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Monday, September 9, 2013

One In Hospital After Causeway Crash

Police say one person is in hospital with undetermined injuries after a collision involving five vehicles.

It happened around 5:30pm in the eastbound lanes of the causeway near Bayside Drive. The scene has since been cleared.

Get A Cupcake, Celebrate The Cruise Ship Industry

Get a cupcake, celebrate the cruise industry.

That is what will be happening in the City Market tomorrow as the Port celebrates 25 years of the cruise ship industry.

Port Saint John staff members will be giving out 25th anniversary cupcakes and buttons beginning at 11:30am.

The cupcakes are specially designed by Piece O’Cake Custom Creations are a gift to the community for their contribution to cruise.

For more info, click here

Stabbing In Eel River Crossing

An Eel River Crossing stabbing victim who was airlifted to the Saint John Regional Hospital is in critical, but stable condition.

That's according to police, who were called to the parking lot of a business just before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon where the 60-year old man was stabbed.

Campbellton arresting a 71-year old man also from Eel River Crossing shortly afterwards.

Cardiac Walk Brings In Over $18,000

The 13th annual Cardiac Walk of Life on Saturday bringing in more than $18,000.

All proceeds go to the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Local Blood Donor Gets Major Nod

One blood donation can save as many as three lives--and one Saint John woman has certainly done her part to benefit others by giving that gift of life. Cheryl Steadman works for IBM and is a workplace champion of the Partners for Life Program.

She tells CHSJ News it's a simple way to give back to the community.

Steadman donates plasma every week. She was recently honored by the city's Volunteer Appreciation Awards, and will be in Ottawa September 9th for the national Honouring Our Lifeblood awards gala staged by Canadian Blood Services.

Rothesay Restaurant Closes

More job loss in the Saint John area following the closure of the St. Hubert Express in Rothesay.

It closed for good last night just four days from reaching its 1st anniversary.

Josee Vaillaincourt is a spokesperson from the company's corporate office.

She says the restaurant had to close as the numbers of customers was not high enough to make a profit.

While the store opened last year with 40 employees, they have been operating with 22 workers since the spring.

CHSJ News learning that at least 6 of the Rothesay workers are or will be transferred to the Saint John location and others have already found other work.

The employees in Rothesay were told six weeks ago that the store was closing.

Police Chief Keeping Mum On Rumoured Wage Increase Request

Police Chief Bill Reid remaining tight-lipped about speculation the Saint John Police Force is asking for a 6% wage increase in 2013, 2014, 2015.

He tells CHSJ News he can't speak about anything they're discussing around the negotiating table unless it goes to binding arbitration.

The Chief says while such rumours might maker for good fodder for dinner table discussion, the fact is the police are still working to get on the same page and the discussions will remain private for the time being.

Talks Are Ongoing To Reduce Noise From Scrap Metal

American Iron and Metal wants to do the right thing when it comes to lowering noise levels when scrap metal is being loaded onto ships at the port on the west side. 

That, from Jim Quinn, President and C-E-O of the Port Authority, who tells CHSJ News the noise will always be louder in the summer.

Quinn says the next time scrap metal will be loaded onto ships won't be until sometime in November or December at the earliest.

In the meantime, discussions are underway to mitigate the noise.

Another Open House On Pipeline

The people in Kings County have a chance to ask questions about the proposed Energy East pipeline tomorrow in Hampton where another open house is being held. 

This one will be taking place from 4 to 8 at St. Alphonsus Hall on Church Street. 

Tim Vickers of the Atlantic Coastal Action Programme tells CHSJ News we still don't know alot and there are alot of unanswered questions.

He goes on to say there are also concerns about what effect, if any, a pipeline would have on water crossings and will it offset any of the rail traffic with oil coming into the city, reduce the amount of tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy and how much of the Alberta crude will be refined in Saint John or is most of it being shipped elsewhere for refining..

Celebrating The Best In Business Next Month

The best of the best in the Port city business world get recognition next month.

The Saint John Board of Trade announcing the finalists for the Outstanding Business Awards in 7 categories.

In business excellence, the finalists are Bayview Credit Union, Commercial properties and the Delta/Fortis Properties.

The finalists for Entrepreneurial Achievement are Colwell's, Liquid Gold and Maritime Hydroseed.

New this year is the Passion for Change award.    The businesses get their hardware at the Delta on October 2nd.

Crime Stoppers Wants Help Solving 2011 Campobello Crime

The Mounties and Provincial Crime Stoppers trying to find out who trashed a Campobello Island school more than two years ago.

Between May 2nd and 3rd 2011, one person or a group of people caused thousands of dollars in damage by breaking 16 windows and more.

The damage to the school was very upsetting to the community and police are asking anyone who might know anything to come forward and help identify whoever did the damage.

You can earn up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers if your information leads to the arrest of those responsible.

You can call anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS or visit

View the Crime of the Week by clicking here.

Fredericton Wrestler Wins Silver

Samantha Stewart of Fredericton won a silver medal in wrestling at the Francophonie Games in Nice, France. the first ever in this sport for Team Canada-New Brunswick.

Concern Car Fire Might Spread

A car fire last night around 10:00 on Grove Hill Road, off Route 820. 

The car was engulfed in flames when the Simonds Fire Department arrived amid concern the blaze might spread to nearby trees and a garage close by.

It was contained before anything like that happened and extinguished quickly with no injuries.

Country Superstar Coming To Saint John

Reba McIntyre will be performing in Saint John next month. Harbour Station announcing the Country legend will be at Harbour Station on Friday, October 18th. 

Opening for Reba will be Gord Bamford who won big at the Canadian Country Music awards.

Tickets for the Reba Concert will go on Sale this Friday at Noon at the Harbour Station Box Office.

Irving Calls $2 Million Gift "The Right Thing To Do".

New research that help keeps workers safe and healthy will be happening in Saint John.

Dalhousie Medicine NB will have the first endowed occupational medicine chair in the country.

Jim Irving of JDI says it's common sense to ensure you have a healthy safe workforce.

He says it's not just their folks but those who work at others businesses and it will be progressive helping them manage healthcare costs. 

Irving says it will also make them more competitive and its the right thing to do.

JDI is giving $2 million dollars to endow the first chair of this kind at DalMed NB.

Does Noise Bring Down Property Values?

Complaints about the noise from scrap metal being loaded in ships at the port making some people wonder about the effect of noise on property values. 

Jason Stephen, President of the Real Estate Board tells CHSJ News there are a lot of factors that come into play when pricing your house. And while noise is one of those factors, he says it's not necessarily a deal-breaker for home-buyers. 

He says if your house is nice enough, a buyer may look past something like noise. 

Stephen says you can't really equate the approximate value when you're talking about selling something like houses in a noisy area, but it's something a homeowner can find out for themselves on an individual basis by talking to their realtor.

A-CAP Looking For Pipeline To Benefit The Environment

The Atlantic Coastal Action Programme is hoping the Energy East pipeline project will benefit Saint John in ways other than just economic.

A-Cap's Executive-Director Tim Vickers tells CHSJ News Emera has helped revitalise Rockwood Park after getting the go ahead to build Brunswick Pipeline which he calls a legacy project. 

Vickers says the rejuvenation of Marsh Creek is the legacy project that comes top of mind for him that would benefit the local environment.

There's going to be another open house on the proposed pipeline project tomorrow in Hampton.

Mayor Says City Not Looking For Authority To Tax

As part of the changes, the city is proposing in a new relationship with the provincial government, Mayor Mel Norton is not talking about the city having the power to impose new taxes but does want to see more of the commercial taxes collected from Saint John businesses stay here. 

Norton says about half of the commercial tax money leaves the city. He tells CHSJ News the city would be better off keeping more of that and having less or even no unconditional grant money from the provincial government.