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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The light are back for some in Quispamsis

Power has been restored to several hundred people in Quispamis but, over 200 are still in the dark.

NB Power spokesperson Marianne Limpert says the power outtage was caused by a broken pole.
She says that is usually caused by high winds or a vehicle accident.
She expects that power will be restored to everyone between 8:30pm and 9:30pm this evening.

Limpert says the lights went out just after 3:30 this afternoon.

NB Power's Board of Directors not pressured to support deal

NB Power has a bright future under the revised agreement with Hydro Quebec.
That word from Ed Barrett, a member of NB Power's Board of Directors. He tells CHSJ News there was no goverment pressure on the board to come out in support of the deal and it would be unfair to blame outgoing C-E-O David Hay for NB Power's massive multi-billion dollar debt.
Barret credits Hay with the settlement he helped achieve on the Orimulsion deal.
Barrett says the settlement was beneficial to the province. He also tells us a permanent replacement for Hay will not be made until after the proposed agreement with Hydro Quebec is approved.

Coaliton opposed NB Power Sale gets independent panel to review the deal

The Coalition formed to Save NB Power from being sold to Hydro Quebec has released what it calls an independent evaluation of the proposed agreement. Greg Cook of the Coalition tells CHSJ News many of those who collaborated on this report have helped to build NB Power's assets and they have reached a conclusion that this is a great deal for Hydro Quebec.
Cook says what NB Power should be doing is charging Hydro Quebec for use of the transmission lines within this province.

Soldiers start training in 8 regional municipalities today

8 communities in the region will be buzzing with activity as soldiers from CFB Gagetown conduct driver training over the next 4 weeks.

If you live in Maugerville, McGowan's Corner, Sheffield or Mactaquac Dam expect to see military vehicles.
The training will also be happening in Welsford, Lincoln, Tracy and in Fredericton.
The driver training starts today and continues until February 26.

Mischief charges pending

Hampton RCMP spent several hours on Monday morning at what turned out to be a wild goose chase.
Charges of public mischief are pending after police went looking for an injured man who was trapped in a vehicle that left the road.
They never found him and the information leading to the complaint was proven wrong.

More Security for Premier's State of the Province Address

(Premier Shawn Graham)
(File Photo)

There will be more police on hand than usual for Premier Shawn Graham's state of the province address tomorrow night in Fredericton. Organizers made the decision after hearing someone opposed to the NB Power sale may try to interrupt the Premier's speech. The president of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Lee Winchester confirms more police have been hired for the event at the Aitken University Centre. Protests are planned outside the venue but one of the organizers, Dennis Atchison maintains the demonstration will be a sombre one to reflect the lack of input he feels people in the province have had in the process.

K-V Fire Department Budget Controversy

(Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll)
(File Photo)

The Mayor of Quispamsis is looking to set the record straight about needing to hire an arbitrator to settle the Kennebacasis Fire Department budget. Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News, hiring a third party to settle the issue doesn't mean there is a feud with the town of Rothesay, it's just part of the process. Driscoll says the station in Quispamsis needs a fourth firefighter. The request for arbitration stems from the KV Fire Department needing to cut 100 thousand dollars from it's budget, and Rothesay doesn't want a new firefighter hired.

Revised NB Power Gets Examination

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies had an energy expert in Maine examine the new Memorandum of Understanding to sell NB Power's assets to Hydro Quebec. Gordon Weil of Standard Energy says the deal has improvements over the original proposal. A.I.M.S. President Charles Cirtwell tells CHSJ News the fact is the Liberal goverment has a majority and if it wants it passed it will be done. Without staking out a position on whether or not the proposed agreemwent should be approved, Cirtwell says Weil is still concerned over an inevitable price hike for consumers in year six of this deal after the rate freeze comes to an end.

Armed Robbery at Saint John Hotel

City Police reporting an armed holdup early this morning at the Colonial Inn on City Road. They tell CHSJ News one person entered the hotel and demanded cash but was arrested a short time later. The 17 year old suspect is expected in court this morning to be charged.