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Friday, August 24, 2012

Six Teenagers Saved From Capsized Kayak

Six teenagers didn't have a good start to the weekend.
They had to be rescued by the Saint John Inshore Rescue Boat after their kayak capsized in the St. John River by Long Reach.

It happened around 4:30 Friday afternoon. No one was hurt and there's no word yet on what caused the kayak to sink.

Stuff A Truck!

Time to stuff a truck!

Rothesay Regional Police are looking for donations such as non-perishables, clothing, toys, games and school supplies.
The semi-annual event is taking place Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00pm at the Atlantic Superstore in the Rothesay parking lot.
All donations go to local charities.

Couple Kayak St. John River As Wildnerness Classroom

Dave and Amy Freeman kayak the St. John River as part of their Wilderness Classroom tour of North America.

It began on Earth Day 2010 and will wrap up next year in Florida.

(photo courtesy of Amy Freeman)

St. John River Potential For Water Trail

A fresh idea came floating down the river.

Dave Freeman from the Wilderness Classroom has been canoeing and kayaking with his wife Amy through North America rivers for the past two and a half years. And as they kayaked down the St. John river, Freeman tells CHSJ news he thought a water trail to the Bay of Fundy would interest a lot of people seeking adventure in the great outdoors. Freeman adds it would just require a few designated camp sites, advice on how to get around dams and a map. He says most water trails get support from local businesses and government support.

Dave & Amy ill be kayaking through Reversing Falls Saturday morning as part of their North America touring promote nature conservation.

For more information on the Wilderness Classroom, click here.

NDP Say Government Breaking Tobacco Law

Provincial NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling for the provincial government to kick a habit.

The NDP say the government is violating a law on tobacco control by having 243,000 shares in tobacco company stock through the NB Investment Management Corporation.

In a release Cardy says Canada is one of the many countries that adopted anti-corruption guidelines in 2009 that states it would have no financial interest in the tobacco industry.

The NDP are requesting the Alward government drop the share and create a public report when it's done.

Saint John To Host Folk Music Awards

Saint John will be very folky this fall. The Canadian Folk Music Awards coming up in November with various venues including the Santuary Theatre, the Imperial Theatre and the City market.

Local organizer Dave Ryan tells CHSJ News this show is very different from other awards shows like the ECMA's or the Juno's.

He says the nominees are not called finalists and when the awards are given out they call them recipients from the stage not winners.

451 submissions have been received so far with the Canadian Folk Music Awards coming up November 15-17.

For more info, click here  

Dragonboat Festival Will Be Biggest Ever Held

The annual Dragonboat Festival is taking place tomorrow with the opening ceremony at 10 in the morning at the Renforth Wharf and it will be the biggest ever with 54 teams comprised of 13 hundred paddlers.

Special Events Co-ordinator Jill Logan estimates there could be as many as 5 thousand people watching the races and taking in the entertainment which includes country singer Julian Austin as well as lots of food

The St. Joseph'sHospital Foundation is hoping to raise a quarter of a million dollars for men's health to buy a prostate ultrasound and some scopes for the urology department.

Because of the scarcity of parking, there will be shuttle buses from the Superstore parking lot.

Gas Leak Repairs Underway

Repair work is underway on Carleton Street after a gas leak earlier this morning.

A peice of construction equipment at the Peel Plaza construction site ran over the line and an electrical cable.

The Saint John Fire Department has two crews at the site as a precaution and they expect to be there for another 30 minutes.

Natural Gas Leak At Peel Plaza

Fire crews and Enbridge Gas called to Peel Plaza shortly after 8 for a natural gas leak. Traffic through that area around Union and Carlton Streets has been disrupted. 

A transformer also catching fire on Union Street at Dorchester early this morning between 4:30 and 5 which prompted police to block off traffic in that area for a short time.

City Police also investigating a home on Anglin Drive being broken into with home electronics stolen. 

A tip from the public results in a drunk driver being nabbed on Newman Street.