games of La Francophonie--and-- Bourgeois has also represented Canada at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics.

The 2009 Games of La Francophonie will be held from this Sunday until October 6th.

Search Continues for Missing Girl

(Photo Courtesy of the RCMP)
An award for finding a missing girl from the Burnt Church First Nation has been increased to more than 17 thousand dollars. RCMP are still investigating the disappearance of 16-year old Hilary Bonnell. She was last seen on September 5th walking on Highway 11.
The award offered by the Chief and Council from the Burnt Church First Nation, along with donations, now stands at 15 thousand 600 dollars. New Brunswick Crime Stoppers is also offering up to two thousand dollars for information leading to Bonnell's whereabouts. She is described as being 5 feet 5 inches, aboriginal, with dark brown eyes and long black hair. A photo can be found on our website at news.

Soup Kitchen Raises Three Times its Goal

A fundraising campaign for Romero House has tripled it's goal of raising $30,000 for the soup kitchen, with the final tally being $92,000. Chair of the Finance Committee Paul Zed tells CHSJ news the people and corporations of Saint John have been extremely generous.

Zed says Saint Johners open their wallets for Romero House because of their tireless work providing 300 meals a day 365 days a year.

Saint John MP Says Answers in Contract for Lepreau Refit

After being called out by Energy Minister Jack Keir to start making some noise in Ottawa about the Point Lepreau refurbishment project, Saint John M-P Rodney Weston is responding.

Weston tells CHSJ News, the province said they are looking for answers, but all of the answers can be found in the contract between NB Power and Atomic Energy of Canada.

Weston says the federal government is committed to providing AECL with the tools to get the job done.

Surprise Announcement Expected Today

Saint John M-P Rodney Weston says the announcement at St. Joseph's Parish Church this morning is going to be something Saint Johners can get behind.

Weston tells CHSJ News, he doesn't want to spoil the surprise, but a capital campaign has been started in order to help them reach their projected goal.

Things get started at 9:30 at St. Joseph's Parish Church.