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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fire Levels Kingston Home

A man in his late 80s and his daughter escaping unharmed from the destruction of  a well-known house that stood for more than 200 years at Carter's Point.

The house was filled with antiques and historic artifacts was levelled by a pre-dawn fire today at the point located on the Kingston peninsula. The two occupants said they awoke to crackling noises around furnace pipes, but there was no immediate word on the cause.

The home was known locally as the historic Whelply House. 

Firefighters from Long Reach, Grand Bay-Westfield and other volunteer departments in the area responded to the blaze in bitterly cold conditions.

Work Continues To Fix Watermain Break

Saint John Water crews are still working to fix a watermain break on Sandy Point Road.

It is expected that water service in the area will be restored by 7pm.

Sandy Point Road from Samuel Davis Drive to MacLaren Boulevard remains closed. 

The road is expected to open late tonight.

New CEO's at Horizon Health Network

Health Minister Ted Flemming announcing that John McGarry is the new CEO of the Horizon Health Network and Rino Volpé is the new CEO of the Vitalité Health Network starting February 1st.

Volpe and McGarry have been the co-chairs of the office of Health Renewal since its creation last spring.

The office works to ensure provincial health care services compare with similar services nation wide and benchmarks are in place to make sure they are sustainable, safe and offer quality.

Health Minister Ted Flemming says its time to begin a transition to sustainable care and it makes sense that these individuals continue their efforts as CEOs.

Horizon Health Network board chair David Ferguson noted Don Peters many achievements saying it was no small task amalgamating four independent regional health authorities into a single health network.

Peters turned 65 recently and asked that his contract not be renewed.

E-Cigarette May Not Be A Healthy Alternative To Smoking

Quitting smoking? Good for you!

 But there's one popular stop-smoking therapy that may not be as great as some retailers are making it out to be: the so-called E or electronic cigarette. 

Barb Walls of the New Brunswick Lung Association explains despite that some people manage to quit with the help of e-cigarettes, that's not backed up by any research.

Walls further warns the primary chemical in the inhalers--propylene glycol--hasn't been proven to be be safe to inhale and the ingredients aren't regulate by the government. For more information on e-cigarettes and National Non Smoking Week go to, click news.

Man Killed In Crash Identified

District 4 RCMP is releasing the name of the man who died in a two vehicle collision on Highway 15 near Port Elgin.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Jocelin Hubert Gallant of Cap Pelé. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Gallant was the only person in the  car traveling westbound when the vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming transport truck. The driver of the truck, a 52-year-old man from Garnett Settlement, was not injured.

New Clinic To Open In The Province

 The village of Oromocto will be getting a new Family Health Clinic serving both it and the surrounding communities, including the Oromocto First Nation. In 2009, a survey found 72 per cent of the Oromocto area are overweight or obese, better access is needed to mental health and addictions services, and many have poor access to doctors.

It will be the second family health team in the province after the one in Miramichi, which opened November 2012.

The new family health team will serve about 3,000 patients and is expected to open when renovations at the base are complete.

Health & Life Sciences NB Aims To Attract Investment From Research Firms

The province sinking $500,000 into a new knowledge cluster at UNB Saint John that it hopes will translate into growth and jobs.

Health and Life Sciences New Brunswick brings together academic, health and business leaders to attract investment from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Premier David Alward says he's aware of exciting research by a Sackville company-Soricimed Biopharma.

He says the company took the venom from a garden shrew and is in human trials working on diagnostic tools for cancers.

He says that type of research keeps smart people working in the province and brings good ideas to the forefront to develop the economy and all of it can be happening in Saint John.

For more info, click here

School Closed For The Day

Hazen-White St. Francis School will be closed today due to a Water Main brake.

Fire On The Peninsula

Flames could be seen billowing from an upper story window at a major fire at Carter's Point on the Kingston Peninsula. 

Fire departments from the Valley, Grand Bay-Westfield, Hampton, Belle Isle, Nauwigewauk, Greenwich and St. Martins have been called to extinguish the blaze at what is known as the Whepley Homestead. 

We're told the building might have been used as a hotel years ago.

The alarm was sounded after 6:00 this morning.

Gas Prices On The Rise

You'll have to pay more to fill up after the weekly setting. The price of both self serve regular and diesel have gone up. 

Self serve is selling in the city for $1.23.7 a litre. That's an increase of almost 3 cents. 

Diesel is now up to $1.38.9, a rise of 2 cents. 

There was no change in the price of heating oil at a maximum price of $1.18.6.

Baby Left Outside In The Cold

A 27 year old woman has been charged with failing to provide the necessities of life after a baby girl was left outside earlier this week on Paddock Street in the freezing cold temperatures. 

Police say the baby, less than a year old, was in a stroller, fully clothed and covered with a few blankets. 

A neighbour alerted police when she heard the child crying. The Department of Social Development has launched an investigation.

Fur Is Not Enough To Protect Dogs & Cats Outside

As you curse the misery of minus 30 or worse, imagine how a cat or dog might feel sleeping outside.

The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue League wants you to bring your family pets inside during this cold snap.

Shelter manager Kathy Illingworth tells CHSJ News most owners are taking their dogs on very brief walks.
She says if you have to keep your dog in a dog house make sure it has blankets and hay is the best for any animal that has to be kept outdoors.

Illingworth warns that stray cats are always looking for a warm spot to sleep so before you start you engine knock on your hood and honk your horn a few times.

She says they follow a simple motto that if its too cold for you, it's too cold for your furry companion.

To report any animal you see without adequate food, water or shelter, call 1-877-722-1522 or click here