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Thursday, April 21, 2011

UNB Saint John Gets Donation for Writing Centre

UNB Saint John is getting a new writing centre thanks to the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception. The Sisters donated $50,000 to the university for the project.
Sister Mary Beth McCurdy says the hope is that the centre will help students acquire writing skills that foster creativity and joy.
The Sisters of Charity been helping the Saint John community since a cholera outbreak in 1854.

Weston Responds To Moir's Criticism

The Conservative incumbant in Saint John is repeating that clean, safe drinking water for Saint John is his #1 priority.
Rodney Weston taking some heat from NDP candidate Rob Moir who says corporate tax cuts leave less money to ensure clean,safe,drinking water.

Weston tells CHSJ News in order to make this a reality everyone needs to work together. He adds all three levels of government are pledging to make sure this challenge is met.  Weston says it's very clear that we don't drive prosperity through taxation.

Police Release Photo of Robbery Suspect

City Police still looking for those responsible for a robbery at the Petro Can at Loch Lomand Road and McAllister Drive late Tuesday night.
No one was hurt but two people got away on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
If you know anything about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222- Tips or Saint John Police at 648-3211.

Ignatieff Will Discuss Lepreau Overruns If Elected

If elected, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says he will begin talking with province immediately about the possibility of paying for the cost overruns at Point Lepreau nuclear power plant.
The refurbishments are one billion dollars over budget and Ignatieff says he is aware of how the overruns could burden New Brunswick tax payers.
He says AECL is a crown corporation and so it is the federal government's responsibility.  Ignatieff says he won't be able to engage in detailed discussion on the issue until he sits down with the province and gets the facts.
Ignatieff says it's also important to expand renewable energy in the province and find a way to meet the power needs of the next generation.

NB Liquor Announcing Easter Weekend Hours

As you run around getting everything the Easter feast and the egg hunt, remember a lot of stores are closed on holiday weekends.

NB Liquor stores will be closed for Good Friday and open regular hours Saturday.
They are closed on Sunday and open from Noon to 5 on Monday.
The NB Liquor agency outlets are open, but hours can vary from location to location.

Premier's Energy Commission Accused Of Missing The Mark

The Alliance for Community Energy is critical of the Premier's Energy Commission for what it says is missing the mark when it comes to utilising renewable energy sources. Alliance Vice-President Greg Leblanc tells CHSJ News a huge opportunity is being lost.

Leblanc says most of the wood pellets from this province are being exported to Europe to be used to lower carbon emissions there and he questions why not here. Then there's waste wood from pulp mills that could be used to generate energy.  He also argues there's enough economically viable wind energy in the province to easily offset all the fossil fuel generation. Another Alliance idea is to retrofit homes with solar hot water units to offset 50 per cent of the hot water usage which would save people alot of money.

The Alliance points out of the 50 recommendations emerging from the Energy Commission, only five directly addressed opportunities in the area of renewable energy.

Another Rise In Price Of Self Serve

Another mixed bag with gas prices after the weekly setting........Self serve regular has risen by almost two cents a litre and is being sold around town for $1.30.8.

 Diesel is a bit less expensive by just under a cent at $1.32.4.

Heating oil is also slightly cheaper at $1.17.5 and propane is virtually unchanged being listed at $1.08.3.

Power Disruption Along Pedway

Part of the pedway will be dark this morning for four hours as part of construction work in the area.

The City of Saint John telling CHSJ News the planned power interruption impacts the stretch between Harbour Station and the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

It gets underway at 9am this morning and will impact heat, lights and elevators.