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Monday, May 6, 2013

Residents Put Out Briefly By Shed Fire

An evacuation has occurred on the west side after a shed caught fire.

Platoon Chief Eric Garland tells CHSJ News that the shed was attached to a two-story building located on Victoria Street West.

The fire started in the back of the shed, but they were able to get a handle on the fire before it spread any further. 

Up to 8 people were evacuated from the building, but there were allowed back in a short time later.

Local Woman Receives Order Of The Red Cross

A Saint John woman is the recipient of the highest honour given by the Canadian Red Cross. Elsa Stanley is one of two Maritime women who were given membership to the Order of The Red Cross.

You've probably seen Stanley by the pool; she's the aquatics manager of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and has spent 36 years volunteering with the Red Cross, where she started as a water safety instructor. Now, she's a master instructor trainer.

Volunteer and Atlantic regional president of Canadian Red Cross, Peter Collens, calls Stanley an acknowledged expert in her field and that her expertise helps better their swimming and swimming safety programs.

RRPD Looking For Help With Trailer Theft

The Rothesay Regional Police are hoping some observant citizens can help them with a case of theft.

Last Tuesday night, a 2011 commercial trailer was stolen from a business on Enterprise Drive

Sergeant Craig MacDougall tells CHSJ News the trailer is worth about $8000 dollars.

He says they want any information listeners might have on the theft on Tuesday April 30th at 7pm.

If you know anything, contact Constable McIntyre at 847-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Body Found Near Boisetown

Police have found the body of a man missing since last fall.

The body of 49-year-old Roger Colepaugh of Upper Derby was found in woods near Boiestown.

On Friday, Blackville RCMP did a search with the help of Police Dog Services and discovered the body.

Colepaugh had been missing since November of last year. 

Police were sent to the area after a person out fishing reported seeing an abandoned truck parked in the same place for two days.

Attack Ads A Game Taxpayers Shouldn't Be Paying For Says Lacey

Attacks ads are nothing more than political parties fighting back and forth like children.

That, according to Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who tells CHSJ News that if they want to play that game, they should pay for it out of their own pockets.

Lacey says these mailouts are little more than political ads and taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for them. He says taxpayers expect their dollars to go towards good health care, education and roads.

His organization has given political mailouts a "teddy", a national waste award for wasting taxpayers' money.

DNR Says Fire Ban Will Continue Until We See Rain

It's not hard to see why the entire province would be under a fire ban after a long period of warm dry weather.

Those conditions gave a boost to a series of fires on the weekend especially one forest fire in French Village.

Charles Beaulieu of the Department of Natural Resources tells CHSJ News they got a request for assistance so they sent in water bombers from Fredericton
to assist.

He says anytime they get a fire of that nature it's priority number one and they work to suppress fire in the forest while ground crews protect any nearby structures.

Beaulieu says the provincial fire ban will remain in place until we see some precipitation.

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Fire On Victoria Street West

City fire crews, police and ambulance responding to a fire on the West side.

Just before 1pm, the call came in that visible smoke and flames could be seen coming from 24 Victoria Street. It's located between Queen and St. James.

It's in a garage attached to a two-story building. Crews believe they have it knocked down.

Alward Government Accused Of Mishandling Healthcare

Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy suspects there's division within the ranks of the Alward Government on how  to deal with reforming healthcare and how far to go. 

Cardy tells CHSJ News getting into a slanging match with the doctors is a huge blunder which could have long term ramifications. He points out trying to get doctors to agree on anything is like trying to herd cats but Health Minister Ted Flemming has managed to do that with them in opposition to the medicare billing cap.

Cardy dismisses the open letter to doctors published last week by provincial Health Minister Ted Flemming as a P-R exercise designed to regain credibility at a cost of thousands of dollars.

He also believes Flemming and provincial Finance Minister Blaine Higgs want to see smaller government but are meeting resistence within the Conservative caucus, the bureaucracy and party ranks.

Huberdeau Up For NHL Rookie Of The Year

Huge news for a former Sea Dog. 

The NHL announcing that Jonathan Huberdeau is a finalist for the 2012-2013 Calder Memorial Trophy-- the NHL's Rookie of the Year award.

Several Hundred People In Ward 3 Vote In Advance Polls

The advance polls held Saturday for the Ward 3 byelection.......Elections NB telling us 620 votes were cast. 8 candidates are in the running.

The rest of the voters will go to the polls one week from today to elect a new member of Common Council to replace Donnie Snook. 

He resigned after being arrested in January and charged with child exploitation.

TIANB President Says Proposed Tax Levy Won't Drive Tourists Away

The proposed 3% tax levy for campgrounds has a lot of people talking. 

The president of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, Kathy Weir, tells CHSJ News that in all of her years working in this field, she's never seen the level of industry input when it comes to the development of a policy. Weir says, they tried to make sure all accommodations operators had the opportunity to be at the table at each of the discussions to voice their concerns.

Some campground owners are worried that this hike will drive tourists into Maine, which has a much cheaper tax rate for campgrounds. Weir doesn't agree, saying that tourists come to the province for a reason. She says Saint John, Miramichi and Bathurst are already charging the levy.

Suspicious Fire At New Rogersville Municipal Building, Original Was Destroyed By Fire

Just last year, the Rogersville municipal building went up in flames, now, its newly built replacement is the scene of another blaze that looks to have been deliberately set. 

The building was going to house the municipal offices, community room, RCMP, and ironically, the fire department. After receiving a 911 call, fire crews jumped into action from their temporary location and managed to put out the fire, but not before it damaged the roof, attic and community room.

RCMP is saying that it looks suspicious and an investigation is underway. They're asking anyone who may have seen someone or something out of the ordinary around the Rogersville Municipal Building prior to 11 a.m. on Saturday to call police or contact Crime Stoppers
at or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Park Model Trailers Could Be Hit By Property Tax

The owners of those big trailers that spend more than 30 days in one trailer park might have to start paying property tax in the province. 

That message was delivered to campground owners by Sue Stultz, the minister responsible for Service New Brunswick. 

Howard Heans runs the campground at Harding's Point and he tells CHSJ News this would go into effect next year. He adds what's around the trailer will be taxed as well which could be decks and sheds. Heans warns this could adversely affect the sale of trailers. 

The campground owners are already angry over a proposed 3 per cent levy on campers that would be used to market tourism in the province.