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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Keeping Halloween Healthy

When your handing out candy this Halloween, don't forget that some kids are diabetic.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is offering some suggestions on how to keep Halloween healthy.

Spokesperson Richard Boon says there are a number of treats you can dole out.
He says instead of candy, you can hand out Halloween pencils, erasers and stickers.
Parents can trade with their kids for the candy for a new movie, or a toy.

City Sends Safety Message For Halloween

Halloween is just a day away and the City of Saint John is reminding parents, motorists and the trick-or-treators themselves to be safe.
Children should have costumes that are visible at night and if not, they can add reflective tape to them and carry a flashlight.
Leah Fitzgerald tells CHSJ News homeowners need to think about fire safety too.
She says they should not use candles in pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns that are outside and use only battery-operated lights in outside decorations.

Fitzgerald adds many decorations made of crepe paper and dried flowers are highly flammable and should be kept away from all heat sources including light bulbs and heaters.

Motorists should keep in mind that a lot of children will be out walking around Sunday night and they should be extra cautious.

Wellness Grants For Over 300 Schools

Nearly $400,000 given to 324 schools under the School Wellness Grant Program.
Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Trevor Holder says the earlier students learn about healthy eating, physical activity and the impact of tobacco on their lives they have a higher chance of having a healthy lifestyle.

The program provides a single grant to schools to support all their wellness activities.

The schools choose their focus areas, based on school, district and provincial data including the New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey.

Committee Aims To Build Memorial Playground

A group of people in the city are trying to raising money and awareness to create a playground at Seawood School on the West side in memory of RCMP officer Jason Porter and his two kids, Jack and Hannah, who died in an accident in February 2009.

Committee Chair Michael Breau tells CHSJ News he got involved because his wife works with Jason's wife in Labour and Delivery at the Regional hospital.

The committe for the Porter Memorial Playground has entered a contest where they could win some of their funding.
Round two voting ends on November 5th.
To find the link to vote for the project, go to

Flooding Solutions For Wetlands Behind City Mall

The battle against flooding may result in an enhanced wetland area behind the McAllister Mall.
Tim Vickers with the Atlantic Coastal Action Program here in the city tells CHSJ News mall owner Cadillac Fairview is looking at its options to reduce flooding in the parking lot and stores -- and -- he says that will probably include building a larger berm and enlarging the wetland area:
Vickers says it still has be a functional wetland, it has to be stormwater and they could also put in a gazebo for consumers and others to enjoy.

Some home owners in the Glen Falls area are having trouble obtaining insurance because of the ongoing flooding issues -- Vickers says a lot of proposals like the Cadillac Fairview project are being driven by the need to reduce flooding damage in the Marsh Creek watershed.