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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pulp And Paper Mill Completes One-Week Shut Down

Things will be back to normal tomorrow at the Irving Pulp and Paper Mill, and traffic will be back to normal at the mill's entrance near the Reversing Falls Bridge. 

City police have been directing traffic each morning near the mill as 56 contractor companies descended on the mill to perform annual maintenance. 

Mill Manager Tony Binotto says maintenance is performed on the mill every 18 months to ensure the mill remains competitive in the long term.

Local By-Election In Quispamsis Tomorrow

A by-election being held in Quispamsis tomorrow to fill one empty council seat.

Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News a new candidate always has some catching up to do, but it's not a monumental task.

The polling station for the Quispamsis by-election is at St. Mark's Church on the Pettingill Road.

The four candidates running in are Michael Cole, Barry Farnsworth, Libby O'Hara and Kirk Miller.

By-elections are also being held tomorrow in Norton and Blacks Harbour.

Crews Make Quick Work Of Carbon Dioxide Leak

Traffic diverted from Grandview Avenue for about an hour yesterday due to a carbon dioxide leak at the Praxair Plant. 

District Chief Gerry Morris tells CHSJ News police and fire crews arrived on scene just after 11am to find vapours coming from one of the tanks. 

Morris says a perimeter was set up and the HASMAT Unit was called in as a precaution, but carbon dioxide is non-flammable and is only a threat in confined spaces because it gets rid of the available oxygen.

Morris says the leak was caused by an electrical problem in the plant and the vapours quickly shut themselves off due to a built-in safety system.

Former Premier To Receive Humanitarian Award

Former premier Frank McKenna receiving the province’s Humanitarian Award for 2011.

McKenna is being recognized for his work in Canada and the U.S. to improve children’s access to clean water, food and education.

McKenna has also worked with causes such as United Way, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the YMCA.

Megan MacDonald of Rothesay will receive the Young Humanitarian award for her involvement with Amnesty International and the Saint John Community Autism Center.

Both awards will be presented at a dinner in the city in November.

No Flooding Yet in Saint John

Saint John lucky so far when it comes to rising water levels along the Saint John River Basin.

Karl Wilmot with River Watch tells CHSJ News the city remains a half a meter away from it's initial flood stage of 4.2 meters.

Wilmot says forecasters are not expecting water levels to reach flood stage in the city in the immediate future, but that could change as the week goes on.

He says generally in Saint John water levels rise as water comes down river, but then drops accordingly when the tide goes out in the Bay of Fundy.

Wilmot says the province will re-evaluate flood levels again on Monday to determine the forecast for the rest of the week.

So far, Fredericton has seen the worst flooding with water levels half a meter above flood stage.

Police Still Investigating Prowling Incident

The Major Crime Unit is still looking for whomever was prowling around homes in the Forest Hills area during the early morning hours of Wednesday morning.

Police advising you to check out your property and report anything suspicious.

A warrant issued by a Saint judge for 24-year-old David Andrew Breau who is descried as Caucasian, 5 foot 9 weighing 150 pounds.

Anyone with information on Breau's whereabouts is urged to contact City police at 648-3333 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).