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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SJ Board Of Trade Releases Survey On Sunday Shopping Hours

Open signs in storefronts don't light up on Sundays until lunchtime, and the Saint John Board of Trade wants to gauge how its members feel about that.

They've released an online survey asking members if they're happy with the status-quo or if they think businesses should set their own shopping hours on Sunday. The second question asks if they think businesses shouldn't be allowed to open before noon.

Executive Director David Duplisea says a number of their small business members have told them it's an important issue and one that can have significant impacts on the business community. If you're a member and you haven't received the survey, you're being encouraged to contact the Saint John Board of Trade by calling 634-8111.

Fredericton store-owners can set their own Sunday shopping hours, after council recently voted to change a by-law.

Local Gay Leader Weighs In On Sochi Olympic Boycott

With Russian laws threatening to prosecute anyone spreading gay "propaganda" to minors, many athletes and would-be spectators are fearing they could be prosecuted for simply posting about their relationships on Facebook or wearing a rainbow flag. 

CHSJ News recently attended Pride Week in Saint John and asked gay rights leader Brian Boyd his opinion, to which Boyd stated it's up to individuals to decide what their stance will be, but personally he will not be supporting any part of of the Winter Olympics.

The Winter Olympics are set to take place from February 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. Athletes attending the games would be prohibited by the Olympic Committee from protesting the anti-gay laws.

Stolen Jeep Outside Of Grand Bay

RCMP in Grand Bay Westfield are seeking your help finding a Jeep stolen over the weekend in Summerville, which is just outside of Grand Bay.

Between Friday night and Saturday morning an unlocked 2006 black Jeep Liberty with the license plate GZX 741 was taken from the owner's property. 

The police want to remind you you should lock your vehicle even when it's parked in your own driveway, and take out the keys and other valuables.

Anyone who may have seen this vehicle or noticed any suspicious activity in the Summerville area in the early hours of Saturday morning is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers at or 1-800-222-TIPS.

Snook Appears In Court In Newfoundland

Former Saint John Common Councillor Donnie Snook appeared in court in Newfoundland thi morning on 4 charges related to abusing a boy under the age of 14. 

The charges date back to December of 1995, around the time Snook spent a year as the senior pastor of the former Salvation Army Citadel in Mount Moriah when he was in his early twenties.

A source at the provincial court in Cornerbrook tells CHSJ News the case has been set over to October 29, when Snook is expected to enter a plea.

He has already pleaded guilty to 46 charges in New Brunswick, and is scheduled to appear in court on August 29th for what defense lawyer Dennis Boyle has predicted will be a lengthy sentencing hearing.

HotSpot Parking Coming To Saint John

As of late September, Saint Johners will be able to feed the meter from their cell phones on a trial basis.

Phillip Curley, 21, is an engineer and the developer behind the Hot Spot parking app that's coming out next month. He tells CHSJ News it's a simple process that allows you to dodge tickets with a touch of your Smartphone: you just text in the number on the meter to subtract from an online balance you pay with your credit card.

The app is already getting rave reviews in Fredericton with over 400 people signing up in just 6 days. Curley says there's another perk: local businesses will also have the option to pay for customer parking at their discretion.

Canada Bread Issues Bread Recall

Before you make that sandwich for work, check the brand of bread you are using.

Canada Bread issuing a voluntary recall for some bread sold in the Maritimes.

It impacts Ben’s Xtra Soft enriched white and whole wheat bread and Super Club white and whole wheat bread with a best before date of August 29th.

It was produced at the Canada Bread facility in Moncton.

There is a possibility the bread may contain fragments of glass from a light bulb that shattered during production.

You can return the bread to the store where it was purchased to receive a full refund.