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Thursday, February 25, 2010

2010 Dragon Boat Festival announces fundraising target

It's time to start talking about the Saint John Dragon Boat Festival coming up in August.
This year's event will support the purchase of equipment for minimally invasive spine surgery.

Festival chair Bob Boyce says this equipment along with the expansion of the Extended Day Surgery program will allow St. Joseph's hospital to double the number of spine surgeries performed in a year.
 The goal is to raise $232,000 dollars at this year's event on August 28th in Renforth.
For information on how to register for the 2010 Saint John Dragon Boat Festival, go to

Health snapshot of Saint John area paints negative picture

The state of your health is largely up to you. That fact emerges from a health snapshot of the Saint John region released by the New Brunswick Health Council.
Its C-E-O Stephane Robichaud tells CHSJ News the healthcare system itself might influence only ten per cent of how healthy you are.
The health snapshot for the Saint John region shows we are dying prematurely from heart attacks, strokes and respiratory diseases. We still smoke too much, are too obese and don't eat enough veggies and fruit.

Federal and Municipal funding announced for the Visit Canada Trail

The federal government announcing 135 thousand dollars for upgrades to the Visit Canada trail at Rockwood Park which will include some landscaping and permanent installation of monuments.
The city is contributing 310 thousand dollars. The trail features a site for each province. Meantime, what is being billed as a big announcement about funding for infrastructure in Saint John will be made tomorrow morning at city hall.

City prepares for expected rain

A rainfall warning has been issued for the Saint John region with anywhere from 25 to 40 millimeters expected, the bulk of it tomorrow. That raises the spectre of flooding, especially in east Saint John.
The Deputy Commissioner of Municipal Operations, Kevin Rice tells CHSJ News that amount of rain could cause problems.

He adds the city will be working today to make sure everything is clear for tomorrow.

Award for Dr. Randall Miller of the New Brunswick Museum

The head of geology and palaeontology at the New Brunswick Museum has won the distinguished scientist award.
Dr. Randall Miller wins the award from the Atlantic Geoscience Society.
The award is given out every year to a person who has developed and promoted the geoscience in the Atlantic region.
Dr. Miller may be best known in international circles for the discovery near Campbellton of the world’s oldest articulated shark fossil.

Gas Prices Rise After Weekly Setting

There has been a jump in gas prices after the weekly setting. The maximum price for self serve regular rose by almost 4 cents a litre to $103.5 but is being sold in the city for $1.00.9 a litre. The max for diesel has risen to $107.1 but it's being sold for $104.5 around town. Furnace oil has risen by more than 3 cents a litre to 90.4 cents but propane went down to $1.14.

New Daycare In Rothesay

As the demand for child-care grows, so does the number of businesses in the Kennebecasis Valley looking to provide the service. The latest is Polka Dots and Bowties setting up shop in Rothesay in the Fairvale Plaza. Co-owner Nicole Arrand tells CHSJ News, the new space consists of 4000 square feet inside with 2600 feet of a fenced in play area outside.
Arrand says it wasn't easy finding a space to suit their needs but are happy with the spot they have chosen. If all spaces are full, there will be 14 staff members on hand.