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Friday, April 26, 2013

Half Million Dollar Fine For Using An Illegal Pesticide In Bay Of Fundy

A St. Stephen Court has ordered Kelly Cove Salmon to pay 500 thousand dollars after the company pleaded guilty to using an illegal pesticide in 2009 and 2010 to get rid of sea lice at salmon farms.

Kelly Cove Salmon is owned by Cooke Aquaculture. The charges were laid after hundreds of lobsters died in the Bay of Fundy. 

400 thousand dollars of that half million will go to the Environmental Studies programme at U-N-B as well as scholarships. 

The C-E-O of Cooke Aquaculture, Glenn Cooke says the company questions the allegations but wanted to avoid a lengthy and very public court case. 

He goes on to state the company has limited the stocking of those salmon farms that had higher sea lice levels until the industry has access to a full array of pest treatment and management tools which will negatively affect the local economy

Ellemberg Is Running Because The Timing Is Right

An East Saint John mother and daycare operator is one of the 8 candidates hoping to fill that empty seat in Ward 3.

Barbara Ellemberg says she's giving municipal politics a try because she feels like its the right time.
She tells CHSJ News she was upset when Marlborough Drive became Retail Drive.

She says the traffic increased and her neighbours felt they had nowhere to turn so they appealed to the planning advisory committee who ruled in their favour but told them not to get their hopes up.

That decision was overturned by the council of the day.

Ward 3 voters go to the polls on May 13th.

Cardy Voices Support For Radio Strikers

Provincial NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is throwing his support behind the striking Maritime Broadcasting workers.

At a well-attended rally in King Square in support of the strikers, Cardy told CHSJ News we don't need more jobs paying poverty wages. Rather, part of being a New Brunswicker is pitching in and making life better for everyone--and the way he sees it, MBS owner Robert Pace is failing to do that.

Cardy was conspicuously the only politician to show up at the event, to the displeasure of some of the union representatives.

Money Available For Uptown Businesses To Spruce Up How They Look

Uptown Saint John rolling out what it's calling a new improved grant programme to allow businesses to make the facades on their storefront look more attractive.

Uptown General Manager Peter Asimakos tells CHSJ News there are grants for those businesses that are not in the designated heritage area.

There's money for design help, construction, signage, patios and even interior storefront window displays.
Uptown Saint John has a committee which reviews the designs before deciding whether to approve the grants.

Many Elderly Patients Should Not Be In Hospitals

It is a sad fact of our healthcare system that many elderly people--especially those with dementia--end up in hospital beds when their needs would be much better provided for in nursing homes. 

Horizon Health Board Member Linda Forestall tells CHSJ News in NB there are 415 patients currently in that situation, which results in back logs in the hospitals. In addition to contributing to overcrowding, the hospital environment can hasten the progression of dementia and decrease the quality of life for the patient.

Those 415 represent almost 28% of all hospital beds. Forestall says better home care, getting families involved wherever possible, and developing a comprehensive plan for more nursing home development are all essential.

Country Legend George Jones Dies At 81

George Jones, the hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times including "He Stopped Loving Her Today'' has died at the age of 81.

Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others.

In a career that lasted more than 50 years, ``Possum'' recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

Seniors Can Learn About Wellness Today

If you are a senior or know one, you may want to consider dropping by the Senior Wellness Fair today at the Simonds Lions auditorium.

The free event is focused on seniors and includes over 30 health and wellness exhibitors along with door prizes and live music.

Delbert will be performing from 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Seniors are encouraged to bring along any old or outdated medications for disposal.   The event begins at 12:30 and runs until 3:30 at the Simonds Lions Auditorium on Loch Lomond Road.

More Arrests Made For Drug Dealing Near High School

3 more arrests made in the RCMP investigation of drug trafficking near St. Stephen High.

An 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, both from Oak Bay are looking at charges of trafficking in marijuana.  

A 15 year old youth was also arrested for possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Layoffs Could Mean Longer Wait Times, Travel Times For Hospital Patients

The Horizon Health Network has announced it must find $12.5 million in efficiencies in its budget by the end of this fiscal year.

The sheer size of that sum means nearly 80 healthcare workers will be seeing layoff notices on their desks in the near future. Horizon Health Network CEO John McGarry tells CHSJ News the cuts will be happening on all levels from administration on down.

On the one hand, McGarry tells CHSJ News the cuts will not mean decreased quality of care; however, he also says the cuts will mean people have to travel to get certain types of care and wait longer for others. He says while Horizon will attempt to be as compassionate, the fact is the majority of the corporation's resources are spent on people, and thus jobs are what will need to be cut.

He blames the so-called "out of control growth" of the system in previous decades for the current cuts, adding Horizon's situation is hardly unique--on the contrary, it's a pattern that's playing out worldwide.

McGarry says the cuts will be put into place within the near future.