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Friday, January 22, 2010

Victim of Sackville gas explosion identified

RCMP have confirmed the identity of a man killed in a vehicle collision in Sackville
on Tuesday.
23-year-old Alexander Burden died of injuries he sustained when his vehicle collided with a gas reservoir at the Sackville Public Works building.
Foul play has been ruled out.

Saint John store collects shoes for earthquake survivors

Anyone with extra shoes in Saint John that wants to help out the people of Haiti, can drop them off tomorrow.
The Soft Moc location in McAllister Place is accepting shoe donations tomorrow.
The footwear will sent on the earthquake survivors in Haiti.

Alward Puts Forward Motion

(Conservative Leader David Alward)
               (File Photo)

A motion for full dis-closure of the latest Memorandum of Understanding involving NB Power and Hydro Quebec has been brought forward in the Legislature. Conservative leader David Alward is looking for the Graham Government to commit to releasing the details of the latest MOU at least 30 days prior to it being signed. Alward tells CHSJ News, the focus of his party remains getting this proposal scrapped.

Alward adds the contract will be signed March 31st but the Graham government says they will not make public the full contract until after it is signed.

Update for Grand Manan Ferry Coming Monday

An update on the new Grand Manan Ferry will be announced at a news conference Monday. $65 million dollars was set aside for the new vessel back in the spring of last year by a boat building firm in Florida. The new ferry will have a capacity for 82 vehicles and will replace the current 25 vehicle ferry.

The 60 vehicle vessel will remain on the water with the new ferry to be finished by next year. Monday's news conference gets started at one o'clock at Grand Manan School with Premier Graham and Fisheris Minister Rick Doucet taking part.

Another Big Year for the Saint John Airport

(Airport President Bernie Leblanc)
            (File Photo)

It was another big year at the Saint John Airport. Year-end traffic figures came in at 222,310 – up 12% from 1999 when the Airport was privatized but down from a high of 245,102 in 2008. President Bernie Leblanc tells CHSJ News, they are very pleased with the bottom line.

Leblanc says there are several reasons for the growing numbers including the start up of WestJet and Sunwing service, additional summer flights offered by Air Canada and the growing local economy.

Irving Oil Jet Makes Trips to Haiti

(The First Dartmouth Medical Team to Leave for Haiti)
               (Photo Courtesy of Irving Oil)

Irving Oil is donating more than just cash to the relief efforts in Haiti. The companies corporate jet has made two flights to the country this week delivering $125,000 dollars in medical supplies and trauma care teams. Dale Hackett is the Chief Pilot who organized both trips and tells CHSJ News, both teams were anxious to get to work.

Hackett adds they weren't able to land in Port au Prince and had to be diverted to Santo Damingo. Irving Oil has already donated $50,000 dollars to the relief efforts and will match all fund-raising currently underway by company employee's.

  (The Second Medical Team Leaving New Hampshire)
                 (Photo Courtesy of Irving Oil)

Military Training

Soldiers from CFB Gagetown will be taking part in driver training in a few different localities starting today. If you live in Gagetown, Blissville, Welsford and Petersville, you can expect to see military personnel and vehicles. The Military doesn't expect the movement and activity of the soldiers and their vehicles to be too disruptive. The training begins today and continues until the 29th.

High Number of Vehicles Towed in City

There might be some confusion over the city's new bylaw as it applies to a no parking ban after a storm. Without having an exact number, City Police tell CHSJ News alot of vehicles have been towed since the ban went into effect at 11 last night. Police do say 69 vehicles were ticketed city wide. According to the bylaw, no parking on the street extends to most of the city, not just the south central peninsula.