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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Province launches Irish website

If you're interested in your Irish Roots you can find out more about them thanks to a new website launched by the provincial government.

The Irish Web Portal was unveiled yesterday as an exhibit about Irish immigration to the province.

People can go online to search through immigration records, newspaper articles and official documents.

It is the most extensive website of Irish-related information in Canada.

Province provides job support to Innovatia

(Supply and Service Minister Ed Doherty, Innovatia's Roxanne Fairweather, Premier Shawn Graham and Innovatia's Dave Grebenc)
(photo by Tamara Steele)

87 new employees have already been hired by Innovatia in Saint John thanks to 900,000 dollars payroll rebate from the Province.Business New Brunswick is also providing the company a capital loan guarantee of 1.5 million dollars.

Premier Shawn Graham thinks jobs in the knowledge based economy will bring New Brunswickers home and keep youth here.
He says we have an opporotunity to grow through these types of jobs that our good-paying.
Innovatia co-owner Roxanne Fairweather says they have a global reputation and they are not done yet.

New Gear for the Heart Center

The Regional Hospital has unveiled a new Impella Per-ca-taneous Circulatory Assist System.

It is being used at the heart center and is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
The Impella uses a tiny pump that is threaded into the heart to drive blood through the body when a person’s heart has failed.
The device has already saved the life of one patient from the Province during a recent high risk angioplasty.

Community Meetings to Discuss Health-Care

A needs assessment of the Kennebecasis Valley is underway by the Horizon Health Network and they want to hear from you.

Three open houses are scheduled for this and next week to discuss existing community health resources, heakth care needs in the KV and how can services be improved.
The open houses go this Thursday between 7 and 9pm and Kennebecasis Valley High School, next Tuesday, the 25th at the Fairville Outing Association between ten in the morning and noon and also next Tuesday between 7 and 9pm at the Kings Valley Wesleyan Church.

Commercial Properties Presents Birthday Present to City

Market Square Loses a Tenant

A company that has given many women in the metro area plenty of pleasure is closed.

Ambiance Day Spa is closed after it's lease was terminated with Market Square.

Heather Peterson is property manager at the mall and says the spa, which has been under new ownership since last year, was not meeting it's lease obligations or paying it's rent.

Peterson adds a new spa how-ever will open in the same location next month and the owner says they will accept Ambiance gift certificates for a short time.

King Street Clock Unveiled

(New Clock at the Foot of King)
(Photo by Jim Hennessy)

King Street has a new look and the early reviews are glowing.

A large crowd on hand and were very impressed to see a new clock donated by Commercial Properties.

President John Irving tells CHSJ News they gave the clock to the city as a gift on it's 225 birthday.

Irving adds anniversaries are about the passage of time and in cities in the past they always had to have a clock in the downtown.

The clock also has granite benches around the base to serve as a meeting place.

(Senator John Wallace, Mayor Ivan Court, Lieutenent-Governor Graydon Nicholas, Commercial Properties President John Irving)
(Photo by Jim Hennessy)

Premier To Give Financial Incentives To Saint John Company

(Premier Shawn Graham)
      (File Photo)

The Premier is in Saint John today handing out money to Innovatia.
The province is giving payroll rebates for up to 100 new full-time technology jobs and a working capital loan guarantee at Innovatia.
The announcement will be made this afternoon by Premier Shawn Graham, Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty and the co-owners of Innovatia-Roxanne Fairweather and Dave Grebenc.
Last Friday, Innovatia got an award for the Best Export Services Company at the 12th annual Knowledge Industry Awards in Fredericton.
The award gives credit for achievement in exporting knowledge services outside the province.

Vandalism In Hampton Area Being Investigated

More senseless vandalism in the Greater Saint John area. The RCMP  are investigating after the Rotary Club gazebo on Spooner Island was damaged by fire last week.
Corporal Pat Cole tells CHSJ News that RCMP officers were called away from the scene when Stephen Patrick Maguire, who was wanted for questioning in the death of a woman in Moncton, turned himself in at the detachment office.
Cole says the gazebo suffered $1500 dollars damage and signs posted in the area received about $8000 dollars damage.
Crimestoppers and The Rotary Club of Hampton are both offering cash rewards to find those responsible.