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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Uptown Should Be Pedestrian Friendly, Councillor Says

Shutting down part of the Uptown to traffic on days in the summer when there's large events like Canada Day celebrations being considered by council.

Councillor Patty Higgins proposing the idea, and says turning King Street and Charlotte Street into sidewalks when there are crowds of people may improve public safety.

Mayor Ivan Court says it's a great way to attract people to the city centre.

He says hopefully something will be worked out for next summer, when Union Street will be open again so traffic will still be able to get through.

No One Hurt In East Side Fire

City fire making quick work of a fire at 63 Tisdale Lane in the east side. 

Crews getting the call at quarter after 12 last night. 

District Chief Joe Armstrong says they arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the basement of a 1 and a half storey home. 

Armstrong says firefighters quickly knocked down the flames and remained on scene for just over two hours ventilating the home. 

He says no one was home when the fire occurred.

APEC Offers Mixed Report

The summer report of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council showing a mixed bay for New Brunswick.

APEC reporting a boost in the province's exports due to high energy prices and an increase in the cost of goods. APEC says potash exports continue to grow as well because of expansion in Latin America.

But APEC says employment remains low and cuts to school district operating budgets could cause more job loss in the education sector.

Across all the maritime provinces, APEC says economic recovery seems to have stalled.

District 8 On The Hunt For New Super

School District 8 will have a new Superintendent this fall.

Susan Tipper retired this July and the District is now searching through applications to find her replacement.

District Chair Rob Fowler says Tipper will be missed.

He says she carried some heavy loads for the district like school closure processes and also helped out with initiatives like PALS.

Fowler says they'll be hiring an acting Superintendent for a one-year period instead of the usual five years, in case there are district amalgamations in the future.

Salon Owner Cries Foul

Salon owner Lynn MacKay is expressing her frustration with the town of Quispamsis and their planning advisory committee.

The town recently nixed her proposal to expand her in-house salon to an organic salon and spa because significant variances would have been required.

Members from the community were also against it due to concerns of having a large commercial property in a neighbourhood.

She tells CHSJ News she didn't get a fair shake as her proposal had adequate parking and there are already large businesses across the street from the neighbourhood.

She also claims that her previous run-in with the town's dog by-laws had an influence on the town's final decision.