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Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Fire Chief To Be Appointed Sooner Rather Than Later

It won't be long now before a new fire chief for the city is be appointed.

So says Mayor Ivan Court who tells CHSJ News the deadline for applications will be ending this week. 

The city has been seeking candidates from across the country but Court is hoping to get applications from within the fire department itself. The Mayor makes a point of saying he hopes acting Chief Kevin Clifford applies. 

Meantime, the city will also be looking to find another head of the local Emergency Measures Organisation with Muriel Provost leaving to take a teaching job with a university in Cape Breton.

Two Accused Armed Robbers In Court

Still no pleas yet from two men who made brief court appearances on charges of robbing the Somerset Pub on August 30th and the Colonial Inn September 1st. 

23 year old David John Harris of Iona Avenue and 28 year old Joshua Peter McIntyre of Elizabeth Court were sent back to jail until they reappear on September 16th. 

The two were nabbed last weekend on the Marr Road by Rothesay Regional Police who are investigating vehicle breakins.

Titus Wants User Fees For Trash Pick-Up

While the city looks into switching garbage pick-up to a completely in-house operation which would save it half a million dollars a year, Councillor Chris Titus says that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to revamping the system.

He tells CHSJ News user fees for garbage disposal is the direction the city should be going in.

He says there are taxpayers in the city who are not getting their garbage collected while others are putting out too much trash.

He says other major changes to be considered include limits on how much trash you can put out, bi-weekly pick up for everyone, and the use of trash carts.

KV Chamber Of Commerce Looking For Award Nominees

If you think a business or businessperson in the KV area deserves some kudos, then the Kennebecasis Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.

They're looking for nominations for its upcoming 3rd Annual Business Awards Gala.

Categories include Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, and the Emerging Business of the Year Award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 16th and the awards will be given out at the Qplex on October 19th.

For more information, click here.

Police Asking For Help Again In Missing Person Search

Police are looking for your help in finding a missing man from the New Direction Special Care Home.

Missing is 58 year old Lionel Daigle, who has been missing since April 4th.

He is described as 5 foot 3, 137 lbs and has a slim build. He has brown eyes, short salt and pepper hair, and was last seen wearing a 3/4 length grey hooded winter jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Police say he has mental health issues and requires regular medication.

Anyone with information should call police at 648 3333.

NB Power Makes Record Profit

Some good news but also some bad news from NB Power.

It's reporting a $67-million profit but also recording more debt.

NB Power's debt went up by $197 million mostly because of spending $344 million on the Point Lepreau refurbishment project.

Ed Barrett, who chairs the NB Power board, vows further cost savings will be sought in 2011-2012.

Promising Discovery In Breast Cancer Research

A new development in cancer research has been discovered right here in Atlantic Canada. That word coming from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

It reports researcher Dr. Christopher Richardson of Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax has conducted a study that indicates cancer cells are vulnerable to the measles virus.

This means that, ultimately, the measles virus could be used to fight cancer tumours. It's hoped, in the long-term, a vaccine could potentially be developed which could be used in the treatment of cancer patients.

Seadogs Open Defense Of The Memorial Cup

Get ready for another season of Sea Dogs hockey!!!!!

The home opener is set for tonight and Sea Dogs President Wayne Long tells CHSJ News there will be a special ceremony before the game at centre ice with the Memorial Cup and the President's Cup.

He says the team will have a different look early on as a lot of players will still be away at NHL training camps and the younger players will be stepping up to the plate.

The Seadogs are ranked as the top junior team in the country entering the new season.

The puck drops at Harbour Station at 7 o'clock.

City Police Evaluated By Provincial Audit

How well does the Saint John Police Department do its job?

The results of an audit done by the Provincial Department of Public Safety have been released at the monthly meeting of the Police Commission. City Police were found to be 100 per cent compliant with provincial policing standards.

Chief Bill Reid, while pleased with the results, says there's always room for improvement with quality assurance reviews when it comes to high risk operations.

The audit also commends the police department for how it makes do in facilities at City Hall that are inadequate for policing.

This was the first meeting of the Police Commission since the murder back in July of businessman Richard Oland at his office on Canterbury Street. No one has been charged and the Chief made it abundantly clear to reporters "There would be no update".

Gas Prices Up Slightly

If you have to fill up today, you'll have to dig a little deeper in your wallet.

Gas prices in the city have risen after the weekly setting. Self serve regular is now being sold in town for $1.28.6. That's up almost one and a half cents a litre.

 Diesel has increased by just over one and a half cents a litre to $1.30.6.

Propane and heating oil are both listed above $1.14 a litre.