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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Inquest Into Death At Aquatic Centre

An inquest into a death that occurred at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre over a year ago is scheduled for court.

17-year-old Yi Fan Wang died in September 2011 from injuries sustained during a public swim session. The inquest is scheduled for April at the Sydney Street Courthouse where Chief Coroner Gregory Forestell and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses to determine the facts surrounding the international students death.

The jury will then take that information and make recommendations so a situation like this well never reoccur.

Cross-Country Ski Event Hits The Slopes

Tomorrow an annual cross-country ski event will be hitting the slopes at the Kouchibouguac National Park.

The 29th annual Boules de Neige Loppet will offer 3 different distances for skiers that include 3, 10 and 30 kilometres. People who register will also get a warm meal. The oldest and youngest competitors that compete at least 10 km will receive a plaque that will be displayed at the waxing hut in the park.

The event gets underway at 9:30 am for 30 km and 11:00 am for 3 and 10 km tomorrow morning.

For more information, click here.

Literacy Skills As Essential As Healthy Food

Having strong literacy skills is as essential to your well-being as eating healthy... that's according to Deanna Allen, executive director of Laubach Literacy NB.

Today is Family Literacy Day, a day to recognize and promote the importance of literacy for both parents and children. Allen tells CHSJ news parents should put an effort into helping kids improve their reading and writing in their everyday lives. She says there's many easy exercises parents can do, like asking their child to read recipes, labels on boxes and picking out places on a map.

Although some parents may not have a love of reading themselves, Allen says just like eating healthy foods it's essential and kids will imitate their parents. She says 60% of people over 16 in New Brunswick have literacy problems, which is a pattern that needs to change.

To get involved with Family Literacy Day in Saint John, you can head over to the West Branch Library in Lancaster Mall where the InterAction School of Performing Arts perform their vision of Charlotte's Web from 2:30-3:30. There will be crafts as well.