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Friday, June 15, 2012

One Person Dies In St. Andrews

One person is dead in St. Andrews after an incident involving a toxic substance.

The Saint John Fire Department's Haz Mat unit was requested to provide assistance at the scene by the St. Andrew's Fire Department.

No word yet on the victim's identity or what the toxic substance may be.

Crews from the City's fire department have returned to Saint John and the investigation is being handled by St. Stephen RCMP.

Mayor Has Police And Firefighters Union On Board

The city is moving ahead with the strong possibility of adopting the same made in Europe reforms to its pension plan as the provincial government. 

Premier David Alward stopping off at City Hall to present Mayor Mel Norton with the official repeal of the City of Saint John Pension Act. 

The Premier is talking as if there is a new and better working relationship with the city since the municipal election saying there is no level of government that can do it alone without collaboration.
The Presidents of the local Firefighters Union and with alot of work still to be done.

Mike Kelly Is The Dogs New Coach

It's official...Gerard Gallant is leaving the Saint John Sea Dogs to become an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadians.
Gallant's departure leaving a vacancy that will be filled by Mike Kelly as the new Head Coach and GM for the Sea Dogs.
Kelly tells CHSJ News it's an exciting challenge at a different time for the team.

He says as the older players graduate they are losing a lot of skill but they are excited about the young players coming in and some of the players drafted last year that didn't play on a regular basis.

Kelly says Gerard Gallant has earned his opportunity with the Habs adding he became a close friend over 3 years and he couldn't be happier for him.

City Police Investigate Birdland Armed Robbery

Police are looking for two men after another armed robbery in Birdland.

Two men forced their way into a Wren street home about 11:30 last night where a 66 year old homeowner was not hurt but they did get away with some cash and the man's car.

The men are described as about 5 foot 8 weighing about 160 pounds.

They left in the victim's grey 2011 Chevrolet Impala with a provincial plate of # JCI-640. 

If you can help identify the men call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Major Crime at 648-3333.

Volunteers To Pull Weeds On The Peninsula

If you have a few free hours tomorrow, the Nature Conservancy of Canada would love you to help them to pull weeds.

Volunteers will be gathering in the Shamper's Bluff area of the Kingston Peninsula.

Shauna Wallace tells CHSJ News they will be removing Woodland Angelica which is an invasive species.

She says it's a plant that normally wouldn't be growing there and was introduced as a garden plant that takes over.
She adds they want to remove it so the native plants can establish.

The volunteers will be meeting on the Shamper's Bluff road at 9 tomorrow to pull weeds in the morning then break for lunch and go for a hike in the afternoon.

If you would like to sign up call 1-877-231-4400 by 5pm today or just show up tomorrow morning on the Shamper's Bluff road at 9am.

Doucet Denouces Closure Of Marine Traffic Centre

How will the loss of Fundy Traffic in Saint John affect Charlotte County fisherman?
MLA for Charlotte-The Isles Rick Doucet says the safety of the Bay of Fundy will be at risk if Nova Scotia is in control.
He says it will have an impact on the local fisherman because instead of making their marine calls to Fundy Traffic, they will make their calls to Nova Scotia to someone who may not know exactly where they are in the Bay.

Interim Ruling Made On Search Warrants In Oland Murder Investigation

Businessman Richard Oland was murdered almost a year ago and the arguments are continuing on whether the information from search warrants in the investigation should be made public. 

An interim order has been made by Provincial Court Judge Leslie Jackson to keep those search warrants sealed until a full hearing is held June 27th. 

There will be police testimony at that hearing about why the search warrants should remain from public view but media lawyer David Coles says that likely will be delivered without anyone else in the courtroom but the judge. He warns too much secrecy undermines faith in the adminstration of justice.
Prosecutor John Heneffer told the court releasing information from the search warrants would compromise an active investigation and he adds police have not been sitting on their hands. 

Judge Jackson issued the original order back in December to keep the search warrants sealed for six months.

NBSC Warns Seniors Of Investor Fraud

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the New Brunswick Securities Commission is drawing attention to how that abuse can relate to the finances of seniors.
Executive Director Rick Hancox tells CHSJ News it happens all the time with 44 per cent of fraud investment victims being over the age of 55.

He says folks need to be aware that investment fraud happens and they need to protest themselves.
Hancox says seniors, caregivers and others can learn more about the signs that some is being targeted for fraud on their website.

To find the link, click here

The Premier Will Be At City Hall Today

The Premier will be in the City today to take part in an event to mark the signing of an act to repeal the City's pension act.   It's happening at city hall at 3pm.

The move that was recently approved by the Legislature is believed to give to City more control over its decision regarding the pension plan and how it might solve the nearly 200 million dollar deficit.