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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Fundraiser at the Saint John Arts Centre

Patrons of the arts can witness the rebirth of the Saint John Arts Centre by going to Renaissance, their major fundraiser for 2013. Andrew Kierstead, the executive director, says that the event will give attendees the chance to experience the positive changes that have taken place over the last two years, and re-discover their arts centre.

The spring fundraiser for the non-profit organization takes place on May 2, from 7-9 pm, and will be a night of food, drink and music, where guests have the chance to buy one of a limited number of original pieces of art, donated by local artists, and can also enter a draw where the winners can pay $100 for a 6x6 mystery work. Tickets are limited to 200 and are $75 a pop. You can buy them at the SJAC, 20 Peel Plaza, or by calling (506) 633-4870. Office hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Robbery At A Pharmacy In Sackville

RCMP say a group of four are facing robbery charges, after trying to get drugs from a pharmacy in Sackville. On Thursday afternoon, two men entered a pharmacy on Main Street and said they were armed with a syringe. They demanded narcotics, but the pharmacist refused to give them any, so they fled the scene.

One man was arrested a few blocks from the pharmacy, while the other three were picked up a short while later in a vehicle. The four men range in age from 23 to 57. Three of them are from Prince Edward Island, while the fourth is from British Columbia.

Trio Arrested for Trespassing

Shortly after midnight on Renshaw Road, a resident rang up the police after spotting three suspicious men on his neighbour's property, who wasn't home at the time.

When the cops showed up at the house, the men bolted straight into the woods, where police chased after them on foot before catching and arresting them.

Rothesay Regional Police say the men will appear in court at a later date.

New Brunswick To Work With Ontario To Protect Both Official Languages

As Commissioner of Official Languages Michel Carrier prepares to retire within the coming months, the two-term commissioner tells CHSJ News the two solitudes have moved much closer to one another since official bilingualism was first introduced.

 He tells CHSJ News there has been increased understanding between French and English-speakers since the Official Languages act was first introduced 40 years ago under Premier Louis Robichaud--and according to a recent poll as high as 84% of New Brunswickers support official bilingualism.

New Brunswick recently signed an agreement with Ontario to ensure the two provinces work closely with one another to protect both official languages.