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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fire In West Side

(Crews respond to a fire at 299 Watson Street in the West Side)
(Photos by Doug Epton)

City fire crews called to a fire on the West Side in the early hours this morning.

A one-and-a-half story two family home was on fire at 299 Watson Street.

District Chief Gerry Morris says when crews arrived on scene at around 4:30 in the morning flames were coming from the back of the building and the roof.

He says the house was empty as the owner had just sold it and the new owner was supposed to take possession on Monday.

While no one was hurt, Morris says the building is a total loss.

Crews are still on scene now investigating although the fire has been put out.

Losier Happy With Proposal For A Second Reactor

One mayor in Greater Saint John is ready for the spin-off's if the proposal for a second reactor at Point Lepreau is to move forward.

Grand Bay Westfield's Grace Losier tells CHSJ News, she isn't afraid of nuclear energy and is thrilled with the commitment to safety Areva has.

Losier says she remembers the boom her town experienced during the construction of Point Lepreau and looks forward to the outcome of this business plan proposal.

Minister Says Six Lanes Still Ago

(Minister of Transportation Denis Landry)
(File Photo)

Any opposition to the new six lane McKay Highway isn't phasing the Minister of Transportation.

Denis Landry tells CHSJ News, he heard no one speaking against the project during public consultation. 

He says as far as knows, the work is carrying on.

Mayor Ivan Court has spoken out against the new six lane highway saying all it will do is provide a quicker exit for those looking to leave Saint John but Minister landry says safety is the reason why the project is on the table.

Howe's Lake Dump Not For Development

Common Councillor Patty Higgins posed a question whether the Howe's Lake Dump could be rehabilitated for any kind of development.

Deputy City Manager Andrew Beckett says there is no way that can ever happen.

Beckett says they would never get environmental clearance and warns that gases are still be emitted from the old dumpsites.

Long Wharf Restoration Continues

The International Longshoremans Association is pleased to see restoration work moving along at Long Wharf.

This after Irving Oil scrapped it's plan to build a new office tower on the site.

Spoker-person Pat Riley tells CHSJ News, at this point, there are no solid proposals for the area.

Riley says his group is hopeful they can find work for the terminal in the long term.

Lepreau Is Number One Issue

(Energy Minister Jack Keir)
(File Photo)

The refit at Point Lepreau doesn't seem to be making any headway, still 18 months behind schedule and losing ground.

Energy Minister Jack Keir tells CHSJ News, the Graham Government realizes this is the number issue for rate-payers right now.

Minister Keir adds officials still have no answer for the ""technical"" problem they have encountered.

Every day the plant is off line, the Province is paying one million dollars for replacement power.

Letting The Cat Out

If you're thinking about getting a pet, right now is a good time to let the cat out of the bag.

The Saint John Animal Rescue League is having an information session on cat foster care today from 2 until 4.

Shelter Manager Shelley Rogers says there are always more cats available in the Spring and Summer because it's mating season.

Rogers says families really love it when they get to come in and choose a cat and it's always a big event.

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