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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Beef Recall Expands

A huge beef recall is reaching across the country.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says dozens of additional products from the X-L Foods plant in Alberta are now listed as possibly being contaminated with E-coli.

The list now includes products sold in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

The agency says the entire recall list can be found on its website.

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The Morning Jolt Came From Metal Shredder

We know why the earth moved just after 10 this morning.

CHSJ News learning a material with traces of chemicals resin/epoxy caused the unusual sound this morning at the American Iron and Metal shredding facility on the West side of the Port. According to AIM, when the sound was heard the shredder was stopped so that the material being shredded could be looked at. AIM didn't find the traces of resin on first inspection, so they will not be receiving that material from the specific company it came from in the future.

No one was hurt but the jolt was felt in the area and also in Redhead and in the South end.

Teachers Perform In HVHS Production

At Harbour View High this week, the teachers will be performing on stage while their students are in the audience.

It's the second time the school's staff has done this and the production is called "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee".

Teacher Christine Morgan-Ahearn tells CHSJ News she plays Olive Ostrafski, one of the young spellers.
She says it's really fun and the busy rehearsal schedule has been a bit of a juggling act.

Another teacher Jennifer Cyr thinks her students will love it adding its hilarious adding she thinks the teachers are awesome.

The HVHS Staff production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" runs from Tuesday to Saturday at Harbour View High on Douglas Avenue. 

Tickets are available at the door.

Donations Gathered For Sussex Fire Victims

Victims of the major fire on Broad Street in Sussex are getting a helping hand from a local business.

Daryl Campbell is the owner of Just Seafood and a former Sussex resident who managed to raise nearly $600 through a bottle drive and donation jar:

The money will likely to used for grocery gift cards. He says he'll be planning more fundraiser's down the line.

Strange Vehicle Spotted Uptown

You might have been curious about a strange, solar-panelled contraption uptown...the machine is part of an educational program aimed at teaching kids about energy. 

Program delivery officer Vanessa Paessani tells CHSJ News it's a hands-on learning experience that travels around to different high schools.

The strange vehicle contains a bicycle run generator, a windmill, and other alternative energy sources to kids to experience firsthand.

City Police Just About Ready To Make The Move

It may not look like it from the outside if you have made your way down Union Street of late, but at least on the inside, the new police headquarters at Peel Plaza is just about finished.

Police Chief Bill Reid tells CHSJ News they'll be making the big move sooner rather than later, starting likely at the end of this month when the building is turned over to the city. The Chief estimates the move will take anyhwhere from 3 weeks to a month to complete.

Reid concedes it will be a difficult move because of all the technology involved while at the same time doing the business of policing 24/7. Parallel systems of communications will be used until the move from City Hall is complete.  

The provincial courts building is not expected to be up and running hearing cases until the new year.

Mysterious Art Pops Up in Saint John

It might be what is known as an "art bomb" where local artists put up new art in the dead of night.

That appears to be the case with a rendition of Mona Lisa on the cement of an Uptown parking lot that has popped up overnight.

The one major difference with this Mona Lisa is she has a nose ring.

You can check it out in person in behind the RBC parking lot on Charlotte Street or by walking up the laneway on Germain Street between Princess and King Streets.   


Common Councillor Calling For Major Change In City's Pension Plan

Common Councillor Susan Fullerton says all city employees should be switched from a defined benefits pension plan to defined contributions because of the financial realities facing the city.

Fullerton say she's making the recommendation knowing full well it't not going to be popular but adds she was not elected to be popular but to offer her best judgements.

Fullerton joined fellow Council member Bill Farren voting in favour of dismissing the city's Pension Board.

Pension Board Cannot Be Dismissed

Common Councillor Bill Farren is disappointed the city doesn't have the authority to disband the Pension Board. That opinion delivered to Council by City Solicitor John Nugent. 

Mayor Mel Norton says Council has to hear first from the task force on the shared risk model.

The Mayor expects the task force will be reporting back to Council soon but Farren complains, in the meantime, the city finds itself in limbo.