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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Province Will Do Homework On Shale Gas

Provincial Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney says she expects to be on the hot seat as the province looks into shale gas development in the province.

In spite of the good words heaped upon the industry by Energy Minister Craig Leonard, Blaney tells CHSJ News nothing is written in stone yet.

Those opposing the industry say extracting the fuel can cause serious harm to land and water supplies.

But Blaney counters the province has just enacted tougher regulations and will be embarking on a public tour to educate people on what the possibilities could be for the New Brunswick.

Waiting Good For Liberals, Zed Says

Former Liberal MP Paul Zed weighing in on the party's decision to wait two years before electing a new leader. 

Zed tells CHSJ News he thinks it's a wise move, and will give the party a chance to go back to the drawing board and find it's grassroots.

Zed says the Liberals needs to get more young people and women involved, but as the New Democrats go to the left and the Conservatives go to the right, the Liberals will remain the progressive party in the centre.

Rothesay Waits On Price For Curbside Recycling

Rothesay still on the fence on whether to go the route of curbside recycling.

Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News adopting the program would take a lot of material out of the landfills and be good for the environment, but it's come up against a small snag.

Bishop says the town's previous garbage collector sold his business, and if the new collector is more expensive the town may not go the route of curbside recycling.

Province Wants Visitors To Stay

The provincial government unveiling two New Brunswick-themed smart cars that will be travelling the province this summer. The cars are part of a plan meant to encourage visitors to stay longer.

Tourism and Parks Minister Trevor Holder say close to 2.7 million people visit the province every year, and if every visitor stayed one extra day it would add 219 million dollars to the economy.

One of the cars features an image of the Hopewell Rocks and promotes the Bay of Fundy.

Canada Day Activities Ready To Go

Get your red and white ready because there's a jam-packed lineup of Canada activities set to go for next weekend.

Heather Peterson with the Hardman Group tells CHSJ News things get started at 7:30 in the morning on July 1st and don't stop until 11:30 that night. 

She says the parade and cake cutting goes at 11am, but the fun continues all day with fireworks at 10:15pm. 

Other activities include bounce rides, face painting and make your own ice cream, and everything is free of charge. 

On June 30th performances begin at 5pm on the Boardwalk including a concert by Bedouin Soundclash.

For a full schedule of events follow this link.

Cop In Hospital Following House Party Commotion

A member of the Rothesay Police Force is in hospital after breaking up a large house party in Quispamsis. 

Police responding to the residence around 12:30 last night. 

A spokesperson with the force tells CHSJ News 3 people have been charged with assaulting police officers and the injured officer is awaiting a cat-scan. 

The force extending a thank you to the Saint John Police who were called in to help out.