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Sunday, August 29, 2010

3rd Annual Learn and Go Program

A program to give neighbourhoods with low income a chance to learn a skill and choose a project is underway for a third year.

It's called Learn and Go and spokes-person Bonnie McGraw tells us, all five of the priority neighbourhoods in Greater Saint John are taking part.

Projects that have been completed in the first two years include better bus access to the health center on the West Side and improved lighting in some neighbourhoods.

Powered Seating At Saint John Airport

Convenience is coming to the Saint John Airport in the form dual power-USB outlets.

Twenty spots with-in the terminal will allow passengers to use these seats to power up their electronics in the arrivals, departures, restaurant, and public waiting areas.

Airport officials expect the work to be finished by the middle of next month.

Cruise Ship Greeters Needed

If you'd like to get involved with the cruise ships that are rolling into Saint John, the Trinity Church is in need of volunteer greeters.
Jim Brittain tells us 52 ships are expected to come to port between the end of August and late October.
Brittain says the people that normally serve as greeters have work-terms that expire at the end of August, which is why there's a need now.
He says all volunteers are expected to do is answer questions and hand out information brochures.
For more information call Jim Brittain at 333-9523 or email

Strike At Brunswick Square

(Members of Local 1306 stike outside of Brunswick Square)
(Photo by Sherry Aske)

After trying to hash out an agreement with their company for six days, workers with Local 1306 are on strike.

Ron Arseneau is the Union Griever for Delta Brunswick and Brunswick Square and tells us they took to the picket line at 8am Saturday Morning.

Arseneau says the strike affects the whole Brunswick Square Complex as well as the parking garage and includes everyone from maintenance workers to restaurant servers.
Arseneau says their housekeepers are doing 16 rooms a day for 10.86 an hour, and with minimum wage going up, that has to change.
He says the union is open to talks at all times and they're hoping the strike won't last long, but says it's up to the company.

Alward On Business New Brunswick

(Conservative Leader David Alward)
(File Photo)

If elected in September, Conservative Leader David Alward says he'll attract new jobs to the province by making real changes at Business New Brunswick.

Alward says Liberal Leader Shawn Graham has used BNB as his personal political piggy-bank and he spent taxpayer’s money on failing businesses like ATCON, luxury golf courses and bailouts.

Alward says he'll create a new crown corporation called InvestNB, that's led by a private sector board of business leaders, to develop the economy.

Man Assaulted Outside The Studio

Police also looking into an assault.

A man was found unconscious outside the Studio Club on Sydney Street at 1:20 in the morning.

Police say his head was seriously injured and he is still in hospital.

The Major Crime Unit looking into that as well.

Body Found In Saint John River

(The Water Rescue Unit leaves to look for the body)
(Photo by Doug Epton)

City police retrieving a body from the water yesterday afternoon.

Police got word a body was floating in the Saint John River near Highland Road just after 4 o'clock.

The Water Rescue Unit was sent out and the Major Crime Unit is investigating.

The body has not been identified yet.