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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summer Ferry To Be Used for Grand Manan

Good news for those who make use of the Grand Manan Ferry. 

A spokesperson from Coastal Transport tells CHSJ News they're hoping to get the summer ferry in use beginning at 5:30pm at Black's Harbour. 

The vessel is smaller than the usual ship so expect longer wait times if you're taking the trip.

The Grand Manan 5 ran aground near the Black's Harbour dock yesterday due to a mechanical problem. 

No word yet on when repairs will be complete or how much it will cost.

Cause Of First Street Fire Not Ready For Release

The Saint John Fire Department still conducting their investigation into what caused the May 1st blaze that gutted a three-storey apartment building on First Street and left one person dead

Acting Deputy Chief Kevin Clifford tells CHSJ News the department was planning to release the cause of the fire this week but investigators are still conducting interviews.

Clifford would not say when the investigation will wrap up.

Maritimers Helping With Alberta Wildfire Relief Efforts

The Canadian Red Cross deploying 14 Maritimers, including a couple from Hampton and a woman from Fredericton, to Alberta to assist in the wildfire relief efforts.

Spokesperson Dan Bedell tells CHSJ News individuals were chosen because they all have experience with managing shelter operations and logistics.

The volunteers will be helping with relief efforts for one to two weeks.

Construction Of Harbour Front Condos Moving Along

Work on phase one of the new harbour front condos on Water Street is progressing at a steady pace.

New owners are scheduled to begin moving into the complex by late summer.

There's no word on when phase two of the project will get underway.

Students Visit Wetland

Canaport LNG and Ducks Unlimited teaming up for Project Webfoot, which teaches grade 4 students about the importance of wetlands.

Erin Heeney with Ducks Unlimited tells CHSJ News it's important to teach students the important role wetlands play in their own backyard as they can prevent flooding and host various ecosystems.

She says the city has an abundance of wetlands, salt marshes, and ecosystems which everyone should be proud of and not take for granted.

18 grade four classes getting a tour of a wetland today out by the Irving Nature Park.

Port Authority Moving On Upgrades

The Port Authority says it's moving forward with more upgrades to its facilities especially on the west side.
Chairman Stephen Campbell tells CHSJ news work is continuing on expansion of the cruise berths at Pugsley terminal on Water Street.

Campbell says the Authority is also working with the federal Department of Fisheries and local fishermen to establish a small craft harbour on the lower west side while Long Wharf is also being looked at for future upgrades.

Figures released at the Port Authority's annual general meeting this morning show 2010 was one of the most successful years financially since the port authority was established 15-years ago -- the port ended up with a net income of 3.4-million dollars last year.

Colorectal Cancer Among The Four Deadliest In This Province

Colorectal cancer is among the four deadliest cancers in the Province with lung, breast and prostate being the other three.
34 per cent of New Brunswickers between the ages of 50 and 74 report being tested in the last two years which is far below the benchmark of 80 per cent.
Dr. Eshwar Kumar of the New Brunswick Cancer Network tells CHSJ News a lack of organized screening programs contribute to the problem.
He says the screening programs are new in Canada and one will be in place in this province by 2013.
Kumar adds colorectal cancer is preventable through early detection.
He says the risk factors include a diet rich in processed red meat along with inactivity and being overweight.   For more information, click here

An Update Should Be Coming Today On The Grand Manan Ferry

The Grand Manan ferry is not running today after getting stuck on rocks near the Blacks Harbour wharf.

Coastal Transport is expected to provide an update on the situation.

The passengers and crew had to be taken to shore by life rafts after a problem with the boat.   No one was hurt.

RCMP Scaling Back Search For Boater

RCMP scaling back search efforts for a man who fell overboard when a 16-foot boat sank Monday on the St. John River near Fredericton.

27-year-old Roy Gallagher of the St. Mary's First Nation was one of five people in the boat.  Two women and a man from the Fredericton area were rescued from the river 34-year-old Carter Gallagher of Kingsley was pulled from the water but later died.
Sgt. Don Stenger of Oromocto RCMP tells CHSJ News searches of the river and nearby shoreline have found no sign of Roy Gallagher.

He adds it's been difficult for Gallager's family and friends but, there is no evidence to suggest he survived. Regular patrols will still be conducted in the area.

Chief Encouraging People To Lock It and Pocket Your Keys

It's police week in the city again, and the force is kicking off a public awareness campaign called Lock-it and Pocket. Chief Bill Reid tells CHSJ News the campaign is about educating the public to lock their cars and leave their valuables at home so there will be less likelihood of theft.

He tells us vehicle theft is a crime of opportunity and often happens because people leave their vehicles unlocked, theirs get in, find a spare key and take the vehicle.

Reid says the force is also using Police Week to promote their crime mapping technology to the public. It's an online tool that allows citizens to see where crimes have taken place in their neighbourhood, so they can be more aware of their surroundings.
For more info, click here

Repairs Today On Rothesay Avenue and Rothesay Road

Construction causing some traffic changes today. Crews will be working at the intersection of Rothesay Road and Rothesay Avenue. If you're trying to head west on Highway 1 by accesses that intersection you'll have to take a detour along Ashburn Lake Road.
The construction is only scheduled to last one day, and motorists are reminded to drive slowly.

Fire Department Conducts Search Of Harbour

Emergency Personnel spending two hours searching the Harbour after a report someone had jumped off the Reversing Falls brige about 3 o'clock yesterday.
The Fire Department rescue boat began looking along the shoreline after people said they could see someone floating down the river.
The Coast Guard providing assistance to the Saint John Fire Department.  The search turning up nothing.

District 6 In The Dark Over School Plan Too

District Six only found out at the same time as everybody else that the construction of a new elementary school in K-Park had been put on hold by the province. Superintendent Andrew Hopper tells CHSJ News major improvements at the school weren't attended to over the last few years because the understanding was there would be a new school.

The council will meet with Education Minister Jody Carr prior to a community meeting being held at the school on May 25th. Chair Roger Nesbitt also sent a letter to the Minister saying they are extremely unhappy with the decision and the lack of consultation that took place with the district on the matter.

Gas Prices Up Slightly

Gas prices are up a bit today after last Friday's dramatic drop.
Regular self-serve is selling for 123.7 a litre up 2 cents.
Diesel users will be happy, the price is down by over a penny at 125.