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Monday, September 10, 2012

International Chefs Get A Taste Of New Brunswick

Chefs and journalist from around the world will be getting a taste of New Brunswick.

Journalists and chefs from Korea, India, Austria and acround the world will be at the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews tomorrow for the Seafood Lovers Academy.

Organizer Andrew Lively tells CHSJ news this is a chance to get some international attention on our high quality seafood.

The week long event will give the visitors a history on our seafood, how it's caught, and how to cook it.

Service SJ Meetings Begin Tomorrow Night

The City of Saint John wants to know what you want to be done for the City's 2013 budget.

Called "Service SJ", the community workshops start up this week.

The first workshop is coming up tomorrow night at St. Mark's United Church on Dexter Drive with next on Wednesday night at Lorne Middle School.

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Higgs Says Province Has A Plan For Job Creation

The Alward Government coming under criticism for its record on job creation as the provincial unemployment rate rises.

Provincial Finance Minister Blaine Higgs says the government does have a plan but he wants to see jobs created that will last a long time by focusing on certain areas that have the potential for hiring.

Higgs points to the big highway projects as the wrong way to create jobs because they disappear after a short while and the province is then stuck with a big bill to maintain what was built.

 He says the government is looking at helping small businesses grow by removing barriers that are seen as an impediment.

Land Bought In K-V For New Francophone School

The land has been bought by the province........The sign is up and it's just a matter of time before a new French school is built in the Kennebecasis Valley for 300 students from kindergarten through grade 5.

The province has bought a parcel of land just down from the Pettingill and Quispamsis Roads for the new school.

Gilles Bourque chairs the Francophone South School District and he tells CHSJ News this will be good for the town of Quispamsis to attract even more residents.

The new french language school is expected to be ready by September of 2014.

Right now, 67 francophone students are attending a satellite school on the Pettingill Road. Other children, as young as five, are making the trek to Samuel de Champlain for kindergarten and Bourque maintains that's not a good thing for them.

United Way Announces Campaign Goal

The United Way of Greater Saint John setting a very specific and challenging goal of raising $1,361, 911 in 2012/2013.

Campaign chair Elizabeth Weir says they decide on a target based on many factors like examining previous campaigns and looking for opportunities to work with new companies.

She says it also includes a lot of discussion with the board and executive of the United Way adding it doesn't get pulled out of a hat.

Weir says Radian 6 is a good example of a new participant in this year's campaign.

Cause Of Quispam Fire Not Suspicious

A furious fire early Sunday morning left a Quispam family without a home and also took out two vehicles.

KV fire department crews got the call about 2:30 on Sunday morning of the blaze at 16 Devonshire Crescnent.

Deputy Fire Chief Dan McCoy tells CHSJ News the cause is not suspicious.

McCoy says a lot of resources were needed to battle the blaze and Police helped evacuate nearby homes as a precaution.

He says in the years they have been fighting fires they haven't seen a house go up in flames so quickly and they can't at this time explain why.

Man Extricated From Open Hole On West Side

Man is rescued from an open hole on Duke Street West Sunday morning after passing out. He was then taken to hospital for treatment.

(Photo Courtesy Of Doug Epton)

Proposed Gas Station Causes Traffic Concerns

People in Quispamsis are fearing a bigger problem with traffic on Millennium Drive if a proposed gas station gets the go-ahead.

Alan Hart was one of the people who brought his concerns to Quispam council. He says with a seniors complex nearby, many fast food restaurants and other gas stations along Millennium Drive, the building of a new one would make traffic worse than it already is. He says maybe the station would be more beneficial in another location.

Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ news he recognizes there's a traffic problem in various areas of the town. He says council listened to the developer and objections, and has moved the project forward to the first and second reading. Driscoll adds often traffic issues get resolved during the developers agreement.

Common Council Might Have Another Look at Roundabout For Simms Corner

The idea of having a rotary or roundabout at Simms Corner for traffic isn't dead in the water. 

Ward One Councillor Greg Norton wants Common Council to have another look at it now that the future of the Golden Mile will be as a retail corridor. 

The other councillor in Ward 1, Bill Farren says the West Side Business Association favours having a roundabout as a way to boost business by making the traffic flow easier. 

On the other hand, Farren says, as a whole, opinion on the west side is divided right down the middle. 

The city has been less than enthused about the prospect of a roundabout in the past.

Councillors are also being asked to approve one million dollars in renovations to the North End Community Centre.

30 Million Dollar Price Tag To Finish Fundy Trail

One of the province's top tourist destinations could be even better...Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore meeting with representatives from the provincial and federal government to talk about completing the Fundy Trail Parkway. 

Moore tells CHSJ News while the development has a significant price tag, an estimated 30 million dollars, he's hoping to get the big players on board.

Moore says he'd like to see the link completed within the next few years but that depends on how much financial support is available.

Provincial Tourism Minister Trevor Holder says completion of the Fundy Trail is one of three top priorities for the Conservative M-L-A's in this region but the money isn't available right now. 

The completed trail would be a coastal link between Saint John, St. Martins, Sussex, Alma and Moncton. Holder does predict, when completed, the Fundy Trail will be in his words "a game changer" when it comes to tourism.