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Friday, December 11, 2009

Saint John part of global call for change on Climate Change

Global climate change is the reason for a candlelight vigil in King Square tomorrow night.

Vigils are being held across the country and around the world to coincide with the UN's Climate Change conference underway in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Organizer Mariel Hunter tells CHSJ news they will be taking a picture of the number "350" using candles because 350 parts per million is how much carbon dioxide is safe to have in the atmosphere.

Hunter says the world is currently hovering near 400 parts per million mark.

The vigil runs from 5 to 6:30pm tomorrow night at Kings Square in Uptown Saint John.

Coalition opposed to NB Power sale is launched

A coalition opposed to the sale of NB Power to Hydro Quebec was launced in Moncton this week. The coalition's includes 27,000 citizens linked on Facebook, retiree groups, academics, the Conservative and NDP Parties, the NB Federation of Labour, retired NB Power employees and concerned citizens.
The group pledges to be community based, bilingual and inclusive.

They have received the endorsement of organizations in PEI and Nova Scotia also opposed to the sale.

The Coalition’s website is:

Piece of Land in Millidgeville Now Protected

Another piece of land in the Province is now protected by the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. John Irving has donated 27 hectares which now becomes an official nature preserve. The piece of property is right behind Samuel de Champlain and runs down to the Saint John River. Homeowners in Ragged Point and the Boars Head Road area have been working for years to protect this piece of property.

This now brings the number of trust-held nature preserves in the greater Saint John area to six. The land was donated by the Provincial Government while John Irving's donation will finance the stewardship of the preserve.

Murder Charge Laid in St. Stephen Woman's Death

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A 32-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of St. Stephen woman. 59-year-old Mary Claire Scott was found dead in her Queen Street home on Novemeber 30th. Family members contacted RCMP when they had not heard from Scott for several days.

Tips led investigators to Bible Hill, Nova Scotia where William David White was arrested yesterday. White was living in Scott's home for a time.
The accused is scheduled to appear in St. Stephen Provincial Court today.

Fire Rips Through Home in Seeley's Cove

Nobody hurt after fire ripped through a home earlier this week in Seeley's Cove. Sargeant Greg MacAvoy with St. George RCMP tells CHSJ News, they were called to the home on Wednesday night and one woman living there got out safely.

Investigators are still going over the scene trying to figure out what sparked the blaze.

Home Saved by Off-Duty Firefighter

An off duty firefighter with the Musquash Department is being credited with saving a home in Maces Bay. He was driving past the home last night at seven o'clock when he noticed the front deck was on fire. A bucket full of ashes taken from the wood stove was melting around the wood floor. The firefighter used an extinguisher from his vehicle to smother the flames.

He then helped the homeowner and a neighbour put snow and water onto the deck to cool hot spots. Firefighters then used a hoseline to wet down the deck to insure everything had been extinguished and checked that the fire hadn't extended into the house. Danage was minimal and a reminder to use a metal bucket to collect the ashes from your wood stove.

Latest Word From Department of Health on H1N1

Decline continues to be the word when it comes to H1N1 activity around the Province. 170 people have been sent to hospital since the pandemic began back in April. 32 were in intensive care and 26 of those had underlying medical conditions. The death toll still stands at seven..........four men and three women. As far as the supply of vaccine, 92,500 doses arrived this week with 70,000 more expected to arrive next week.

Mass clinics will continue until the 18th but some will finish sooner than that. To this point, 55% of the population has received the shot with more clinics today in Greater Saint John. There is one at Lawrence Station starting at one and running until eight. The Barrack Green Armoury is hosting one as well until nine tonight and there is also one at Portland United Church in the North End until 3:30pm this afternoon.

Top Marks For Three Buildings

Bayside Middle School, the NBCC St. Andrews Campus and the Provincial Fish Health Laboratory have all received top marks as some of the Provinces most energy efficient new commercial buildings. This is all part of Efficiency NB's Start Smart program.

The design and construction of the buildings were managed by the Department of Supply and Services.

Lobsters For Sale on Long Wharf

With their catch going for four dollars a pound, lobster fisherman are hoping to finish up another tough year on a positive note. They will tie up their vessels on Long Wharf next weekend looking to draw in new business on an old idea. Fresh lobster will be sold right off the back of the boat for close to five dollars a pound. Fisherman John McDade tells CHSJ News, they are looking for some extra revenue but want to let people know this port is active.

McDade adds looking ahead, they would like to see this set-up in the area on a permanent basis. The event is being organized by the Fundy North Fishermen's Association and the sale runs between eleven in the morning and three in the afternoon.

House Fire in East Saint John

Fire Crews were met with heavy smoke and flames when they responded to a house fire last night at 22-25 Loch Lomand Road. District Chief Peter Saab says the fire was contained to the living room but there was smoke and water damage to the rest of the building. The people who live there were not at home when the fire started. The cause is under investigation.