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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Garbage Collected Around Loch Lomond Watershed

A big cleanup taking place around the Loch Lomond watershed which provides most of the city with its drinking water. Leah Fitzgerald of the city tells CHSJ News 200 bags of garbage were collected plus five or six tandem loads of large items which included an old pool table, construction waste, roof tiles and old kitchen cabinets.

Fitzgerald is not surprised by the amount of trash collected but she concedes it's difficult to get a handle on this illegal dumping because there are so many back roads.

She's hoping people will keep in mind this is where most Saint Johnners get their drinking water from and illegal dumping along with setting fires puts it at risk of contamination.

Animal Control Officer Wants Dogs Out Of Province

Something new has cropped up concerning the two dogs that were seized in Quispamsis after a complaint from an elderly woman that one of the animals was aggressive.

The owner of the dogs, Deborah Quennville-Clairmont tells CHSJ News the town's animal control officer phoned her breeder in Ontario and offered not to euthanise the animals if she would take them back and out of the province.

She doesn't plan to agree to any such thing unless it turns out to be the only way the dogs can be saved.

Court action on the seizure won't be heard for another 4 months or so.

New Restaurant Opening In West Saint John

Leo's Supper Club was a fixture on Ocean Westway for years before it was sold.

The Leo's sign has now been taken down and a new one will be going up.

The Old Shanty House restaurant will be setting up shop at the same location on first thing on December 1st. It won't be another Leo's.

It will operate from 6 in the morning until 8:30 at night and we have been told will offer traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Lobster Season Delayed Again

High winds are being blamed for yet another delay in the opening for the fall lobster season in the south-western half of the Province.

A conference call today had total agreement from all fisherman between St. Martins and Campobello Island that the conditions are not right.

Thi is the third delay for the fishery this season and boats will try to venture out Friday morning.

NB Liberals Name New Leader

A day after Shawn Graham stepped aside, the Provincial Liberal Party has named Victor Boudreau it's Interim leader.

Boudreau is the MLA for Shediac-Cap-Pele and was first elected to office on 2004 and has held several cabinet portfolio's including Finance and Business.

Boudreau says he accepts the challenge and the first order of business is preparing for the upcoming session of the legislature.

Card Available For Signing Today

You will have an opportunity this afternoon to see and sign this year's Christmas card for our troops in Afghanistan.
Local artist Norm Jackson is unveiling the card with its special insert for vets at the News Kiosk in Market Square.
Mayor Ivan Court and others are scheduled to attend the unveiling which gets underway at two.

House Fire In East Saint John

Nobody hurt after fire ripped through a home in East Saint John last night.

Crews arrived at 145 Champlain Drive just just before eight o'clock last night to find flames and heavy smoke coming from the home.
It took three hours to knock down the flames which did heavy damage to the kitchen and basement.

No one was home when the fire broke out and officials says the cause is not suspicious.

Over 1200 Off The Grid

Just over 1200 homes and businesses in the Grand Bay-Westfield area are with-out power.
According to the latest on the NB Power web-site, the power was lost just before 7:30am and crews are still trying to find out where the problem is.

Total Rain-Fall Amounts

(Boardwalk Volleyball Courts Take On Water)
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Several rain-fall records were either broken or shattered around the Province in recent days.

As the storm clouds finally pass by, the amount of rain that has fallen in some area's of the Province are staggering.

Mechanic Settlement comes out on top with just over 339 millimeters, Greater Saint John finishes up with 166.8mm's, Grand Manan tops off with 133mm's, Gagetown comes in with 120mm's and St. Stephen saw 117mm's fall over the past six days.

Some roads in the metro are still covered in water including the far end of Rothesay Avenue near Ritchies where the East Bound lanes are still a huge puddle with pylons in place.

More Discussion About Proposed West Side Shredder

(American Iron and Metal President Herb Black)
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Another public meeting held on the proposed metal shredder........This time on the lower west side at the Carleton Community Centre near where the shredding operation will be, if approved.

Christine Hamilton, who lives on City Line, worries her quality of life will be made worse.

Common Councillor Bill Farren is a bit more optimistic saying he spoke to a consultant who has been to the shredder in Montreal and he maintains you can have a normal conversation within 100 or 120 feet of the facility.

Teaming Up To Study Violence

UNBSJ and the Family Protection Unit of the Saint John Police Force are teaming up to reduce domestic violence.

Sgt. Joe Oliver tells CHSJ News, the unit will study 200 random cases from their files to determine some key issues.

Sgt. Oliver says the study will keep the team more informed and more specific in their approach to dealing with domestic violence.

Last year, over 500 cases of domestic violence were investigated.

Fire In The North End

With all the rain last night, it's hard to believe anything can burn but city fire crews were called to a garage fire. The call came just after 6 to Sandy Point Road.

The flames were quickly knocked down, no one was hurt and no word yet on a cause.

Board Of Trade Hands Out Award

(Board Of Trade President Imelda Gilman)
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More Praise for the new medical school at UNB Saint John and the Regional hospital.

Board of Trade chair Michael Murphy announcing the 2010 “Chair’s Award” will go to new medical school that just opened in September.
The Chair’s Award recognizes a company or individual showing excellence or achievement in their business that has made an immediate or substantial long-term contribution to the economic progress of our community.

The hardware will be handed out at the Board of Trade's upcoming Outstanding Business Achievement Awards dinner at the Trade and Convention Centre on the 24th.