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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Postponed Mental Health Fundraiser Gets a New Date

Because of a snowy rampage by mother nature, the original date for the Investor's Group Skate to Care fundraiser had to be postponed. The rescheduled fundraiser is kicking off tomorrow morning at Harbour Station. 

Donna Gates of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation tells CHSJ news that she doesn't think the rescheduling will deter skaters.

The Mind Care event raises money for multiple mental health projects in the community, including the YMCA's Rainbows program, which helps kids deal with death and divorce. This year's theme is mental health superheroes. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

Homelessness Reduction Strategy Could Play a Part in Reducing Vacancy Rates

With a ton of "for rent" signs in windows and hammered into front lawns, it's clear that the supply of apartments doesn't match the demand. 

Randy Hatfield, the executive director of the Human Development Council tells CHSJ news that the Harper government's renewed strategy to reduce homelessness could play a part in filling up those vacant units.

Hatfield tells us the Human Development Council will be releasing their annual homelessness report card on Wednesday. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is reporting that the city has a vacancy rate of 9.7% for apartments, and it's forecasted to go up to 10% in the next two years.

The History of Holy Matrimony at the Museum

If you were a caught cheating on your wife or husband in the early 1900s, you could have been thrown into the slammer. That tidbit coming from the museum's new presentation, the Road to Wedded Bliss. 

Felicity Osepchook, head of the archives and research library tells CHSJ news that they'll be laying out all kinds of matrimonial material to the public, including snapshots, documents and video.

The full title of the presentation is called the Road to Wedded Bliss: Matrimonial Madness, Blushing Brides & Spousal Scandal, and runs until noon today.