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Thursday, September 13, 2012

McAlary Opposes Additional Cuts To Fire Service

With all this talk about having to cut the fire department's budget next year, Common Councillor at Large Shirley McAlary tells CHSJ News she can't go along with that.

She's baffled people at the north end ward meeting indicated they could live with a decrease in fire service to save the city money.

She is surprised to hear this from anyone in the old north end where we have had numerous fires and the residents are concerned about it.

She also points to the fire on Charlotte Street beside Trinity Anglican Church that was deliberately set back in April and spread from one building to another.

$40K To Investigate Local Homelessness

The Saint John Human Development Council is getting 40 thousand dollars in federal money to carry out research so we have a better idea of how many people in the city are homeless.

Randy Hatfield of the Human Development Council says he knows there are alot of young people who could be considered homeless but it has been difficult to determine how many there are.

He thinks Saint John's problem is those that are relatively homeless who couch surf between friends and family but don't have safe, secure housing.

Hatfield knows the Salvation Army hostel in the south end and Coverdale for homeless women on Waterloo Street are usually filled but he suspects that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Healthy Living Expo At Harbour Station

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about getting fit, but were afraid to ask at the Lifestyles Health & Wellness Expo... the 2 day event kicks off Friday at Harbour Station. There will be presentations, booths and demonstrations on everything from nutrition to fitness, mental health and weight loss.

CHSJ News asked organizer Mike McGraw whether New Brunswickers are a healthy bunch: he says he thinks people here are definitely interested in hearing what health providers have to offer.

Participants are encouraged to dress in workout gear to take part in a health challenge or you can change on site.

Tickets range from $6 for adults to a $10 family rate and are good for both days. For more information, click here

Call Center Subsidies Up For Debate

With the recent closure of the Marriott call center in Fredericton, some are questioning whether the province should consider offering subsidies for call centers to come here. CHSJ asked the provincial liberal leadership candidates what they think at a recent forum in Saint John.

Brian Gallant tells CHSJ News while he has siblings working in call centers, subsidies tend to be a political quick fix rather than a long-term solution.

Michael Murphy tells us the premier needs to step up and speak to the feds on New Brunswick's behalf.

Nick Duivenvoorden also said it's time New Brunswick's stopped being treated like a second class citizens to its wealthier neighbours.

Jarvis Will Represent Canada at Ball Hockey Event

A local man is one of three from the region heading off to the World Ball Hockey Championships next week in Europe.

John Jarvis of Grand Bay-Westfield will join Team Canada in the Masters division in Plzen , Czech Republic. 

He tells CHSJ News they have a good shot at winning a medal.

He says two of his teammates reached the gold medal final in 2009 losing to Slovakia.

Mike McHugh and Joe Savoie Sr. are also part of Team Canada joining Jarvis on the trip.

For more info,  click here

Expo Trying To Grant A Wish

You'll be helping more than your health at Saint John's first Health & Wellness Expo this weekend.

Proceeds from the event will be going towards the Children's Wish Foundation.

Gerry Beresford from Children's Wish tells CHSJ news the event is a great opportunity to raise money and awareness. He says often people go to their doctor when they're looking at getting a wish granted for a sick child, when in fact they can go straight to the charity.

Beresford hopes they raise enough money to grant one wish, which costs anywhere from $8-10,000. He says they're currently trying to grant 71 wishes in the province.

The Health & Wellness Expo runs on Friday and Saturday at Harbour Station.

Teen Dead After Dirt Bike Crash

A 14 year old boy is dead after a tragic accident on Route 121 in Apohaqui. Sergeant Rick Bernard tells CHSJ News the boy was driving an unlicensed dirt bike when it crashed into a truck going the opposite way around 8pm yesterday.

Truck driver and army vet Tony Cyr was one of the first on the scene. He tells CHSJ News he tried to provide whatever help he could, including CPR.

The boy was taken to the Sussex hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Sergeant Bernard tells CHSJ News a traffic re-constructionist is looking into the accident, and the name of the boy is not yet being released.

Saint Johnner Honoured By Human Rights Commission

Flabbergasted........That's the reaction of Ralph Thomas, the President of Prude, who has been awarded the 2012 New Brunswick Human Rights Award. 

He tells CHSJ News things have changed alot for black folks in Saint John over the years. Thomas says he can remember back in the 1950's when blacks were told they had to use the back entrances of hotels and be denied service in restaurants but today the discrimination against minorities is more subtle and more work has to be done.

Thomas earlier was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal.

He is also a founding member of the New Brunswick Black History Society and has a mesaage for all young people whether they be black or white........Get an education.

People In North End Have Their Say On City Services

People in the north end want better bus service and roads if the Ward 2 meeting at Lorne Middle School is any indication. 

Only 7 per cent of those who took part in the community workshop are satisfied with transit and only 15 per cent are happy with the roads. 

There was a surprise for Ward 3 Councillor Donna Reardon, who lives uptown and that was 61 per cent satisfaction with garbage collection.

23 per cent of the people who voted at the meeting were satisfied with the fire service and 27 per cent with police. 
They apparently would be willing to pay more to have something done with vacant buildings. 

Councillor Shirley McAlary says as much money as possible will have to be earmarked for road repairs and paving next year.

Price Shock At The Pumps

If you fill up with self serve regular, get ready for price shock.......It has gone up by almost 5 cents a litre to $1.38.1 in the city. 

Diesel has gone down by almost a couple of cents a litre to stand at $1.35.5. 

Heating oil also costing a bit less with a maximum price of $1.18.8 a litre but propane has risen to a max of 95.6 cents.