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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blueberry Shortcake Is Luring Blood Donors To Millidgeville

The Blueberry clinic rolls on at Canadian Blood Services in Millidgeville.
Until Friday, anyone donating blood gets blueberry shortcake.
Jennifer Pade tells CHSJ News the turnout is good so far.
She says quite a few donors have been coming in and she says they always have room for more.

Walk-ins are always welcome and they are about 70 per cent booked so far with room on Thursday and Friday.
Pade says for the first time donors, it's only takes about an hour but, you need to bring some identification with you. 
The clinic continues tomorrow from 11am to 8pm and on Friday from 11am to 2:30pm.
To book an appointment:  click here

Securities Commission Penalizes Real Estate Deals

The New Brunswick Securities Commission hitting Villabar Real Estate Inc. in the pocketbook for not complying with the Securities Act.

Villabar admitting to not disclosing sales commissions that were paid out for deals completed in the province.

Villabar will pay 55-thousand dollars as part of a settlement agreement.

Police Looking For Public's Help In Robbery Case

City police releasing some details on the man who robbed the Somerset Pub last night.

Police say the suspect is 5'4" - 5'6", and about 150 lbs.  He was wearing a camouflage jacket and mask.

If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS. 

Aquarium Opens Tomorrow

The Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St. Andrews opening it's doors tomorrow after a year's worth of construction.  

Jim Cornall with the Aquarium tells CHSJ News things aren't 100 per cent complete yet, but they'll be opening the doors so people can enjoy what is there.

Cornall says the difference between the new Aquarium and the old one is night and day.  

He says this one has a wet lab, extra touch pools, bigger tanks, and a 220 seat theatre. 

NDP Blasts Provincial Minister For Lack of Reports

Provincial NDP Leader Dominic Cardy with some harsh criticism of Finance Minister Blaine Higgs.

Cardy is blasting Higgs for his inability to receive monthly financial reports from government departments.

He tells CHSJ News the Finance Minister needs to play hardball and declare if the numbers don't come in, cabinet ministers will have to resign.

He says Higgs is not being an effective minister if he can't wrangle up the numbers.

Health Minister Says Now Is The Time To Get A Handle On Costs

As the Alward Government tries to cut back on its spending, provincial Health Minister Madelaine Dube may face the biggest challenge.

She joins the long list of health ministers who have tried to rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare which has far exceeded inflation for as far back as anyone can remember. Dube concedes the year to year increases in healthcare costs are not sustainable.

She tells CHSJ News the focus will be on better access to primary health care, lowering the cost of generic drugs and strategic deployment of new technology so the province gets the best bang for its buck.

Sussex and Rothesay Area Homes Still Without Power

Over 1000 people in Rothesay and Sussex still can't shower and do laundry after more than three days with power.
NB Power spokesperson Melissa Morton tells CHSJ News on Monday morning crews were dealing with over 1000 incidents involving 57,000 customers.

She says they have made significant progress over the last couple of days with the remaining outages primarily in outlying areas.  Morton adds crews do use a number of priorities when trying to restore power including whether or not the outage involves safety concerns such as a fire.
For the latest update, click here

City's Business Reputation On The Line, Port Says

With no immediate end in sight as to whether power lines will be going up through the west side in order to power a metal shredder, President of the Saint John Port Authority Jim Quinn says the fallout from the controversy could affect more than just the shredder.

Quinn says he has already received calls from people who do business at the port or those trying to attract businesses to Saint John -- they're worried that investors will view the city as a tough place to do business.

Quinn tells CHSJ News the longer it drags out, the more damaging it will be.

The Province Issues Warning About Food Safety After Power Outages

The Province wants you to be very careful dealing with the spoiled food following the widespread power outages after Tropical Storm Irene.

Dr. Denis Allard, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Of Health says New Brunswickers need to be careful about consuming frozen or refrigerated foods if they have been without power for any extended period of time.
 If you have no power, do not open your freezer or fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. If the door remains closed, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours without electricity. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present. All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for more than 24 hours should be thrown out.
Food Safety Tips After Power Outages and Flooding:

- All perishable goods affected by flooding should be thrown out.
- Commercially-canned food properly identified by labels, containers which show no leaks, swelling or rusting at joints or edges should be thoroughly washed and dried.
- Vacuum-packed foods pose a special hazard due to dried waste material inside crevices and covers. They should be discarded.
- Home preserves, meats, fish or dairy products should be discarded as unsafe if they have been affected by flood water.
- When in doubt, throw it out.

Never use flooded appliances unless you contact a qualified service technician before the appliance is put back into service. Appliances that have been affected by flood water should be cleaned as follows:

- Ensure electrical power is turned off.
- Clean the unit thoroughly with a detergent solution, rinse with clean water, then wash with a solution containing one-half cup of household bleach or similar product in nine litres (two gallons) of water.
- Allow to dry with door kept open.

Number Of People Without Power Dropping

It's another frustrating morning for many without electricity but the number is dwindling.

 NB Power, as of early this morning, reports more than 11 hundred customers provincewide are still in the dark with most of those being in the southern part of the province.

There are still more than 700 customers in the Rothesay area without electricity. This includes Grand Bay-Westfield and the Kingston Peninsula. There are still over 300 in the Sussex area waiting to have their power restored.

For the latest on the outages: go to and click news.

Robbery At North End Pub

City Police investigating a robbery which took place at the Somserset Pub on Churchill Boulevard around midnight.

The robber was wearing a mask and appeared to have a gun.

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money and no one was injured.