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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Power is Returning To Some

Over 5400 NB Power customers may be eating out otherwise dinner will be cold because their lights are out.

A nasty wind and rainstorm today knocking out power to many including over 1000 homes in Fredericton and over 400 in Sussex.

The lights are back in time for dinner in Rothesay, earlier 600 homes did not have electricity.

Another Name Comes Forward For 2012 Municipal Election

The municipal election is not until next year but we have another name being thrown into the political ring.

36-year old paramedic Ray Strowbridge has announced he is running in Ward 4, which is in East Saint John.

Strowbridge tells CHSJ News he always felt a strong calling for social responsibility and wants to restore accountability and transparency to local government.

He says one of the first things he would do if elected would be to push for a full audit of the city's finances.

Strowbridge joins John Campbell as another candidate on the ballot.  Campbell is running for the at-large position.

NDP Leader Knows Why Charges Are Not Being Laid

Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy says he knows why no charges were laid against Windsor Energy for its seismic testing in Sussex without the town's permission. He blames the previous Liberal Government for negotiating leases with no provisions for enforcement.

He says otherwise it's just an extended love letter to a company and his call to Minister Northrup and the Premier is to give the province a Christmas present by not letting Windsor Energy back in here.

Cardy also tells CHSJ News he got a phone call from the President and C-E-O of Windsor Energy, Khalid Amin threatening him with legal action if Cardy continues his criticisms.

Fleury's Visit Next Month Is Timely

The January visit of the former NHLer who was a victim of notorious coach Graham James couldn't be more timely.
In court yesterday, James plead guilty to charges involving Theo Fleury and will be sentenced in February.
Fleury is the guest speaker at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Gala dinner next month.
Dinner chair Nathalie Godbout tells CHSJ News they first approached him back in the summer.

At that time she says he was sought after then but no more than he is now in the light of sex scandals at Penn State and Syracuse universities and the guilty plea from Theo Fleury's abuser.

Everyone attending January's event will leave with an autographed copy of Theo Fleury's book "Playing With Fire".
For more info on the event, click here

Police and Canadian Tire Want You To Use Winter Tires

If the blast of winter weather taught us anything two weeks ago, it's that winter driving can be a dangerous thing.

City police and Canadian Tire holding a winter driving safety session today with a focus on using winter tires.

Mike Feener is the owner of the Canadian Tire on the west side and he tells CHSJ News there is no no added expense to buying winter tires because your summer or all-season tires will last longer.

He saysregular winter tires work better on pavement that studded ones.

He adds another aspect often overlooked is the fact winter wipers should be installed because they are less likely to break down in freezing conditions.

St. Martin's School Closing At 12:30pm

Due to a power outage, St. Martins School will be closing at 12:30pm.
Buses will arrive at 12:30 to deliver students home.

Vacant Home Fire In Codys

A fire in a vacant home in Codys keeping crews busy when the call came after 5am this morning.

The owner of the home on the Salmon Creek Road is working out of province.

Hampton RCMP tell CHSJ News the cause of the blaze appears to be accidental.

No word on the extent of damage to the house.

Another Successful Bare Necessities Campaign

It's a milestone year - and - an effort that will see some less fortunate women some little but necessary personal care items.   
The Board of Trade's Women in Business Forum is wrapping up its 10th annual Bare Necessities campaign by delivering 45-boxes of toiletries to 24 organizations like women's shelters and food banks.
Last year - the group wrapped and delivered 40-boxes to 22-organizations.   
Each year the group collects the complimentary items like shampoo - soaps - and - lotions found in hotel rooms then boxes them up for delivery in time for the Christmas season.
This year - volunteers from the business women's group received some help from students at Loch Lomond Elementary and Brownies who sent along gift tags for the boxes.

Self Serve Gas Is Up But Diesel Is Down

If you fill up with self serve regular, it will cost you slightly more this morning after the weekly setting but diesel is a bit cheaper.

Self serve is being sold in the city for $1.21.1 a litre while diesel is at $1.35.1.

Heating Oil has decreased in price from $1.19.2 a litre to 116.9 while propane remains the same with a listed price of $1.17 a litre.