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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Two Christmas Parades Today

 You could go to two parades in one day.

The Lancaster Santa Claus parade on the west side will get underway this afternoon at 1:00pm. It moves along Manawagonish Road to Main Street and then down Ready to Catherwood before making the turn onto Fairville Boulevard, finishing up at the former Co-op store. Non-Perishable food items will be collected during the parade for local food banks as well as letters for Santa. The awards for the best floats will be handed out at 4:00 in the lobby of Sobeys.

In the KV, the parade starts at 6:00pm. It'll make it's way down the old Hampton Road to the intersection of Marr Road and Clark Road. Aaron Kennedy from the Town of Quispamsis tells CHSJ News it's the 14 year for the event. Non-perishables food items will be collected for the KV food basket along with letters for Santa.

Funeral For Firefighter Today

The funeral of Saint John firefighter Dale Clinton taking place today.

A graduate of Saint John High School and UNB, he served as a firefighter since 1999. The 39-year-old was also secretary of the Saint John Firefighters Association Local 771. He's survived by his mother Lynn Doyle, his brother Chris, and aunts and uncles.

According to Castle Funeral Home, a funeral liturgy will be held at 10:00 am from the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Waterloo Street. Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery.

Clinton died after falling from a hydraulic lift in Ottawa on November 16th while attending a Canadian Political Training Academy in Ontario.

Inquest Into Smith's Death Will Be "Broadly Based"

A coroner ruled Friday that an inquest into the prison death of a New Brunswick teenager will be broadly based despite objections raised by several doctors who treated her.

The three Ontario doctors argued the inquest should focus only on the last days of Ashley Smith's life at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ontario.

Smith's family, backed by other parties, wanted the coroner to examine much more, including how Smith was treated at other prisons in other provinces long before her death.

The 19-year-old Smith choked to death in October 2007 as guards essentially stood by.

(Courtesy of the Canadian Press)

Irvings Rank #3 As Canada's Wealthiest

It may not come as a surprise, but the province's oil giants the Irvings are among the wealthiest Canadians.

That's according to Canadian Business magazine's annual ranking of Canada's wealthiest, putting industrialists James, Arthur and the late Jack Irving at # 3 on the list.

The trio have a combined net worth of about 8-billion dollars.

Topping the list was the Thomson family, owners of Thomson Reuters, at more than $20-billion dollars.

Making Science Less Intimidating & More Fun

Making physics a little less intimidating and a lot more fun.

That's the goal of Physics–Ploration, a series of exciting physic presentations and experiments at the Saint John Free Public library. 

UNB Saint John physics professor Dr. Li-Hong Xu sets up and explains the experiments to get students from elementary to high school curious about the science. She says very few people get into physics because they think it's hard, but Xu stresses that anything is hard and just like anything you have to work on it. She says physics is part of our everyday life and it's interesting to understand the world you're living in.

The experiments are designed as hands on activities for students. Today's session will focus on forces. Xu describes some forces as visible -- such as push and pull -- while others are invisible like electromagnetic and gravity. Other sessions in the past have even focused on physics in the kitchen, like how a microwave can measure the speed of light.

Today's presentation will run from 1:00 until 2:00 pm in the multipurpose room on the second floor.