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Friday, February 4, 2011

Unionised City Police Officers Vote On New Contract

A 30 month contract agreement has been approved by unionised police officers in the city who say they're doing all they can to help during these times of tight budgets.

They have agreed to no wage increases this year and next with just a 3 per cent hike effective July 1st of last year.

The President of the Saint John Police Association Jamie Hachey tells CHSJ News they're no longer opposing changes to the city's pension plan requested by Common Council.

This new contract means police officers in the city will no longer be the best paid in the province.

They, along with the Police Commission, are asking Common Council not to make any changes to long term disability.

Wine Fair Supports Local Red Cross Programs

While you mull over what type you might pick up this weekend, why not enjoy a wide variety of wines and continue the good works of the Red Cross at the same time. The 9th Annual Saint John Wine Fair supports the training, equipping and deploying of Red Cross disaster teams throughout the Province in situations like the December floods.
Co-chair Janelle Shillington tells CHSJ News it offers a lot more than wine with beer vendors, a chocolate fountain and cheese sampling.
Sommelier Craig Pinhey will once again host a wine-tasting seminar just before the event which is coming up February 26th.
The Red Cross is hoping to raise $40,000 for local programs through this event.
For more info or to book at ticket click here or call 674-6195.

NB Power Issues Update On Lepreau Refurbishment

Another progess report from NB Power on the refurbishment at Point Lepreau.
The polishing activities continue on the 760 calandria tube sheet bores, that process is 65 per cent complete and should be finished by the end of March.

NB Power's Public Affairs Manager Kathleen Duguay tells CHSJ News the polishing process requires strict quality and safety.  She says they need to ensure a tight seal when the calandria tubes are installed because it's part of the overall reassembly of the reactor.
They expect installation of the tubes will take place this August and the project's on track for a return to service by the fall of 2012.

Health Minister Acknowledges World Cancer Day

The World Health Organization estimates 84 million people will die of cancer before 2015 without intervention.

In this province, Health Minister Madeline Dube acknowledging World Cancer Day today saying she remains optimistic there will be more successes leading to more prevention, earlier detection and better treatment.

Dube encouraging New Brunswickers to adapt healthy lifestyle habits which can also have a great impact in reducing cancer rates in our province.
She is also thanking health-care professionals and volunteers for the vital role they play in delivering care and support to cancer patients and their families.

City Asks Residents To Watch Where They Put Snow

City crews working hard to clear the streets and sidewalks of snow to make them safe for walking and driving.

Communications Officers Leah Fitzgerald tells CHSJ News putting snow from driveways and walkways is a violation of the a city by-law and can result in fines.
She says that means not putting snow on top of an existing plowed snowbank, on to the streets or sidewalks and she adds since 2009 the by-law gives them the ability to fine people for doing that.   Those fines range from between $200 and $500.
For more information click here or call 658-4455.

City Fire Crews Called To The East Side

A house fire last night shortly after 8 in a two storey home at 320 Latimore Lake Road.

District Chief Gerry Morris says fire crews were met with heavy smoke coming from a first floor bathroom which was gutted out.

The family will have to find somewhere else to say until the repairs are made.

It has been determined the fire was caused by a candle that was burning too close to material that was combustible.

Not As Many Vehicles Towed In Latest Street Parking Ban

City Police have been told a dozen vehicles were towed after the City issued a temporary overnight snow ban for the South/Central peninsula.

Parking on the streets was not allowed anywhere in that part of the city between 11pm and 7am. Any vehicles remaining on the street were towed to allow for snow removal. Police tell CHSJ News there are some streets where you can barely get a car through let alone a fire truck if there is an emergency.

In the last snow ban, more than 50 vehicles were towed.

To find the snow ban number or see the City's Winter Management Plan, go to and click news.

Meantime, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of the possibility of significant accumulation from the snow that is expected to come our way Saturday night into Sunday morning. The Weather Network is calling for over 10 centimeters.