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Friday, September 20, 2013

Climb On Trucks Safely At This Event

Here is an event you can be all over...literally!

The 2nd annual Touch a Truck event lets kids and their families get close to big rigs, monster trucks, police cars, fire trucks and ambulances.
Sharon Amirault of First Steps tells CHSJ News the event was suggested to them.

She tells us a friend of First Steps attended a similar event in Boston and thought it would be very popular here.

Touch A Truck runs from 10am to 3pm on Long Wharf.

Tickets are $5 a person and kids under two are free.

Tickets are available in advance at Harbour Station and at the Guardian Drugs locations in Grand Bay, Rothesay and Hampton.

Sea Dogs Home Opener Tomorrow Night

The President of the Sea Dogs Wayne Long would like to put last season behind him as year one of rebuilding following a Memorial Cup championship and appearance in the final. 

Long says they had an excellent draft and training camp.
He predicts this year's version in the second year of rebuilding is young, highly skilled and will be exciting. 

Long says the great thing about having younger players is that they go full out every game and can pull off some surprises.

The Sea Dogs' home opener is tomorrow night against the Acadie Bathurst Titan at 7 and they play again Sunday afternoon at 3 against the Charlottetown Islanders.

LaPierre Revelations Call Reports Into Question

It's a question of honesty: if Louis Lapierre was willing to falsify his academic credentials, what else did he lie about? That's the point being raised by Provincial Green Party leader David Coon.

He says the Alward government appointed Lapierre to give its pro-fracking stance some legitimacy but now all that has been cast into question.

Coon says the people of New Brunswick will doubtless want the government to look at Lapierre's reports again, since they supposedly consulted with people and gave a green light for fracking to go ahead.

New Festival For Writers, Readers, And Writer/Reader Wannabes

Local authors, readers and writers will be converging in the Port City in the first week of October to celebrate the written word

It's called the Fog Lit Festival, and the first-time event will feature writing workshops, readings, open mics for writers and more. Organizer Rosalyn Hysslop tells CHSJ News they're tried to gear it toward anyone who likes reading.

You can take a course in writing Science Fiction, listen to live poetry and music, even read your own work out loud. For more information click here

Aquarium To Extend Fall Hours, Reduce Admission

The Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St. Andrews staying open from Monday until the end of October due to popular demand. 

The initial plan had been to open by appointment only after September 8, but instead they're opening a daily two-hour window which allows visitors to see the harbour seals Loki and Snorkel being fed, as well as the new seahorse exhibit.

As a special thank you to visitors, admission prices are being reduced by 20% for the period.

Gold Ribbons For Childhood Cancer

The goal is to raise awareness about childhood cancer and raise money for parents of children with cancer who many times have to travel long distances for treatment. 

John Cairns of the Inside Ride Organising Committee tells CHSJ News that's why you see gold ribbons around many of the trees in the uptown.

An Inside Ride event will be held at the Lions Auditorium on October 5th. Moncton M-L-A Chris Collins cycled across the country to raise money for the cause. His son Sean died of cancer in 2007.

Head Of Province's Shale Gas Institute Resigns Amid Controversy

The big question is what the resignation of Louis LaPierre as head of the province's Energy Institute does to the Alward Government's policy on shale gas development. 

He had been appointed to head the province's new shale gas institute earlier this year. 

Provincial Energy Minister Craig Leonard, while announcing the resignation of LaPierre had been accepted, praised the work of the Institute under LaPierre’s leadership.

Controversy has erupted over LaPierre's supposed academic qualifications. LaPierre has been a University of Moncton professor for 30 years but now has admitted to misrepresenting his academic credentials. 

He also resigned as chair of the Marathon Panel, a federal environmental review board, citing medical reasons.


Suspicious Fire On East Side

An investigation launched into whether arson was the cause of a fire early this morning at Atlantic Home Improvements on Golden Grove Road. 

Fire crews and police were called around 2:00. Two vehicles went up in smoke and a third was damaged by the fire. There was also some damage to the siding on the outside of the building itself. 

A fire investigator has been called in.