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Thursday, June 10, 2010

KVHS Reach For The Top Team At Ceremony

KVHS Reach For The Top Team Honoured

It's a year to remember for the Kennebecasis Valley High School Reach For the Top Team.

The Team is being honoured by Premier Shawn Graham for winning the national championships, and is receiving a $2000 dollar check from the province for expenses.

Coach Jason Thorne says the money will come in handy as travelling to Toronto for competitions gets expensive.

Premier Graham hails the team as some of the brightest minds in Canada.

Saint John Artists to be Honoured Tonight

A Gala Awards ceremony is coming up tonight at the Imperial Theatre honouring writers, musicians, actors and even businesses that supports the Arts in Saint John.
The event is part of Saint John's 225 birthday celebrations.

David Adams tells CHSJ News the night offers wide-ranging entertainment.

Adams say there are 11 categories in which hardware will be handed but, it also features several dance and music performances.

The Originals gets underway tonight at 7 at the Imperial Theatre.

Gas Leak Uptown

Fire Crews responding to Princess Street at Prince William this morning after people said they could smell a strong odour of gas.
District Fire Chief Ken Forrest tells CHSJ News they searched several building before finding the source of the natural gas leak.

Fire crews with help from Enbridge Gas tracked the source of the leak to the old Sebastian's on Princess Street which is currently under construction.
Four buildings were evacuated and traffic was blocked in the area for a time, the all-clear come about 10:30 this morning.

Minister Moore Makes Funding Announcement

(Fundy Royal MP and Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Rob Moore)
                          (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association on the receiving end of a $247,000 gift from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Fundy Royal MP and Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Rob Moore was on hand to deliver the cheque.

Moore says the cash will be used for marketing and promotion of the industry.

Moore adds it is not only Saint John that is reeping the benefits of the cruise industry but ports from coast to coast.

Port Is Pleased With ACOA funding

      (Saint John Port Authority Captain Al Soppitt)
                            (File Photo)

Happy to see funding for marketing and promotion for the cruise industry is Captain Al Soppitt with the Saint John Port Authority.

Soppitt tells CHSJ News ther are other concerns as well with proposal in to Ottawa and Fredericton to strengthen the cruise sector with a berth expansion and other facility enhancements.

Soppitt adds ACOA has always been supportive of promotion for the cruise industry and today's announcement will keep momentum going.

New Party Speaks To Voter Frustrations

(Political Scientist Don Desserud of U-N-B Saint John)
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The leader of the newest political party in the province is confident of winning seats in the September 27th election. Kris Austin, a 31 year old minister, leads the Peoples' Alliance of New Brunswick and tells CHSJ News there's an angry mood out there, in large part, because of the failed NB Power deal with Hydro Quebec. Auston believes voters are fed up with a political system they view as being broken. Austin says he would like the party to run candidates in all 55 ridings, if possible.
Meantime, the party could have an impact on the fall election according to University political scientist Don Desserud of NB Saint John who tells CHSJ News it speaks to a large percentage of voters who feel their interests are not being served and they are not being listened to.
While Desserud admires the party's pledge to hold free votes in the legislature, he is not sure that will work since politics is a team sport and politicians want to vote for their own team.

Major Crime Unit Investigates Armed Robbery

An armed holdup in the north end. City Police telling CHSJ news it took place around 10:30 last night in the Needs convenience store at the corner of Wellesley Avenue and Somerset Street. One man ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

No Big Change With Gas Prices

If you have to fill up today, you'll be paying basically the same for gas as you did yesterday following the weekly setting. Self Serve regular is still selling in the city for 96.7 cents a litre. Diesel dropped by less than a cent to $1.00.1. The price of propane rose by just over a penny to $1.02.9 and furnace oil fell slightly to 87.3 cents a litre.

School District 6 Records Surplus For Year

(School District 6 Superinentendent Zoe Watson)
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The District 6 Budget is in at the end of another year and it shows a $94,000 dollar surplus. Superindentant Zoe Watson says it works because of a careful balancing act.
Watson their budget is generally 75 million dollars so while 94 grand may sound like a lot of money, it will only cover a small portion of next year's spending. Alot of the money went to buying schools Smart Boards, new blinds and lockers.

Union Expresses Concern Over New School In K-Park

CUPE Local 1253 is lobbying against schools that are owned by contractors instead of the government. Delalene Harris Forn is a bus driver for District 16 and says the new Kennebecasis Park Elementary School is going to be a P-3 school, meaning it won't be owned by the government. CUPE members say if things stay as they are, the custodians and maintenance staff won't be hired to work in the school but instead the jobs will be contracted out.
Harris Forn says the union is asking the District 6 Education Council to write a letter to the Minister of Education asking for K-Park to be a traditional school and not a P-3 school. Superintendant Zoe Watson says Council will discuss the issue in a closed session and look for further information.