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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dumpster Fire In The North End

A lucky break when City fire crews returning from another call in Millidgeville came across a dumpster fire in the North end.
The dumpster is located across from 177 Adelaide street and had the crews not spotted it, may have caused a nearby building to catch fire.

Acting District Fire Chief Mark Wilson tells CHSJ News with the number of vacant building and recent fires in the North end, they are being extra vigilant.
The owner of the dumpster is being told to remove it from the area for being too close to the building.

Doctor Says Our Rivers Are In Crisis

Rivers in New Brunswick and around the world are in severe crisis because of pollution, dams, loss of wetlands, agricultural runoff and a changing climate. That message will be delivered tomorrow night by Dr. Stuart Bunn at U-N-B Saint John. A sobering new report, co-authored by Dr. Bunn, has been published in the journal "Nature".

He says the threat is moderate to low in this province and the maritimes because it doesn't have the same level of land use or urbanization of other parts of the world.

Having said that, Dr. Bunn says the concern over the disappearance of wild Atlantic salmon shows steps have to be taken locally. He will be speaking at the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre tomorrow night at 7.

Open Letter Goes To Councils

The pension plans of Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton is on the mind of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in an open letter.

It is in regards to the growing cost of public sector pensions and what they say is the courage required to reform them.
The group also points out that asking taxpayers to close the shortfall in public sector plans at any level of government is not the way to do this but de-indexing is a start.
City Manager Pat Woods says short-falls left un-resolved in the City pension plan could result in a nine to ten million dollar additional yearly payment which translates to a tax hike that could reach as a high as 17 cents.

Sharma To Speak In Saint John Tomorrow

A world-renown speaker delivering his message to an audience of business people and others tomorrow in Saint John.

The Board of Trade is bringing Robin Sharma, author of The Leader Who Had No Title and many other books.
President Imelda Gilman tells CHSJ News they are exciting to bring him here as he travels the globe speaking to multi-national corporations about leadership.

More than 400 tickets have been sold so far for the event.

It gets underway at 8 tomorrow morning at the Trade and Convention Centre.
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False Alarm On King Street

Smoke coming out of a third floor window at 82 King Street brought emergency crews to the area just after twelve o'clock.

Fire crews made their way up the staircase to discover that the building is under-going renovations and the smoke was actually dust from a machine.

The top half of King Street was shut down to traffic for about 15 minutes while crews cleared the scene.

Attempted Fraud On-Line In Hampton

Another scam could be making the rounds and the target this time is on-line banking.

Hampton RCMP tell us a woman from the town was in the process of doing her personal banking on-line, when she received a request to enter her Social Insurance number.

She then called her bank which told her this is never part of the process and she then quickly called police.

Officers remind everyone on-line to be very leary of all transactions over the internet and contact your bank or business if you have any suspicions.

The list of candidates in the rural community of Campobello Island is slim with just weeks to go before the ballot boxes are brought out.

David Owens is the Assistant Electoral Officer and tells CHSJ News, there may be a fear of the unknown as this is new for the area.

Owens adds if no one throws their hat into the ring so to speak, Elections NB then contacts the Department of Local Government and holds a round of by-elections in May.

The election is scheduled for November.15th. Only one candidate, Terrence Preston, has come forward to offer for ward councillor.

Reaction To School Inspections

(District Eight Education Chair Rob Fowler)
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The chair of the District Eight Education Council is applauding the move by the Education Minister to do a structural review of every school in the Province.

Rob Fowler tells CHSJ News, the oldest school in the District is St. Patricks which was built back in 1924.

Fowler says every year, the District submits a capital request to the Province for between $18 and $19 million dollars and usually get one or two million.

Close to one million dollars is spent through operating funds to maintain and do minor repairs.

Business Owner To Seek Seat On Common Council

There's going to be at least one candidate running for the vacant seat on Common Council in Ward 3 now that Carl Killen is the M-L-A for Saint John Harbour.

Uptown business owner Anne Marie Mullen has announced she will be seeking the seat in Ward 3. She tells CHSJ News there has been too much bickering at Council and she, being a business owner can be like a breath of fresh air bringing a different perspective to the table.

There has been no official announcement yet from Elections NB but the byelection is expected to be held December 13th.

Home-Owners Test Your Well Water

A reminder from the Department of Environment that if you draw water into your home from a well, you should have it inspected it.

The Province makes the recommendation every spring and fall so that home-owners can be made aware of any potential sources of contamination.

The cost of analyzing water samples can range from $6 for a single parameter to $130 or more for a full set of chemical parameters.
If you would like the numbers to call to have a test run or repairs to your well, call 1-506-457-4846 or 1-506-433-6767.

Reconstruction Of Harbour Bridge To Continue Beyond The Scheduled Completion Date

(Saint John Harbour Bridge)
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It will be November before you can drive on both eastbound lanes of the Harbour Bridge.

Repair work on the bridge is delayed. It was supposed to wrap up at the end of this month. The exact date of completion still isn't known. The construction season usually winds up in mid November.
Harbour Bridge Authority General Manager Ken Anthony tells CHSJ News he knows commuters won't be pleased with the delay.

Anthony says after meeting with the contractor, it's not one specific area that is causing the delay and more workers have been added to the project.

New Environment Minister Urging Us To Reduce What We Throw Out

(Provincial Environment Minister Margaret Ann Blaney)
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Most of us have too much stuff and the province is shining a light on the fact with Waste Reduction Week.

Environment Minister and Rothesay MLA Margaret Ann Blaney tells CHSJ News it's a chance for people to realize how much we waste at home and at work.
Blaney says it gives us an opportunity to think about how much we produce and how much we throw out.

In additon to reducing food waste and the use of plastic, in particular, plastic shopping bags, many of which wind up in the landfill instead of being recycled. Blaney adds people are also encouraged to recycle their old cellphones.

For more information on how to reduce waste, check out the following links.

Recycle My Cell:

Department of Environment:

Waste Reduction Week in Canada:

New Brunswick Solid Waste Association:

Four Seadog Players Chosen For Subway Super Series

The lineups for this years Subway Super Series against the Russians have been announced with four members of the Seadogs and it's Head Coach among the names.

Manning the blueline will be Nathan Beaulieu and Simone Despres while Jonathan Huberdeau and Zack Phillips are up front. Phillips tells CHSJ News, this is huge honor and it will be nice to have teammates in the lineup.

Gerard Gallant will serve as an assistant coach for Game One of the series which goes at Harbour Station on Monday November.8th.