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Friday, March 16, 2012

Woman Says Fundy Health Centre Saved Her Life

After a similar situation in McAdam, a woman from Blacks Harbour is telling her story.

Donna Moses says she had a brain aneurysm back in 1999, and she was taken to the Fundy Health Centre first to be stabilized, before heading to the Saint John Regional Hospital.
It is against Ambulance NB policy to take patients to a Health clinic without a 24 hour emergency room.
Moses says she is thankful to be taken to the health centre first.

She tells us she was 34 at the time and her doctor called her his miracle patient of 1999 adding she doesn't think that miracle would have happened if she didn't stop at the Fundy Health Centre.

Last month, four people hurt in a fire had to wait over an hour for ambulances so they could be taken to hospital despite being mere feet from the McAdam Health Centre.
A Department of Health spokesperson tells us Health Minister Madeline Dube is being notified of the situation.

Fire Quickly Knocked Down On Germain Street

Fire crews knocking down a small fire at a two-unit apartment building at 275 Germain Street.

The call came in around 2:40 this afternoon and Acting District Fire Chief Barry Oickle says a cause has not been determined yet.

He says when crews arrived they noticed smoke coming from a window.  The fire was quickly put out and contained to a single room.

He adds there is minimal structure damage and no one was hurt.

The building was evacuated and he expects at least the first floor residents will be able to return to the building.

Germain Street Fire Displaces Some

City fire crews and police responding to an apartment fire at 275 Germain Street.

A blaze in an apartment forcing the evacuation of the building leaving a few people including a baby displaced onto the street.

The fire was quickly knocked down and it appears no one was hurt.  Investigators have been called in to determine the cause.

Police Making Progress On West Side Bomb Threat

We're making progress -- that from Police Chief Bill Reid with regards to making an arrest in the West Side bomb threat.

Reid tells CHSJ News the investigative unit is following up on some leads and have gone through video recorded by businesses around the bank.

Main Street west was closed down for about 6 hours on February 24th after a suspicious package was left outside of the Scotia Bank.  The RCMP bomb squad had to be called in.

Upcoming Theatre Production Gets Big Provincial Bucks

The province giving the arts a financial shot in the arm -- the Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living writing a cheque for 23-thousand dollars to the Saint John Theatre Company.

The money will used to provide high-level training and coaching for actors in its upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet.

Artistic Director Stephen Tobias tells CHSJ News bringing in experts will benefit not only the performers but the theatre company will get to learn best practices from its peers.

Some of the experts being brought in to enhance the production include Albert Schultz from the Soulpepper Theatre Company and fight choreographer Jean-Francois Gagnon.

Romeo and Juliet will run from May 17th to the 19th at the Imperial Theatre.

Cole Seeks Quispam Council Seat

A longtime resident of Quispamsis seeking a seat on the town's council.
Michael Cole is a former business owner and a founding president of the KV Chamber of Commerce.
Cole tells CHSJ News when he ran in last year's bye-election he heard a lot of the same things going door to door.

He says the recurring theme throughout the town was the desire for valley wide curbside recycling.

Cole also supports the idea of the province establishing a Municipal Auditor General which he believes would add transparency.

Is There A Hidden Agenda Behind Lingering Bus Lockout

What's the hidden agenda........That's the question being asked by Glenn Carr, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union, as the lockout drags on.

Carr doesn't understand the seeming lack of urgency to get the buses back on the road saying they missed the March break rush and will do so again at Easter with negotiations not restarting until the end of April.

He says just take a look at what people are saying in Facebook and the company's website and you'll find a lot of people are fit to be tied.

Carr also wants to make clear the bus drivers, mechanics and customer service reps are not on strike......They have been locked out by the company.