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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lead Found in Water At City Arena

The City posting "Do Not Consume" orders at some arenas. 
Saint John Water is testing sinks and fountains for lead and more finding higher levels than acceptable at the Stuart Hurley Arena.

Testing continues at the Belyea and Peter Murray Arenas. 
Water at the Gorman arena has been tested and is safe.   

Taps and fountains in the areas where the lead was found will be replaced. 

Food Is Scarce Because Social Assistance Levels Are Low

The front line workers of soup kitchens and food banks who try to keep Saint John famillies fed know part of the problem is low social assistance rates.

Randy Hatfield of the Human Development Council tells CHSJ News says most provinces including ours link poverty reduction with getting people jobs but that doesn't work for everyone.

He says we can forget that of the people that receive social assistance in the province, nearly one quarter of them are medically unable to work.

Hatfield says one bright spot are the food purchasing programs in the City where people contribute money early in the month and the food is bought in bulk at the end providing nutritious options for the recipients and making the money go farther.

Chow Down On Free Scallops Tomorrow

It's hard to argue with free scallops...and you can get your fill tomorrow in the Market Square Atrium. The Town of Digby will be providing Saint Johners with over 200 pounds of tasty seafood to celebrate the return of their lighthouse which was loaned to Saint John in the 1970s. 

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland tells CHSJ News the light has a long history, having guided ships in the Digby harbour for 70 years prior to its trip to the Port City.

The lighthouse currently sits by the circle at Market Square. The festivities kick off at noon with local restaurants serving up scallops, a BBQ and live entertainment.

Better Plowing Plans For This Winter

It's depressing to think about it already, but common council is already working on making your roads safer when the snow hits this winter. 

Common Councillor Ray Strowbridge tells CHSJ News they're going to be taking a second look at the city's winter management plan at next week's meeting.

Strowbridge says while there are some streets that have the proper priority level for plowing, but others don't including Red Head Road and Latimore Lake Road. He's also concerned about the sidewalks---because when they aren't plowed, the kids at Glen Falls School and elsewhere are forced to walk on the road.

Meeting About Future Of Saint John

We're all interested in the future of Saint John...and a meeting tonight will give you a chance to weigh in on better environmental choices for the Port City.

The Sustainable Saint John Launch will feature internationally renowned environmental speaker, Carl Duivenvoorden. The meeting is focused on bringing together companies and organizations to help reduce their ecological footprints through public events, regular lunch and learn sessions, and a speaker series.

The event is free from 5-7pm at the Museum in Market Square, but space is limited. You can pick up tickets at the Feel Good Store or any RSVPing here

Food Not Bombs: Making Good Food A Basic Right

Crisp fall weather is upon us, and local activists are making sure a hot meal is a basic human right. Saint John's Chapter of Food Not Bombs has been providing a weekly meal in King Square to protest poverty, war, and the destruction of the environment.

Organizer Stella Livingstone tells CHSJ News they plan to continue throughout the winter, but with the harvest season drawing to a close they'll be relying more and more on donations from local businesses rather than farmers. Another organizer, Jacques Marmen, says they especially need grains, herbs and spices, appliances for processing foods, and produce.

Food Not Bombs believes no one should have to stand in line at a soup kitchen because healthy food should be free to everyone.

It's estimated at least a hundred people have enjoyed free meals courtsey of FNBSJ, and they're hoping that number--and the amount of donations--will grow.   For more information on the next event and how to donate, click here

Price Break For Drivers Who Use Self Serve Regular

Self serve regular is cheaper after the weekly setting, down by almost 2 cents a litre to $1.30.3 in the city.

Diesel, though, will cost you more. It has risen by over 2 cents to $1.39.8 a litre. 

Heating oil is more expensive as well by just under two cents to $1.21.1 a litre. 

Propane also going up with a maximum price of 95.3 cents a litre.

City & Port Complete Land Exchange

You might say it's a mutually beneficial arrangement. The City and the Saint John Port Authority exchanging land for two significant projects: Harbour Cleanup and the construction of the new Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal.

Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News a lot of that construction Saint Johners have been noticing has not been road work.

He says a lot of it is the installation of lift stations. Norton adds by the end of this year or early next year 100 million dollars worth of investment will be complete meaning all of our wastewater will be treated.

Port CEO Jim Quinn and Mayor Mel Norton took part in a tree planting at the perimeter of the port near the new lift station at Lower Cove.