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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Black's Harbour Man Charged With Holding Woman Against Her Will

A 25 year old accused of holding a woman in a home against her will has been charged with assault with a weapon, assault, mischief and forcible confinement.

Joseph Davidson 'Sheldon' Mallaley of Black's Harbour appearing in court in Saint John to answer to the charges after he was arrested in Saint George Wednesday night. St Stephen RCMP getting the call that the woman had been held at the home in Tower Hill against her will, but the man had fled and she was able to call the cops. Police say the man and the woman knew each other.

Mallaley  is scheduled to appear in St. Stephen Provincial Court on March 25 for a bail hearing.

Two Assemblies Launch 2013 HVHS Relay For Life

Harbour View is the only high school in the province that puts on its very own Relay for Life event to raise money for people with or impacted by cancer.
Two assemblies at the school lauching the 2013 event where they hope to raise $18,000.
Grade 12 student Brynn Aucoin tells CHSJ News the assemblies are the event's official kickoff.

She tells us she lost a cousin to cancer a few years and most people have been touched by cancer in some way.

Harbour View has raised over $110 thousand dollars in the 7 years they have been taking part.
The school, it's students and staff will host a variety of fundraisers including bake sales and coffee houses between now and the event on May 31st at the school.

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Flooding, Ice Jams An Issue In Some Riverside Areas

A warning from the provincial government.....while an ice jam along the Nashwaak River at Stanley Bridge has stabilized,  local officials continue to monitor another ice jam is being watched down river at MacLaggan Bridge.

People living or working along streams and rivers should be on the alert for moving ice and the possibility of ice-jams which mean the water will rapidly rise.

A change in weather conditions could lead to localized flooding where drainage systems are blocked by ice and snow. You should take whatever precautions you can to guard your home against flooding at this time of year. 

Saint John Has Sad History of Race Discrimination

We think of Canada as being more racially accepting than our neighbors to the South; however, in reality there's a history of discrimination with deep roots here in Saint John.We often forget that slavery was even legal in Canada less than 200 years ago.

Randy Dickinson of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission tells CHSJ News the YMCA used to be whites only--and the Admiral Beatty once refused to let blacks in the front door, even when those blacks were renowned jazz musicians Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

It wasn't until an employee of the Beatty named Lena O'Ree refused to show up for work until she was allowed in the front door that the discriminatory policy changed.

Today is the International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and there are number events celebrating equality planned throughout the province.

CUPE Wants A Solution To Overcrowding In Jails

Following a City man's extended jail sentence for a prison beatdown, the union representing prison workers is raising the red flag about overcrowding. 

Thomas Jack was attacked by his cellmate Jeremy David in November 2011 and will never work and drive again due to the impact of his injuries.

Mike Davidson of CUPE tells CHSJ News they have concerns about the current management at the provincial jail on the Old Black River road.

He says under the current management they have had a riot, an assault on an inmate and the early release of an inmate involved in a homicide.

Davidson calls overcrowding a serious issue and they haven't been too successfull with the province on resolving it.

Our newsroom has an interview request into Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors for his take on things.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation Worried About Upcoming Provincial Budget

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is a bit uneasy about the next provincial budget that will be unveiled on Tuesday.

It's Atlantic Director Kevin Lacey fears an increase in taxes and licence fees. He tells CHSJ News to look what's happening with the property assessments which are tax increases by another name.

Some homeowners are outraged by the increase they're being hit with.

Lacey says it would be a mistake to roll back the 2008 tax reductions that were implemented by the previous Liberal government under then Premier Shawn Graham.

Those tax cuts are seen by some, including Rod Hill of U-N-B Saint John who ran for the NDP, as making the provincial deficit worse and not achieving the economic growth that was hoped for.

Illegal Items Seized Outside Prison

More information has been released about the seizure of a package containing unauthorized items on the perimeter of the minimum security Westmorland Institution at Dorchester. 

The prison service estimates the contents of the package have an institutional value of more than 30 thousand dollars.

Police have been called in and the Correctional Service is also investigating.

The Correctional Service says the methods it utilises to control the flow of drugs into prisons include ion scanners and drug dogs to search buildings, prisoners and visitors.

New Child Care On The West Side For Pre-Schoolers

The "Y" will be opening up a new Child Care location on the west side. St. Mark's United Church will be the new home for "Y" Child Care to provide preschool programming for children  between the ages of 2 and 5 years from Monday to Friday. Full time and part time spaces are now available. 

The early learning programs are modeled after the NB Early Learning and Child Care curriculum and the highly regarded YMCA Playing to Learn program.

We're told by the "Y" space is also available in the after school program at Barnhill Memorial School with arts, crafts, organized games, learning centres and sports.

Volunteers are being sought for the Day Care Centre. Adults and seniors interested in interacting with children and assisting with their development are encouraged to contact the Y.

For additional information call the Y at 646-2111.

Gas Prices Drop

You'll get a bit of a price break with the price of gas after the weekly setting. 

Self serve regular is down in the city by less than half a cent a litre to $1.30.9 while diesel is cheaper by just over a cent a litre at $1.37.7. 

Heating oil dropped by two cents a litre with the maximum price being $1.16.9.