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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Boil Water Order Lifted For Most Residents

Saint John Water rescinding the Boil Water Order for all residents except for Rothesay Avenue between Russell Street and Frederick Street.

The water is now safe to drink in the North end, Millidgeville, Rockwood Park and in the Uptown/South Central Peninsula.

If you have been away from your home, it's recommended you take a few minutes to flush out the water in your plumbing.   Turn on every tap in your house and let it run for a few minutes.   This will remove water that has been sitting in the pipes while you were away drawing cleaner, fresher water into your house.

Oldest Bar In New Brunswick Celebrates 50 Years

New Brunswick has a long history of beer-drinking and good times--and the oldest operating bar in the province is marking 50 years in business today.  

The Chris Rock Tavern in Moncton opened back in 1963, when women weren't allowed in drinking establishments and beer magnate Derrick Oland installed the draught line himself.  The name doesn't have anything to do with the famous comedian; actually, it's combination of the monikers of founders Chris Shaban and “Rocky” Stone.

Owner Wayne Woles tells CHSJ News 50 years ago you couldn't order wine, spirits or indeed anything other than beer. A quarter would buy you one bottle or two small draft, including the server's wages -- a penny per draft. Women were not allowed, and all patrons had to be seated. Operating hours were 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m., and closed for an hour at suppertime each day as well as Sundays and holidays.

The Three Mile is arguably the oldest operating bar in Saint John, with the AQ coming in a close second.

New Nursing Home To Be Built In Millidgeville

Pleasant views and a nice residential atmosphere are some of the features being touted about a new nursing home development in Millidgeville, which would be built in part behind the Charles Gorman Arena.

Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News the senior's complex has been proposed by Shannex, the same company that runs the Parkland in the Valley nursing home in Quispamsis. Norton says the proposed development would include town houses and garden homes in addition to the main complex, and would be an excellent use of a large swath of undeveloped land.

No time frame has been provided for the development yet.

Harris Calls Pope's Resignation Courageous

For only the fourth time in nearly 600 years, a Pope will resign.

Bishop Robert Harris tells CHSJ News people are understanding of why Pope Benedict has decided to step down.

He says it's a courageous decision inspired by the spirit.
Harris says Pope Benedict is a renowned theologian and a man of prayer.

There is talk that Quebec cardinal Marc Ouellet is in the running but Bishop Harris says while Ouellet is highly respected it's just speculation at this point.

More Enthusiasm About Energy Growth In Saint John

The President of the Atlantica Centre for Energy, John Herron is as enthused about the prospects of future energy growth in Saint John as former Premier Frank McKenna, who spoke to the Board of Trade. 

Herron tells CHSJ News Alberta has to find other markets because the U.S. is drying up with the Americans fast becoming energy self sufficient, largely because of shale gas development.

Herron says Alberta's problem is being landlocked which makes it difficult to get oil to the fast developing Asian markets.
Herron describes himself as being optimistic a pipeline will be built to Saint John for Alberta oil but it all depends on whether western producers can get signed deals. 

He also speculates such an eventuality could increase refining capacity at the Irving Oil refinery and lead to investments in petrochemicals.

Saia Nabbed in Halifax, Appears In Court

Bradley Saia appeared in court this morning to answer to charges in connection with a violent November home invasion the West Side.

The 21 year old was recently nabbed in Halifax on a Canada-wide warrant. Saia is facing three charges including armed robbery, forcible entry, and masking his face to commit and indictable offence. He was also charged with obstructing an investigation by giving a false name in a separate matter.

About a dozen supporters attended the court appearance, three of which were asked to leave for attempting to gesture and mouth words to the accused. Saia elected to a trial by judge and jury, asking Mr. Justice William McCaroll that all proceedings be open to the public . The judge assured him he would "get all the publicity he needed."

Saia reappears in court on February 26th.

Workers Are Back At SJ Transit

Employees of Saint John Transit are back at work after a strong smell of gas in the building. 

It was evacuated as a precaution.

District Chief Joe Armstrong tells the fire department's detection equipment couldn't pick up any smell but it was noticeble and they think it originated from the area around the boiler.

The gas was shut off and Enbridge Gas will take care of the leak itself.

Fire Crews Remain At Saint John Transit

Crews from Saint John Fire remain at the Saint John Transit building on the east side after workers could smell natural gas.

The building has been evacuated as a precaution.

District Chief Joe Armstrong tells CHSJ News the smell was strong in the main boiler room and the gas has since been shut off to the building.

Crews using detection equipment have not been able to get any strong readings in the building and the smell is dissipating.
  Enbridge Gas is en route to the area and Armstrong tell us they are in a holding pattern until they arrive.

Transit Building Evacuated

The Saint John Transit building on the East side has been evacuated after a smell of gas in the building.

A Slew Of Collisions Early Last Night

You can now drive along Rothesay Avenue which has been reopened to traffic after being closed following the watermain break Saturday morning. 

City Police telling CHSJ News the stormy weather early last night around 7 caused something like ten collisions within half an hour and early this morning they made two arrests following a foot chase after some fishing boats at Long Wharf were broken into. A heads up for drivers later on.

NB Southern Railway will be closing Grandview Avenue at its intersection with Bayside Drive between 9 this morning and noonhour to do maintenance at its rail crossing. There will be a detour in place. Traffic flow along Bayside Drive will not be affected but local traffic only will be allowed on Grandview Avenue between Industrial Drive and Bayside Drive and you can expect to be delayed.

Mayor Confident In Future Of Clean Drinking Water

After the rupture of a 140-year old water main over the weekend knocked out water to the core of Saint John, updating the city's water infrastructure is a topical issue for many in the Port City.

Mayor Mel Norton met yesterday with the Premier, government ministers and MP Rodney Weston to discuss the funding options and time frame for clean drinking water. The Mayor tells CHSJ News after that tete-a-tete, support from the province on the $260-million project is looking good. The deadline for a funding commitment from the province is early April.

In the meantime, the city is drilling test wells at various groundwater sites, which could be cheaper to treat.