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Friday, May 20, 2011

Dept. of Social Development Plans For Canada Post Strike

Those on social assistance who receive daily payments by mail need not worry if a strike happens at Canada Post.

The Department of Social Development says if there is an interruption in service, recipients can can visit their regional office to pick up their payment.

Those who receive monthly payments will be taken care of under alternate arrangements yet to be specified by the department.

The collective agreement covering a unit of approximately 50 000 postal workers expired on January 31, 2011.  If an agreement is not reached, the workers can strike beginning May 25th.

Long Weekend Brings With It Higher Police Presence

It's the long weekend and with that comes an increased awareness from law enforcement for impaired drivers, seatbelt use, and speeding.

Expect to see spot checks on the highways and throughout the greater Saint John and surrounding areas.

City police will be working in conjunction with the Rothesay Regional Police and the RCMP.

The checks are part of Canada Road Safety Week, which runs through the Victoria Day long weekend.

Grounded Ferry Causing Financial Strain For Lobster Fishermen

The grounding of the Grand Manan ferry on Wednesday is having major repercussions for lobster fishermen on the island of Grand Manan.

Toby McLaughlin with Foggy Cove Ventures Inc. says the temporary ferry is too small to comate large trucks carrying product and cannot take as many across as the previous ship.

He tells CHSJ News some of his orders are going to be late and that means his customers could start looking for other dealers.

He says a back-up system should have been in place years ago.

Hampton Couple Helping With Relief Efforts

14 Maritimers are in Alberta as Canadian Red Cross Volunteers, lending their hand with relief efforts caused by the recent wildfires.

Chuck Todd of Hampton, along with his wife, make up part of that team.  He says he arrived yesterday and immediately began helping out with logistics and supplies at the operations centre in Edmonton.

Todd tells CHSJ News he enjoys the challenge of working in a difficult situation.

Todd recently took part in the flood relief efforts in Charlotte County and has been a Red Cross volunteer for four years.

He says he will be helping out in the relief efforts for 2 to 3 weeks.

Dogs Ready First Game Of Memorial Cup

The Sea Dogs face off tonight in Game 1 of the Memorial Cup against another team that has had a great year...the St. Michael's Majors.
Team president Wayne Long tells CHSJ News it's exciting flying to Ontario on a charter and being picked up by an executive bus.
But he says once they get focused, it's all business.
Long says they had a practice yesterday and the opening banquet last night but, he says the guys are focused and it's all business for sure.
He adds St. Mike did have a great year but, the Sea Dogs are not taking a backseat to anyone when they had the best record in Canada.
To find the link to watch Game 1, click here

Spring Convocation At UNB Saint John Today

There will be many a teary-eyed parent in Millidgeville today.
UNB Saint John holding its 37th Spring Convocation this afternoon at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre.
Degrees will be awarded to students in the faculties of Arts, Science, Applied Science and Engineering and Business.
For more info on the convocation ceremony, call 648-5670.