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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Double Ship Wednesday

It's one of the last double ship cruise ship days of the season with the Norwegian Dawn and the Jewel of the Seas in port.

The last double ship day is the 25th when the Queen Mary 2 makes her last call of the season.

Teens Unsure If National Bullying Story Will Make A Difference

The story of the apparent suicide of bullied B.C. teen Amanda Todd has raised national attention on the affects of cyber-bullying.

CHSJ news spoke to Saint John High teens to see if they feel the high profile case will make a difference with bullying at school. Grade 12 student Britney Lapoint doesn't believe this one case will change bullying. She says people need to be more mature, considerate and not so judgemental. She says her school doesn't seem to have a problem with bullying, but there are different cliques and some people who exclude others.

Her friend Kristin Hunt agrees. She says there's not many people who haven't been made fun of and there's hardly anyone who hasn't gossiped. She adds people need to understand that something they say might seem harmless, but it could really be hurtful. She adds regardless of social media, bullies will exist but spreading awareness helps.

A student named Dakota says although Amanda Todd's story is sad and raises awareness, she's not sure if it will stop a bully. Grade 11 student Sarah Poirer says the story has definitely made a presence on social media, but she's not so sure it's made an impact on her school directly.

Anti-Poverty Rally In King Square

We should be embarrassed by the number of people living in poverty in our area--that from activists at a rally for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. 

Reverend Don Uhryniw tells CHSJ News as a minister in the South End the rally is standing up for the oppressed, because poverty effects mainly women and children and results in a decreased life span and fewer education opportunities.

Uhryniw says when you have children going without enough to eat the government has a moral obligation to provide more social assistance.

Cow Vs. Motorcycle Collision In Evandale

This could only happen in rural New Brunswick.

Police getting the call around 1pm that a motorcyclist in Evandale had hit a cow on Route 102. The biker was rounding a corner when he swiped the tail end of a cow that was chased on to the road by a dog.

Neither the cow or the man were injured.

Reeg Celebrates BRA Day Tonight

The Breast Health Program in Saint John is celebrating 2012 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day or BRA Day by hosting an information session to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Dr. Donald Lalonde,a plastic surgeon at the Regional hospital, will discuss the latest techniques in breast reconstruction, navigating the medical system and body image changes that surround mastectomy and reconstruction.

Women who have undergone the reconstruction surgery will be there sharing their stories.

The info session is coming up tonight between 6 and 8 in the level one amphitheater at the Regional Hospital.

For more info, call 632-5796.

Funeral Later This Week For Woman Killed In Highway Crash

Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Saint John woman who tragically died in a single vehicle crash last Sunday on Route 101 at Hoyt.

Kimberly Ann Frances Harrison was only 26, the mother of three children who was enrolled at the Learning Exchange.

The RCMP say she was a passenger.

Her funeral service will be held in the Brenan's Chapel on Paradise Row Friday at noonhour.

It's Time For Flu Shots

The cold temps might have tipped you's that time of year again..time for seasonal flu shots.

Provincial Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eilish Cleary says a new vaccine must be given each year since the seasonal flu vaccine is adjusted to reflect changes in the viruses that are circulating.

Kids between 6 months and 18 years old, seniors 65 and up and pregnant women can get the flu shot from either the Victorian Order of Nurses, their family doctor or a nurse practitioner.

Cleary adds the flu vaccine is strongly recommended for health care workers who are at risk of spreading the virus to high-risk populations.

For more info about flu clinics, click here

City Police Make Arrest In Stabbing

A stabbing last night on Boar's Head Road. City Police were called shortly after 11 and found 2 men fighting.

A 24 year old man was taken to the Regional Hospital after being stabbed. Police say he will recover.

A 27 year old man is facing a charge of aggravated assault.

Search For Shelby Called Off

City Police have called off the search for 20 year old Shelby Williams, who has been missing for a couple of weeks, reporting she has been found. 

Police also have confirmed the identity of the woman whose body was discovered last Saturday in the harbour near Long Wharf.

They say foul play is not suspected and her family is asking no further details released.  

Zoo Looks To Quispamsis For Sponsorship

Cherry Brook Zoo is hoping Quispamsis Council will find a way to support them in their next budget.

Zoo director Lynda Collrin tells CHSJ news they're not asking council for a specific dollar figure, because it's up to council to decide how much they should or could spare. Collrin says although Quispamsis didn't sponsor the zoo last year, in 2010 they had given them $5,000. She says just like any other non-profit, they did feel a hit when they didn't received sponsorship last year, but the zoo doesn't owe huge sums of money and all their bills are paid.

Collrin telling council around 20% of people who visit, volunteer and sponsor the zoo are from Quispamsis. As a way of thanking sponsors, the zoo will also include the sponsors logo on their letterhead, website, facebook, and on display at the zoo.

The zoo recently received full accreditation and a 95% grade for high quality of animal care, finances and overall management from the Canadian Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.
Deputy Mayor Libby O'Hara tells CHSJ news with all the major projects happening in town, they're being very  careful with taxpayers dollars for the upcoming budget.

The request has been sent to their finance department.

Recently Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop admitted he's hesitant to include the zoo in their next budget, saying he's worried about their financial situation.