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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

River Protection Program Gets Three Year Renewal

After reeling in more than $70,000 in its first year, a partnership project between NB Liquor and the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is getting a three year extension.

Some of the proceeds from the sale of over 70 products go to fund the foundation's conservation projects in the province.

With the money from the Protect Our Rivers campaign, the foundation funded almost twice as many projects last year as the year before.

Police And Fire Investigate Strong Oil Smell

Fire and police sweeping the city after getting several reports of a strong smell of oil.

They weren't able to track down where it was coming from before it dissipated, but Platoon Chief Eric Garland says in an industrial city like ours, many times a low cloud ceiling traps and spreads odours.

He says the calls have stopped coming in.

SJPD Seek Help Finding Robbery Suspect

The Major Crime Unit of the Saint John Police Force is looking for the man who robbed Bayview Credit Union on the West Side this morning.

Shortly after 11am the man came into the bank at 46 Main Street alone...he's in his fifties or sixties and wearing a grey hoodie and sunglasses.

He was carrying a weapon but no one was injured....he did manage to make off with some money. 

If you know anything, please contact the Major Crime Unit at 648-3333 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Cruise Ship Season Ramps Up This Month

September not only means back to school but a big increase in cruise ship visits. 

Betty MacMillan, the manager of cruise development for Port Saint John, tells CHSJ News we can look foward to two visits by the Queen Mary 2 and the 100th visit by the Carnival Glory.

She tells us Royal Carribean starts her calls with the Explorer of the Seas on Thursday and over two months they will have 7 double ship days and 3 triple ship days.

Carnival Glory returns to port tomorrow and will celebrate 100 visits to Saint John on the 11th.

Back To School Tuesday Is Busy For All

The return to school this week is stressful for the kids but also for Mom & Dad too.

24,000 students returned to school this morning in Southern New Brunswick.

Superintendent Zoe Watson tells CHSJ News she wants drivers to be mindful of the kids and the buses.

She says they have lots of students and about 240 buses on the roads again today in Southern New Brunswick.

A few west side schools were locked down in the aftermath of a robbery.  

Watson tells us it was a precaution until she could have a conversation with the police. 

Everything has since returned to normal.

Police Respond To West Side Armed Robbery

City police responding to Main Street West after an armed robbery at the Bayview Credit Union a short time ago.

Police are setting up a perimeter in the area. 

There are reports the suspect had a weapon and left the bank with some cash.

The Y Seeks Peace Loving Nominees

The Saint John Y is looking for peace oriented nominees.

Two awards will be handed out in November....the YMCA Peace medal for an individual or group that show a commitment to peace in their community and elsewhere without using resources, status, wealth or position.

Nominations are also being accepted for the Youth Peace Award.   It's for a young person who demonstrates peaceful solutions through speech, actions and as a role model. 

For the link to nomination forms, click here

Body Found On East Side

City Police investigating the discovery of a man's body across from the Irving Oil Refinery on Loch Lomand Road. 

They were called around 7:30 this morning and we are told there are 4 police cars surrounding the trees across from the refinery with yellow tape up. 

There's no indication from police about foul play. The coroner has been called.

Shots Fired In North End

City Police are investigating a report of shots being fired in the north end early yesterday morning on Ropewalk Road. 

No one was injured but police did recover several empty bullet casings.

Survey Reveals High School Students Stressed Out

It's a problem we often associate with adulthood, but a national survey reveals high school students are majorly stressed out. 

The study shows that 68% worry about finding a job in their field, 58% worry about not getting into their chosen post-secondary program and 51% worry about not being able to pay for it. Nearly half of the students say that the pressure to excel is so great that they wish everyone would just back off.

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Bruce MacDonald tells CHSJ News what stuck out to him in their survey was the difference in attitudes between the students who were sure about going on to post-secondary and those who weren't sure. Those students who plan on pursuing further studies after they graduate tend to be much more excited to go back to school than the students who are undecided.

MacDonald says it speaks to a loss of hope and optimism far too early in a student's high school career.

Back To School Meal Tips

Getting back to school can be hectic with students rushing out the door without having a good breakfast which is not a good way to start the day if you want to maintain your concentration in class. 

Registered dietician Vanessa MacLellan of Atlantic Superstores tells CHSJ News muffins are a qood, quick option for breakfast along with on the go smoothies, Greek yogurt with granola and if you make pancakes ahead of time, they can be frozen and then you just have to pop them in the toaster in the morning.

As for lunches, MacLellan is a great believer in making extra at dinnertime and using the leftovers in lunches the next day as well as being more creative with sprucing up sandwiches with different spreads and using wraps instead of bread.

Businessman Says He's Ready To Spend Big Bucks On Synagogue

Normand Hector of N-W-H Modelling says he's prepared to spend 100 thousand dollars and maybe more to renovate the former Synagogue on Carleton Street at Wellington Row. 

Hector tells CHSJ News he would use the building to stage fashion shows and hold self-esteem and self confidence programs for young people. 

There's another idea from Common Councillor Gerry Lowe to renovate the building into office space for the city and non-profit organisations but Hector points out Saint John has too much empty office space already.

He predicts you're going to see more growth taking place in the area of Peel Plaza.