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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dan Joyce is the new Liberal candidate for Saint John-Portland

(Dan Joyce at his nomination meeting)
(Photo by Sherry Aske)

Dan Joyce is the new Liberal candidate for the riding of Saint John-Portland.

Joyce was nominated by acclamation before a packed house last night at the Thistle Curling Club.

He says there are a few local issues he wants to tackle, but says that people are actually quite pleased with what's going on in the riding.

He says the construction is clear evidence that positive things are happening.

Joyce says he decided to run after he retired when he was approached by minister Ed Doherty.

Joyce is best known as the owner of Joyce's Ultramar on the corner of Somerset and Wellesley Avenue, which he operated for 32 years.

Oromocto Man dies after a weekend crash

RCMP tell us a Oromocto man died in hospital of injuries sustained in a crash last weekend near Lincoln.

45-year-old Dennis Steward was the only occupant of the vehicle that crashed on Highway 7.

The victim was thrown from the vehicle early Saturday morning and died from his injuries today at the Regional hospital.
Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Wildlife Fencing is working

The success of wildlife fencing near Saint John is leading the province to install more.

Transporation Minister Denis Landry tells CHSJ News there are adding another 29 kilometeres of moose fencing near CFB Gagetown in hot spots along Route 2.

The number of car accidents involving moose between Saint John and Geary is down from 44 to zero since wildlife fencing was installed in 2009.

St. Stephen Man Gets Life Sentence

A 32-year-old St. Stephen man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 59-year-old Mary Claire Scott.
William David White will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years and he is banned from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition for life.

On April 22nd, White pled guilty to second degree murder in the death of Mary Claire Scott.
Scott's body was found in her home on Queen Street in St. Stephen on November 30th of last year.
The sentence was handed down today in St. Andrew's Provincial Court.

City Cheerleading Team Win At Montreal Competition

(The Carleton All Stars Cheerleaders)
(photo submitted)

The Carelton Community Centre cheerleaders are the "Max Out" champions after a cheer expo competition in Montreal.The title is given to the team with the highest combined points in all events including stunts, tumbling and routines.
The Carleton All Stars has 25 members ranging in age from 14 to 18.

Chuck Edison of the Carelton community centre says they are competing against teams with cheer gyms and the newest equipment and we still hold our own.
The $20,000 in prizes the team won include new uniforms and other cheer accessories.

Warehouse managers cut the red ribbon

Costco Saint John opens doors

It was an early start for Costco shoppers this morning.

People began lining up as early as 6am to be the first ones into the store.

Lois Hodd is a Costco member who dragged her sister along because she had never been to one before.

Hodd says her sister needed to have the Costco experience.

Warehouse manager Mike Briere says he decided to open a Costco in Saint John because of the booming economy.

He says he knew a lot of Saint Johners were already going to the Moncton store, and he wanted to take advantage of the excellent location at East Point.

Aids Saint John Calls Methadone Clinic Uptown A Success

(Aids Saint John Banner)
      (File Photo)

With another year under its belt, Aids Saint John says the future holds many challenges. President Leslie Jeffrey says that there has been a growing trend to charge people with agravated assult if they happen to be HIV positive. Jeffrey says that runs entirely counter to disease prevention methods because it turns people away from getting themselves tested.

Aids Saint John's major project, the Uptown Methadone Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital, is seeing some encouraging results. Aids Saint John Board Member Tim Christie says it's clear more people are getting effective treatment because the number of people locally who are injecting drugs has gone down dramatically.
The clinic has been open for 9 months now and has already had over 3000 visits.

Costco Opens This Morning

(New Costco Store at Eastpoint Shopping Area)
                  (File Photo)

It's the day thousands have waiting for....opening day at Costco in Saint John. The 142,000 square foot location in east Saint John is the largest in Atlantic Canada.
Saint John warehouse manager Mike Briere tells CHSJ News they are ready for the crowd. Costco is known for it's bulk items but it also has clothing, a flower centre, an on-site bakery, food court and pharmacy. The Saint John location is the 78th in Canada.
Costco officially opens after a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at 300 Retail Drive in East Point Shopping.

Meantime, The City is taking steps to prepare for more traffic with the opening of Coscto today. Signals, markings and signage have been improved and motorists are being reminded not stop on the railroad tracks at the exit.
City Police and NB Southern railway had a railway crossing blitz last Friday to educate drivers about the dangers of stopping on the tracks and will do it again next month. Under the provincial highway safety act, stopping on railway tracks is a violation that carries of fine $292.50.
All available officers from the traffic enforcement division will be assisting with traffic today.

Two nomination Meetings in City Tonight

By tonight, we will know which candidate will carry the Conservative banner into the fall vote in the riding of Saint John Harbour. The four candidates are CEO Christie Belyea, entrepreneur John Campbell, Human Rights Officer and former Common Councillor Carl White, and high-school teacher and City Councilor Carl Killen who also teaches at St. Malachy's.
Tonight's nomination convention at the Fort Howe Hotel starts at 7. Liberal MLA Ed Doherty has held the riding since 2005.

The Liberals in Saint John Portland will be choosing their candidate as well. The Premier will be back in town for that. Danny Joyce, who ran the Ultramar station in the north end for years before retiring, announced sometime ago he would be seeking the nomination to take on longtime M-L-A and former provincial cabinet minister Trevor Holder.

One Man Hospitalised From Fumes In East Side Building

The Fire Department's Haz Mat Unit was called into action last night after receiving an ammonia alarm from the Peter Murray Arena. It was checked out but no readings were found. Earlier, District Chief Mark Wilson says they went to 95 Belmont Street after getting a call about fumes in the building. Two men were feeling unwell and one was taken to hospital.
It turns out a gas powered cutter was being operated in the basement of the building but there wasn't enough ventilation. Fire crews also had to extinguish a fire last night under a baby barn on Wyatt Crescent.

Gas Prices Fall Yet Again

For the third week in a row, gas prices have fallen in the city following the weekly setting. They're down by more than 3 cents a litre. Self Serve regular is being sold for 95.2 cents in the city with diesel going for 98.7 cents a litre. Heating oil is also cheaper this week at 85.8 cents and propane stands at $102.3 a litre.

Redevelopment Potential of Crescent Valley Described As Huge

The redevelopment of Crescent Valley into a vibrant community will take from 20 to 25 years to complete with the initial focus on Churchill Boulevard. Deputy City Manager Andrew Beckett says there is huge potential here but admits the area is saddled with a bad reputation. Beckett says much of this will be driven by private investment and he concedes the level of interest on the part of local developers has been low thus far. Having acknowledged that, Beckett maintains the province remains keen and the initial focus will be on Churchill Boulevard. He goes on to say in order to be successful theneighbourhood will have to be populated by people from all income levels.