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Monday, June 17, 2013

TransCanada Has 60 Days To Say If Pipeline Will Come To Port City

The clock is ticking. Within 60 days refineries in Saint John, Levi and Montreal will know whether they'll be on the receiving end of Alberta oil. 

Phillip Cannon of Trans Canada tells CHSJ News the so-called open season is over, and now they need to analyze the bids they've received.

While Trans Canada isn't coming out and saying it's a done deal, an information packet issued to Quispamsis council for tomorrow night states the three news terminals will be built in Quebec and New Brunswick. Official word could come even sooner than 60 days from now.

Inside Ride Launches To Raise Money For Kids With Cancer

Get some wheels moving to help kids with cancer and their families.

This October teams of 6 will spent a little more than a hour on stationary bikes to raise money.

Scott Larson and his family made 24 trips to Toronto and Halifax last year for their son Isaac's leukemia treatment and he tells CHSJ News the Lions Sick Children's fund helps cover the gaps in some of their travel costs.

He tells us it allows families to focus on your child and dealing with the sickness.

Schools from Sussex to St. Stephen will be involved along with local businesses who are encouraged to enter a team.

The event is coming up on Saturday, October 5th at the Lions Auditorium in East Saint John.

For more info, click here

Hunters Can Now Apply For Antlerless Deer Permit

If you're a hunter who's feeling lucky, you can now enter this year's antlerless deer draw. 

There are 3,450 deer permits available for the random, computerized draw. The province's deer population has stayed relatively stable over the last year, so the number of permits are at the same level as they were a year ago. 

The results come in the week of August 19, and successful applications will get a validation sticker in the mail before October 1. Click here for more information, including how to apply.

Victims' Representative In Youth Training Centre Case Named Child & Youth Advocate

The lawyer who represented sexual abuse victims of the Youth Training Centre in Kingsclear in the early nineties has been appointed the province's Child & Youth Advocate. 

Norman Bossé tells CHSJ News we can't forget about the breakdown in the system that allowed abuse to continue when pedophile Karl Toft was at the centre, and we have to work to prevent it from happening again.

He says as members of society, if and when we recognize abuse of children, we have a responsibility to report it. He says we have to work together to protect the province's children and youth.

Bossé will be leaving his post at law firm McInnes Cooper at the end of July to step into his new role.

Two Arrests In Oromocto Vehicle Thefts

Police in Oromocto bringing in a couple of young people after a series of thefts from cars in the area.

Two 15 year old boys from Wassis were arrested earlier this month for stealing from cars, it was a second arrest for one of the boys.

Since April 26,  the Mounties have received about 60 reports of theft with items ranging from cash, purses, passports, cell phones and more.   Police have not ruled out more arrests. 

Constable Derek Black says they are looking for information on these thefts adding people can prevent this type of crime by locking their vehicles and not keeping valuables in plain view.

The RCMP is also asking for your help in finding out who took a car from a Burton home on May 2nd. It was located later the same day in Maugerville and it had been burned.

If you know anything either crime call Oromocto RCMP at 1- 506-357-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS or click here.

Prosecution Of Saint John Doctor Delayed

There has been a delay in setting a date for a preliminary hearing on 9 charges of sexual assault laid against a Saint John doctor.

More charges were not laid against Dr. Alan Cockeram although his lawyer Brian Munro says they're pending. Munro told the court he was having trouble getting disclosure from the prosecution with the explanation that the investigation is ongoing and he may have to go to the Court of Queen's Bench. 

The prosecution says more people have come forward.

Munro is suggesting some of the complaints may be frivolous. 

The case has been adjourned to July 18th to have a date set for a preliminary hearing.

Commercial Development Regulations In Rothesay Being Reviewed

Are the rules on commercial development along Millenium Drive in the town of Rothesay too restrictive when you compare to what's happening on the Quispamsis side of Millenium Drive? Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop says that's the question town council wants an answer to in a report that will be prepared for town council. 

Rothesay Councillor Peter Lewis is wondering why all the commercial development along Millenium Drive is taking place on the Quispamsis side. Lewis points out the Superstore and Kents, which are on Millenium Drive in Quispamsis, would not be allowed in Rothesay because they would be considered too large. He would like to see the development regulations in Rothesay changed to allow for larger stores. 

The previous town council rejected Wal Mart twice because of opposition by nearby residents. Bishop doesn't think that means they don't want any commercial development and it will come in time.

A Home Hardware store has just opened up in Quispamsis but Bishop notes it won't be large enough to be considered a mega store.

Retired Vice-Principal Calls For Review Of Saint John High Decision

Provincial Education Minister Jody Carr should take a sharp look at what's being done at Saint John High in his name. So says retired Saint John High Vice-Principal Richard Thorne who tells CHSJ News the provincial Education Department should review the decision not to renew the contract of Marijke Blok as principal. 

He says there have been no improprieties and she has the support of both parents and students.

Thorne adds there was a study done in 1981 which called Saint John High the flagship of schools in the city. He includes Fredericton High and St. Malachy's in that category of schools people expect to set standards in education and there's more to doing that than administrative excellence. 

Blok will be returning to the school as a teacher. She has not publicly spoken about the controversy

Last Chance Tonight To Hear Harbour View High Choir

The Harbour View Choral Ensemble will soon be embarking on their European adventure which includes a public concert in Amsterdam on Canada Day but before they go, the choir will perform one last time in Saint John tonight at the Church of the Assumption on Dufferin Row starting at 7:30.

While in Europe, the choir will not only visit but will also perform at the Vimy Ridge Memorial. They will place wreaths on the graves of relatives of choir members, teachers and alumni who were killed in World War One and World War Two. 

The Dutch concert is to highlight the role Canada played in the liberation of Holland during the Second World War. The choir will also be giving performances in Germany and Belgium as well as the Netherlands and France.

Director Michael Molloy is retiring at the end of this month after a 35 year career in music education with the past 17 years at Harbour View High.