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Thursday, October 28, 2010

City Man Found Safe

A 24-year-old City man reported missing this week is safe and sound.

Donovan Campbell-Bentley made contact with his family this morning after hearing announcements through the media.

Police did learn he has been in Saint John since he went missing.
He is being checked out at the Regional and has reunited with his family.

He Says It's Not A Complete Ban On Boating

The City of Saint John would like to see a complete ban of all motorized boating in the Loch Lommond watershed which supplies most of the city's drinking water. Environment Minister Margaret Ann Blaney says the province will not extend exemptions that allow certain people to boat in the area when they expire next November.

The Conservation Council's David Thompson tells CHSJ News he doesn't think it's a complete ban.

He says the government will go ahead with a plan to allow boats with motors under 10 horsepower on the water in the watershed.
Thompson says he thinks their should be a complete ban on all boating especially where it concerns such a precious resource like drinking water.

No New Grandstand At Exhibition Park

(President of the Exhibition Association Paul Gilbride)
               (Photo by Brian McLain)

Horsemen in Saint John were hoping the plans to rejuvenate Exhibition Park would include a new grandstand to watch harness racing.

Common Councillor Joe Mott was hoping for that claiming it's the only way to save horse racing in the city. Mott points out Saint John has 40 race dates a year compared to 15 in Fredericton and 5 or 6 in Woodstock.

The President of the Exhibition Association Paul Gilbride tells CHSJ News the responsibility for harness racing is now in the hands of Horse Racing New Brunswick which was set up after plans for a racino at E-P-R fell through. If a new grandstand is to be built, it will be up to that body to do so.

Coalition For Pay Equity Says No Legislation Will Mean No Pay Equity

(Provincial Status Of Women Minister Margaret Ann Blaney)
                               (File Photo)

The new provincial Minister responsible for the Status of Women , Margaret Ann Blaney has made it clear there are no plans to impose pay equity on the private sector in the province.

The provincial Coalition for Pay Equity calls it a basic human right. Its Executive Director Joanne Perron tells CHSJ News, judging by what happened in Quebec, the way forward seems clear. Over 80 per cent of the employers in that province admitted pay equity would not have come about had it not been legislated into law.

Perron remains optimistic pointing to work being done with bringing about pay equity for those who work in homecare, childcare, group homes and transition houses. They are technically are private sector employees who provide government mandated services.

An Update On Haiti In Quispamsis Tonight

It's hard to believe but, it was over 9 months ago that an earthquake devastated Haiti.
A man who was working there on January 12th will speak about his experience in Quispamsis tonight.

Mike Griffin works for World Vision and tells CHSJ News his began treated the walking wounded immediatly after it struck.
He says the hotel went from an emergency clinic to a morgue and a media centre in 24 hours.

Griffin will also provide an update on the cholera outbreak in the country.
The event is tonight at the KV Public Library in Quispamsis at 7.

New Multi-Purpose Recreation Centre proposed For East Side

Big plans have been unveiled for a multi-purpose recreation centre at Exhibition Park with a full sized indoor field that can be used for such sports as soccer and football along with a three lane walking track. The price tag is a cool 20 million dollars but the President of the Exhibition Association Paul Gilbride says it's needed and he hopes the city, province and federal government will see it the same way and chip in some funding.

The facility would not be subsidised by the taxpayer according to planning consultant Wendy Donovan. She tells CHSJ News the feasibility study has determined it would cost from 225 to 250 dollars an hour just to break even.

Common Councillor Joe Mott was on hand and was suitably impressed by what he heard and saw saying the project would add much needed recreation facilities to the east side. There would also be landscaping and greenspace to make the site more attractive to the eye.

Donovan believes there would be alot of usage from late fall to May after school, in the evening and at weekends. The field can also be divided up into portions depending on what it's being used for and the hourly rate would be less.

A Mixed Bag With Gas Prices

If you fill up with self serve regular, you're going to pay less after the weekly setting.......It fell, in the city, to just below a dollar a litre at 99.8 cents but diesel has gone up by over a cent a litre to $108.6. Heating oil is costing a bit more at 94.4 cents but the maximum price for propane has decreased to $107.3 a litre.

Women Can Get Free Pap Tests Today In The City

Pap tests save lives! That is the motivation behind a free pap test clinic for women of all ages today at St. Joseph's hospital.

The initiative is part of the National Pap Test campaign during Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports 15 per cent of women have never been screened and 30 per cent have not been screened in the last three years.

Between 1300 and 1500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and 400 women die from it annually.

Today's clinic is on the 9th floor of the St. Joe's Women's Wellness Centre.

No appointments are needed, but you will need to register in the lobby.

The clinic runs from 8:30 to 11:30 this morning and 1 to 3:30 this afternoon.