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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Tolls Come Off The Bridge Soon

The tolls will be coming off the Harbour Bridge at the end of next month.

Harbour Bridge Authority chair Bob McDevitt says they signed a deal in January to begin the process of handing over the Bridge to the province.

He tells CHSJ News the authority's 7 employees will be out of work as of March 31st.

He adds there are another 20 commissionaires that are under contract and they will not all be placed elsewhere mostly due to the time of year.
McDevitt says the removal or demolishing of the toll plaza is part of the due diligence that provincial engineers are in the process of carrying out.

Simonds Has Mixed Feelings About Leaving The Port City

After almost 7 years as fire chief, Rob Simonds is leaving the city to take up the same job in Hamilton, Ontario with mixed emotions. He has spent more than 30 years with the Saint John Fire Department.

He says he is leaving a city with significant fire protection challenges to a city with parallel challenges and he looks forward to helping to solve those challenges.

Simonds tells CHSJ News the Saint John fire department is doing a lot more these days.
He notes the risk assessment on the Canaport LNG facility or their work on the pipeline project.
He also says the spending caps imposed on the fire department by Common Council this year and next had nothing to do with his decision to leave the city.

Minister Urges Being Active In The Winter

The Minister for Wellness, Culture and Sport is encouraging the people of the province to remain active in the winter months.
Trevor Holder tells CHSJ News it's a little more challenging in the winter but, there are lots of activities to get involved in.
He suggests using Rockwood park for snowshoeing and winter hiking as ways to stay active all year round.
Holder adds the "Boom Boom Clap" public service announcement that's currently airing on tv is very successful in getting New Brunswickers thinking about wellness. For more here

City Police Shut Down An Alleged Brothel

Saint John police shutting down a brothel on Waterloo Street.
The investigation resulting from intelligence and concerns from citizens about the activites at the Sun Flower Spa.

Police executing a warrant yesterday seizing cash and arresting two women in their 50's and one man in his 30's. The women faces charges including living off the avails of prostitution.

All three faces charges of being an inmate in a bawdy house and will appear in court at a later date.

Fire Chief Steps Down

Fire Chief Rob Simonds has announced his resignation effective March 14th to become the new fire chief in Hamilton, Ontario.

Mayor Ivan Court concedes getting someone like him again will not be easy. He describes Simonds as the best of the best.

Simonds has been with the Saint John fire department for over 30 years and is currently serving as President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
 His departure comes at an awkward time because contract negotiations are being conducted with the Firefighters Association. The fire department is being limited to a one per cent increase in its budget this year and next.
Simonds became Chief in July of 2003, replacing Glen Tait who is now an M-L-A, and was responsible for developing the municipal emergency response plan for Canada's first liquified natural gas terminal at Canaport.

No Dramatic Change In Gas Prices

Gas prices remain virtually the same around town after the weekly setting.

 Self serve regular is just a bit less expensive at $1.09.4 while diesel is being sold in the city for $1.22.7.

Heating oil continues to climb and is listed at $1.08.2 a litre.