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Friday, March 11, 2011

City Crews Clean Up Streets

City crews are out in force today cleaning up the streets in preparation for tonight's heavy rain.

City spokesperson Leah Fitzgerald says snow is being removed from curb lines in the North and South end.   Catch basins on the East and West sides will also be cleared out.

The city wants to remind you that you can help by checking and clearing catch basins near your home or business.

Crews will be monitoring rain levels overnight.

Port and Tourism Minister Attending Trade Show

The province and the Saint John Port Authority are teaming up next week to promote New Brunswick as a major cruise ship destination.

They will be attending Cruise Shipping Miami, the world's largest annual cruise trade show.

Tourism Minister Trevor Holder tells CHSJ News the province can be a huge draw for eco-tourists thanks to the Bay of Fundy and other natural phenomenon.

The Port of Saint John has welcomed 1.5 million guests since the cruise ships stared coming to Saint John in 1989.

Meanwhile, Chair of the Saint John Port Authority Stephen Campbell is thrilled to be teaming up with the province on attracting more cruise business to the port.

He says having the support of the province and the Tourism Minister in tow will enhance discussions with cruise line CEO's.

Snow Days Not A Concern In Saint John

School District 8 Superintendent Susan Tipper vows the entire curriculum will be covered in spite of the number of days school has been cancelled because of the stormy weather. That has been a concern raised but Tipper says there haven't been as many days in Saint John where school has been cancelled compared to other areas of the province.

Another concern coming to light from city police is the appearance of the drug "ectasy" in the area. Tipper says the discovery of drugs on school property means an immediate call to police and then home to the student's parents or guardians.

Tipper has told CHSJ News she fully supports sending students to jail if they are caught with drugs on school property.

Arrest In North End Murder

It didn't take long for an arrest to be made in the stabbing death of a 29 year old man in the north end early this morning.

Police say a 17 year old youth went to the RCMP in Hampton early this morning almost a couple of hours after the murder took place.

Police were called to Barker Street shortly after 12:40 this morning after receiving a 9-1-1 call. Police tell CHSJ News the victim was stabbed on the street itself and people who live in close by say they heard what appeared as an altercation beforehand.

Even though someone is in custody, Police are asking anyone who might know something about the circumstances to contact them at either 648-3333 or 648-3211 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

Deer Island Diver Drowns

The RCMP are reporting the drowning of a 56-year-old Deer Island man yesterday afternoon in the St. George area.

The RCMP and NB Ambulance receibved a call about a diver in distress at Greens Point Road beach in Letete.

Police say fellow divers, after losing sight of a member of their group, went back down into the water and were able to locate their missing colleague and tried to resuscitate him but couldn't do so.

Even though drowning is the apparent cause, the exact cause of death is being investigated with an autopsy to be performed. Worksafe NB tells CHSJ News it's also investigating the circumstances.

Murder In North End

The Major Crime Unit launching a murder investigation.

A man, believed to be in his thirties, was stabbed to death on a north end street.

 City Police tell CHSJ News the stabbing occurred between 12:30 and 1:00 this morning.

No one has been arrested yet. Police say they do have some leads.

Environmentalists Want Shale Gas Moratorium

With both Quebec and New York State declaring a 2 year moratorium on shale gas exploration and development, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick wants Premier David Alward to do the same.

Spokesperson Stephanie Merrill tells CHSJ News the fact that two other jurisdictions are putting on the breaks to evaluate environmental and safety concerns says a lot with studies done in other jurisdictions show that shale gas exploration can have negative effects such as groundwater contamination and toxic emissions.

She says the Conservation Council has been calling for a moratorium since last November. The province is in the first year of a 3 year-exploration for oil and natural gas. 
Testing suggests there is trillions of cubic metres of shale gas in the province but Merrill warns while the provincial government is under pressure to find ways to pay off huge debt, we could end up paying a bigger price down the road due by damaging the environment.