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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Medical Program Hopes to Attract More Rural Doctors

The effort to boost the number of rural doctors in the province is getting a shot in the arm with the introduction of a new medical program.

The 3-year integrated family medicine program looks to increase the amount rural docs by offering training in family medicine, emergency, and acute care with an 8 to 16 week training period in a rural part of the province.

Medical Education Director for Saint John Dr. Todd Lambert tells CHSJ News exposing med students to rural settings make them more likely to return and practice in those areas.

The Federal Government funding the program to the tune of 2.8 million dollars over 4 years for a total of 6 residency positions.

City Police Seek Help In Solving Death From Last Summer

City police are looking for help from the public that may solve the death of man last summer.
53-year-old Mark Stephen Fryer was found unconscious at Haymarket Square near the Courtney Bay Inn in the early morning hours of August 15th.    The Major Crime Unit is seeking any information the public may have on Fryer's death.

If you have any info, call Major Crime at 648-3211 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Ganong Says Tax Increases And Cuts Are Necessary In The Provincial Budget

The chair of the New Brunswick Business Council says the Finance Minister will have increase taxes and implement more severe cuts than we have heard of so far to start getting the province's financial house in order. David Ganong says Blaine Higgs has some tough decisions to make in the short term and tells us he would not want his job.

He adds in the medium to longer term we needs to find more people to pay taxes not the same people paying more taxes.
Ganong says he can't see the Finance Minister solving his problems without tax increases.

Dragon's Den Auditions Coming Up Next Month

Auditions for the TV show "Dragon's Den" will be held March 3rd in the city. That word from Christine Comeau at Enterprise Saint John. She tells CHSJ News they expect 35 people or so to show up and they should remember it's TV.

Comeau adds the more concise presentation the better and she says producers are looking for great business ideas and someone who is going to be great on camera.

You have to keep your presentation to 5 minutes. Two producers from the show will be doing the judging in the Business Resource Centre at King and Germain.

Federal Money Will Improve St. Martin's Community Centre

The gymnasium at the St. Martin's Christian Education Community Centre getting some government cash.

The feds giving 26 thousand dollars while the province is cutting a 50-thousand cheque for renovations including new lighting and electrical system.

Centre Spokesperson Bruce Huttges tells CHSJ News it will turn things around.
He says it will change the whole facility, he says in the past it wasn't useable because it was cold and now they will be able to put it to use.

Work has already begun and Huttges says it will be completed by the end of March.