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Friday, June 25, 2010

Fisheries Minister Tours Gulf Coast Oil Spill

(Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet)

Provincial Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet is just back from the Gulf of Mexico where he got a first hand look at that massive oil spill which is still gushing. He calls it the largest manmade disaster that has ever taken place and is shocking to see and smell.

Doucet says the intense heat makes the smell of the oil on the water very strong.
In Doucet's words, they're trying to scoop up the oil with teaspoons.

Canadian Blood Services Says The Task Force Was Heard

Canadian Blood Services is refuting the comments of a local MLA on how the Task Force visit to speak to their national board went this week.
Rothesay Conservative MLA Margaret Ann Blaney said the CBS told them to go home and not worry about the move of the Millidgeville blood distribution centre to Darmouth.

Amanda Cullen of Canadian Blood Services tells CHSJ News the task force was listened to.
Cullen says Board Chair Leah Hollins thanked the Task Force members for their presentation and she asked them to work with CBS on testing the new system of delivery.

Vehicle Involved In Baby's Death Being Inspected

The vehicle involved a rollover accident that led to the death of a two-month old baby girl in Belleisle Creek is being inspected.

A 20-year-old woman was driving with her 2-month-old baby girl yesterday in Belleisle Creek when she lost control of her vehicle on Route 870.

The baby later died in hospital while the woman has since been released.
Both the woman and her child were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
A mechanical inspection is being conducted on the vehicle.

Progress Continues On Allied Health Building

Work continues on the Allied Health building on the campus of UNB Saint John.

The 43,000 square foot facility will house programs including practical nursing, medical laboratory technology, and personal service worker.

Supply and Servies Minister and Saint John Harbour MLA Ed Doherty tells CHSJ News they are excited about how construction is moving along.
Doherty says a 10-million dollar contract for work on Phase 3 was recently awarded to Castle Rock Construction of Saint John.

Bill Best, NBCC interim president and chief executive officer,  says the increased seat capacity will also ensure more students have access to a post-secondary education.

NBCC Saint John Students Graduate Today

NBCC Saint John is graduating 593 students today from 29 different programs.
Power Engineering Technology student Elan Cole is this year's valedictorian and she is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Award.

Health Minister Mary Schryer and NBCC's VP of Academics Terry Dempsey and Principal Diane Burt will also speak to the graduates.
The ceremony is taking place this afternoon at Harbour Station.

Kingston Liquor Store Opens

The residents of the Kingston Pennisula can now grab a six-pack closer to home.
The new agency liquor store at the Kingston General Merchants opened for business this morning.
Owner Steve Gatien tells CHSJ News they are very excited to be up and running.
Gatien says the store hours will not change with the addition of the liquor outlet, the store will still close at 10pm.

Graham On Blood

(Millidgeville Blood Distribution Center)
(Photo By Sherry Aske)

Premier Shawn Graham says he is extremely disappointed that Canadian Blood Services is ignoring their request to keep a blood distribution center in New Brunswick.

Graham says it's still too early to say what is going to happen next. 

He says they are still looking at going it alone or partnering with HEMA Quebec.

Graham says he is standing shoulder to shoulder with the medical community to come up with a solution.

Housing On Charlotte

(The Premier and friends in front of the Charlotte Street affordable housing site)
(Photo By Sherry Aske)

Construction is starting on Charlotte Street for new affordable housing.

Peter Jollymore is Chair of the Abby St. Andrew's Group and says they did a survey that showed there was a need for low income housing.

The project will have 96 units, 55 of which are for people with low income.

Jollymore says there will also be 41 units that are available to anyone because having people with mixed incomes makes for a healthier community. 

They are set to be completed in August of 2011.

Baby Dies In Highway Crash

A two-month-old baby girl died from her injuries after a accident in Belleisle Creek.
Sussex RCMP responding to the single vehicle rollover on Route 870 just before 2pm yesterday.
A 20-year-old mother was driving with the baby when she failed to negotiate a turn and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle left the road and rolled over.
The mother was wearing a seat belt and the baby was fastened in a child restraint seat.

People's Alliance Chooses First Candidate For Provincial Election

(Leader Of The People's Alliance Of New Brunswick Kris Austin)
                      (Photo by Brian McLain)

A small turnout in Lorneville for the selection of the very first candidate for the newest political party in the province, the People's Alliance. He's Ed Hoyt who will be seeking support from voters in Fundy River Valley. He'll be going up against Provincial Energy Minister Jack Keir and retired heart surgeon, Dr. Jim Parrott who's running for the Conservatives. Hoyt says he's is offering to be more accessible to the people in the riding.
Party Leader Kris Austin also made the party's first campaign promise and that is to roll back the increases to the pensions and severance pay M-L-A's voted themselves.
Austin admits the party was born of discontent because people are fed up with both the Liberals and Conservatives. He maintains the time is right for a new party to make its mark.

City Fire Crews Called Out to Uptown Fire

(District Fire Chief Gerry Morris)
               (File Photo)

A kitchen fire last night in an apartment at 149 Waterloo Street. District Chief Gerry Morris says fire crews were able to extinguish it quickly but it did cause considerable damage to the kitchen. The cause of the fire was a pot of grease left on the stove which ignited into flames. One person suffered slight burns to his hand trying to put the fire out. Most of the tenents were able to return to their apartments but not all. The Red Cross was called in to help them out.

Graduation Ceremonies Continue Today For High School Students

It's the moment many students and their parents have been waiting 12 years for.
It's graduation day for hundreds of students at Kennebecasis Valley, St. Malachy's and Harbourview High.
Hampton High held its graduation ceremony last night.

New Medical School Building Ready For Viewing

(Provincial Health Minister Mary Schryer)
                 (File Photo)

Some politicians will get a look-see at how the new Allied Health building is coming along at the UNB Saint John campus. Health Minister Mary Schryer and Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty will take part in the tour along with officials from the community college in Saint John and U-N-B Saint John. The tour is getting underway at 12:45 this afternoon.