Linked Header

Monday, March 1, 2010

March is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month and the New Brunswick Securities Commission wants to remind the public that 40 per cent of investors have been approached about a possible fraud.
Marissa Rignanesi tells CHSJ News investors need to be aware of the red flags associated with scams common in the province.
Rignanesi adds you can find the list of NBSC red flags on their website at

Youth Pastor Resigns Post

Forest Hills Baptist Church has begun the healing process after it's Youth Pastor resigned from his job and his pastors license. Two weeks ago, the church discovered the youth pastor was involved with what it is calling in-appropriate activity on certain websites. Reverend Roger Graham tells CHSJ News, there was no criminal activity.

Reverend Graham points out the former youth pastor became involved with this web-based activity when he was a teenager and wishes him all the best in his recovery process.

Construction Update on Q-Plex

Crews working on the Q-Plex in Quispamsis are thankful for the milder than normal February. Instead of battling snow and sub-zero temperatures, workers have been making steady progress on the facility with the spring like temperatures. Manager Brad Steel tells CHSJ News, on a scale of one to ten, he would rank this facility ten.

Steel adds there is still no ""official"" date as to when they hope to open the doors this fall but should have a clearer picture of a solid date by the end of this month.

Saint John Airport on New Security Fee

Reaction today from Ottawa's announcement last week that airline security fees have increased to just under nine dollars each way depending on where your going. That is on top of the current security charges that can reach as high as $17 dollars each way. President of the Saint John Airport Bernie Leblanc tells CHSJ News, from the airport's perspective, it could be done differently through government funding or collect it from individual travellers.

The new fees still require parliamentary approval with MP's returning to Ottawa on Wednesday.

Gearing Up for the Acadian Games

With 200 volunteers signed up, preperations continue for Saint John to play host to the Acadian Games this summer. 1200 athletes will compete for bragging rights between July.1st and 4th. The Canada Games Stadium, which is under-going renovations, plays a huge part in the games success and President Michele Cote tells CHSJ News, he is thrilled with the progress being made.

Cote says they hope to have over 1000 volunteers to help out with games.

Third Annual World 3 on 3 Street Hockey Tourney set for April

(logo courtesy of Mindcare)

It's hoped as many as 120 teams will be taking part in this year's 3 on 3 street hockey tournament for Mind Care. That would be twice as many as last year.
Tournament Chair John McAloney tells CHSJ News the number of teams taking part has grown over the the last three years because for a lot of players it's a throwback to their carefree youth.

A youth division is being added this year. The tournament will be held in a new location at the cruise ship terminal along Water Street. The action gets underway April 30th.

For more information go to

A New Look For East Point Shopping

East Point Shopping Center is getting a new look. Mr. Big and Tall will co-brand with Tip Top Tailors with their new store set to open March.17th. Tip Top Tailors has been a staple in McAllister Place Mall but an employee told our news-room back in January one of the reasons for the move is increasing rent.

Still with East Point, contstruction continues on the TD Bank which is scheduled to open this spring and Costco is ready to start ringing in customers on May.27th.

Chance to Win a Brand New Truck

How does a brand new truck sound? You could win a 2010 Ford Ranger from Country 94 and Downey Ford. Promotions Director Bobbi Lee Betteridge tells CHSJ News that you do have to be a member of our listener club to win:

To sign up for the Country 94 listener's club, go to our The draw is coming up on April 24th live at Downey Ford.

Ambitious Plans Unveiled By Saint John Water

Saint John Water has several ambitious projects in the works which include reducing the amount of water lost through leaks. Brent McGovern of Saint John Water says just one leak can cause a huge amount of water to be wasted. As an example he points to a one kilometer stretch of pipe near Lakewood Heights where 22 milion litres of water is being lost each day. According to McGovern, district metering will allow the city to get a better handle on where the leaks are occurring and take remedial action. Saint John Water also plans to install larger pipes to facilitate residential development in Millidgeville.

March Roars in Like a Lion

         (Saint John Transit Bus Stuck on King Street)
                      (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

For anyone who thought winter was over, welcome in this first day of March. High winds, snow and freezing rain are all upon us to open the new work week. Roads in and around the metro area are building up with heavy slush making it tough to stop or pull away.

No major accidents reported but area police forces remind drivers to take their time for the ride into the office. It's been awhile since most have had to drive in these conditions so slow down and take your time. We have two power outages in Rothesay affecting more than 700 customers.

Traffic Interruptions For Monday

There will be traffic interruptions starting today on Rothesay Road (Route 100) near the entrance to Brookville Manufacturing. It's because of off road rock excavation.
The City tells us there will be traffic interruptions because of that work.

New Med Ed Building at U-N-B-S-J Nearing Completion

(Vice-President of U-N-B Saint John Dr. Robert McKinnon)
(File Photo)

Most of the attention in the past week has been paid to construction of the Commons Building on the campus of U-N-B Saint John but that's not all the building that's taking place. University Vice-President Dr. Robert McKinnon tells CHSJ News there will be the new medical building that you'll see finished in March or April.
The New Brunswick Community College is also constructing an allied health building on campus, adjacent to the Dal Med Ed building, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011. The University launched a 25 million dollar fundraising campaign for the new Commons Building last week and already has more than 20 million of that raised.