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Sunday, August 19, 2012

LBR GM Torn Over Expansion Idea

The chance of renovating the L-B-R to an Olympic size rink is growing smaller.

L-B-R General Manager Dave Nicholson tells CHSJ news the expansion would mainly affect the speed skating community, but he doesn't think there's enough money to go ahead. He says the complexion of the rink would also change completely and lose half it's seats (and ticket sales) from ice expansion.

Nicholson adds it's a subject that's been talked about for years. 

Common Council received a report last month estimating a cost around $3.5 million if the reno took place. The issue was referred back to the Leisure Services Advisory Committee.

A Second Home Destroyed By Fire

A second home has been destroyed by a fire this weekend.

The KV fire department battled a blaze that engulfed a mobile home at 9 Sitka Lane around 9:30 last night.

Assistant Deputy Chief Alick Taylor tells CHSJ News there was no one in the home at the time of the fire, but they were worried the fire was going to spread to other homes.

Taylor adds they had to call the Hampton and Nauwigewauk fire departments for help. No word yet on what caused the fire.

Patrol Stop Finds Stolen ATVs

For city police, it was being in the right place at the right time.

Two men in their early twenties were arrested last night after being caught with two stolen ATV's.
Saint John City Police tell CHSJ news while doing a patrol on Harbour Bridge they stopped a truck driving a utility trailer. When police checked the two ATV's they were towing they discovered they were stolen.

One man has since been released with a later court date while the other is being held.

Acadian Closure An Opportunity?

One organization sees the closure of Acadian Coach Lines as an opportunity in disguise.
The Ecology Action Centre and Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition see this is a chance for the maritime provinces to come together to form a new public maritime transit agency.
EAC's Wayne Groszko tells CHSJ news they would start by having a round table discussion with provincial leaders to explore the idea. He says with moderate investments and with getting service standards for a towns depending on their size, he believes they could run better than Acadian Lines.

Groszko says Saskatchewan is a good example of public transit that works, which he believes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI could easily adapt.

The only inter-city bus service stops rolling on November 30th.