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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Car Believed Stolen Found On Fire

Heavy black smoke seen coming from the area of St. Peter's Ball Park early Saturday morning.

City fire arriving on scene at 6am to find a car on fire at the bottom of a 70-foot embankment behind the ball field.

District Chief Gerry Morris says the 4-door Toyota is believed to be stolen from the Millidge Avenue area of the North End.

He says people were seen running from the car, but nobody has been located at this time.

The vehicle was completely destroyed by the fire.

Unemployment Rate Falls

The provincial unemployment rate falling to 9.5 per cent in May, according to Statistics Canada.

That's down 0.5 of a percentage point from April.

Forestry, fishing, mining and gas extraction had the highest employment growth in May.

Labour Minister Martine Coulombe says the government will continue to monitor the numbers over the long term.

Store Owner Welcomes Commercial Growth

People in Grand Bay-Westfield are expecting to see great development along Col. Nase Boulevard once the new commercial street is paved this fall.

Don Myles has owned the Home Hardware on River Valley Drive for 33 years, and says he hopes he'll be able to build a bigger store on the new strip at some point.

He says he doesn't know whether it will come to pass or not, but there's a lot of things that have to happen before it does.

Myles says he'd like to see a doctor's office on the commercial street, and a bigger drug store as well.

Park's Gazebo To Get New Home

The gazebo at the Jervis-Bay Ross Memorial Park on the East Side will be getting a new home.

The gazebo was originally built by Branch 53 of the Royal Canadian Legion for the public to enjoy, but was prone to graffiti and was difficult to maintain.

Jane Barry with the city's Community Foundation tells CHSJ News the gazebo will be donated to the Loch Lomond School.

The Legion is working to clean up the park to make it more appealing to the community, and will also be taking down a barbed wire fence and filling in a small pond on the property.

Volunteers planted 77 trees at the park this Friday.

New Regulation Could Hurt Cruise Industry

A new regulation requiring ships within 2-hundred miles of the U.S and Canada to switch to a lower emission fuel could cripple the cruise industry here in Saint John and in North America.

Chair of the Saint John Port Authority Stephen Campbell tells CHSJ News it's a major issue because lower emission fuel is much more expensive.

He say the cruise industry is hard at work trying to find some middle ground because competing ports won't have the same regulation.

The regulation will come into effect sometime in 2012.

Port Holds Family Day

The Saint John Port Authority holding a Family Fun Day today to raise money for the Joshua Group.

Paula Small tells CHSJ News they want to show people different things that happen at the port, that people wouldn't normally be able to see due to security. 

Small says attractions include a life-size, inflatable Right Whale, a barbeque and face painting.

There will also be special Pink Bus Tours and rides on CFB Gagetown's light armoured vehicles.

The event goes from noon until 4 today at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal.

Leger Recognized For Community Service

The Greater Saint John Community Foundation giving Franklin Leger the 2011 Community Service Award this past week.

Leger being recognized for six decades of community service with organizations like the Red Cross, the Children's Aid Society, and the St. Joe's Hospital Foundation.

Leger tells CHSJ News he grew up in the South End, and he'd like to see people who move out of the city for other opportunities return.

Leger says its rewarding when you get to help start an organizations and still get to be involved with it many years later.