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Sunday, October 28, 2012

City Staff Recommending Plowing Upgrades To Peel Plaza, Not Red Head Road

Common Council will be presented with the city's plan to clear streets and sidewalks this winter.

Municipal Operations is recommending plowing around Peel Plaza be upgraded with an expected increase in traffic when the courts open and police move into their new headquarters building. Ward 4 Councillor Ray Strowbridge wanted snow plowing along Red Head Road be upgraded but no change is being recommended. Strowbridge tells CHSJ news he doesn't agree with the recommendation plowing be upgraded at the new Peel Plaza and not Red Head road. He says Red Head road is the main route for that community and the only road that police, ambulance and other emergency vehicles can use to get out there efficiently.

The city is also reporting more than 13 hundred potholes were repaired from December of last year to this past April.

Heavy Rain & Wind Expected From Sandy

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says heavy rain and gusty winds is what we'll get from Sandy. Forecasters say southern Ontario and western Quebec will get the brunt of the storm.

We could get more than 50 millimetres of rain and gusty winds late Monday night and throughout Tuesday. The centre adds at this point rainfall amounts are still hard to predict.

Maine & NB Join To Promote Vacation Destination

New Brunswick and Maine are working together trying to boost tourism in both areas.

Dubbed the "Two Nation Vacation", it's focus is promoting the great outdoors and nature to city-dwelling New Yorkers. Tourism Minister Trevor Holder tells CHSJ news he recently travelled to NYC to speak with travel writers about what we have to offer. Holder says those tourists are already visiting Maine, but this advertising is hoping to pull them further north into our province.

With a website already up and running, Holder says they're just in the beginning stages of drawing those tourists, and will now be looking at new ways to market the "Two Nation Vacation".

Holder says they've been working on this plan for years, and adds this would be a new source of revenue for the province.

To visit the website, click here.

Brian Gallant Voted New NB Liberal Leader

Brian Gallant is the new Liberal leader of New Brunswick.

Gallant won the leadership with 59% of the vote, beating out former cabinet minister Mike Murphy who got almost 38% of the points, and farmer Nick Duivenvoorden who finished third with less than 3%.

The 30-year-old Moncton lawyer says he will meet with members of the party caucus over the next few days. Gallant also told Liberals in Moncton that it was discouraging that the Tories would ridicule the thousands of Liberals who took part in their party's leadership vote, after Conservative Jean-Paul Soucy managed to register his dog to vote.

The party says more than 14,000 people across the province cast ballots in the leadership vote, which began last Tuesday.

Woman Hit By Car On West Side

A woman is in hospital after being hit by a car.

Saint John Fire Department tells CHSJ news she was walking behind the new Walmart on the west side around 6:30 Saturday night when she was struck. The car was on the westbound throughway by exit 119.

Her injuries are non-life threatening.

Fog Machines Triggering Fire Alarms

Fake smoke causing real problems for the fire department.

Saint John Fire Department called to two separate locations overnight after fog machines triggered fire alarms.

Platoon Chief Mark Wilson says a smoke machine from a place off Water street caused an alarm to set off at 93 Prince William street. Later that evening they were called to a night club at 9 Sydney Street for another smoke machine setting off alarms.

All incidents were accidental.

Cruise Season Ends Tomorrow

The 24th cruise season at Port Saint John will come to a close on Monday.

Our last ship will be the Royal Caribbean International's Brilliance of the Seas. That's ship #74 over a period of 146 days. Over this cruise season we've had about 190,000 visitors, boosting our local economy by about $30 million dollars.

This season saw the Royal Visit of Prince Charles and Camilla, the new Diamond Jubilee Cruise terminal, the Disney Magic, and the millionth passenger for Aquila tours.