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Friday, March 26, 2010

Seadogs Take Care of the Rocket

(Center Ice Shot at Harbour Station)
      (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

Jonathan Huberdeau scored four points including a hat trick as the Saint John Seadogs beat the Rocket 7-2 to take the best of seven opening round series 4-1.

The Dogs will have a week to rest and Head Coach Gerard Gallant says they aren't spending a lot of time worrying about who they will face next.

Tickets for the second round of the play-offs go on sale today at noon at the Harbour Station box office.

Games one and two will be played this Friday and Saturday at the Station.

Seadogs Move on to the Second Round

Alward Will Work With Feds To Remove Harbour Bridge Tolls

Saint John East Tories Crown Tait As Candidate

Liberals Defend Their Harbour Bridge Motion

(Energy Minister Jack Keir)
         (File Photo)

No new results have been produced following an over three hour debate concerning the Harbour Bridge in the Legislature.

The Opposition Conservatives tried to delay bridge work pending a long-term federal-provincial management agreement.

Energy Minister Jack Keir tells CHSJ News, the solution to this problem is not complicated........Ottawa needs to approve the budget so construction can get underway.
Keir adds Ottawa is playing petty politics and Saint John Portland MLA Trevor Holder is right in the middle of it.

MLA for Saint John Portland on Harbour Bridge

(Saint John Portland MLA Trevor Holder)
                  (File Photo)

Trevor Holder is stunned the Graham Government has declared the Harbour Bridge is not it's responsibility.

That came out as part of the debate in the Legislature today. The MLA for Saint John Portland tells CHSJ News, the Conservative motion is calling for a Federal-Provincial agreement to be signed immediately.

Holder adds the Liberals presented a toothless motion which they tried to strengthen, but it was also voted down.

City Points Shine In New Survey

(Photo courtesy Imperial Theatre)

The city is once again shining in a new survey of readers of a Halifax based business magazine.
The latest edition of "Progress" magazine lists the Imperial Theatre as the best cultural space in Atlantic Canada.
Happinez Wine Bar is rated as the best place to take clients for a quiet drink while Sebastian's across the street came in as N-B runner up.
Other runners up include Shucker's Restaurant -- Handworks Gallery -- and -- the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal for best large event space.

New Chairman of Airport

The Board of Directors of the Saint John Airport has elected Wayne Power as its new chairman.

He has served as a Board Member since 2006 as a nominee of the City of Saint John and is currently a Vice President at J.D. Irving Limited.
Power was born and raised in New Brunswick and holds both Canadian and an American citizenship.

Work continues to bring more doctors to the province

Over 1500 physicians are practising in this province including 736 family practitioners and 801 specialists.
That from the Department of Health.
There are 169 more doctors practising in the province than there were in October 2006.

Health Minister Mary Schryer tells us her department is committed to fostering an environment of recruitment and retention of physicians in all regions of the province.
A committee that will involve representatives from key organizations to help recruit doctors will be established this spring.

CFB Gagetown participates in Earth Hour early

CFB Gagetown is taking part in Earth Hour a day early by eliminating all unnnecessary energy usage today between 3 and 4 this afternoon.
Base Commander Michael Pearson tells CHSJ News they decided to do it today during peak work hours to ensure it has the biggest impact.

All base personnel as well as the Military Family Resource Centre and the Canadian Forces Housing Authority will be taking part.

Earth Hour is a global initiative to conserve energy by turning all power for one hour.
It's happening tomorrow night between 8:30 to 9:30 local time.

Private Meeting Confirmed By Tory Hopefuls

Both declared candidates for the Saint John Harbour nomination confirm they have been invited to a meeting next week.
John Campbell tells us he presumes it has something to do with the nomination process in the riding -- he says it appears there is a lack of organization at the riding level.
Carl Killen tells CHSJ News he's not aware of any discontent within the local organization -- one which he understands has not been very active -- but -- says he's never been involved in a nomination process so isn't sure what to expect.

Grumbling Within Tory Ranks In Saint John Harbour

As local Tories gather for this evening's nomination meeting in Saint John East -- there are some rumblings of discontent within party circles in Saint John Harbour.
The Tories have not held the riding in over 30-years -- community activist John Campbell and councilor Carl Killen have announced they are seeking the nomination while former councilor Carl White is rumoured to be interested as well.
But -- sources tell CHSJ News there's a lack of organization -- the riding's annual general meeting has been cancelled -- there is no executive in place -- and -- potential candidates have been invited to a private meeting next week to discuss the selection process -- we have placed a call to party headquarters in Fredericton.
Meantime -- the Liberals have already nominated Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty to again carry the party banner in the September 27th election.

Rothesay Regional Police Appeal For Public's Help

A break and enter earlier this week into a home in Quispamsis has taken on special signifcance for Rothesay Regional Police. A laptop and flat screen TV were stolen but police say they belonged to a young man who passed away when he was just in his twenties and his parents wanted to keep them for their sentimental value. If you can help locate them, give police a headsup at 847-6300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

Dan Robertson Blood Donor Clinic To Be Held Today In Quispamsis

With over 41 brand new donors alone last year, organizers of the 2nd annual Dan Robertson blood donor clinic are hoping to match or exceed that number. Things get started this afternoon at two at the Good Life Fitness Center in Quispamsis. His sister Rhonda tells CHSJ News, Dan was so grateful for all the donations made during his treatment because without those, he would not have lived two months beyond his diagnosis.
The clinic is open from two this afternoon until six this evening.

Board Of Trade Presses For Harbour Bridge Repairs

(Board of Trade President Imelda Gilman)
                   (File Photo)

The Saint John Board of Trade met with the provincial Transportation Minister on the need for repairs to the Harbour Bridge.
The B-O-T along with the Atlantic Trucking Association and Enterprise Saint John sent a letter to Denis Landry requesting a meeting to discuss finding a resolution.
President Imelda Gilman tells CHSJ News that meeting was held yesterday with Landry, Mayor Ivan Court and Energy Minister Jack Keir and the stumbling block to proceed remains the Federal Government withholding its approval for the Harbour Bridge Authority to secure a loan to carry out the repairs estimated to cost 35 million dollars.
Gilman adds they have requested a meeting with Saint John MP Rodney Weston because time is running out on getting this work done.