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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Clocks Fall Back Tonight

It's that time of the year - remember to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed this evening.
And also remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Major Water Main Break Causing Headaches

City residents east of the Reversing Falls bridge are being asked to conserve water until further notice.
Crews are working to repair a break in a 24-inch water main in the Champlain Heights area.
The break means all areas east of the Falls bridge will experience low water pressure until repairs are completed.

Teddy Bear Fair at the Regional

Kids and their stuffed toys are invited to the Saint John Regional Hospital. The hospital holding its 20th annual Teddy Bear Fair today: it's a chance for kids to visit the hospial in a non-threatening context, say organizers.

A variety of teddy bear specialists will be on hand to treat the sick stuffed toys with X-rays, blood work, and casts, and explain procedures to the kids.

The fair runs from until 3pm today.

Proposed Changes to Food Premises Regulation

The provincial government proposing some changes to the way food sales are licensed.

According to health minister Madeleine DubĂ©, the provincial government has heard a lot of feedback saying that licensing and inspection requirements are too demanding. Community suppers, ice cream stands, and people who sell homemade food, currently have to have a  license issued by the province.

The proposed amendments would mean that not-for-profit fundraisers wouldn't have to have a license. It would also provide an exemption for single-day events, like church suppers. A draft of the proposal will be posted online at the GNB website: there, people can comment on it before the regulation becomes law.

Be Sure to Vote in Bay of Fundy as Wonder of Nature

The competition to get the Bay of Fundy named one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature is drawing to a close.

Local politician,s including mayor Ivan Court, are urging New Brunswickers to vote for the only Canadian entrant in the global contest. They say that the win would bring a community spirit to the region, and create growth in tourism. The City of Saint John will be hosting an event starting at 11:30a on Wednesday, November 9th at the Marco Polo Cruise Ship Terminal. 

The competition closes November 11th. Anyone can vote--cast your ballot online at the website

Santa Claus Parade Float Deadline Coming Up

It might be hard for some of us believe, but Saint John's 59th annual Santa Claus Parade is coming up in just a few weeks.

Uptown Saint John Inc. and the parade organizing committee are now accepting applications from groups and organizations who would like to enter floats in this year's parade.

Applications must be submitted before November 8th. You can get an application at or at the Business Resource Center at 40 King Street.

The theme of this year's parade, which takes place on November 19th, is Christmas: Past and Present.