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Friday, December 10, 2010

City Police Conducting Road Checks Looking For Impaired Drivers

The Saint John Police Force encouraging you not to drink and drive over the Holidays or ever.
The annual Impaired driving enforcement program for the Christmas season is underway.
Traffic Enforcement Officer Jeff Lafrance tells CHSJ News part of the program involves educating the public.

He says unfortuneately they still have to tell people that drunk driving is a very dangerous and it could lead to death something police do not want that on our streets and highways.

The Saint John Police Force will be conducting spot checks throughout the city.
Since December 1st, 8 impaired driving charges have been laid.

Quispamsis Man Dies In Workplace Mishap

WorkSafeNB investigating a workplace death that claimed the life of a 44-year-old Quispamsis man.

Leonard Allan Deveau was working with a crew at McDonald Applicators Limited, using a boom truck to load a 1-ton metal drum suspended by a sling.

As the sling was raised, the drum slipped out and struck Deveau.

WorkSafeNB health and safety officers are investigating to find out how the accident could have been prevented and if there were any violations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Winter Parking Ban To Come Under Review

There have been complaints about the winter street parking ban from the lower west side.

Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase says the city will conduct a review on whether there should be more exemptions in addition to the one affecting those drivers who live along the portion of Douglas Avenue that's closest to Main Street North.

The head of Municipal Operations Paul Groody says the ban is working well and he is cautioning Common Council to be careful about making any changes but Chase maintains there are some anomalies which need to be addressed.

Mayor Refutes Criticism Of Being Out Of Touch

Mayor Ivan Court is dismissing the criticism being voiced during the byelection campaign about Common Council being out of touch with what the people of Saint John consider to be priorities.

Court points to the 2010 citizen's survey which indicates the priorities of Council are very much in line with those of Saint Johnners.

Court maintains reducing the tax rate is not the top priority of people who live in the city.

Mullin Tries Again For A Council Seat

Anne-Marie Mullin is taking her second crack at getting a seat on Common Council.
She ran two years ago and is taking a run at the Ward 3 seat left behind by councillor-turned-MLA Carl Killen.

Mullin tells CHSJ News her campaign principles are pretty straight-forward.
She says she advocate for greater accountability, transparency and respect around the table.
She says the important files she wants to tackle are clean drinking water and air quality.

Leger Says Council Needs To Focus on Quality Of Life

Ward 3 Candidate Mark Leger is feeling great as voting day for the byelection approaches on Monday.

He tells CHSJ News the people he is meeting going door to door want city hall to focus on services and infrastructure improvements that impact them directly.

He says voters want them to spend less time on big projects like Peel Plaza, the parking garage and the transit building and more time on quality of life issues.

Leger adds water is the issue that affects the entire city and he thinks the city should find the funding to get a water treatment plant build so we don't continue to have the embarrassment of boil water orders.

Man Dies After Being Struck By Barrel At East Side Industrial Park

An investigation has been launched by Worksafe NB into what went wrong after a 44 year old unidentified man was killed in an industrial accident at the McAllister Industrial Park. City Police say a barrel was being loaded onto a truck when it somehow broke free and struck the victim.

Push Is On For Holiday Blood Donations

A veteran blood donor will escort his granddaughter for her inaugural donation today.

Harry Cross, who has given blood more than 600 times will welcome granddaughter Amy to kick off the Holiday blood drive of Canadian Blood Services.

Amy Cross is a Grade 12 student at Saint John High School. Harry Cross is one of three New Brunswickers to donate blood 600 times.

C-B-S is asking busy shoppers to give them one hour of their busy schedule to donate blood.

The Crosses will make their donations at noon today at Canadian Blood Services in Millidgeville.