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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Replay Of Saint John M-P Elect Rodney Weston's Victory Speech

Monday - May 02, 2011

LNG Terminal Undergoes Maintenance

If you see a big flare in the sky over the Canaport LNG terminal in Red Head over the next few weeks, don't worry -- the terminal is undergoing maintenance for the rest of the month.

Activities include work on a valve within the process equipment as well as the inspection of other equipment throughout the facility.

Work at the terminal will be suspended during the maintenance.

Newly Expanded Regional ER Opens Friday

This might make your next trip to the ER at the Regional a little less long.
On Friday, the Horizon Health Network will officially unveil the expanded Emergency Room.
Work on the $30 million dollar renovations began in 2008 and includes an ambulance bay with improved capacity for management of Hazmat incident requiring patient decontamination.

Speed Limit Changes Coming Next Week

If Loch Lomond Road is part of your regular commute, get ready to slow down.
New signs are going up to indicate the lowering of the speed limits next Wednesday, May 11th.
The speed limit from Bayside Drive to Linda Court will stay the same at 50 cliks an hour but Linda Court to west of McAllister Drive the speed limit will be 60 kilometres an hour.
From west of McAllister Drive to east of Hickey Road, it will be 50 kilometres an hour.
From east of Hickey Road to Evergreen Avenue, the speed limit will be 60.    For more information, call 658-4455.

New Board Of Trade Chair Is An 8-Year Veteran

An 8-year veteran is the new chair of the Saint John Board of Trade.
John Warrington is an accountant by trade and tells CHSJ News he began on the membership committee and spent a few years as the treasurer.

He says he found the Board of Trade a great avenue for personal and professional development.     He says it's been a great forum for personal growth and giving back to the community.
Warrington calls the Saint John Board of Trade a best in class orgainization known in the region as a leader in advocating for issues that impact the business community and are important to the City's future.

President's Cup Final Starts Tomorrow Night

The Seadogs have their eye on the prize.........a trip to the Memorial Cup but first they will have to knock off the Gatineau Olympiques in the President's Cup Final. 

Game 1 goes tomorrow night at Harbour Station. Seadogs President Wayne Long tells CHSJ News Gatineau presents a formidable challenge with four strong lines and the league's leading scorer Phillip-Micheal Devost who wound up with 114 points.
Long says the Seadogs are also potent having been ranked the best junior team in the country for most of the season with the third highest scorer this past season in Jonathon Huberdeau and he expects an uptempo series.
Game two is scheduled Saturday night at the Station.

Former Jail Guard In Court For Sexual Assault

There has been a delay in the sentencing of a former jail guard who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an inmate at the jail on Old Black River Road and in the city lockup. 

47 year old Patrick Joseph Allen has pleaded guilty to a pair of charges but maintains the sex was consensual and there were no inducements of cigarettes and meals. 

Allen is claiming he is also a victim in all this. He also disputes that part of the presentence report which states he has paid for sex with prostitutes.

The prosecution argues consent is not a defense because Allen was in a position of authority as a jail guard at the time and will be arguing against a conditional sentence. A sentencing hearing will be held on May 16th.

City Tests Emergency Alerts

The City of Saint John is testing it's Emergency Alert System.

If you are registered to get notifications, you should receive a phone call, text message or email.
In an email to CHSJ News, the City informing us the alert test will happen tomorrow due to technical issues.
The emergency alert provide a direct link between the City's EMO and the people in the case of an emergency ranging from a boil water order to an evacuation.
To subscribe for the alerts, click here

The Lights Are Back On In The Kingston Peninsula

Power is back on the Kingston Peninsula and in Sussex after a substantial outage earlier this morning.
A caller to our 648-3000 newsline telling us the lights were out and NB Power at the time saying more than 800 customers did not have electricity.
A quick check of the NB Power website shows zero outages in this area but, nearly 500 people are in the dark in Bathurst.

The City Watching Regionalization Discussion With Interest

The Province hosting a session on local governance and regionalization in the City tonight.
Local Goverment Minister Bruce Fitch is hosting the event.

Saint John Mayor Ivan Court says our city is the workplace for the region with higher tax rates and a small population carrying the weight of 125,000 people.
Court tells CHSJ News he wants the province to straighten out the fiscal imbalance.

He says that may mean the unconditional grant going to the areas that are supplying the infrastructure for people to live wherever they want.
Court adds he'll be pushing that issue and the cities have been doing the same for years now.   Tonight's public consultation starts at 6:45 tonight at the Saint John NBCC campus on Grandview Avenue.

Power Outage And Traffic Disruption

A caller to our 648-3000 newsline telling us about a power outage this morning on the Kingston Peninsula and NB Power is reporting more than 800 customers are in the dark.

 Another caller letting us know the lights are on at MacDonald Consolidated School.

Drivers might want to avoid City Road at Garden Street where  it becomes Station Street because construction is continuing and traffic reduced to one lane. Part of Garden Street as it runs into City Road was closed this morning.

Quispamsis Council Helps Non-Profit Group

Quispamsis Town Council throwing a lifeline towards KV3C, a non-profit group that fosters early childhood development for parents and children in the Kenn Valley.

The group recently lost its provincial funding and Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News Council is making a one time donation of 5 thousand dollars as they search for some permanent funding.

Councillors Beth Thompson and Gary Clark voting against the donation  only because they felt the town should contribute a smaller amount.

Kingston Peninsula Residents Concerned About Mail Delivery

Residents on the Kingston Peninsula recently met to discuss proposed changes to their postal service.

The meeting was organized by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Saint John and Vice-President Don Watson tells CHSJ News the plan from Canada Post is to cease delivery to rural mail boxes and force everyone to pick up their mail from a community mail box or kiosk for safety reasons.

He says it's unfair for residents on the Kingston Peninsula to be treated differently from other communities.

Robbery In The Valley

There was a robbery at the Dolan Road Circle "K".

Rothesay Regional Police say one man was arrested a short time after they got the call with the help of City Police and is expected to be formally charged in court this morning.