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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Police Dealing With Standoff

City police have a home surrounded off Manawagonish Road at this hour -- they're not offering any official comment as to what's going on.
But we do know they have police dogs and the emergency response team on scene -- some residents in the area say they've never seen such a heavy police presence.
Traffic along Manawagonish Road is slow moving and is being rerouted around the area which is near the Pumpkin Patch.

Woman Killed in Crash is Identified

RCMP has identified the woman killed earlier this week near St. Stephen.

78-year old Elizabeth Isenor of Wallace, Nova Scotia died when the vehicle she was travelling in hit a tractor trailer on Monday afternoon.

The crash happened at the intersections of Highways 170 and 127.

The vehicle the victim was in failed to stop at the stop sign.

RCMP tell us driver inattention was the major factor in the crash and the man driving suffered only minor injuries.

Irving Oil Applies For New Set-Up

Irving Oil has applied to the Department of the Environment to hook up a bio-refinery at it's refinery site in East Saint John.

The proposed plant is intended to produce 120 million liters of biodiesel which will be made from refurbished cooking grease, animal fats, vegetable oils and agricultural seed oils.

Officials tell us an Environmental Impact Assessment review typically takes between three and four months to finish up.

The public is also invited to send in it's comments on the proposal.

New Restaurant Coming to East Saint John

  (Wox Box Restaurant Coming to East Point Shopping)
                   (Supplied Photo)

There is a new face coming to the restaurants that call East Saint John home.

The Wox Box Fresh Asian Kitchen will set up shop in the East Point Shopping Center.
It's the first restaurant in the franchise to open in the Province.

The owners say everything is made fresh to order, nothing pre-packaged and MSG is not added to the food.

The new restaurant will be set-up next to Starbucks and if everything stays on schedule, should be open by the first week of July.

New Piece of Equipment For The Landfill

It's been in the works for two years and today, the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission is celebrating Earth Day in a big way. It's electricity-producing generator has arrived from Austria.

The generator will produce green energy from landfill gas, the first for an operating landfill in Atlantic Canada.

General Manager Mark MacLeod tells CHSJ News, this goes a long way in reducing their carbon foot-print.

The project is set to produce 1 MegaWatt of electricity beginning in July which is equivalent to the energy used in 800 to 1,000 homes.

Conservative MLA Is Re-Offering

(Rothesay Conservative MLA Margaret Ann Blaney)
                     (File Photo)

Saying she loves the job, Rothesay M-L-A Margaret Ann Blaney tells CHSJ News she will be seeking re-election September 27th.
Blaney says the intense feelings arising from the failed NB Power deal with Hydro Quebec have not diminished.
Blaney also chuckles at the Premier Shawn Graham's claim that 95 per cent of his charter for change has been achieved saying he must be leaving out all the promises that were reneged on.

Studded Tires Are Due to Come Off

If you do have them on your vehicle, a reminder that it's almost time to get your studded tires off.
RCMP tell us that as of May.1st, you can no longer have the studded tires on your vehicle anywhere around the Province.
Officers add along with it being illegal, it can also be very dangerous because if there is no ice, they can cause skidding.

Schools Pick Up Earth Day Awards

15 schools around the Province have picked up Earth Day Awards.

It's part of the third annual NB Power Earth Day Conservation Education Challenge.

There are a list of challenges for students to achieve including what all of us can do to help achieve a sustainable future for the Earth.

The winner include Quispamsis Middle, Cambridge Narrows and Sussex Middle Schools.

Schools sent in videos, stories and presentations in a variety of creative styles.

Very Little Change in Gas Prices After Weekly Setting

A mixed bag this morning when it comes to the price of gas after the weekly setting. Self serve regular is down a bit being sold for 101.7 in the city. On the other hand, diesel has risen to 104.1 a litre. Furnace oil is at 91.5 cents and propane is going for 103.1.

New Fire Chief Takes Over In K-V

(Honour Guard at Change of Command Ceremony in Rothesay Fire Hall)
                    (Photo by Brian McLain)

There was alot of pageantry and emotion last night at the Rothesay Fire Hall as Bill Ireland took over as the new K-V Fire Chief from Larry Greer, who's retiring. Ireland tells CHSJ News its time for the department to be bigger, not smaller and take its rightful place in the province.
Greer is leaving after a quarter of a century as Chief and became quite emotional as he finished off his farewell address.
Greer first joined the fire department in the valley as a volunteer when he was just 15 years of age and served as Chief for 25 years. Early in his career, Ireland worked for the Toronto Fire Department.

Resolution Could Be Near In Dispute Over K-V Fire Department Budget

(Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop)
       (File Photo)

The dispute over the K-V Fire Department budget might be resolved soon without going to arbitration. Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News he has received a letter from the new K-V Fire Chief Bill Ireland on what he would like to see done and an announcement could be made in a few days time after town council has a looksee.
The dispute is about Rothesay wanting the fire department's budget reduced by 100 thousand dollars. Quispamsis, on the other hand, has been calling for another firefighter top be hired for the fire station within its town limits to put it on an equal footing with the fire hall in Rothesay.

Red Triangle Awards To Be Handed Out Tonight In Gala Ceremony

(Retired Saint John East M-L-A Roly McIntyre)
                      (File Photo)

The Saint John Y's Red Triangle Awards will be handed out tonight to retired Saint John East MLA Roly McIntyre and this year's Leader to Watch is UNB Saint John student Leah Richardson.
McIntyre tells CHSJ News that receiving the award is a real honour and he can't believe they are giving the award to him. Premier Shawn Graham will be in attendance at the YM-YWCA's Red Triangle Awards dinner at the Trade and Convention Centre which gets underway at 6:00. Graham has said McIntyre is one of the reasons he got into politics.

Earth Day To Be Marked In Saint John

Today is Earth Day and many schoolchildren and adults will be taking part in clean up efforts.
A-CAP Executive Director Tim Vickers tells CHSJ News agrees with a survey that found the majority of Canadians want to see pollution reduced and place a high priority on recycling.
For the second year in a row, employees with the City of Saint John will be honouring Earth Day with a lunch-hour litter pickup on Harbour Passage and around City facilities. Up to 20 different cleanups are happening over the next week involving over 1000 people from schools, community groups and businesses. According to Vickers, illegal dumping is an issue that is coming back to the forefront.