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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fusion Saint John Unveils New Compostable Bags

Gas Station Robbery

City police are looking for the man responsible for robbing a west side gas station.

Just after 9 o'clock a man entered the Shell station on Main Street demanding money.
Police say there was no visible weapon, but he said he had one.
There were no injuries, and the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

DOT Prepares for Winter

[Transportation Minister Denis Landry----File Photo]
With a good portion of the Province seeing snow late this week, the Department of Transportation is gearing up for the winter months. Minister Denis Landry tells CHSJ News, salt and sand has arrived and is being stored away.
Landry says over-all the gear is holding up with new trucks being purchased and crews getting them tuned up for the colder months ahead.

Cruise Lines Prepare for H1N1

As public health begins its swine flu vaccination program - cruise lines are also preparing for any outbreak of flu onboard.

Dr Mark Mason is the chief medical officer aboard the "Crown Princess" which has made regular stops in the city this year -- and -- he says they begin reporting cases when one to one-and-a-half percent of the passengers exhibit flu like symptoms:
Mason says the ship stocks flu vaccine and will step up sanitation levels by increasing the amount of chemicals and cleaning carried out on a regular basis -- he says the strict onboard protocols have actually stopped outbreaks onboard Princess Cruises over the past couple of years.

Fusion Saint John Compostable Bags Introduced

[Artist Nate Guimond and his winning design----Photo by Dave Briggs]
The winning design for Fusion Saint John's compostable bag contest is now available.

Chair of the Green Feet Committee Anne McShane tells CHSJ News, the contest was such a success she thinks it could become an annual event.
The bags will be availabe in uptown shops on November 7th, and McShane says it's up to the retailers to decide how to hand them out. She says the bags will be free of charge, but some stores may give them with a $20 dollar purchase, or even the first customers through the door.

Council of Canadians Conference

[Maude Barlow---Photo by Dave Briggs]
The Council of Canadians are holding it's 24th annual meeting and conference in the port city this weekend.

National Spokesperson Maude Barlow tells CHSJ News, the provincial government needs to start iniaitives that help the local economy, and needs to stop developing resources just to export them elsewhere.
Barlow says citizens and the governments need to take care of the land, air and waters, because those resourches are not going to remain sustainable on it's own.
The conference is open to the public and is being held at the Trade and Convention Centre.