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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fire At West Side Business

No word on how much damage was caused by a fire late yesterday afternoon at Irving Pulp and Paper.

Crews arrived just after 5:30pm to find a smoldering blaze under the skirting of a training trailer.

The flames were quickly brought under control and no one was hurt.

Member of New Energy Commission Speaks Out

(Energy Commission Member Jeannot Volpe)
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The Premier's new Energy Commission wants to hear from as many people as possible as it spends the next six months cobbling together a new energy policy for the province.

So claims one of the better known members of that Commission, the former Minister of Energy and Finance, Jeannot Volpe. He tells CHSJ News there's one key question on his mind going in.

Volpe is confident the problem of NB Power's debtload can be overcome.

He maintains it was worse back in the early 90's after Belledune was built.

Changes To Saint John Winter Parking Schedule

The city's winter parking ban has been tweaked a bit. Instead of starting in the middle of next month, it will be in force from December 1st to the end of March.

Councillor Bill Farren supports the ban to make it easier to plow the streets while acknowledging he has heard some concerns from drivers around town about being towed.

The head of Municipal Operations, Paul Groody says if there's no snow, you won't be towed.

There will be parking allowed all winter long along a section of Douglas Avenue from Main Street down to Bentley.

Looking For Solution To Car Rental Debate

(Former Saint John Fundy MLA Stuart Jamieson)
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Former Saint John Fundy M-L-A Stuart Jamieson says it's been a thorne in his side -- now -- it appears the province is trying to find a solution.

Jamieson tells CHSJ News car rental agencies have been using vehicles registered in Nova Scotia translating to a loss of revenue for the province.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety tells us the province is confident a solution similar to what's in place for commercial vehicles will work -- that system sees the commercial vehicles registered in one jurisdiction with the registration revenues shared between provinces and states based on actual miles travelled in each jurisdiction based on company records.

Top Companies In Saint John Mentioned

Saint John companies are holding their own in the latest ranking of the top 101 companies in Atlantic Canada based on revenues.

The survey was conducted by Halifax based Progress Magazine between April and July.

Moosehead is holding down the number 25 position followed by Bayview Credit Union at number 72 - the Saint John Port Authority at number 77 - and - I-T company Mariner Partners at number 84.

Sobey's parent company - Empire Company Limited - ranks number one with revenues just over 15-billion dollars last year while the number two spot is held by Florenceville based McCain Foods with revenues of 5.6-billion dollars last year.

Getting Geared Up For Santa Claus Parade

November.20th.......Santa Claus fans circle that on your calendar as the date for this years Saint John Santa Claus Parade.

Uptown Saint John spokes-person Leslie Keating tells CHSJ News, this years theme is an Original Christmas Celebration in conjunction with Saint John's 225th birthday celebrations.

Floats should take on the theme of the stories and events that helped shape the oldest incorporated city in the country.

Keating adds they need entries returned by November.5th and are available at