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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lower West Side Incident

There is a noticeable police presence on the Lower West side tonight following some sort of incident. 

Several police cruisers and crime scene tape are visible in two areas of the lower west side.

One location is Duke Street West and the other around the corner on Market Place.

Major Crime is looking into the incident.

Cancer Survivor Teaching Yoga Survivorship Class

A woman who survived a bout of breast cancer is now teaching a class on the exercise that helped her on her road to recovery.

In 2002, Mary Eliza Humphries was diagnosed with breast cancer and a nurse suggested she take an exercise program. She was eventually led to yoga. She tells CHSJ News it made her feel like a whole person for the first time since she started her treatment and she wanted to share that feeling with others.

She's now the instructor for the Survivorship Yoga program for survivors of cancer and those undergoing treatment, and says she hopes to expand the program to Saint John in January. 

To register for the program, call 847-2210, e-mail, or simply drop by a Sunday class at 6pm at the qplex in Quispamsis. The first class is this evening.

Mariner Chairman Supports Subsidizing Businesses

After Salesforce cut 200 jobs at the end of August, some in Saint John were left wondering whether the government should continue subsidizing businesses that just wind up laying people off. 

Mariner Chairman Gerry Pond has a different perspective on the Radian6 layoffs, he tells CHSJ News the company grew rapidly, perhaps a little too rapidly, but it's not entirely a bad news story.

He was involved in Radian6 back in the very beginning and says when Radian6 was purchased, they went from zero employees to something in the range of 450. While some were laid off, he says there's still over 400 people employed.

Pond says the government shouldn't be getting a bad rep for subsidizing such businesses when overall they're still creating jobs. But it's worth noting Pond's company, Mariner, is getting a payroll rebate of 750-thousand bucks for an upcoming expansion.

North End Robbery

City Police are investigating a robbery. 

It was reported around 3:15 this morning on Lansdowne Avenue in the north end.

 No other details have been released

New Brunswick Does Well At Francophonie Games

Marc Fortner of Fredericton took the bronze medal in judo at the Francophonie Games in Nice, France.

Fortner’s medal brought to six the number of matches won by the Team Canada – New Brunswick, equalling its best performance, achieved during the games in Madagascar in 1997.

Council Moves Ahead With Assisted Living Facility

You'll soon be able to settle into your golden years in an assisted living facility for seniors in Rothesay. 

The town moving into a development agreement to build a long-term care facility on Donald Road. It will be the fourth location for McNair Manor, two of them are in Moncton and the other is in Riverview. 

Mayor Bill Bishop says it's a great facility that's not currently provided in the town of Rothesay. David McNair of McNair Manor says he expects to the complex to be operational by the Spring of 2014.

Cruise Ship Passengers Being Quarantined

A number of passengers on board the Aurora being quarantined because of a virus. 

John McCann of Port Saint John tells CHSJ News some people on the cruise ship have a gastrointestinal virus and he's unsure of how many people are affected, or of the cause.

McCann says passengers showing symptoms were examined by medical staff on the cruise ship. Usually, those who needed to be isolated are asked to stay in their cabins and are monitored by cruise ship personnel.

McCann says his understanding is that it's a very low risk to public health.There have been no medical evacuations and the other passengers have been cleared to leave the ship. He says otherwise, it's business as usual. 

The Aurora leaves Saint John today.