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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Saint John & Fredericton Get A Visit From Alberta's Premier Tomorrow

Alberta's Premier pays a visit to our province tomorrow.

Alison Redford will speak at a board of trade luncheon, tour the Refinery and Canaport LNG facility and address the Legislature in Fredericton.

Premier David Alward and Redford will talk about a west-east pipeline and the national energy strategy.

The Board of Trade event at the Trade & Convention begins at noon.

First Cruise Ship Of The Season

The first ship of the season arrived this morning.

Shops, malls and the City market are busy with a potential few thousand extra people. 

The Carnival Glory is due to leave port at 5 today.

2 Men Hospitalized After Possible Arson Near Norton

Police suspect a fire at a home outside of Norton might have been set on purpose.

Sussex RCMP getting the call around 1am today to the two-storey home. A 32 year old man who was in the home escaped by jumping out of a 2nd floor window. While he escaped the fire, he suffered serious injuries in the fall and was taken to the Regional.

Another 4 people, 3 women and 1 man, were also in the home at the time. They were able to escape, but one man suffered smoke inhalation and was also taken to hospital. The Fire Marshall is looking into what caused the blaze.

Gala Tonight To Honour Those Who Make The Uptown Awesome

The best and brightest in the Uptown will be honored tonight at the Live Life Awards. Now that nominations ave been received from the voting public, the winners will be announced at the gala this evening at the new Diamond Jubilee cruise ship terminal.

The theme of this year's event is Port Party Paparazzi. Guests are encouraged to wear the event's theme colours of red, black, and white. It's going to be catered by the Delta and guests are invited to a post-awards after party at the York Bistro.

The awards honour businesses, individuals, and creative personalities who have contributed to making the uptown a more vibrant place. 

Tickets to the gala are $65 and available at the Feel Good Store, Manchester Shoe Salon, and the Uptown Saint John office at 40 King Street. Here's the full list of nominees: 

Best New Business Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive Piece O’Cake Custom Creations Urban Shoe Myth
Best New or Renovated Residential Space Harbourfront Residences at Three Sisters Historica Royale, 78-82 King Street Historica Riviera, 91-95 Prince William Street
Best New or Renovated Commercial Space Exchange on Germain - Germain Street Bank of Montreal - Corner of Prince William & King Streets Brunswick Square Fa├žade - King & Germain Streets
Best Event Royal Visit by Prince Charles - May 2012 Sea Dogs Memorial Cup Victory Parade - May 2011 Sculpture Saint John - Summer 2012
Greening the Scene Award SJ Commuter Challenge Uptown Saint John Greenfeet Committee – Uptown Bike Rack Initiative Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP)
Shift Disturber Keith Brideau Mayor Mel Norton Anne McShane
Creative Personality Award Greg Hemmings Stephen Tobias Roy Billingsley
Foodie Favorite Award Saint John Ale House Urban Deli Thandi

Best Retail
Freak Lunchbox
Bustin’s Fine Furniture

Social Space
Java Moose, Prince William Street
Slocum & Ferris
Britt’s Pub & Eatery

Thomas L. McGloan Award
To be announced at the event

Fun Events Planned At The Port

It's hard to believe it's been a quarter century since the first cruise ship docked in Saint John.

The Port marked that milestone this morning at its annual general meeting at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Ship Terminal. Port CEO Jim Quinn tells CHSJ News he'd like to see the people of Saint John more involved in the Port, akin to the atmosphere 40 and 50 years ago when the Port was the hub of the community.

Last year 75 ships from 12 different lines called at Port Saint John. Some of the big items we ship include oil, salt, potash, livestock, and molasses. Members of the public will have a chance to learn more about what's happening at the port at Community Day, which is this Sunday and will feature a BBQ, kid's activities, and information kiosks on what's going on at the Port.

Next week is also Port Days with a variety of business-focused meetings and events planned.

NDP Leader Calling For Review Of Education In Province

Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy is warning advanced math courses are under threat from cuts in teaching jobs.

He tells CHSJ News that's the wrong way to go if you want the province to economically compete on the world stage.

Cardy says right now you have employers in the province complaining they can't find workers who are skilled enough and that indicates a problem.

He says Provincial Education Minister Jody Carr should be looking at what principal Chris Treadwell is doing at Park Street School on the north side of Fredericton where students in grades 3 and 4 are reading at a high school level.

More Than 7 Thousand Plant Marigolds

It was all about celebrating and marigolds and trying to break a world record.

Thousands of students from Sussex to Pennfield happily planting little orange flowers in the 16th year of the Marigolds Project.

Millidgeville North Grade 5 student Rachel MacKinnon tells CHSJ News has been involved for a few years now.  She says it's a good project for everyone and its helping the planet too.

The students in the north end had to be finished planting by 10:30 this morning as part of the rules when attempting to break a world record and they wrapped up with 15 minutes to spare.

Barry Ogden tells us it was quite the challenge co-ordinating the world record aspect adding you require hundreds of volunteers to monitor each site.

He estimates more than 7 thousand people, mostly students, took part in the plantings.

The Premier was singing Odgen's praises calling him a great volunteer.   David Alward marveled at the growth from one school 16 years ago to 45 schools and as many as 5 students taking part today.

The Marigold Project catching the attention of the Legislature earlier today - Premier Alward rose in the house to offer congratulations to the organizers - schools and students - and the region for the 16th annual planting of the summer flowers.

Alward's endorsement for all connected drew a round of applause from both government and opposition sides of the Legislature. 

Drug Bust On West Side

A 64 year old man arrested and facing a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking after a drug bust by members of the Street Crime Unit.

City police, Rothesay Regional Police and the RCMP conducting the raid on Winslow Street on the Lower West side.

They seized more than 7 pounds of marijuana with a street value estimated at $14,000.  

The accused will be appearing in court August 13th to be formally charged. 

Fire Closes Road

CHSJ News hearing from one of its listeners about a fire early this morning outside Norton on Parleeville Road. 

We're told the road is closed and fire trucks have been there since around 2:00 this morning.

Gas Prices Go Down Slightly

Gas prices are a bit lower this morning after the weekly setting but the decrease is nothing to write home about. 

Self serve regular in the city is selling for $1.24.5 a litre with diesel at $1.26.2. 

Propane is down as well with a maximum price of $1.01.9 and heating oil is a bit less expensive. The maximum price for that is $1.09.1.

First Cruise Ship In Town This Morning

Expect to see a lot more people uptown today.

It's a little later than usual but the first cruise ship of the season is due in Port this morning.

The Carnival Glory arrives at 9am with 3500 passengers at the Marco Polo cruise terminal.

The ship's captain will be presented with the Explorer telescope at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal in a ceremony this morning.

Armed Robbery On Dever Road

An armed robbery on the west side being investigated by Major Crime. 

It was reported around 5:30 yesterday afternoon at Qwik Mart on the Dever Road. 

There was one robber who had his face concealed. He ran away and police are on the lookout for him. City Police describe him as white, in his 40's, from 5’6” to 5’7”, 150 pounds with a skinny build, wearing a camouflage ball cap, a white construction/surgical style mask, a dark long sleeved shirt with white lettering on the left chest and dark pants. 

No one was hurt in the holdup.