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Friday, March 8, 2013

Fire Chief Says 24 Hour Surveillance An Option For Arson-Plauged House

After 4 fires in the same vacant North end building, City police and fire officials are looking for your help in finding out who is responsible.

Fire Chief Kevin Clifford tells CHSJ News it's hard to say whether it's a single arsonist or different groups of firebugs--but they don't have a definite impression either way. At this point, he says they're considering putting the building under 24 hour surveillance.

Fire crews were called to 168 Main Street for the second time this week in the wee hours this morning. The other fires occurred on January 11th and February 13th. No one has been hurt in any of the fires.

If you know anything, contact the police at 506-648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also provide information anonymously on the NB Crime Stoppers Website at

Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur Visits Saint John

Not many people have written a bestselling book and founded a successful company; however, Nova Scotian Barb Stegemann has done both. 

She tells CHSJ News women have a different approach then men to doing business, and that can be a real advantage. Some of the qualities she attributes to women include empathy, passion, and an interest in aspects of life other than money.

Stegmann was the keynote speaker at the Pathways to Empowerment conference for International Women's Day. He book, 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, describes the ways Stegemann achieved her personal and professional success.

Her fragrance line, 7 Virtues, was featured on Dragons' Den.

Local Seafood Companies Seek National Spotlight

Atlantic Canada is known for its seafood....and our fisheries will get some attention on the international scale in a few days time at the Boston Seafood Show.

A number of companies from Charlotte County including True North Salmon from Blacks Harbour, Northern Harvest Sea Farms from Letang and Deer Island's Paturel will be attending.

Overall more than 50 New Brunswick companies will be participating.
The show attracts more than 16-thousand seafood buyers and sellers from more than 90 countries.

Standing Room Only For The Dog's Tonight

The Sea Dogs and Harbour Station letting us know that it's standing room only for tonight’s game against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the Station and the puck drops at 7:30 pm.

It’s also the last home game of the regular season and for ticket info call 657-1234.

Much Still Has To Be Done To Achieve Equality For Women

Organised Labour in the province sending out a message to mark International Women's Day that there's still alot of work to be done to ensure women's equality. 

Tammy Moore chairs the New Brunswick Federation of Labour's Women's Committee and she tells CHSJ News pay equity and not having access to affordable childcare are squeezing the middle class. Moore says they've been told this is not the right time for pay equity considering the fragile state of the economy.

Moore is also disturbed by a provincial survey that found 53 per cent of New Brunswickers believe it's not a crime to slap your wife in the face after an argument and 27 per cent don't believe it's a crime to rape your wife.

Campaign Underway To Get Stompin Tom Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame

Is "The Hockey Song" a good enough reason for Stompin Tom Connors to be made a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder?

The Bank of Montreal's Leigh (Lee) Winchester seems to think so, comparing Stompin Tom to Foster Hewitt.

The Bank is involved in sponsoring alot of hockey teams including the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canadian Hockey League and its 48 teams along with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

It's hoping people will write to the Hockey Hall of Fame to push the idea and go on social media.

Kent Liberals To Host Nomination Meeting

The Kent Liberal Association will host a nomination meeting for the upcoming provincial by-election on March 16th in Bouctouche.

It's no secret that Liberal leader Brian Gallant will seek the nomination for the riding of Kent.

The by-election is necessary to fill a spot left when former Premier Shawn Graham resigned his seat last month following a conflicit of interest scandal.

His resignation takes effect on Monday.  

The meeting is coming up at the Bouctouche Community Center at 70 Evangeline Street at 2 pm. on March 16th.

After 4 fires, Police & Fire Investigate Main Street Blazes

City police are looking into a series of fires at 168 Main Street in the North end.
Just before 1am this morning, officers and firefighters responded to a structure fire at 168 Main Street.  

It's the 4th fire this year at this location.

No one was hurt in this fire and the other fires occurred on January 11th, February 13th and Wednesday night.

If you can provide any information relating to these fires, please contact the Saint John Police Force at 648-3333. 

You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to provide information anonymously or click here


Homes Broken Into In The K-V

Two 17 year old high school students, whose parents were away on vacation, will be sentenced later this month for breaking into a home on John Street in Rothesay. 

The two pleaded guilty at their initial court appearance. They were arrested after police stopped an S-U-V that was seen leaving the area while they were investigating the breakin. 

Nothing was taken because the alarm sounded and the two took off.

Rothesay Regional Police have another breakin on their hands. This one occurred on Melanie Drive with four flat screen TVs, cash, jewellry and electronics reported stolen. 

A vehicle was later found abandoned by the RCMP in Hampton and police are investigating to see whether there's a connection.

Another Fire At Same North End Building

For the second time in two nights, city fire crews were called to the same vacant building in the north end at 168 Main Street. 

The fire was contained to the outside of the building with no injuries reported.

This is the fourth such fire at that same building in just the last two months.

Celebrate Women In A New City Event

It's International Women's Day and a new event in Saint John called Pathways to Empowerment is giving women a way to re-energize, network, and participate in some great conversations.

Pathways to Empowerment features award-winning entrepreneur and author Barbara Stegemann who will give the keynote address.

The event will also feature an exhibitor's marketplace and panel discussions. 

It begins at 8am and runs til 4pm at the Delta.

For ticket info, click here