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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Uptown Has Lost A Restaurant

(Boilerworks Restaurant in Market Square is closed)
(photo by Tamara Steele)

The uptown has lost a restaurant.
Boilerworks in Market Square put the lock on the door for the final time Monday.

A caller to our news-room says the ownership had been going over the numbers and decided things weren't adding up the way they had hoped.
No word on how many people are out of a job or if a new tenant will be found anytime soon.

A call to the Hardman Group, which manages the mall, says it will issue a news release on the closure tomorrow (Thursday).

Mounties Bust Pennisula Grow Op

Hampton RCMP seizing a large quantity of dope on the Kingston Pennisula.
Officers tell us they found 520 fully grown plants at a marijuana grow op in Long Reach yesterday.

The Mounties, Plain Clothes Unit, is still looking into but, no charges are being laid right now.

Finding Your Sleeping Pattern

A big transition is coming up for students and parents as summer vacation winds down.

Getting back into a normal sleep pattern.

Dr. Rachel Morehouse is a Sleep Specialist with the Horizon Health Network and tells CHSJ News, this heat wave isn't helping anyone get a comfortable snooze.

Dr. Morehouse adds it isn't that so much sleep has been lost over the summer months but your rythm or pattern has been knocked around since the end of June and the Long Weekend is a good time to get back on track.

Horizon Health New Board Members

Congratulations is in order for three new members appointed to the Board of Directors with the Horizon Health Network.

Donna Mazerolle, Larry Hachey and Madeleine Drummie are replacing out-going Board members Bryana Ganong, Bruce McCubbin and Jim Lutes.

Mazzerole is from Saint John, Hachey calls Quispamsis home and Drummie lives in Oak Bay.

Board members Cathy Carnahan, Jean-Eudes Levesque and Mavis Hurley were also reappointed for an additional three-year term.

Animal Merger

(Saint John Animal Rescue League Building)
          (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

The Saint John Animal Rescue League and S.P.C.A are becoming one after a years worth of negotiations.

With contracts still to sign, the deal will become official on the 10th and the organization will then be known as S.P.C.A Animal Rescue League.

Sara Stashick is President of the Animal Rescue League's Board of Director and says there are many benefits to this merger.

Stashick says if everything stays on schedule, they hope to move into their new facility at the former Peacocks location on Sandy Point Road by 2013.

Armoured Car Company Facing Strike

The company that fills up and empties ATM's for TD Banks in Greater Saint John could be facing a strike by it's employee's this month.

Unionized workers for G4S Armoured Car-Cash Service continue contract talks but will be in a legal strike position anytime after the 22nd.

Robin Steinberg is the Director of Communications with the company and couldnt tell us when the negotiations began or what the workers are looking for.
She did tell us how-ever the company is hopeful a deal will be in place soon.

A caller to our news-room tells us the company is pushing for a 4-year wage freeze and other concessions.

Atlantica Centre Give The Five Leaders Ideas On Energy Policy

The Atlantica Centre for Energy is hoping to draw the attention of the five party leaders to their five policy papers on energy.
The papers cover topics such as energy and economic development natural gas and regional collabatoration.

Tim Currie tells CHSJ News these papers were released in June.
He says the papers are short and fairly readable and they hope the leaders consider them when forming their party's energy policy.

To have a look at the five discussion papers check out this link:

Pedestrian Dies Near Moncton Airport

Tragedy on the highway near the Moncton airport after a pedestrian is killed early this morning.

RCMP are looking into the collision on Highway 15 which claimed the life of a 27-year-old Moncton man who according to police stepped onto the highway and was hit by a transport truck.

His name is not being released until family can be notified.

New Democrats Will Eliminate Unnecessary Spending

New Democrats say they could save 210-million dollars by eliminating last minute spending before the end of the budget year in March.
The party is proposing to make each department publicly report its unbudgeted expenditures each year to avoid having them spend every budget dollar prior to the end of the fiscal year.
The promise was made during a campaign event in Fredericton this morning.

Number Of Vacant Lots In City Centre Called "Staggering"

(Common Councillor Patty Higgins)
                (File Photo)

There are something like 150 vacant lots in the south-central peninsula alone. That's what Councillor Patty Higgins has been told and she calls the figure staggering at a time when the city wants more people living closer to the urban core.

Fellow Councillor Peter McGuire says there's no shortage of research available on what's being done in some American cities, like Cleveland and Flint, Michigan to revitalise neighbourhoods by turning vacant lots into playgrounds, community gardens and non-profit housing.

Councillor Donnie Snook says Moose Jaw has instituted an innovative tax exemption and replacement housing initiative which is also worth looking at.

Van Flips Over Along Highway

Traffic was disrupted eastbound yesterday afternoon along Highway One after a van flipped over at Musquash. One man was rushedto hospital and, around the same time, two people were taken to hospital  with injuries not considered to be life threatening after a two vehicle collision on Golden Grove Road.

Also late yesterday afternoon, Firefighters had to evacuate the fourth floor at the Loch Lomand Villa apartments because of all the smoke from a pot that was left on a stove too long. The building had to be ventilated before the residents were allowed to return to their apartments.

Warning Issued About High Humidity

With record-breaking temperatures this week, it's no surprise that people living inland are being warned to stay safe in the heat.

Environment Canada and Province's Department of Health have issued a joint health and humidex advisory for Sussex, the K.V., Kings, St. Stephen and Northern Charlotte counties.

The humidex will reach close to 40 degrees by this afternoon.

Meantime, the Atlantic region is expected to feel the effects of Hurricane Earl on Friday or Saturday.

Striking Union Describes Some Drivers At Parking Garage As Idiots

Tensions have boiled over this week as drivers try to make their way through the picket lines set up outside the Chipman Hill parking garage.

The United Steelworkers Union claims four of its members have been struck by vehicles.

Area rep Laurence McKay tells CHSJ News one of the picketers was threatened before being run over with the driver showing no remorse and not even apologizing.

McKay says when something like this happens, the union will be calling police and pressing for charges to be laid.

 He's quite blunt when saying a few of the drivers are acting like idiots by using their vehicles as weapons.

 Picket lines have also been set up outside Brunswick Square and the Delta.

The strike action began last Saturday.

Liberals Question Conservative Plan To Add More Doctors

(Provincial Health Minister Mary Schryer)
                  (File Photo)

Plenty of questions coming from the Liberal candidate in Quispamsis about the Conservative plan for doctor recruitement and retention. Mary Schryer who held the portfolio of Health Minister before the writ was dropped tells CHSJ News, the numbers don't add up to simply say your going to double the number of doctor seats in medical schools.

She says it's one thing to blurt out you want to double the number of seats in medical schools but where are they going to come from?

Schryer adds a team led by Dr. Pam Jarret continues it's recruitment drive to fill vacant doctor positions including five in the Saint John area alone.

Minimum Wage In Province Rises

The first day of the new month means a little more money for many today.

The provincial minimum wage goes up 50 cents to $9 an hour.It's the seventh increase since October 2006 when minimum wage was $6.70 an hour.

There are two more increases before the province reaches $10 an hour. It will go up another 50 cents to $9.50 next April and up another 50 cents a year from now.