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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Class Teaches Students How To Be Leaders

You don't have to be born a leader. You can learn how to be one in the classroom. 

Brynn Aucoin is a grade 12 student at Harbour View High taking Leadership 120 and she tells CHSJ news the course material will help her out later in life; she's learning how organizations run, group dynamics and how to work in groups.

Aucoin tells us the course is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The 17 students in the leadership class are paired with young students from another school, and the pairs spend an hour every week together. The class also runs a variety of events as part of the course.

YM-YWCA Donation Could Transform North End

The YM-YWCA got a big donation this week from the MacMurray Foundation and Saint John Portland M-L-A Trevor Holder is hoping a new "Y" when it's constructed will transform the north end. 

He tells CHSJ News the area has suffered ever since the loss of Sears years ago but now believes a new "Y" can begin to turn things around.

Holder says if you look at what has happened across the country, quite often retail and residential development will follow a YMCA.

Saint John On Disney's Radar

The port of Saint John is still on Disney's radar after its experience during last year's cruise ship season. 

That, according to Port President and C-E-O Jim Quinn who tells CHSJ News it took a couple of years of work to get the Disney Magic to stop here and he's confident it will be back in a couple of years time. He says the stop was important because the Disney brand is world-recognized, so having them come to the city was huge.

Quinn says the Disney people were impressed with all the shore excursions that were on offer. He adds, it took a couple of years of work to get the Disney Magic to stop here and he's confident it will be back in a couple of years time.

Cardy Says Prescription Drug Programme Could be Launched Next Year

There's still no word from the Alward Government about funding for a comprehsive prescription drug programme even though it was a promise made during the last provincial election campaign.

Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy is trying to get either the Conservatives or Liberals to introduce an amendment to the Budget Motion which would transfer over 17 and a half million dollars from the Economic Development Department, what Cardy refers to as Corporate Welfare, to the Health Department. 

He believes a prescription drug programme could be launched by the end of next October.

Celebration of the Scottish

A day of celebration is coming up for those of you with Scottish in your blood. 

Tartan Day celebrates the heritage of the Scots and the contributions that they've made in the province. Laurie Hossack, the president of the Saint Andrew's Society's tells CHSJ news that the Scots played a major role in the shipbuilding industry and commerce in Saint John.

It dates back to about 1993, when MLA Georgie Day presented a resolution to the New Brunswick Legislature to declare April 6th Tartan Day. It passed unanimously. 

On this year's Tartan Day, they'll raise Scotland's flag in front of city hall in the morning and host a Ceilidh in the evening, complete with piping, drumming, highland dancing and of course, haggis. Tickets are $10 in advance by calling (506) 696-4253 or $15 at the door at the Simonds Lions Auditorium at Loch Lomond Villa, on 185 Loch Lomond Road.